Learn about the 5 best HBO shows ever to catch up on prime television viewing. HBO, also known as Home Box Office, is a premium cable television network that has been on the cutting edge of TV viewing since 1972. The best HBO shows ever make up a complex mix of drama, comedy, and a mixture of excellent television that has something for everyone.

  1. "The Wire." The television show "The Wire" aired from 2002 to 2008 on HBO. This realistic drama set in Baltimore featured a gritty look at the drug and crime culture like no other HBO series. "The Wire" was created by David Simon. "The Wire" was a sometimes harsh and hard-hitting look at the streets of a tough city.

  2. "The Sopranos." The mafia show "The Sopranos" ran on HBO cable network from 1999 to 2007. The struggles of Tony Soprano, a  mob boss, were portrayed weekly in terrific detail. The stars of "The Sopranos" included James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and Lorraine Bracco. Violence and rough language make "The Sopranos" a drama not for the faint of heart.

  3. "Sex and the City." The best HBO show about women for women was "Sex and the City." The show ran from 1998 to 2004. The show featured Carrie Bradford, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, and her three best friends. The "Sex and the City" girls' sexual exploits were played out along with job and personal dramas.

  4. "Six Feet Under." This drama about a family who owns a Los Angeles funeral home also had dark comedy at its core. "Six Feet Under" ran on HBO from 2001 to 2005. The stars included Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Frances Conroy.

  5. "The Larry Sanders Show." This show featured Larry Sanders, a comic, who played a late night talk show host. Garry Shandling played the starring role along with Jeffrey Tambor and Rip Torn as regulars. Shandling's character, Larry, plays a neurotic man, making for hilarity.