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The Best HBO Drama Series of All Time

Vote on the greatest HBO drama of all time: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘The Wire,’ or ‘The Leftovers’


This week, Dave, Neil, and Joanna debate the best HBO drama series of all time! They start by talking about the history of HBO (8:33). Then, they go through pretrial dismissals and give out some awards (38:22), before finally revealing their picks for the best HBO drama series of all time (1:06:41)! They also read some listener submissions and choose one to add to the final poll (1:30:08).

Now it’s up to you to decide! What’s the best HBO drama series of all time? You can vote for the winner at, on The Ringer’s Twitter feed, and in the Spotify app, where you’ll find Trial by Content. The winner will be announced next week!

You can send your picks for next week’s topic and a few sentences to support your pick to You can also submit suggestions for future Trial by Content topics. Is there a great pop culture debate that you’d like us to settle? Send it on over!

‌Hosts: Dave Gonzales, Joanna Robinson, and Neil Miller
Associate Producer: Carlos Chiriboga
Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal
Theme song and other music credits: Devon Renaldo


What is the best HBO drama series of all time?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Dave: ‘Game of Thrones’
    (142 votes)
  • 47%
    Joanna: ‘The Wire’
    (437 votes)
  • 25%
    Neil: ‘The Sopranos’
    (236 votes)
  • 11%
    Listener (Jordan): ‘The Leftovers’
    (107 votes)
922 votes total Vote Now

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