The Best Shows on HBO Nobody Is Watching

Game of Thrones has ended but HBO is still a power player in the world of cable television. For years, the channel has been praised for the wide variety of original content that it offers, from dark comedies to gripping murder mysteries. HBO truly seems to have it all, and for fans who find themselves heading into the heat of summer with nothing to watch, we’ve curated a list of three shows the channel offers that have fallen under the radar.

True Detective

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Matthew McConaughey stars in season 1 of HBO’s True Detective. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

There have been three seasons of True Detective, which first debuted in 2014, but critics and fans seem to agree that the first season still packs the biggest punch. Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, True Detective tells the story of two Louisiana-based detectives who get caught up in a murder mystery that rocks a small community and forces them both to re-examine what they know about friendship, life, and the nature of their work.

At times it is disturbing, with dark subject matter that leaves a definite impression, but True Detective has moments of genuine warmth and humor as well. Both Harrelson and McConaughey received critical acclaim for their incredible work in the first season, with fans praising the realism that they brought to their roles.

There have been two seasons since, and while both have earned good ratings for HBO, the first season still stands as one of the most powerful works of television drama ever to air on the network. You can catch the first season of True Detective on HBO Go, the network’s streaming service, as well as the second and third seasons if you truly want to binge. 

Silicon Valley

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The world of tech-company startups had never gotten an appropriate small-screen treatment — not until Silicon Valley premiered on HBO in 2014. With quirky stars like T.J. Miller and Kumail Nanjiani in the lead, Silicon Valley delivers a lot of laughs. The show has been compared to The Office, in terms of how it portrays workplace situations. But Silicon Valley definitely stands on its own merits to deliver a TV show that will keep you coming back again and again. 

The sixth and final season of Silicon Valley will debut on HBO in late 2019, so there’s plenty of time to catch up with the crew before the last season hits the airwaves. 

Sharp Objects

When the film Gone Girl succeeded in the box office in 2014, producers were looking for a way to bring another one of author Gillian Flynn’s novels to life — and television was to be the perfect medium for her book Sharp Objects. Flynn specializes in twisted tales about mildly disturbed female protagonists, and Sharp Objects is no exception.

The show — starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina — tells the story of a reporter who returns to her small-town home in order to investigate the shocking murders of two young girls. The interesting thing about Sharp Objects is that it is a miniseries, with a definitive storyline and numerous plot twists.

Adams is a standout: Her acting chops on full display as she gets to the heart of her character’s demons. Ultimately, Adams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Film for her work in the show. With eight episodes that are packed to the brim with drama, Sharp Objects is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys good, dramatic storytelling, set in a dark, visually impressive environment.

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