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The Best Political TV Shows on HBO

Finding a good Political TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Political TV shows of all time streaming on HBO.

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1. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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8.9/10
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87/100
Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 6
Comedy

What it's about: A half-hour satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.

Where to Watch: 73 episodes (45%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 33 episodes (20%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 161 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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2. Veep

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8.2/10
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84/100
Year: 2012-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Comedy

What it's about: A look into American politics, revolving around former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about.

Where to Watch: 65 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video). 65 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 65 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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3. The Newsroom

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8.6/10
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79/100
Year: 2012-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Drama

What it's about: A behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program. Focusing on a network anchor, his new executive producer, the newsroom staff and their boss, the series tracks their quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles-not to mention their own personal entanglements.

Where to Watch: 25 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video). 25 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 25 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. John Adams

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8.6/10
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74/100
Year: 2008-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John Adams. The miniseries was directed by Tom Hooper. Kirk Ellis wrote the screenplay based on the book John Adams by David McCullough. The biopic of John Adams and the story of the first fifty years of the United States was broadcast in seven parts by HBO between March 16 and April 20, 2008. John Adams received widespread critical acclaim, and many prestigious awards. The show won four Golden Globe awards and thirteen Emmy awards, which is more than any other miniseries in history.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video). 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Show Me a Hero

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8.1/10
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70/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing to be built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Real Time with Bill Maher

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7.5/10
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65/100
Year: 2003-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 17
Comedy

What it's about: Each week Bill Maher surrounds himself with a panel of guests which include politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like to discuss what's going on in the world.

Where to Watch: 84 episodes (17%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 38 episodes (8%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 41 episodes (8%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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7. VICE

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8.9/10
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64/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 6
Documentary

What it's about: A documentary news series with a taboo-breaking team who deliver incredible news stories from around the world.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (3%) are available to watch free online (YouTube). 113 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 113 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 114 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Gunpowder

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6.7/10
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62/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: London, 1605. Robert Catesby, a 33-year old Warwickshire gentleman, devises a plot to blow up Parliament and kill the King.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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9. VICE News Tonight

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8.3/10
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54/100
Year: 2016-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Documentary

What it's about: VICE News' half-hour nightly newscast. We now interrupt your regularly scheduled worldview.

Where to Watch: 152 episodes (26%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 118 episodes (20%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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10. Pod Save America

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37/100
Year: 2018-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
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What it's about: Covering the 2018 midterm elections, podcast hosts Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Dan Pfeiffer and Jon Lovett bring a “no bullsh*t conversation about politics” to the campaign trail in a four-part special.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Prime Video, Vudu & Verizon).