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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. Game of Thrones

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9.2/10
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98/100
Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 8
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

Where to Watch: 74 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 74 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Wire

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9.3/10
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93/100
Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 5
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.

Where to Watch: 60 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 60 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Rome

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8.7/10
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86/100
Year: 2005-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
History, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Where to Watch: 22 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 22 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Veep

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8.3/10
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Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Action & Adventure, 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 MAX & HBO). 65 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Boardwalk Empire

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8.5/10
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85/100
Year: 2010-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 5
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition is a place where the rules don't apply. And the man who runs things -- legally and otherwise -- is the town's treasurer, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, who is equal parts politician and gangster.

Where to Watch: 56 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 56 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Deadwood

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8.6/10
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Year: 2004-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an organized wild-west civilized town. The story focuses on the real-life characters Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen.

Where to Watch: 36 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 36 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. The Newsroom

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Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 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 MAX & HBO). 25 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. John Adams

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78/100
Year: 2008-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 7 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Show Me a Hero

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72/100
Year: 2015-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

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 MAX & HBO). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Generation Kill

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8.5/10
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80/100
Year: 2008-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The first 40 days of the war in Iraq as seen through the eyes of an elite group of U.S. Marines who spearheaded the invasion along with an embedded Rolling Stone reporter. A vivid account of the soldiers and of the forces that guided them in an often-improvised initiative.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & 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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11. Angels in America

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75/100
Year: 2003-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Set in 1985, the miniseries has at its core the story of two couples whose relationships dissolve amidst the backdrop of Reagan era politics, the spreading AIDS epidemic, and a rapidly changing social and political climate.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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8.9/10
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87/100
Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 8
Comedy

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

Where to Watch: 68 episodes (29%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 233 episodes (98%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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13. Big Little Lies

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8.5/10
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87/100
Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: The tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Where to Watch: 14 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 14 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Gunpowder

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67/100
Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

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 MAX, HBO & Hoopla). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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15. Years and Years

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Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: As Britain is rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances, members of the Lyons family converge on one crucial night in 2019. Over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of their everyday lives are explored as we find out if this ordinary family could change the world.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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16. Real Time with Bill Maher

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65/100
Year: 2003-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 19
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: 139 episodes (23%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Philo). 121 episodes (20%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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17. The Plot Against America

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Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: An alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 4 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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18. The Case Against Adnan Syed

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56/100
Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Documentary

What it's about: Explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, a case brought to global attention by the hugely popular Serial podcast.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 3 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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19. Agents of Chaos

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Year: 2020-2021Seasons: 1
History, Documentary

What it's about: For some politicians chaos isn't something to fear, it's just part of the game. Agents of Chaos examines Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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20. VICE

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59/100
Year: 2013-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 8
Drama, Comedy

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: 112 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a subscription service (HBO). 114 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. VICE News Tonight

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8.1/10
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48/100
Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Animation

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

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (1%) are available to watch free online (Viceland). 70 episodes (8%) are available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Philo). 137 episodes (15%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Viceland).

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22. Pod Save America

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5.2/10
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40/100
Year: 2018-2021Rated: 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 subscription service (HBO). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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