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The Best Political TV Shows on HBO MAX

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 MAX.

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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. South Park

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8.7/10
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90/100
Year: 1997-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 24
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Where to Watch: 39 episodes (12%) are available to watch free online (Comedy Central & South Park). 304 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Philo, fuboTV & 1 other). 17 episodes (5%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Comedy Central). 311 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. The West Wing

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8.8/10
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84/100
Year: 1999-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 8
Animation, Drama

What it's about: The West Wing provides a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics that they discuss touch on everyday life.

Where to Watch: 154 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 155 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. 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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6. 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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7. Deadwood

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8.6/10
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85/100
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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8. Boardwalk Empire

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8.5/10
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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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9. 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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10. John Adams

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

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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11. The Honourable Woman

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Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who as a child witnessed his assassination. Now an adult, Nessa inherits her father's company and changes course from supplying arms to laying data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Her efforts to reconcile the Israelis and Palestinians lands her an appointment to the House of Lords and creates an international political maelstrom.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Show Me a Hero

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71/100
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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13. Generation Kill

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8.5/10
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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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14. 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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15. 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: 69 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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16. 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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17. Person of Interest

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: John Reese, former CIA paramilitary operative, is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special training that Reese has had in Covert Operations and Finch's genius software inventing mind, the two are a perfect match for the job that they have to complete. With the help of surveillance equipment, they work "outside the law" and get the right criminal behind bars.

Where to Watch: 103 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 103 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. Reno 911!

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7.9/10
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76/100
Year: 2003-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: This partially unscripted comedy brings viewers into the squad car as incompetent officers swing into action, answering 911 calls about everything from speeding violations and prostitution to staking out a drug den. Within each episode, viewers catch a "fly on the wall" glimpse of the cops' often politically incorrect opinions, ranging from their personal feelings to professional critiques of their colleagues.

Where to Watch: 17 episodes (15%) are available to watch free online (Comedy Central). 88 episodes (77%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Paramount+, Philo & 3 others). 6 episodes (5%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Comedy Central). 88 episodes (77%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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19. 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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20. Years and Years

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78/100
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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21. Real Time with Bill Maher

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7.3/10
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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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22. The Plot Against America

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7.3/10
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69/100
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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23. The Case Against Adnan Syed

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6.6/10
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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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24. Agents of Chaos

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53/100
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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25. Codename: Kids Next Door

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7.2/10
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63/100
Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 6
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Taking numbers instead of names, five extraordinary 10-year-olds form a covert team called the Kids Next Door with one dedicated mission: to free all children from the tyrannical rule of adults.

Where to Watch: 79 episodes (57%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hoopla). 80 episodes (58%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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26. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

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5.6/10
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52/100
Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 8
Comedy

What it's about: Samantha Bee breaks up late-night's all-male sausage fest with her nuanced view of political and cultural issues, her sharp interview skills, her repartee with world leaders and, of course, her 10-pound lady balls.

Where to Watch: 43 episodes (23%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision). 6 episodes (3%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (TBS). 187 episodes (98%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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27. Tanner '88

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50/100
Year: 1988-2021Seasons: 2
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: In 1988, renegade filmmaker Robert Altman and Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau created a presidential candidate, ran him alongside the other hopefuls during the primary season, and presented their media campaign as a cross between a soap opera and TV news. The result was the groundbreaking Tanner ’88, a piercing satire of media-age American politics.

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (69%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 11 episodes (69%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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28. Race for the White House

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7.8/10
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48/100
Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: From executive producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, CNN Original Series "Race for the White House" captures the drama of how a high-stakes presidential election can turn on a single issue and so much more.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (75%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision).

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29. First Ladies

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6.5/10
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42/100
Year: 2020-2021Seasons: 1
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Blending in-depth interviews, rare archival footage, and cinematic recreations, this docuseries on the lives of America's most iconic First Ladies is a bold revision of each woman's traditional portrayal, revealing how they were impacted during their time in the White House, and how their achievements fundamentally shaped American and global history.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision).

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30. Long Live the Royals

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6.7/10
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39/100
Year: 2015-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: Long Live the Royals follows a fictional British Royal Family—King Rufus and Queen Eleanor and their children Peter, Rosalind, Eddy, and Alex—as they honor the annual Yule Hare Festival. The family must battle having to rule their kingdom while maintaining a normal family at the same time. Meanwhile, the festival continues with the parties and feasts that comprise it.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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31. Tom Goes to the Mayor

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6.6/10
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46/100
Year: 2004-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Tom Goes to the Mayor is an American animated television series created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim for Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. It premiered on November 14, 2004 and ended on September 25, 2006, with a total of thirty episodes.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (17%) are available to watch free online (Adult Swim). 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 5 episodes (17%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Adult Swim). 30 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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