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HBO has long been a premium cable network, and in 2018, it pushed hard to keep subscribers happy with its original content. Everyone expects a certain quality from HBO shows – it has to be something you can’t see on regular broadcast or cable TV.

And it needs to impress too – HBO costs $15 a month, regardless of whether you’re buying it a la carte or as a premium add-on for your paid cable package. That’s only a couple dollars less than it would cost for the entry-level Hulu and Netflix tiers.

While this year was a bit rocky for HBO, it managed to crank out some hits. Here are the top 10 best HBO original series released in 2018.

10. Animals Season 3

Release Date: August 3, 2018
Cast: Phil Matarese, Mike Luciano, Demi Moore

This mostly improvised animated comedy wrapped up a three-season run showing the effects of the “Green Day” incident three years later. Demi Moore joins the cast as The General, the story’s main antagonist.

9. Divorce Season 2

Release Date: January 14, 2018
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Hayden Church, Molly Shannon

The first season of Divorce saw Frances and Robert going through the process of the split, but in season 2, it’s final. Feelings get confusing, and a complicated web of events leaves audiences yearning for another season.

8. My Brilliant Friend

Release Date: November 18, 2018
Cast: Gaia Girace, Margheria Mazzucco, Anna Rita Vitolo

This miniseries based on the best-selling Neapolitan Novels from Elena Ferrante follows two girls growing up in a lower-class Naples neighborhood. Although subtitled in English, the story captured critics’ hearts and a second season was quickly put into production.

7. Crashing Season 2

Release Date: January 14, 2018
Cast: Pete Holmes, Artie Lange, Jamie Lee

Pete Holmes spent season 2 establishing his Christian roots, but in season 2, he begins to question his faith. Things don’t get easier when he finds himself arguing with his comedian girlfriend Ali over the line between art and selling out.

6. Random Acts of Flyness Season 1

Release Date: August 4, 2018
Cast: Terence Nance, Namik Minter, Chanelle Aponte Pearson

Hilarious skits, found footage, stop motion interviews, and so much more is blended together to create an edgy Robot Chicken that holds a mirror to the contemporary American media landscape. Black lives have never mattered more on HBO.

5. Silicon Valley Season 5

Release Date: March 25, 2018
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Amanda Crew, Kumail Nanjiani

By season 5, this satirical look at tech entrepreneurialship is pushing full throttle to include all the major talking points of the year. Facebook’s Russian scandal, AI, Coinbase, and even sexual inequality are touched on, all with the same lighthearted chuckles we’re all used to from Mike Judge.

4. Room 104 Season 2

Release Date: November 9, 2018
Cast: Jennifer Lafleur, Michael Shannon, Judy Greer

In its second season, Room 104 seems to be taking a page from Black Mirror’s book, mimicking the Netflix series’ knack for showing the downsides of technology on the modern world. Each individually-wrapped episode has a self-contained story with a different theme, genre, and cast, giving you just enough to salivate for the next.

3. Westworld Season 2

Release Date: April 22, 2018
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandi Newton, Jeffrey Wright

In the aftermath of Season 1’s events, we follow another time-leaping tale to piece together what Dolores, Bernard, Maeve, and the rest of Westworld’s androids plan to do with humanity. At this point, it’s getting hard to tell who’s human or even who to root for – a sign of a great show.

2. Barry Season 1

Release Date: March 25, 2018
Cast: Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg

Bill Hader shows the depth of his talent in this weird tale about a hitman who finds himself involved in L.A.’s underground theater scene. It’s easily the strangest thing you’ve seen on TV so far.

1. Insecure Season 3

Release Date: August 12, 2018
Cast: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis

Issa and Molly provide more of the same witty dialogue and introspective looks at love, life, and career facing today’s young adults. Issa enters her 30s looking for love, and a trio of men (Daniel, Nathan, and Lawrence) are ready to make things interesting for her. If you haven’t caught up with this brilliant series yet, you’re missing the best HBO has to offer.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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