The arrival of HBO Max in Spain in October 2021 was a great joy for lovers of quality series. Despite the stiff competition that exists between the different streaming platforms such as Netflix or Disney +, it has managed to carve out a significant niche in the market. Today we are going to review some of the best HBO series, for viewers with varied tastes.
“HBO’s Breaking Bad” . This definition can only be taken as a huge compliment from the creators of Barry . The plot of this 2018 series is really fun and original: Barry Berkman is a hit man who is in deep depression and trying to start a new life as an actor in the city of Los Angeles.
Barry mixes drama and comedy in just the right doses, something that isn’t always easy to achieve. A perfect balance that has dazzled viewers from all over the world. To highlight the fact that the main actor, Bill Hader , is also one of the creators of the series.
This successful series that lasted 5 seasons between 2010 and 2014 is still one of the most watched on HBO, for obvious reasons. Boardwalk Empire is a period drama set in the years of Prohibition in the United States , a very well done production that also featured the participation of great actors.
The story focuses on the life of Enoch J. Thompson (masterfully played by Steve Buscemi and based on a real character) and his relationships with gangsters, smugglers and corrupt politicians to control everything that happens in the city of Atlantic City .
As a plus of quality, we must highlight the participation of established directors for the different episodes. One of them is none other than Martin Scorsese.
Simply shocking and shocking. Chernobyl was the great banner of HBO in its landing in Spain and, of course, it is a series of the highest quality that has not disappointed anyone.
The plot of this miniseries is sadly well known: everything that happened regarding the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl plant , in April 1986, in the last years of the Soviet Union, as well as the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed. the catastrophe.
Much of the script is inspired by the book Voices of Chernobyl , by the Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Aleksiévich based on the testimonies collected in the town of Prypiat.
This post-apocalyptic fiction miniseries is one of the great gems that the year 2021 left us. The plot of Estación Once takes us to a United States devastated by the devastation of a virus known as Georgia Flu , where a group of survivors (a theater troupe) roams the Great Lakes region as nomads.
It is based on the homonymous novel by the writer Emily St. John Mandel , with a well-crafted script, good actors and a good number of surprises that keep the viewer hooked on the screen.
The most demanding critics have agreed to point out Hacks as one of the great revelation series of recent years, with an overwhelming success with the public.
The series tells the story of two characters: Deborah Vance and Ava Daniels . The first is a comedy star from Las Vegas who is at a delicate moment in her career: the beginning of the decline; the second is a young comedy writer who has been ostracized because of a controversial tweet. Although there are great disagreements between them, both come together to join forces and trace their respective careers.
In addition to the magnificent performances of the leading actresses (Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder), the key to the success of this series lies in the courageous criticism of the culture of cancellation and suffocating political correctness, prevailing in the United States today.
More than 20 years have passed since the premiere of this great miniseries and even today it is still wonderful. Brothers of blood ( Band of brothers ) is the adaptation of the book by Stephen E. Ambrose , in which the vicissitudes of a company of American paratroopers are narrated from their training until their entry into combat in Europe at the end of the Second World War.
The series was backed by the guarantee of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks as producers and creators. The result, although it distorts the original text of the book in many aspects, is an exciting series of the highest quality. It is fortunate, after so many years, to be able to continue enjoying it on HBO.
The wonderful friend
The enigmatic writer Elena Ferrante (pseudonym of an unknown author) is the creator of a popular tetralogy whose central setting is the city of Naples : «the saga of the friends». The first part, set in the harsh post-war years, has been taken to television with an emotional and beautifully made series: The Great Friend.
Unlike other titles on this list, the director of the series, Saverio Costanzo , has scrupulously respected the original text with all its details. This effort for the fidelity and magnetism of the story of the two friends has been enough to dazzle viewers from all continents.
What to say about The Sopranos that hasn’t already been said? Qualified by many experts as the best series of all time, it is undoubtedly one of HBO’s great bets. It was originally broadcast between 1999 and 2003, although it later went on to become a cult series acclaimed everywhere. There are those who have come to affirm that the golden age of the series began with this one.
This is so much more than just a mobster series. It is a drama with touches of comedy, which demystifies the false glamor of the Italian-American Mafia and presents varied plots that are interwoven around the relationship between capo Tony Soprano (brilliantly played by the ill-fated James Gandolfini) and his psychotherapist, Dr. Melfi .
The Sopranos series became a true phenomenon. A production that shines in all aspects: acting, setting… Almost two decades later, it is still a five-star series that can (must) be seen.
“Under Listening” , which is the title under which this series was broadcast in Spain, is set in the US city of Baltimore and revolves around judicial wiretapping led by a specialized police group. The script is written by journalist David Simon , who has investigated this type of performance for many years.
Each of the five seasons of The Wire follows a different story line: drug trafficking, smuggling of goods, political corruption, youth gangs and dirty laundry from the press.
Much of the popularity of The Wire is due to the fact that President Obama publicly declared that it was his favorite series. It is also, it must be said, that of millions of people around the world between 2002 and 2008. And it still is today.
It is one of the great claims and flagship of the current offer of HBO series. Watchmen (“The Watchmen”) is based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore published by DC Comics. That is, it comes from the world of paper superheroes.
The plot of Watchmen takes place in an alternate world in which the vigilantes, previously considered heroes, are now viewed with suspicion and are prohibited from using their powers, for being too violent. In this context a terrible threat arises: a group of white supremacists calling themselves the Seventh Knights , whose goal is to exterminate racial minorities. The authorities, worried about the drift of events, will be forced to rectify and request the help of the vigilantes.
With a multimillion-dollar production, Watchmen became one of the most watched series in 2019. Since then, fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the second season.