Experience 50 Years of Firsts on HBO

For decades, HBO has pushed the boundaries of storytelling, celebrated indelible characters, created extraordinary worlds, smashed records, and redefined what television can be. And we’re just getting started.

A Look Back: Major Milestones

  • 1972
  • 1972
  • 1975
  • 1975
  • 1977
  • 1980
  • 1993
  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2001
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2006
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
NY Rangers

November 8, 1972

HBO launches as the first premium TV network.

Home Box Office Logo

1972-1975

The original Home Box Office logo.

Thrilla in Manila

October 1, 1975

Thrilla in Manila

HBO is the first to use satellites for regular transmission with the presentation of the championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

HBO Logos

1975-1980

The first version of the now-iconic HBO logo.

March 5, 1977

On Location: George Carlin at USC

The comedian’s first special for HBO is also the first time his "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" monologue was, in fact, said on TV.

  • Carlin at Carnegie

    Carlin at Carnegie

  • Jammin' in New York

    Jammin' in New York

  • You Are All Diseased

    You Are All Diseased

  • It's Bad for Ya!

    It's Bad for Ya!

HBO Logo

1980-Present

HBO logo perfection is achieved, and still in use today.

HBO Static

1993

HBO’s “static noise” intro launches, quickly becoming a cultural touchstone.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

April 2, 1995

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Oz

July 12, 1997

Oz

The first hour-long drama series produced by HBO.

Sex and the City

June 6, 1998

Sex and the City

The first cable series to win an Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy Series.

The Sopranos

January 10, 1999

The first cable series to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

Stream Essential Episodes

  • Pilot

    "Pilot"

  • College

    "College"

  • Pine Barrens

    "Pine Barrens"

  • Long Term Parking

    "Long Term Parking"

Six Feet Under

June 3, 2001

Six Feet Under

Band of Brothers

September 9, 2001

Band of Brothers

The Wire

June 2, 2002

The Wire

Angels in America

December 7, 2003

Angels in America

The first program to sweep every major awards category at the Emmys.

When the Levees Broke

August 16, 2006

When the Levees Broke

Game of Thrones

April 17, 2011

The worldwide phenomenon won 59 Emmy awards — the most wins by a comedy or drama series in history.

Stream Essential Episodes

  • Winter Is Coming

    “Winter Is Coming"

  • Blackwater

    "Blackwater"

  • The Rains of Castamere

    "The Rains of Castamere"

  • Hardhome

    "Hardhome"

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

April 27, 2014

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

February 8, 2015

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Based on new evidence presented in the miniseries, Durst was arrested the day before the final episode aired.

Insecure

October 9, 2016

The first premium cable series created by and starring a Black woman.

Stream Essential Episodes

  • Broken as F**k

    "Broken as F**k"

  • Hella LA

    "Hella LA"

  • Hella Perspective

    "Hella Perscpective"

  • High-Like

    “High-Like”

Succession

June 3, 2018

Succession

Euhporia

June 16, 2019

Euphoria

Watchmen

October 20, 2019

Watchmen

I May Destroy You

June 7, 2020

I May Destroy You

Mare of Easttown

April 18, 2021

Mare of Easttown

House of Dragon

August 21, 2022

This epic series boasts the largest premiere in HBO history, with 9.99 million viewers in a single night.

Stream Essential Season 1 Episodes

  • Heirs of the Dragon

    “The Heirs of the Dragon”

  • The Rogue Prince

    "The Rogue Prince"

  • Second of His Name

    "Second of His Name"

  • King of the Narrow Sea

    "King of the Narrow Sea"

A Look Ahead: New Seasons

Catch up on these critically acclaimed and fan-favorite HBO series before the premieres of their new seasons.

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