“Game of Thrones” is HBO’s biggest hit ever, but it’s not the premium cable network’s best show of all time if you ask critics.
As the epic fantasy series heads for its finale on Sunday, we’ve looked back at some HBO classics, and there are a few that critics have praised above and beyond.
While the final season of “Game of Thrones” has been divisive, it’s been a ratings giant for HBO. The show’s recent penultimate episode, “The Bells,” scored the series’ biggest ratings yet across all platforms with 18.4 million viewers.
We turned to Metacritic to find the shows that critics have adored more than “Game of Thrones,” and they include “The Wire” and a couple of surprises.
Below are four HBO shows better than “Game of Thrones,” according to Metacritic: