Why are HBO shows so good?

GameofThrones2Why are HBO shows so good?

I’m sure this question has been pondered by many TV fans over the years and it seems fitting to discuss it now given the hype around the return of Game of Thrones.

HBO has produced some of the best-loved and critically-acclaimed series in recent times. Here’s just a few: The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and True Blood.

So how do they do it?

Here are a few thoughts on why people think HBO is able to produce quality series after quality series.

“HBO has a different business model (subscriptions versus advertisement) and thus must provide television programs that people are willing to pay directly and subscribe for, as opposed to as an advertisement model,” says Quora user Michael Bodell.

He points out that network programming “tries to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, even if it is only a modest appeal, to get as many eyeballs as possible” whereas HBO focusses on attracting a certain audience for a specific show, even if it’s only a small audience.

Being a cable network, there are also less restraints on language, violence and sexuality compared to network TV, so therefore HBO shows can be “much better artistically realized than they would be in the strait-jacket of network TV censors”.

A former HBO employee points out that because HBO doesn’t cater to advertisers, they can take chances on shows that would not draw a lot of advertising dollars but they would be quality productions that would add to HBO’s reputation.

Here’s to more great series from HBO.

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