Growing up, our cable package at home included HBO. I used to watch Fraggle Rock and the occasional kid movie, but for the most part I took it for granted those days.
I don’t think the rest of my family really watched either, but of course, the day my mom decided to cancel the HBO part of the package when I was about 14, we all howled,
insistent on the fact that we watched it all the time. She knew we didn’t, and off it went.
This was right before Sex and the City started, The Sopranos, and all of the other critically-acclaimed HBO dramas that popped up in the late 1990s. I wasn’t in the target demographic for any of those programs, but since then, more and more Must See shows have graced the premium channel, from Six Feet Under to True Blood, The Wire to Game of Thrones.
I really feel like I am missing out on quality television. Yes, they show The Sopranos on A&E early Sunday mornings, and I watched sanitized Sex and the City episodes on TBS, but I really haven’t seen the shows as intended. I highly doubt that one day we’ll see True Blood on basic cable, because from the one episode I saw while on vacation in Costa Rica, there’s no way that could be edited and still make sense (of course, it didn’t make much sense to me anyway because it was the middle of a season and weird stuff was happening).
I want to keep up with the best shows on television, but only if the hype is really worth it. So the question is, to those of you with HBO: is it worth it? Should I pay an extra $15-$30 a month for the channel? Do you watch HBO more, or HBO Go? What’s your current favorite HBO show?