Movies, sports, and documentaries are cool, but what really set this premium cable channel apart from the competition was original programming. Must-see series like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Entourage (and even a slept-on ones like The Wire) gave you all the realistic nudity, sex, drugs, and violence that network shows reliant on tight-ass advertisers never could. Like the slogan says, "It's not TV. It's HBO." It's also tits, bush, heroin, decapitations, and completely fuckin' awesome, but that took up too much space.
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HBO has over 38 million subscribers in the U.S. We'd let you know how many people are stealing cable to watch but our "Start Snitching" campaign has yet to really take off.