I have seen four different HBO series in complete or partial episodes so far on Netflix: Deadwood, Big Love, The Sopranos, and Rome, and each seems to be a complete entity all in itself, until you see a whole cluster of them at once.
Then all of the credits start to look alike, the careful placement of music starts to look alike, and, it looks like a formula has been found for HBO dramas. Mind you, the dramas work—I’m hooked—but it’s like figuring out how the rabbit gets in the hat. I’ve figured out HBO. I guess in a college class that means that I would then have the tools to write for them, but I don’t have time to write much of anything these days.
Not going to stop watching HBO, though, via Netflix.