HBO Max launched in 2020 as the digital hub for all your favorite HBO series and WarnerMedia content, from classics like Six Feet Under and The Wire to the latest films being released by Warner Bros. Pictures. With so much media already available on the platform, and plans for more shows to premiere in the future, it can be tough to decide what you should watch next. As such, we’ve rounded up a list of the best shows on HBO Max right now.
HBO Max original series
HBO Max launched in 2020 with a handful of original series exclusive to the digital platform. Here’s a roundup of some of the best HBO Max originals streaming now.
The Flight Attendant
The Flight Attendant stars Kaley Cuoco as an airplane attendant who wakes to find herself in the wrong hotel and next to a dead man — with no idea what happened. The series also stars Zosia Mamet, Michael Huisman, and Rosie Perez.
Inspired by New York City’s infamous underground ballroom community, Legendary finds voguing teams — called “Houses” — competing in dance challenges and fashion showcases in hopes of winning a cash prize.
Mare of Easttown
Mare of Easttown stars Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town detective in Pennsylvania who is investigating a local murder as her own life starts to crumble around her. The series also stars Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, Sosie Bacon, and Jean Smart.
Made For Love
Made for Love stars Cristin Milioti as a woman who is on the run after leaving a suffocating marriage after 10 years. The catch? Her tech billionaire ex implanted a tracking device in her brain.
In The Nevers, a group of Victorian women must use their recently-discovered extraordinary abilities to fight the dark forces committed to annihilating their kind.
Popular on HBO Max
A key feature on the HBO Max homepage is a carousel that collects the most buzzed-about series people are watching right now. Here are a handful of series currently streaming on HBO Max that have earned the coveted “popular” tag.
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory follows physicists and best friends Leonard and Sheldon as they learn to navigate social situations from the free-spirited beauty who moves in next door. All 12 seasons of the series are streaming now.
The Big Shot with Bethenny
In The Big Shot with Bethenny, mogul and reality star Bethenny Frankel looks for her second-in-command: a VP of Operations that will help take her brand to the next level.
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Created by and starring entertainer Robin Thede, A Black Lady Sketch Show is the first sketch-comedy series to feature an all-black women writer’s room, the first black woman sketch director (Dime Davis), and the first cast composed entirely of black women. The entire first season is streaming now, while new episodes of Season 2 drop weekly.
Superman & Lois
The CW’s Superman & Lois follows the Man of Steel and his wife, famed journalist Lois Lane, as they return to Smallville in order leads a more normal life and raise their teenage sons, Jonathan and Jordan. The first five episodes are on HBO Max only until May 17, so you’ll want to watch this right now before they fly up, up, and away.
A grittier take on DC’s Teen Titans franchise, Titans follows a group of young superheroes as they come of age and try to find their place in the world.
Drama on HBO Max
HBO Max is also a solid streaming service for viewers looking for some dramatic series. With that in mind, here are a few of the most action-packed series currently available on HBO Max.
From the mind of Álex de la Iglesia, 30 Coins is a bone-chilling horror series that stars Eduard Fernández as Father Vergara, an ex-convict and priest who is exiled to a small Spanish town. When a series of paranormal events start plaguing the town, the priest recruits the mayor and a veterinarian to help him find answers.
A Japanese anime series set during the United States Prohibition era, 91 Days tells the story of a man who returns to his hometown seeking revenge after his family is murdered in a mafia dispute.
A four-part series from Channel 4, Adult Material explores the porn industry in modern Britain through the eyes of the fictional Jolene Dollar, who has been working in the industry her entire adult life.
An adult animated series, Close Enough centers on a millennial family and their divorced best friends, who all live under one roof in Los Angeles. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now.
A spinoff of Teen Titans, Doom Patrol follows a misfit team of traumatized superheroes who gained superhuman abilities as the result of horrible accidents that also left them disfigured.
Comedy on HBO Max
Want to laugh? Look no further! HBO Max has a variety of comedy series that will make you laugh until you cry. Here’s a lineup of some of the best comedy series streaming today on HBO Max.
2 Dope Queens
2 Dope Queens finds comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams performing series of specials based on their hit comedy podcast of the same name.
Friends fans can revisit their favorite episodes from all 10 seasons. The iconic ’90s sitcom follows six friends in New York City who form an unbreakable bond while struggling to find themselves, navigate romantic relationships and reach professional goals.
Love Life stars Anna Kendrick as Darby Carter, a millennial who experiences ups and downs while looking for love. Each episode centers on the characters Darby encounters along the way.
South Side follows two friends in Chicago who are stuck working at Rent-T-Own while trying to come up with a plan to take over the world. The series is filmed in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and gives viewers a sneak peek at real life on the South Side.
That Damn Michael Che
In That Damn Michael Che, the Emmy nominated comedian and actor shares his at times painfully honest perspective on topics including racial profiling, unemployment, and falling in love.
Docuseries on HBO Max
You’ll also find a collection of thrilling docuseries on HBO Max. Whether you’re into true crime or something a little more uplifting, here are our top picks for docuseries that are currently available on HBO Max.
Allen v. Farrow
A four-part series directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, Allen v. Farrow explores the accusation of sexual abuse against director Woody Allen involving his then 7-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow. The series features never-before-seen footage of, and interviews with, the parties involved.
Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
In the five-part Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children docuseries, new evidence is presented about the abduction and murder of approximately 30 Black children in Atlanta in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Created by CNN, First Ladies features in-depth interviews and rare archival footage of some of the most influential First Ladies in the history of The United States of America. Season 1 consists of episodes about Michelle Obama, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Lady Bird Johnson.
Generation Hustle follows 10 entrepreneurs who go to great lengths to secure fame, fortune, and power. Each episode of the anthology docuseries centers on a new subject.
Wahl Street gives fans an intimate look at the life of superstar Mark Wahlberg, as he attempts to balance his personal and professional life while continuing to expand his brand.
HBO to the Max
HBO Max truly has something for everyone when it comes to the series. Whether you’re looking to revisit an old favorite like Friends and The Big Bang Theory or want to dive into something new like The Nevers, you’re sure to find the content that fits your taste.
The streaming service also offers a variety of shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat, whether through sketch comedy series like A Black Lady Sketch Show or That Damn Michael Che — or drama series like 30 Coins or Titans.
If you’d rather experience stories based on real-life events, then Generation Hustle might be worth a watch. And if you’re looking for something a bit more lighthearted, Mark Wahlberg’s Wahl Street docuseries will probably keep you entertained.
In addition to series that are already streaming, as well as the impressive lineup of movies on HBO Max, the platform has a new batch of series coming to the platform over the next several months. This includes the dark comedy Hacks, which debuts on May 13, and the release of Season 4 of In Treatment on May 23. The second season of the female skateboarding series Betty is also set to debut in June, while Tiny Toons Looniversity is coming to both Cartoon Network and HBO Max soon.
While HBO Max no longer offers a free trial, there are plenty of options to get the service through your cable provider, AT&T TV, and as a Hulu + Live TV add-on. You can also signup directly through the HBO Max website.
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