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.
Hacks stars Jean Smart as a washed-up Las Vegas comedian named Deborah Vance, who is forced to work with an outcast television writer in hopes of saving her waning career. Season 1 is streaming now.
Created by and starring Issa Rae, Insecure follows best friends Issa and Molly as they attempt to navigate their flaws and professional aspirations in modern-day Los Angeles. Catch up on Season 1-4 now, ahead of the debut of the fifth and final season later this year. The series also stars Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, and Amanda Seales.
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.
Written by and starring New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo, Starstruck follows a millennial named Jessie, whose life in East London is turned upside down when she falls for a famous film star (Nikesh Patel).
The White Lotus
Set at the titular resort, The White Lotus follows the exploits of both guests and employees at an exclusive tropical resort over the span of one week. The limited series stars Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, and Sydney Sweeney.
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 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.
Generation follows a group of high school students exploring modern sexuality and love in their conservative community. The show stars Justice Smith, Chase Sui Wonders and Chloe East.
A reboot of the hit CW series, HBO Max's Gossip Girl introduces a new generation of New York private school teenagers and follows them as they navigate both the Upper East Side social scene and the salacious Gossip Girl Instagram account.
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.
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.
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. Season 3 premieres in September.
Ten years after the Season 3 finale first aired, Season 4 of In Treatment picks up with a new doctor played by Uzo Adoba (Orange Is The New Black). The new season finds Aduba's Dr. Brooke Taylor helping a new group of patients navigating everything from the global pandemic to shifts in the social and cultural landscapes. All four seasons are streaming now.
It's a Sin
It's a Sin centers on a tight-knit group of friends living in '80s London, whose lives are changed forever by the AIDS crisis. The series stars Years & Years musician Olly Alexander as Ritchie Tozer.
Succession stars Brian Cox as Logan Roy, a media tycoon who inadvertently pits his four grown children against each other when he announces his intent to retire. Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 now, ahead of the Season 3 premiere this fall.
A gritty take on DC Comics Teen Titans, Titans series follows a group of young heroes as they come of age and try to figure out where they fit in the world. Season 3 premieres on August 12.
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.
Based on Crystal Moselle's 2018 film Skate Kitchen, Betty follows a diverse group of young women as they navigate the mostly male-oriented world of skateboarding.
Conan Without Borders
Conan Without Borders finds funnyman Conan O'Brien taking his specific brand of comedy to cities around the world. Season 2 finds O'Brien visiting cities in Cuba, Haiti, Israel, Italy, Korea, and Mexico.
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.
Looney Tunes Cartoons
Looney Tunes Cartoons offers a new batch of hilarious and nostalgic cartoon shorts featuring the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Road Runner, and Wile E. Coyote.
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.
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.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Catch up on all 10 seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown before the new documentary about the late chef and author, Roadrunner, debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival in July. The Emmy-winning series follows Bourdain as he travels around the world to uncover under-the-radar destinations and explore diverse cultures.
Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes
A six-part docuseries based on Ronan Farrow's book, Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes finds Farrow interviewing the whistle blowers, journalists, and private investigators who contributed to his bestselling book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.
A four-part HBO Originals docuseries, Equal chronicles the landmark events and forgotten heroes of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
Pray, Obey, Kill (Knutby: I blind tro)
Pray, Obey, Kill is a five-part docuseries exploring the complex murder of a woman in Sweden in January 2004. The series specifically focuses on the confession by a nanny, who claimed she was told to commit the murder through a series of text messages from God.
Ravi Patel's Pursuit of Happiness
In Ravi Patel's Pursuit of Happiness, actor Ravi Patel travels around the world with friends and family members in hopes of answering some of life's biggest questions. The four-part docuseries finds Patel and his companions visiting Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Denmark, where they explore local customs and different ways of life.
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 or want to dive into something new like The White Lotus or Gossip Girl, 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 comedy series like A Black Lady Sketch Show or Conan Without Borders — or drama series like Succession or It's A Sin.
If you'd rather experience stories based on real-life events, then Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown might be worth a watch. And if you're looking for something a bit more spooky, the Pray, Obey, Kill docuseries will probably keep you on the edge of your seat.
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 Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain-led series Scenes From a Marriage, which premieres in September, and the Sopranos prequel series, The Many Saints of Newark, which arrives in October. Tiny Toons Looniversity is also set to arrive on 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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