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 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.
Trending Now on HBO Max
When it comes to new and popular series, HBO Max is one of the best and most talked-about streaming platforms on the market right now. With that in mind, we've created a list of some of the most trendy-worthy series on the platform right now. Here they are:
An anthology series that originally premiered on HBO Asia, Folklore centers each episode on a horror story based on regional folklore from a different Asian country.
The Republic of Sarah
Set in the fictional town of Greylock, New Hampshire, The Republic of Sarah follows a rebellious high school teacher named Sarah Cooper on her mission to stop a mining company from taking over after a valuable mineral is discovered. When the town becomes its own nation, however, Sarah and her neighbors must grapple with developing their own country.
Scenes from a Marriage
A new adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's 1973 Swedish miniseries of the same name, Scenes From a Marriage is a five-part limited series that follows the relationship of Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) and Mira (Jessica Chastain), who begin to face setbacks after going on a disastrous double date with their friends.
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy follows the actor as he travels across Italy to learn about, and taste, the country's best regional cuisines.
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. Season 3 premieres Oct. 17.
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.
The American Guest
The American Guest follows the journey of former U.S. president Teddy Roosevelt (Aidan Quinn) and Brazilian army officer Cândido Rondon on their exploration of unknown regions of the Brazilian Amazon.
A reboot of the hit CW series, HBO Max's Gossip Girl introduces a new generation of New York private school teenagers. It follows them as they navigate both the Upper East Side social scene and the salacious Gossip Girl Instagram account. The first half of Season 1 is streaming now, with new episodes returning in November.
Based on a true story, Laetitia is a limited series about the case of an 18-year-old girl (Sophie Breyer) who went missing in western France. The story is told from the perspective of Laetitia's twin sister Jessica, played by Marie Colomb.
Catch up on HBO's legendary mobster epic ahead of watching the new HBO Max prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark. The Sopranos follows Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) as he attempts to balance life as a dad and husband alongside his role as the head of a New Jersey mob family. All six seasons are available to stream.
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.
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.
Originally aired on BBC One, Ghosts tells the story of a young couple who inherit a dilapidated English mansion as their first home. As they begin to renovate, however, the couple learns the home is full of needy ghosts. An American version of the show, starring Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, recently debuted on CBS.
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. Seasons 1-4 are streaming now, while the fifth and final season premieres on Oct. 24.
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.
Love Life follows a single millennial living in New York City while looking for love, with each episode focusing on a new suitor. Season 1 centered on the romantic escapades of Anna Kendrick's Darby, while Season 2 premieres on Oct. 28 and follows Marcus (William Jackson) on his quest for his own happily ever after.
Reality competitions on HBO Max
HBO Max also features a ton of reality competition series that either aired previously on different networks or are exclusive to the platform. Here's a roundup of some of the best reality competition series streaming now.
Craftopia: Halloween Showdown
Hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka YouTuber LaurDIY, Craftopia follows a group of amateur crafters as they compete in a series of creative challenges in hopes of winning the "Craftrophia." Season 2 is streaming now and consists of four new Halloween Showdown episodes.
The Hype: A Streetwear Competition Series
The Hype: A Streetwear Competition Series combines the worlds of streetwear, business, and culture into a competition among rising fashion designers. The winner receives a career-changing Co-Sign and $150,000 prize.
Selena + Chef
Filmed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena + Chef finds Selena Gomez learning how to cook in her own kitchen — with the help of some master chefs. Season 3 premieres on Oct. 28.
Sweet Life: Los Angeles
From executive producer Issa Rae, Sweet Life: Los Angeles follows a group of seven Black twenty-somethings as they pursue their dreams while living together in southern Los Angeles.
We're Here follows drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley as they journey to rural communities across America in hopes of showing residents the human side of drag. Season 1 is available now, while new episodes of Season 2 premiere weekly.
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.
100 Foot Wave
Directed by Chris Smith, 100 Foot Wave takes an in-depth look at the big-wave pioneer Garrett McNamara's decade-long journey to ride a 100-foot wave.
Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys
This 16th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy-winning series, Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at America's team for the third time. Hard Knocks previously featured the Cowboys in 2002 and 2008.
Directed by Ry Russo-Young, the three-part Nuclear Family docuseries explores the meaning of family through the eyes of Young, who grew up with two moms in the early '80s when most sperm banks denied access to gay families.
Directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, The Vow explores the alleged NXIVM sex cult and its leader, Keith Raniere, across nine episodes.
The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin
The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin tells the story of Gwen Shamblin Lara, the founder of a diet program Weigh Down Workshop and The Remnant Fellowship Christian cult. The first three episodes are streaming now, while the last two are set to premiere in 2022.
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 romantic comedy series like Insecure and Love Life or drama series like The Sopranos and Succession.
If you'd rather experience stories based on real-life events, then 100 Foot Wave might be worth a watch. And if you're looking for something a bit more scandalous, The Vow 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 Sex Lives of College Girls, which premieres on Nov. 18, and the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon. 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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