The 77 best shows on HBO Max right now

Before HBO Max launched, there was a real fear that it would dilute the HBO brand by combining its storied lineup of shows with series that were created for broadcast and cable channels. And while it’s true that The Sopranos, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Game of Thrones are among the greatest TV series ever created, an expanded offering of shows hasn’t been the end of HBO’s reputation. HBO Max originals have been strong, and the television selection has never been better. To help you keep on top of HBO Max’s ever-expanding TV library, here are the best shows on HBO Max right now.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Hulu, the best shows on Netflix, the best shows on Amazon Prime Video, and the best shows on Disney+.

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Love Life (2020) new

Love Life
65%
54%
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Sam Boyd
Cast William Jackson Harper, Jessica Williams, Chris Powell
Seasons: 2
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Love Life has the distinction of being one of the first HBO Max original series. But it stands on its own as a unique romantic anthology. Each season focuses on a different person as they search for love on their own terms. In the first season, it was Anna Kendrick’s Darby Carter who had the spotlight. For season 2, The Good Place’s William Jackson Harper takes on the leading role as Marcus Watkins. Neither Darby nor Marcus have an easy path to romantic bliss, but they never stop trying to find the person right for them.

The Outsider (2020) new

The Outsider
91%
68%
Genre Mystery, Drama, Crime
Created by Richard Price
Cast Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp
Seasons: 1
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Stephen King’s The Outsider was adapted in 2020 as a gripping 10-episode miniseries that has one foot in true crime and another in horror. When a young boy named Frank Peterson is brutally murdered, Little League coach Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman) is accused of the murder. Detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn) is particularly incensed because he had a link with Terry years earlier when Ralph’s son was still alive. Yet the evidence against Terry doesn’t add up, and there may be something supernatural afoot that defies any conventional explanation.

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Band of Brothers
97%
87%
Genre Drama, War & Politics
Cast Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Eion Bailey
Seasons: 1
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Band of Brothers, the only show in HBO’s history that was created by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg after their collaboration on Saving Private Ryan. Erik Jendresen wrote and executive produced the miniseries that dramatized the story of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which is better known as Easy Company. Each episode puts a different character in the spotlight and incorporates real history as Easy Company experiences every stage of war, from the beginning all the way to the end.

Key & Peele (2012) new

Key & Peele
97%
78%
Genre Comedy
Created by Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Cast Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Seasons: 5
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Jordan Peele is currently one of the top horror directors in cinema, while Keegan-Michael Key remains an in-demand performer and writer. But when the duo was together, they created magic. Key & Peele was built upon the foundation of their Mad TV stint, but it went even further by fearlessly mocking topics that other comedians would have avoided. For five seasons, the show featured Key and Peele’s unique brand of comedy and social awareness that gave the show the edge that it needed. It’s one of the all-time great sketch shows.

Scenes from a Marriage (2021)

Scenes from a Marriage
84%
70%
Genre Drama
Created by Hagai Levi
Cast Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac
Seasons: 1
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HBO’s event series have always attracted performers from the big screen. And it doesn’t get much bigger than Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in a modern remake of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage. While the original version is also on HBO Max, the modern update has powerhouse performances from both Isaac and Chastain. Together, they play Jonathan and Mira, a married couple who are undeniably in love. And yet there are tensions beneath the surface that eventually boil over and not only threaten their union, but also their emotional well-being. There are times when love just isn’t enough, and both Jonathan and Mira have to wonder if they should stay together or let each other go.

Superman & Lois (2021)

Superman & Lois
88%
64%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama
Created by Greg Berlanti, Todd Helbing
Cast Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass
Seasons: 2
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How do you make Superman relevant for a modern audience? It’s a trick question because Superman’s inherent goodness makes him a timeless hero. Superman & Lois serves as an effective reminder of everything that makes the Man of Steel great. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch are a winning combination as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, a married couple whose union strengthens both partners. In a modern twist, the Kents are raising their two teenage sons, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alex Garfin), after a tragedy brings their family back to Smallville. Unfortunately for everyone, a threat from Superman’s past has already taken root in Clark’s hometown.

Folklore (2018)

Folklore
Genre Mystery, Drama
Created by Eric Khoo
Seasons: 2
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If you’re looking for a scare, Folklore may be the show for you. In conjunction with HBO Asia, series creator Eric Khoo assembled writers and directors from Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea to create an anthology of horror stories that draw upon the mythology of each country in a unique way. In the first episode, a single mother accidentally invites the wrath of a vengeful ghost when she rescues her adoptive children. Another episode features the ghost of a murderer who demands that a living journalist print his tale. It’s a fascinating glimpse at the supernatural from a distinctly Asian perspective.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)

Curb Your Enthusiasm
88%
84%
Genre Comedy
Created by Larry David
Cast Larry David, Jeff Garlin
Seasons: 11
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Larry’s back. For the last 21 years, the co-creator of Seinfeld, Larry David, has starred as himself in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. But it wouldn’t be accurate to describe the show as a reflection of reality. Instead, David’s largely improvised series amplifies many of the most absurd elements of his life to great comedic effect. Essentially, Larry’s a selfish jerk who gets upset when anyone other than him breaks social norms. The only people who can really tolerate Larry for long stretches of time are his best friend and manager, Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin), and the houseguest who never left, Leon Black (J. B. Smoove). The eleventh season of Curb has begun, and we expect Larry’s reaction to the events of the past year will be worth waiting for.

Jett (2019)

Jett
Genre Drama, Crime
Created by Sebastián Gutiérrez
Cast Carla Gugino, Elena Anaya, Michael Aronov
Seasons: 1
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Jett flew under the radar during its single season on Cinemax, but it has a second chance to find an audience on HBO Max. Carla Gugino stars as Daisy “Jett” Kowalski, a world-class thief and grifter who is trying to go straight now that she’s out of prison. However, her ex-lover and local crime boss, Charlie Baudelaire (Giancarlo Esposito), has other plans for Jett’s talents. In order to provide for her daughter, Alice (Violet McGraw), and for her closest friend, Maria (Elena Anaya), Jett reluctantly agrees to steal a ring from Charlie’s crime lord rival, Miljan Bestic (Greg Bryk). When the job inevitably goes wrong, Jett finds herself caught between the two men. Regardless, the smart money is to always bet on Jett to come out on top.

John Adams (2008)

John Adams
Genre Drama
Created by Kirk Ellis
Cast Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Mamie Gummer
Seasons: 1
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Among United States’ Founding Fathers, John Adams doesn’t get the same level of attention that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or even Alexander Hamilton receive. But in the HBO miniseries, John Adams, the nation’s first vice president and second president finally, gets his due. Paul Giamatti stars as John Adams, with Laura Linney as Abigail Adams, Stephen Dillane as Jefferson, David Morse as Washington, Tom Wilkinson as Franklin, and Rufus Sewell as Hamilton. Adams’ story starts in the years immediately before the American Revolution and covers the next few decades of his life as he helps create the nation as we know it.

The Leftovers (2014)

The Leftovers
91%
76%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Created by Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof
Cast Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
Seasons: 3
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In The Leftovers, 2% of the world’s population simply disappears and never returns. And the world they left behind is full of emotional heartbreak. It’s even more painful because the show and the characters never have a definitive answer about what happened and why. Justin Theroux stars as Kevin Garvey, the police chief of Mapleton, New York, whose sanity is rapidly slipping away. He finds a kindred spirit in Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), a woman who lost her husband and two kids to “the Great Departure.” Their connection is at the heart of the series, even when their choices tear them apart.

Rome (2005)

Rome
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama
Created by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, Bruno Heller
Cast Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds
Seasons: 2
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Nearly a decade before Game of Thrones, HBO’s swords-and-sandals series was Rome, a drama that took some liberties with some key events in Roman history. Regardless, it’s still an engrossing program thanks to two soldiers, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson). Through their eyes, we see the rise and fall of Julius Caesar (Ciarán Hinds), as well as the civil war that follows Caesar’s demise. Vorenus and Pullo aren’t always the best of friends, but their unexpected bond is the glue that keeps the show together. Both men have their own destinies to follow, even when their decisions could determine the fate of the republic.

Awkwafina is Nora From Queens (2020)

Awkwafina is Nora From Queens
81%
66%
Genre Comedy
Created by Awkwafina
Cast Awkwafina, BD Wong, Lori Tan Chinn
Seasons: 2
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Awkwafina’s real name is Nora Lum, but she’s not really the perennial screw-up that she presents herself as in Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens. Within the series, Nora lives at home with her father, Wally (BD Wong), and Nora’s grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn). Nora wants to break out and begin life on her terms, but events (and her own actions) often get in the way. Nora also finds herself feeling jealous when her cousin, Edmund (Bowen Yang), plans to launch his own business. And when Nora teams up with Edmund on their new app, things don’t always go smoothly. But it’s definitely hilarious.

Warrior (2019)

Warrior
Genre Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure
Created by Jonathan Tropper
Cast Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin
Seasons: 2
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If you’re looking for some action, then Warrior is the martial arts show for you. Inspired by a concept created by the late Bruce Lee, Warrior takes place in San Francisco during the 1870s. Andrew Koji stars as Ah Sahm, a Chinese immigrant who comes to America in search of his sister, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan). Much to his surprise, Ah Sahm learns that Mai Ling is married to Long Zii (Henry Yuk), the leader of a powerful gang. Ah Sahm also finds himself caught in the middle of a gang war designed to ensure that there is no peace in Chinatown. It’s a good thing that Ah Sahm is an expert martial artist, because he will need those skills to survive.

Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump (2021)

Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump
Genre Documentary
Created by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Cast Eunette Gentry, Missy Kohler, John Kohler, Deanna O'Donnell
Seasons: 1
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At first glance, Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump could easily be mistaken as a mockumentary comedy. However, this is a real documentary, and there really is an independent TV station called KPVM Pahrump. It’s owned by Vernon and Ronda Van Winkle, a couple who have ambitions of expanding their reach beyond Pahrump’s small-town confines and into the broader Las Vegas market. The show features a colorful cast of real personalities as the employees try to make Vern and Ronda’s dream a reality. Unfortunately for the Van Winkles, their ambitions aren’t easily achieved.

The Venture Bros. (2004)

The Venture Bros.
Genre Comedy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Created by Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer
Cast Doc Hammer, Christopher McCulloch, Patrick Warburton
Seasons: 7
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The Venture Bros. was Rick and Morty before Rick and Morty. This animated comedy/adventure series started off as a parody of Jonny Quest, with two dim-witted teenage adventurers, Hank (Christopher McCulloch) and Dean Venture (Michael Sinterniklaas), who are accompanied by their jaded father, Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture (James Urbaniak), and the family’s incredibly lethal bodyguard, Brock Samson (Patrick Warburton). However, the series has expanded its reach in each subsequent season to tackle superheroes, pop culture, and more while developing many of its characters into more than just caricatures. We’ve come to love this group of weirdos and misfits, especially their supervillain nemeses: The Monarch (McCulloch) and Dr. Girlfriend (Doc Hammer).

Gossip Girl (2021)

Gossip Girl
Genre Drama, Mystery
Created by Joshua Safran
Cast Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Thomas Doherty
Seasons: 1
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HBO Max also has the original Gossip Girl series available to watch, but the recently launched 2021 incarnation is both a sequel and a soft reboot. Only Kristen Bell remains as the voice of Gossip Girl, because there’s a whole new cast of kids to anonymously sling dirt and rumors about. Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander) and her friends are students at Constance Billard, an elite private school in New York City. Julien may be the new “it” girl, but she and her fellow students have a dark side as well. That’s one of the reasons why the Gossip Girl persona has been revived, and everyone’s delicious secrets are already starting to come to light.

Wellington Paranormal (2018)

Wellington Paranormal
98%
72%
Genre Comedy
Created by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Cast Mike Minogue, Karen O'Leary, Maaka Pohatu
Seasons: 3
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Fans of the original What We Do in Shadows movie should recognize officers Kyle Minogue (Mike Minogue) and O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) in the spinoff series, Wellington Paranormal. Let’s just say that Kyle and O’Leary aren’t exactly Mulder and Scully in this horror/comedy series from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. After encountering a young girl suffering from demonic possession, Kyle and O’Leary are roped into joining a paranormal response unit. From there, their lives are about to get infinitely stranger. Only a handful of episodes are currently up on HBO Max, but there’s more on the way, including a new fourth season down the line.

The White Lotus (2021)

The White Lotus
88%
82%
Genre Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Created by Mike White
Cast Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlett, Sydney Sweeney, Brittany O'Grady
Seasons: 1
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Have you ever had a vacation go spectacularly wrong? The White Lotus seems destined to depict a darkly comedic tale about that topic despite the best efforts of Armond (Murray Bartlett), the manager of the White Lotus resort in Hawaii. Armond instructs his loyal staff to ensure that their new guests have a memorable stay. That includes visitors like Shane (Jake Lacy) and Rachel Patton (Alexandra Daddario), a newlywed couple whose connection is already being tested. Other guests are also bringing their own personal and emotional baggage to the resort, which occasionally leads to fireworks between them and the poor beleaguered staff. There’s even an ominous hint that not everyone is going to make it out of this vacation alive.

Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes (2021)

Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes
88%
72%
Genre Documentary
Created by Ronan Farrow
Directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Cast Ronan Farrow
Seasons: 1
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Reporter and investigative journalist Ronan Farrow helped pave the way for the Me Too movement through his dogged investigation of producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual misconduct and abusive behavior. But it wasn’t an easy road for Harvey’s victims, or for Farrow himself. Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes revisits Farrow’s investigation with gripping interviews from the women and men who blew the whistle on Weinstein, including the guy who was initially hired to spy on Farrow! It’s not always easy to watch, but this is an essential record of the crimes from victims who deserve to be heard.

Hacks (2021)

Hacks
100%
81%
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs
Cast Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Seasons: 1
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Jean Smart’s career renaissance continues with HBO Max’s Hacks, a new original series that finally puts Smart in the leading role that she deserves. Smart portrays Deborah Vance, an iconic comedian on the Las Vegas strip who has been a fixture for decades. And that’s the problem. Deborah’s act is getting really stale, and she desperately needs fresh material to revitalize her persona. Enter Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder), a former TV writer whose career stalls after a social media mishap. Ava’s comedic talent may be just what Deborah needs — if the two strong-willed women can learn how to co-exist and work together.

In Treatment (2008)

In Treatment
90%
76%
Genre Drama
Created by Rodrigo García
Cast Uzo Aduba
Seasons: 4
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After running for three seasons on HBO over a decade ago, In Treatment has returned for a fourth season on HBO Max. In the new season, Uzo Aduba stars as Dr. Brooke Taylor, a therapist who tries to help her patients face their complex emotional issues through intimate one-on-one sessions. Like the first three seasons, each patient gets their own spotlight episodes with Dr. Taylor; multiple episodes are released per week in the extended season. Additionally, the first three seasons of In Treatment are also on HBO Max, with Gabriel Byrne as Dr. Paul Weston and Dianne Wiest as Paul’s therapist, Gina Toll.

Betty (2020)

Betty
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Lesley Arfin, Crystal Moselle
Cast Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, Kabrina Adams
Seasons: 2
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Betty is (kind of) a spinoff of the film Skate Kitchen, but don’t worry if you haven’t seen the movie — Betty quickly goes off in its own direction. Two teenage girls, Kirt (Nina Moran) and Janay (Dede Lovelace), face resistance from the largely male skateboarding scene in New York City. That’s why they decide to strike out on their own with fellow female skaters Honeybear (Kabrina Adams), Indigo (Ajani Russell), and Camille (Rachelle Vinberg). Their shared friendship allows them to navigate the occasional rocky episodes of their lives. A second season is imminent, and their story will continue soon.

Chernobyl (2019)

Chernobyl
96%
82%
Genre Drama
Created by Craig Mazin
Cast Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
Seasons: 1
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The best way to describe HBO’s Chernobyl is to call it a historical tragedy. The miniseries dramatizes the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Union and the subsequent investigation into how it happened. This show doesn’t shy away from the most horrific aspects of radiation poisoning, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Jared Harris leads the ensemble cast as Valery Legasov, one of the lead investigators who personally oversees the Chernobyl cleanup efforts. As Valery searches for answers, he has to pay a high personal cost as well. No one emerges from Chernobyl unchanged by the experience.

Made For Love (2021)

Made For Love
94%
68%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy
Created by Patrick Somerville, Dean Bakopoulos, Alissa Nutting, Christina Lee
Cast Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Ray Romano
Seasons: 1
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Modern relationships are a mess even under the best of circumstances. Yet things could still be worse, as exemplified by HBO Max’s Made for Love. Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti) may have thought that she had it made when she married Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen). He’s a tech billionaire who is easily among the richest men in the world. Unfortunately for Hazel, Byron is also a control freak. In the ultimate jerk move, Byron has a device implanted in Hazel’s brain that can track her anywhere, spy on anything she sees, and monitor her emotions. That’s the very last straw for Hazel as she fights to regain her life and her sense of self.

Mare of Easttown (2021)

Mare of Easttown
94%
81%
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Created by Brad Ingelsby
Cast Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart
Seasons: 1
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Kate Winslet leads a magnificent cast in HBO’s latest miniseries, Mare of Easttown. Winslet plays Detective Sergeant Marianne Fahey “Mare” Sheehan, a woman haunted by her son’s suicide and the unsolved murder of a young girl a year earlier. In the present, Mare’s personal life is in turmoil as she deals with a divorce from her husband, Frank Sheehan (David Denman). Meanwhile, her former daughter-in-law, Carrie Layden (Sosie Bacon), is suing Mare for custody of her grandson, Drew. However, a new murder case will soon draw Mare into an even more intense web of danger and deceit.

The Nevers (2021)

The Nevers
48%
56%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Created by Joss Whedon
Cast Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams
Seasons: 1
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Sci-fi and Victorian London don’t often go together, but The Nevers is very much its own thing. In the alternate history of this series, a handful of women have been gifted with supernatural abilities beyond anything that the world has seen before. The powers that be are inherently threatened by Amalia True (Laura Donnelly), Penance Adair (Ann Skelly), and the rest of the Touched … and that’s why they want to destroy them. However, there are also a few men with the powers of the Touched, as well as a vicious killer. That’s why Amalia and Penance are pushed to their limits to keep their people safe.

Deadwood (2004)

Deadwood
92%
85%
Genre Western, Crime
Created by David Milch
Cast Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
Seasons: 3
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Deadwood was the HBO series that elevated expletives into high art. It was also an incredibly well-made Western that captured the post-Civil War period in Deadwood, South Dakota. Series creator David Milch populated the town with many real historical figures, including Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), in addition to original characters as the major players vie for control of the town. McShane’s performance was unforgettable even when paired with a stellar supporting cast. Regardless of how you feel about Westerns, you have to see Deadwood. It is legitimately one of the best shows that HBO has ever made.

gen:LOCK (2019)

gen:LOCK
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Gray Haddock
Cast Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams
Seasons: 2
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It’s a dystopian future and a hostile force known as The Union that has taken over Earth. The gen:LOCK program involves a unique subset of individuals who have been testing an experimental technology that makes it possible to upload their minds to giant suits of armor called Holons. Once housed within their new bodies, they might be humanity’s only hope at defeating the autocratic regime. Dubbed a “cautionary tale about cultural warfare” and inspired by anime, the combination of the star-studded and intentionally diverse and inclusive cast and sci-fi feel make this a worthwhile watch for any comic book/sci-fi fan. A second season was commissioned by HBO Max to stream there before being released on the home network, Rooster Teeth.

Succession (2018)

Succession
93%
83%
Genre Drama, Comedy
Created by Jesse Armstrong
Cast Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Peter Friedman, Natalie Gold, Matthew Macfadyen
Seasons: 3
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With two seasons under its belt and several Emmy wins, including Outstanding Drama Series, Succession has already become one of HBO’s most popular new series. Waystar Royco is a global media and hospitality empire headed up by the cutthroat, cruel Logan Roy. As he reaches retirement age and suffers a health setback, he must look to his rich and entitled children to find a successor. But who of his four children, from the arrogant playboy to the power-hungry and visionary addict, is really ready and deserving? And will Logan ever be ready to hand over the reins anyway? The question of who will take over hovers above every episode as the company, Logan, and the Roy family engage in dirty tactics, flaunt their wealth, and find themselves constantly embroiled in controversy.

The Flight Attendant (2020)

The Flight Attendant
97%
78%
Genre Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Created by Steve Yockey
Cast Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet
Seasons: 1
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If there was any doubt about Kaley Cuoco’s dramatic acting ability, The Flight Attendant proves the naysayers wrong, thanks to her riveting performance in this miniseries. Cuoco not only stars, but also executive produces. Cuoco is Cassie Bowden, a reckless, alcoholic party girl who miraculously hasn’t been fired from her lucrative and exciting career as a flight attendant, which provides her with a revolving door of cute passengers to hit on. But when one of her overseas trysts winds up dead, she must try and clear her name. It doesn’t help that her mind keeps playing games on her with flashbacks of her troubled past that continue to haunt her. It’s surprisingly good, with a top-notch cast and thrilling story that keeps you drawn to Cuoco’s performance as a woman who is rapidly descending to her personal rock bottom.

30 Coins (2020)

30 Coins
Genre Crime, Mystery, Drama
Created by Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Cast Eduard Fernández, Megan Montaner, Pepón Nieto
Seasons: 1
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Father Vergara, a former convict and exorcist, is exiled from the church and moves to a remote town in Spain to work as a priest. But when really strange and paranormal things begin to happen, both the mayor and a local veterinarian suspect that it might be Vergara’s arrival that has sparked the puzzling occurrences. The unlikely pair teams up with him to investigate the mystery behind a coin he owns, and Vergara’s troubled past. What they find, however, is more than they could ever have imagined. The mystery, fantasy, horror series, originally called 30 Monedas, is offered in Spanish language.

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (2018)

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness
77%
60%
Genre Drama, Crime, Mystery
Created by Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning
Seasons: 2
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Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, this limited series period drama is set in the 1890s during a time when a serial killer is on the loose in New York City, targeting young male prostitutes. Mainly fiction, the series includes some elements of historical facts, including Theodore Roosevelt’s time as police commissioner. In order to track down the killer, Roosevelt enlists the help of a criminal psychologist and newspaper illustrator to conduct investigations in secret. A pair of detective sergeants and Roosevelt’s secretary chip in as well. But the ad hoc group faces pushback from the NYPD and its captain, which are more concerned with protecting the New York City elite than actually finding the killer. Season 2 received much better reviews than the first, focusing more on social issues like income inequality and the role of women in the 1890s.

Search Party (2016)

Search Party
96%
78%
Genre Comedy
Created by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
Cast Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, John Early
Seasons: 4
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When an old college acquaintance named Chantal goes missing, Dory sets out on a mission to find her, with the help of her boyfriend and friends. While the others aren’t so keen on bothering with the investigation, Dory is convinced that Chantal is in danger. Initially dubbed a dark comedy, through its seasons, the series has adjusted the tone and genre. It starts with a classic mystery and Nancy Drew-like detective work, but things shift to more of a psychological thriller vibe for season 2. Season 3, meanwhile, is a subtle nod to courtroom drama narratives, inspired by the Amanda Knox trial, with satire sprinkled in reminiscent of The Bling Ring. There’s something unique with every season, but the tones all pay homage to some of the most revered film and television styles, so you get a bit of everything with this series.

At Home with Amy Sedaris (2017)

At Home with Amy Sedaris
100%
82%
Genre Comedy
Created by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello
Cast Amy Sedaris
Seasons: 3
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Go on a journey each episode with comedian Amy Sedaris as she demonstrates her endless homemaking skills, with the help of hilarious guest stars playing equally funny characters: Think Justin Theroux as “the Hip Guy” and Heather Lawless as the “Lady Who Lives in the Woods.” Along with playing herself in various sketches, Sedaris also plays a variety of characters. There is also a long list of guest stars through the seasons, including Paul Giamatti, Chris Elliott, Aidy Bryant, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Michael Cera, and more. Though it was canceled after three seasons, the series maintains a 100% critic rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes and has earned Emmy nominations for each year since it went on the air.

Gomorrah (2014)

Gomorrah
87%
76%
Genre Crime, Drama
Created by Roberto Saviano
Cast Salvatore Esposito, Marco D'Amore, Ivana Lotito
Seasons: 5
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A play on the name of the real crime syndicate, Camorra, this Robert Saviano book was turned into a crime drama set in the 2010s about the dark underbelly of the criminal world and the high-ranking members within it, along with their rivals. It’s the age-old story of “old guard” versus “young guard” when it comes time to consider succession in the family business. Originally in Italian, everything from the pacing to the atmosphere, acting, directing, writing, and characterization has been praised.

The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006)

The New Adventures of Old Christine
89%
64%
Genre Comedy
Created by Kari Lizer
Cast Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, Hamish Linklater
Seasons: 5
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Everything on the small screen Julia Louis-Dreyfus touches turns to gold, and after Seinfeld and before Veep, there was this sitcom. She plays a divorced and neurotic single mother trying to navigate life while raising a child and running a women’s gym on her own. The name references the fact that Christine’s ex has a new, much younger, girlfriend who is also named Christine, thus making her the “old” Christine in more than one sense of the word. Not surprisingly, Louis-Dreyfus earned an Emmy for her role as the struggling single mom.

Person of Interest (2011)

Person of Interest
92%
66%
Genre Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Jonathan Nolan
Cast Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman
Seasons: 5
tv-14
After building a machine that can predict crimes before they happen, reclusive billionaire Harold Finch fakes his death and goes into hiding to prevent his creation from being used for nefarious purposes. But he still sees the value in the machine, so he recruits the help of John Reese, a former Green Beret CIA agent, also presumed dead, to investigate cases and stop crimes before they are committed. The catch? The machine can pinpoint two persons of interest based on their social security numbers, but it doesn’t know who is the victim and who is the perpetrator. Thus, Harold and John must use their skills, talents, and intuition to figure it out in time. It’s a thrilling ride through each episode and each case, made all the more entertaining thanks to the top-notch cast.

Selena + Chef (2020)

Selena + Chef
Genre Reality
Cast Selena Gomez
Seasons: 3
tv-pg
Combine a charismatic pop music sensation with a background in acting with a cooking show and you get this entertaining series. Totally unscripted, Gomez attempts to try a new dish each episode, cooking from her home while quarantining. Each episode features a guest professional chef there to provide assistance, tips, tricks, and advice when a kitchen disaster strikes. Food-related charities are also promoted in each episode. Guests from the first two seasons included Antonia Lofaso, owner of Black Market Liquor Bar, Roy Choi, one of the founders of the gourmet food truck movement and owner of the Korean-Mexican taco truck Kogi, celebrity chef and author Curtis Stone, and founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK) Jose Andres.

Batman: The Animated Series (1992)

Batman: The Animated Series
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Mystery
Created by Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski
Cast Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Loren Lester
Seasons: 4
tv-pg
Widely considered to be the best television adaptation of the popular DC Comics character along with his sidekick Robin and arch-nemesis the Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill), this animated series from the ’90s lasted two seasons and 85 episodes. Despite lacking the flashy graphics and animations of modern-day animated series, it will delight any fan of the superhero genre, young or old. Named The Adventures of Batman & Robin for its final 15 episodes and in reruns, the film noir aesthetics with complex and dark plots make the nostalgic series just as entertaining and enthralling for adults as it is exciting for kids. Also named among the best animated series of all time, it’s a top option in HBO Max’s lineup.

Snowpiercer (2020)

Snowpiercer
75%
56%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Josh Friedman, Graeme Manson
Cast Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner
Seasons: 3
tv-ma
Transforming Bong Joon-ho’s film concept to the small screen, this dystopian post-apocalyptic thriller features a star-studded cast that draws you into the dark and politically charged story. Earth has become a frozen wasteland, and the only survivors managed to hop aboard a perpetually moving train just in the nick of time before the human race could be entirely obliterated. Despite living in a spacious train and focusing solely on survival, however, the survivors aren’t necessarily all working together. Just as how society worked before, there are social class divisions and politics, class warfare, and social injustice that runs rampant. The binge-worthy story is based on the 1982 graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette and is a reboot of the continuity from the movie.

The West Wing (1999)

The West Wing
75%
78%
Genre Drama
Created by Aaron Sorkin
Cast Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff
Seasons: 7
tv-14
Martin Sheen plays President Josiah Bartlet in this long-running Aaron Sorkin serial political drama. It’s one of Sheen’s most memorable roles, and it’s not uncommon to find this show on every list of the best TV series of all time. Known for popularizing the long hallway walk-and-talk shots that have become commonplace in political dramas, The West Wing approaches the White House in such a way that has sparked conversation, with some questioning its legitimacy and exaggerations. But it is a television show, after all, designed to entertain. And it’s a must-watch, not only for the compelling stories about the inner workings of politics but also for the talented performances from the top-notch cast.

Lovecraft Country (2020)

Lovecraft Country
88%
79%
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Misha Green
Cast Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Wunmi Mosaku
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are behind this drama-horror series about a young Black man who travels across the United States in the ’50s, during a time when segregation was the norm. His mission: to locate his missing father. But when he arrives in the town that the famous horror author H.P. Lovecraft highlighted in his seemingly-fictional stories, he discovers dark secrets lurking there that are enough to make one wonder if the stories were fiction after all. Along with Peele and Abrams serving as executive producers, the series stars Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett, and Tony Goldwyn.

Adam Ruins Everything (2015)

Adam Ruins Everything
Genre Comedy, Documentary
Created by Adam Conover
Cast Adam Conover, Emily Axford, Rhea Butcher
Seasons: 3
tv-14
Comedian, writer, voice actor, and TV host Adam Conover sets out to debunk commonly-held myths and misconceptions in this educational comedy. Every episode begins with Adam seemingly overhearing someone utter one of these questionable myths, after which he interrupts and proceeds to investigate. Through interviews with experts, analysis of scientific studies, and even humorous sketches, animation, and time travel, he aims to provide the truth. The series is based on the CollegeHumor web series of the same name.

Southland (2009)

Southland
90%
77%
Genre Drama
Created by Ann Biderman
Cast Ben McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz, Regina King
Seasons: 5
tv-14
Before Michael Cudlitz was Abraham on The Walking Dead and Ben McKenzie was James Gordon on Gotham, they were a pair of LAPD officers in this crime drama that followed their interactions with detectives, criminals, and others. Focusing more on the characters than the stories, it’s atypical compared to other police procedurals, but the show has also been praised for being raw and authentic. Despite being compared to other, more high-profile series within the same genre, like The Wire and The Shield, Southland never really received the same level of attention it deserved.

Industry (2020)

Industry
76%
69%
Genre Drama
Created by Mickey Down, Konrad Kay
Cast Myha'la Herrold, Marisa Abela, Harry Lawtey
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
The corporate world can be cutthroat, especially when there are several young and talented people all vying for the same job. In this British drama, which counts Girls‘ Lena Dunham among its episode directors, the job in question is at a prestigious investment bank in London. With only a few slots left, a group of recent graduates race for a seat at the corporate table. Many have suggested that the series could be a launchpad to burgeoning careers for writers Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, given that one of its strong points is the “sharp writing,” even if is classified as a “soapy workplace drama.”

Titans (2018)

Titans
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Created by Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns
Cast Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop
Seasons: 3
tv-ma
Take a look back at the young heroes in the DC Universe who get together to fight evil forces. Known as the Teen Titans, this live-action version of the series has an ensemble cast playing all of the DC favorites, led by Richard “Dick” Grayson, Batman’s former sidekick known as Robin, now under the assumed identity of Nightwing. There’s also Wonder Girl, Hawk, Deathstroke, and more. With two seasons available now, a third is forthcoming from the streaming service, though no release date has been confirmed.

Looney Tunes (1930)

Looney Tunes
6.5/10
Genre Animation, Comedy, Short
Created by Warner Bros.
Cast Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet, Stan Freberg, and others
Seasons: 31
tv-pg
Introduce a new generation of kids to the ACME Corporation, falling anvils, and endless sight gags, or relive your own youth with classic catchphrases like, “What’s Up, Doc,” or, “I say, I say, I ain’t no chicken!” with the original Looney Tunes cartoons. Airing from 1930 through 1969, the animated shorts harken back to a time when cartoons were much simpler — and arguably more violent. From the music to the iconic characters like Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Speedy Gonzales, Road Runner, Tweety, and Elmer Fudd, it’s thoroughly entertaining for Saturday morning viewing. Once you’ve powered through those episodes, check out HBO Max’s rebooted Looney Tunes Cartoons, which are based on the original.

The Undoing (2020)

The Undoing
75%
64%
Genre Drama, Crime, Mystery
Created by David E. Kelley
Cast Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Edgar Ramírez
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
You’ll be at the edge of your seat through every episode of this nail-biting psychological thriller, with both Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant delivering incredible performances as a wealthy married couple whose lives get upended following a brutal murder. A traditional whodunit in some ways, there are so many extenuating elements that it’s easy to wind up going down the Reddit rabbit hole of theories about symbolism and meanings of every little nuance and scene. Based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Hanff Korelitz, the wonderful cast brings the story to life in a way that makes viewers totally invested in both the stories and characters.

His Dark Materials (2019)

His Dark Materials
81%
69%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Created by Jack Throne
Cast Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Seasons: 2
tv-14
Dafne Keen turned a lot of heads with her star-making turn in Logan. But she’s really stepped up in HBO and BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. In an alternate world where souls appear as companion animals, Keen plays Lyra, a young girl who finds herself torn between her uncle, Lord Asriel Belacqua (James McAvoy), and the enigmatic Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson). Meanwhile, in a world very much like our own, young Will Parry (Amir Wilson) learns a family secret that will bring him inexorably closer to Lyra. This family-friendly fantasy is still unfolding, but it’s a winner for fans of all ages.

Boardwalk Empire (2010)

Boardwalk Empire
92%
83%
Genre Crime, Drama
Created by Terence Winter
Cast Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Seasons: 5
tv-ma
During the Peak TV era, Boardwalk Empire was criminally underrated. But this Prohibition-era drama was one of the very best that the medium had to offer. The Sopranos veteran Terence Winter recruited Martin Scorsese to direct the pilot episode and executive produce the series. Yet it wouldn’t have worked without Steve Buscemi’s complex performance as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, an Atlantic County treasurer who had a large role in the criminal underground. Winter weaved a rich and compelling tale around Nucky and historical gangsters from that era. It’s a one-of-a-kind show from a one-of-a-kind network.

Silicon Valley (2014)

Silicon Valley
94%
84%
Genre Comedy
Created by Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky
Cast Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani
Seasons: 6
tv-ma
Mike Judge has come a long way from his Beavis and Butt-Head days. While Judge has previously directed live-action comedy films, Silicon Valley gave him an even bigger platform to expand his mastery of the medium. The series follows programmer Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) as he and his friends try to launch a new startup company called Pied Piper. Their trials and tribulations run the gamut from hilarious to dramatic. Judge and his co-creators also assembled one of the most talented supporting casts in recent memory, including T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, and Amanda Crew. Nearly all of them have gone on to even bigger things after the show’s six-season run.

Young Justice (2010)

Young Justice
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Created by Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti
Cast Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
Seasons: 4
tv-14
DC Universe’s loss is HBO Max’s gain. Young Justice is one of the greatest superhero cartoons ever made, thanks to its fantastic writing and terrific performances by the cast. The so-called sidekicks come into their own by starting their own team under Batman’s supervision. Over time, the show has allowed the kids to grow into young adults. More importantly, Young Justice’s creative team isn’t afraid to take chances as well. Heroes rise, fall, and even die, with dramatic stakes. Even a nearly decade-long wait between seasons 2 and 3 couldn’t diminish our love for this show.

Friends (1994)

Friends
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Marta Kauffman, David Crane
Cast Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Seasons: 10
tv-14
Binge all 10 seasons of this iconic sitcom that has become part of pop culture history. Relive the hilarious moments and one-liners from the six 20-somethings living in New York City and navigating dating, careers, and life. The show originally aired from 1994 to 2004, long before social media, smartphones, and dating apps would have markedly changed its course. Despite the technological differences, Chandler’s frequent sarcastic remarks, the search for an adult identity, and the on-again, off-again nature of relationships are still totally relatable today.

Veep (2012)

Veep
93%
82%
Genre Comedy
Created by Armando Iannucci
Cast Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale
Seasons: 7
tv-ma
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won six consecutive Emmy Awards for playing Selina Meyer, the fictional vice president (later president) of the United States in this political satire comedy that wrapped in 2019. The series itself also received critical acclaim throughout its seven-season run. Fans couldn’t get enough of watching Meyer and her team as they engaged in political games. The show calls out and exaggerates the absurdity of politics in a way that makes it universally funny.

Westworld (2016)

Westworld
81%
72%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Western
Created by Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy
Cast Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright
Seasons: 3
tv-ma
Fans waited two years for the third season of this fabulous sci-fi Western and dystopian series that portrays a futuristic Wild West-themed amusement park called Westworld. Despite looking and acting convincingly human, the people who work there are actually hosts programmed to have specific personalities and skills, and cater to every visitor’s desires, whether that’s to meet and bed a beautiful woman or get caught up in a gunfight. The first season and overall story are inspired by the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name. The second, and especially the third, seasons, however, are very different from the first. Each is equally captivating and fast-paced, keeping the story continually refreshing.

The Wire (2002)

The Wire
94%
91%
Genre Crime, Drama
Created by David Simon
Cast Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn
Seasons: 5
tv-ma
Though it ended in 2008, this crime drama is still widely considered to be one of the best TV series of its generation. Created and written by former police reporter David Simon, it takes an authentic look at various institutions and their sometimes twisted and controversial relationships to law enforcement. A different story is introduced every season, tackling topics from the illegal drug trade to schools and education. With Dominic West and Idris Elba among the top-billed cast, it’s no surprise the series lasted a successful five seasons and appears on many “must-watch” lists.

Batwoman (2019)

Batwoman
84%
59%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Created by Caroline Dries
Cast Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy
Seasons: 3
tv-14
While Ruby Rose, who played the title character, has exited the superhero series after just one season, the show has already been renewed for a second. But you can catch the first season of this CW show on HBO Max as you prepare for season 2, which is set to debut in January 2021 (though that may be delayed). As part of the DC Comics world, the series, which includes 20 episodes to date in season 1, examines the story of Batwoman as a local vigilante in Gotham City.

Sex and the City (1998)

Sex and the City
49%
64%
Genre Comedy
Created by Darren Star
Cast Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon
Seasons: 6
tv-ma
Live vicariously through four 30- and 40-something single friends in New York City navigating their hectic careers and dating lives. The romantic comedy-drama, which debuted in 1998, is credited with helping put HBO on the map, and for good reason. Throughout its six seasons from 1998 to 2004, the show received 54 Emmy nominations (seven wins) and 24 Golden Globe nominations (eight wins) and spawned two feature films and even a prequel series. It remains a pop culture phenomenon that presents life, love, sex, and relationships in a raw, emotional, and honest way from the eyes of four very different adult women.

Rick and Morty (2013)

Rick and Morty
94%
87%
Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Created by Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland
Cast Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
Seasons: 5
tv-ma
Rick Sanchez is a mad scientist who reappears after having gone missing for 20 years. He now lives with his daughter and her family, including his grandson Morty Smith. And together, he and Morty navigate regular daily life along with inter-dimensional adventures. The adult animated sci-fi sitcom has aired for four seasons on Adult Swim and has been lauded by critics and audiences alike, who have called it kooky and described the storylines as “densely plotted science fiction escapades” and “intricately hilarious misadventures.”

Game of Thrones (2011)

Game of Thrones
89%
86%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure
Created by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
Cast Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
Seasons: 8
tv-ma
Chances are you’ve already watched this fantasy series, which was HBO’s anchor for eight seasons from 2011 through 2019. Based on the George R.R. Martin series of fantasy novels, it was rich in scenery, costumes, and storylines depicting the fight for the Iron Throne among the various houses and individuals within the fictional world of Westeros. It broke viewership records for HBO, and it’s not uncommon for fans to watch this series from beginning to end, again and again, picking up on new details each time. If you haven’t yet watched, what are you waiting for?

Doctor Who (2005)

Doctor Who
92%
77%
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Sydney Newman, Donald Wilson, C. E. Webber
Cast Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop
Seasons: 13
tv-pg
Produced by the BBC since 1963, the revival version of this long-running British sci-fi series has found a streaming home on HBO Max. It follows the stories of a Time Lord called The Doctor who travels through time in the TARDIS spaceship to help civilization. Since The Doctor is an extraterrestrial being that can appear human, the role has been handled by 13 different actors to date. The most recent version of The Doctor is played by Jodie Whittaker, who has held the role since 2018. The revival series began in 2005, and you can watch episodes dating all the way back to that first season.

The Sopranos (1999)

The Sopranos
92%
94%
Genre Drama
Created by David Chase
Cast James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Seasons: 6
tv-ma
When it comes to crime dramas about mobster families, it doesn’t get much better than The Sopranos, which has been named on many lists as being one of the greatest TV series of all time. For six seasons, we followed the Soprano family led by Tony (the late James Gandolfini) as he attempted to balance his life in New Jersey as a father and husband and his position as the leader of an Italian-American criminal organization. It launched in 1999 and was among the first series to bring shocking main character deaths to the small screen, continuing the cliffhanger endings and cringeworthy moments through to its ending in 2007 with an iconic diner closing scene.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Genre Comedy, Family, Drama
Created by Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz
Cast Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
Seasons: 6
tv-pg
If you want to know the story about how Will Smith became the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, tune into this classic ’90s sitcom starring the now A-list Hollywood actor. Smith stars as Will, a young man who, as the popular theme song says, is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle after he gets into a fight on the basketball court. His mom, worried about her son growing up in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood, decides this is the only way for him to have a better life. Naturally, the dichotomy between Will from Philly and Uncle Phil with his mansion, butler, and stuck-up kids leads to plenty of clashes between family members. It’s six seasons of pure fun along with those signature moral lessons at the end of every episode that defined sitcoms of the ’90s.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Genre Documentary
Cast Anthony Bourdain
Seasons: 12
tv-pg
Gone far too soon, Anthony Bourdain left behind a legacy in the culinary world. And that legacy included this sensational TV series that saw him travel the world to discover different cultures, cuisines, and local delicacies. For 12 seasons, Bourdain took viewers everywhere from the hidden gems in Los Angeles to Myanmar, Congo, Copenhagen, and Beirut, sampling all kinds of food and teaching viewers more about culture and travel than even the best travel shows could accomplish. Not surprisingly, the series was nominated for 31 Primetime Emmy Awards during its run and won a dozen. It’s the perfect show for foodies and those with serious wanderlust.

The Big Bang Theory (2007)

The Big Bang Theory
81%
61%
Genre Comedy
Created by Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady
Cast Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
Seasons: 12
tv-14
This sitcom wrapped up after 12 successful seasons in 2019, and HBO reportedly spent $425 million to snag exclusive rights to the CBS show. You can catch every season and revisit the social growth of four nerdy friends after they befriend the attractive waitress and aspiring actor next door and expand their insulated group. The ensemble cast was among the highest-paid television actors in the show’s later years, each making $1 million per episode at one point. The scientific jargon that dominated much of the complex dialogue didn’t impact the series’ popularity; you didn’t have to be an astrophysicist or engineer to understand the witty humor and appreciate the amazing chemistry among the cast members.

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (2020)

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo
Genre Talk, Kids, Comedy
Created by Sesame Workshop
Cast Ryan Dillon
Seasons: 2
tv-y
HBO Max brought the talk show world to kids with this new Sesame Street spinoff starring none other than the beloved, tickle-friendly furry puppet as host. In each of the 13 episodes, Elmo talks about bedtime routines, helping kids get ready to turn in for the night. There are guest stars in every episode, starting with Kacey Musgraves and including others like Batman, the Jonas Brothers, John Oliver, and more in season 1. It’s a must-watch for any family with toddler-aged children. This series received rave reviews from its preschool audience for its inaugural season.

Flight of the Conchords (2007)

Flight of the Conchords
94%
73%
Genre Comedy
Created by James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie
Cast Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal
Seasons: 2
tv-ma
For two seasons, Flight of the Conchords turned failure into joyful fun. The HBO show followed two New Zealand musicians — Jemaine (Jemaine Clement) and Bret (Bret McKenzie) — as they tried to make it in big, bad New York City. They would spontaneously break into song multiple times an episode, sometimes revealing their innermost thoughts to the audience and breaking the fourth wall in hilarious fashion. Some of the show’s songs continue to stand the test of time, such as Robots and Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros, though, some of the best scenes were the meetings the band held with their manager, Murray Hewitt (Rhys Darby).

South Park (1997)

South Park
80%
64%
Genre Animation, Comedy
Created by Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Cast Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart
Seasons: 24
tv-ma
In addition to Friends, one of HBO Max’s big streaming snags was the entirety of the South Park catalog. The controversial animated show following four friends growing up in South Park, Colorado, has now aired for 23 seasons on Comedy Central, spanning more than 300 episodes. The show has frequently received criticism — and it often takes aim at taboo subjects in a way that can make viewers uncomfortable — but it also remains one of the smartest satires on television, its fearlessness often serving as a tremendous asset in comparison to safer shows on the airwaves.

Watchmen (2019)

Watchmen
96%
85%
Genre Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Created by Damon Lindelof
Cast Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
A new version of Watchmen could’ve easily been met with skepticism, especially after the poor reception for the 2009 film of the same name. HBO’s limited, nine-episode limited series made an instant impact in 2019, but its importance didn’t start rising until 2020. From the complexity of its characters to its incredible acting performances — particularly that of Regina King — to its highlighting of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Watchmen was never afraid to reflect the worst of society back to its audience, making it a valuable media prism through which to view the racial reckoning of the times.

Barry (2018)

Barry
99%
85%
Genre Comedy, Crime
Created by Bill Hader, Alec Berg
Cast Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler
Seasons: 2
tv-ma
Transitioning into an acting career can be a challenge for anyone. It’s especially challenging if your old career beckons often, which it apparently does if your old career is being a hitman. Barry finds its laughs in the awkward exploration of its lead character, played by two-time Emmy winner Bill Hader. The show can also take on a more serious tone, as the trauma Barry suffers from merges with his inability to turn the page on his old life and escape the black-and-white world of contract killing. Its best episodes are the ones that transcend the screen altogether, however.

Insecure (2016)

Insecure
96%
85%
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Larry Wilmore, Issa Rae
Cast Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis
Seasons: 5
tv-ma
Based on Issa Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl, she stars as a 20-something Black woman navigating everyday life, including relationships and career, with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji.) The series has received critical acclaim, largely for its honest portrayal of the modern black experience that transcends stereotypes while also exploring social and racial issues in an unbiased way.

I Know This Much Is True (2020)

I Know This Much Is True
74%
68%
Genre Drama
Created by Derek Cianfrance
Cast Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Rosie O'Donnell
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
Mark Ruffalo took home an Emmy award for his dual portrayal of identical twin brothers, one of whom suffers from severe mental illness, in this limited series based on the 1988 Wally Lamb novel of the same name. Set in the ’90s, Dominick (Ruffalo) has his own issues, including the breakdown of his marriage, the death of his infant child, and undiagnosed PTSD. Despite dealing with his own trauma, however, he also feels responsible for caring for his paranoid schizophrenic twin brother Thomas (Ruffalo). It all comes to a head when Thomas cuts his own arm off, believing he is doing so in sacrificial protest. While Thomas needs to be institutionalized, Dominick struggles with the knowledge that the hospital he’s staying in doesn’t provide adequate care. It’s a touching and emotional story about unconditional love, the toll that caring for a family member can take on someone, and how far sacrifices should go. The series consists of just six episodes, making it a quick, though emotionally powerful, binge.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020)

I'll Be Gone in the Dark
96%
82%
Genre Documentary, Crime
Created by Liz Garbus
Cast Amy Ryan
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
If you’re into true crime, this is the series to binge. The six-part documentary follows the late Michelle McNamara’s journey to investigating the Golden State Killer. After learning of the unsolved case, McNamara became obsessed with solving it and took it upon herself to look into details of the series of murders, rapes, and burglaries the unknown perpetrator committed through California in the ’70s and ’80s. McNamara, who sadly passed away before genetic genealogy was able to finally identify the killer as Joseph James DeAngelo, was just shy of finishing her book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, before her death. The book, and the series that features excerpts from it, footage with McNamara, and interviews with survivors, family members, and others (including McNamara’s widowed husband, comedian Patton Oswalt) were both released posthumously.

Moral Orel (2005)

Moral Orel
Genre Drama, Animation, Comedy
Created by Dino Stamatopoulos
Cast Carolyn Lawrence, Jay Johnston, Scott Adsit
Seasons: 4
tv-ma
Looking for something totally different to watch? Step into the world of stop motion animation with this show, designed for mature audiences and originally developed for Adult Swim. Orel Puppington is a school-aged boy who is brought up a fundamentalist Protestant Christian and takes his church’s teachings a little too literally, brushing off his father’s alcoholism and abuse and his mother’s neglect, failing to see the hypocrisy in it all. Set in a fictional Bible Belt state called Statesota, the series is worth watching if you appreciate humor that isn’t exactly politically correct: Think South Park meets Davey and Goliath. The series consists of three seasons and a total of 43 episodes

Young Sheldon (2017)

Young Sheldon
Genre Comedy
Created by Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro
Cast Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber
Seasons: 5
tv-pg
For those missing The Big Bang Theory, this prequel series tells the childhood story of Sheldon Cooper, from his time as a precocious, know-it-all pre-teen who was fast-tracked to high school and already taking college classes by the age of 10. Narrated by Jim Parsons, who played the adult Sheldon, the show delves into his family life, including his parents (Zoe Perry, the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon’s mother in The Big Bang Theory), his older brother, twin sister, and wild and crazy grandmother, played by Annie Potts. It’s a sweet story of an average Southern family in Texas dealing with a very special and unique child. Fans of The Big Bang Theory will recognize depictions of various events the older Sheldon referenced in the main show, but you don’t necessarily have to have watched The Big Bang Theory to appreciate the sweet and funny sitcom.

Raised by Wolves (2020)

Raised by Wolves
74%
64%
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Created by Aaron Guzikowski
Cast Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim, Winta McGrath
Seasons: 1
tv-ma
Premiering in 2020, this sci-fi drama is already getting great reviews, lauded for its “bloody exploration of artificial intelligence and religious beliefs that will stimulate the eye and mind.” The Earth has been destroyed and a pair of androids are raising human children on a new planet. But just like the old Earth, religious differences seem to be getting in the way of building a harmonious existence. Can the androids get everyone to agree and share the same belief system? Travis Fimmel (Vikings) heads up the cast on this series, which is executive produced by Ridley Scott.

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