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The 100 best shows on HBO Max right now (September 2022)

There’s nothing that illustrates the advantage that HBO Max holds over HBO than the available selection of TV shows. Both HBO Max and HBO are the home of House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones, and every other series under the HBO Original banner. However, only HBO Max has additional series that went straight to streaming, such as a new season of Harley Quinn or the acclaimed comedy Hacks. HBO Max also adds shows from around the world, and gives subscribers the power to curate their own programming experience. But if you need a hand finding the right series to watch, we’ve got you covered with 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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House of the Dragon (2022) new
House of the Dragon
68 %
8.8/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery
Cast Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans
Created by George R. R. Martin, Ryan Condal
Anyone who claimed that fans didn’t care about Game of Thrones after the divisive final season turned out to be quite wrong. House of the Dragon has already proven to be a monster hit, with an early renewal for a second season. Milly Alcock stars as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, although she will soon relinquish the role to Emma D’Arcy. Following the death of her mother and her infant brother, Rhaenyra was named heir to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. However, her childhood best friend, Lady Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey), has married Rhaenyra’s father and become the new queen. And as the queen becomes a woman (played by Olivia Cooke), her rivalry with her former friend will throw House Targaryen into turmoil.
House of the Dragon | Official Trailer | HBO Max
Harley Quinn (2019) new
Harley Quinn
88 %
8.5/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation, Crime, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Cast Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell
Created by Dean Lorey, Patrick Schumacker, Justin Halpern
After a very long hiatus between seasons, Harley Quinn is back on HBO Max for a third season! Unlike many previous incarnations of Harley (Kaley Cuoco), this one is striking out on her own alongside a new crew: Clayface (Alan Tudyk), Doctor Psycho (Tony Hale), and King Shark (Ron Funches). But just as Harley comes within reach of taking over Gotham City’s underworld, she realizes that she has romantic feelings for her best friend, Poison Ivy (Lake Bell). And unfortunately for Harley, Ivy isn’t initially willing to act on the love she feels as well. Not that Batman is faring any better. His fading romance with Catwoman is a recurring gag on the series.
Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman's Butler (2019) new
Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman's Butler
7.9/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Jack Bannon, Ben Aldridge, Emma Paetz
Created by Bruno Heller
Is HBO Max doubling up on Batman? Sort of. Pennyworth is a very loosely connected series that is a prequel to Gotham. Since Pennyworth was apparently too subtle of a title for HBO Max, the upcoming third season is adding a new subtitle: The Origin of Batman’s Butler. Jack Bannon stars as Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS operative who finds himself drawn into a deadly civil war on British soil. Both Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and his future wife, Martha Kane (Emma Paetz), befriend Alfred and work alongside him as they attempt to take down the Raven Society. But they’re a long way from Gotham City, and British history is breaking apart by the moment.
Planet Earth (2006) new
Planet Earth
9.4/10
tv-pg 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast David Attenborough
Created by David Attenborough, Vanessa Berlowitz, Gary Parker
We all live on the same planet, but we don’t always appreciate it as the gift that it is. BBC’s Planet Earth is an eye-opening glimpse at the natural beauty of the world, as well as the ongoing effects of climate change that threaten many of the planet’s species. This gorgeously realized documentary series was filmed in high definition 4K, which is one of the reasons why the visuals seem so extraordinary. There are many top-notch documentaries on HBO Max, but this is the one you can’t afford to miss.
BBC Planet Earth Trailer - 2006
Rap Sh!t (2022)
Rap Sh!t
80 %
5.0/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Aida Osman, KaMillion, Jonica Booth
Created by Issa Rae
Insecure star Issa Rae returned to HBO Max to create a new comedy series, Rap Sh!t. KaMillion and Aida Osman headline the show as Mia Knight and Shawna Clark, respectively. In high school, they were close friends. But in the present, they barely know each other because life has taken them in wildly different directions. Yet when they are finally reunited, Mia and Shawna rediscover the spark of their connection and decide to form a rap group. While Shawna has undeniable talent, she and Mia clash about what they should rap about. As a rap duo, they’re a work in progress. But as a comedy series, this is a can’t-miss show.
Visitors (2022)
Visitors
5.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Simon Astier, Florence Loiret Caille, Damien Jouillerot
Created by Simon Astier
Visitors is something we never thought we’d see: a French sci-fi series about an alien invasion. But HBO Max truly has a global reach, and now American viewers can watch it as well. River Kanoff stars as Richard Garcia, a rookie police officer in the town of Pointe-Claire. After witnessing the apparent crash-landing of an alien ship, Richard makes the mistake of talking about what he saw. This immediately discredits him in the eyes of the town. But when people begin to mysteriously disappear, it becomes clear to Richard and his friends that there isn’t a single alien faction to worry about. There are two.
The Last Movie Stars (2022)
The Last Movie Stars
91 %
8.1/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward
Created by Emily Wachtel
Who were The Last Movie Stars? According to series creator and director Ethan Hawke, that honor belongs to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, a married pair of Hollywood performers who stayed together for five decades. With the cooperation of the couple’s daughters, Hawke presents archival footage and interviews with Newman and Woodward that tells their story over the course of their many years together. George Clooney and Laura Linney even appear as Newman and Woodward for some dramatic recreations. This documentary doesn’t shy away from some of the couple’s failings, but it also shines a spotlight on the ways they became Hollywood royalty.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (2022)
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
82 %
6.8/10
1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery
Cast Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria
Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Lindsay Calhoon Bring
Even if you never watched the original Pretty Little Liars, you won’t be too lost when catching the new series, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Although both shows are on HBO Max, the latest iteration is essentially its own show with a brand new cast of characters. Two decades ago, a teenager named Angela Waters begged her friends for help before committing suicide. In the present, the children of Angela’s friends, including Imogen Adams (Bailee Madison), Tabby Haworthe (Chandler Kinney), Noa Olivar (Maia Reficco), Faran Bryant (Zaria), and Minnie “Mouse” Honrada (Malia Pyles), are targeted by the enigmatic “A” as payback for their parents’ inaction. The girls initially believe that Karen (Mallory Bechtel) is behind their torment. But they have no idea how much trouble they’re really in.
Westworld (2016)
Westworld
72 %
8.5/10
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Western
Cast Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton, Jeffrey Wright
Created by Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy
“Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?” Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), Maeve Millay (Thandiwe Newton), and the other android hosts in Westworld never had cause to wonder why their lives were an unending loop of misery and despair. Whether by design or destiny, both Dolores and Maeve become self-aware and eager to strike back at their human masters for making them slaves … even when it puts the two of them on opposing sides. The third and fourth seasons move the story beyond the confines of the theme park and introduce a futuristic world in which humanity’s destiny may be in the hands of the hosts themselves.
Irma Vep (2022)
Irma Vep
84 %
6.7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Alicia Vikander, Jeanne Balibar, Vincent Macaigne
Created by Olivier Assayas
It’s amusing that Alicia Vikander is not as famous as Mira, the actress she plays in the modern remake of Irma Vep. However, Vikander can probably relate to some of Mira’s problems with fame and her desire to find a juicy role to inhabit. Unfortunately, the title role of Irma Vep begins to inhabit Mira as she loses her sense of self while filming a remake of the silent French serial Les Vampires. Even Mira doesn’t seem to know where she ends and Irma begins. To make matters even more complicated, Mira’s director, René Vidal (Vincent Macaigne), may be having his own mental breakdown.
Irma Vep | Official Teaser | HBO
The Girl Before (2021)
The Girl Before
55 %
6.5/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery
Cast Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Jessica Kate Plummer
J.P. Delaney adapted his own novel The Girl Before as a HBO Max original starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Jane Cavendish. Jane is a young woman who is trying to recover from a trauma when she finds herself drawn to a minimalist house designed by Edward (David Oyelowo). Edward has many strict rules for Jane and anyone who lives in his houses, and he also seems to have a romantic desire for Jane. However, Jane learns that she shares an uncanny resemblance to the home’s previous resident, Emma Matthews (Jessica Plummer), a woman who was also drawn into Edward’s web before her untimely demise. This forces Jane to wonder if she is headed toward the same fate as the girl who lived there before she did.
The Staircase (2022)
The Staircase
80 %
7.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Crime
Cast Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg
Created by Antonio Campos
The Staircase is not a love story, but it is a gripping true crime miniseries based upon the real-life tale of Michael Peterson (Colin Firth). When Michael’s second wife, Kathleen Peterson (Toni Collette), is found dead in their home, the crime novelist faces murder charges for her demise. Michael’s family doesn’t know what to think, and Michael somewhat brazenly allows a documentary crew to chronicle the story of his defense and his family life. The supporting cast is truly impressive, with a lineup that includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Dane DeHaan, Olivia DeJonge, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Turner, Odessa Young, Parker Posey, and Juliette Binoche.
Roots (1977)
Roots
8.4/10
1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole
Created by Alex Haley
Forty five years ago, Roots was groundbreaking television. Even in 2022, it’s a harrowing true story that deserves to be rediscovered by modern audiences. This adaptation of Alex Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, is an unflinching look at slavery in American history even as it tells the story of the men and women who suffered under that unjust institution. There is violence, despair, and all types of cruelty for the Africans who were brought to this country against their will. But there is also hope and the dream of freedom.
We Own This City (2022)
We Own This City
59 %
7.7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector
Created by George Pelecanos, David Simon
Keep your eye on We Own This City around this year’s Emmy Awards. It’s likely to be the big winner of 2022. The Wire’s Dave Simon and George Pelecanos reteam for a dramatization of a real story of police corruption in the rise and fall of the Baltimore PD’s Gun Trace Task Force. Jon Bernthal leads the cast as Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, a man who finds that it’s much easier to do the wrong thing than to play by the straight and narrow. Wayne doesn’t even see himself as immoral when he steals drugs and weapons for his own profit or when he plants evidence to help other dirty cops. That’s one of the most fascinating things about Wayne and his task force. They simply can’t bring themselves to realize that they’re the bad guys of their own story.
We Own This City | Official Trailer | HBO
The Baby (2022)
The Baby
5.6/10
1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Amber Grappy, Michelle De Swarte, Amira Ghazalla
Created by Lucy Gaymer, Sian Robins-Grace
Imagine if Rosemary’s Baby was played for laughs instead of terror. That’s a pretty good shorthand description for The Baby, a new horror-comedy on HBO Max that is very darkly funny. Natasha (Michelle de Swarte) is a woman who not only doesn’t want kids, she practically detests them. Moments after witnessing a woman commit suicide, a baby literally falls into Natasha’s arms. And no matter who she tries to pawn the kid off on, the baby’s apparent supernatural powers give them a grisly death before the child ends up back in Natasha’s life. It’s clear that the baby wants Natasha, but she certainly doesn’t want any part of this.
Hacks (2021)
Hacks
81 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Created by Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs
The second season of HBO Max’s Hacks has arrived, and it’s continuing the same winning formula as the first. Jean Smart plays Deborah Vance, an aging comedian whose material just isn’t hitting anymore despite her obvious talent. At the same time, TV writer Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder) is in danger of losing everything she built over some poorly chosen social media posts. However, Ava’s gift for comedy may be just the thing that Deborah needs to reinvigorate her act. And while there is definitely a friendship of sorts between Deborah and Ava, the show’s funniest moments come when they are at odds with each other.
The Invisible Pilot (2022)
The Invisible Pilot
63 %
6.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Crime
Cast Konstantin Podprugin, Ray Buffer
Some stories are too strange even for fiction. The Invisible Pilot is a new limited-series documentary about the life of Gary Betzner, a seemingly happy family man and pilot who suddenly disappeared in an apparent suicide in 1977. But what happened to Gary and why is one of the most thrilling TV experiences of the year, especially if you don’t know the backstory ahead of time. Let’s just say that when HBO describes the miniseries as heading into “one of the biggest political scandals of our time,” that is not an exaggeration. Far from it, in fact.
Tokyo Vice (2022)
Tokyo Vice
75 %
8/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Ansel Elgort, Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi
Created by J.T. Rogers
On April 7, HBO Max will take viewers into the Japanese underworld of organized crime in a new series, Tokyo Vice. Based on the non-fiction account of journalist Jake Adelstein (Ansel Elgort), the show follows his attempts to become a crime reporter in Japan. Detective Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe) offers Jake some perspective from the law enforcement side. However, Jake’s growing contacts in the city’s seedier areas give him contacts in the Yakuza as well. And once Jake is even a small part of their world, it starts to bleed into every aspect of his life.
Minx (2022)
Minx
77 %
7.6/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Ophelia Lovibond, Michael Angarano, Jessica Lowe
Created by Ellen Rapoport
Minx is taking viewers back to the early ‘70s in another strong HBO Max original series. Ophelia Lovibond stars as Joyce Prigger, a proud feminist who wants the opportunity to create her own magazine. Lightly scummy publisher Doug Renetti (Jake Johnson) gives her that chance when he hires her to create the first erotic magazine for women. The subject matter does prove to be challenging to Joyce, since she wants to maintain her ideals and keep her job. She also runs into several roadblocks while attempting to publicize the magazine and potential readers. But it’s such a fun show that these obstacles are just part of the comedy.
Barry (2018)
Barry
85 %
8.3/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Crime
Cast Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler
Created by Bill Hader, Alec Berg
Has it really been three years between new seasons of Barry? Don’t worry, the wait is almost over. Season 3 arrives this month, and Barry Berkman (Bill Hader) is facing the ultimate test of his character. After spending years as a professional assassin, Barry found that he loved acting so much that he wanted to pursue it as his new vocation. However, the people who knew Barry in his previous life keep pulling him back into a mess of murder and mayhem. And now that Barry’s secret has been exposed to someone close to him, it’s only a matter of time before his world goes to pieces again.
The Flight Attendant (2020)
The Flight Attendant
78 %
7.1/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Cast Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet
Created by Steve Yockey
One of the first HBO Max original series is back with a new season. When The Flight Attendant began, Cassie Bowden (Kaley Cuoco) was an out of control alcoholic who had a major wakeup call when she found herself in a hotel room bed next to a murder victim. In an effort to protect herself, Cassie covered up the crime before getting drawn into a search for the killer. In season 2, Cassie seemingly has her life back on track. She even has a new job on the side. But when a new deadly mystery emerges, Cassie may be tempted to revisit her old vices as well.
The Flight Attendant | Official Trailer | HBOMax
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022)
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
68 %
8.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, Sally Field
Created by Max Borenstein, Jim Hecht
There are 30 teams in the NBA, but only one Los Angeles Lakers. And in the ‘80s, the Showtime-era Lakers redefined modern professional basketball. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty dramatizes their story with familiar faces like John C. Reilly as Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as general manager Jerry West, and Adrien Brody as coach Pat Riley. But there are also newcomers who have to portray some of the most famous basketball players of all time, like Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So far, we’re very excited about this trip down memory lane. Showtime is back, baby!
Our Flag Means Death (2022)
Our Flag Means Death
71 %
7.9/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi, Kristian Nairn
Created by David Jenkins
Our Flag Means Death is one of the rare period comedies to emerge in a long time. The series is based upon the real life of Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby), an aristocrat who just couldn’t live without some excitement in his life. That’s why Stede became a pirate captain. Unfortunately for Stede, he has no idea how to be a pirate, and the very real pirates in his crew could turn on him at any time. But thanks to Stede’s unexpected friendship with the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Taika Waititi), the crew of the Revenge might be able to make it on the high seas after all.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus (2021)
Blade Runner: Black Lotus
6.1/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Jessica Henwick, Will Yun Lee, Wes Bentley
Created by Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki
We don’t often throw the spotlight on anime series on this list, but Blade Runner: Black Lotus has the distinction of sharing a universe with both of the Blade Runner movies. In this show, the main character is Elle (Jessica Henwick), a female replicant who awakens in Los Angeles without any memory about who created her and why. The only clue to her life and purpose is the Black Lotus tattoo on her body. And as Elle seeks answers, she will run into some familiar faces from the movies as well as a brand new cast of characters. The series starts streaming on HBO Max on March 14.
The Gilded Age (2022)
The Gilded Age
68 %
8.1/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Carrie Coon, Christine Baranski, Morgan Spector
Created by Julian Fellowes
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has come to HBO with a new period drama, The Gilded Age, which takes place in a relatively unexplored period in American history. Two decades after the Civil War, an orphaned young woman named Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moves in with her rich aunts, Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Marion soon finds herself in the middle of a social struggle between Agnes and her new neighbor, Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon). But it’s up to Marian to decide whether she will pick a side or choose her own path in New York City.
Peacemaker (2022)
Peacemaker
69 %
8.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Action & Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast John Cena, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma
Created by James Gunn
Peacemaker is about as far from the A-list of superheroes that you can possibly get. And yet the Peacemaker series is one of the most enjoyable DC-inspired programs of the past few years. John Cena reprises his role as Peacemaker/Christopher Smith from director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and Gunn also returned to create this showcase for Cena. Within the series, Peacemaker finds that he’s no longer able to kill as easily as he used to, just at the moment his skills are needed to save the world from a very unexpected threat. This show also has some truly heartfelt moments along with great comedy and action. But fair warning: This series is absolutely not for kids.
ER (1994)
ER
79 %
7.8/10
tv-14 15 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Parminder Nagra, Linda Cardellini, David Lyons
Created by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park novelist Michael Crichton drew upon his own medical training when he created ER for NBC in 1994. It quickly became the most influential medical drama on TV and ran for 15 seasons. It also made George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Anthony Edwards, and Eriq La Salle into stars. The show offered a more realistic take on the medical traumas that came through the doors of County General Hospital, while also taking an unflinching look at the men and women who made it their duty to save lives. Doctors and nurses came and went over the show’s long tenure, but it remains compelling viewing over a decade after it went off the air.
Fringe (2008)
Fringe
72 %
8.4/10
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
Cast Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole, Joshua Jackson
Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Is The X-Files too tame for you? If so, then Fringe is the show for you. This sharply made sci-fi procedural features Anna Torv as FBI Agent Olivia Dunham, a woman who is tasked with investigating the strange and unusual cases alongside a literal mad scientist, Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), and his estranged son, Peter (Joshua Jackson). Fringe largely embraces single-episode narratives, but it also has richly rewarding season-long arcs involving parallel universes, psychic abilities, and even a quest to save the future. It also has an ending that gives a satisfying payoff to its five-season run.
Bunker (2021)
Bunker
8.0/10
1 Season
Genre Comedy, Action & Adventure
Cast Bruno Bichir, Miguel Rodarte, Claudette Maillé
Created by Esteban Seimandi
Bunker is one of HBO Max’s international original series, and it features Bruno Bichir as Vladimiro, an unassuming plunger salesman who feels the weight of the world, and his eccentric family, on his shoulders. His only respite is hiding out in the Soviet-era bunker in the basement of his house. But when Vladimiro’s son becomes entangled in a criminal plan, Vladimiro’s sanctuary is no longer his own. And Vladimiro’s life is about to get very complicated.
And Just Like That… (2021)
And Just Like That…
55 %
5.5/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis
Created by Darren Star
Sex and the City 3 isn’t ever going to happen, but fans of the classic HBO series do have a sequel to enjoy: And Just Like That…, starring three out of the four original leading ladies. In the new series, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her pals are estranged from Samantha and adjusting to life in their 50s. Carrie also suffers a devastating tragedy, while Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) uses alcohol as a crutch to deal with her unhappy marriage. Meanwhile, Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) discovers new gender issues with her daughters when one of them decides that she doesn’t want to be a girl.
Station Eleven (2021)
Station Eleven
82 %
7.1/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, Daniel Zovatto
Created by Patrick Somerville
HBO Max’s adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven hits differently after nearly two years in a real pandemic. Within the miniseries, most of humanity is wiped out by a virulent flu during a global pandemic. Years later, Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis) is a performer in a traveling troupe of actors. Unfortunately, the group’s journey is upended by a deadly cult. And soon, Kirsten finds her own life in danger when the cult comes after her. This is a very dark story, and yet also oddly uplifting at times. Because even in this bleak new world, there’s still hope.
Black Jesus (2014)
Black Jesus
73 %
6.9/10
3 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Gerald 'Slink' Johnson, Kali Hawk, Corey Holcomb
Created by Aaron McGruder
Black Jesus is one of the rare live-action series to come out of Adult Swim. The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder teamed up with Mike Clattenburg to develop the series, which stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and a Black man living in Compton, California. While Jesus is truly divine, he’s often more interested in just hanging out with his friends and getting high. And yet Jesus’ rare examples of power sometimes give him unwelcome attention. His identity also does next to nothing to protect him from the local cops.
Babylon 5 (1994)
Babylon 5
55 %
8.3/10
tv-pg 5 Seasons
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan
Created by J. Michael Straczynski
Babylon 5 may look a little dated compared to today’s sci-fi series, but J. Michael Straczynski’s magnum opus left a huge mark on the television medium by embracing a model he called “a five-year novel for television.” In the far future, humanity narrowly survives a war with aliens and establishes the Babylon 5 space station in the hopes of maintaining intergalactic peace. However, the alien races plot against each other and Earth, unaware that another faction is secretly moving against all of them. Straczynski’s gift for dialogue and speeches is on full display, and it’s an unforgettable experience.
The Sex Lives of College Girls (2021)
The Sex Lives of College Girls
72 %
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy
Cast Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp
Created by Mindy Kaling, Justin Noble
College is typically where young people figure out who they are and occasionally experiment while establishing their sexual identities. That’s largely the premise of The Sex Lives of College Girls, which is admittedly a lot funnier than real-life college adventures. Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), Bela (Amrit Kaur), Leighton (Reneé Rapp), and Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott) all come from different backgrounds, and they take very different approaches to their sex lives. For example, Leighton is a closeted lesbian, while Bela is very enthusiastic about being sex-positive. But it’s bonds of friendship that ground this show and give the laughs greater context.
Black and Missing (2021)
Black and Missing
87 %
1 Season
Genre Documentary
Have you ever noticed that the media tends to fixate on missing white women? If so, you’re not the only one. Journalists Geeta Gandbhir and Soledad O’Brien touch on that phenomenon in the new documentary series Black and Missing. However, the focus of this real-life story is on Derrica and Natalie Wilson, the founders of the Black and Missing Foundation. It’s their calling to bring awareness to missing people from marginalized communities. The apathy and indifference they encounter may be systemic, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. Awareness of the issue can help bring about change, but we aren’t there yet.
The Last O.G. (2018)
The Last O.G.
65 %
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Ryan Gaul
Created by Jordan Peele, John Carcieri
Jordan Peele and John Carcieri co-created The Last O.G. to utilize 30 Rock veteran Tracy Jordan in his own comedy series. Within this show, Jordan portrays Tray Leviticus Barker, an ex-con who just got out of prison after 15 years. Unfortunately for Tray, the world has moved on without him. His ex-girlfriend, Shannon “Shay-Shay” Birkeland (Tiffany Haddish), has married another man while raising Tray’s kids. Additionally, the neighborhood that Tray once knew has become hopelessly gentrified. Regardless of his setbacks in life, Tray decides to reinvent himself, even if he has a few comedic stumbles along the way.
Love Life (2020)
Love Life
54 %
7.5/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast William Jackson Harper, Jessica Williams, Chris Powell
Created by Sam Boyd
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)
The Outsider
68 %
7.7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Mystery, Drama, Crime
Cast Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp
Created by Richard Price
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.
The Outsider: Official Trailer | HBO
Band of Brothers (2001)
Band of Brothers
87 %
9.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, War & Politics
Cast Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Eion Bailey
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)
Key & Peele
78 %
8.3/10
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Created by Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele
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
70 %
8.1/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac
Created by Hagai Levi
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
64 %
7.9/10
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass
Created by Greg Berlanti, Todd Helbing
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
5.8/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Mystery, Drama
Created by Eric Khoo
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
84 %
8.7/10
tv-ma 11 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Larry David, Jeff Garlin
Created by Larry David
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.
John Adams (2008)
John Adams
8.5/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Mamie Gummer
Created by Kirk Ellis
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
76 %
8.3/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
Created by Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof
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
8.7/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama
Cast Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds
Created by John Milius, William J. MacDonald, Bruno Heller
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
66 %
7.3/10
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Awkwafina, BD Wong, Lori Tan Chinn
Created by Awkwafina
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
8.4/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure
Cast Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin
Created by Jonathan Tropper
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.
The Venture Bros. (2004)
The Venture Bros.
8.5/10
tv-ma 7 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Cast Doc Hammer, Christopher McCulloch, Patrick Warburton
Created by Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer
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
5.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery
Cast Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Thomas Doherty
Created by Joshua Safran
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.
Gossip Girl | Official Teaser | HBO Max
Wellington Paranormal (2018)
Wellington Paranormal
72 %
7.7/10
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Mike Minogue, Karen O'Leary, Maaka Pohatu
Created by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
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
82 %
7.7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Cast Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlett, Sydney Sweeney, Brittany O'Grady
Created by Mike White
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
72 %
7.3/10
tv-14 1 Season
Genre Documentary
Cast Ronan Farrow
Created by Ronan Farrow
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.
In Treatment (2008)
In Treatment
76 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Uzo Aduba
Created by Rodrigo García
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
6.9/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, Kabrina Adams
Created by Lesley Arfin, Crystal Moselle
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
82 %
9.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
Created by Craig Mazin
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.
Mare of Easttown (2021)
Mare of Easttown
81 %
8.5/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Cast Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart
Created by Brad Ingelsby
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.
Mare of Easttown: Official Trailer | HBO
The Nevers (2021)
The Nevers
56 %
7.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams
Created by Joss Whedon
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
85 %
8.6/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Western, Crime
Cast Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
Created by David Milch
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
7.4/10
tv-pg 2 Seasons
Genre Animation, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams
Created by Gray Haddock
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
83 %
8.7/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Drama, Comedy
Cast Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Peter Friedman, Natalie Gold, Matthew Macfadyen
Created by Jesse Armstrong
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.
30 Coins (2020)
30 Coins
7.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Mystery, Drama
Cast Eduard Fernández, Megan Montaner, Pepón Nieto
Created by Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
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
60 %
7.7/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Drama, Crime, Mystery
Cast Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning
Created by Cary Joji Fukunaga
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
78 %
7.7/10
tv-ma 4 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, John Early
Created by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
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.
Search Party Seasons 1 + 2 | Official Trailer | HBO Max

Gomorrah (2014)
Gomorrah
76 %
8.7/10
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Salvatore Esposito, Marco D'Amore, Ivana Lotito
Created by Roberto Saviano
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.
GOMORRAH - Official Trailer - Italian Crime Drama

Person of Interest (2011)
Person of Interest
66 %
8.4/10
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman
Created by Jonathan Nolan
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.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
Batman: The Animated Series
tv-pg 4 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Mystery
Cast Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Loren Lester
Created by Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski
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
56 %
6.9/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner
Created by Josh Friedman, Graeme Manson
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
78 %
8.8/10
tv-14 7 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff
Created by Aaron Sorkin
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
79 %
7.1/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Wunmi Mosaku
Created by Misha Green
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
7.9/10
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Documentary
Cast Adam Conover, Emily Axford, Rhea Butcher
Created by Adam Conover
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
77 %
8.4/10
tv-14 5 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast Ben McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz, Regina King
Created by Ann Biderman
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
69 %
7/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Myha'la Herrold, Marisa Abela, Harry Lawtey
Created by Mickey Down, Konrad Kay
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
7.6/10
tv-ma 3 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop
Created by Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns
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
tv-pg 31 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Short
Cast Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet, Stan Freberg, and others
Created by Warner Bros.
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
64 %
7.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama, Crime, Mystery
Cast Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Edgar Ramírez
Created by David E. Kelley
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
69 %
7.9/10
tv-14 2 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Cast Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Created by Jack Throne
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
83 %
8.5/10
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Created by Terence Winter
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
84 %
8.5/10
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani
Created by Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky
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
8.6/10
tv-14 4 Seasons
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
Created by Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti
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
65 %
8.8/10
tv-14 10 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Created by Marta Kauffman, David Crane
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
82 %
8.3/10
tv-ma 7 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale
Created by Armando Iannucci
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.
The Wire (2002)
The Wire
91 %
9.3/10
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Crime, Drama
Cast Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn
Created by David Simon
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
59 %
3.4/10
tv-14 3 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy
Created by Caroline Dries
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
64 %
7.2/10
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon
Created by Darren Star
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
87 %
9.2/10
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Cast Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
Created by Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland
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
86 %
9.2/10
tv-ma 8 Seasons
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure
Cast Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
Created by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
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
77 %
8.6/10
tv-pg 13 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop
Created by Sydney Newman, Donald Wilson, C. E. Webber
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
94 %
9.2/10
tv-ma 6 Seasons
Genre Drama
Cast James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Created by David Chase
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 Sopranos | Critics Rave Trailer | HBO
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
77 %
7.9/10
tv-pg 6 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Family, Drama
Cast Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
Created by Andy Borowitz, Susan Borowitz
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
8.8/10
tv-pg 12 Seasons
Genre Documentary
Cast Anthony Bourdain
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.
Flight of the Conchords (2007)
Flight of the Conchords
73 %
8.5/10
tv-ma 2 Seasons
Genre Comedy
Cast Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal
Created by James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie
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).
Flight of the Conchords Season 1 Official Trailer (2007) | HBO
South Park (1997)
South Park
64 %
8.7/10
tv-ma 24 Seasons
Genre Animation, Comedy
Cast Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart
Created by Trey Parker, Matt Stone
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
85 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons
Created by Damon Lindelof
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.
Insecure (2016)
Insecure
85 %
7.9/10
tv-ma 5 Seasons
Genre Comedy, Drama
Cast Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis
Created by Larry Wilmore, Issa Rae
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
68 %
8.2/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Drama
Cast Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Rosie O'Donnell
Created by Derek Cianfrance
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
82 %
7.4/10
tv-ma 1 Season
Genre Documentary, Crime
Cast Amy Ryan
Created by Liz Garbus
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.

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