HBO Max: The 33 Absolute Best TV Shows to Watch

HBO Max has steadily constructed up a stash of TV reveals properly value your binge-watching hours. The house of Succession and The White Lotus, HBO Max brings you new reveals and episodes every week.

Check out the weekly highlights beneath after which check out the very best of HBO Max’s TV reveals.

What’s new this week (Sept. 12-18)

Here are the highlights.

Friday

  • Los Espookys, season 2 premiere (2019-): Comedy from Lorne Michaels and Fred Armisen. It’s a Spanish-language comedy following a gaggle of mates who flip their love for horror right into a peculiar enterprise.

Here are different HBO Max originals value testing.

Read extra: The Best Movies to Watch on HBO Max

Best HBO Max unique TV collection

At time of writing, these TV reveals all rating a minimum of 70 on Metacritic.

Drama


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With Station Eleven, post-apocalyptic TV followers are in for a deal with. The present’s nonlinear storytelling will hold you in your toes, and well-conceived characters add to the attraction. As most of humanity succumbs to a flu-like virus, a younger woman named Kirsten and an grownup named Jeevan take shelter from the scourge. But from there, the present instantly launches 20 years into the longer term, which opens the story as much as new dramatic turns and retains us guessing on the previous. It’s actually good TV, and it’ll seemingly fulfill those that do not usually go for post-apocalyptic tales. 

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Following the lifetime of tv chef and cookbook author Julia Child, this attractive interval drama doles out a beneficiant serving of humor and allure (and delicious-looking meals, in fact). Sarah Lancashire is endlessly watchable because the famed American prepare dinner, who paved the way in which for future cooking reveals together with her long-running collection The French Chef. All eight episodes of the season can be found on the streamer now, and HBO Max has confirmed it is allotting a second season. 

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A dramatized miniseries that pulls partly from a 2004 documentary of the identical title, HBO’s The Staircase is an enthralling tackle a true-life story with fleshed-out characters and an all-star solid. Colin Firth stars as Michael Peterson, a novelist and husband to Kathleen (Toni Collette), who’s discovered useless beneath suspicious circumstances. You’ll wish to tune in to see what occurs subsequent. Sophie Turner, Dane DeHaan, Parker Posey and others additionally lend their skills to the drama.

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In this charming drama miniseries, Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, 2018’s Tomb Raider) performs Mira, a younger film star who takes a task outdoors her regular blockbuster — a felony gang’s muse in a remake of real-life French silent movie The Vampires. The collection is predicated on a cult 1996 movie of the identical title, and each are directed by Olivier Assayas. For fascinating characters, nice dialogue and a present with one thing to say about making films immediately, tune in to this HBO collection.

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What was initially a restricted collection was so good HBO renewed it for a second season. The satire about company at a elaborate resort steadily unveils the darker edges of its picture-perfect postcard. The White Lotus options an ensemble solid, together with Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Steve Zahn, Molly Shannon and extra hilarious individuals, who make this collection soar. If that wasn’t sufficient, a homicide thriller with the massive reveal ready until the very finish will hold you completely entertained.

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Euphoria’s second installment is on HBO Max now. This visually gorgeous collection has garnered its fair proportion of followers, and it is not arduous to see why — the absorbing performances, cinematography and exploration of mature subjects make this present shine. If nothing else, stick round to see Dune star Zendaya, who performs teenager Rue.

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Small-town detective Mare Sheehan investigates the homicide of a younger girl, however Sheehan’s personal life is marred by private struggles, together with a divorce and the dying of her son.

Superhero


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Following the occasions of 2021’s The Suicide Squad, this DC spinoff catches up with Peacemaker (John Cena), our towering, costume-clad protagonist who’s simply been launched from the hospital. Peacemaker believes he is a superhero, however together with his oft-repeated phrase about attaining “peace, no matter how many people I have to kill to get it,” the title would not actually go well with him. The present establishes Peacemaker’s subsequent steps — he is not returning to jail, however as an alternative participating in a black ops mission that can (once more) get his palms soiled. The present typically lands its jokes, and you will particularly get pleasure from its entertaining supporting solid.

Thriller


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The Tourist begins its engine with an intense automobile chase within the Australian outback. More particularly, Belfast star Jamie Dornan is mercilessly chased off street and thru the desert by a semitrailer. The subsequent factor we all know, Dornan’s character is within the hospital with full amnesia. A enjoyable and twisty miniseries, The Tourist lets us tag together with Dornan as he searches for solutions. One thriller that does not want fixing? What you must watch tonight.

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The Flight Attendant (2020- )

This compulsive thriller starring Kaley Cuoco is without doubt one of the greatest new reveals to return out of HBO Max. Cuoco performs Cassie, a reckless flight attendant who sleeps with a passenger on a wild evening out. She wakes up in Bangkok with barely any reminiscence — and a useless physique in mattress together with her. With the ghost of the deceased serving to her piece issues again collectively, she sobers up and takes on the thriller of what occurred. Watch out for a unbelievable title sequence, in addition to a surprisingly darkish psychological layer. But primarily benefit from the amusing mixture of a clumsy detective bumbling via the world of chilly killers.

Comedy


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A half-hour comedy collection from Issa Rae (the star and creator of HBO’s acclaimed collection Insecure), Rap Sh!t introduces two former mates from highschool. Shawna is an aspiring, socially aware rapper, and Mia is a make-up artist and single mom who works a number of jobs. By the top of the primary episode, the younger ladies (now of their 20s) have reconnected and filmed a mesmerizing rap video that takes off on the web. The present’s protagonists are phone-obsessed, continuously checking up on social media and recording movies, and it impacts the viewing expertise in fascinating methods. 

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The sibling rivalry is powerful and primed for hilarity on this comedy from a few Saturday Night Live writers. Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider inform the story of Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Heléne Yorker), siblings of their late 20s who wrestle with the sudden rise to web fame of their 13-year-old Justin Bieber-channeling brother. Molly Shannon is a deal with as their mom, Pat, ushering her kids via open doorways to success. Once you recover from the gimmicky premise, The Other Two’s popular culture satire and surprisingly heartfelt storylines are a profitable mixture. Schitt’s Creek followers ought to give this a glance.

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Our Flag Means Death (2022- )

In this comedy set on the excessive seas, Rhys Darby performs Stede Bonnet, an aristocrat who abandons his comfortable life and household to turn out to be the captain of a pirate ship. Spoiler: He hilariously bumbles via the gig. Under Bonnet’s management, the present’s seafaring crew is much from the powerful, swashbuckling group you may encounter in one thing like Pirates of the Caribbean (they spend their downtime hand-sewing, and so they get pleasure from a competently narrated bedtime story). It all results in loads of laugh-out-loud moments. Game of Thrones followers might spot Hodor actor Kristian Nairn hanging out among the many crew, and the collection additionally stars Taika Waititi as Blackbeard.

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The nice Jean Smart rightfully takes the highlight on this acclaimed comedy-drama collection. Throwing iPads into swimming swimming pools and delivering withering seems, Smart performs Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas comedy diva who should face the prospect of interesting to a youthful viewers or disappearing into obscurity. She’s partnered with Ava (Hannah Einbinder), a younger and equally snarky comedy author, to clean up her materials. Perfectly balancing its biting perception into how the comedy enterprise treats ladies, with the heat of an odd couple buddy comedy, Hacks is without doubt one of the greatest originals to return out of HBO Max.

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In Minx, set in ’70s Los Angeles, humorous and motivated (if uptight) Joyce has a dream of making a feminist ladies’s journal. At a pitch pageant, she crosses paths with nude-magazine mogul Glenn, and ultimately, the unlikely pair joins forces on a magazine that packages Joyce’s tales alongside photographs of nude males. Yes, there’s rather a lot of nudity right here (the primary episode, as an example, features a montage of male genitalia), so if that is not your jam, be ready. Ophelia Lovibond is fabulous because the present’s main woman, and the solid has tons of chemistry. If you are looking for a refreshing, extremely entertaining story with a killer ensemble, flip via the pages of this HBO collection.

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I Hate Suzie sees Billie Piper workforce up as soon as once more with Secret Diary of a Call Girl author Lucy Prebble. The result’s a frenetic tour de power of concepts, steered by a weak efficiency from Piper. She performs the titular Suzie, an actress who, moments after profitable an element in a Disney film, discovers she’s one of many victims in a star cellphone hacking scandal. Each episode explores a stage of trauma, tackling the query of how compromising leaks each upend and maybe liberate an individual’s life. Amid the ruthless satire is an excellent friendship between Suzie and her supervisor Naomi (Leila Farzad).

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In Barry’s opening scene, SNL alum Bill Hader casually leaves a lodge room that accommodates a useless physique. The actor performs hitman Barry Berkman, who is not proud of life or his unconventional career, however his path is altered when he travels to Los Angeles and will get roped into performing in an performing class. Barry options loads of violence and a deeply troubled protagonist, leaning into the “dark” a part of its darkish comedy designation. But it is also actually humorous, and there are three seasons to binge. At the very least, you may wish to tune in for really nice scenes between Hader and his performing instructor, performed by Henry Winkler. 

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The Sex Lives of College Girls (2021- )

Mindy Kaling co-created this dramedy about 4 18-year-old ladies who begin their freshman yr of faculty collectively in Vermont. Equipped with distinctly completely different personalities, the faculty newcomers navigate love and intercourse in their very own methods. The present is humorous, simply bingeable and is bolstered by the chemistry between its feminine leads. A recent teen comedy showcasing messy experiences, relatable characters and raunchy jokes.

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The Righteous Gemstones (2019- )

This outrageous collection highlights a extremely dysfunctional household of well-known televangelists known as the Gemstones. In the present’s first season, a member of the household is blackmailed, and ridiculous antics ensue. John Goodman stars because the household patriarch, Eli, and Danny McBride, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine additionally decide to the bit, pulling off an absurd and addicting black comedy. The second season of the present simply wrapped up, and HBO has already renewed the collection for a 3rd. 

Nathan Fielder, greatest identified for his Comedy Central present, Nathan For You (and cringe comedy), writes, directs and stars on this new HBO collection. In the present, the comic goes to extraordinary lengths to let individuals rehearse moments earlier than they occur. In the primary episode, Fielder helps a person put together for a confession to a good friend, and builds a precise reproduction of the bar they’re planning to fulfill at (the eye to element is unimaginable). After planning for any outlandish factor that may occur, we see how the true change between the 2 mates performs out. Bizarre and really fascinating, The Rehearsal ought to get a while in your display.

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Starstruck is a traditional screwball comedy, starring the lovably goofy Rose Matafeo. She performs Jessie, a twentysomething Londoner who events it up on New Year’s Eve, then later discovers she had a one-night stand with Tom Kapoor, a star performed by Nikesh Patel. Follow Jessie as she juggles odd jobs, from cinema employee to nanny, and her blossoming relationship with a movie star that entails no excessive jinks by any means. Watch out for scene-stealer Minnie Driver as Tom’s agent on this witty, neatly crafted comedy bundle.

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The greatest TV present of 2021 may already be right here. It’s a Sin follows a gaggle of younger homosexual males dwelling in London throughout the ’80s, simply when HIV/AIDS was first recognized. This distinctive take a look at the early phases of what grew to become a dying sentence is dealt with with creator Russell T Davies’ trademark irrepressible pleasure for all times. The heat, empathetic characters proceed to dwell their lives to the complete, flitting between bustling share homes and native bars to the beat of a popping ’80s soundtrack. Fast-paced, fashionable and eye-opening, with a prevailing sense of hope, It’s a Sin is a hovering triumph for everybody to fall in love with.

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In the phrases of CNET reviewer Richard Knightwell: “2020 sucked. You got up every morning and it all was all just a tiny bit worse. But every now and then a ray of sun would appear through the clouds. One of those bright spots was Betty, a fly-on-wall-style tale of skateboarding teens in a balmy New York. Utterly real and breathlessly dreamy at the same time, HBO’s TV follow-up to the indie hit Skate Kitchen painted a picture of young women facing the world head-on, pushing off and gaining speed and reducing obstacles into things waiting to be jumped over while looking cool. My baby daughter turned one while this show was on, and I can’t wait to plonk her on a skateboard. I hope she finds a Betty crew of her own.”

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This satirical present follows the household controlling the world’s largest media and leisure firm, whose members turn out to be embroiled in a battle to take over as their father’s well being declines. 

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From the minds of the gang behind Horrible Histories comes Ghosts, a sitcom that manages to turn out to be higher and higher with each episode. The ever-reliable Charlotte Ritchie (Feel Good, Call The Midwife) stars as Alison, a girl doing up the outdated mansion she inherited with the assistance of her newbie builder husband. On high of cash issues, their reno plans aren’t helped by the ghostly residents who need the home to themselves. If you are on the look out for purely light-hearted viewing, Ghosts delivers a excessive gag fee, a gifted comedic ensemble and even an endearing arc of friendship. Most of all, it is gleefully foolish.

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This black comedy takes us from London to Newcastle, Australia, following the misfortune of a girl who loses every part after the premature dying of her husband (do not ask how he died). Broke and determined, Sammy is compelled to return to her hometown together with her son and daughter, the place she quickly discovers she is not precisely a well-liked resident. The cringe issue is powerful as Sammy does every part in her energy to return to London, with some standout moments when she reunites together with her bickering brother.

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Search Party caught the attention of HBO Max, shifting to manufacturing with the streamer in its third and fourth seasons. The latter is arguably its greatest but, taking the story of 4, clueless millennials to even higher extremes, together with a bizarrely sensible Susan Sarandon cameo. But we start when twentysomething Dory turns into an newbie detective to trace down a lacking girl she barely knew in school. Really, she’s looking for one thing else: herself. Equally immodest are her boyfriend Drew, the scene-stealing Elliott and the hilariously blonde Portia. This oddball present by some means creates the right cocktail of darkish humor, thriller and insane characters. A collector’s merchandise that will not come round fairly often.

Sci-fi


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In this HBO present, lifelike humanoid robots occupy a Wild West-themed amusement park, the place human guests are capable of work together with them in any means they select (rape, homicide — no abhorrent motion is off the desk). These theme park “hosts” often overlook the openly violent issues that happen to them. But a brand new replace to a number of the hosts disrupts the established order. This complicated sci-fi collection will get you pondering, and there are already 4 seasons to binge.

Documentary


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Award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation, In the Same Breath) directs this fascinating docuseries concerning the 1985 homicide of 68-year-old Helen Wilson within the small city of Beatrice, Nebraska. There’s rather a lot to the story — six individuals have been convicted for her homicide and exonerated 20 years later. In the primary episode, we be taught concerning the impression of those occasions on Wilson’s household and the Beatrice neighborhood. The present additionally introduces Burt Searcy, a former policeman who determined to launch a personal investigation into the case. 

Crime


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This well-reviewed crime miniseries comes from David Simon and George Pelecanos, who’ve additionally labored collectively on The Deuce, Treme and The Wire (which Simon created). It’s directed by King Richard’s Reinaldo Marcus Green. Based on a nonfiction e-book written by a Baltimore Sun reporter, the absorbing, six-episode present explores police corruption via a narrative concerning the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force.

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With its fifth and closing season, this Italian crime drama based mostly on a real story has carved itself a spot among the many nice mafia reveals. It stands out for its lifelike portrayal of the Naples underworld, following a clan’s inner energy wrestle after its head is arrested. With a darkish, claustrophobic environment and plausible characters, Gomorrah is a refreshing and full piece of TV.

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Season 1 of Tokyo Vice, a criminal offense drama based mostly on a e-book by journalist Jake Adelstein, has slickly stepped on to HBO Max. Set in Japan within the late Nineteen Nineties, this noir follows an American journalist (Ansel Elgort) who eagerly joins the employees of a significant Japanese newspaper. A world of grisly murders, neon nightclubs and highly effective crime bosses awaits.

Animation


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Adventure Time: Distant Lands (2020-21)

Two years after Adventure Time ended, this 4 hour-long particular got here alongside, and it is a sensible deal with for followers of the animated collection. The miniseries nails the spinoff temporary, introducing new characters and increasing on the Land of Ooo universe, whereas remaining true to its supply materials. Its heroes Finn and Jake, his magical doggo pal, set off on new adventures, together with Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen and BMO. The hourlong format is a pleasant approach to change up and add to the thrilling storytelling. A surprisingly emotional trip full of each ingredient that made the unique so beloved.



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