HBO Max: The 33 Absolute Best TV Shows to Watch

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

Take a look at the weekly highlights beneath after which check out the very best of HBO Max’s TV exhibits.

What’s new this week (Sept. 12-18)

Listed here are the highlights.

Friday

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

Listed here are different HBO Max originals price testing.

Learn extra: The Greatest Motion pictures to Watch on HBO Max

Greatest HBO Max unique TV sequence

At time of writing, these TV exhibits all rating at the very least 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 preserve you in your toes, and well-conceived characters add to the enchantment. 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. However from there, the present instantly launches 20 years into the long run, which opens the story as much as new dramatic turns and retains us guessing on the previous. It is actually good TV, and it’ll doubtless 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 Baby, this attractive interval drama doles out a beneficiant serving of humor and attraction (and delicious-looking meals, in fact). Sarah Lancashire is endlessly watchable because the famed American cook dinner, who paved the way in which for future cooking exhibits together with her long-running sequence 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 partially 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 forged. Colin Firth stars as Michael Peterson, a novelist and husband to Kathleen (Toni Collette), who’s discovered lifeless beneath suspicious circumstances. You may need 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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On this fascinating 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 sequence relies on a cult 1996 movie of the identical title, and each are directed by Olivier Assayas. For attention-grabbing characters, nice dialogue and a present with one thing to say about making motion pictures as we speak, tune in to this HBO sequence.

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

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Euphoria’s second installment is on HBO Max now. This visually beautiful sequence has garnered its fair proportion of followers, and it isn’t exhausting 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 demise 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 along with his oft-repeated phrase about attaining “peace, irrespective of how many individuals I’ve to kill to get it,” the title would not actually swimsuit him. The present establishes Peacemaker’s subsequent steps — he is not returning to jail, however as a substitute collaborating in a black ops mission that may (once more) get his fingers soiled. The present usually lands its jokes, and you may particularly get pleasure from its entertaining supporting forged.

Thriller


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The Vacationer begins its engine with an intense automotive chase within the Australian outback. Extra 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 Vacationer 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 likely one of the greatest new exhibits to come back out of HBO Max. Cuoco performs Cassie, a reckless flight attendant who sleeps with a passenger on a wild night time out. She wakes up in Bangkok with barely any reminiscence — and a lifeless 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. Be careful for a unbelievable title sequence, in addition to a surprisingly darkish psychological layer. However primarily benefit from the amusing mixture of a clumsy detective bumbling by way of the world of chilly killers.

Comedy


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A half-hour comedy sequence from Issa Rae (the star and creator of HBO’s acclaimed sequence Insecure), Rap Sh!t introduces two former pals 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 tip 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, consistently checking up on social media and recording movies, and it impacts the viewing expertise in attention-grabbing methods. 

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The sibling rivalry is robust and primed for hilarity on this comedy from a few Saturday Night time Dwell writers. Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider inform the story of Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Heléne Yorker), siblings of their late 20s who battle 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 by way of open doorways to success. When you recover from the gimmicky premise, The Different Two’s popular culture satire and surprisingly heartfelt storylines are a successful mixture. Schitt’s Creek followers ought to give this a glance.

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Our Flag Means Demise (2022- )

On this comedy set on the excessive seas, Rhys Darby performs Stede Bonnet, an aristocrat who abandons his soft life and household to develop into the captain of a pirate ship. Spoiler: He hilariously bumbles by way of the gig. Below 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, they usually get pleasure from a competently narrated bedtime story). All of it results in loads of laugh-out-loud moments. Recreation of Thrones followers might spot Hodor actor Kristian Nairn hanging out among the many crew, and the sequence additionally stars Taika Waititi as Blackbeard.

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The good Jean Good rightfully takes the highlight on this acclaimed comedy-drama sequence. Throwing iPads into swimming swimming pools and delivering withering appears to be like, Good 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. Completely balancing its biting perception into how the comedy enterprise treats ladies, with the heat of an odd couple buddy comedy, Hacks is likely one of the greatest originals to come back 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 photos of nude males. Sure, there’s lots 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 girl, and the forged has tons of chemistry. If you happen to’re trying to find a refreshing, extremely entertaining story with a killer ensemble, flip by way of the pages of this HBO sequence.

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I Hate Suzie sees Billie Piper workforce up as soon as once more with Secret Diary of a Name Woman 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 successful a component in a Disney film, discovers she’s one of many victims in a star cellphone hacking scandal. Every 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 a superb friendship between Suzie and her supervisor Naomi (Leila Farzad).

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In Barry’s opening scene, SNL alum Invoice Hader casually leaves a resort room that accommodates a lifeless physique. The actor performs hitman Barry Berkman, who is not proud of life or his unconventional occupation, 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 “darkish” a part of its darkish comedy designation. However it’s additionally actually humorous, and there are three seasons to binge. On the very least, you may need to tune in for really nice scenes between Hader and his performing trainer, performed by Henry Winkler. 

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The Intercourse Lives of Faculty Ladies (2021- )

Mindy Kaling co-created this dramedy about 4 18-year-old ladies who begin their freshman yr of school collectively in Vermont. Geared up with distinctly completely different personalities, the school 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 up to date teen comedy showcasing messy experiences, relatable characters and raunchy jokes.

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The Righteous Gems (2019- )

This outrageous sequence highlights a extremely dysfunctional household of well-known televangelists known as the Gems. Within 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 sequence 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 sequence. Within the present, the comic goes to extraordinary lengths to let folks rehearse moments earlier than they occur. Within the first episode, Fielder helps a person put together for a confession to a good friend, and builds an actual duplicate of the bar they’re planning to satisfy at (the eye to element is unimaginable). After planning for any outlandish factor which may occur, we see how the actual change between the 2 pals performs out. Weird and really fascinating, The Rehearsal ought to get a while in your display.

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Starstruck is a basic screwball comedy, starring the lovably goofy Rose Matafeo. She performs Jessie, a twentysomething Londoner who events it up on New 12 months’s Eve, then later discovers she had a one-night stand with Tom Kapoor, a star performed by Nikesh Patel. Comply with Jessie as she juggles odd jobs, from cinema employee to nanny, and her blossoming relationship with a movie star that includes no excessive jinks by any means. Be careful for scene-stealer Minnie Driver as Tom’s agent on this witty, neatly crafted comedy package deal.

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

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Within the phrases of CNET reviewer Richard Knightwell: “2020 sucked. You bought up each morning and all of it was all only a tiny bit worse. However now and again a ray of solar would seem by way of the clouds. A kind of vivid spots was Betty, a fly-on-wall-style story of skateboarding teenagers in a balmy New York. Totally actual and breathlessly dreamy on the identical time, HBO’s TV follow-up to the indie hit Skate Kitchen painted an image of younger ladies going through the world head-on, pushing off and gaining velocity and lowering obstacles into issues ready to be jumped over whereas trying cool. My child daughter turned one whereas this present was on, and I can not wait to plonk her on a skateboard. I hope she finds a Betty crew of her personal.”

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This satirical present follows the household controlling the world’s largest media and leisure firm, whose members develop into 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 develop into higher and higher with each episode. The ever-reliable Charlotte Ritchie (Really feel Good, Name The Midwife) stars as Alison, a girl doing up the previous mansion she inherited with the assistance of her novice 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 happen to’re 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 all the pieces after the premature demise 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 robust as Sammy does all the pieces in her energy to return to London, with some standout moments when she reunites together with her bickering brother.

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Search Social gathering 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 larger extremes, together with a bizarrely sensible Susan Sarandon cameo. However we start when twentysomething Dory turns into an novice detective to trace down a lacking girl she barely knew in school. Actually, she’s trying to find one thing else: herself. Equally immodest are her boyfriend Drew, the scene-stealing Elliott and the hilariously blonde Portia. This oddball present someway creates the proper 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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On this HBO present, lifelike humanoid robots occupy a Wild West-themed amusement park, the place human guests are in a position to work together with them in any means they select (rape, homicide — no abhorrent motion is off the desk). These theme park “hosts” often neglect the openly violent issues that happen to them. However a brand new replace to a few of the hosts disrupts the established order. This advanced sci-fi sequence will get you considering, and there are already 4 seasons to binge.

Documentary


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Award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang (One Baby Nation, Within the Similar Breath) directs this fascinating docuseries concerning the 1985 homicide of 68-year-old Helen Wilson within the small city of Beatrice, Nebraska. There’s lots to the story — six folks had been convicted for her homicide and exonerated 20 years later. Within the first episode, we study concerning the affect 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 is directed by King Richard’s Reinaldo Marcus Inexperienced. Primarily based on a nonfiction e book written by a Baltimore Solar reporter, the absorbing, six-episode present explores police corruption by way of a narrative concerning the Baltimore Police Division’s Gun Hint Job Pressure.

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

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Season 1 of Tokyo Vice, against the law drama primarily based on a e book by journalist Jake Adelstein, has slickly stepped on to HBO Max. Set in Japan within the late 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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Journey Time: Distant Lands (2020-21)

Two years after Journey Time ended, this 4 hour-long particular got here alongside, and it is a sensible deal with for followers of the animated sequence. 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 method to change up and add to the thrilling storytelling. A surprisingly emotional experience full of each ingredient that made the unique so beloved.

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