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What to Watch on HBO Max

There are almost too many great shows and movies on HBO Max—we’ve highlighted 90 of our favorites.

Other streaming services, like Netflix and Prime Video, might have more movies and TV shows, but HBO Max makes up for its slightly smaller quantity with quality.

For one, it gives you access to the HBO vault, which includes decades of acclaimed series, like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Six Feet Under. For two, HBO Max’s own shows (a.k.a. Max Originals like Hacks and The Flight Attendant) rank among the best you can stream.

It wasn’t easy to narrow down, but we’ve curated this list of some of our favorites currently available to stream on HBO Max—and we didn’t even include all 23 seasons of South Park. Sorry, Kenny.

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Hacks | Comedy, drama

Veteran actress Jean Smart commands her role as Deborah Vance, a longtime Las Vegas comedian whose withering casino showcase residency is being threatened by younger acts. Reluctantly, she hires 20-something comedy writer Ava (Hanna Einbinder) to punch up her material. Sparks fly, but then a sweetly funny frenemyship is forged between these hacks.

Jean Smart in HBO Max series Hacks

The Flight Attendant | Comedy, drama

Kaley Cuoco jettisons her Big Bang Theory sitcom image with Cassie, a boozy international flight attendant who wakes up from her latest one-night stand next to a dead body. Soon, she’s on the run from the authorities and the killer, never without a vodka soda in hand or a terrible decision in mind. The Flight Attendant is a darkly comedic murder mystery that doesn’t let up.

Kaley Cuoco in HBO Max series The Flight Attendant

Succession | Drama

If you think your family has problems, wait till you meet the Roys. As aging patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) clings to his role as head of a billion-dollar media conglomerate, he also pits his children (Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, and Alan Ruck) against each other to become his successor. This dark wealth satire is as unpredictable as it is biting, with almost no redeemable characters—and yet Succession is still addictive. You’ll (almost) pity the rich.

THe cast of HBO series Succession

Barry | Comedy, drama

Hitman-for-hire Barry (Bill Hader) travels to Los Angeles for a job, but inadvertently becomes involved with the local theater scene and decides to pursue acting. Unfortunately, his mentor (Stephen Root) and the Chechen mob (including scene-stealer Anthony Carrigan as “NoHo Hank”) won’t let him out of the criminal life. Hader kills it, in every sense, as Barry.

Bill Hader in HBO series Barry

Minx | Comedy

Young, headstrong L.A. feminist Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond, Guardians of the Galaxy) can’t find a publisher for her opinionated magazine—this is the ’70s, btw, when magazines were a thing. Enter adult entertainment publisher Doug (Jake Johnson, New Girl), a sleazy but successful businessman with an idea: break up the feminist manifestos with photos of naked men and call it Minx (Playgirl was already taken). Minx is a fast and funny comedy with a lot of male nudity . . . seriously, a lot.

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The cast of HBO Max series Minx

More recommended TV shows on HBO Max

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Euphoria
  • Insecure
  • Made for Love
  • The Nevers
  • Rap Sh!t
  • The Rehearsal
  • Watchmen
  • Westworld
  • The White Lotus

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Recommended movies on HBO Max

Malignant | Horror, thriller

Horror master James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious, Saw) strikes again with Malignant, a brand-new tale of psychological terror he says has more in common with pulpy Italian Giallo thrillers than traditional American shock flicks. Madison (Annabelle Wallis) is tormented by constant dreams of horrific murders, only to find out they’re real. Maybe don’t watch Malignant alone.

Malignant movie on HBO Max

Zack Snyder’s Justice League | Action, drama

Zack Snyder left 2017’s Justice League to another director, who turned it into a colorful, quippy mess that didn’t impress critics or fans. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a four-hour reset of his own DC universe, a spectacularly indulgent but still entertaining dark superhero fable that does better by its characters. Without ZSJL, we might not have fully appreciated The Suicide Squad.

Zack Snyder's Justice League movie on HBO Max

The Janes | Documentary

Sundance hit documentary The Janes looks at the underground Chicago network The Jane Collective, a group that secretly provided women with access to safe abortions before Roe v. Wade in the 1970s. Using safe houses, fronts, and code names to protect themselves, The Jane Collective operated covertly until seven women were arrested in a 1972 police raid. Unfortunately, The Janes is as relevant as ever right now.

1972 mugshot from HBO Max documentary The Janes

Space Jam | Animated, comedy

On the lighter side, the best sports documentary of all time remains 1996’s Space Jam, the movie that simultaneously launched and ended Michael Jordan’s acting career. Space Jam, wherein Jordan leads a rag-tag team of Looney Tunes against alien basketball franchise The Monstars, is still a wild (if incoherent) ride. Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) isn’t bad, either.

Space Jam movie on HBO Max

Speed | Action, drama

Speaking of the ’90s, 1994’s Speed is up there with Die Hard in the action-flick annals and made Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock overnight stars (but somehow, not Succession’s Alan Ruck). The bomb-on-the-bus thriller still holds up better than its imitators, and don’t skip the wrongly maligned sequel, 1997’s Speed 2: Cruise Control. Reeves really missed the boat on that one.

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Speed movie on HBO Max

More recommended movies on HBO Max

  • The Batman
  • Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn
  • Jurassic Park
  • Last Night in Soho
  • The Matrix
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Nobody
  • Old
  • Paddington 2
  • The Suicide Squad

Recommended HBO Max Originals

  • Doom Patrol
  • The Flight Attendant
  • Gossip Girl
  • Harley Quinn
  • I Hate Suzie
  • Peacemaker
  • Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
  • Our Flag Means Death
  • Search Party
  • Station Eleven

Recommended HBO series on HBO Max

  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Lovecraft County
  • Mare of Easttown
  • Perry Mason
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Sopranos
  • Veep
  • We Own This City
  • The Wire

Recommended documentaries on HBO Max

  • Allen v. Farrow
  • Class Action Park
  • The Cost of Winning
  • Generation Hustle
  • Heaven’s Gate
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
  • The Last Movie Stars
  • Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump
  • The Vow
  • The Way Down
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Recommended reality TV shows on HBO Max

  • All That Glitters
  • The Bachelor
  • The Bachelorette
  • Baketopia
  • The Bridge
  • Craftopia
  • FBoy Island
  • Haute Dog
  • The Hype
  • Sweet Life: Los Angeles

Recommended LGBTQ+ shows on HBO Max

  • Angels in America
  • Equal
  • Gentleman Jack
  • It’s a Sin
  • Legendary
  • Looking
  • Silent Valley
  • Trigonometry
  • We Are Who We Are
  • Years and Years

Recommended kids’ shows on HBO Max

  • Apple & Onion
  • Ben 10
  • Craig of the Creek
  • Dexter’s Laboratory
  • Esme & Roy
  • Fungies!
  • Jellystone!
  • The Not-So-Late Show with Elmo
  • Sesame Street
  • Summer Camp Island

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