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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 smaller quantity with quality.

For one, it gives you access to the HBO vault, which includes decades of acclaimed series. For two, HBO Max’s own shows (a.k.a. Max Originals like Hacks and The Flight Attendant) have improved markedly since its 2020 launch.

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.

Recommended TV shows on HBO Max

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.

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.

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.

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.

Los Espookys | Comedy

In an anonymous Latin American country, four twentysomething friends run a small business staging supernatural illusions (like exorcisms and alien autopsies). The first season of Los Espookys is only six half-hour episodes long, but it establishes its quirky characters and their family-like bond immediately. Just be prepared to read some fast and funny subtitles.

More recommended TV shows on HBO Max

  • Banshee
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Made for Love
  • The Nevers
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Sopranos
  • Warrior
  • 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.

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.

Woodstock 99 | Documentary, music

What was supposed to be a celebration of the anniversary of the 1969 music festival devolved into a bro-fueled riot of destruction and violence. HBO Music Box documentary Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage doesn’t blame the aggro fans and bands so much as corporate greed and general organizer incompetence. Fyre Festival ’17 has nothing on Woodstock ’99.

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.

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.

More recommended movies on HBO Max

  • Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn
  • Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Jurassic Park
  • Locked Down
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Matrix
  • Tenet
  • Unpregnant
  • Roald Dahl’s The Witches
  • Wonder Woman

Recommended HBO Max Originals

  • Doom Patrol
  • The Flight Attendant
  • Gossip Girl
  • Hacks
  • Harley Quinn
  • Legendary
  • Made for Love
  • The Other Two
  • Search Party
  • Titans

Recommended HBO series on HBO Max

  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Lovecraft County
  • Mare of Easttown
  • Perry Mason
  • Six Feet Under
  • The Sopranos
  • Veep
  • 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 Lady and the Dale
  • Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump
  • Tina
  • The Vow

Recommended reality TV shows on HBO Max

  • All That Glitters
  • The Bachelor
  • The Bachelorette
  • Baketopia
  • The Big Shot with Bethanny
  • 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