The best shows are streaming on HBO Max today.
HBO Max launched in 2020 as the digital hub for all your favorite HBO series and WarnerMedia content, from classics like Six Feet Under and The Wire to the latest films released by Warner Bros. Pictures. With so much media already available on the platform, and plans for more shows to premiere in the future, it can be tough to decide what you should watch next. As such, we’ve rounded up a list of the best shows on HBO Max right now.
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Trending Now on HBO Max
When it comes to new and popular series, HBO Max is one of the best and most talked-about streaming platforms on the market right now. With that in mind, we’ve created a list of some of the most trend-worthy series on the platform right now.
And Just Like That …
A sequel to Sex and the City, And Just Like That… follows Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte as they continue to navigate friendship, family, and aging in New York City.
Euphoria stars Zendaya in her Emmy-winning role as 17-year-old Rue and follows the teenager and her friends as they navigate drug addiction, sexual relationships, and their futures. Season 2 premieres on Jan. 9.
Peacemaker stars John Cena as the titular antihero, a character first introduced in James Gunn’s Suicide Squad. The new series follows Peacemaker as he attempts to achieve peace at any cost — even if that means killing people along the way. The series premiere is on Jan. 13.
Based on Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel of the same name, Station Eleven centers of a group of survivors as they attempt to rebuild the world in the wake of a devastating flu pandemic.
Created by and starring Issa Rae, Insecure follows best friends Issa and Molly as they attempt to navigate their flaws and professional aspirations in modern-day Los Angeles. New episodes of the fifth and final season debut on Sundays.
Drama on HBO Max
HBO Max is also a solid streaming service for viewers looking for some dramatic series. With that in mind, here are a few of the most action-packed series currently available on HBO Max.
A reboot of the hit CW series, HBO Max’s Gossip Girl introduces a new generation of New York private school teenagers. It follows them as they navigate both the Upper East Side social scene and the salacious Gossip Girl Instagram account. The first half of Season 1 is streaming now, while the second half starts streaming on Nov. 25.
Based on true events, Landscapers stars Olivia Coleman and David Thewlis as an unassuming British couple who become the focus of a criminal investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in England.
Love Life follows a single millennial living in New York City while looking for love, with each episode focusing on a new suitor. Season 2 follows Marcus (William Jackson) on his quest for his own happily ever after and is streaming now.
The Sex Lives of College Girls
From executive producer Mindy Kaling, The Sex Lives of College Girls follows four roommates as they navigate their new freedom on the campus of Essex College. The series stars Pauline Chalamet, Reneé Rapp, Amrit Kaur, Alyah Chanelle, and Gavin Leatherwood.
Succession stars Brian Cox as Logan Roy, a media tycoon who inadvertently pits his four grown children against each other when he announces his intent to retire. New episodes of Season 3 stream on Sundays.
Comedy on HBO Max
Want to laugh? Look no further! HBO Max has a variety of comedy series that will make you laugh until you cry. Here’s a lineup of some of the best comedy series streaming today on HBO Max.
Avenue 5 stars Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad as the captain and owner of a fictional interplanetary cruise ship. The series also stars Zach Woods, Rebecca Front, and Suzy Nakamura.
Created by Aaron McGruder and Mike Clattenburg, Black Jesus paints a comedic picture of what might happen if Jesus Christ lived in modern-day Compton, California, and worked with his small group of followers to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood. All three seasons are streaming now.
The Righteous Gemstones
Created by Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones follows the famous yet dysfunctional Gemstone family of televangelists as they work to expand their network of megachurches. The series also stars John Goodman, Adam DeVine, Edi Patterson, and Tony Cavalero. Season 2 premieres on Jan. 9.
Search Party is a dark comedy about a group of friends who become involved in the search for a missing young woman. Season 5 premieres on Jan. 6.
Shot in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, South Side follows two friends who are stuck working at Rent-T-Own while dreaming about taking over the world. New episodes of Season 2 stream Thursdays.
Reality competitions on HBO Max
HBO Max also features a ton of reality competition series that either aired previously on different networks or are exclusive to the platform. Here’s a roundup of some of the best reality competition series streaming now.
Chillin Island finds New York City natives and rap personalities Alec “Despot” Reinstein, Ashok “Dap” Kondabolu and Aleksey “Lakutis” Weintraub recruiting a variety of their friends to experience nature across six episodes. Season 1 features Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Rosalía, Gunna, Killer Mike, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Tecca, Coi Leray, and Ezra Koening of Vampire Weekend.
Finding Magic Mike
In Finding Magic Mike, a group of men learns to perform strip-tease-like routines until one is crowned the “Real Magic Mike.” The winner earns a spot on the Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas and take home $100,000.
Selena + Chef
Filmed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Selena + Chef finds Selena Gomez learning how to cook in her kitchen — with the help of some master chefs. Seasons 1 through 3 are streaming now.
Sweet Life: Los Angeles
From executive producer, Issa Rae, Sweet Life: Los Angeles follows a group of seven Black 20-somethings as they pursue their dreams while living together in southern Los Angeles.
We’re Here follows drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley as they journey to rural communities across America in hopes of showing residents the human side of drag. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now.
Docuseries on HBO Max
You’ll also find a collection of thrilling docuseries on HBO Max. Whether you’re into true crime or something a little more uplifting, here are our top picks for docuseries that are currently available on HBO Max.
Dolores: The Truth About the Wanninkhof Case
Dolores: The Truth About the Wanninkhof Case finds Dolores Vázquez sharing her side of the story in the Rocío Wanninkhof case 20 years after she was wrongly convicted for the murder.
How To With John Wilson
How To With John Wilson follows the titular filmmaker and self-described “anxious New Yorker” as he films fellow New Yorkers and attempts to give advice on a variety of relatable topics. Season 2 starts streaming on Nov. 26.
The Murders at Starved Rock
The Murders at Starved Rock is a three-part docuseries that explores the brutal 1960 murders of three women in Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park.
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy follows the actor as he travels across Italy to learn about, and taste, the country’s best regional cuisines.
The Story of Late Night
A six-part docuseries from CNN, The Story of Late Night tells the history of late-night television through archived footage and stories about hosts Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert.
HBO to the Max
HBO Max truly has something for everyone when it comes to the series. So whether you’re looking to revisit an old favorite like Friends or want to dive into something new like Euphoria or Gossip Girl, you’re sure to find the content that fits your taste.
The streaming service also offers a variety of shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat, whether through romantic comedy series like Insecure and The Sex Lives of College or drama series like Landscapers or Succession.
If you’d rather experience stories based on real-life events, then Dolores: The Truth About the Wanninkhof Case might be worth a watch. And if you’re looking for something a bit more scandalous, The Murders at Starved Rock will probably keep you on the edge of your seat.
In addition to shows already streaming, as well as an impressive lineup of movies on HBO Max, the platform has a new batch of series coming over the next several months. This includes Season 1 of Somebody Somewhere, which is set to debut on Jan. 16, and The Gilded Age, which premieres on Jan. 24. Season 2 of Raised by Wolves is also set for Feb. 3, while the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon is expected in 2022.
While HBO Max no longer offers a free trial, there are plenty of options to get the service through your cable provider, AT&T TV, and as a Hulu + Live TV add-on. You can also signup directly through the HBO Max website.
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