Are you subscribed to HBO Max and looking for your next binge-worthy series? Look no further, because we've got you covered with a comprehensive list of the best shows currently available on the streaming platform. From gripping dramas like "Succession" and "The Leftovers" to hilarious comedies such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Flight Attendant," HBO Max has something for everyone. Whether you're in the mood for a thrilling mystery, an immersive fantasy world, or a thought-provoking exploration of societal issues, this article has got you covered. So, grab your popcorn and get ready to embark on a journey through the wide range of acclaimed shows on HBO Max.
The South SideFor enthusiasts of: Sitcoms set in local neighborhoods, elaborate hairstyles, the baseball team the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3
Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, The South Side
Comedy CentralThe South Side is a TV show that follows the journey of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently caught up in mundane day jobs. Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a wonderfully distinctive microcosm. This show can be classified as the ultimate hangout series, where minimal action takes place, yet the humor is uproariously funny and the characters are exceptional. Watching it will make you ponder why you didn't start sooner. -Allison Picurro[Preview]
For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and poignant TV shows, introspective examinations of personal identityNumber of seasons: 2
Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of
HBO MaxSort Of is a tender, understated dramedy that revolves around a non-binary millennial who makes a life-changing decision to care for the young children they work as a nanny for after the mother of the family has an accident. This series is an unassuming gem that subtly breaks new ground. It avoids taking itself too seriously and flows naturally, mirroring the pace of everyday life. Its inspiring lead and co-creator Bilal Baig bring authenticity to the exploration of identity, while the humor surprises with its cleverness. It's a refreshing breath of air in the realm of television. -Allison Picurro[Preview]
The Sex Lives of College GirlsFor enthusiasts of: The comedic style of Mindy Kaling, embarrassing tales from college lifeNumber of seasons: 2
Amrit Kaur, Pauline Chalamet, Alyah Chanelle Scott, and Reneé Rapp, The Sex Lives of College Girls
HBO MaxI'm someone who appreciates simplicity, and if you inform me that Mindy Kaling is producing a show about eccentric teenage girls, I'll definitely tune in. The Sex Lives of College Girls allows us to take a break from reliving the humiliation of high school in Never Have I Ever and instead relive the mortifying moments of college. It follows a group of four friends who are thrust together as freshman year roommates and embark on a journey of self-discovery in their newfound freedom. As the title suggests, it indeed explores the topic of sex extensively, but in an enjoyable and refreshing manner that captures the awkwardness of that transitional phase between adolescence and adulthood. And with Kaling at the helm, the show's most captivating moments revolve around the bonds between the core four characters. What more could one ask for? -Allison Picurro[Preview]
The White LotusYear: 2021-PresentEnsemble cast: Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlett, Aubrey Plaza, Michael ImperioliGenre: Comedy, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Two seasons, 12 episodesCreated By: Mike WhiteTrailer: View here
The White Lotus perfectly encapsulates the spirit of contemporary culture. It features a diverse ensemble cast of attractive and flawed characters residing in a picturesque resort, subjecting them (and the viewers) to various tests. While the first two seasons are designed as murder mysteries and presented as thrillers, the show's greatest allure lies in its humanity, or sometimes in its absence.
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Year: 2020Ensemble cast: Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. VanceGenre: Sci-fi, HorrorRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, ten episodesCreated By: Misha GreenTrailer: View here
This sci-fi/horror series is anchored by the exceptional performances of Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors. Drawing inspiration from Lovecraftian mythology, it is set in the 1950s and follows Atticus (Majors) on a cross-country road trip to search for his missing father. Along the way, he confronts the oppression of white America and encounters monstrous beings reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft's creations.
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IndustryFor enthusiasts of: Corporate intrigue, the tumultuous lives of young adultsNumber of seasons: 2
Myha'la Herrold, Industry
Simon Ridgway/HBOIndustry is a remarkable TV series that can be described as a blend between "Succession for Instagram influencers" and "Euphoria for business students." This enthralling show revolves around a group of young bankers striving to secure their dream positions at a prestigious investment bank in London. It delves into their professional and personal dramas with equal intensity. The financial market is always chaotic, alliances are ever-shifting, and sometimes, Jay Duplass makes an appearance. It's truly an outstanding series. -Allison Picurro[Trailer]
Pretty Little Liars: Original SinFor enthusiasts of: Pretty Little LiarsNumber of seasons: 1
Malia Pyles, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
Karolina Wojtasik/HBO MaxIt feels simultaneously like only five minutes and 18 long years have passed since Pretty Little Liars concluded. However, that fact is irrelevant now that the show has been rebooted, in a way. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin introduces a fresh group of teenage girls who find themselves tormented by an anonymous individual seeking retribution for sins committed by their parents two decades ago. Uh oh! While the story is set in a new town and follows a new set of liars, it still exists within the original Pretty Little Liars universe. For fans of the original show, watching this is a no-brainer. For everyone else, it's worth noting that it has received rave reviews. -Allison Picurro[Trailer]
Genndy Tartakovsky's PrimalFor enthusiasts of: Ancient eras, breathtaking animation, unlikely bondsNumber of seasons: 2
Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal
Adult Swim's Emmy-winning series takes its sweet time. The initial five episodes of Season 1 were released in 2019, and the last five were unveiled a year later. Season 2 is imminent this month, but as always with this astounding series, the anticipation will be gratifying. The animated series follows the journey of Spear, a caveman, and his unparalleled yet exceptionally devoted friendship with Fang, a Tyrannosaurus. Together, they combat the perils of a merciless prehistoric world inhabited by flesh-eating dinosaurs, vicious primates, and haunting supernatural entities. While devoid of genuine dialogue, Tartakovsky's mastery of storytelling and direction elicits an extraordinarily gut-wrenching emotional impact, making it one of the most exemplary shows on television, regardless of it being animated. Episodes will first air on Adult Swim and subsequently stream on HBO Max the following day. -Tim Surette [Preview]
The RehearsalYear: 2022Cast: Nathan FielderGenre: Comedy, DocumentaryRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, six episodeCreated By: Nathan FielderTrailer: View here
If you're in the mood for prolonged fits of uneasy laughter, The Rehearsal is the ideal choice. Comedian Nathan Fielder of Comedy Central's Nathan for You fame spearheads intricate ventures aimed at aiding genuine individuals in preparing for significant life events, commencing with a man compelled to confess the truth regarding his education and culminating in a charade as a father for 18 years. As events take a dark and amusing twist, Fielder remarkably retains his fabricated persona throughout.
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Year: 2021-PresentCast: Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Tyler James Willaims, Chris PerfettiGenre: ComedyRating: TV-PGRuntime: One season, 13 episodes (season two currently airing on ABC)Created By: Quinta BrunsonTrailer: View here
ABC's Emmy-winning comedic series signifies a delightful resurgence of network sitcoms. This particular show revolves around the lives of educators at Abbott Elementary in Philadelphia, each possessing varying degrees of competence, yet possessing equal levels of affability. With its razor-sharp writing and standout performances, it offers a clever, uplifting, and compelling television experience that should not be overlooked. Currently progressing through its second season on ABC, it continues to surpass expectations.
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Irma VepFor enthusiasts of: Television shows with a distinct cinematic quality, self-referential commentaryNumber of seasons: 1
Alicia Vikander, Irma Vep
Carole Bethuel/HBOIrma Vep, an adaptation of Olivier Assayas' 1996 film of the same title, stands as a testament to television's unparalleled coolness in 2022. Poised and multi-dimensional, this series features the talented Alicia Vikander as a disillusioned actress who finds herself in France shooting a remake of the renowned French silent film, Les Vampires. Irma Vep captivates viewers with its meta-commentary on the film industry, captivating soundtrack, and stylish attire. It serves as a reminder of Vikander's undeniable talent, having been recognized with an Academy Award. Tres chic, indeed. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
HacksFor enthusiasts of: JEAN SMART, unconventional partnerships, comedyNumber of seasons: 2
Jake Giles Netter/HBO MaxJean Smart is an indomitable talent, and it is our duty as members of society to cherish her contributions, starting with consuming her every performance. Smart takes center stage in what can unequivocally be considered HBO Max's most exceptional original comedy as Deborah Vance, an aging comedian in Las Vegas whose reign at the top is nearing its conclusion. However, circumstances align to pair her with an entitled young comic (Hannah Einbinder) who was recently embroiled in controversy over a Twitter joke. The cast is further bolstered by the presence of Kaitlin Olson and co-creator Paul W. Downs. -Tim Surette [Preview]
The StaircaseFor enthusiasts of: Compelling murder mysteries, outstanding performances, nocturnal avian creaturesNumber of seasons: 1
Colin Firth and Toni Collette, The Staircase
The year 2022 has been notably abundant in the adaptation of true crime cases into scripted limited series, and The Staircase effortlessly falls into line with the rest. Leading the pack is Colin Firth, delivering one of the most commendable performances of the year, portraying author Michael Peterson, who faced allegations of murdering his wife after asserting her demise resulted from a fall down the stairs. The star-studded ensemble also includes Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Before asserting, "I've already witnessed the documentary, so I don't need to see this," rest assured, this adaptation boasts enough fresh content, including a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the original documentary. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
We Own This CityFor enthusiasts of: The Wire, unethical law enforcement officials, Jon BernthalNumber of seasons: 1
Jon Bernthal and Jamie Hector, We Own This City
Paul Schiraldi/HBOThe Wire remains a paragon of exemplary television. Two of its creators, David Simon and George Pelecanos, traverse familiar grounds with We Own This City, a limited series delving into the true story of the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force, one that unveils the systemic corruption plaguing the city's law enforcement apparatus. Jon Bernthal, Jamie Hector, and Josh Charles headline the cast. Bernthal delivers a delightfully disreputable portrayal in this enthralling series. -Liam Mathews [Preview]
BarryFor enthusiasts of: Committing murder, performing,Number of seasons: 3
Merrick Morton/HBOBarry, which chronicles Bill Hader's titular melancholic assassin endeavoring to pursue a career as an actor in Los Angeles, is arguably TV's most amusingly serious depiction of human existence or its most seriously comical enactment of life's trials and tribulations. Across three seasons, it has seldom faltered and has firmly established itself as one of the most profound character explorations of damaged individuals. Its frequent instances of cunningly outrageous humor prevent it from plunging into unbearably bleak territories, and the narrative is elevated by an outstanding ensemble cast that includes the exceptional Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan, and Stephen Root. This is precisely the type of show that operates at peak performance at all times. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
The Flight AttendantFor enthusiasts of: Questioning the nature of reality, communicating with departed souls, the essence of Alfred Hitchcock's worksNumber of seasons: 2
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Sometimes, one simply yearns to recline and observe individuals making unfortunate decisions. The Flight Attendant satisfies that craving. This darkly comedic thriller stars Kaley Cuoco, delivering her finest performance thus far, as a disheveled flight attendant named Cassie who awakens after a drunken night in Bangkok to find herself beside a deceased lover. Cassie's bumbling quest to clear her name compels her to confront the deeply ingrained issues she has buried for decades. It's a sparkling, addictive escapade with a touch of Hitchcockian style, and Cuoco's portrayal makes it impossible to peel one's eyes away as her character descends into turmoil. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer | Season 2 Review]
Tokyo ViceFor enthusiasts of: Enigmatic crime thrillers, breathtaking visualsNumber of seasons: 1
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For some of us, the most electrifying aspect of Tokyo Vice lies in the fact that it heralds the return of the esteemed Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Heat) to the small screen after an absence of over a decade. This crime drama series, directed by Mann himself, draws inspiration from the memoir of American journalist Jake Adelstein, chronicling his experiences covering the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department for one of Japan's leading newspapers and exposing the widespread corruption lurking beneath the surface. Adelstein is portrayed by Ansel Elgort, and he is accompanied by Rinko Kikuchi, Ken Watanabe, and Rachel Keller. -Allison Picurro [Trailer | Review]
JuliaFor enthusiasts of: Julia Child, delectable French cuisine, women triumphing against all oddsNumber of seasons: 1
Seacia Pavao/HBO Max
The fact that Nora Ephron's final film was Julie & Julia tends to be overlooked, despite it not being a terrible movie. Though it would have fared better if it was simply titled Julia. HBO Max, however, made that very choice with this half-hour comedy, inspired by the life of the legendary culinary icon Julia Child, portrayed here by the remarkable Sarah Lancashire from Happy Valley. Set in 1960s Boston, the series delves into Child's ascent to fame as she introduced the art of French gastronomy to American audiences, simultaneously exploring the pervasive sexism and ageism she encountered along the way. Lancashire delivers an outstanding performance, with David Hyde Pierce starring opposite her as her husband, Paul Child. Bon appétit! -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers DynastyYear: 2022-PresentCast: John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, Jason Clarke, Adiren Brody, Gaby Hoffmann, Tracy Letts, Jason SegelGenre: DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, ten episodesCreated By: Max Borenstein and Jim HechtTrailer: Watch here
Even if you’re not a basketball enthusiast, Winning Time is exhilarating. However, if you do find solace in the realm of basketball, and particularly if you have an affinity for the Lakers, this series promises an unparalleled level of excitement. It narrates the predominantly factual tale of the Lakers' rise to prominence in the 1980s, under the leadership of Jerry Buss, portrayed by the incomparable John C. Reilly, who, as always, delivers an exceptional performance.
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Year: 2020-PresentCast: VariousGenre: Comedy, DocumentaryRating: TV-MARuntime: Two seasons, 12 episodesCreated By: John WilsonTrailer: Watch here
In this series, idiosyncratic documentarian John Wilson embarks on a journey of self-discovery through his encounters with others. Through his observational lens, Wilson captures the essence of fellow New Yorkers while offering his insights on matters ranging from profound to mundane, all the while confronting his own personal demons. The result is a multi-layered, at times humorous, and occasionally deeply poignant and inexplicable experience.
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The TouristFor enthusiasts of: Nerve-racking thrillers, sophisticated criminality, AustraliaNumber of seasons: 1
Jamie Dornan, The Tourist
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This is a series that might fly under most people's radar due to its overseas debut, but one should not underestimate its worth - just watch it. Jamie Dornan continues to disassociate himself from the character of Christian Grey through this enigmatic thriller, portraying a British individual who suffers from amnesia following a suspicious car "accident," compelled to uncover the reasons for his impending demise and his initial presence in Australia. Alongside its sleek direction, the series boasts subtle comedic undertones and exceptional performances from Dornan and Danielle Macdonald (Unbelievable), who portrays the hesitant police officer entangled in his case. Macdonald's performance is truly remarkable and warrants recognition from a wider audience. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Our Flag Represents DeathFor enthusiasts of: Boards and tricksNumber of seasons: 1
Rhys Darby and Nathan Foad, Our Flag Represents Death
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Shall it be referred to as 'What We Do on the Vast Waters?' Taika Waititi takes on the role of producer and actor in this pirate comedy created by David Jenkins, the genius behind People of Earth. While it may not reach the caliber of Waititi's and Jenkins' previous masterpieces, it undoubtedly stands out as the premier pirate comedy to emerge in recent memory (a rather precise assessment, I admit). Rhys Darby assumes the role of an aristocrat seeking adventure in the midst of a midlife crisis, abandoning his family to become a seafaring bandit. However, his innate kindness hinders him from excelling in his newfound piratical pursuits. Though it has yet to surpass the greatness of What We Do in the Shadows, it has entranced a significant portion of the online community with its unexpected pirate romance. -Tim Surette [Preview]
The Gilded EraFor enthusiasts of: Downton Abbey, exquisite headwearNumber of seasons: 1
Carrie Coon, The Gilded Era
If you hold a general affinity for period dramas and possess a particular fondness for Downton Abbey, it is highly likely that The Gilded Era will captivate your interest. This fresh HBO series stems from the imaginative mind of Downton's creator, Julian Fellowes. Even if one's usual inclinations do not lean towards such genres, their perspective may be altered upon encountering this star-studded cast. One can expect to find the alluring presence of Carrie Coon! The fabulous Christine Baranski! The remarkable Cynthia Nixon! It furthermore showcases an impressive lineup of recurring and guest stars, featuring Broadway luminaries such as Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, Donna Murphy, and Michael Cerveris. Welcome to the grandeur of New York City! It appears I have developed an adoration for period dramas. In any case, the plot, if it holds any significance, revolves around a pair of affluent sisters (Baranski and Nixon) engaging in a feud with their nouveau riche neighbor (Coon) within the confines of 1880s New York City. Let us raise our pinkies in celebration. -Kelly Connolly [Preview]
Someone SomewhereFor enthusiasts of: Discovering oneself, experiencing overwhelming joyNumber of seasons: 1
Bridget Everett, Someone Somewhere
Comedian Bridget Everett takes on the lead role in this independent comedic-drama centered around a woman named Sam as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the heart of Kansas following the untimely passing of her sister. However, do not be deceived by its initial somber undertones! Someone Somewhere celebrates the simple pleasures of companionship, self-expression, and embracing one's uniqueness in a manner reminiscent of the peculiar rituals of high school choir clubs. Additionally, it features fart jokes and party invitations scribed onto ketchup packets. What is there not to admire? -Tim Surette [Preview]
PeacemakerFor enthusiasts of: Brawn, brutality, twisted humorNumber of seasons: 1
HBO MaxJohn Cena presents Peacemaker, the DC Comics character from The Suicide Squad film, fervently pursuing peace with an unyielding commitment to resort to extreme violence if necessary. The small screen adaptation, with James Gunn serving as the writer of all episodes and directing five of them, allows fans to witness this captivating spectacle. Those who had the pleasure of experiencing the surprisingly remarkable The Suicide Squad (distinct from the lackluster Suicide Squad, which it frequently gets confused with, of course) will recognize the unmistakable tonal influence, as Gunn brilliantly leverages the crude humor from The Suicide Squad to construct an origin tale for the film's most exceptional character, one who surpassed the dubious honor of being a mere walking weasel. Moreover, Cena showcases his magnetic star power as a foolish, dim-witted man of strength. Traditional superhero enthusiasts may scoff at this offering, yet those with an affinity for muscular physiques, violent exhibitions, and lewd humor will undoubtedly relish it. -Tim Surette [Preview]
EuphoriaYear: 2019-PresentCast: Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Hunter Schafer, Alexa Demie, Maude ApatowGenre: DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Two seasons, 18 episodesCreated By: Sam LevinsonTrailer: View here
Euphoria takes the everyday teenage drama and escalates it to another level, which is an easily accomplished feat when one has the resources of HBO at their disposal. This wildly popular and kinetic series, set in a fictional California town, has influenced fashion and beauty trends, ranking just behind Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon as HBO's most-watched series of all time. Zendaya's portrayal of Rue, a young woman grappling with addiction, has garnered her two Emmys.
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Year: 2014-PresentCast: Woody Harrellson, Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala AliGenre: Drama, CrimeRating: TV-MARuntime: Three seasons, 24 episodesCreated By: Nic PizzolattoTrailer: View here
This anthology series brings the allure of the silver screen to the realm of prestige crime drama (who could have predicted?), casting movie stars as characters who untangle intricate webs in order to solve crimes, usually involving shocking and violent conspiracies. Simultaneously, they navigate the complexities of their personal lives. While the first season, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, garnered acclaim for its narrative, performances, and aesthetics, the subsequent season proved to be a disappointment in every aspect. Let us not dwell on it. Colin Farrell did not participate in that, after all. Luckily, the third season, showcasing Mahershala Ali, represents a triumphant return to form, offering a fresh perspective rooted in reality.
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Search PartyFor enthusiasts of: Mocking millennials, inept criminals, genre-bendingNumber of seasons: 5
Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, and Meredith Hagner, Search Party
Mark Schafer/HBO MaxSearch Party initially premiered on TBS, where it unfortunately went unnoticed during the first two seasons. Luckily, HBO Max came to the rescue, ensuring that this satirical comedy would not be lost in the shuffle of cable TV. The series stars Alia Shawkat as Dory, a directionless twenty-something residing in Brooklyn. She embarks on a quest to inject meaning into her existence by searching for a former college classmate who has recently disappeared. However, this merely serves as the beginning. Search Party delves into audacious and dark territories, boldly transitioning genres with each passing season. It seamlessly incorporates elements of crime thrillers and courtroom dramas, heightening the stakes while maintaining its stylistically sharp sense of humor. It is an exhilarating journey for those willing to embark upon it. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
The Righteous GemstonesFor enthusiasts of: Danny McBride's comedic flair, Succession with a religious twistNumber of seasons: 2
Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, and Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones
Ryan Green/HBODanny McBride has a remarkable talent for creating shows centered around insufferable, arrogant individuals. His latest offering, The Righteous Gemstones, delves into the darkly comedic world of a renowned televangelist dynasty led by the patriarch, Eli (John Goodman). Through preaching the word of God to the masses and constructing massive megachurches at the expense of smaller congregations, Eli has amassed an immense fortune. McBride takes on the role of one of Eli's wretched grown children, engaging in a never-ending battle with their siblings to win their father's favor and secure their dominance over the empire. It's akin to the power struggles seen in Succession. Additionally, Walton Goggins portrays Eli's detestable brother-in-law. Amidst all the despicable words and actions of its characters, The Righteous Gemstones remains predominantly focused on evoking laughter. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
Station ElevenFor enthusiasts of: Post-apocalyptic settings, narratives of pandemics, the urban landscape of ChicagoNumber of seasons: 1
Himesh Patel and Matilda Lawler, Station Eleven
Parrish Lewis/HBO Max
While many shows have grappled with the concept of a pandemic, Station Eleven stands apart due to its source material (the eponymous novel authored by Emily St. John Mandel), which predates the COVID era, and its filming commencing prior to the pandemic outbreak. The miniseries portrays the struggles of a group of survivors in a world devastated by a global pandemic. It delves into the complexities of coping with immense destruction, alternating between the pre-virus past and the post-virus future. Starring Gael García Bernal, Mackenzie Davis, and Himesh Patel, this exquisitely crafted series delivers a thought-provoking exploration of existence. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
InsecureFor enthusiasts of: Self-reflection in front of a mirror, bonds between women, emotionally complicated menNumber of seasons: 5
Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae, Insecure
Merie W. Wallace/HBOIssa Rae's masterpiece centers around her alter ego, Issa Dee, and her closest companion, Molly (Yvonne Orji). Together, they navigate the complexities of their careers, relationships, and personal lives. Insecure excels in providing multifaceted portrayals of the friendships forged among Black women, seamlessly blending amusing and heart-wrenching aspects of everyday challenges. Moreover, it boasts an ever-rotating roster of attractive male counterparts. This series stands tall among the most exceptional, hilarious, and intellectually sharp comedies of recent years. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
SuccessionFor enthusiasts of: Ruthlessness, scathing verbal exchanges, corporate machinations, pitiable and deplorable malesNumber of seasons: 3
Jeremy Strong, Succession
Who parallels the audacity of Succession? Jesse Armstrong's creation peeks into the power struggles among the extravagantly wealthy Roy family. The patriarch, a CEO of a billion-dollar media conglomerate, bestows an unparalleled aura upon this series, fueling the surrounding hype. While the business realm serves as the backdrop (although I find it hard to believe that the viewership is predominantly driven by business enthusiasts), the heart of the show lies in its exceptionally twisted family dynamics, as well as the devastating effects that wealth and influence have on individuals. With an array of contrasting personalities entangled in the narrative — from the despondently melancholic Kendall (Jeremy Strong) to the repugnant, juvenescent Roman (Kieran Culkin) and the ice-cold, calculated Shiv (Sarah Snook) — there is no wonder it has inspired so many amusing memes. Sometimes, relishing in the misconduct of morally bankrupt characters within the realm of fiction can be thoroughly enjoyable. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
How to with John WilsonFor enthusiasts of: Eccentric personas, the banality of daily existence, New York City's distinct charmNumber of seasons: 2
John Wilson, How to With John Wilson
Thomas Wilson/HBOHow to With John Wilson offers a distinctive perspective akin to that of a philosophical voyeur. It creatively presents two distinct filters: that of the show's creator, John Wilson, an introverted observer who possesses an unparalleled talent for simplifying complex social interactions, and the lens of his camera, capturing the vibrant essence of New York City (as well as Idaho, Florida, and other locations ventured during his investigations). These lenses converge, channeling Wilson's unique viewpoint into a singular image like the peculiar character from American Beauty. The series seamlessly intertwines these seemingly unrelated themes into a poignant meditation on the intricacies of existence. Although it defies verbal explanation, a single viewing will undoubtedly illuminate its brilliance. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
LandscapersFor enthusiasts of: Meticulously courteous British individuals entangled in acts of murder, genre-bending tales of suspenseNumber of seasons: 1
Olivia Colman, Landscapers
If you've been yearning for a prestigiously intense miniseries centered around true crime, you're in for a treat. Drawing inspiration from the real-life tale of Christopher and Susan Edwards, Landscapers features Olivia Colman and David Thewlis as a married couple condemned to life in prison for the murder of Susan's parents, followed by the clandestine burial of the bodies in their own backyard. Personally, I would find immense fascination even if Olivia Colman were to narrate an extensive CVS receipt, and an HBO crime series rarely disappoints. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
Suppress Your EnthusiasmFor admirers of: Larry David and grumpy individuals of that kindQuantity of seasons: 11
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
John P. Johnson/HBOCurb Your Enthusiasm is the series that requires no introduction, but I'll offer one anyway: If by some means you haven't become acquainted with it, Larry David portrays a version of himself and the show tracks his experiences as he navigates through life being inconvenienced by ordinary, everyday things. In 11 seasons, nothing has essentially altered, and that's the entire point. It's actually quite remarkable that it's still humorous even after all these years. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
RumormongerFor admirers of: The all-knowing voice of Kristen Bell, flip phonesQuantity of seasons: 6
Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl
The pinnacle of late aughts television, Gossip Girl revolves around a clique of affluent youngsters who attend an exclusive high school in Manhattan while their scandalous private lives are monitored and exposed by the enigmatic Gossip Girl. It's foolish, it's ridiculous, it's flawless, and it propelled individuals like Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Penn Badgley to stardom. HBO Max also released an, let's say, imperfect revival in 2021 that focuses on an entirely new cast. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
David Creates IndividualFor admirers of: Stories of personal growth, enchanting realityQuantity of seasons: 2
Isaiah Johnson and Akili McDowell, David Makes Man
Rod Millington/OWN & Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Nothing else on television possesses the same motion as David Makes Man, a gentle coming-of-age drama from Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. The initial season is presented through the perspective of 14-year-old David (exceptional talent Akili McDowell), who struggles to reconcile the person he is at his prestigious school with his home life in the housing projects. As he confronts academic pressure, his mother's financial hardship, and the local boys who are eager to involve him in the drug trade, each world he traverses is written with equal compassion and humanity. Season 2, which jumps ahead to find David (portrayed as an adult by Kwame Patterson) in his 30s, only accentuates the way adults continue to carry their youth within them. David Makes Man is an extraordinary show, infused with magical realism and drenched in the sunshine and perspiration of South Florida. The impression it leaves behind is vivid and enduring. -Kelly Connolly [Preview]
Mare of EasttownFor admirers of: Wawa, Philadelphia accents, familial tension with a touch of murderQuantity of seasons: 1
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown
Michele K. Short/HBO
On the surface, Mare of Easttown appears to be like any other crime show featuring a seasoned detective solving a case. The series trails Mare (Kate Winslet, delivering one of her finest performances), a detective in Pennsylvania, as she investigates the murder of a local teenage girl while simultaneously confronting her own personal trauma. However, amidst the multitude of dark murder dramas, Mare stands alone: It's a captivating mystery; it's a portrayal of damaged individuals; it even sporadically resembles a mother-daughter sitcom. It will keep you engrossed until the very last scene, where Mare finally begins to confront the most challenging part of her past. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
Scenes From a MarriageFor admirers of: Unhappy individuals in dissatisfying relationships, monologuesQuantity of seasons: 1
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage
Gorgeous individuals Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain portray a unhappily wedded couple in this remake of Ingmar Bergman's 1973 miniseries (which is also available for streaming on HBO Max). Isaac and Chastain bring every moment of their characters' shared history to life in all five melancholic, dialogue-driven hours of this series, making it worth watching. They despise each other, they love each other, they should separate, they should stay together – it oscillates by the minute, and it all feels authentic. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
The Other TwoFor admirers of: Molly Shannon, ridiculing the entertainment industryQuantity of seasons: 2
Drew Tarver and Helene York, The Other Two
Greg Endries/HBO MaxChris Kelly and Sarah Schneider's showbiz comedy is one of the most amusing series on television, without a doubt. It follows overlooked older siblings Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Heléne Yorke) as they cope with the fact that their teenage brother has suddenly become a globally recognized pop star. While their brother's fame soars, they stumble forward, striving to establish their own career paths despite the world repeatedly knocking them down. It's a satire that avoids being cynical or smug, and it's a comedic rarity in the present day that prioritizes its audience's laughter. You will undoubtedly find yourself humming "My Brother's Gay (And That's Okay)." And that's perfectly acceptable. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
The Way DownFor admirers of: True crime, charismatic cult leaders, towering hairstylesQuantity of seasons: 1
This true crime series delves into Gwen Shamblin Lara, the founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church, which blended the worship of Jesus Christ with a weight-loss program and was accused of being a cult. Lara leveraged her success as a best-selling author of the book The Weigh Down Diet to become the leader of the church, which she established in 1999 and led until May of 2021 when she [spoiler!!!]. The church faced criticism for its emphasis on appearances and the creation of a Stepford Wives-like community of women, as well as the use of religion for business gains. -Kelly Connolly [Preview]
Enchanted by the StarsWhat fans love: Notting Hill's captivating romance, endearing characters falling in loveNumber of seasons: 2
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The romantic comedy genre is thriving, but it has found a new home on television. Similar to a reversed Notting Hill, the heartwarming series Starstruck revolves around Jessie (portrayed by the talented creator Rose Matafeo), a New Zealand native residing in London who, after a boozy New Year's Eve, wakes up to discover she spent the night with Tom (Nikesh Patel), a renowned movie star. This delightful show, with each season consisting of six half-hour episodes, exudes the charm of classic screwball comedies. Their connection proves to be undeniable. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]
UnraveledWhat fans love: Complex women, intricate family dynamicsNumber of seasons: 2
Set in the late '80s, this sharp dramedy showcases Sarah Kendall, both as the creator and lead, portraying a woman who must uproot her two children and return to her Australian hometown of Newcastle following her late husband's demise, which has left the family destitute. Moving back in with her alcoholic mother, she confronts unresolved issues from her past, including the revelation that she has been concealing her Australian heritage by adopting a British accent. With a perfect blend of humor and drama, this series introduces viewers to multi-dimensional characters and brilliant writing that will leave you yearning for more than just two seasons. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
CombatantWhat fans love: Bruce Lee's legacy, the gritty fusion of Peaky Blinders and Gangs of New YorkNumber of seasons: 2
David Bloomer/CinemaxWarrior, a hidden gem, presents a breakthrough in Asian representation on the screen. This action-packed drama, originally on Cinemax but now a HBO Max original with the upcoming Season 3, draws inspiration from Bruce Lee's writings and is brought to life under the guidance of his daughter Shannon. Set amidst the Tung Wars in late 1800s San Francisco, Warrior is a suitably brutal depiction that unravels with more twists and turns than San Francisco's Lombard Street. It sheds light on a time, place, and people often overlooked by television. Intertwined with racial issues, it combines the essence of Peaky Blinders with an added kick of Gangs of New York. Yet, at its core, Warrior remains an original tale of immigrants navigating a country that barely tolerates them, fighting against prejudice. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Mason's Pursuit of JusticeYou don't need to be familiar with or even fond of the long-running CBS legal drama that served as the foundation for this 2020 reboot to appreciate its flawless execution.
Matthew Rhys shines as the eponymous Perry Mason, a tough private investigator working for a defense attorney's office in 1932. Against a backdrop of Prohibition-era legal misconduct and religious zeal, he embarks on an investigation into the murder of an infant boy, questioning the possible involvement of the boy's mother. This gritty and theatrical series intensifies over eight exceptionally well-crafted episodes. The ensemble cast, including John Lithgow, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Wigham, Tatiana Maslany, Gayle Rankin, Stephen Root, and Lili Taylor, delivers knockout performances, making this reboot a masterclass in revitalizing beloved franchises. It's perfect for a weekend binge, but equally captivating when savored over several evenings. — Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter
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Eldritch ChroniclesWhat fans love: Real-life horrors intertwined with Lovecraftian monster terrorsNumber of seasons: 1
Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, and Courtney B. Vance, Lovecraft Country
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Adapted from Matt Ruff's novel, Misha Green's creation takes us on a journey alongside a young African American man as he embarks on a quest to find his missing father in the racially divided America of the 1950s. Little does he know that the landscapes he navigates are not only populated by racists but also by creatures ripped from the pages of literature. Fusing genres like science fiction horror and social justice drama, Lovecraft Country immerses viewers in a captivating adventure that confronts both real and imagined monsters. Although it may have only run for a single season, its impact was tremendous. -Tim Surette [Trailer]
Under Six Feet of TurmoilWhat fans love: Experiencing the full range of human emotions, exploring complex family dynamicsNumber of seasons: 6
Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Freddy Rodriguez, Six Feet Under
HBOAlan Ball's masterpiece delves into the lives of the Fisher family, who inherit their late father's funeral home in Los Angeles. While you may or may not associate Six Feet Under with its iconic series finale sequence, the entire journey leading up to it is equally remarkable. The Fisher family's dysfunction and turmoil make this series unique, fearlessly delving into frank and intricate conversations about the multifaceted aspects of death and grief. While it's important to know that the show's tone is quite dark (each episode beginning with a different death), don't let that discourage you from watching. Six Feet Under is a truly extraordinary work of art. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]
The UnexplainedWhat fans love: Confronting the enigmatic, purposefully enigmatic mythologyNumber of seasons: 3
Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux, The Leftovers
Van Redin/HBOCrafted by the talented duo of Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers can be seen as a direct response to the controversies surrounding the finale of Lost. On The Leftovers, the absence of concrete answers is intentional. Set in the bewildered aftermath of a sudden event that caused 2 percent of the world's population to vanish, the series transcends its bleak beginnings to unfold a narrative that is both expansive and subtly magical, unlike anything else on television. While the unrelenting despair of the initial episodes may have deterred some viewers, it is an essential component of the show's larger vision. The profound transformation from where The Leftovers started to its eventual conclusion makes the second and third seasons particularly powerful, as the characters find their individual paths to healing, sparking a sense of rebellion. The Leftovers doesn't aim to depict life as it is, but rather as it feels. It will be remembered as a snapshot of a tumultuous decade striving for solace. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]
The WireFor enthusiasts of: Realistic narratives about America, iconic TV series, engaging in the debate about the greatest TV show everAmount of seasons: 5
Wendell Pierce and Dominic West, The Wire
The Wire, created by David Simon, is widely recognized as one of the most exceptional shows ever made. Set in Baltimore, this crime drama primarily focuses on the city's drug trade. However, with each season, it skillfully uncovers another layer, delving into various aspects of the city, including its local government and education system. It fearlessly exposes the dark side of America, but above all, it simply stands as a masterpiece. -Allison Picurro [Preview]
EnlightenedAlthough it premiered a complete decade ago, Enlightened feels as refreshing and relevant now as it did back then. Perhaps even more so, considering its prescient discussions on complex female characters, workplace mistreatment, corporate irresponsibility, and the unparalleled brilliance of Laura Dern.
Dern portrays Amy Jellicoe, a woman who returns from work after experiencing a nervous breakdown and going through rehab. Back with a less prestigious job, a more optimistic outlook, and an unwavering determination to make the world a better place, starting with her corrupt employer. You'll adore her, despise her, but most of all, you won't be able to avert your gaze from her.* — A.H.
How to watch: Enlightened is now accessible on Max. (opens in a new tab)
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In this 2019 superhero series, Damon Lindelof ingeniously reimagines the renowned comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set decades after the events depicted in the comics, this Watchmen revolves around Sister Night (Regina King), a detective in the Tulsa police department who dons a nun-like attire to combat crime. In this striking guise, she battles the ascendant influence of a white supremacist group known as the Seventh Kavalry. Fortunately, she won't be alone, as she has her own extraordinary allies. Tim Blake Nelson, Jean Smart, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons, and Hong Chau co-star, portraying captivating characters that are multifaceted, audacious, and utterly engrossing. Blending mature themes with graphic violence and bold socio-political commentary, this daring adaptation garnered critical acclaim, an enthusiastic fan base, and a remarkable 11 Emmy Awards, including one for King.* — K.P.
How to watch: Watchmen can now be streamed on Max. (opens in a new tab)
I May Destroy YouFor enthusiasts of: The genius of Michaela Coel, blending clever wit with profound tragedyAmount of seasons: 1
Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Emerging talent Michaela Coel takes on the roles of creator, writer, director, and lead actress in this timely and uncompromising drama produced in collaboration with the BBC. She portrays Arabella, an author who is drugged and sexually assaulted in a bar, and wakes up with a faint memory of a terrible ordeal, but uncertain about the identity of the perpetrator. While trying to uncover the truth, she navigates her friendships and pursues her goal of completing her book. The series delves into profoundly heavy subjects, yet it possesses a clever sense of humor that catches viewers off guard with laughter. -Liam Mathews [Preview]
Rick & MortyFor enthusiasts of: Multiverse exploration, imbecilic men, shows that challenge conventional normsAmount of seasons: 5
Adult Swim's animated series is an extraordinary sci-fi/comedy adventure that follows the adventures of the unhinged scientist Rick, who enlists the unwitting help of his clueless grandson Morty in their escapades across the cosmos. Admirers of this show truly cherish it and emphasize that it surpasses being a mere crude cartoon filled with extraterrestrial beings. Credit goes to the show's dedication to fleshing out the backstories and inner workings of its characters, going beyond the temptation of making every episode a silly sci-fi parody. It's exhilarating! And it'll probably continue forever! -Allison Picurro [Preview]
The Last of Us
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Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's astounding adaptation of the popular video game The Last of Us consists of nine hour-long episodes, recounting a gripping and self-contained story. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey shine as a pair of survivors thrown together in a post-apocalyptic America, devastated by a persistent fungus that turns humans into (essentially) zombies. In order to secure humanity's future, hardened survivor Joel must safely escort sarcastic teenager Ellie across the United States to a designated safe zone. Along the way, they will encounter not only a variety of ruthless creatures but also individuals who redefine the concept of evil.
This series doesn't just offer heart-pounding terror, clever puns, and an unforgettable soundtrack; it also delivers some of the most emotionally devastating onscreen moments of 2023.* Lean into it and allow yourself a cathartic cry. — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor
How to watch: The Last of Us can now be accessed on Max. (opens in a new tab)
Pushing DaisiesCreator Bryan Fuller's distinctive blend of morbid fascination and artistic whimsy reached its zenith with Pushing Daisies, an occasionally melodious masterpiece in television. Pushing Daisies stars Lee Pace as Ned the Piemaker, a socially anxious man gifted with the ability to resurrect the deceased with a single touch. Anna Friel portrays Chuck, Ned's deceased childhood sweetheart who experiences a (sort of) revival thanks to his extraordinary powers. The universe of Pushing Daisies presents a confectionery-colored, mature take on a Dr. Seussian landscape, replete with tongue-twisting names and truly unforgettable characters, and its two enchanting seasons will forever leave viewers longing for more. — Alexis Nedd, Senior Entertainment Reporter
How to watch: Pushing Daisies can now be streamed on Max.(opens in a new tab)
An Exceptional Friend
Based on the novels by Elena Ferrante, An Exceptional Friend is the type of awe-inspiring drama that completely engulfs you in the lives and emotions of its characters. Margherita Mazzucco and Gaia Girace portray lifelong best friends Lenu and Lila, connected by their grand aspirations and small town near Naples. The show is filmed entirely on location with an indigenous cast and Neapolitan dialogue, instantly immersing you in Italian summers, adolescent aspirations, and a familiar neighborhood after just a few episodes (alongside Max Richter's hauntingly exquisite score). Lila and Lenu are vastly distinct individuals, but portrayed with the same graceful composure by Mazzucco and Girace, as the friends mature, drift apart, and confront life's adversities. — Proma Khosla, Entertainment Reporter
How to enjoy: An Exceptional Friend is currently streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)
Doom PatrolYear: 2019-2022Cast: Diane Guerrero, Alan Tudyk, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Michelle GomezGenre: Comedy, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Four seasons, 37 episodesCreated By: Jeremy CarverTrailer: Go here to watch it
The Doom Patrol is a team of extraordinary outcasts, each possessing supernatural abilities following a traumatic event. Together, they investigate peculiar phenomena. Oh, and they additionally function as a support group. It's an unconventional yet entertaining show perfect for a laid-back weekend binge.
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Year: 2020Cast: Jude Law, John MalkovichGenre: DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, nine episodesCreated By: Paolo SorrentinoTrailer: Watch here
In this continuation of the 2016 series The Young Pope, Jude Law reprises his role as Pope Pius XIII, although he's in a coma. John Malkovich's Pope John Paul III assumes the role of the (titular) new pope. But when Pius wakes up, a papal conflict ensues.
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Miracle WorkersCraving a good laugh? No comedy compares to the unconventional antics of 2019's Miracle Workers. It began as a seven-episode story about two clumsy angels trying to save the world from annihilation by winning a wager with a frustrated God. This might sound like the foundation of an epic quest! However, creator Simon Rich envisioned an office comedy where angels are apathetic, irritable, or inept, and God is a needy, restless fool who fails to impress even his parents.
The jokes in this series are irreverent to say the least, and the ensemble cast — featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Steve Buscemi — relish in every ridiculous twist, goofy visual gag, and clever one-liner. Like True Detective, this mini-series transitioned into an anthology with subsequent seasons. Fortunately, Miracle Workers maintained its cast for a second season set in a merciless medieval setting and a third season that follows the treacherous Oregon Trail. The fact that this utterly bonkers yet brilliant show exists is a genuine miracle.* — K.P.
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Eastbound and DownWhen it comes to capturing a very particular subgenre of white American male arrogance, few do it better than Danny McBride. Eastbound & Down — the first, most raw, and arguably laugh-out-loud funniest of what McBride refers to as a "misunderstood angry man" trilogy, which also includes Vice Principals(opens in a new tab) and The Righteous Gemstones — stars McBride as Kenny Powers, a washed-up professional baseball pitcher determined to regain some semblance of his former glory at any expense.
Painfully arrogant and outrageously crude, Kenny is not an easy character to like, let alone support. Yet, McBride manages to make you enjoy watching him despite everything, no matter how low he sinks or how morally bankrupt his actions become. — A.H.
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Chomp ChompPrior to writing and starring in the powerful I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel penned and starred in Chewing Gum, a side-splitting series about a 24-year-old woman whose quest to lose her virginity consumes her every thought. Coel's trademark quick wit and incredibly expressive face are at the forefront as her character Tracy navigates a version of London unlike anything less imaginative shows have ever portrayed. — A.N.
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Los Espookys revolves around a group of horror enthusiasts who establish a business orchestrating eerie scenarios for various clients — such as creating a fake sea monster to boost tourism in a coastal town. However, the "real" world the characters inhabit is already incredibly bizarre. On any given day, this crew might find themselves introducing a water demon to the 2010 Colin Firth drama The King's Speech(opens in a new tab), or figuring out how to rescue an American ambassador from a supernatural mirror realm, or warding off the advances of a duke whose only flaw is that he isn't a cartoon prince. No matter what they encounter, you can rely on these inseparable friends to face it head-on and continue haunting for yet another day.* — A.H.
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Harvey BirdmanIs there a better utilization of Hanna-Barbera cartoons than Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law? This adult animated series first premiered on Adult Swim in late 2000 and recently had its fantastic spinoff, Birdgirl, debut in April 2021. In this nonsensical legal drama, beloved superheroes like Harvey Birdman (voiced by Gary Cole) step up to defend and prosecute iconic characters from shows like The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and Scooby-Doo on behalf of the prestigious Sebben & Sebben law firm.
If you're not instantly captivated by this concept, then it may just not be your cup of tea. However, one quick listen to Harvey Birdman's catchy theme song might just change your mind. "Whooooooo is the man in the suuuuit? Whooooo is the cat with the beeeeeaaaaak?" — A.F.
How to watch: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is now available for streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)
TremeFor fans of The Wire, there's one show you can't miss: Treme, a production by David Simon. Developed in partnership with Eric Overmyer, Simon's former collaborator from Homicide: Life on the Street, this underrated series from 2010 immerses viewers in the life, community, and culture of one of the most vibrant cities in the United States: New Orleans. Set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Treme follows a remarkable group of residents as they rebuild and rediscover their sense of community in the wake of this natural disaster. Just like The Wire, every aspect of Treme matters, from the authenticity of its locally sourced cast to its intense and loving focus on the city's renowned music scene. — A.R.
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The KnickTransport yourself to turn-of-the-century New York City with this captivating series from 2014-2015. The Knick showcases the groundbreaking work of a medical staff on the cutting edge of surgical advancements, marking the shift from barbers to doctors as the practitioners of this discipline (yes, that was indeed a real thing). Step into the world of the Knickerbocker where brilliant surgeons, portrayed by an exceptional cast including Clive Owen and André Holland, pioneer gory yet life-saving procedures for ailments that were once considered terminal, such as appendicitis.
What makes The Knick particularly relevant, especially during these challenging times, is its visceral exploration of the futility of outwitting death. It offers an unfiltered glimpse into the excruciating turmoil that healthcare professionals endure daily while combating an unseen, unknowable enemy.* — Jess Joho, Staff Writer
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DeadwoodYear: 2004-2006, 2019Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, John Hawkes, Molly Parker, Kim DickensGenre: Drama, WesternRating: TV-MARuntime: Three seasons, 36 episodes, one movieCreated By: David MilchTrailer: Watch here
When it comes to Deadwood, there's no better way to describe it than as Shakespearean, sprinkled with plenty of expletives. This gem of a series, which aired in the early 2000s and unfortunately didn't gain the same traction as other HBO dramas like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, is a captivating tale. Set in the lawless mining town of Deadwood shortly after the Civil War, the show draws in individuals seeking wealth or a refuge from the law. With its expansive cast of idiosyncratic and often intimidating characters, Deadwood explores the depths of their personalities in a grotesque yet mesmerizing way. This series introduced actors like Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane to audiences, who have since become widely recognized.
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Boardwalk EmpireYear: 2010-2014Cast: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Jack Huston, Gretchen Mol, Michael Kenneth Williams, Shea WhighamGenre: DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Five seasons, 56 episodesCreated By: Terence WinterTrailer: Watch here
From the mind of Terence Winter, one of The Sopranos' brilliant writers, comes this enthralling drama set in Prohibition Era Atlantic City. Steve Buscemi delivers an outstanding performance as Nucky Thompson, a politician-turned-gangster who controls the city and its people as his illegal alcohol empire thrives. While Buscemi shines, the series boasts an exceptional supporting cast that includes Jack Huston, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael K. Williams, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Bobby Cannavale, making it truly special.
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Rick and MortyYear: 2013-PresentCast: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah ChalkeGenre: Comedy, AnimationRating: TV-MARuntime: Six seasons, 51 episodesCreated By: Justin Roiland and Dan HarmonTrailer: Watch here
Most animated series provide a light, formulaic escape for viewers, but Rick and Morty is an animated series that defies expectations. This relentlessly meta show takes audiences on countless mind-bending adventures with the sociopathic alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty.
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Big Little LiesYear: 2017-2019Cast: Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravtiz, Laura Dern, Alexander SkarsgårdGenre: DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Two seasons, 14 episodesCreated By: David E. KelleyTrailer: Watch here
In addition to being a thrilling murder mystery, Big Little Lies serves as an authentic portrayal of the experiences of victims of sexual and physical abuse. Nicole Kidman delivers an Emmy-winning performance as a woman trapped in an abusive marriage, shedding light on similar stories within the entertainment industry. The second season leans more towards campiness with Meryl Streep's explosive moments, Reese Witherspoon's Type-A personality taking charge, and Laura Dern's powerful presence. If any of that catches your interest, then don't hesitate to dive in.
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FriendsYear: 1994-2004Cast: Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa KudrowGenre: ComedyRating: TV-14Runtime: Ten seasons, 236 episodesCreated By: David Krane and Marta KauffmanTrailer: Watch here
Surely, you must be familiar with this immensely popular sitcom. Friends dominated the 90s with its comedic exploration of a group of friends living in spacious apartments in New York City.
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True BloodYear: 2008-2014Cast: Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, Stephen MoyerGenre: Fantasy, Horror, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Seven seasons, 80 episodesCreated By: Alan BallTrailer: Watch hereWhen it comes to camp, True Blood takes the cake, even by HBO standards. This vampire drama set in Louisiana is notorious for its jaw-dropping, graphic, and truly unimaginable moments. Watch for Alexander Skarsgård's portrayal of a gothic bar owner and vampire, and stay for the unimaginable bloodiness.
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HacksYear: 2021-PresentCast: Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl Clemons-HopkinsGenre: Comedy, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Two seasons, 18 episodesCreated By: Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, and Jen StatskyTrailer: Watch here
In the Las Vegas-set series Hacks, Jean Smart portrays Deborah Vance, a legendary stand-up comedian in the later stages of her career who finds herself at odds with her young and entitled twenty-something writer. Their contentious dynamic eventually turns into a complicated dance of love and hate, and a unique mentorship.
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The OutsiderYear: 2020Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Bill Camp, Cynthia ErivoGenre: Thriller, Crime, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, 10 episodesCreated By: Richard PriceTrailer: Watch here
Based on the 2018 Stephen King novel of the same name, The Outsider follows the investigators of a brutal murder that may have supernatural origins. This slow yet satisfying series showcases extraordinary performances from its extensive ensemble cast.
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Our Flag Means DeathYear: 2022-PresentCast: Rhys Darby, Taika WaititiGenre: ComedyRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, ten episodesCreated By: David JenkinsTrailer: Watch here
As the title suggests, Our Flag Means Death is a gay pirate romantic comedy. Loosely based on true events, this incredibly funny and absurd comedy chronicles the unique and unexpected bond between Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, and the formidable and legendary pirate Blackbeard.
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His Dark MaterialsYear: 2019-2022Cast: James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Dafne Keen, Anne-Marie DuffGenre: Fantasy, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Three seasons, 19 episodesCreated By: Jack ThorneTrailer: Watch here
Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy series comes to life in this expansive adaptation. While the 2008 film The Golden Compass fell short in capturing the magic, this HBO series endeavors to do justice to the source material with an impressive cast. Just like the books, the series follows the extraordinary journey of Lyra (Dafne Keen) in a parallel universe where magic exists, and human souls manifest as animals. But Lyra is no ordinary girl; she is destined to liberate the world from the oppressive rule of the Magisterium.
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Never Have I EverYear: 2021-PresentCast: Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle ScottGenre: ComedyRating: TV-MARuntime: Two seasons, 20 episodesCreated By: Mindy KalingTrailer: Watch here
Mindy Kaling's delightful comedy series revolves around self-discovery, friendship, and sexuality through the lens of a group of college students navigating life together. The endearing and relatable characters, even at their lowest moments, make this show a joy to watch.
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