HBO Max has become synonymous with groundbreaking and compelling television series, and this meticulously curated list of the best shows on the streaming platform is a testament to that. From iconic dramas like "The Sopranos" and "Game of Thrones" to critically acclaimed comedies like "Hacks" and "Insecure," there is something for everyone on HBO Max. Whether you're a fan of gripping crime sagas, thought-provoking sci-fi, or heartfelt coming-of-age stories, this list has got you covered. So sit back, relax, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through some of the most captivating shows ever created.

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

The initiation of antihero frenzy, HBO super-fandom, and the emergence of a fresh golden era of television can all be traced back to this landmark series. The Sopranos did not mark HBO's initial foray into greatness in 1999, but it undeniably established the blueprint for a new generation of dark, introspective, character-centered dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. The subsequent proliferation of high-quality television, known as prestige TV, quickly extended to basic cable staples such as AMC and FX. Thus, revisiting the narrative of Tony Soprano (the incomparable James Gandolfini), the enigmatic mob boss from New Jersey, his idiosyncratic subordinates, his deliberately oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) to whom he turns after being struck by debilitating panic attacks, serves as a historical exercise. However, to regard the show solely as an "important" piece of media undermines its sheer enjoyability. Alongside the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven storylines, audiences are treated to mind-altering dream sequences, side-splitting humor inspired by wise-guy antics, and universally exceptional performances from a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many other talented individuals. All six seasons are imperative viewing experiences, although regrettably, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark does not meet the same caliber. — Judy Berman

Starstruck (2021-present)

Inception of fascination (2021-present)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX.

Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

Harley Quinn (2019-present)

Delirium induced by stars (2019-present)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

Steven Universe (2013-2019)

Star Trek: Vast Universe (2013-2019)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013-2018)

Unveiling the Enthralling Unknown with Anthony Bourdain (2013-2018)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

Sex and the City (1998-2004)

Intimacy and the City (1998-2004)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

Los Espookys (2019-2022)

Ghost Hunting: Los Espookys (2019-2022)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

Station Eleven (2021)

Journey to Station Eleven (2021)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

How To With John Wilson (2020-present)

Guiding the Way: John Wilson Style (2020-present)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

The Other Two (2019-present)

The Two Unseen (2019-present)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

The Flight Attendant (2020-present)

Journey Through the Skies: The Flight Attendant (2020-present)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

The Wire (2002-2008)

Political Intrigue: The Wire (2002-2008)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

Angels in America (2003)

Journey Among Angels (2003)

The grab for the antihero, initiation of passionate fandom for HBO, and the advent of a revolutionary era for television all originate from here. HBO had already produced remarkable shows before its 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, but this was the one that established the blueprint for a generation of brooding, profound, character-driven dramas on the network, including Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and The Wire. This newfound distinction in the television landscape, known as prestige TV, swiftly extended its influence to channels like AMC and FX. Therefore, revisiting the tale of Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mob boss (played by the exceptional James Gandolfini), and his idiosyncratic subordinates, willfully oblivious family, and the therapist (Lorraine Bracco) he turns to in the wake of his debilitating panic attacks, holds a historical significance. However, the reputation of the show as being exclusively consequential undermines its sheer enjoyment. Apart from the meticulously crafted characters and intricately interwoven narratives, there are mind-bending dream sequences, knee-slapping wise-guy humor, and outstanding performances across the board from an extensive ensemble cast, which includes Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steve Buscemi, and many more. All six seasons are indispensable; unfortunately, the 2021 prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is not. — Judy Berman

The Staircase

For enthusiasts of: Convivial comedies, splendid headpieces, the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side portrays the journey of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but find themselves stuck in mundane day jobs until their dreams materialize. Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have fashioned a uniquely captivating microcosm. This show epitomizes the essence of leisure and delivers nonstop laughter through its ingeniously humorous dialogue and exceptional character portrayals. It leaves viewers wondering why they hadn't discovered it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic TV series, introspective examinations of identityNumber of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is a tender, understated dramedy about a non-binary millennial who abandons everything to care for the young children they nanny after the mother of the family is injured. It represents a quietly groundbreaking gem of a series, eschewing self-importance and flowing with the unhurried authenticity of everyday life. The show centers around its brilliant star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. It offers a wryly frank exploration of identity, with jokes that can catch viewers off guard with their subtlety. It's like a breath of fresh air in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

We Possess this Metropolis

For admirers of: Comedy films set in social gatherings, synthetic hair, the White SoxQuantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two companions in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in mundane day jobs until their dreams materialize. Builders Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a charmingly distinctive microcosm. This series epitomizes the concept of a hangout program where not much truly "occurs," yet the jokes elicit laughter and the characters are exceptional. It's the type of show that makes you ponder why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Preview

For admirers of: Light-hearted and melancholic television series, introspective examinations of individualityQuantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

A tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary individual from the millennial generation who abandons their current life to care for the young children they nanny after an accident befalls the family's mother, Sort Of is an unassumingly ground-breaking gem of a series. It refrains from indulging in self-importance and flows with the relaxed authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its superb lead actor and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of identity are presented with witty candidness; its humor can catch you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a breath of fresh air in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Preview

Tokyo Vice

For admirers of: Comedy films set in social gatherings, synthetic hair, the White SoxQuantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two companions in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in mundane day jobs until their dreams materialize. Builders Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a charmingly distinctive microcosm. This series epitomizes the concept of a hangout program where not much truly "occurs," yet the jokes elicit laughter and the characters are exceptional. It's the type of show that makes you ponder why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Preview

For admirers of: Light-hearted and melancholic television series, introspective examinations of individualityQuantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

A tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary individual from the millennial generation who abandons their current life to care for the young children they nanny after an accident befalls the family's mother, Sort Of is an unassumingly ground-breaking gem of a series. It refrains from indulging in self-importance and flows with the relaxed authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its superb lead actor and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of identity are presented with witty candidness; its humor can catch you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a breath of fresh air in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Preview

Julia

For admirers of: Comedy films set in social gatherings, synthetic hair, the White SoxQuantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two companions in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in mundane day jobs until their dreams materialize. Builders Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a charmingly distinctive microcosm. This series epitomizes the concept of a hangout program where not much truly "occurs," yet the jokes elicit laughter and the characters are exceptional. It's the type of show that makes you ponder why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Preview

For admirers of: Light-hearted and melancholic television series, introspective examinations of individualityQuantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

A tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary individual from the millennial generation who abandons their current life to care for the young children they nanny after an accident befalls the family's mother, Sort Of is an unassumingly ground-breaking gem of a series. It refrains from indulging in self-importance and flows with the relaxed authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its superb lead actor and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of identity are presented with witty candidness; its humor can catch you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a breath of fresh air in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Preview

Triumph Time: The Ascendancy of the Lakers Empire

For admirers of: Comedy films set in social gatherings, synthetic hair, the White SoxQuantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two companions in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in mundane day jobs until their dreams materialize. Builders Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a charmingly distinctive microcosm. This series epitomizes the concept of a hangout program where not much truly "occurs," yet the jokes elicit laughter and the characters are exceptional. It's the type of show that makes you ponder why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Preview

For admirers of: Light-hearted and melancholic television series, introspective examinations of individualityQuantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

A tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary individual from the millennial generation who abandons their current life to care for the young children they nanny after an accident befalls the family's mother, Sort Of is an unassumingly ground-breaking gem of a series. It refrains from indulging in self-importance and flows with the relaxed authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its superb lead actor and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of identity are presented with witty candidness; its humor can catch you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a breath of fresh air in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Preview

The Sightseer

For admirers of: Comedy films set in social gatherings, synthetic hair, the White SoxQuantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two companions in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in mundane day jobs until their dreams materialize. Builders Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a charmingly distinctive microcosm. This series epitomizes the concept of a hangout program where not much truly "occurs," yet the jokes elicit laughter and the characters are exceptional. It's the type of show that makes you ponder why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Preview

For admirers of: Light-hearted and melancholic television series, introspective examinations of individualityQuantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

A tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary individual from the millennial generation who abandons their current life to care for the young children they nanny after an accident befalls the family's mother, Sort Of is an unassumingly ground-breaking gem of a series. It refrains from indulging in self-importance and flows with the relaxed authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its superb lead actor and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of identity are presented with witty candidness; its humor can catch you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a breath of fresh air in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Preview

Our Flag Represents Death

For enthusiasts of: Situational comedies with a laid-back atmosphere, vibrant wigs, and supporters of the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in uninspiring day jobs until they achieve their dream. Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a wonderfully distinct world. This show is the epitome of a hangout experience, where not much unfolds in terms of plot, yet the humor will undoubtedly make you burst into laughter, and the characters are truly remarkable. It's the kind of series that leaves you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television shows, introspective explorations of personal identityNumber of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is an intimately tender and understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who leaves everything behind to care for the young children they previously nanny after a tragic accident befalls the mother of the family. This series stands out as a subtle and groundbreaking masterpiece. Rather than exaggerating its significance, it gracefully captures the authenticity of everyday life, thanks in large part to its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its exploration of personal identity is presented with dry honesty, while the humor often catches you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a revitalizing gust of fresh air translated into a splendid television series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Somebody Somewhere

For enthusiasts of: Situational comedies with a laid-back atmosphere, vibrant wigs, and supporters of the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in uninspiring day jobs until they achieve their dream. Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a wonderfully distinct world. This show is the epitome of a hangout experience, where not much unfolds in terms of plot, yet the humor will undoubtedly make you burst into laughter, and the characters are truly remarkable. It's the kind of series that leaves you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television shows, introspective explorations of personal identityNumber of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is an intimately tender and understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who leaves everything behind to care for the young children they previously nanny after a tragic accident befalls the mother of the family. This series stands out as a subtle and groundbreaking masterpiece. Rather than exaggerating its significance, it gracefully captures the authenticity of everyday life, thanks in large part to its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its exploration of personal identity is presented with dry honesty, while the humor often catches you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a revitalizing gust of fresh air translated into a splendid television series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Peacemaker

Year: 2022-PresentCast: John Cena, Danielle BrooksGenre: Action, ComedyRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, eight episodesCreated By: James GunnTrailer: Watch here

John Cena is an exceptionally charismatic actor. After witnessing his scene-stealing performance in The Suicide Squad, it was only fitting that a television series would be dedicated to his character. Peacemaker ventures into a realm of peculiar and violent comedy, exuding pleasurable chaos while simultaneously incorporating an unexpected amount of emotional depth. This essence perfectly aligns with the signature style of James Gunn, the mastermind behind this remarkable creation. Regardless, the opening credits are an absolute must-see, as they feature the cast engaging in an extraordinarily awkward robotic dance for reasons unknown.

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Year: 2016-2022Cast: Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds,Genre: Dark comedyRating: TV-MARuntime: Five seasons, 50 episodesCreated By: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, and Michael ShowalterTrailer: Watch here

Search Party is an idiosyncratic dark comedy that revolves around a group of self-absorbed individuals in their twenties navigating life in New York City. Their lives become intertwined with the disappearance of a former college acquaintance, leading to a gradual unraveling of their own existence with each passing season. What starts as a seemingly simple mystery gradually evolves into a captivating thriller, courtroom drama, and culminates with an unexpected zombie apocalypse in its final season.

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The Righteous Gemstones

For enthusiasts of: Situational comedies with a laid-back atmosphere, vibrant wigs, and supporters of the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in uninspiring day jobs until they achieve their dream. Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a wonderfully distinct world. This show is the epitome of a hangout experience, where not much unfolds in terms of plot, yet the humor will undoubtedly make you burst into laughter, and the characters are truly remarkable. It's the kind of series that leaves you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television shows, introspective explorations of personal identityNumber of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is an intimately tender and understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who leaves everything behind to care for the young children they previously nanny after a tragic accident befalls the mother of the family. This series stands out as a subtle and groundbreaking masterpiece. Rather than exaggerating its significance, it gracefully captures the authenticity of everyday life, thanks in large part to its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its exploration of personal identity is presented with dry honesty, while the humor often catches you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a revitalizing gust of fresh air translated into a splendid television series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Mare of Easttown

For enthusiasts of: Situational comedies with a laid-back atmosphere, vibrant wigs, and supporters of the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in uninspiring day jobs until they achieve their dream. Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a wonderfully distinct world. This show is the epitome of a hangout experience, where not much unfolds in terms of plot, yet the humor will undoubtedly make you burst into laughter, and the characters are truly remarkable. It's the kind of series that leaves you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television shows, introspective explorations of personal identityNumber of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is an intimately tender and understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who leaves everything behind to care for the young children they previously nanny after a tragic accident befalls the mother of the family. This series stands out as a subtle and groundbreaking masterpiece. Rather than exaggerating its significance, it gracefully captures the authenticity of everyday life, thanks in large part to its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its exploration of personal identity is presented with dry honesty, while the humor often catches you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a revitalizing gust of fresh air translated into a splendid television series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Scenes From a Marriage

For enthusiasts of: Situational comedies with a laid-back atmosphere, vibrant wigs, and supporters of the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side tracks the journey of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently trapped in uninspiring day jobs until they achieve their dream. Creators Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have crafted a wonderfully distinct world. This show is the epitome of a hangout experience, where not much unfolds in terms of plot, yet the humor will undoubtedly make you burst into laughter, and the characters are truly remarkable. It's the kind of series that leaves you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television shows, introspective explorations of personal identityNumber of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is an intimately tender and understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who leaves everything behind to care for the young children they previously nanny after a tragic accident befalls the mother of the family. This series stands out as a subtle and groundbreaking masterpiece. Rather than exaggerating its significance, it gracefully captures the authenticity of everyday life, thanks in large part to its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its exploration of personal identity is presented with dry honesty, while the humor often catches you off guard with its subtlety. It's akin to a revitalizing gust of fresh air translated into a splendid television series. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Tattered

For enthusiasts of: Comedies set in casual environments, extravagant hairpieces, the Chicago White SoxTotal quantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy Central's South Side trails the lives of two companions in Chicago yearning to establish themselves as business capitalists, although they stay constrained by uninteresting day jobs. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creators, have formed a uniquely exceptional domain. This series is the quintessential hangout program, where not much actually "occurs," yet the jokes are side-splittingly hilarious, and the characters are exceptional. It is the type of show you watch and question why you didn't commence watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television series, thought-provoking examinations of individualityTotal quantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

Streaming on HBO Max

Sort Of is a tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who abandons everything to attend to the young children they look after when the mother of the family experiences an unfortunate incident. It is a quietly groundbreaking treasure of a series that avoids indulging in self-importance and flows with the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of individuality are candidly presented, and its jokes can surprise viewers with their subtlety. It feels like a gust of fresh breeze in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video

Warrior

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's remarkable adaptation of the popular video game The Last of Us encompasses nine hour-long episodes, recounting a gripping and autonomous narrative. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey take on the roles of two survivors unwittingly united in a post-apocalyptic America, ravaged by an enduring fungus that turns humans into what is essentially a form of undead. In order to salvage the future of all humanity, the mercenary Joel must escort the sarcastic teenager Ellie across the United States to a secure region. On their journey, they will confront not only a variety of ferocious creatures but also individuals who redefine the notion of evil.

This series not only presents nerve-wracking horror but also incorporates whimsical wordplay and an unforgettable compilation of songs that will etch themselves into your mind. Moreover, it also delivers scenes that will have the capacity to induce the most emotionally shattering moments on screen throughout 2023. Surrender to its power and permit yourself to shed copious tears.* — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

Guide on how to watch: The Last of Us is now available for streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)

Perry Mason

For enthusiasts of: Comedies set in casual environments, extravagant hairpieces, the Chicago White SoxTotal quantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy Central's South Side trails the lives of two companions in Chicago yearning to establish themselves as business capitalists, although they stay constrained by uninteresting day jobs. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creators, have formed a uniquely exceptional domain. This series is the quintessential hangout program, where not much actually "occurs," yet the jokes are side-splittingly hilarious, and the characters are exceptional. It is the type of show you watch and question why you didn't commence watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television series, thoughtful explorations of identityTotal quantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

Streaming on HBO Max

Sort Of is a tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who abandons everything to attend to the young children they look after when the mother of the family experiences an unfortunate incident. It is a quietly groundbreaking treasure of a series that avoids indulging in self-importance and flows with the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of individuality are candidly presented, and its jokes can surprise viewers with their subtlety. It feels like a gust of fresh breeze in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video

Lovecraft Country

For enthusiasts of: Comedies set in casual environments, extravagant hairpieces, the Chicago White SoxTotal quantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy Central's South Side trails the lives of two companions in Chicago yearning to establish themselves as business capitalists, although they stay constrained by uninteresting day jobs. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creators, have formed a uniquely exceptional domain. This series is the quintessential hangout program, where not much actually "occurs," yet the jokes are side-splittingly hilarious, and the characters are exceptional. It is the type of show you watch and question why you didn't commence watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television series, thoughtful explorations of identityTotal quantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

Streaming on HBO Max

Sort Of is a tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who abandons everything to attend to the young children they look after when the mother of the family experiences an unfortunate incident. It is a quietly groundbreaking treasure of a series that avoids indulging in self-importance and flows with the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of individuality are candidly presented, and its jokes can surprise viewers with their subtlety. It feels like a gust of fresh breeze in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video"

Six Feet Under

For enthusiasts of: Comedies set in casual environments, extravagant hairpieces, the Chicago White SoxTotal quantity of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy Central's South Side trails the lives of two companions in Chicago yearning to establish themselves as business capitalists, although they stay constrained by uninteresting day jobs. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creators, have formed a uniquely exceptional domain. This series is the quintessential hangout program, where not much actually "occurs," yet the jokes are side-splittingly hilarious, and the characters are exceptional. It is the type of show you watch and question why you didn't commence watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video

For enthusiasts of: Whimsical and melancholic television series, thoughtful explorations of identityTotal quantity of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

Streaming on HBO Max

Sort Of is a tender, understated dramedy centered around a non-binary millennial who abandons everything to attend to the young children they look after when the mother of the family experiences an unfortunate incident. It is a quietly groundbreaking treasure of a series that avoids indulging in self-importance and flows with the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence, all anchored by its exceptional star and co-creator, Bilal Baig. Its explorations of individuality are candidly presented, and its jokes can surprise viewers with their subtlety. It feels like a gust of fresh breeze in the form of television. -Allison Picurro [Promotional Video

A Unique Television Gem: The Leftovers

For enthusiasts of: Comedies centered around hangout sessions, humorous wigs, and the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

An Insight into the World of Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young in South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side revolves around the endeavors of two Chicago-based friends who aspire to become venture capitalists but find themselves grinding in mundane day jobs until their big break arrives. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creative minds behind this series, have artfully crafted a distinct and captivating universe. This show epitomizes the essence of a hangout experience, where not much really "happens" but the humor is uproariously hilarious and the characters are extraordinarily well-developed. It will leave you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: TV shows that are simultaneously silly and poignant, introspective explorations of self-identityNumber of seasons: 2

A Glimpse into the Lives of Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig in Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is a gentle and understated dramedy that centers around a non-binary millennial who courageously abandons their own life to care for the young children they nanny after a tragic accident befalls the children's mother. This series serves as an unassuming pioneer, gracefully shying away from grandiosity and instead embracing the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence. Bilal Baig, the brilliant star and co-creator, elevates the show's exploration of identity with their subtle humor and impeccable diction. It's reminiscent of a breath of fresh air, cleverly embodied within the realm of television. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Enlightened: An Epiphany

For enthusiasts of: Comedies centered around hangout sessions, humorous wigs, and the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

An Insight into the World of Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young in South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side revolves around the endeavors of two Chicago-based friends who aspire to become venture capitalists but find themselves grinding in mundane day jobs until their big break arrives. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creative minds behind this series, have artfully crafted a distinct and captivating universe. This show epitomizes the essence of a hangout experience, where not much really "happens" but the humor is uproariously hilarious and the characters are extraordinarily well-developed. It will leave you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: TV shows that are simultaneously silly and poignant, introspective explorations of self-identityNumber of seasons: 2

A Glimpse into the Lives of Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig in Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is a gentle and understated dramedy that centers around a non-binary millennial who courageously abandons their own life to care for the young children they nanny after a tragic accident befalls the children's mother. This series serves as an unassuming pioneer, gracefully shying away from grandiosity and instead embracing the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence. Bilal Baig, the brilliant star and co-creator, elevates the show's exploration of identity with their subtle humor and impeccable diction. It's reminiscent of a breath of fresh air, cleverly embodied within the realm of television. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Watchmen: A Dazzling Adaptation

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

The Last of Us, the highly popular video game, has been brilliantly brought to life in a mesmerizing nine-episode adaptation by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey star as two survivors who find themselves thrown together in a post-apocalyptic America, ravaged by a relentless fungus that transforms humanity into creatures resembling zombies. To safeguard the future of mankind, Joel, a fearless mercenary, must navigate the treacherous U.S. landscape to escort the sharp-witted teenager, Ellie, to a secure haven. Along their journey, they encounter not only ferocious beings but also individuals who redefine the notion of wickedness. This series offers not just spine-chilling horror, but also clever wordplay and an unforgettable soundtrack that will echo in your mind. Moreover, it delivers some of 2023's most heart-wrenching moments onscreen. Embrace it fully and allow yourself to experience a cathartic release of emotions.* — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to watch: The Last of Us is now streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)

Rick & Morty: An Exhilarating Journey

For enthusiasts of: Comedies centered around hangout sessions, humorous wigs, and the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

An Insight into the World of Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young in South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side revolves around the endeavors of two Chicago-based friends who aspire to become venture capitalists but find themselves grinding in mundane day jobs until their big break arrives. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creative minds behind this series, have artfully crafted a distinct and captivating universe. This show epitomizes the essence of a hangout experience, where not much really "happens" but the humor is uproariously hilarious and the characters are extraordinarily well-developed. It will leave you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: TV shows that are simultaneously silly and poignant, introspective explorations of self-identityNumber of seasons: 2

A Glimpse into the Lives of Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig in Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is a gentle and understated dramedy that centers around a non-binary millennial who courageously abandons their own life to care for the young children they nanny after a tragic accident befalls the children's mother. This series serves as an unassuming pioneer, gracefully shying away from grandiosity and instead embracing the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence. Bilal Baig, the brilliant star and co-creator, elevates the show's exploration of identity with their subtle humor and impeccable diction. It's reminiscent of a breath of fresh air, cleverly embodied within the realm of television. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

The Boondocks: A Contemplative Experience

For enthusiasts of: Comedies centered around hangout sessions, humorous wigs, and the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

An Insight into the World of Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young in South Side

Comedy CentralSouth Side revolves around the endeavors of two Chicago-based friends who aspire to become venture capitalists but find themselves grinding in mundane day jobs until their big break arrives. Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the creative minds behind this series, have artfully crafted a distinct and captivating universe. This show epitomizes the essence of a hangout experience, where not much really "happens" but the humor is uproariously hilarious and the characters are extraordinarily well-developed. It will leave you questioning why you didn't start watching it earlier. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

For enthusiasts of: TV shows that are simultaneously silly and poignant, introspective explorations of self-identityNumber of seasons: 2

A Glimpse into the Lives of Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig in Sort Of

HBO Max

Sort Of is a gentle and understated dramedy that centers around a non-binary millennial who courageously abandons their own life to care for the young children they nanny after a tragic accident befalls the children's mother. This series serves as an unassuming pioneer, gracefully shying away from grandiosity and instead embracing the unhurried authenticity of everyday existence. Bilal Baig, the brilliant star and co-creator, elevates the show's exploration of identity with their subtle humor and impeccable diction. It's reminiscent of a breath of fresh air, cleverly embodied within the realm of television. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

A Tale of Undying Love

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's phenomenal adaptation of the beloved video game, presents a nine-episode series that unfolds a captivating and self-contained narrative. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey give captivating performances as two survivors who find themselves united in a post-apocalyptic America, ravaged by a relentless fungus that essentially transforms humans into zombies. To safeguard the fate of humanity, seasoned warrior Joel must escort the sassy teenager Ellie across the entire United States to reach a safe haven. Along their arduous journey, they not only encounter a variety of savage creatures but also encounter individuals who redefine the meaning of wickedness.*

In addition to offering spine-chilling horror, light-hearted humor, and an infectious soundtrack that will linger in your mind, this series also delivers some of the most heart-wrenching on-screen moments of 2023. Embrace it fully and allow yourself to shed tears of immense emotion.* - Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to enjoy this masterpiece: The Last of Us can now be streamed on Max.(opens in a new tab)

A Friendship for the Ages

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's remarkable adaptation of the beloved video game, The Last of Us, unfolds as a series of nine engrossing hour-long episodes. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey portray two survivors who find themselves thrown together in a post-apocalyptic America, torn apart by a relentless fungus that effectively transforms humans into zombies. To ensure the survival of all mankind, the resourceful Joel must escort the sarcastic teenager Ellie across the expanse of the United States to reach a designated safe zone. Along their perilous journey, they will not only confront a diverse array of lethal creatures but also encounter individuals who redefine the very concept of malevolence.

This series is not only replete with bone-chilling horror, lighthearted wordplay, and an unforgettable soundtrack, but it also delivers some of the most poignantly devastating moments onscreen in 2023. Fully immerse yourself in its world and allow yourself the cathartic release of shedding tears.* - Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to indulge in this visual delight: You can now stream The Last of Us on Max.(opens in a new tab)

An Unconventional Superhero Squad

Year: 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: Watch here

Doom Patrol brings together a team of extraordinary misfits, each blessed with supernatural abilities following a traumatizing incident. United, they embark on investigations into the realm of the bizarre, all while serving as a support group for one another. It's a peculiar and delightful series that's perfect for a leisurely weekend binge-watching session.

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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 returns as Pope Pius XIII, albeit in a comatose state. Meanwhile, John Malkovich's Pope John Paul III assumes the mantle of the (titular) new pope. However, chaos ensues when Pius awakens, leading to a papal conflict of sorts.

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An Anthology of Quirky Adventures

Year: 2019-PresentCast: Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine ViswanathanGenre: ComedyRating: TV-MARuntime: Three seasons, 27 episodesCreated By: Simon RichTrailer: Watch here

This extraordinary anthology comedy series takes on a fresh narrative arc with the same core cast each season. The first season revolves around angels striving to avert a catastrophe, followed by a journey to the Dark Ages in the second, and lastly an adventure along the treacherous Oregon Trail in the most recent season. The show provides an excellent platform for Daniel Radcliffe's versatile acting abilities and allows Steve Buscemi to showcase his comedic prowess, which he seldom had the opportunity to do during his tenure on Boardwalk Empire.

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Year: 2005-2014Cast: Regina King, Tom WitherspoonGenre: Comedy, AnimationRating: TV-MARuntime: Four seasons, 55 episodesCreated By: Aaron McGruderTrailer: Watch here

Regina King, who can be seen in multiple shows on this list, including The Leftovers and Watchmen, takes the lead in voicing the characters of this adult-oriented animated sitcom that originally aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The series delves into the life of the Freeman family, an African-American family that relocates from Chicago to a predominantly white suburb, resulting in a culture clash of epic proportions. While the show embraces levity, it also tackles the serious daily challenges faced by Black Americans, such as prejudice and socioeconomic disparities.

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A Hilarious Tale of Redemption

When it comes to capturing the essence of a very particular genre of brash, white American masculinity, few do it better than Danny McBride. Eastbound & Down, the first installment in what McBride refers to as his "misunderstood angry man" trilogy (which also includes Vice Principals and The Righteous Gemstones), stars McBride as Kenny Powers, a washed-up professional baseball pitcher hell-bent on reclaiming his erstwhile glory by any means necessary.

Unapologetically obnoxious and offensively crude, Kenny is a difficult character to warm up to and even harder to cheer for. Yet, McBride manages to keep you engrossed in his antics, no matter how far he stoops, how morally bankrupt his actions become, or how profoundly pathetic he is revealed to be. — A.H.

How to experience this wild ride: Embark on the Eastbound & Down journey(opens in a new tab), now available for streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)

A Refreshingly Quirky Comedy

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's astonishing adaptation of the beloved video game, The Last of Us, presents an enthralling narrative through a series of nine hour-long episodes. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey deliver captivating performances as two survivors thrust together in a post-apocalyptic America plagued by an unyielding fungus that transforms humans into zombies. In order to safeguard the future of humanity, Joel, a hardened mercenary, must escort the sharp-witted teenager Ellie across the vast expanse of the United States to a designated safe zone. Along their arduous journey, they encounter not only an assortment of ferocious creatures, but also individuals who redefine the very concept of wickedness.

This extraordinary series not only provides hair-raising horror, whimsical wordplay, and an unforgettable playlist that will remain etched in your memory, but it also delivers some of the most gut-wrenching moments onscreen in 2023. Allow yourself to fully embrace the experience and revel in a cathartic release of emotions. * - Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to relish in this exceptional production: The Last of Us is now available for streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's astonishing adaptation of the beloved video game, The Last of Us, unfolds as an unparalleled series of nine hour-long episodes. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey portray two survivors brought together in a post-apocalyptic America ravaged by a tenacious fungus that essentially turns humans into zombies. In order to secure the future of all humanity, mercenary Joel must guide the sassy teenager Ellie across the vast expanse of the United States to reach a designated safe haven. Along the perilous journey, they face not only a multitude of vicious creatures, but also individuals who redefine the very notion of evil.

This remarkable series not only presents spine-tingling horror, whimsical wordplay, and an unforgettable playlist that will resonate with you, but it also delivers some of the most emotionally shattering moments onscreen in 2023. Immerse yourself fully and allow yourself the luxury of a profound emotional catharsis.* - Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to enjoy this gem: The Last of Us is now streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)

Treme

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's astonishing adaptation of the widely enjoyed video game The Last of Us presents an assortment of nine hour-long episodes that tell a captivating and self-contained narrative. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey portray a pair of survivors who find themselves thrust into each other's company in a post-apocalyptic America ravaged by a persistent fungal infection that essentially transforms humans into zombies. To ensure the survival of humanity, the mercenary Joel must safely transport the sarcastic teenager Ellie across the United States to a secure zone. Along their arduous journey, they will encounter not only a variety of vicious creatures but also individuals who redefine the concept of evil according to their actions.

This series is not only filled with spine-chilling horror, silly wordplay, and a collection of songs that will remain ingrained in your mind, but it also delivers some of the most emotionally devastating moments seen on screen in 2023. Embrace the intensity and allow yourself to experience a deeply cathartic weeping session.* — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to watch: The Last of Us is now available for streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)

The Knick

Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey gaze at each other in "The Last of Us."

Credit: Liane Hentscher / HBO

Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin's remarkable adaptation of the well-received video game The Last of Us delivers an engaging and self-contained story through nine hour-long episodes. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey take on the roles of two survivors who become unexpected allies in a post-apocalyptic America plagued by an aggressive fungus that essentially turns humans into zombies. The future of humanity rests on mercenary Joel's shoulders, as he must navigate the treacherous landscape of the United States to safely escort the sassy teenager Ellie to a secure zone. Along their perilous journey, they will encounter not only a variety of blood-thirsty creatures but also individuals who redefine the very concept of malevolence.

This series not only provides viewers with heart-stopping terror, uproarious jokes, and an unforgettable soundtrack; it also delivers some of the most heart-wrenching moments captured onscreen in 2023. Fully immerse yourself in this experience and give yourself permission to shed tears of both sorrow and joy.* — Kristy Puchko, Film Editor

How to watch: The Last of Us is now available for streaming on Max.(opens in a new tab)

Deadwood

Year: 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

"Shakespearean with a generous serving of expletives" is perhaps the most succinct way to describe Deadwood. This series, which aired in the early 2000s and initially struggled to gain the same level of popularity as other HBO dramas at the time such as The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, proved to be a hidden gem. Set in the mining settlement of Deadwood shortly after the Civil War, when the town was teetering on the edge of lawlessness, it attracted individuals driven by a hunger for wealth (and a desire to evade the law). With an extensive ensemble cast of eccentric and menacing characters, the show delves deep into the intricate and grotesque aspects of life, featuring outstanding performances from actors who were once lesser-known but have since become household names, including Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane.

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Year: 2019Cast: Regina King, Don Johnson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake NelsonGenre: DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, 8 episodesCreated By: Damon LindelofTrailer: Watch here

What could have been just another superhero show turned out to be not only one of the finest television series of the year but also one that will be remembered as a masterpiece. Damon Lindelof's singular season is not a direct adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel, but rather an interpretation that situates familiar characters within a distinct and culturally relevant context. The series explores decades of white supremacy and Black oppression through the lens of this fictional universe. It is not always an easy watch, but it is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking experience, featuring a powerful performance by Regina King.

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Boardwalk Empire

Year: 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

In this drama by acclaimed writer Terence Winter, the incomparable Steve Buscemi takes on the role of Nucky Thompson, a politician and gangster who reigns over Atlantic City during the Prohibition Era. As his illegal alcohol empire expands, so does his control over the city and its inhabitants. While Buscemi delivers a standout performance, it is the exceptional supporting cast including Jack Huston, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Michael K. Williams, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Bobby Cannavale that truly elevates the series.

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Year: 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 exist to provide viewers with a sense of relaxation, offering formulaic episodes that put the mind at ease. Rick and Morty, however, defies this convention by providing an entirely different experience that challenges and astounds. This self-aware animated series chronicles the inexplicable adventures of the sociopathic and alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez, accompanied by his hapless grandson Morty.

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Big Little Lies

Year: 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

Big Little Lies transcends being just a thrilling murder mystery and delves into the poignant and authentic portrayal of a victim of sexual and physical abuse. Nicole Kidman's Emmy-winning performance as a woman trapped in an abusive marriage stands as one of her finest achievements and has helped shed light on similar stories within the entertainment industry. The second season embraces a slightly more campy tone, with Meryl Streep delivering powerful monologues, Reese Witherspoon embodying her signature Type-A personality, and Laura Dern shining in her own unique way. If any of these elements pique your interest, don't hesitate to watch.

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Year: 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

You've undoubtedly heard of this iconic sitcom and are well aware of its premise. But just in case you've been living under a rock for the past thirty years, Friends was an immensely popular NBC comedy during the 90s that followed the lives of a group of close-knit friends residing in New York City's sprawling apartments.

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True Blood

Year: 2008-2014Cast: Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, Stephen MoyerGenre: Fantasy, Horror, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: Seven seasons, 80 episodesCreated By: Alan BallTrailer: Watch hereTrue Blood stands as the epitome of camp within HBO's extensive repertoire. Set in Louisiana, this vampire drama is notorious for its jaw-dropping, graphic, and truly unbelievable moments. Stay for Alexander Skarsgård's portrayal of a gothic local bar owner and vampire and prepare yourself for copious amounts of bloodshed.

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Year: 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

Hacks, set in Las Vegas, revolves around Jean Smart's portrayal of Deborah Vance, a renowned veteran stand-up comedian facing the challenges of later career life. Vance clashes with her entitled, young television writer, leading to a fiery relationship that alternates between love and hate while also blossoming into a mentorship.

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The Outsider

Year: 2020Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Bill Camp, Cynthia ErivoGenre: Thriller, Crime, DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, 10 episodesCreated By: Richard PriceTrailer: Watch here

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The Outsider, based on Stephen King's 2018 novel of the same name, follows the investigation into the brutal and potentially supernatural murder of a young boy. This series offers a slow-burning but fulfilling narrative, featuring standout performances from its extensive cast.

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Year: 2022-PresentCast: Rhys Darby, Taika WaititiGenre: ComedyRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, ten episodesCreated By: David JenkinsTrailer: Watch here

Our Flag Means Death is quite literally a gay pirate romantic comedy. In the hilariously absurd series, loosely based on true events, Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, forges an unexpected and intimate bond with the legendary and formidable pirate Blackbeard.

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His Dark Materials

Year: 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 bestselling fantasy series encompasses a vast and expansive narrative. While the 2008 film adaptation, The Golden Compass, failed to capture the essence of these books despite its stellar cast, this HBO series valiantly rises to the challenge with its own impressive ensemble. Just like the novels, the show follows the life of Lyra (Dafne Keen), a young girl living in an alternate universe filled with magic and where human souls manifest as animal companions. However, Lyra is no ordinary girl; she is destined to free the world from the tyrannical rule of the Magisterium, a ruthless governing body.

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Year: 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 centers around self-discovery, friendship, and sexuality through the lens of a group of college students navigating life together. The vibrant and relatable characters are as likable as they are flawed, making for an enjoyable and engaging experience, even during their lowest moments.

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The Doctor Who Series

Release Year: 2005-PresentMain Cast: David Tenant, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jodie Whittaker, Peter CapaldiGenre: Science FictionParental Guidance Rating: TV-PGDuration: 13 seasonsCreated By: Sydney NewmanTrailer: Check it out here

Doctor Who is a popular British series that chronicles the escapades of a Time Lord and their companion as they traverse through the vast expanses of space and time. Originally debuting in the 1960s, this cherished science fiction show experienced a remarkable resurgence in 2005, featuring the brilliant performances of David Tenant. Despite being categorized as a cheesy sci-fi program, Doctor Who transcends the boundaries of its genre and appeals to a diverse audience, even those who may not typically engage with science fiction. This is primarily due to the show's emphasis on exploring the complexities of the human condition and the profound interpersonal relationships that transpire, rather than solely focusing on the escapades through time and space.

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Release Year: 2001-2005Main Cast: Peter Krause, Richard Jenkins, Michaell C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren AmbroseGenre: Drama, Dark ComedyParental Guidance Rating: TV-MADuration: Five seasons, 63 episodesCreated By: Alan BallTrailer: Watch it hereThis exceptionally dark comedy-drama centers around the theme of death. It delves into the lives of the Fisher family, who own and operate a funeral home in California. The series commences with the demise of the family patriarch as he meets an untimely end, struck by a bus while driving a brand-new hearse on Christmas Eve. Each episode commences with a death, which serves as a chilling backdrop. Renowned for its superb series finale, the show showcases some of the Golden Age's most remarkable yet overlooked performances from actors such as Lauren Ambrose, Peter Krause, Richard Jenkins, and more.

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With an impressive lineup of critically acclaimed shows spanning across various genres and decades, HBO Max truly delivers a streaming experience like no other. From gripping dramas like "The Sopranos" and "Succession" to epic fantasy series such as "Game of Thrones," the platform offers a diverse range of top-tier entertainment. Whether you're in the mood for thought-provoking storytelling like "I May Destroy You" or hilarious comedic gems like "Hacks," HBO Max has something for everyone. As the streaming world continues to evolve, rest assured that HBO Max will remain at the forefront, consistently delivering high-quality content that keeps viewers hooked and wanting more. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, and immerse yourself in the phenomenal world of HBO Max's best shows.