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15 Best Shows to Binge on HBO Max

"10 Best Shows to Binge on HBO Max"

Ready to sink your teeth into a new series? Or maybe you’re hankering to revisit some of your old favorite TV shows. Either way, HBO Max has season after season of some of the most culture-defining shows to grace television. You could sit and watch an episode or two, but let’s be real.

These are series you’ll want to sit and binge watch! Several shows on this list are available on different streaming services as well, so double check to make sure you’re streaming on the best one.

Without further ado, here are top 15 HBO Max shows you need to add to your checklist.

Best shows to stream on HBO Max

Game of Thrones

April 17, 2011

The flagship of HBO since season one, GoT was the gritty, racy, edge-of-your-seat series that every sci-fi/fantasy nerd worth his salt needed to see. It’s brutal, it’s scary, it’s thrilling, it’s funny, and it balances fear, humor, and action in a totally unique way. Also, dragons! With an all-star cast including Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Peter Dinklage (to name just a few), “winter is coming,” so strap in and start streaming! But don’t get too attached to your favorite characters …

The Wire

June 2, 2002

Ask any critic, and they’re likely to say The Wire is one of the three best shows ever made. There are some universities that even teach classes focusing entirely on the series! This award-winning crime drama from the mind of David Simonis a multi-perspective tale that dives deep into the dark heart of the Baltimore narcotics scene. The war on drugs has grayed the lines between good and evil, and taking a stand has never meant so much. This remarkable series is as layered and detailed as any novel. And it might be the most quotable show of all time. Seriously!

South Park

August 13, 1997

The infamous animated satire that regularly challenges pop culture, South Park became one of the most gutsy shows of all time. Towing (and occasionally overstepping) the line between hilarious and political, South Park regularly sends the most truthful message in the most inappropriate way possible. We’ve been treated to these foul-mouthed kids for decades and they still make us laugh.

Friends

September 22, 1994

BFFS? Check. Hilarious? Check. Timeless commentary on the pitfalls of relationships and the struggles of achieving a successful love life? Check, check, check. If you’re a fan of long-running comedy TV series like How I Met Your Mother or Big Bang Theory, Friends is a must-watch and a must-binge.

Watchmen

October 20, 2019

Set in Alan Moore’s America, Watchmen on HBO Max takes place in the same gloomy superhero counterculture. While the characters on-screen may appear as superheroes – masks, capes, and flying vehicles included – the point is not to inspire readers with tales of heroism and glamour, but rather to question them. Fans of the gritty, dark feel of DC comics and the DC universe will undoubtedly feel some familiar vibes with Damon Lindelof’s modern masterpiece. It shouldn’t work, but it does. And after the events of 2020, it’s somehow even more relevant.

The Office

July 9, 2001

You may be familiar with the long-running NBC sitcom of the same name, but have you ever seen the original series that inspired it? From the buffoonish boss to unrequited love to a series of bizarre coworkers, this is the breakthrough that spawned an army of imitators. Be forewarned that the UK version is significantly more sharp-edged than its cheerful American cousin, but it’s arguably much funnier as a result. Check out the show that made stars of Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman. And be careful not to misplace your stapler.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

September 10, 1990

In his timeless breakout role, Will Smith plays a lovable teen who grew up roughing it in the streets of West Philadelphia. What happens to that same kid when he’s transported across the country to live in the comforts of Bel-Air? An absolute gem of comedy and heartwarming family dynamic, Fresh Prince is a great choice for a series to revisit and binge in its entirety.

And if you love this show, you must see the Fresh Prince Reunion Special, also on HBO Max. You’re going to cry.

The Sopranos

January 10, 1999

Looking for a mob-style crime drama that you can binge for a full six seasons? You got it. Bunker down for the not-so-nice tale of Tony Soprano, his wife Carmela, and his young protégé Christopher Moltisanti. It’s funny, moving, violent, and written like a Shakespearean tragedy. The cast and writing are galaxy-level great. We’re askin’ you once to watch it nicely. Just don’t ask us what the ending means.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

October 15, 2000

Wishing there was more Seinfeld in this world? Curb Your Enthusiasm is your best bet. Seinfeld creator Larry David stars in this often-improvisatory parallel universe where everything seems to go wrong in the best of ways. HBO Max has 10 full seasons, so you’re in for a delightful, silly ride.

Chernobyl

May 6, 2019

This nail-biting miniseries reenacts the true story of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. But it’s not just about one horrible event. It’s an amazing character study of what happens when a nation turns its back on its people, and the courage it takes to stand up against overwhelming odds. This modern masterpiece was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and took home 10. You’ll be hooked from the first scenes and you can binge the whole miniseries in a weekend.

Succession

June 3, 2018

The lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.

Six Feet Under

June 3, 2001

A darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business. 

When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challenging as—and far less predictable than—the one inside.

Deadwood

March 21, 2004

The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an organized wild-west civilized town. The story focuses on the real-life characters Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen.

Barry

March 25, 2018

A hit man from the Midwest moves to Los Angeles and gets caught up in the city’s theatre arts scene.

Veep

April 22, 2012

A look into American politics, revolving around former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about.

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