Discover the Best Show Gems on HBO Max: From Game of Thrones to Succession and Beyond

Get ready for a binge-watching extravaganza with HBO Max's lineup of the best shows that will keep you glued to your screens! From thrilling crime dramas like "The Wire" and "Succession" to epic fantasy sagas like "Game of Thrones" and the highly anticipated "House of the Dragon," there's something for everyone. Dive into the dark side of Chicago with "South Side" and "The Outsider," or join the glamorous world of New York's elite with "Gossip Girl" and "Sex and the City." Get ready to be transported to otherworldly realms with "Watchmen" and "His Dark Materials." This comprehensive list of must-watch shows on HBO Max will leave you begging for more!

South Side

For fans of: Hangout comedies, wigs, the White SoxNumber of seasons: 3

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young, South Side

Comedy Central's South Side tells the story of two friends in Chicago who aspire to become venture capitalists but are currently stuck in mundane day jobs. The creators, Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, have crafted a uniquely charming world. This show is a perfect hangout comedy where not much actually "happens," but the jokes are hilarious and the characters are exceptional. It's the kind of show that leaves you wondering why you didn't start watching it sooner. - Allison Picurro [Trailer]

For fans of: Silly and sad TV shows, thoughtful explorations of identityNumber of seasons: 2

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

Amanda Cordner and Bilal Baig, Sort Of

HBO Max's Sort Of is a tender, low-key dramedy centered on a non-binary millennial who leaves everything behind to care for the children they nanny after the mother of the family has an accident. It is a quietly groundbreaking gem of a series, avoiding self-importance and authentically portraying everyday life. The wonderful star and co-creator, Bilal Baig, leads the way with their exceptional performance. The show explores identity with droll frankness and surprises viewers with its subtle humor. It's like a breath of fresh air in TV form. - Allison Picurro [Trailer]


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

Described as "Shakespearean but with a lot of F-bombs," Deadwood is a hidden gem that originally aired in the early 2000s. Set in the lawless mining town of Deadwood after the Civil War, it attracts individuals seeking wealth and refuge from the law. The show features a vast cast of quirky and menacing characters, offering an in-depth and grotesque portrayal of the era. The performances from actors like Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane are brilliant.

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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

Damon Lindelof's one-season series, based on the popular graphic novel, offers a fresh take on the superhero genre. Set in an alternate version of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where police officers hide their identities, it explores the aftermath of the original Watchmen story. Regina King delivers a powerhouse performance as Angela Abar, who gets drawn into a mysterious conspiracy after the death of a colleague. The show features outstanding acting from the likes of Jean Smart and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and sheds light on the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. From start to finish, Watchmen is a masterfully crafted series. - Allison Picurro [Trailer]

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

From the writer of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire stars the incomparable Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a politician and gangster who reigns over Prohibition Era Atlantic City. As his illegal alcohol business grows, so does his control over the city and its inhabitants. While Buscemi delivers a great performance, it's the supporting cast, including Jack Huston, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, and Michael K. Williams, that truly make the series special.

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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

Rick and Morty is not your typical animated series. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, it follows the unexplainable adventures of the sociopathic alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez and his loser grandson Morty. This relentlessly meta-animated show is the opposite of a relaxing formulaic series. It's like a roller coaster ride of absurdity and humor that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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The Wire (2002-2008)

The Wire stands apart from other iconic TV dramas like The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. Instead of focusing solely on individual characters, The Wire examines interconnected systems and institutions, showcasing the reality of corruption. Set in Baltimore's war on drugs, the show introduces unforgettable characters such as Omar Little, Stringer Bell, and Jimmy McNulty. Creators David Simon and Ed Burns go beyond tracing the failures of their characters, exposing the systemic failures within policing, politics, and education. It's a powerful and thought-provoking series that reflects the challenges faced by American cities. - Eliana Dockterman

Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

Game of Thrones is a cultural phenomenon that captured the attention of millions of viewers. Based on George R.R. Martin's novels, this epic series delves into the fight for the Iron Throne in the fictional continent of Westeros. With its star-making performances, thrilling fight sequences, and rich fantasy elements, Game of Thrones is a must-watch. While it received criticism for certain aspects, the show consistently delivers shocking and captivating moments throughout its eight-season run. It holds the distinction of being the second most-awarded television series in Emmys history.

House of the Dragon (2022-)

House of the Dragon is a highly anticipated spin-off of Game of Thrones. Set 172 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, the series follows the intertwined lives of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower from childhood to adulthood. Their friendship takes unexpected turns as they navigate their royal duties and strive to leave prestigious legacies. This show is a spectacle with a multitude of dragons and captivating storylines, promising just as many jaw-dropping moments as its predecessor.

Succession (2018-2023)

Succession is a critically acclaimed series that recently concluded with its fourth and final season. Described as a "sitcom disguised as a drama," it revolves around Logan Roy, the chairman of Waystar RoyCo, a powerful media company reminiscent of real-life Fox News. As Logan ages, his children vie for the top spot as CEO, leading to familial betrayals, backstabbings, and intricate power dynamics. The exceptional ensemble cast, including Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, and Sarah Snook, delivers awe-inspiring performances that elevate the show to new heights.

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

Based on Stephen King's novel, The Outsider is a gripping thriller that follows investigators as they delve into the brutal murder of a young boy, with possible supernatural elements. This slow-burning series showcases remarkable performances from its talented 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 a unique series that combines elements of a gay pirate romantic comedy. Loosely based on true events, it follows the unexpected and close relationship between Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, and the legendary pirate Blackbeard. This incredibly funny and absurd comedy offers plenty of memorable moments.

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Doom Patrol

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 is a delightfully bizarre and fun series that follows a team of superpowered outcasts. Each member possesses supernatural abilities as a result of a traumatizing event. Together, they investigate strange phenomena while supporting one another like a family. This show is perfect for a lazy weekend binge.

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Year: 2020Cast: Jude Law, John MalkovichGenre: DramaRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, nine episodesCreated By: Paolo SorrentinoTrailer: Watch here

The New Pope is a continuation of the 2016 series The Young Pope. In this season, Jude Law's Pope Pius XIII is in a coma, leaving John Malkovich's Pope John Paul III to assume leadership. A papal war ensues when Pius wakes up. This series is full of drama, intrigue, and remarkable performances.

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For fans of: Superheroes but not the Marvel kindNumber of seasons: 1

Regina King, Watchmen

Regina King delivers a powerhouse performance in HBO's Watchmen, a superhero story that appeals to both fans and critics of the genre. Set in an alternate version of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where police officers conceal their identities, the series takes place 34 years after the events of the original Watchmen story. Watchmen serves as both an incredible showcase for actors like King, Jean Smart, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and a historical lesson as it brings the tragic 1921 Tulsa race massacre to greater public consciousness. The show expertly presents a sprawling narrative that is accessible to newcomers while remaining faithful to the original material. From beginning to end, Watchmen is a masterclass in storytelling. - Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Veep (2012-2019)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivers a career-defining performance as Selina Meyer in Veep. This seven-season show follows Vice President Selina and her inept staff as they navigate the complexities of politics. The humor stems from their remarkable ability to compound every mistake and exacerbate each situation. Selina, an ambitious politician, aspires to become president but faces her own incompetence and the misogyny ingrained in American society. Supported by an outstanding cast, including Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, and Timothy Simons, Veep is a comedic tour de force.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

For fans of: Larry David and individuals with a cantankerous natureNumber of seasons: 11

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

John P. Johnson/HBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm is a widely recognized show that requires no introduction. However, let me provide one nonetheless: Larry David portrays a version of himself in this series, which revolves around his encounters with everyday inconveniences. Despite spanning 11 seasons, the show has maintained its core essence. It's remarkable that it continues to deliver laughter even after all these years. -Allison Picurro [Trailer] 

Insecure (2016-2021)

Issa Rae, the creator and star of this critically acclaimed five-season series, portrays the lead character named Issa, a Black woman in her 30s residing in Los Angeles. As she navigates her life, she seeks both love and a sense of purpose beyond her unfulfilling non-profit job. While her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) appears to have her life in order, the series gradually reveals the underlying challenges within their friendship, as well as their relationships with Tiffany (Amanda Seales) and Kelli (Natasha Rothwell). Although the show delves into Issa's on-and-off relationship with her boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), it primarily emphasizes the bonds shared between friends. Notably, the series boasts exceptional music selection, including memorable placements like Mýa’s "Case of the Ex."

Girls (2012-2017)

In the premiere of Lena Dunham's Girls, the character Hannah Horvath declares, "I think that I may be the voice of my generation. Or at least a voice. Of a generation." Hannah and her entourage of friends in Brooklyn during the 2010s are easy targets for criticism, but the show itself is insightful and entertaining. It thrives on its unapologetic nature. Who could forget Marnie's cover of Kanye West's "Stronger"?

Sex and the City (1998-2004)

While it may sound cliché to claim that a city serves as a character, Sex and the City genuinely embodies this concept. Of course, it also revolves around the lives of the four main protagonists: Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis). In the almost two decades since the show ended, much has been written about its impact. From Candace Bushnell's column and subsequent book to the offscreen feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, and Cynthia Nixon's gubernatorial run, Sex and the City has remained a time capsule of late '90s and early 2000s New York City life. It beautifully captures both love and friendship while also paying homage to the greatest city in the world.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

For fans of: Pretty Little LiarsNumber of seasons: 1

Malia Pyles, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Malia Pyles, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

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It feels like both a short time and a long time since the original Pretty Little Liars concluded. And now, the show is making a reboot of sorts. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin introduces a new group of teenage girls who find themselves targeted by an anonymous individual seeking revenge on behalf of their parents' past misdeeds. Set in a new town, this series unfolds within the same universe as the original Pretty Little Liars. While existing fans of the original series will undoubtedly enjoy this revival, it's worth noting that it has received positive reviews from critics as well. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Gossip Girl

For fans of: The omniscient voice of Kristen Bell, flip phonesNumber of seasons: 6

Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl

The CW

Gossip Girl, the crown jewel of late aughts TV, follows the lives of wealthy teenagers attending an elite Manhattan high school. Their scandalous personal lives are meticulously chronicled and exposed by the enigmatic Gossip Girl. The show is simultaneously ridiculous and captivating, launching actors like Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and Penn Badgley into stardom. In 2021, HBO Max released a revival that centers around a new ensemble cast. -Allison Picurro [Trailer]  

Los Espookys (2019-2022)

Allow me to introduce you to the Espookys, a group of four friends who specialize in staging horror scenarios inspired by B-movies. Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco) is the enthusiastic leader with a gothic sensibility. Andrés (co-creator Julio Torres), Renaldo's childhood best friend, has a flair for the fabulous and fantastical. Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti) is the pragmatic member of the group, while her sister Tati (co-creator Ana Fabrega) lives with her head in the clouds. This peculiar series spans two seasons and also features co-creator Fred Armisen. —Laura Zornosa


For fans of: Murder, actingNumber of seasons: 3

Bill Hader, Barry

Merrick Morton/HBO

Barry follows the life of the titular character, a depressed hitman played by Bill Hader, as he attempts to pursue a career in acting in Los Angeles. It is a unique blend of comedy and drama, often toeing the line between being the funniest drama or the most dramatic comedy on TV. In its three-season run, the show has consistently captivated viewers and established itself as a brilliant character study of individuals with troubled pasts. It incorporates moments of sly and absurd humor to prevent it from venturing into overly dark territory. The series boasts an outstanding ensemble cast including the talented Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan, and Stephen Root. Barry never fails to deliver. -Tim Surette [Trailer 

Rick & Morty

For fans of: Dimension-hopping, foolish male characters, intellectually stimulating showsNumber of seasons: 5

Rick and Morty

Adult Swim

Rick & Morty, an animated sci-fi/comedy adventure, follows the escapades of the psychotic scientist Rick and his clueless grandson Morty as they traverse the multiverse. While the show may be dismissed by some as a crude cartoon filled with aliens, it surpasses those preconceptions. The series takes the time to develop the backstories and inner workings of its characters, offering more than just tongue-in-cheek sci-fi parodies. It's a fun and enduring show that will likely continue indefinitely. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Hacks (2021-present)

Jean Smart portrays Deborah Vance, a comedian who has relied on the same routine for decades. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she is paired with Ava (Hannah Einbinder), a recently fired television writer with no other options. Together, they work to revitalize Deborah's outdated act and save her comedy career, which hangs in the balance. While they initially clash, they eventually learn to collaborate, grow from each other's experiences, and develop a special bond.

Miracle Workers

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

This delightful anthology comedy series presents a brand new storyline each season while maintaining a core cast. The first season centers around angels attempting to prevent a disaster, the second explores the Dark Ages, and the most recent season takes place during the perilous Oregon Trail. The show offers a fantastic platform for Daniel Radcliffe's exceptional character acting, and it allows Steve Buscemi to showcase his comedic talents, which were somewhat underutilized 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 appears in several shows on this list including The Leftovers and Watchmen, leads the voice cast of this adult animated sitcom originally aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The series follows the Freeman family, a Black family that relocates from Chicago to a predominantly white suburb. As a result, they experience significant culture shock. The show blends humor with serious issues that Black Americans face, such as prejudice and class inequality.

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The Other Two (2019-present)

The Other Two is a prime example of satirical brilliance. The series focuses on the struggling older siblings, portrayed by Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke, of a rising pop star named Chase Dreams (Case Walker). It mercilessly parodies the most absurd aspects of superstardom. Molly Shannon and Ken Marino round out the cast of this underrated comedic gem.

The Flight Attendant (2020-present)

Kaley Cuoco takes on the role of Cassandra Bowden, a disheveled flight attendant who wakes up in a hotel bed next to a deceased man. As she tries to reconstruct the events leading up to this moment, she becomes increasingly aware of her own struggle with excessive drinking. The Flight Attendant offers a tale of self-discovery and self-reflection as a flawed character grapples with her past trauma. Through poignant moments, Cassandra is given the opportunity to reflect on her struggles with substance abuse while uncovering a murder mystery. She finds support in a group that includes her brother Davey (T.R. Knight), known for his role on Grey's Anatomy, as well as Zosia Mamet from Girls and the iconic Rosie Perez.


For fans of: Young actors portraying troubled teenagers, glamorous makeup, ZendayaNumber of seasons: 2

Zendaya, Euphoria


Euphoria has the power to make you utter the words, "I'm never having kids!" This series, created by Sam Levinson, beautifully encapsulates the tumultuous lives of its high school student protagonist, Rue (Zendaya), fresh out of rehab with no intention of maintaining sobriety, and her toxic friendship with Jules (Hunter Schafer). As the characters explore their identities amidst partying, drug use, and general debauchery, the show remarkably captures the unique despair of teenage years. Euphoria exhibits profound empathy for its youthful characters while delivering some of the most visually stunning cinematography on television. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

The Righteous Gemstones

For fans of: Danny McBride's comedic style, Succession from a Christian perspectiveNumber of seasons: 2

Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, and Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones

Adam Devine, Edi Patterson, and Danny McBride, The Righteous Gemstones

Ryan Green/HBO

The Righteous Gemstones, created by Danny McBride, is a dark comedy that delves into the world of a renowned televangelist family. The story revolves around Eli Gemstone (John Goodman), the patriarch who built a lucrative empire preaching the word of God and establishing numerous megachurches, often at the expense of smaller congregations. Eli's three horrible adult children, portrayed by McBride, Edi Patterson, and Adam DeVine, constantly vie for their father's approval and the opportunity to inherit his empire (reminiscent of Succession). Walton Goggins portrays Eli's odious brother-in-law. While it contains elements of drama, The Righteous Gemstones remains primarily focused on making audiences laugh, even as the characters engage in morally reprehensible behavior. -Allison Picurro [Trailer] 

Mare of Easttown

Year: 2021Cast: Kate Winslet, Evan Peters, Guy Perce, Angourie Rice, Sosie bacon, Juliane Nicholson, jea SmartGenre: Drama, CrimeRating: TV-MARuntime: One season, seven episodesCreated By: Brad IngelsbyTrailer: Watch here

Sundays on HBO just aren’t the same without Mare and her vape. In the crime drama Mare of Easttown, Kate Winslet plays Mare (of Easttown), a detective trying to solve the brutal murder of a young woman while also managing her complicated personal life. The show is both brutal and poignant, but also has its charming moments, thanks to stellar performances from its star-studded cast including Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Peters, and Jean Smart.

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Harley Quinn

Year: 2019-PresentCast: Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Lake BellGenre: Comedy, AnimationRating: TV-MARuntime: Three seasons, 36 episodesCreated By: Paul Dini and Bruce TimmTrailer: Watch here

After a breakup with her toxic ex The Joker, a newly single Harley Quinn tries to establish herself as an independent, badass criminal of Gotham. She faces many challenges thanks to The Joker’s connections but gathers some of her own via an unlikely group of characters including Poison Ivy and King Shark. The best thing about Harley Quinn is that it doesn’t take Gotham too seriously, especially its interpretation of Bruce Wayne/Batman, who is kind of an idiot.

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The Last of Us (2023-present)

A decent video game adaptation is hard to come by, but that is not the case with HBO’s The Last of Us, which expands upon the original game’s gripping story. The first season, which recently premiered its finale, is a closely adapted live-action version of Joel and Ellie’s journey through a post-apocalyptic world filled with people infected by a fungus called Cordecyps. Ellie is immune to the infection and Joel is tasked with bringing her to a rebellion group that can use what makes her immune to develop a vaccine. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey star as the protagonists, and The Last of Us also served audiences guest appearances by Nick Offerman, Melanie Lynskey, and Murray Barlett. Those who played the game will recognize some of the actors’ voices as the people who voiced characters in the game franchise, like Ashley Johnson, who voiced Ellie, and Merle Dandridge, who voiced Marlene.

I May Destroy You (2020)

Trigger warning: Mentions of sexual assault

I May Destroy You, created by and starring the extraordinary Michaela Coel, is an unwavering and honest portrayal of surviving a traumatic event. The show is a fictionalization of an event that happened to Coel. In 2018, she told an audience she was sexually assaulted while working on her show, Chewing Gum. I May Destroy You follows Coel as Arabella, a writer who is assaulted in a club bathroom and goes on a self-reflective journey to find closure. It’s awe-inspiring and a fascinating watch, with light-hearted moments that add levity to such a dark topic. There’s a reason it won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology series.

Steven Universe (2013-2019)

An animated series that might just be the most wholesome adventure one could participate in on Max, this show follows a young boy named Steven as he searches for answers about his mother and his purpose in life. He’s joined by the Crystal Gems, a group of super-powered celestial beings named after actual gems (Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst, etc.) who teach Steven lessons about life, family, and, most importantly, love. The episodes, initially aired on Cartoon Network, are bite-sized but packed into 10-minute episodes filled to the brim with heart. On the surface, the show is geared towards a younger audience, but it’s good for viewers of any age because of its wide, heartwarming appeal.

David Makes Man

For fans of: Coming-of-age stories, magical realismNumber of seasons: 2

Isaiah Johnson and Akili McDowell, David Makes Man

Isaiah Johnson and Akili McDowell, David Makes Man

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Nothing else on TV moves like David Makes Man, a tender coming-of-age drama from Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. The first season is told through the eyes of 14-year-old David (powerhouse talent Akili McDowell), who can't reconcile the person he is at his magnet school with his home life in the projects. As he deals with academic pressure, his mother's struggle to make rent, and the local boys who are eager to recruit him to the drug trade, each world he inhabits is written with equal empathy and humanity. When Season 2 jumps ahead to find David (played as an adult by Kwame Patterson) in his 30s, it only underlines the way adults still carry their youth with them. David Makes Man is a remarkable show, suffused with magical realism and drenched in the sunlight and sweat of South Florida. The impression it leaves is vivid and unforgettable. -Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Perry Mason

For fans of: Grizzled, hard-drinking detectives, rebootsNumber of seasons: 1

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason


You probably remember Perry Mason as an imposing defense attorney somewhere inside that imposing suit as he boiled down murder cases and, like clockwork, wrung out a confession from someone who wasn't his client to prove his client's innocence. Throw most of that out the window, as HBO reboots Perry Mason with The Americans' Matthew Rhys – who's absolutely terrific – playing the iconic TV character as a slightly disheveled, grumpy, boozing, f***ing malcontent who's working a case about a murdered baby in a dirty, grimy 1930s Los Angeles. The eight-episode season of private-eyeing and courtroom drama is bolstered by a wonderful cast, which includes Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, and Stephen Root, and a robust budget that brings Depression-era L.A. to gorgeous life under the watchful direction of Game of Thrones' Tim Van Patten. This is how prestige television is done – even if the story ultimately comes up a bit short, the performances and visuals are enough to keep you watching. -Tim Surette [Trailer] 

Lovecraft Country

For fans of: The horrors of real life mixed with Lovecraftian monster horrorsNumber of seasons: 1

Lovecraft Country (HBO)

Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, and Courtney B. Vance, Lovecraft Country

Eli Joshua Ade/HBO

Misha Green adapted Matt Ruff's book about a young Black man who goes searching for his missing father in 1950s Jim Crow America, not knowing that the turf he explores is not only populated by racists, but creatures torn out of the pages of literature. A mash-up of genres including a sci-fi horror and a social justice drama, Lovecraft Country is a riveting adventure about monsters both real and imagined. It only lasted one season, but what a season it was. -Tim Surette [Trailer] 

Scenes From a Marriage

For fans of: Unhappy people in unhappy relationships, monologuesNumber of seasons: 1

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage

Jojo Whilden/HBO

Certified beautiful people Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain play an unhappily married couple in this remake of Ingmar Bergman's 1973 miniseries (which is also streaming on HBO Max). Isaac and Chastain make all five melancholy, dialogue-heavy hours of this show worth it, their crackling chemistry bringing every moment of their characters' history together to life. They hate each other, they love each other, they should break up, they should stay together – it changes by the minute, and it all feels real. -Allison Picurro [Trailer


For fans of: Bruce Lee, Peaky Blinders by way of Gangs of New YorkNumber of seasons: 2

Andrew Koji, Warrior

David Bloomer/CinemaxWarrior is a breakthrough in Asian representation on the screen, but that's just a bonus of this action drama that's finding new life on HBO Max after toiling in obscurity on Cinemax (the forthcoming Season 3 will be an HBO Max original). Based on the writings of Bruce Lee and brought to the screen by his daughter Shannon, Warrior's depiction of the Tong Wars in San Francisco in the late 1800s is appropriately gruesome and takes more turns than Lombard Street, showing a time, place, and people that television somehow always overlooks. It's Peaky Blinders with an added layer of racial issues. It's Gangs of New York with more flying kicks. But it's also wholly original as a story of immigrants making their way in a country that only barely tolerated them and fighting back against that hatred. -Tim Surette [Trailer

The Leftovers

For fans of: Confronting the unknown, purposely mysterious mythologyNumber of seasons: 3

Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

Carrie Coon and Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

Van Redin/HBOCo-created by Lost's Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers could be read as a direct response to the controversy around the Lost finale: On The Leftovers, the lack of answers was the point. Set in the dazed aftermath of the sudden vanishing of 2 percent of the world's population, the series evolved past its bleak first season to tell a story more expansive, and more quietly magical, than anything else on TV. But while the unrelenting anguish of the first few episodes turned some viewers off, it wasn't a flaw in the big picture. The distance between where The Leftovers began and where it ended was part of what made the second and third seasons so effective: It was thrilling to watch the show break its own rules. When the characters found their own ways to heal, it felt like rebellion. The Leftovers didn't capture life exactly as it is but as it feels. It will be looked back on as a snapshot of a chaotic decade striving for grace. -Kelly Connolly[Trailer] 

Six Feet Under

For fans of: Feeling the full spectrum of human emotion, family dramasNumber of seasons: 6

Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Freddy Rodriguez, Six Feet Under

Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, and Freddy Rodriguez, Six Feet Under

HBOAlan Ball's series follows the lives of the Fisher family, who take over the Los Angeles funeral home that was left to them by their recently deceased father. You may or may not know that Six Feet Under is best remembered for its iconic series finale sequence, but most everything that happens before that is incredible too. The Fisher family is dysfunctional and troubled, and the show is unique for its willingness to have frank, complicated discussions about the many facets of dying and grief. While you should probably know before going in that this one is pretty dark (each episode begins with a different death), don't let that deter you from watching. It's something special. -Allison Picurro[Trailer]

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 was a memeable thrilling murder mystery as well as a thorough, authentic depiction of a victim of sexual and physical abuse. Nicole Kidman’s Emmy-winning performance as a woman in an abusive marriage is one of her best and helped similar stories get platformed in the entertainment industry. The second season leans a little more into camp with Meryl Streep screaming, Reese Witherspoon Type-Aing all over the place, and Laura Dern screaming. If any of that interests you, run, don’t walk.

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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 definitely heard of this one, and you definitely know what it is about. But just in case you’ve just risen from a cave after three decades, Friends was an incredibly popular 90s NBC comedy that followed a group of…. friends… living in massive apartments in New York City.

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Station Eleven (2021)

Station Eleven follows a group of traveling actors and musicians attempting to regain a semblance of normalcy twenty years after a mysterious flu outbreak destroyed civilization as they knew it. Based on Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, the show premiered to great acclaim, picking up nominations for a Peabody, three Emmys, a Critic’s Choice award, and more. Over 10 episodes that spanned multiple timelines, Station Eleven explores how people foster connection through art even, or especially, in the most difficult situations.

The Boondocks

For fans of: Cartoons that offer social commentary and feature the vocal talents of Regina KingNumber of seasons: 4

The Boondocks

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Aaron McGruder's satirical cartoon centers around Huey (Regina King), a 10-year-old who possesses wisdom beyond his years. Alongside his younger brother, Riley (also Regina King!), and their grandfather (John Witherspoon), Huey resides in a predominantly white suburb. The show masterfully sheds light on the various aspects of the Black experience in the United States. Huey, burdened with an understanding of the world far beyond his age, sees through the facade of the adults around him. Continuously at odds with a broken system, he fights against it, although his efforts are often in vain. One of the most remarkable aspects of The Boondocks is its lasting relevancy. Despite its initial release in 2005, the show's commentary on race, class, identity, and government remains shockingly pertinent. -Allison Picurro [Trailer

Doctor Who

Year: 2005-PresentCast: David Tenant, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jodie Whittaker, Peter CapaldiGenre: Sci-fiRating: TV-PGRuntime: 13 seasonsCreated By: Sydney NewmanTrailer: Watch here

Doctor Who is a British series that chronicles the adventures of a Time Lord and his companion as they traverse through space and time. Although the show falls under the sci-fi genre, it is accessible even to those who aren't inclined towards the genre. This is primarily because the show focuses more on the human condition and relationships rather than solely revolving around time travel and otherworldly themes.

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Year: 2001-2005Cast: Peter Krause, Richard Jenkins, Michaell C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren AmbroseGenre: Drama, Dark comedyRating: TV-MARuntime: Five seasons, 63 episodesCreated By: Alan BallTrailer: Watch hereThis extremely dark comedy/drama revolves around death. It follows the Fisher family, who operate a funeral home in California. The series commences with the death of the family patriarch, who is fatally struck by a bus while driving a brand-new hearse on Christmas Eve. Each episode begins with a death scene, setting the tone for the show. The series boasts a captivating series finale and features outstanding performances from actors such as Lauren Ambrose, Peter Krause, Richard Jenkins, and more.

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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 acclaimed fantasy series presents a vast and captivating narrative. While the 2008 film adaptation, The Golden Compass, fell short of capturing the magic of the books, this HBO series endeavors to do justice to the source material with a talented cast. The series follows the story of Lyra (Dafne Keen), a young girl residing in an alternative universe where magic exists and human souls manifest as animals. Lyra, far from an ordinary protagonist, is destined to emancipate the world from the tyrannical rule of the Magisterium, a government entity.

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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 delves into themes of self-discovery, friendship, and sexuality through the lives of a group of college students navigating their journey together. The likable and relatable characters bring a touch of brightness and fun to the show, even during their most challenging moments.

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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

Deadwood can best be described as having a Shakespearean essence, intertwined with profanity. The series, which aired in the early 2000s and struggled to gain the same level of popularity as other HBO dramas like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under, is a hidden gem. Set in the lawless mining town of Deadwood shortly after the Civil War, the show attracts individuals seeking fortunes and evading the law. With a diverse cast of peculiar and menacing characters, the series exudes depth alongside its grotesque moments. It features remarkable performances from talents such as Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, who have since become well-known figures.

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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 best television shows of the year, but one of the best television shows of all time. Damon Lindeloff’s one-season series is not a direct adaptation of the popular graphic novel, but an interpretation that places familiar characters in a different but equally relevant cultural context. Through the lens of this fictional universe, the series delves into the implications of decades of white supremacy and Black oppression. While not always an easy watch, the show is both captivating and thought-provoking, featuring a powerful performance by Regina King.

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The White Lotus (2021-present)

If you're interested in a show that satirizes the idiosyncrasies of the wealthy, The White Lotus is a perfect choice. Each season focuses on a different group of characters and their luxurious experiences at a White Lotus resort (resembling a Four Seasons-style establishment), embodying blatant manifestations of wealth and privilege. The first two seasons unite an ensemble cast comprising talents like Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, Sydney Sweeney, Murray Bartlett, Jake Lacy, Natasha Rothwell, and Molly Shannon (in season 1) as well as Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, Michael Imperioli, and F. Murray Abraham (in season 2). The beautiful settings contribute to the show's tone, with the first season taking place in Hawaii and the second in Sicily. Stay up to date before the third season, rumored to be set at a White Lotus resort in Thailand.

Starstruck (2021-present)

Rose Matafeo, creator and star of the show, portrays Jessie, an awkward millennial from New Zealand who resides in London while working two jobs she isn't passionate about. One New Year's Eve, Jessie's best friend urges her to have a bit of fun, leading to a chance encounter with a handsome man named Tom (Nikesh Patel) and a one-night stand. It soon becomes clear that Tom is a famous movie star. Despite their attempts to date, their poor communication skills pose a hurdle to their potential relationship. This light-hearted comedy showcases a charming ensemble cast and seamless dry humor.

Looking (2014-2016)

Jonathan Groff, known for his roles in live theater and films like Frozen, found success beyond the stage in the early 2010s. In 2014, he took on the lead role in HBO's Looking, a show that lasted for two seasons and concluded with a film in 2016. Looking quickly became a groundbreaking gay series, defying stereotypes and offering genuine portrayals of queer characters. The story revolves around Patrick Murray (Groff), a meticulous video game developer residing in San Francisco, and his close-knit group of gay friends, portrayed by Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez, and others. The show garnered praise for its authentic portrayal of its characters' lives and the fact that their sexuality was portrayed as an integral part of their identities, rather than a mere plot device. In a 2014 review, TIME noted that the show's stories were influenced by their characters' sexual orientation but not defined by it.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013-2018)

The highlight of Parts Unknown is not solely the opportunity to travel alongside celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain, who tragically passed away in 2018 while working on the show's 12th season. It is Bourdain's authentic aversion to hipster culture that makes the show truly exceptional. Although some of the show's language has become dated since its original airing from the mid-to-late 2010s, its core message remains relevant. The series critiques the gentrification and capitalism that have irreversibly impacted global cultures. Bourdain serves as the viewers' guide and narrator as he takes them on a journey to popular and lesser-known destinations, offering historical and political insights. Parts Unknown provides an unfiltered glimpse into a wide range of cultures, experiences, people, and cuisine. Bourdain effortlessly transitions from hurriedly cooking dinner in the midst of a swarm of gnats on a boat in the Congo River to savoring exquisite wines in the French Alps alongside Eric Ripert.

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 pushes the boundaries of campiness, even by HBO's standards. Set in Louisiana, this vampire drama is known for its jaw-dropping, graphic, and often unbelievable moments. The series features Alexander Skarsgård in the role of a gothic local bar owner and vampire. Prepare 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 Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a renowned stand-up comedian in the later stages of her career. She harbors ill feelings towards her new twenty-something television writer, resulting in a simmering hatred that gradually transforms into a love/hate dynamic and mentorship.

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For fans of: Muscles, violence, and dark humorNumber of seasons: 1

John Cena, Peacemaker

HBO MaxJohn Cena brings his character from The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker, to the small screen. Peacemaker is a muscular individual who is extremely violent in his pursuit of peace. All episodes of the show are written by and five of them are directed by James Gunn. If you enjoyed the surprisingly wonderful film The Suicide Squad, you'll recognize and love the show's tone. James Gunn carries over the irreverent humor from The Suicide Squad into this origin story of one of the film's most beloved characters, played brilliantly by Cena.

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Selena Chef

Year: 2020-PresentCast: Selena Gomez, celebrity chefsGenre: CookingRating: TV-PGRuntime: Four seasons, 40 episodesCreated By: Aaron SaidmanTrailer: Watch here

Selena Gomez may not be an expert cook, but she's on a culinary journey. Selena Chef features celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Padma Lakshmi, who visit Gomez in her kitchen to teach her about cooking. While she may not always grasp every lesson, the show is undeniably delightful.

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Year: 2019-PresentCast: Danny McBride, John Goodman, Adam DeVine, Walton Goggins, Edi Patterson, Skylar GisondoGenre: ComedyRating: TV-MARuntime: Two seasons, 18 episodesCreated By: Danny McBrideTrailer: Watch here

Danny McBride's unfiltered comedy series revolves around a family of foul-mouthed televangelists living in the South. The show is crude and absurd in true McBride fashion, while simultaneously illuminating the absurdity inherent in the televangelist culture prevalent in the United States. The result is a comedy akin to "Christian Succession."

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From thrilling dramas like "The Wire" and "Game of Thrones" to hilarious comedies like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Veep," HBO Max has consistently delivered top-notch content. With a diverse range of shows spanning multiple genres, there's something for everyone to enjoy. As new series like "House of the Dragon" and "Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin" join the mix, the future of HBO Max looks more promising than ever. So gather your snacks, settle in, and get ready to dive into a world of captivating storytelling. HBO Max is the ultimate destination for the best shows that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

The Ultimate Guide to the Best TV Series on Amazon Prime in 2018: From Harlem to Jungle
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Discover the top TV series on Amazon Prime in 2018, ranging from captivating stories set in Harlem to thrilling adventures in the jungle. Uncover the ultimate guide to binge-worthy shows that will keep you glued to your screen. Updated and carefully curated, explore the best that Amazon Prime has to offer. Start streaming now!

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Double the Laughs: Network Nabs Two of the Top Comedy/Musical Series Nominations
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Discover the comedy/musical series that are sure to tickle your funny bone as the network secures not just one, but two nominations for the top honors. Get ready to double the laughs and Dive into the hilarious world of these must-watch shows!

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Unveiling the Prime Picks: The Best TV Series on Amazon Prime that Will Leave You Hooked
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Discover the ultimate binge-worthy TV series on Amazon Prime that will keep you glued to your screen. Unveiling the prime picks, this curated list showcases the best of the best, promising captivating storylines, thrilling plot twists, and unforgettable characters. Get ready to be hooked and embark on a binge-watching journey like no other.

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Optimizing Your Viewing Experience: Mastering the Ideal Picture Settings for Samsung UHD TV Series 7
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Unlock the best viewing experience with expert tips on optimizing picture settings for Samsung UHD TV Series 7, ensuring stunning visuals that bring your favorite shows and movies to life. Master the ideal settings that make colors pop, depth come alive, and details crystal clear, taking your TV viewing to new heights. Click now for a breathtaking visual journey.

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