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The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max

Updated February 18, 2021 8.2k votes 322 voters 12.1k views300 items

List RulesVote up the shows you're the most excited about watching on HBO Max, both original series and exclusive distribution.

HBO's streaming service was launched late May 2020, and HBO Max shows include a selection of great series from not only HBO's archives and HBO Max originals but also from the BBC, Crunchyroll, Cartoon Network, TNT, and more. The shows on HBO Max range from comedies like Friends to HBO dramas such as Euphoria and Big Little Lies. Not only are favorites from HBO, old and new, available but viewers will also find new shows on HBO Max.

Plenty of old HBO favorites, like Game of Thrones and Oz, are on HBO Max. Many new series are also planned, from fresh new Looney Tunes Cartoons and the anthology Love Life to the voguing competition series Legendary. Of all those hours of shows, many include BBC favorites like Doctor Who, Luther, and the orginal The Office series. But it's not all live-action thanks to a robust and growing library from Crunchyroll, Adult Swim and Cartoon Network. Animation fans can rewatch The Boondocks, Rick and Morty, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. There are also several reboots and revivals, such as Adventure Time: Distant Lands and the new Gossip Girl. With a library that includes CNN docuseries, DC television shows, and even favorites from Sesame Workshop, HBO Max has something for everyone - including licensed TV shows like The Bachelor, The Big Bang Theory, and The OC.

Both old and new, the shows on HBO Max include some of the best sitcoms, dramas, British favorites and more - and now they're all available in one place. Now that they're all together, which of all the series on HBO Max are the best?

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  • Game of Thrones1
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    Game of Thrones

    2011-04-17

    ActorsPeter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner

    NetworkHBO

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  • The Sopranos2
    120
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    ActorsJames Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

    NetworkHBO

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  • Chernobyl3
    68
    25

    ActorsJared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

    NetworkHBO

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    All The Books The Creator Of HBO's 'Chernobyl' Says You Should Read About The Disaster#5 of 864 The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years

  • Band of Brothers4

    ActorsScott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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    12 Behind The Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Band Of Brothers'#2 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

  • The Office5
    105
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    ActorsRicky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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    #9 of 253 The Best TV Shows Streaming On Hulu#26 of 106 The Best British Sitcoms of All Time

  • The Wire6
    91
    54

    ActorsDominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

    NetworkBBC Four, HBO

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    The Best of The WIRE Characters#13 of 40 The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

  • Watchmen7
    90
    55

    Watchmen

    2019

    ActorsRegina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens

    NetworkHBO

    More 

    Why Alan Moore Doesn't Want You To Watch The 'Watchmen'#55 of 307 The Best Shows Canceled After a Single Season

  • Rome8
    74
    41

    Rome

    2005

    ActorsKevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

    NetworkHBO

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    #9 of 102 The Best HBO Original Series#10 of 52 The Best HBO Dramas of All Time

  • Veep9
    104
    72

    Veep

    2012

    ActorsJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

    NetworkHBO

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  • Deadwood10
    84
    57

    ActorsTimothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

    NetworkHBO

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    #63 of 70 The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series#38 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

  • Westworld11
    78
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    ActorsEvan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

    NetworkHBO

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  • True Detective12

    ActorsMahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

    NetworkHBO

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  • Looney Tunes Cartoons13

    ActorsEric Bauza, Bob Bergen, Jeff Berman, Fred Tatasciore

    NetworkHBO Max

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    #54 of 75 The Best TV Reboots & Revivals#23 of 329 The Best 2020 Original Streaming Platform Shows

  • Barry14
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    Barry

    2018

    ActorsBill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan

    NetworkHBO

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    The Best Characters On 'Barry'#25 of 33 The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm15

    ActorsLarry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

    NetworkHBO

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    The Best Seasons of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'#79 of 129 The Best Shows Currently On The Air

  • Oz16
    68
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    Oz

    1997

    ActorsErnie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

    NetworkHBO

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    The Best Seasons of Oz#117 of 165 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

  • Doom Patrol17
    60
    35

    ActorsApril Bowlby, Diane Guerrero, Joivan Wade, Brendan Fraser, Alan Tudyk

    NetworkDC Universe

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    The Best Characters On 'Doom Patrol'#65 of 686 The Best Original Streaming Shows of the Last Few Years

  • Samurai Jack18
    45
    24

    ActorsPhil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

    NetworkCartoon Network

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    #187 of 349 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#100 of 242 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids

  • Boardwalk Empire19

    ActorsSteve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

    NetworkHBO

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  • Succession20
    67
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    ActorsBrian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun

    NetworkHBO

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    The Best Characters On HBO's 'Succession'#82 of 185 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018

  • The Big Bang Theory21

    ActorsJohnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar

    NetworkCBS

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  • Carnivàle22
    54
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    ActorsMichael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

    NetworkHBO

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    #68 of 140 The Worst TV Series Finales Ever#253 of 402 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

  • Doctor Who23
    52
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    ActorsChristopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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  • Sesame Street24

    ActorsJim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

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    Dark 'Sesame Street' Fan Theories#27 of 37 The Most Annoying Kids Shows Currently On TV

  • Six Feet Under25

    ActorsPeter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez

    NetworkHBO

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