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The Best TV Shows You Can Watch On HBO Max

Updated January 20, 2021 8.0k votes 309 voters 11.7k views295 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

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

    NetworkHBO

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  • The Sopranos2
    117
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    ActorsJames Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

    NetworkHBO

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  • Chernobyl3
    64
    25

    ActorsJared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

    NetworkHBO

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  • The Wire4
    90
    51

    ActorsDominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

    NetworkBBC Four, HBO

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  • Watchmen5
    88
    54

    Watchmen

    2019

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

    NetworkHBO

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  • The Office6
    101
    67

    ActorsRicky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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    #76 of 305 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#26 of 106 The Best British Sitcoms of All Time

  • Veep7
    104
    70

    Veep

    2012

    ActorsJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

    NetworkHBO

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  • Band of Brothers8

    ActorsScott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, HBO

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  • Rome9
    71
    40

    Rome

    2005

    ActorsKevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

    NetworkHBO

  • Westworld10
    77
    50

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

    NetworkHBO

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  • Deadwood11
    81
    55

    ActorsTimothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

    NetworkHBO

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  • Oz12
    68
    42

    Oz

    1997

    ActorsErnie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

    NetworkHBO

  • Doom Patrol13
    60
    34

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

    NetworkDC Universe

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  • Curb Your Enthusiasm14

    ActorsLarry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

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  • True Detective15

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

    NetworkHBO

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  • Looney Tunes Cartoons16

    ActorsEric Bauza, Bob Bergen, Jeff Berman, Fred Tatasciore

    NetworkHBO Max

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  • Samurai Jack17
    45
    22

    ActorsPhil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

    NetworkCartoon Network

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    #189 of 344 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#54 of 687 The Best Cartoons of All Time

  • Barry18
    72
    52

    Barry

    2018

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

    NetworkHBO

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  • Succession19
    65
    47

    ActorsBrian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun

    NetworkHBO

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  • Carnivàle20
    52
    34

    ActorsMichael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

    NetworkHBO

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  • Euphoria21
    65
    48

    ActorsZendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Eric Dane

    NetworkHBO

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  • Boardwalk Empire22

    ActorsSteve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

    NetworkHBO

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  • The Big Bang Theory23

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

    NetworkCBS

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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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  • Doctor Who25
    48
    34

    ActorsChristopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker

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

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