Max (previously HBO Max) has emerged as a standout streaming service, housing some of the best content in television history. With shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Game of Thrones, and The Leftovers under its belt, it’s a no-brainer for both the network and viewers looking for a worthwhile investment. But Max doesn’t stop at classics; it has also produced critically acclaimed original series such as Hacks, Station Eleven, and The Staircase.
If you’ve finished rewatching the classics, here are some of our favorite shows currently streaming on HBO Max. And if you’re in need of more recommendations, check out WIRED’s guides to the best TV shows on other popular streaming platforms.
SmartLess: On the Road
SmartLess began as a podcast featuring Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes having random conversations. Now, it has evolved into a docuseries where the trio hits the road, recording their episodes in front of a live audience. With A-list guests like Will Ferrell and David Letterman, the genuine camaraderie between the hosts makes for memorable moments and lots of laughs.
The Other Two
Chasedreams, a 13-year-old internet sensation, has overshadowed his older siblings’ struggles to find success. While trying to figure out their own paths, brother Cary and sister Brooke’s journeys provide plenty of comedic material. Created by former SNL head writers, this series has flown under the radar but is bound to become a cultural phenomenon.
Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s series about a hitman with a conscience trying to leave his criminal past behind may sound cliché, but it surpasses expectations with its dark humor, humanity, and unpredictability. The recently concluded final season of Barry delivers a brilliant crescendo of all these elements.
Love & Death
Elizabeth Olsen shines in this retelling of the true story of Candy Montgomery—a churchgoing wife and mother who turns to murder after having an affair. If the plot sounds familiar, it’s because Hulu already produced its own limited series based on the same story. But Love & Death offers its unique take on the gripping tale.
Succession concluded its four-season run, solidifying its position as one of the most surprising and memorable prestige TV shows. The jet-black family dramedy explores the power dynamics within the Roy family and their media empire. Think King Lear meets Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., with a dark and hilarious twist.
The Last of Us
Unlike other failed attempts at live-action video game adaptations, The Last of Us succeeds by being genuinely exceptional. This post-apocalyptic drama follows a survivor tasked with protecting a teenager who may hold the key to finding a cure for a deadly pandemic. The show captures both the intensity of the video game and the fascination surrounding the Cordyceps fungus.
White House Plumbers
Veep’s brilliant minds bring political corruption to life in this satire of the Watergate scandal. Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux depict how two of Richard Nixon’s closest allies inadvertently bring down his presidency. The show strikes a balance between slapstick humor and sticking true to historical events.
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Robin Thede made history as the first Black woman head writer for a late-night talk show. She later created A Black Lady Sketch Show, which features hilarious sketches written, produced, and performed by Black women. With guest stars like Angela Bassett, this groundbreaking series continues to push boundaries.
Rain Dogs tells the story of Costello Jones, an aspiring novelist and working-class mom, and her wealthy gay best friend Selby. Their unconventional friendship leads them into dark and surreal situations, making for a captivating and often humorous series that delves into themes of class and family.
Quinta Brunson’s Abbott Elementary follows a group of dedicated teachers working at an underfunded public school. The show balances earnest storytelling with humor, offering a refreshing take on network TV.
Max (previously HBO Max) offers a wide selection of shows that cater to diverse tastes. So whether you’re a fan of classic series or crave fresh and innovative content, HBO Max has you covered.