The 10 Best Things to Watch on HBO Max
The streaming service launched today.
We've finally reached peak streaming service. HBO Max has officially launched, giving everybody one more avenue to fill their days with nostalgia and give household chores a whole new selection of background noise for $14.99 a month.
HBO's announcement of HBO Max came with the pomp and circumstance worthy of a network known for prestige television: viewers would get every. single. episode. of Friends — the network reportedly paid $425 million for the honor of hosting the gang — along with a now-postponed special reunion.
Other HBO's signature series, like Euphoria, Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Insecure; and a slew of movies and original content are set to roll out the rest of this year. Here's what to watch now if you've exhausted Netflix and already seen just about all that Disney+ and Apple TV+ have to offer.
Sex and the City
Along with every other HBO series, Sex and the City is included for all subscribers. With nostalgia for aughts fashion at an all-time high, it's the perfect way to get a refresher on Fendi baguettes, mismatched Christian Louboutins, and pink cosmopolitans.
Many see the show as the crown jewel of HBO Max. Though the special reunion won't be filmed until everything with the coronavirus pandemic calms down, fans can start the series from the very beginning at the show's new home.
Viewers itching to have this go-to favorite on demand can revisit every one of Jim Halpert's eye rolls and Michael Scott's antics.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
It's not just classic HBO that's on deck. Along with Friends and The Office, throwback favorite Fresh Prince of Bel-Air also has a new place to call home. All six seasons of the Will Smith series are streaming.
Crazy Rich Asians
If you need to revisit the flick that introduced the world to Singapore's over-the-top, designer-obsessed, diamond-clad jet setters, it's on HBO Max.
A Star is Born
Lady Gaga's big-screen star turn is also available to stream, so you can practice your Ally Campana "Shallow" wail.
DC Extended Universe
To compete with Disney+'s monopoly on Marvel superhero movies, HBO Max will be the only place to see all of the new DC films, like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Justice League, including Zack Snyder's infamous "Snyder Cut" of Justice League, which is scheduled to be available next year. HBO Max also has every Batman and Superman movie from the past four decades, spanning Christopher Reeve's take on the character to Henry Cavill and Brandon Routh's versions of the Man of Steel.
Studio Ghibli Films
Fans of Hiyao Miyazaki's new classics, such as Spirited Away, Princes Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service will get those hard-to-find movies on HBO Max. While international viewers can find them on Netflix, the films have been notoriously absent from the streamer's U.S. service.
Techcrunch reports that it was a last-minute addition to HBO Max's lineup, but the entire Harry Potter cinematic saga is also taking up residence at the new service. The spin-off Fantastic Beasts films will also be available.
The Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter isn't the only fantasy franchise on deck. The whole Lord of the Rings collection will also stream on HBO Max.