These are the best shows on HBO Max right now

These are the best shows on HBO Max right now

September 10, 2021 0 By Keegan Prosser

The best shows streaming on HBO Max today

HBO Max launched in 2020 as the digital hub for all your favorite HBO series and WarnerMedia content, from classics like Six Feet Under and The Wire to the latest films released by Warner Bros. Pictures. With so much media already available on the platform, and plans for more shows to premiere in the future, it can be tough to decide what you should watch next. As such, we’ve rounded up a list of the best shows on HBO Max right now.

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When it comes to new and popular series, HBO Max is one of the best and most talked-about streaming platforms on the market right now. With that in mind, we’ve created a list of some of the most trendy-worthy series on the platform right now. Here they are:

Scenes from a Marriage

A new adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish miniseries of the same name, Scenes From a Marriage follows the relationship progress of Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) and (Jessica Chastain), who begin to face setbacks after going on a disastrous double date with their friends. The five-part limited series premieres on Sept. 12.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy follows the actor as he travels across Italy to learn about, and taste, the country’s best regional cuisines.

The Other Two

The Other Two follows a pair of siblings — aspiring actor Cary and his sister Brooke — whose lives are turned upside down when their teenage brother Chase becomes a viral pop star overnight. Created by former Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, the series stars Molly Shannon and Ken Marino.


A gritty take on DC Comics Teen Titans, Titans series follows a group of young heroes as they come of age and try to figure out where they fit in the world. New episodes of Season 3 premiere weekly through Oct. 21.

The White Lotus

Set at the titular resort, The White Lotus follows the exploits of both guests and employees at an exclusive tropical resort over the span of one week. The limited series stars Connie Britton, Steve Zahn, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, and Sydney Sweeney.

Drama on HBO Max

HBO Max is also a solid streaming service for viewers looking for some dramatic series. With that in mind, here are a few of the most action-packed series currently available on HBO Max.

The Alienist

Based on the best-selling book by Caleb Carr and set in 1896, The Alienist follows newly-appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt as he tracks a ritualistic killer is responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes. The ensemble cast includes Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, and Daniel Brühl. Season 1 and 2 of the TNT series are streaming now.

Gossip Girl

A reboot of the hit CW series, HBO Max’s Gossip Girl introduces a new generation of New York private school teenagers. It follows them as they navigate both the Upper East Side social scene and the salacious Gossip Girl Instagram account. The first half of Season 1 is streaming now, with new episodes returning in November.


Based on a true story, Laetitia is a limited series about the case of an 18-year-old girl (Sophie Breyer) who went missing in western France. The story is told from the perspective of Laetitia’s twin sister Jessica, played by Marie Colomb.


Succession stars Brian Cox as Logan Roy, a media tycoon who inadvertently pits his four grown children against each other when he announces his intent to retire. Catch up on Seasons 1 and 2 now, ahead of the Season 3 premiere this fall.


Set during brutal gang wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Warrior tells the story of a Chinese immigrant and martial arts prodigy named Ah Sahm, who becomes a hitman for one of Chinatown’s most powerful organized crime families. The show originally aired on Cinemax but was recently acquired by HBO and renewed for a third season. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now.

Comedy on HBO Max

Want to laugh? Look no further! HBO Max has a variety of comedy series that will make you laugh until you cry. Here’s a lineup of some of the best comedy series streaming today on HBO Max.

Adam Ruins Everything

Adam Ruins Everything stars CollegeHumor writer Adam Conover and follows the comic as he attempts to debunk common misconceptions held by the public on a variety of topics. All three seasons are streaming now.


Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ballers takes a look at the wild and sometimes unbelievable lives of a group of former and current NFL football players in Miami. All five seasons are streaming now.


Based on Crystal Moselle’s 2018 film Skate Kitchen, Betty follows a diverse group of young women as they navigate the mostly male-oriented world of skateboarding.


Originally aired on BBC One, Ghosts tells the story of a young couple who decide to purchase a dilapidated English mansion as their first home. As they begin to renovate, however, the couple learns the home is full of needy ghosts. An American version of the show, starring Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, will debut on CBS on October 7.

Looney Tunes Cartoons

Looney Tunes Cartoons offers a new batch of hilarious and nostalgic cartoon shorts featuring the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Road Runner, and Wile E. Coyote.

Reality competitions on HBO Max

HBO Max also features a ton of reality competition series that either aired previously on different networks or are exclusive to the platform. Here’s a roundup of some of the best reality competition series streaming now.

All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewelry Star

All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewelry Star highlights eight talented jewelry artists as they compete in Birmingham, England, to become the next big thing in designer jewelry.

Ellen’s Next Great Designer

A reboot of Ellen DeGeneres’ previous HGTV series, Ellen’s Next Great Designer features a group of talented home interior designers who create unique pieces of furniture in hopes of winning a $100,000 grand prize.

Full Bloom

Full Bloom follows 10 Los Angeles-based florists as they compete in a series of solo challenges and team challenges in hopes of winning a $100,000 grand prize.

The Hype: A Streetwear Competition Series

The Hype: A Streetwear Competition Series combines the worlds of streetwear, business, and culture into a competition among rising fashion designers. The winner receives a career-changing Co-Sign and $150,000 prize.

Sweet Life: Los Angeles

From executive producer Issa Rae, Sweet Life: Los Angeles follows a group of seven Black twenty-somethings as they pursue their dreams while living together in southern Los Angeles.

Docuseries on HBO Max

You’ll also find a collection of thrilling docuseries on HBO Max. Whether you’re into true crime or something a little more uplifting, here are our top picks for docuseries that are currently available on HBO Max.

100 Foot Wave

Directed by Chris Smith, 100 Foot Wave takes an in-depth look at the big-wave pioneer Garrett McNamara’s decade-long journey to ride a 100-foot wave.

Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes

A six-part docuseries based on Ronan Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes finds Farrow interviewing the whistleblowers, journalists, and private investigators who contributed to his bestselling book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.

Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys

This 16th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy-winning series, Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at America’s team for the third time. Hard Knocks previously featured the Cowboys in 2002 and 2008.

Exterminate All the Brutes

Directed by Raoul Peck, Exterminate All the Brutes is a four-part documentary series that explores genocide and colonialism from America to Africa.

NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½

Directed by Spike Lee, NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½ depicts how New York City has changed, grown, and rebuilt in the 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The series consists of four episodes.

HBO to the Max

HBO Max truly has something for everyone when it comes to the series. Whether you’re looking to revisit an old favorite like Friends or want to dive into something new like The White Lotus or Gossip Girl, you’re sure to find the content that fits your taste.

The streaming service also offers a variety of shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat, whether through comedy series like Adam Ruins Everything and Ghosts or drama series like Laetitia and Succession.

If you’d rather experience stories based on real-life events, then 100 Foot Wave might be worth a watch. And if you’re looking for something a bit more educational, the Exterminate All the Brutes docuseries will probably keep you on the edge of your seat.

In addition to series that are already streaming, as well as the impressive lineup of movies on HBO Max, the platform has a new batch of series coming to the platform over the next several months. This includes the Sopranos prequel series, The Many Saints of Newark, which arrives Oct. 1, and the final season of Issa Rae’s Insecure, which premieres on Oct. 24. Tiny Toons Looniversity is also set to arrive on both Cartoon Network and HBO Max soon.

While HBO Max no longer offers a free trial, there are plenty of options to get the service through your cable provider, AT&T TV, and as a Hulu + Live TV add-on. You can also signup directly through the HBO Max website.

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