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The top 10 best HBO Max shows

HBO Max offers some amazing TV series, and these are their best.
December 28, 2021
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HBO Max is now available on various platforms. The streaming service not only has the many award-winning TV series from HBO, but it also has several other shows available just for the service, either as exclusives or classic library shows like Friends. Which of the HBO Max shows are the best ones to stream and watch today? That’s what we’re here to tell you all about.

Read: Can I get HBO Max for free?

These are our picks for the best HBO Max shows that are currently available on the streaming service. You can sign up for the streaming service at the link below, for $14.99 a month without ads, or $9.99 a month with ads (except for HBO shows, which are ad-free with both plans).

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HBO Max is your home for Warner Bros-made movies and TV shows like The Lord of the Rings, the DC Comics superheroes, and more. It's also the home for new and original movies and shows available nowhere else.

The best HBO Max shows:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best HBO Max shows regularly as new ones make it to the streaming service.

Doctor Who (2005)

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The BBC took a huge risk by reviving its once-popular sci-fi TV show in 2005. In retrospect, it wasn’t that big of a risk after all. Russell T. Davies took the best from the original show, about a time and space-travelling alien who fights evil, and added a ton of humanity and pathos. It’s a worthy addition to the exclusive HBO Max TV shows, and US audiences can finally stream the most recent seasons starring the current Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. It’s definitely one of the best HBO Max shows.


Friends best shows on HBO Max

What can be said about this 1990s sitcom that hasn’t been said already? Well, we can try. Friends remains on top of the pop culture zeitgeist for one main reason: it’s still funny to watch. The misadventures of Joey, Chandler, Ross, Phoebe, Rachel, and Monica in New York City may not be realistic, but they are highly entertaining. You can now also finally watch the long-awaited Friends reunion special on HBO Max.

The Big Bang Theory

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It’s hard to believe that this show had not appeared on a premium streaming service before becoming part of the HBO Max TV series library. The sitcom is supposed to be about four brilliant and hopelessly nerdy scientists who get some lessons in life from their very un-nerdy new female addition. In fact, it’s really about how nerd culture slowly but surely turned into mainstream comedy entertainment. We suspect that The Big Bang Theory could get a big boost with its inclusion among the HBO Max shows.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Here’s another show that hasn’t gotten a ton of streaming video love before HBO Max. Will Smith was already a huge music star when he got the lead in this sitcom. It follows his character, also named Will, who is sent from the tough Philadelphia streets to the safe, and rich, Bel-Air neighborhood of LA. While there are some dated bits in this 1990s series, it’s still fun to watch Smith and the show’s other cast of characters have some fun. You can also watch an exclusive reunion of the show’s cast now on HBO Max.

The Sopranos


There’s no way we would leave out perhaps the best HBO TV series from this HBO Max shows list. David Chase’s mob crime drama rises above the typical cliches as we see how the leader of a crime organization has to balance his work with his family life. There are twists and turns in this show you won’t see coming, and that includes one of the most controversial endings of a TV series ever.



When it was announced that HBO would do a Watchmen TV series and that it would be a sequel to the classic superhero comic book, many believed it was dead on arrival. Leave it to Damon Lindelof, the developer of the show, to prove them wrong. Not only is this series a worthy successor to the comic by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, but it’s also an excellent look at the past and current state of race relations. It only lasted for one season (for now), but it’s definitely one of the best HBO Max series.

The White Lotus

The White Lotus on HBO Max

What can happen in a paradisiac beach hotel? A lot more than relaxing and drinking margaritas by the beach. The White Lotus follows the story of visitors and staff during a week in Hawaii. The six-episode mini-series adds a touch of darkness to an otherwise cheerful place with the promise of one character’s eventual death. It’s a very interesting show that won’t take over your life, as it has very few episodes. Having said that, it’s been renewed for a second season, so you can look forward to more.

South Park

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After years of being on Hulu, one of the best TV shows of all time is now one of the best TV shows on HBO Max. Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s creation remains one of the most topical, and funny, TV shows on the air. The foursome of school kids Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny never grow old, but thankfully, neither does this show. This group of characters and the many recurring cast members give their funny takes on a wide variety of issues. This is a must-watch on this streaming service.

The Nevers

The Nevers on HBO Max

The Nevers takes you back to Victorian London, following the story of a group of people who suddenly obtain special abilities. These odd superpowers are bound to grab some attention, and not always the good kind. They find themselves with plenty of enemies, making for a great science fiction story that turns it into one of the best series on HBO Max.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones on HBO Max

Once known as the most pirated TV series globally, Game of Thrones is a hit that can’t be ignored in a list of the best HBO Max shows. Based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the complex medieval fantasy story is full of action, suspense, and complex characters that will intrigue viewers. If that’s not enough, common topics also include murder, treason, dragons, ice zombies, and more.

Honorable mentions

There are many other HBO Max shows that are really great but didn’t make our top 10 list. Here’s just a few of the series you should check out:

  • Babylon 5 – The groundbreaking sci-fi series is now on the service, with newly remastered video that makes it even better to watch.
  • Deadwood – HBO’s adult Western series still holds up. Just expect a lot of swearing.
  • The Larry Sanders Show – Here’s another truly essential series that will make you look differently at late-night talk shows.
  • Rick and Morty – This animated series started as a spoof of Back to the Future. It may now be better than its source material.
  • Batman: The Animated Series – Perhaps the best adaptation of Batman outside of comic books.
  • The Flight Attendant – Kaley Cuoco (yep, she’s back) is excellent in this series that combines drama with some dark humor.

That’s a look at the best HBO Max shows. We will update this post when new shows debut on the service.