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    17 Of The Best Shows To Binge-Watch On HBO Max

    Binge-watching HBO Max shows is better than Zooming with friends.

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    1. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

    A still of Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones

    You've probably heard about this beloved series through friends and social media (hopefully you were able to avoid spoilers!). Now, you can buckle up and watch the battle for the Iron Throne without having to sit with cliffhangers between seasons.

    2. Big Little Lies (2017–2019)

    A still of Celeste Wright, Jane Chapman, and Madeline Mackenzie in Big Little Lies

    This show is based on Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel of the same name (and if you haven't read it yet, please do, because it is SO GOOD) and features a stellar cast. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley play three mothers whose perfect lives become unraveled by a murder case. And we can't forget to mention Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, and Adam Scott, who all play supporting roles.

    3. Euphoria (2019–present)

    A still Rue Bennett in Euphoria

    This American adaption of the Israeli show of the same name stars Zendaya as a teenage drug addict and her high school peers as they navigate a world of drugs, sex, friendships, social media, identity, love, and trauma.

    4. Friends (1994–2004)

    Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay, and Ross Geller from Friends
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    If you look up "binge-worthy television show" in the dictionary, Friends will probably be the first result you find. Once you get wrapped up in the lives of Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Ross, you'll understand why.

    5. Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)

    A still of Spencer Hastings, Alison DiLaurentis, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, and Emily Fields in Pretty Little Liars
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    Truth be told, I had little interest in this show in high school when it first came out, and I started watching it right before it was taken off Netflix. How else was I supposed to keep up with the drama? I haven't finished the series yet, but the mysterious disappearance of Alison, the way "A" threatens to tell their secrets, the ~risky~ romances — thank you to HBO Max for streaming this one.

    6. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

    A still of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos

    In case you aren't familiar with this classic, meet Tony Soprano. He's just your average Italian-American guy living in New Jersey...except he's not. He often finds himself in his therapist's office due to the difficulties that come with trying to balance family life and being a mob boss.

    7. Insecure (2016–present)

    A still of Molly Carter and Issa Dee in Insecure

    This dramedy, created by and starring the wonderful Issa Rae, explores what happens when two best friends (Issa and Molly) learn to navigate the Los Angeles landscape and the social and racial stereotypes young Black women face.

    8. Veep (2012–2019)

    A still of Selina Meyer in Veep

    As you may have guessed by its name, this award-winning show centers around the life and career of fictional vice president of the United States Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who later becomes president.

    9. Rick and Morty (2013–present)

    A still of Rick and Morty in Rick and Morty
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    What happens when your grandfather who has been missing for 20 years shows up at your house, uses your garage as his own personal laboratory, and brings you and your sibling along for his out-of-this-world adventures? Rick and Morty is what happens, that's what.

    10. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–1996)

    Will Smith, Philip Banks, Vivian Banks, Carlton Banks, Hilary Banks	, Ashley Banks, and Geoffrey Butler from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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    Chances are if you haven't actually watched this show before, you know all the words to its iconic theme song. If you know the theme song, you'll probably understand the gist of this wonderful show — a teenager (Will Smith) moves from his neighborhood in West Philadelphia to live with his wealthy aunt, uncle, and cousins in Bel-Air.

    11. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)

    A still of Penny, Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, Amy Farrah Fowler, and Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory
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    Sheldon and Leonard are introverted, geeky physicists/roommates. Penny is a waitress/aspiring actor who moves into the apartment across the hall from theirs. What happens when their two worlds collide? Hilarity ensues in this beloved sitcom.

    12. Young Sheldon (2017–present)

    A still of young Sheldon Cooper in Young Sheldon

    And if you love The Big Bang Theory (Sheldon specifically), you may want to also add Young Sheldon to your watch list. As you may have guessed, it's a spinoff series on the early years of Sheldon's life that shaped him into the man he is in The Big Bang Theory.

    13. Luther (2010–2019)

    A still of John Luther in Luther

    John Luther (played by the absolute legend that is Idris Elba) is a detective trying to keep a handle on his personal life while dealing with the emotional and psychological factors from his crime-solving predator vs. prey work.

    14. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

    A still of Nate Fisher and Federico Diaz in Six Feet Under

    If you're into shows about death, you'll probably love Six Feet Under. It centers around a family in the funeral business with all the typical family drama, but it also delves into the topic of death on personal, religious, and philosophical levels.

    15. Sex and the City (1998–2004)

    A still of Charlotte York, Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, and Samantha Jones in Sex and the City

    Carrie Bradshaw is a thirtysomething single woman exploring the challenges of dating in NYC with her three best friends by her side. Not to mention, the experiences they have make for great stories for her weekly column.

    16. True Blood (2008–2014)

    A still of Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood

    What if vampires and humans could co-exist because of a synthetic blood that prevents vampires from having to prey on humans? What if a human fell in love with a 173-year-old vampire who isn't dead anymore? If you're intrigued (let's face it, how can you not be?), then you're bound to love True Blood.

    17. The Office (UK) (2001–2003)

    A still of David Brent in The Office (UK)

    You've probably heard about and hopefully have seen The Office (US). So why not give the original, aka the UK version, a watch? The pilot episode scripts are the same — and some people feel strongly that the UK version is better, while others argue the US version is better, but we'll let you be the one who decides.

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