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    Updated on Jun 24, 2020. Posted on Jun 16, 2020

    25 Shows And Movies You Can Only Watch On HBO Max

    Including Euphoria, My Neighbor Totoro, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the LOTR trilogy, and much more.

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    HBO Max launched with a ton of exclusive content, from the highly anticipated Studio Ghibli Collection to a slew of Max Originals to older HBO classics — the options are endless! We've rounded up some of the shows and movies you can currently only watch on HBO Max and not on any other major streaming platforms*.

    Sign-up page for HBO Max
    HBO Max

    You do have the option to sign up for an HBO Max subscription through Amazon Prime, Hulu, and YouTube TV.

    FYI, this is only a small selection of the exclusive content available on HBO Max and there are more original shows coming in the near future, including a Gossip Girl reboot!

    1. Euphoria — a teen drama starring Zendaya as Rue, a young drug addict who forms a bond with Jules, a transgender girl from out of town. The characters explore sex, drugs, friendships, love, identity, and trauma — all while trying to survive high school.

    Screenshot of Rue and Jules
    HBO Max

    2. In The Mood For Love — a moody romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It's about a man and a woman whose spouses have an affair together. And they just might be developing feelings for each other, too.

    Screenshot of main characters standing next to each other
    HBO Max

    If you love the aesthetics of 1960's Hong Kong and unspoken tension, this is the movie for you.

    3. My Neighbor Totoro — an animated fantasy film about two young girls and their magical encounters with friendly wood spirits in the Japanese countryside.

    Screenshot of the sisters and Totoro at a bus stop
    HBO Max

    This is just one of the many Studio Ghibli films exclusively available (in the US) on HBO Max!

    4. Insecure — a comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore about two best friends who navigate their career and relationships as Black women living in Los Angeles. They grapple with their own insecurities and encounter situations that are sometimes, well, awkward.

    Screenshot of Issa in a classroom
    HBO Max

    Shoutout if you've seen Rae's acclaimed web series Awkward Black Girl on YouTube!

    5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (yes, all three films are included) — epic fantasy adventure films based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.

    Screenshot of Frodo reaching for the Ring
    HBO Max

    6. Friends — the crowd-favorite sitcom that's finally returning to a streaming platform since its departure from Netflix in January. Well, you can catch the gang at hanging out at Central Perk again with HBO Max!

    Screenshot of the Friends opening credits
    HBO Max

    Could we be anymore excited?

    7. Betty — a teen comedy series about a group of female skateboarders who are always there for each other, especially when the haters (aka male skaters) come around. Friendship + skating + NYC = magical combo

    Screenshot of Honeybear, Indigo, Kurt, and Janay
    HBO Max

    This show is a spin-off of the 2018 film Skate Kitchen and the cast members are a real group of female skaters based in New York!

    8. Alien — a sci-fi horror film starring Sigourney Weaver which launched an entire franchise. The crew of commercial space tug Nostromo detect a distress signal on their way home to Earth. They go to investigate and (spoiler alert) find aliens.

    Screenshot of Parker, Ripley, and Ash
    HBO Max

    9. BlacKkKlansman — a crime film directed by Spike Lee based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth, the first Black detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. John David Washington stars as Stallworth, who sets out to infiltrate and expose the extremist hate group Ku Klux Klan.

    Screenshot of Detective Stallworth
    HBO Max

    It's written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Lee.

    10. Search Party — a dark comedy series starring Alia Shawkat as Dory Sief, a NYC resident who makes it her life's mission to find a college acquaintance who has gone missing. She brings her friends along for the ride and things get...messy.

    Screenshot of Alia standing in the streets near a missing persons poster
    HBO Max

    11. Crazy Rich Asians — a romcom about Rachel Chu, a down-to-earth Chinese-American professor who's excited to meet her boyfriend's friends and family in Singapore — until she realizes that they're all extremely wealthy and not very accepting of outsiders.

    Screenshot of Rachel and her boyfriend Nick
    HBO Max

    12. Fresh Prince of Bel Air — a classic sitcom starring Will Smith as a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who moves in with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Los Angeles.

    Screenshot of Will Smith and Philip Banks
    HBO Max

    Featuring the catchiest theme song of all time.

    13. Wonder Woman — a DC superhero film exploring the backstory of Diana Prince, an Amazonian warrior who discovers her strength and mission, eventually becoming Wonder Woman. When World War I breaks out, Diana leaves her sheltered island with US pilot Captain Steve Trevor to help end the conflict and stop a ghastly plan hatched by German General Erich Ludendorff.

    Screenshot of Diana and Steve
    HBO Max

    14. Big Little Lies — a drama series (based on the book of the same name) about five women in Monterey, California who find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. The star-studded cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. Oh, and Meryl Streep!

    Screenshot of Madeline and Celeste
    HBO Max

    15. The Sopranos — the iconic crime drama about Tony Soprano, a mob boss who struggles to balance two families — his own and the mafia. It's widely regarded as one of the greatest TV series of all time.

    Screenshot of Tony and his daughter Meadow
    HBO Max

    16. Love Life — a Max Original romantic comedy series about a person's journey from first love to lasting love. The first season focuses on Darby Carter (played by Anna Kendrick) and her series of relationships before she finds "The One".

    Screenshot of Darby
    HBO Max

    17. Succession — a drama series about power struggles within the Roy family, who own a global media and hospitality empire. As the patriarch's health is in decline and the future of the company seems uncertain, each member of the clan attempts to secure control.

    Screenshot of the Roy children
    HBO Max

    18. The Big Bang Theory — a sitcom about dorky but lovable physicists Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, and their high-IQ friends who are smart in every way — except when it comes to people.

    Screenshot of Howard, Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, and Raj
    HBO Max

    Many distinguished and high-profile scientists make cameos on the show, including Neil deGrasse Tyson!

    19. A Star Is Born — the most recent reboot of the 1937 romantic drama film starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. A famous country rock singer who is battling an alcohol and drug addiction falls in love with a young singer. As her career takes off, his continues to decline. Expect tears and good music. Like, really good music.

    Screenshot of Jackson and Aly
    HBO Max

    It won Best Original Song for Gaga's "Shallow" at the 91st Academy Awards!

    20. Us — a horror film about Adelaide Wilson and her family who go on vacation in Santa Cruz. But instead of rest and relaxation, they find violent doppelgängers waiting for them. It's directed by by Jordan Peele and stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker.

    Screenshot of one of the doppelgangers standing in front of a burning car
    HBO Max

    21. We're Here — a documentary series featuring former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O'Hara, and Shangela as they travel across the country recruiting and training small-town residents to participate in a one-night only drag performance.

    Screenshot of the drag queen trio
    HBO Max

    22. Six Feet Under — a show about a family in the funeral business. It's your typical dysfunctional family drama — plus lots and lots of focus on death, physically and philosophically. Dark souls rejoice.

    Screenshot of the Fisher family at the patriarch's funeral
    HBO Max

    23. Doctor Who — a reboot of a cult favorite sci-fi show. It centers around a Time Lord called "the Doctor," an extraterrestrial being who time travels to save the world.

    Screenshot of David Tennant as the Doctor
    HBO Max

    24. Treme — a drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans. It follows the lives of local residents as they grapple with the aftermath of the natural disaster and rebuild their lives.

    Screenshot of Delmond playing the trumpet
    HBO Max

    25. Veep — a comedy that takes place in a world in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus (or rather, her character Selina Meyer) is Vice President. Politics is a tough game, but Meyer and her team try their best to create a legacy despite the hurdles.

    Screenshot of the main cast of Veep
    HBO Max

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