HBO has pushed the boundaries of hardworking television, movies and original programming for nearly half a century. All that and much more is available through HBO Max. These are our top picks available at launch.
HBO is responsible for creating some of the most horrifying and persistent crime dramas the small screen can handle. Perhaps the most rugged of them all, The Wire is a show set in Baltimore, Md., And inspired by the very real experiences of David Simon, who wrote for the Baltimore Sun City Desk for 12 years. The show follows a Baltimore task force, the criminals they chase, and the good guys and bad guys on both sides.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
While pieces of this sitcom that has been decisive for streaming through services such as Amazon Prime mark the launch of HBO Max the first time that all six seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are available through a single streaming service. In addition to launching Will Smith & # 39; s acting career, the show has left an indelible mark on pop culture.
Opened by one of the most famous theme songs from the TV show in recent history (composed by Smith and Quincy Jones), each episode shows the struggles and successes of a young black man who suddenly emerges from the poverty of his Philadelphia home is brought to the wealth and social mores of his Bel-Air family members, the Banks family.
It is one of the most popular science fiction shows currently running and has been in production for over five decades. Although HBO Max does not include the vast majority Doctor Who that ran from 1963 to 1989, it finally consolidates all new series that have been running since its restart in 2005.
If you & # 39; am a fan of running a series of gaits away from the monster of the week while enjoying quirky characters and forays into the distant future and distant past all wrapped in alternating veils of mystery, horror, action and adventure then nothing better than Doctor Who . The show follows a crazy humanoid alien who has stolen a grumpy time machine trapped in the shape of an old English police station. The alien species can regenerate and is rarely found without at least one companion on their side and several enemies around them. While it's currently unclear when the show's next season will arrive on HBO Max, you can find an almost endless stream of binge-worthy content in the first 11 seasons.
David Bowie: The Last Five Years
Besides original dramas, HBO is always known for their thought-provoking, deep-diving documentaries, and David Bowie: The Last Five Years . David Bowie is one of the greatest and most constantly evolving musicians to grace the planet, and his death in 2016 left a void that may never fill. This original HBO documentary explores Bowie's work on his last two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar while contrasting the artist's life through interviews with friends and associates.
Following the original comic book classic written by Alan Moore, Watchmen Watchmen uses the Tulsa massacre of 1921 as a historical backdrop for a brutal take on a future in which the police are masked enforcers threatened by a white supremacist uprising. The first nine-episode season delves deeper into themes of power, race, and vigilance, without requiring any prior knowledge of the source material.
The darkly violent superhero drama features a fitting soundtrack composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from Nine Inch Nagels. While no second season has been confirmed, fortunately, this first offering stands on its own as its own complete story.
Singin 'in the Rain
Offering more than just HBO's original films, HBO Max offers a huge selection of new and classic content through partnerships with entities that owned by Warner Bros such as TCM. In fact, with the forthcoming addition of a huge amount of top-notch movies from The Criterion Collection, HBO Max will certainly prove to be an indispensable subscription for movie buffs.
Not only one of the greatest musicals of all time but also one of the greatest Hollywood movies ever made, Singin 'in the Rain harnesses the unique power of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O & # 39; Connor to provide unparalleled entertainment through song and dance. All this talent happily plays on much deeper themes about how such entertainment is made, who makes it and the toll it takes on the maker and the consumer.
Batman: The Killing Joke
 For Bat fans, we recommend one of the most influential stories of the great detective stories ever told: Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. Since both HBO and DC Comics rest comfortably under the oversized media umbrella called Warner Bros, the amount of Batman content available on HBO Max has given the world's largest detective its own page on the site.
Affleck, Clooney, Kilmer, Keaton, West and especially Conroy are all suitable and ready for some tight learning action; Bale is the only major Wayne missing from HBO Max content. Whether you're watching the LEGO Batman movie with kids or just craving some tragic Batnips with the truly unparalleled Batman & Robin it's hard to find this high-quality Bat content on a single Bat service.  My Neighbor Totoro
Studio Ghibli has for decades made some of the most beautiful and impressive animated films for children and adults under the direction of visionary directors such as Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Unfortunately, not every Ghibli movie can be seen on HBO Max. But with nearly two dozen titles available at launch, there's plenty to enchant your eyes and captivate your heart.
My Neighbor Totoro is one of the most famous Ghibli movies and does a great job of capturing a calming and refreshing spirit that many of us can use right now. You can find all Ghibli content available on HBO Max by logging into your account and searching for "Ghibli".
As attractive as the new and original content of HBO Max is, its library of classic films proves to be an equally powerful draw for movie buffs who like cheap and easy access want to get some of the best movies ever made. An example of such a film is Rashomon by the legendary Japanese author Akira Kurosawa, whose works inspired countless Western adaptations, such as The Magnificent Seven . With the unparalleled Toshiro Mifune, Rashomon is a psychological drama with masterful stories and cinematography that has forever changed the way Eastern and Western films are made.
T the not-too-late show with Elmo
After making a deal with HBO in 2015, Sesame Street expanded the amount of content they create and the variety of content. Although the privatization of this American institution has unfortunately resulted in new episodes being limited to exclusive HBO content, with a nine-month delay before the content reaches the public, HBO Max now offers dozens of seasons and thousands of classic and new episodes of Sesame Street .
One of these brand new shows from Sesame Street is The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo a late night talk show featuring the global phenomenon, the one and only Elmo, along with his friend Cookie Monster. Together, they have fun with games and modern topics, interviewing celebrities and generally enjoying the same brand of healthy shenanigans we see from traditional adult-oriented late-night talk shows. With this powerhouse of children's entertainment in its portfolio, HBO Max strangely turns out to be one of the essential streaming subscriptions for families with children.
Some of the best content to adorn the big and small screens, from Adult Swim to Turner Classic Movies, is now available to stream via HBO Max. You can also find other popular series such as Friends, The Big Bang Theory Game of Thrones and South Park . Don't forget to pay attention to all the original and external content that is still coming to this ever-expanding streaming service.