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The best shows on Max to stream in June

From new originals to the best shows in HBO history, these are great shows to stream on Max

Scene from Succession
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HBO Max was one of the most popular streaming services in the world due to both the volume and the quality of the shows and movies on the platform. You’ve probably noticed when you log into HBO Max that the platform has been replaced by Max. What does this mean? WarnerMedia and Discovery have merged all of their content into one convenient location. You can still enjoy all of the shows like Succession and The Sopranos that were available on HBO Max, and this new streaming service also includes the kinds of reality shows that were available on Discovery+. Essentially, the libraries of the two services have been merged.

Whatever kind of show you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it on Max. From iconic dramas to some of the funniest comedies ever created, every show on this list is a must-watch, whether it’s 30 years old or just came out this year. Here are the best Max shows.

The Wire (2002)

The Wire
tv-ma
5 Seasons
Genre
Crime, Drama
Stars
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn
Created by
David Simon
Watch on max
Arguably the greatest show in the history of TV generally, not just HBO, The Wire tells the story of the Baltimore drug trade from a wide array of different perspectives. The series famously takes on a variety of different perspectives, from the school system to the police department to the drug dealers themselves, to provide a humanist portrait of how the system is failing everybody. It’s a brilliant, incisive series that reminds us that people are what matters most. It’s a stinging indictment of everything, and that’s the whole point.
The Wire | Official Trailer | HBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)

Curb Your Enthusiasm
84%
8.8/10
tv-ma
12 Seasons
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman
Created by
Larry David
Watch on max
A side-splitting comedy to add to your collection, Curb Your Enthusiasm is a Larry David masterpiece that is both absurd and rooted in the normal annoyances of everyday life. Wonderfully satirizing and exaggerating his own life, Larry David attempts to weave through small inconveniences but continues to get hung up on the details, causing an episode-length set of problems for him and his friends. Curb has been going for well over a decade, and it’s one of the best HBO shows.

The White Lotus (2021)

The White Lotus
83%
7.6/10
tv-ma
2 Seasons
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Stars
Theo James, F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Coolidge
Created by
Mike White
Watch on max
Both a high-strung mystery and a pretty great comedy, The White Lotus is a show that will make you want to scream if you’ve ever worked in the service industry before. The show takes its name from a fictional, expensive destination resort chain with locations in Hawaii and Italy where only the richest people go, and where, if money is never an issue, multitudes of other issues are either created out of boredom or sheer arrogance.

Barry (2018)

Barry
88%
8.4/10
tv-ma
4 Seasons
Genre
Comedy, Crime
Stars
Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler
Created by
Bill Hader, Alec Berg
Watch on max
An excellent but undefinable mix of genres, Barry is a story of a depressed hitman who discovers his passion for acting after being sent to Hollywood to find his latest “mark.” Featuring Bill Hader as the hitman and Henry Winkler as his acting coach, the show draws frequent and hilarious parallels between the world of acting and Barry’s actual job. As the show evolved, it only continued to get more experimental and earned even more acclaim, as a result.
Barry: Season 1 - 'It's A Job' | Official Trailer | HBO

The Rehearsal (2022)

The Rehearsal
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Comedy, Documentary
Stars
Nathan Fielder
Created by
Nathan Fielder
Watch on max
One of the more surreal limited series to ever grace Max, The Rehearsal is a documentary series that follows Nathan Fielder as he attempts to rehearse actual situations from life so that he is prepared when they happen for real. While the show starts out with a fairly light, funny premise, it eventually becomes a rumination on what it means to go through life not knowing what comes next and how impossible it ultimately is to prepare for whatever might be coming.
The Rehearsal | Official Trailer | HBO

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
76%
8.9/10
tv-ma
11 Seasons
Genre
Talk, Comedy, News
Stars
John Oliver
Created by
John Oliver
Watch on max

One of the most hard-hitting sources for what’s actually going on in the world today, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is highly informative and thorough, even as Oliver is careful to balance his topics out with a panoply of jokes. Oliver’s polemics have only gotten sharper with each passing year, and while it’s a bit annoying that he just keeps winning the Emmy, it’s hard to argue that he doesn’t sort of deserve it.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Preview (HBO)

Watchmen (2019)

Watchmen
85%
8.2/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Stars
Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons
Created by
Damon Lindelof
Watch on max
Set in an alternate history and based on the graphic novel of the same name, Watchmen is a show with plenty of ideas on its mind that is also the perfect complement to the graphic novel story it takes its inspiration from. Anchored by an unbelievably good performance from Regina King, and featuring an ending that neatly ties the entire story together, Watchmen is one of the great HBO series ever produced.
Watchmen S1 | Trailer | HBO Series | Showmax

The Larry Sanders Show (1992)

The Larry Sanders Show
95%
8.5/10
tv-ma
6 Seasons
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham
Created by
Dennis Klein, Garry Shandling
Watch on max
Truly one-of-a-kind, The Larry Sanders Show followed the behind-the-scenes happenings of a late-night talk show. Due to its endlessly witty and crisp writing, the show is an absolutely hilarious perspective on how these shows run that still feels fresh today. Featuring an ensemble of all-time great comedic talents, few series have had a bigger impact on what comedy is than The Larry Sanders Show.

Hacks (2021)

Hacks
85%
8.2/10
tv-ma
3 Seasons
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Stars
Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Created by
Jen Statsky, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs
Watch on max
When a young and inexperienced comedy writer happens upon the once-incredible Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a twisted and dysfunctional mentorship begins to form and fester. Hacks is as cleverly written as it is dark, detailing the highs and lows of the entertainment industry and all the push and pull it takes to make it whether you’re in the spotlight or not.
Hacks Season 1 Trailer | Rotten Tomatoes TV

Chernobyl (2019)

Chernobyl
82%
9.4/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Drama
Stars
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
Created by
Craig Mazin
Watch on max
Chernobyl tells the story of the brave men and women who fought to extinguish the disastrous 1986 nuclear accident, as well as the irresponsible and arrogant men who made it happen. Besides having some fantastic characters backed by some incredible performances, the story told in Chernobyl is an important reminder about the pervasive power of the truth, even when every attempt is made to obfuscate it.
Chernobyl (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO

Band of Brothers (2001)

Band of Brothers
87%
9.4/10
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Drama, War & Politics
Stars
Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Eion Bailey
Watch on max
A show known in part because it managed to cast so many stars before they were stars, Band of Brothers is like an incredible — and accurate — war movie that just keeps going. Following the American 101st Airborne Division through their missions in WWII, “Easy Company” goes through hardships and loss as we follow their story, and see interviews with the actual soldiers who were a part of those missions.
‘It’s Been a Long War, It’s Been a Tough War’ Trailer | Band of Brothers | HBO Classics

Succession (2018)

Succession
tv-ma
4 Seasons
Genre
Drama
Stars
Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin
Created by
Jesse Armstrong
Watch on max
It’s hard to summarize what Succession is about without it feeling contrived or trite in nature. The greatness of this dark comedy is in the minutiae of a conversation, a zipping one-liner that cuts razor-sharp wounds in your psyche, or the pity you feel for the rich people on screen who should be infinitely happy, yet aren’t. The Roy family has generational wealth and generational trauma; the fact that the latter often outweighs the former is what makes the show so absolutely compelling. After four seasons, Succession has proven to be one of the best shows on HBO Max.

The Sopranos (1999)

The Sopranos
tv-ma
6 Seasons
Genre
Drama
Stars
James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Created by
David Chase
Watch on max
The Sopranos first aired its pilot almost a quarter of a century ago, but the show that brought the world the misery and the mishaps of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his business and family associates is still a story many people can relate to. With the mob as the backdrop to something much deeper, Tony’s juggling act of being a gangster and a father is often secondary in the story to the questions around Tony’s mental health and the way toxic masculinity absolutely ruined a generation of men.

The Last of Us (2023)

The Last of Us
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Drama
Stars
Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey
Created by
Craig Mazin, Neil Druckmann
Watch on max
Video game adaptations basically never work, which is part of the reason so many people were apprehensive about The Last of Us. In spite of all of those concerns, though, this show, which follows a young girl and an older smuggler as they travel across the country 20 years after an apocalyptic virus decimated humanity, delivered on everything fans of the show wanted. Telling the story of the first game, The Last of Us is a story about found family, survival, and the greater good, and it’s anchored by two incredible performances from Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal.
THE LAST OF US Trailer (2023)

Game of Thrones (2011)

Game of Thrones
tv-ma
8 Seasons
Genre
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama, Action & Adventure
Stars
Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Created by
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Watch on max
Fans may not have been thrilled with the way Game of Thrones ended, but it’s hard to deny that the show had an immense cultural impact. Telling a fantastical story that involves ice zombies, dragons, and tons of palace intrigue, Game of Thrones at its best knew how to balance its fascinating world with intricate, idiosyncratic characters who were often smart and always unpredictable. Featuring an ensemble cast giving some of the best performances in TV history, as well as some stunning set pieces, Game of Thrones is the kind of sprawling fantasy saga we don’t get enough of, even if it wasn’t perfect.
Game of Thrones | Official Series Trailer (HBO)

Station Eleven (2021)

Station Eleven
tv-ma
1 Season
Genre
Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery
Stars
Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, Matilda Lawler
Created by
Patrick Somerville
Watch on max
Adapted from a novel of the same name, Station Eleven tells the story of the aftermath of a global pandemic that wipes out most of humanity. It was released in the middle of an actual pandemic, and so was understandably pretty brutal viewing for some people. If you can make it through the COVID-19 parallels, though, Station Eleven is a beautiful show about what it means to survive in a world where everything has changed. Featuring a riveting performance from Mackenzie Davis and a broad ensemble cast, Station Eleven is one of the best and most underseen limited series Max has ever released.
Station Eleven Limited Series Trailer | Rotten Tomatoes TV

The Leftovers (2014)

The Leftovers
tv-ma
3 Seasons
Genre
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Drama
Stars
Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston
Created by
Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof
Watch on max
Although it was critically acclaimed throughout its three-season run, The Leftovers never got the love it deserved from awards voters or the public. The show, which imagines a world in which 2% of the population just disappeared, and the other 98% are left to cope with their loss, is a beautiful show about unimaginable grief and the impossibility of ever truly moving on. Featuring standout performances from Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, and the rest of its sprawling ensemble, The Leftovers is a beautiful, weird show about living with loss.
The Leftovers: Final Season Trailer (HBO)

True Detective (2014)

True Detective
tv-ma
4 Seasons
Genre
Drama
Stars
Jodie Foster, Kali Reis, Fiona Shaw
Created by
Issa López, Nic Pizzolatto
Watch on max
It’s been a full decade since the first season of True Detective premiered, and every other prestige crime show is still trying to imitate it. This anthology series follows a different investigation in every season, and while those seasons vary in quality, all of them are fascinating for one reason or another. Because the show is an anthology, it’s also able to draw in incredible talents who may not be willing to commit to a longer-running show. From Matthew McConaughey to Jodie Foster, True Detective has more than enough wattage to make it worth watching for their performances alone.
True Detective - Season 1: Trailer - Official HBO UK

Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV (2024)

Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV
tv-14
1 Season
Genre
Documentary, Crime
Watch on max
This documentary series became an instant phenomenon when it hit Max, telling the stories of various former child actors who had worked at Nickelodeon and been abused in a wide variety of ways. Quiet on Set may not be surprising to anyone who has been following the MeToo revelations of recent years, but that doesn’t make the stories that unfold over the course of the series any less heartbreaking. If any documentary is going to convince you that child acting should be highly regulated, it’s going to be Quiet on Set.
Quiet On Set: The Dark Side Of Kids TV | ID

Deadwood (2004)

Deadwood
tv-ma
3 Seasons
Genre
Western, Crime, Drama
Stars
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
Created by
David Milch
Watch on max
One of the most undersung masterpieces of the golden era of prestige TV, Deadwood is set in the town of Deadwood in the days of the Old West, when there were no laws except the ones a man could enforce. As cliched as that description may sound, Deadwood managed to make some of the most compelling drama in TV history out of its combination of real and imagined characters from the history of the West. Although it didn’t get a chance to end on its own terms, Deadwood‘s three-season run is every bit as great as any of HBO’s all-time great series.
Deadwood Trailer (HBO)

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
tv-ma
2 Seasons
Genre
Documentary, Crime
Stars
Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki
Watch on max
Perhaps the most remarkable true crime documentary series ever made, The Jinx tells the story of real estate magnate Robert Durst and the aura of criminality that surrounded his entire life. The startling revelations that come at the end of the series are only part of the reason it’s worth watching. What’s fascinating front to back is Durst’s strange charisma. He’s a man who may have committed terrible crimes, but he’s also strangely compelling, and that’s true not just for viewers at home, but for the many people who found themselves charmed by him.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Trailer - Official HBO UK

What shows are coming to Max in June?

June 1

  • Jessica’s Big Little World, Season 1D (Cartoon Network)
  • Trixie Motel: Drag Me Home, Season 1

June 2

  • Craig of the Creek, Season 6A (Cartoon Network)
  • Fixer Upper: The Lakehouse, Season 1 (Magnolia)
  • Mecum Presents: Automotive Archaeology, Season 1 (Motor Trend)
  • Ren Faire (HBO Original)
  • Total Drama Island, Season 1 (Cartoon Network)

June 3

  • Battle on the Beach, Season 4 (HGTV)
    Deadly Influence: The Social Media Murders, Season 1 (ID)
    Mini Beat Power Rockers: Composirockers
    Unexpected, Season 6 (TLC)

June 4

  • Deadliest Catch 20th Anniversary Special, Season 1

June 5

  • Backed by the Bros, Season 1 (HGTV)

June 7

  • Fantasmas, Season 1 (HBO Original)

June 10

  • Bellator: Fight Week Dublin, Season 1 (Bleacher Report)
  • Paranormal Caught on Camera, Season 7 (Travel)
  • Six Schizophrenic Brothers, Season 1 (Discovery)

June 11

  • Deadliest Catch, Season 20 (Discovery)
  • Motel Rescue, Season 2 (Magnolia)

June 13

  • Hannah Einbinder: Everything Must Go (Max Original)

June 16

  • American Monster, Season 12 (ID)
  • House of The Dragon, Season 2 (HBO Original)

June 17

  • Bellator: Fight Camp Confidential Dublin, Season 2 (Bleacher Report)

June 18

  • Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp, Season 1 (HGTV)
  • Here To Climb (HBO Original)
  • How It Really Happened, Season 8 (CNN)

June 19

  • Crimes Gone Viral, Season 5 (ID)

June 21

  • Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun: Bad Blood (WT)

June 22

  • Stevie Van Zandt: Disciple (HBO Original)

June 23

  • Getting Lost with Erin French, Season 1 (Magnolia)
  • Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, Season 8 (Magnolia)

June 24

  • Cris Miro (She/Her/Hers), Season 1 (WB)

June 25

  • One South: Portrait Of A Psych Unit (HBO Original)
  • High Speed Chase, Season 2 (ID)

June 27

  • Breaking New Ground (Max Original)

June 28

  • Beach Cottage Chronicles, Season 4 (Magnolia)

June 30

  • The Great Food Truck Race, Season 17 (Food Network)

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