The end of May introduced the newest streaming service to enter the ring: HBO Max. The launch was essentially a rebrand of HBO Now, cutting the cord on requiring a cable subscription for users to access content.

While there’s not much in the realm of “new” content, HBO Max is loaded with fan favorites beloved by audiences around the world. So whether it’s your first time venturing into the HBO waters or you’re back for more, there’s plenty to indulge your programming appetite going into summer.

Our Picks:

Show Reviews:

With the launch of HBO Max, I’ve been reunited with Friendswhich has felt like a time too long apart. Being with the gang again in Central Perk feels like perfect comfort blanket. I’ve also embraced my inner child and have enjoyed the new Looney Tunes Cartoons on the platform. The episodes feel like perfectly-wrapped bite-sized content filled with zany characters and silly laughs. 
Mae Rodriguez, Senior Manager of Brand Integration

Love Life (starring Anna Kendrick) is an anthology series focusing on the different types of love one can encounter before finding “the one.” Each episode tells the story of Darby’s love life over the course of a year, what new relationship forms, and how her life changes because of it. I think the show does a great job of realistically showing what the entirety of a relationship looks like and why some people are in your life for a period instead of a lifetime. 
Arielle Chiarelli, Content Coordinator

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo is exactly what it sounds like: an HBO Max original talk show hosted by the love-able Sesame Street puppet. It is fun and silly, featuring great guests like The Jonas Brothers and Lil Nas X, with a “live” band and sketches that I can watch and enjoy with my toddler at home. I am also loving that I can get some of my favorite shows in one place, like Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Breanna Shepard, Director of Content & Integration

I am currently obsessed with HBO Max. I planned on logging onto the platform and enjoying some of their original programming, but was quickly distracted by their massive library of content. I came across season one of Run (starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson) and I ended up watching all seven episodes in one sitting. This dark comedy follows two ex-lovers as they fulfill a college pact and set off on an adventure together. All I can say is that executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has done it again, and I recommend grabbing your popcorn and enjoying this escapist train wreck.
Loriel Weiss, Director of Content & Integration

Impractical Jokers is a hidden camera reality show where four real-life best friends get to challenge each other in humiliating ways.  At the end of the episode, the “joker” with the most losses has to endure a punishment that the other three guys choose. The show is such a fun watch and will leave you cringing from second-hand embarrassment (the best kind).
(The show is on TruTV but the first 4 seasons are streaming on HBO Max)
Arielle Chiarelli, Content Coordinator