Playing Catchup
With HBO Max Shows
Text by Robyn Collins and Ron Jensen

Thanks to HBO Max, the best HBO shows are more accessible than ever. We’re talking Big Little Lies, which costars the one and only Meryl Streep in its second season and Euphoria, which earned Zendaya an Emmy Award. There’s Years & Years, a political thriller that will hook you or, if historical fiction is more your thing, you must watch Helen Mirren in Catherine the Great. Below, check out our faves available to watch now.

Game of Thrones
This show ended not that long ago, but I’m sure there are die-hard fans who have already started rewatching season eight. It’s only a matter of time before theories pop up that refute every detail from the finale. Feel free to join in on the madness.

Gentleman Jack
Gentleman Jack centers on a lesbian landowner in nineteenth-century England woman who tries to get ahead during the industrial revolution period by marrying another woman. Played by Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones, the character is based on the real-life Anne Lister who kept meticulous diaries about her life. Onscreen, Lister is intoxicating and sexy in ways that are totally unconventional for a TV lead.

Zendaya spearheads this provocative drama series, which centers on a group of high school students navigating love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media.

Years & Years
Emma Thompson plays a celebrity political candidate with radical views in this six-part dystopian thriller that originally aired on BBC One. Hmmm…sound familiar? It’s definitely worth watching.

Catherine the Great
Is there anyone better at playing formidable historic female leaders than Helen Mirren? We think not. Catch her in this period piece about Russia’s Catherine the Great. 

His Dark Materials
If you’re missing the fantasy fix you got from Game of Thrones, HBO’s adaptation of the Phillip Pullman novels of the same name might be for you. Plus, it’s got Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Mrs. Fletcher
Kathryn Hahn’s Eve is a 40-something single mom whose son, Brendan, has just gone off to college. Now that they’re both on their own, they have lots of self-exploration to do. 

The Righteous Gemstones
The Righteous Gemstones is the latest from the hilarious Danny McBride. John Goodman plays the head of a not-so-squeaky-clean Gemstone televangelist family that runs a massive church and business.

The Undoing
By the end of its run, this Nicole Kidman prestige drama had everyone talking. What wasn’t to love? It’s the perfect soapy binge-watch. 

The Flight Attendant
Kaley Cuoco stars in this nail-biting comedy-drama about a flight attendant who wakes up next to a dead man, yet has no idea what happened. Intrigued? You should be. 

This gripping miniseries, which dramatizes the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, has come to an end, but those who missed it can watch on streaming. It’s absolutely worth looking into.

I May Destroy You
Here is HBO’s official description for this critically acclaimed series from the brilliant mind of Michaela Coel: “Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella a carefree, self-assured gal with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.”

Big Little Lies
Monterrey’s five favorite moms return for a second season, now connected by a dark, lethal secret. But how soon before everything comes to the surface?

Based on the popular DC comic, this new series stars Regina King and takes us to an alternative universe where superheroes are treated like outlaws.

The second season of Succession picks up just after the events of season one, dropping us once again into the lives of the mega-rich Roy family, who can best be compared to the Murdochs. You’ve got prickly patriarch Logan, his children and their hangers-on all jockeying for positions in the family business. The show is darkly funny and a brilliant glimpse into the dysfunctional world of the one-percent.

A Black Lady Sketch Show
Created by Robin Thede and produced by Issa Rae, A Black Lady Sketch Show’s title tells you exactly what it is. A hilarious and culturally observant show, each episode features five or six sketches that will have you thinking and laughing.

Sex and the City
If for some reason you haven’t watched Sex and the City, which chronicles four single Manhattanites looking for love, you need to. Carrie Bradshaw is pop culture canon, as are the many horrible decisions she made while running around NYC in the early 2000s. 

Lovecraft Country
Based on Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams).