Here are the five best shows exclusively available on HBO Max.
There are a lot of great reasons for fans to get excited about WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max. Between the exciting original content planned and the game-changing addition of HBO’s critically acclaimed catalog, there seems to be no shortage of things to watch on the new platform. But that isn’t all that is on the menu. Several incredibly popular existing titles were added to the mix, some of which will become exclusively available to subscribers, meaning they can’t be seen anywhere else.
Hit shows like The Office and Seinfeld have become hot commodities as the streaming wars begins to add more sigils waving across the battlefield. While the originals help secure loyalty from members, its the classics that keep people streaming in one place, leading to the likelihood they stay once their latest binge session concludes. It’s easy to get consumers to sign up for the trial, but giving them a reason to continue to pledge allegiance is where nostalgia can play a huge part.
That’s why HBO Max spared very little expense in acquiring some of the biggest free-agent TV shows out there. They have a massive following still to this day and are regarded as some of the best the small screen has to offer. This expensive roll of the dice will hopefully be the offer patrons can’t refuse when deciding whether or not they are ready to take their Home Box Office viewing experience to the max. Here are five of the best shows that only HBO Max subscribers will get to enjoy.
The NBC sitcom about six friends navigating life and dating in New York is one of the most popular shows ever to grace the small screen. Not only has Friends received several accolades and much deserved critical acclaim, but it continues to be watched by fans, both old and new, even to this day. The comedy series has become a go-to for so many that fear the fate of endlessly scrolling through a streaming library, caught in a nasty web of choice paralysis thanks to an overwhelming selection.
The award-winning show was one of the most-watched scripted affairs of its time and was a big draw for Netflix for many years. But like many free agents looking for that juicy contract, Friends took its talents to WarnerMedia’s new service after a steep bidding war resulting in the program’s exclusive streaming rights purchase of $425 million. This, along with a highly anticipated reunion special, will hopefully draw in new customers. Now just like the theme song says, Ross, Phoebe, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, and Monica will always be there — exclusively for HBO Max subscribers only.
South Park is easily one of the funniest shows on television and continues to gain a considerable following every season. The show’s unorthodox approach allows it to cover relevant subject matters in a very amusing manner, while also bluntly delivering its life lessons to its audience in a manner that hilariously suggests it was pretty ridiculous people had to be enlightened to these ideals in the first place. From its gut-busting pop culture references, side-splitting jokes, and memorable characters, there are a lot of reasons people endlessly binge the well-crafted animated endeavor.
So it makes sense the property would become a hot commodity when the streaming rights became available. For the longest time, the show created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone has been available on the Disney-owned streaming service Hulu. After an intense bidding war, HBO Max won the Comedy Central favorite for $500 million. WarnerMedia inked a multi-year licensing deal that covers all 23 seasons plus three new seasons, which will appear on HBO Max 24 hours after the episode first airs on cable.
The Big Bang Theory
It’s hard to believe that many people could have imagined how well The Big Bang Theory would resonate with home audiences and for those looking to relive all the hilarious, heartfelt moments between everyone’s favorite TV geniuses, all that’s required is a subscription to HBO Max. It doesn’t take a significantly high IQ to understand why WarnerMedia would shell out a reported $500 million for the exclusive streaming rights to one of CBS’ most popular shows on television during its impressive 12 season run. After substantial praise and several accolades, it remains to this day one of the most-watched programs on television.
With Friends, HBO Max now boasts two of the most-watched primetime shows in recent history, making it very difficult for on the fence consumers to not leap to the new service. For some fans, having The Big Bang Theory in its entirety ready at the click of a button would alone justify the $14.99 per month price tag. Out of all the great content available at launch, subscribers can look forward to seeing every exciting episode of the series starring four-time Emmy award winner Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco available to stream.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith has always been a reliable player in the entertainment industry. While films like Bright, Suicide Squad, and Bad Boys For Life may not be the most well-received credits on his resume, there is no denying that classic Smith eclipses all the rest. Nothing beats the good old days of him saving the world from aliens in Independence Day, saving Miami from drug lords in Bad Boys, and saving the world again from aliens in Men in Black. Jamming to “Getting Jiggy With It” is undoubtedly a great time in its own right, but nothing beats sitting back and reliving all the gloriously laugh out loud funny moments of the legendary program The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
More than two decades have passed since the first episode aired, and to this day, fans of all ages still love the show. The series, which ran on NBC from 1990 to 1996, is one of many projects produced by Warner Bros. that will be available in its entirety when the fledgling streaming service launches. The show that launched Smith’s career into the iconic entertainer that he has become will be on many subscriber’s must-binge lists. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s reign will live on exclusively on HBO Max.
Pretty Little Liars
Fans were devastated when the teen drama series Pretty Little Liars left the streaming giant Netflix back in July of 2019. Many had hoped it would return, but when it was revealed that the show’s production company Warner Brothers was entering the streaming wars with its very own platform in the form of HBO Max, it became evident where the long-running ABC Family and later Freeform series would land. Their prayers were answered when the news came that every episode of this thrilling affair would be available on the first day the service launched.
Pretty Little Liars aired for seven incredibly entertaining seasons and became an instant hit when it first arrived. The intriguing story followed a group of high school girls trying to solve the mystery of who the unknown figure “A” really was and why this individual continued to torture them for past indiscretions. Even though the franchise’s two spinoffs, Ravenswood and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, were both canceled after just one season, the program that started it all is still a very sought after binge session by fans of all ages. Now they can relive all the twist-filled memorable moments from the beloved series exclusively on HBO Max.
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