On HBO Max, the season for television finales has arrived. The final two episodes of Hacks’ second season were just released, The Staircase will conclude its run the following week, and the season three finale of Barry will show the next week after that.
Later on, in June, there will be the premiere of the limited series Irma Vep on June 6 and the premiere of the second season of the animated series Tuca & Bertie on June 24. In addition, the fourth season premiere of Westworld will also take place on June 24. All three of these shows got it onto our ranking of the top ones now available to watch on HBO Max. (June 26).
A note about how this list was compiled: to ensure that it remains current, we have given priority to newly released shows, shows that have recently been added to HBO Max, and original programs from HBO and HBO Max. However, we have also included the programs that we cannot stop recommending to our friends. This list is going to be updated regularly.
Debby Vance (Smart) is an aging Las Vegas comedian whose time at the top is nearing its end. Still, fate brings her and an entitled young comedian (Hannah Einbinder) together in the HBO Max original comedy series, now in its second season. We owe it to human civilization to do all in our power to keep Jean Smart safe, and the first step is to keep an eye on everything she appears in.
Watch this to chuckle at Smart’s one-liners, and iPads were thrown into a swimming pool. There’s also co-creator Paul W. Downs and actress Kaitlin Olson in the cast. Intimately—Tim [Trailer]
The Staircase fits right in with the slew of real crime miniseries that have been made into films this year. Colin Firth portrays author Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife in 2001 after saying she died after falling down the stairs.
Firth’s portrayal is one of the year’s best thus far. Toni Collette, Parker Posey, Sophie Turner, and Michael Stuhlbarg round out the impressive ensemble. Don’t dismiss this adaptation because you’ve already seen the documentary. After all, it adds a lot to the story, including a look at how it was made. Allison Picurro
We Own This City
The Wire is one of the best shows ever made (maybe). In We Own This City, David Simon, and George Pelecanos explore the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and — say it with me — police corruption as a symptom of a city’s institutional decay. We Own This City is a limited-run documentary series produced by two men. The cast includes Jon Bernthal, Josh Charles, and Jamie Hector. In this role, Bernthal plays a lovely scumbag. Liam Mathews
The Flight Attendant
Watching other people make stupid decisions is sometimes all you want to do in the world. The Flight Attendant provides. The darkly comic thriller stars Kaley Cuoco, who has never been better, as Cassie, a hot mess flight attendant who wakes up next to the dead body of her fling after a drunken night in Bangkok. When Cassie tries to clear her name, she is forced to confront memories she has suppressed for years.
A Hitchcockian adventure with an effervescent, addicting plot, and Cuoco is irresistible as her character spirals out of control. In addition, Michelle Gomez kills many people in the first season who isn’t directly involved in the action. That should be in more programs. “Kelly Connolly”
As far as some of us are concerned, Michael Mann’s return to television after almost a decade is the most intriguing aspect of Tokyo Vice. Based on the memoir of American journalist Jake Adelstein, this crime drama series is directed by Mann and takes place during Adelstein’s time covering the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department for one of Japan’s most prominent newspapers and documenting the web of corruption happening just below the surface. Ansel Elgort portrays Adelstein, while Rinko Kikuchi, Ken Watanabe, and Rachel Keller also star in the film. Allison Picurro
Nora Ephron’s final picture, Julie & Julia, isn’t horrible, but it would have been better if it had been titled just Julia. In this half-hour comedy, Sarah Lancashire, star of HBO’s Happy Valley, portrays Julia Child, the legendary celebrity chef.
On her road to becoming an American TV star and teaching Americans how to prepare French cuisine, Child is profiled in this period drama set in Boston in the 1960s, which does something unique by exposing the pervasive sexism and ageism she encountered along the way. Lancashire, starring David Hyde Pierce as Paul Child, is a beautiful film. The food was delicious! Allison Picurro
Minx is set in 1970s Los Angeles and follows her journey. Besides the fact that you’ll get to view Jake Johnson’s chest hair in high definition, Minx also has a fascinating idea. Second-wave feminist Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond) has the bold ambition of starting a women’s magazine that doesn’t make its readers feel foolish.
With Jake Johnson’s help, she launches the first women’s sexy magazine. As a quick and efficiently paced comedy, Minx is cool, groovy fun that will make you happy when you watch it. That good-natured male objectification can make anything better is also demonstrated in this series. Allison Picurro
Although this show has already been released in the United States, don’t be a moron and watch it. British actor Jamie Dornan stars as a British guy who develops amnesia following a car accident and has to figure out why people want him dead and what he was doing in Australia, beginning with “I am not Christian Grey” mystery thriller.
Additionally, it has some witty humor and great performances from Danielle Macdonald (Unbelievable), who portrays the shy cop who gets engaged in the case of Dornan. She’s fantastic, and the world needs to know about her. Tip of the Cap
Our Flags Means Death
This pirate comedy from People of Earth creator David Jenkins stars and is produced by Taika Waititi. While it isn’t quite as good as Waititi and Jenkins’ previous works, it is the best recent pirate comedy (pretty specific qualifier, I know). So, what do we call it when we’re out at sea?
Rhys Darby plays an aristocrat with a midlife crisis and decides to leave his family and become a seafaring bandit, but he fails miserably because he’s too nice. However, the show’s constant slapstick is a welcome respite during these difficult times. It has a long way to go before it reaches the level of What We Do in the Shadows.
Raised By Wolves
A series about two androids raising children on a barren planet after humans destroyed Earth in a civil war lifted the standard for bizarre science fiction in Raised By Wolves’ first season. It’s unlike anything you’ll see on television.
If that wasn’t enough, there were also fascinating questions about religion, AI, parenting, and stunning cinematography that will take you to another universe. Season 2 keeps the wackiness while adding a new dimension to the story with new characters and plot twists. Not everyone will enjoy this show,