HBO Max Review 2020

HBO Max, a brand new streaming platform, will be released in May 2020.
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Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Lots of highly anticipated content
Can get HBO NOW and HBO Max together for one price
Not a standalone service

What is HBO Max? We’re so glad you asked.

It’s a brand new streaming platform with 10,000 hours of content that will launch in May 2020 (*and the crowd goes wild*).

HBO Max will be a combination of HBO, WarnerMedia shows and movies, as well as new original content. Everyone in the family will have something to watch with its vast selection of kids, drama, action, and fantasy shows and movies.

You get all this for $15 per month! But read on to see if this is your next subscription.


  • Lots of highly anticipated content
  • Can get HBO NOW and HBO Max together for one price


  • Not a standalone service

What is HBO Max?

It’s a unique streaming service with old, new, and original content.

HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO Max are all different. You won’t get HBO Max with your standard HBO service, but you will with an HBO NOW subscription (more on that in the pricing section).

The entire HBO service is available on HBO Max. And you’ll also get lots of excellent WarnerMedia shows and movies, a selection of other acquired series and films, and new original content. Woah.

HBO Max includes the following TV shows:

  • Friends
  • Watchmen
  • Barry
  • Euphoria
  • Entourage
  • Game of Thrones
  • West World
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Sex and the City
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Rick and Morty
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Looney Tunes
  • Sesame Street
  • Doctor Who
  • South Park

HBO Max includes the following movies:

  • Aquaman
  • A Star is Born
  • Joker
  • Casablanca
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Wonder Woman
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • How Harry Met Sally
  • Detective Pikachu
  • I Know This Much is True
  • The Outsider
  • The Sopranos

HBO Max includes the following new originals:

  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands
  • Close Enough
  • Doom Patrol
  • Expecting Amy
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons
  • The Not Too Late Show with Elmo

How much does HBO Max cost?

It’s less than the price of an Uber Eats meal.

HBO Max is well worth the price if you ask us. There is so much new, original, and exclusive content that there’s no chance you and your family will get bored.

Although you can get HBO Max by itself, we recommend you subscribe to HBO NOW because HBO Max will come included in your subscription.

Keep in mind, it doesn’t count if you’re subscribed to HBO NOW through a third party, but it will count if you’re subscribed to standard HBO through AT&T TV.

So, $15 for both HBO Max and HBO NOW? Yes. Yes, please.

HBO Max package details
PlanMonthly priceDetails
HBO Max$14.99/mo.View Plan
HBO NOW$14.99/mo.View Plan

*Data effective 3/27/2020. Price and channel inclusion vary according to location.

Does HBO Max have a contract or fees?

No contract or fees at all. You can cancel whenever you’d like.

What other original content will HBO Max have?

Lots of highly anticipated TV shows and movies, both new and original

HBO Max originally received a lot of attention when the Friends reunion was announced to be released on HBO Max when it launches in May. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, production has been set back a couple of months.

But HBO Max is still on track with releasing other new and original content in 2020 and 2021.

HBO Max’s shows include the following:

  • The Outsider: A 10-episode dark mystery series based on the Stephen King book.
  • Lovecraft Country: A horror series executively produced by Jordan Peele.
  • Sesame Street: Five new 35-episode seasons as well as episodes from the past 50 years.
  • I Know This Much is True: A family drama series with Mark Ruffalo playing twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia.
  • Mecha Builders: A spin-off of Sesame Street.

HBO Max’s original shows include the following:

  • Wahl Street: An eight-episode Mark Wahlberg documentary.
  • Tokyo Vice: A series based on an American journalist’s first-hand experience of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
  • The Flight Attendant: A thriller series starring Kaley Cuoco.
  • Love Life: A 10-episode rom-com starring Anna Kendrick.
  • Gossip Girl: A reboot of the series with a new generation of New York private school teens.

More shows will be announced as it gets closer to HBO Max’s launch day.

Which devices are compatible with HBO Max?

You’re going to want to watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on your road trip, or your kids are going to need to be entertained with Looney Tunes while you’re grocery shopping.

It’s no question we need our streaming services on the go.

HBO Max will be available on most of the popular devices (although more info will be announced closer to May). Here are a few to choose from:

  • iPhone, iPad
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Mac and PC browsers
  • Select streaming media players
  • Select game consoles

We should also mention that HBO Max suggests you have at least a 3 Mbps internet connection while using the app.

Recap: Is HBO Max worth it?

HBO NOW and HBO Max content for $15 per month? Heck yes

Like we said above: subscribe to HBO NOW and get HBO Max included in your subscription. That’s $15 for two streaming services. So, do it.

For a refresher, here’s what you get with your HBO Max subscription:

  • The entire HBO service
  • WarnerMedia shows and movies
  • A selection of other acquired series and films like The Big Bang Theory, Friends, and Joker
  • New original content like Wahl Street, The Flight Attendant, and The Not So Late Show with Elmo

You might have found the next streaming service for you and your family. But if you haven’t, check out our full reviews on Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.

What do you think?

Are you going to get HBO Max? Or do you believe your current streaming service subscriptions are better? Drop us a comment below!