HBO Max launch: A closer look at the catalogue from day one

Clémence Michallon
HBO Max signage at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California on 29 October 2019: Presley Ann/Getty Images for WarnerMedia

HBO Max is officially launching today.

WarnerMedia’s platform was announced in October last year, and – after making a few accommodations due to the coronavirus pandemic – it has now gone live with a mix of originals and fan favourites.

Because its parent company is WarnerMedia, HBO Max can dig into Warner Bros’s back catalogue, as well as pull from other libraries such as DC and CNN.

HBO Max is going live with six originals immediately available to stream. Then, the platform plans on releasing new originals every month throughout the year. A release schedule has been published through 6 August so far.

Here is a closer look at HBO Max’s catalogue from day one and beyond:


Available from 27 May:

Love Life, a scripted comedy starring Anna Kendrick

Legendary, a ballroom dance competition series

On the Record, a documentary about allegations of sexual misconduct made against Russell Simmons

Craftopia, a children’s crafting competition show

Looney Tunes Cartoons, a new animated series

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo, a family-friendly talk show

Available from 18 June:

Karma, a children’s adventure competition series

Available from 25 June:

Original second season of Doom Patrol, the DC Comics series focusing on the titular team of superheroes

Original second season of Esme & Roy, an animated children’s series

Original third season of Search Party, a neo-noir black comedy series

Adventure Time: Distant Lands – BMO, the first of four planned specials reviving the Adventure Time franchise

Available from 9 July:

Expecting Amy, a four-part documentary series about Amy Schumer's experiences creating a stand-up special during a difficult pregnancy

Close Enough, an animated sitcom about a millennial couple and their live-in friends

Available from 16 July:

House of Ho, a multigenerational family docusoap

Available from 23 July:

Tig n’ Seek, an animated children's series by Cartoon Network Studios

Available from 30 July:

Frayed, a scripted comedy

The Dog House, an unscripted animal rescue series

Available from 6 August:

An American Pickle, a comedy film starring Seth Rogen

Planned originals without a scheduled release date include a planned Gossip Girl reboot, a delayed Friends reunion, and an adaptation of the novel Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi ​Adichie, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira.


The following selected titles will be added to HBO Max's catalogue throughout its first year of existence:

TV shows:

1968 (CNN)

9/11: Fifteen Years Later (CNN)

Adam Ruins Everything

Adventure Time

The Alienist

American Dynasties: The Kennedys (CNN)

American Style (CNN)

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (CNN)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

At Home with Amy Sedaris

The Bachelor

The Bachelorette


The Big Bang Theory

The Boondocks

The Bush Years: Family. Duty. Power. (CNN)

The Carbonaro Effect

Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta (CNN)

Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World (CNN)

The Closer

CNN Decade Series (The 2000s, The Nineties, etc.)

Conan Travel Specials

Crimes of the Century (CNN)

Dexter’s Laboratory

Doctor Who

The Doghouse

Doom Patrol

Ellen’s Game of Games

The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House (CNN)

Falling Skies

Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery (CNN)

The Flintstones

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Gossip Girl

The History of Comedy (CNN)

The Honourable Woman Impractical Jokers

The Jetsons

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (CNN)

Little Big Shots

Looney Tunes

Mad TV

Miracle Workers

The OC

The Office (British version)

Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (CNN)

The Powerpuff Girls

Pretty Little Liars

Pride and Prejudice



Race for the White House (CNN)

The Redemption Project (CNN)

Rick & Morty

Rizzoli & Isles

Robot Chicken

Samurai Jack

Sesame Street

The Smurfs

South Park

Stath Lets Flats

Steven Universe

This Is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN)

Top Gear (BBC)

Tricky Dick (CNN)


United Shades of America with Kamau Bell (CNN)

We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World (CNN)

The West Wing

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Windsors (CNN)

The Wonder List with Bill Weir (CNN)


13 Going on 30

2001: A Space Odyssey

Austin Powers

The Bodyguard


Chariots of Fire

Citizen Kane

The Color Purple

The Conjuring

Dangerous Liaisons

The Departed

The Dark Knight

DC Films – All live action movies from the past decade

The Departed


Gremlins 2: The New Batch


Happy Feet

The Hobbit Trilogy

The Iron Giant

Kill Bill Volumes One and Two

The Last Samurai

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Magic Mike

March of the Penguins

The Matrix Trilogy

Million Dollar Baby

Miss Congeniality

Mona Lisa Smile

Ocean’s Eleven

The Right Stuff

Risky Business


The Shawshank Redemption

The Shining

Space Jam

Spirited Away and the entire Ghibli film collection


Wonder Woman

When Harry Met Sally

The Wizard of Oz