The best HBO series and documentaries to stream now

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Looking for something really good to watch? Here are the top-rated shows to stream from that harbinger of quality viewing, HBO. Find them all on Showmax. 

Documentaries 

The Game of Thrones Reunion Hosted by Conan O’Brien

Celebrate 10 years of Game of Thrones with the Iron Anniversary. Stream the cast reunion hosted by the legendary Conan O’Brien, featuring fan favourites like Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Jason Momoa and more. The two-part special is streaming first on Showmax. Watch Part 1 and Part 2 now »

In the meantime, binge all eight seasons, and stream Game of Thrones: The Last Watchand Game of Thrones: Behind the Scenes which both focus on the filming of the final season. 

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst 

Billionaire Robert Durst was suspected of multiple crimes, but maintained his innocence. In exclusive interviews, Durst reveals secrets that have baffled authorities for 30 years in this Emmy-winning HBO documentary. Watch this one to the very last second, as his murder trial continues in April. 

Fake Famous

Explore the meaning of fame and influence in the digital age through an innovative social experiment. Three people with relatively small followings are turned into influencers overnight. 

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

This Oscar winning documentary examines the issue of honour killings through the story of one Pakistani woman. Hours after her marriage to a man her family deemed unsuitable, her father and uncle kidnapped and shot her, leaving her for dead in a river. Surviving the crime was just the start of her struggle. 

Tiger

HBO presents an intimate portrait of Tiger Woods, telling the real story of his road to riches and fame, which led him on to ruin and, finally, redemption.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

Academy Award winner Alex Gibney directs a documentary investigating the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes.

Allen v. Farrow

This documentary has been dominating social media chat since its recent debut. The four-part series explores the nearly 30-year-old allegations of child abuse against director Woody Allen and explores the unconventional family’s life in detail.

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Series 

The Nevers 

In the last years of Victoria’s reign, London is beset by the Touched: people – mostly women – who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities - some charming, some disturbing. 

Among them are Amalia True, a mysterious, quick-fisted widow, and Penance Adair, a brilliant young inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass, making a home for the Touched, while fighting the forces of… well, pretty much all the forces – to make room for those whom history as we know it has no place. This new fantasy series by Joss Whedon (The Avengers) has been dubbed “The Magicians meets Bridgerton”. High praise! Stream from 19 April.

Raised by Wolves

Two androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious planet when the Earth is destroyed in a great war. A new HBO sci-fi series from executive producer Ridley Scott.

The Undoing

The most watched HBO series of 2020, The Undoing stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, a seemingly perfect couple whose entire world falls apart when he is accused of murder. The twisty, turny thriller will have you guessing till the last moment. 

Lovecraft Country

A black man sets out across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. What follows is a struggle to survive and overcome both the evils of racism and some pretty terrifying monsters. 

Band of Brothers 

This 2001 miniseries isn’t new, but it set the benchmark for the telling of wartime tales. Created by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, it won the Emmy and Golden Globe. It follows the exploits of a WWII parachute battalion from jump training in the US to its participation in battles in Europe to the end of the war. Also watch the documentary about the real soldiers in We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company

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Warrior: Based on the writings of Bruce Lee, this historic drama’s second season is coming next month. 

I Know This Much is True: Mark Ruffalo won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of twin brothers in crisis. 

High Maintenance: This quirky portrait of diverse New Yorkers connected only by their common weed dealer has 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Euphoria: Zendaya scooped a Golden Globe for playing Rue, a teen drug addict, in this gritty series. 

Succession: Thoroughly nasty people fight for control of their family business in this multiple award winner. 

Entourage: Binge all eight seasons of this award winner about a rising movie star and his various hangers-on. 

I May Destroy You: Michaela Cole’s acclaimed series about a woman who seeks justice after a sexual assault. 

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