What should I watch on HBO? I have a 7 day free trial

Continuing the discussion from Oh man, I miss Robin Williams:

I linked to the Robin Williams thread because I signed up for the HBO 7 day free trial to watch the documenary about Robin suggested.

I have watched some of John Oliver’s show, what else should I not miss?

While you await more replies, here’s an article from May of this year, in which HBO ‘classic shows’ are listed and discussed:

eta: Barry, the show depicted in the photo, is AWESOME.

In the 7 day period, you could probably watch McMillions, the documentary miniseries on the rigging of the McDonald’s Monopoly game from 1989 to 2001. It’s six hours in total; it might have been a better documentary at four hours, but still definitely worth a watch.

John Oliver is on youtube, I wouldn’t waste your time there. What abut Six Feet Under or Perry Mason or Sopranos?
I just watched In Bruges (again) a few hours ago.

Most of the HBO series, like The Sopranos or Game of Thrones, ran multiple seasons so unless you’re going to sit there all day watching, you’ll never get through them. Watchmen was a limited series of only nine episodes, so that’s easily doable. HBO also produced a long list of drama movies and documentaries and you might find stuff you like there.

This was a fun watch. A 6-episode series.

One thing though, the shows on HBO are longer editions, a lot is cut when the John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight episode shows up in his Youtube site.

I kinda assumed that. I’ve only watched his stuff on youtube. I’m not even aware of what his show entails outside of the 20 minute rants they show him doing (which are always really good). Similarly, I just watch the youtube portions (and between the scenes) from Trevor Noah and A Closer Look from Seth Meyer.

I’ll look into Barry, Years and Years, and anything else suggested but I’m not starting a long series because it’s only a week.
movies that I put on my watch list: Ad Astra, Long Shot, The Kid Who Would Be King, and Die Hard which I haven’t seen in a long time.

more movies! thank you!

Are we talking about HBO Max? Because they have the Studio Ghibli films. Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle. That’s what I’m using my free trial for.

no, it’s just HBO.
on Prime.

Oh. I thought the first season of Westworld was really good. So good, in fact, that I refuse to watch the later seasons. They wrapped up the first one well enough.


I am enjoying Perry Mason however the last episode of the series doesn’t air until 10 August. Potentially really annoying.

Deadwood and The Larry Sanders Show.

That’s almost 3 straight days of HBO just by themselves.

I strongly recommend The Leftovers, starring Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon. There are 28 episodes over 3 seasons. It’s about those who are left to cope with the sudden disappearance of 2% of the world’s population in one instant and is written by Tom Perotta and Damon Lindelof. It is seriously one of the best TV series ever created.

It’s not like you need to commit to a contract, so if you get into something you only have to blow a month’s fee to stay with it.

But for shorter series - I’ll second Chernobyl.

Also intense drama - True Detective, the first season is about 8 hours. Each season is standalone, completely unrelated to the others.

If you want a laugh, Flight Of The Conchords is excellent.

I’ll second The Leftovers, but 28 episodes might be too many in seven days.

Succession is delightfully twisted and there are ‘only’ 20 episodes so far.

I recommend Barry and Avenue 5.

Los Espookies was a lot of fun: Spanish-language absurdist humor about a group of buddies who stage horror special effects events for clients trying to trick someone. Episodes are half an hour, there’s only one season, and it’s like ten episodes, so you can go through the whole thing pretty fast.