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All the original shows coming to HBO Max when it launches on May 27

From an Anna Kendrick romantic anthology series to a documentary about women of color and the #MeToo movement.

Anna Ben Yehuda

We know: there are a ton of subscription streaming services out there. From Netflix to Hulu, Amazon Prime and Disney+, television lovers are treated to a myriad of content options—and the spread isn't ending any time soon. HBO's much anticipated new streaming service, HBO Max, is gearing up to shake up the industry upon launch date, on May 27. 

In addition to landing the rights of perennial favorite Friends, the network's upcoming slate is peppered by a slew of new original shows that have got the critics talking already.

Is it worth signing up for yet another channel? It depends, but we figured that presenting you with a list of the original productions that you'll get access to if you decide to sign up for the service might help you gauge whether to even make the investment in the first place.  

From a new anthology series starring Anna Kendrick to Sesame Street's take on late-night talk shows, here are some of the new HBO Max shows we're most looking forward to binge-watching.

Love Life

Anna Kendrick is at the center of this anthology series—also starring Scoot McNairy and Lesley Manville—that deep dives into a single person's romantic relationships, from the first to the last.

On the Record

You've probably already heard about the drama surrounding this one: the documentary looks at the relationship between women of color and the #MeToo movement, focusing on the accusers of Russell Simmons. The production was originally associated with Apple and Oprah Winfrey but was eventually dropped following conflicts. After premiering at Sundance, it was picked up by HBO Max.


Famous Youtuber LaurDIY (real name: Lauren Riihimaki) hosts this crafting competition among kids ages 9 to 15. Consider yourself creative? Think again.


This unscripted series goes all in when it comes to voguing: expect eight houses of divas (you'll learn all about that) to compete against each other for a cash prize and, of course, the ultimate "legendary" title.

The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo

Pretty self-explanatory and extremely exciting, this is, quite literally, Elmo's take on late-night talk shows. Yes, celebrities will join him for a table-side chat during each episode.

In total, HBO Max has announced the premiere of 31 original series throughout 2020. The number will grow to 50 by 2021.

Below, we highlight the rest of the already-announced 2020 catalog of content:

Gossip Girl
Raised by Wolves
Adventure Time: Distant Lands
White House Farm
Looney Tunes Cartoons
The Fungies!
Tig N' Seek
Close Enough
The Boondocks
Untitled Selena Gomez show
Full Bloom
12 Dates of Christmas
Untitled The Boondocks special
Untitled Friends reunion special
Doom Patrol

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