And just like that, another new streaming service comes out of the woodwork to rival Netflix. And while it certainly has its work cut out for them, if anyone could do it, it would be this one. HBO Max launched today, after months of build up and anticipation. And while much of the promised original programming is still yet to come, we’ve got plenty else to tide us over until we gradually see more added over time.
All of your favorite HBO comedies are predictably present here, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Barry, Crashing, Silicon Valley, Eastbound and Down, Flight of the Conchords, Girls, Entourage, 2 Dope Queens, Avenue 5, High Maintenance, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show, Veep, and many more. Plus, they’ve also got Last Week Tonight and Real Time with Bill Maher.
Last year, we announced that HBO Max acquired South Park for a whopping $500-$550 million dollars. Some of the shows joining South Park is Friends, The Big Bang Theory, The Fresh Prince of Bell Air, Impractical Jokers, The Chris Gethard Show, MAD TV, Rick and Morty, Whose Line is It Anyway, basically every Alan Partridge series, and more.
There’s also a small handful of stand-up series that includes previously released (and some vintage) specials from Amanda Seales, Ramy Youssef, Lil Rel Howery, Dan Soder, Daniel Sloss, Amy Schumer, Michelle Wolf, George Lopez, Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman, Jerrod Carmichael, Bill Maher, Tig Notaro, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Spade. They’ve also got more vintage stand-up with HBO Comedy Half Hour, Russel Simmons’ Def Comedy, and One Night Stand.
As far as original programming exclusive to HBO Max, like we said, there’s not much there yet. A new Anna Kendrick series titled Love Life and, for the family, a new Looney Tunes Cartoons series and The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (which does actually feature some comedians like John Mulaney, Jimmy Fallon, and more). And what new originals are there, they’ve only released the first three episodes so far.
It seems like there’s definitely some kinks to be worked out, but there’s definitely more to come. Some upcoming stand-up specials include Tracy Morgan, Chelsea Handler, John Early, Rose Matafeo, and Ahir Shah. Team Coco is also supposed to be delivering five stand-up specials to the new streaming service at some point, but they haven’t announced whose or when. Also coming up are Seth Rogen’s film An American Pickle, a documentary from Amy Schumer about her pregnancy, and much more.
We are curious to see how this streaming service lives up to its purpose of taking Netflix head on. It’s definitely not gonna be easy, but it seems to be stepping in the right direction.