HBO Max 13 free shows
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There are many shows available on streaming platforms, and a great way to choose a new one is by watching the first episode. Usually, you have to sign up and pay to test one episode, but HBO Max has announced that it is offering the pilots of 13 popular shows for free.

Which Shows Are Free on HBO Max?

Some of the best offerings on HBO Max are long-running TV shows. Currently, you can get a free sample of 13 such shows without spending a penny. Here’s a rundown of the shows you’ll be able to stream for free:

  • Batwoman is part of the Arrowverse continuity, and it tells the tale of Kate Kane, the cousin of Bruce Wayne, and Ryan Wilder, as they take on the role of Batwoman in Batman’s absence.
  • Euphoria is a teen drama that follows a group of high school students through their experiences. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and fans.
  • Game of Thrones is Game of Thrones. If you like fantasy drama, you’ll love it.
  • Harley Quinn is an adult animated superhero series that started on DC Universe. It has a great sense of humor and a dark tone that’ll suit fans of the character.
  • Lovecraft Country is a show perfectly designed for fans of the horror genre. The shows see the main character uncovering the secrets troubling a town supposedly based on the location of many of H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional stories.
  • Love Life is the romantic comedy of the bunch. In the first season, the anthology series stars Anna Kendrick as Darby Carter and follows her from her first romance to her last.
  • Perry Mason is a modern period drama that focuses on the origin story of the defense attorney of the same name. It has received mostly positive reviews and has been renewed for a second season, so you’re welcome to get hooked.
  • Raised By Wolves is a series designed for science fiction fans (there’s plenty more sci-fi on HBO Max, too). It’s about two androids who raise human children on Kepler-22b after the Earth was destroyed. That’s a fascinating premise that’s definitely worth a look.
  • The Flight Attendant stars Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant who wakes up in a hotel room and discovers a man’s dead body lying next to her. It’s a comedy-drama with some dark tones that has received mostly positive reviews.
  • Titans is based on the beloved characters from the Teen Titans team. You’ve probably heard of them before, and this show is a modern take on those superheroes.
  • Veneno is a biographical television series with a limited run. It tells the tale of one of the most important LGBT icons in Spain, La Veneno. Since it only was a limited show, this is a good one to jump into if you don’t have time to get into a long series.
  • Warrior will be right up your alley if you like martial arts, crime, and drama. It’s based on a concept and treatment by Bruce Lee, which should be more than enough to pique your interest.
  • Doom Patrol (Season 2, Episode 1) is another DC show, but this time, you’ll only be able to see the first episode of Season 2, as HBO Max doesn’t have the rights to the first season. Still, it’ll help you get a good idea about whether the show is right for you.

Between those 13 shows, there’s almost certainly something on there that’ll hook you. At least, that’s what HBO is hoping for, as the goal is to attract new users to its service.

Is HBO Max Worth The Money?

If you’re still not sure whether you want to give HBO Max a shot, check out our breakdown of the service that covers everything you need to know about it. Between that and the free shows, you should be able to make an educated decision about whether it’s worth your hard-earned $14.99 per month (or $9.99 if you can deal with ads).

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