Have you ever wanted to watch a bunch of HBO shows and movies, but just didn’t want to bite the bullet and subscribe? Well now’s your chance because HBO is making a TON of their content available to watch FOR FREE for the first time.
To provide some entertainment relief for those doing their part to keep everyone safe and healthy in this time of social isolation, HBO is making almost 500 hours of programming available to stream for free for a limited time on HBO NOW and HBO GO –
without a subscription – starting this Friday, April 3.
Here’s what you can watch…
The Rock and football. If you like those two things, then this show is for you.
In his Emmy-winning role, Bill Hader plays a hitman who recently discovered a love for acting. It’s hilarious AF, trust me.
If you’re fascinated with tech and like to laugh, this show is A+++ (especially the first season).
Six Feet Under
The show follows a dysfunctional family running a funeral home, so if you’re into dark shit, this is it.
It’s considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time…find out why!
More dysfunctional families! But this time they’re all super rich and super assholes. Except for cousin Greg.
Lots of vampires. Lots of sex. And, most importantly, Alexander Skarsgård as goth vampire legend Eric Northman.
Louis-Dreyfus won her six consecutive Emmy Awards for her role as Vice President Selina Meyer, SO…yeah, it’s pretty damn good.
It’s considered one of the greatest shows, if not greatest, to have ever been on TV.
The Wire is about the narcotics scene in Baltimore and I’m not gonna lie to you, it is DENSE, but well worth it.
Docuseries and Documentaries:
The documentary weaves together archival footage, music, comedy and dance performances, and behind-the-scenes verité about the legendary New York City landmark.
The Case Against Adnan Syed
Were you a fan of the iconic
Serial podcast, but wanted to know MORE? Here’s your chance.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher
This doc focuses on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.
I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
This one explores the complicated relationship between teens Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy. For this who don’t know, Roy died by suicide in his car. Police eventually discovered a series of alarming text messages from Carter that seemed to encourage him to kill himself.
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
This is a documentary investigating the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes. (You’ve probably heard and seen the memes about Holmes’ voice.)
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
An intimate look at the icon…the legend…that is Jane Fonda.
A documentary miniseries about the McDonald’s Monopoly game scam that occurred between 1989 and 2001. FYI, watching this will probably make you wanna get some fries, too.
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
An intimate portrait of Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Stevenson has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
From executive producer John Legend and first-time directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown, the documentary highlights the dynamic world of roller skating, showcasing African-American rinks and skaters across the country as they fight to keep the culture alive and skate their hearts out.
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest
An uplifting documentary about young people finding their voices and the community that celebrates and supports their passion at a public speaking competition where they perform poetry and speeches inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This ’80s comedy classic stars Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach, an alcoholic billionaire who falls in love with working-class girl Linda Marolla played by the legendary Liza Minnelli. It’s cute, funny, and sad all at once.
Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli reprise their roles in this sequel to the 1981 film, but this time they’re looking to expand their family! Of COURSE!
Blinded By the Light (2019)
Set in 1980s England, a Pakistani teenager experiences racial and economic turmoil. One day, he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen and finds parallels between The Boss’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. It’s a really beautiful little film, especially for music lovers.
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Clint Eastwood plays a photographer who’s on assignment in Iowa to shoot the historic bridges of Madison County. He meets a woman named Francesca, played by Meryl Streep, and they have a brief affair. It’s sentimental and a little slow, but if you’re into proper romance movies…this is it!
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Ryan Gosling basically teaches Steve Carrell how to pick-up women and it’s pretty funny.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Little Christian Bale (he was like 13 in this!) stars in this underrated coming-of-age story set during World War II and directed by Steven Spielberg.
Forget Paris (1995)
This romcom is like
When Harry Met Sally‘s little stepsister. It stars Billy Crystal and Debra Winger and is generally just very cute and funny. Fun fact: Billy Crystal directed this, too!
Happy Feet Two (2011)
The animated sequel to the first movie about penguins who love to dance. It’s a good one for the kids, ya know?
Isn’t It Romantic? (2019)
This one stars Rebel Wilson as a woman who finds herself in a world where everything around her plays out like a clichéd PG-13 romantic comedy.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
If you loved the first Lego movie, then there’s a pretty safe bet you’ll love this one, too. And if you HAVEN’T seen the first one, just know you’re in for some good, nostalgic, laughs.
Midnight Special (2016)
A father (Adam Driver) and his son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child’s special powers. The movie’s very Spielberg-esque with a fun adventure and sci-fi elements.
My Dog Skip (2000)
A coming-of-age story about a shy boy who’s given a cute terrier for his ninth birthday. The dog, Skip, is cute as heck and serves as a companion as the boy grows up. Fair warning: be prepared to have a box of tissues on hand!
Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase (2019)
Sophia Lillis (Beverly from
It!) stars as the eponymous teen detective in this family-friendly mystery film.
This highly stylized fantasy film approaches the legend of Peter Pan from a different angle. It attempts to give an alternative origin story to Pan and Hook. Make of that what you will!
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
This was the first live-action Pokémon film and it was a big hit. So, if you like Pokémon it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll like this.
Red Riding Hood (2011)
This is a loosely based take on the famous Brothers Grimm tale and stars Amanda Seyfried as the title character, named “Valerie” in this movie. It’s directed by Catherine Hardwicke of
Twilight fame and, interestingly, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio!
In this family-friendly animated movie, Migo is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn’t know existed — a human. It’s pretty cute.
Storks deliver babies — or at least they used to. Now, they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, lands in hot water when the Baby Factory produces an adorable but wholly unauthorized girl.
Sucker Punch (2011)
This film is wild. The film stars Emily Browning as Babydoll, a young woman committed to a mental institution who copes by envisioning it as a brothel. She teams up with four dancers/prisoners to escape before her scheduled lobotomy
After a serious car accident, Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens to find his world has turned upside down. His wife doesn’t recognize him, another man is using his identity, and mysterious assassins are hunting him.
All of this programming will be available to stream without a subscription starting Friday, April 3 by downloading the HBO NOW or HBO GO apps or by visiting HBONOW.com or HBOGO.com.
The content will also be made available for free via participating distribution partners’ platforms in the coming days.