These Are The 10 Best Series To Watch (according to IMDb)

HBO Max has arrived in the Netherlands. Since last month we can enjoy great movies like duneseries like Game of Thrones and documentaries like Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind† That is of course fantastic, but we also understand that you can no longer see the wood for the trees.

That’s why we’re starting this week with a small triptych about HBO Max. We go through the best movies as well as series and documentaries to help you find the right content. Of course with the help of the real experts: even the viewers (via IMDb). Today we start with the best series on the streaming service.

The 10 Best Series on HBO Max

HBO Max is probably best known for Game of Throneswest world and Chernobyl† Although the streaming service has much more to offer than that, of course. IMDb is not just a handy website to find fun facts about your favorite series or to see exactly which actors and actresses you have seen. It is also the place for viewers to leave a review.

According to those viewers, these are the 10 best series that you can admire on HBO Max. Please note that we have adapted the list to the available offer in the Netherlands. So these are the best 10 series that you at this time can see in our country:

#1 Chernobyl

Chernobyl HBO Netflix
Radioactive Good (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 9.4 / 10
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 5
  • Year: 2019
  • Shortest episode: 56 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 8 minutes
  • Rating: 18+ (HBO Max)

In 1986 the worst nuclear accident in our history took place. In 2022 everyone knows the name Chernobyl still. It’s no surprise that HBO picked up the story about the gigantic disaster in 2019 and turned it into a masterly miniseries. One that does an excellent job of charting the story of the historic event and honoring the men and women who made sacrifices. Brace yourself for an impressive, intense and bizarre (true) story.

#2 Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers HBO
Brothers with a special bond (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 9.4 / 10
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 10
  • Year: 2001
  • Shortest episode: 49 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Rating: 16+ (HBO Max)

Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and HBO have produced one of the greatest war series ever. Band of Brothers is a story of ordinary American men who had to fight headlong for freedom. Fighting in World War II in which they played a major role as an elite unit of the American paratroopers. Impressive, emotional and very well put together.

#3 Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones HBO Max
Daenerys and Jon Snow. (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 9.3 / 10
  • Seasons: 8
  • Episodes: 73
  • Year: 2011 to 2019
  • Shortest episode: 47 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 17 minutes
  • Rating: 18+ (HBO Max)

Game of Thrones can of course not be missing from this list. Despite the disappointing ending, HBO has released the biggest series of the past decade. The age-old power struggle in a world where summers can last for decades and winters can last a lifetime was a hit with an incredible number of television viewers.

#4 HBO Max: The Wire

The Wire HBO Max
With that window open, that Volkswagen becomes a fan… (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 9.3 / 10
  • Seasons: 5
  • Episodes: 60
  • Year: 2002 to 2008
  • Shortest episode: 52 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 29 minutes
  • Rating: 16+ (HBO Max)

The Wire focuses on the massive criminal problems that the American city of Baltimore has faced in the past. Drugs, corruption, dilemmas: there was no place in the city that was safe. No matter how many times the city council tried to stop the criminal circuit, the game remained the same for years.

#5 The Sopranos

The bosses (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 9.2 / 10
  • Seasons: 6
  • Episodes: 86
  • Year: 1999 to 2007
  • Shortest episode: 41 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 12 minutes
  • Rating: 18+ (HBO Max)

The Sopranos follows the story of Tony Soprano, a feared New Jersey mob boss who struggles to find a balance between the criminal underworld and family life. And then the best man is also in a midlife crisis. It turned out to be the perfect recipe for a fantastically successful series.

#6 True Detective

True Detective HBO Max
Two real detectives (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 8.9/10
  • Seasons: 3
  • Episodes: 5
  • Year: 2014 to 2019
  • Shortest episode: 51 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 23 minutes
  • Rating: 16+ (HBO Max)

True Detective is a delightful anthology series that consists of three different seasons. That also means that every season we are presented with a new story with new faces. Season 1 follows Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) on a 17-year manhunt in Louisiana. The second season is set in California where Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) and Antigone “Ani” Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) go on the hunt. The third and final season focuses on Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) and Roland West (Stephen Dorff). In it they try, in three different time periods, to solve a missing person in Arkansas.

#7 succession

Succession Brian Cox
What a success huh? (Image: HBO Max)
  • IMDb rating: 8.8 / 10
  • Seasons: 3
  • Episodes: 30
  • Year: 2018 to present
  • Shortest episode: 54 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 6 minutes
  • Rating: 16+ (HBO Max)

Media mogul Logan Roy owns the largest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. However, the best man is getting older and notices that it is time to pass the baton. Together with his four children, he must not only plan the future of the giant companies, but also his family.

#8 HBO Max: Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under HBO Max
This is more than six feet (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 8.8 / 10
  • Seasons: 5
  • Episodes: 63
  • Year: 2001 – 2005
  • Shortest episode: 45 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 9 minutes
  • Rating: 18+ (HBO Max)

The life of a undertaker is not a bed of roses. Figuratively then, because the flowers are sometimes involved in practice. Just like a lot of drama, emotion and stress within the family that are also connected in business.

#9 Rome

Seem to lead to several ways (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 8.7 / 10
  • Seasons: 2
  • Episodes: 22
  • Year: 2005 – 2007
  • Shortest episode: 42 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 2 minutes
  • Rating: 18+ (HBO Max)

Rome shows a very large part of our history. A turbulent time of love, hate, masters and slaves that heralded the end of a powerful republic. But where one falls, the other rises. The HBO Max series focuses not only on that ending, but certainly on the birth of the Empire.

#10 west world

Westworld Season 3 HBO Max
Westworld can be seen on HBO Max. (Image: HBO)
  • IMDb rating: 8.6/ 10
  • Seasons: 4
  • Episodes: 36
  • Year: 2016 to present
  • Shortest episode: 54 minutes
  • Longest Episode: 1 hour and 26 minutes
  • Rating: 18+ (HBO Max)

In 1973 we first became acquainted with west world: A Michael Crichton film set in the world that bears the exact same name. In 2016, a series from HBO appeared that further told the special story. Three seasons now show west world see what happens the moment humanity gives free rein to its lusts.

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