During the coronavirus pandemic, everyone has to do their duty by staying inside and watching a ludicrous amount of television and movies. Now HBO has provided the quarantined with an important tool in this mission.
Today HBO announced that it is making nearly 500 hours of original programming and some WarnerMedia-branded movies available for free to all for a limited time. Subscriptions to HBO via cable with HBO Go or via streaming with HBO Now usually cost $15 per month. But starting Friday, April 3, anyone with Internet access will be able to access nine original HBO series and a multitude of other free content via either platform. Just visit HBONow.com, HBOGo.com, or download either’s respective app to begin watching. HBO hasn’t revealed how long constitutes a “limited time” so get those bingeing muscles ready.
The nine HBO series for which every episode in every season will be made available are Ballers (five seasons), Barry (two seasons), Silicon Valley (six seasons), Six Feet Under (five seasons), The Sopranos (seven seasons), Succession (two seasons), True Blood (seven seasons), Veep (seven seasons), and The Wire (five seasons).
It’s hard to go wrong with any of those options but we would recommend starting with The Sopranos or The Wire if you haven’t seen them yet. Both are undoubtedly among the best TV drama series of all time and this is likely the best and most unprecedented opportunity many people will have to catch up on their lengthy runs. Though if a half-hour comedy is more to your liking (understandable given current circumstances), check out Veep or Silicon Valley. Barry and Succession are the only two current HBO shows on the list so be forewarned that you’ll likely have to get an HBO subscription to watch further seasons if you get hooked…and you will.
Also part of the free offerings are 10 HBO documentary and docuseries options. They include:
The Case Against Adnan Syed
Elvis Presley: The Searcher
I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest
Of those, McMillion$ is HBO’s latest release and had a considerable amount of buzz before Netflix’s Tiger King mauled everything in its path. The Inventor and I Love You, Now Die are also both excellent docuseries as well.
And on top of everything else, 20 Warner Bros. theatrical releases will be made available for free. The films are as follows:
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Blinded By the Light
The Bridges of Madison County
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Empire of the Sun
Happy Feet Two
Isn’t It Romantic?
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
My Dog Skip
Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Red Riding Hood
There are some recent hits among that list like Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Blinded by the Light.
All in all, many people’s time spent inside just got a whole lot easier.