HBO Makes 500 Hours’ Worth of Programming Available for Free

There have been watch lists galore since millions of people started practicing social distancing, self-quarantining, and sheltering in place due to the spread of COVID-19. Rian Johnson and Edgar Wright shared their favorite 70s musicals and comedies, respectively, while James Gunn offered a top-10 list of films you probably haven’t seen but should. Our own Desson Thomson gave us a thorough compendium of shows and films we could be enjoying, too. AFI announced a brand new movie club, complete with fun facts, trivia, and a guest celebrity to announce each day’s selection.

Now, HBO has revealed that they’re going to make 500 hours’ worth of programming available to everyone, for free, for a limited time starting today.

This means it’s time to start making your top-five list of which series, docuseries and documentaries, and Warner Bros. films you want to prioritize. The nine series that HBO is making available to everyone: Ballers, Barry, Silicon Valley, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Succession, True Blood, Veep, and The Wire.

A little advice to anyone out there who has always meant to watch The Wire but hasn’t yet: Now is your time to watch The Wire! Do it! An informal poll taken of my colleagues revealed a desire to watch David Simon’s nearly flawless series, to revisit David Chase’s The Sopranos, and quite a few wishes that Sex and the City was on the list.

For the full list of what you can start streaming today, click here.

Featured image: The Sopranos (P621) “Made In America” 03-22-2007 Director: David Chase DP: Alik Sakharov Scene 61-63-65-67 (int) Holsten’s Diner “The gang shows up for family dinner” James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) Edie Falco (Carmela) Robert Iler (Anthony Jr.) Photo Credit: Will Hart / HBO



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