These 6 shows are the reason you should sign up for HBO NOW

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There's no lack of TV shows out there in the world, but if you've been spending more time at home lately, you may find yourself running out of your favorites and need something new to watch ASAP. If you haven't checked out HBO NOW, you're missing out on some great TV shows— here are the TV shows you need to check out on HBO NOW.


Westworld title screen (Image credit: HBO)

Praised for its extraordinary acting and complex storyline, this sci-fi-western mash-up starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Luke Hemsworth, and Jeffery Wright, is currently in the middle of its third season.

Westworld is set around 2058, where a company known as Delos Inc. operates themed parks filled with human-like androids that exist to fulfill the guests' every desire. Violence, sex, drugs, anything you want Westworld (the Old West themed park) can provide. The company reset the human-like android every day and wipe their memory every day so the company can continue to rent out its park to high-paying guests. The series has enough intrigue and plot twists to keep any drama fan hooked!

The New Pope

The New Pope Title Screen (Image credit: HBO)

The New Pope is the continuation of HBO's 2016 series The Young Pope and stars Jude Law and John Malkovich and focuses on a political intrigue in the papal conclave.

Jude Law's character, Pope Pius XIII, is comatose and now the church needs to elect a new Pope to retain order in the church. Of course, The New Pope they do elect seems hellbent on rushing through radical changes to the church, causing unrest.

Backstabbing, deception, and murder are all on the table as the church struggles to find it's new leader that appeases everyone's desire for power.


Barry HBO Logo

Barry HBO Logo (Image credit: HBO)

Barry is a hilarious, weird dark comedy that is lead by comedian and actor Bill Hader.

Hader stars as Barry Berkman, a hitman for hire who travels to Los Angeles to kill someone, but once he gets there, he enrolls in an acting class led by Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler). There he meets the hopeful actress, Sally Reed (Sarah Goldberg), and starts to believe there may be more to life than killing people for money.

The show is surprisingly funny and dark as Barry tries to balance his criminal life with his new acting "career." Bill Hader is amazing in this show and really carry both the comedy and drama very well.


Run is the newest HBO show on the list — in fact, there's only one episode available as I write this. It's a black comedy thriller starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson, and because it's so new, not much is known about it.

HBO's description of the show is as follows:

"Ruby Richardson walks away from her ordinary life in the suburbs to revisit her past with her college boyfriend, Billy Johnson. The two made a pact 17 years earlier: If either one of them texted the word "RUN" and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything and meet in Grand Central Station and travel across America together." - HBO

If the trailer is any indication, the show is going to be full of twists and turns, and just maybe, we will find out exactly what both characters are running from.

The Outsider

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, this mini-series consists of 10 episodes and tells a riveting tale.

When the mutilated body of a young boy turns up in a town in Georgia, Detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), identifies Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman) as the killer. With multiple witnesses and security camera footage, Terry is arrested, and the case is seeming like an open and shut case. Terry insists on his innocence and later proves he was speaking at an out-of-town conference the time of the murder. The search for the murderer becomes tense, and you never really know who to believe.

The Outsider is a fantastic novel by Stephen King, and whether you've read the book or not, the series is a great adaptation.

Game of Thrones

Did you miss the Game of Thrones train? If you did, there's never been a better time to start watching than right now. You can view all eight seasons of the award-winning fantasy series on HBO NOW.

Game of Thrones is an epic tale about the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos and the royal families that inhabit them. The show has every bit of intrigue you could want, from kingdoms at war to long-lost children claiming heir to the throne to scary and mythical creatures coming to ravage the lands — this series goes everywhere.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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