In a groundbreaking turn of events in 2023, the entertainment landscape witnessed a monumental shift as HBO announced that its iconic shows would be making their way to Netflix across multiple countries.
This transformative collaboration, facilitated by Warner Bros. Discovery’s renewed licensing efforts, has opened up access to several renowned HBO back catalog titles on the Netflix platform. This article delves into the current lineup of HBO shows available on Netflix, their regional availability, and a sneak peek into what’s on the horizon.
Unlocking HBO’s Treasury on Netflix
Historically known for keeping its content within its own ecosystem, HBO’s decision to license its shows to Netflix marks a significant departure from its traditional approach.
With the exception of a period in the mid-2010s when select older titles were licensed to Prime Video, HBO content has remained exclusive to its platform. However, the mid-2023 announcement has paved the way for a wave of high-profile HBO shows to grace the Netflix library.
HBO Shows on Netflix
- Arrival on Netflix: July 3rd, 2023 (extended to more regions in August 2023)
- Available in: Over 14 countries including the US, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
The acclaimed romantic comedy series, created and led by Issa Rae, takes viewers on a journey through the modern challenges faced by an African-American woman. Originally aired on HBO from 2016 to 2021 over five seasons and 44 episodes, the show stars Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, and Lisa Joyce. In the US, the show quickly climbed into the top 10 charts on Netflix, showcasing its popularity.
- Premiered on Netflix: August 16th, 2023
- Available in: Over 19 countries, including Netflix US, Latin America, and select European territories
Dwayne Johnson, known for his action-packed roles, stepped into a new realm with “Ballers” in 2015. The series follows Spencer Strassmore, a former football star who transitions into mentorship and business. With five seasons and 47 episodes, the show captivates audiences with its portrayal of the sports business world. Notable cast members include Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Troy Garity, and London Brown.
Upcoming HBO Shows on Netflix
Band of Brothers:
- Arriving on Netflix: September 15th
- Initially available in: the United States (availability for other regions to be confirmed)The critically acclaimed miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg is set to grace Netflix. With six Primetime Emmy Awards, “Band of Brothers” chronicles the journey of Easy Company, a unit within the 101st Airborne Division, as they navigate pivotal missions during World War II’s European theater. A stellar ensemble cast including Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, and Michael Fassbender brings this gripping war drama to life.
- Coming to Netflix: September 15th
- Initially available in: the United States (availability for other regions to be confirmed)
From the creators of “Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific” offers an equally compelling narrative. The miniseries follows the U.S. Marine Corps as they engage the Japanese Empire in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. With a star-studded cast featuring James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, and Rami Malek, this gripping portrayal promises an immersive experience.
Six Feet Under:
- Initial release: United States (availability for other regions to be confirmed)
The classic series “Six Feet Under” makes its way to Netflix, captivating audiences with its depiction of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family running a funeral business. Premiering in 2001, the show garnered critical acclaim across its five seasons and 63 episodes. The ensemble cast, including Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, and Lauren Ambrose, contributes to its enduring popularity.
- Availability: Worldwide, excluding the United States
“True Blood,” a fantasy horror series created by Alan Ball and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, arrives in international territories. The plot unfolds as a telepathic waitress encounters a supernatural world upon meeting a Louisiana vampire. With a star-studded cast including Ana Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, and Luke Grimes, this series promises a captivating blend of fantasy and horror.
MAX Originals Making Waves:
- Available in: Five countries including Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland
Produced by Cartoon Network Studios for HBO Max, “Close Enough” has been embraced internationally on Netflix. The animated sitcom’s three-season run has garnered attention and acclaim, although it has been gradually removed from streaming platforms across the world.
- Available everywhere except the United States
“Titans,” the thrilling series following Batman’s former partner Dick Grayson as he mentors young heroes, found its home on Netflix internationally. Originally part of DC Universe, the show’s transition to a Max Original has solidified its status as a captivating series for superhero enthusiasts.
The collaboration between HBO and Netflix has ushered in a new era of entertainment accessibility, offering viewers an extensive selection of HBO’s iconic shows on the global streaming giant.
From the modern complexities of “Insecure” to the wartime narratives of “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” this partnership promises to delight audiences with diverse and compelling storytelling.
As the list of HBO titles on Netflix continues to evolve, audiences can anticipate an exciting journey through acclaimed series that transcend boundaries and captivate the imagination.