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These Are All the Original Shows That Are Coming to HBO Max

From rom-coms to runways, here's what to prepare yourselves for HBO's upcoming streaming service.

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HBO Max's launch on May 27 is less than a month away, and those of you thinking about signing up, or those of you who will already receive a subscription depending on what subscriptions you already have (it's a little confusing), probably want to know what you're in for. The streaming service will already have a lot of HBO and Warner Bros. content, as well as exciting stuff like Friends and its reboot and much of Studio Ghibli's catalog of anime films, but it'll also have a bunch of original programming that'll steadily roll out. HBO Max is currently planning to have six original shows and films available, with more on the way. 

May 27

Love Life
Anna Kendrick stars in this anthology series that follows one person's romances through their life, from their first to their last. The series was co-produced by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) and also stars Scoot McNairy, Lesley Manville, and Zoë Chao (Strangers). 

On the Record
A "harrowing" documentary about the struggles of women of color in the #MeToo movement, focusing primarily on the accusers of hip-hop record executive Russell Simmons, has already made headlines for its failed deals with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Apple. But after its Sundance premiere this winter, HBO Max picked it up, so we'll be able to see its controversial content for ourselves. 

Legendary
An unscripted series that focuses on the competitive dance style of voguing, Legendary pits eight houses of divas against each other to complete challenges to win a cash prize, ultimately achieving "legendary" status. You may recall this show making headlines for a mistaken announcement that Jameela Jamil (who has not historically identified herself with the LGBTQ+ community) would be a judge and the MC -- after a general outcry against the choice HBO Max clarified that the MC will be ballroom legend Dashaun Wesley. Jamil will join Megan Thee Stallion, Law Roach, and Leiomy Maldonado at the judges' table. 

On May 13, HBO Max announced a second wave of programming that will hit the app through the beginning of fall: 

June 18

Doom Patrol, Season 2
The second season of DC Universe's quite good superhero team-up show, about a group of superpowered people who all got their powers through tragic circumstances, will premiere on the platform. The first season of the show followed the five heroes as they attempted to find and rescue their creator and protector the Chief, who had been kidnapped by Mr. Nobody. The second season will also be available on DC Universe on the same day. 

Search Party, Season 3
The long-awaited third season of Search Party, the first two seasons of which were first broadcast on TBS, is coming to HBO Max, where it's already been renewed for a fourth. The black comedy neo-noir follows a group of young New Yorkers who attempt to solve -- and, later, cover up -- a murder mystery. The first two seasons of the show will be available on the platform at launch on May 27. 

Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO 
The first of four hour-long breakout specials bringing our favorite Adventure Time characters back to our TV screens, Adventure Time: Distant Lands -- BMO follows Finn and Jake's beloved computer/gaming console/electrical outlet/alarm clock BMO as they find themselves on an alien planet in need of saving. 

July 9

Expecting Amy
This three-part documentary series follows comedian Amy Schumer as she created her stand-up special Growing during her difficult pregnancy. Described as "unfiltered and intimate," Expecting Amy is directed and edited by Alexander Hammer, who also edited Beyoncé's Homecoming Coachella concert doc.

Close Enough
An adult animation comedy series from J.G. Quintel, the creator of Cartoon Network's irreverent Regular Show, Close Enough follows a millennial family living with roommates, and all the strange, surreal antics the group gets up to. 

July 16

The House of Ho
This multi-generational family docusoap follows the Ho family, whose parents emigrated to Houston from Vietnam and started multiple business ventures, including a multi-million-dollar bank and a real estate development company. The reality series focuses on the connections and outrageous drama that ties the family closer together. 

July 30

Frayed
A comedy series set in 1989, Frayed follows fabulously wealthy London housewife Sammy Cooper, who is forced to return to her hometown in Australia and confront the reasons why she fled to another country years before. This is the US premiere of the series, which was broadcast last year by the Australian Broadcasting Company and Sky in the UK. 

August 6

An American Pickle
Seth Rogen stars in this comedy directed by Brandon Trost about Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling 1920s laborer with dreams of a better life in America, who falls into a vat of pickle juice and is brined for 100 years, perfectly preserved until he emerges a century later and has to figure out how to connect with his only living relative, a young computer coder also played by Seth Rogen. 

HBO Max also has more original shows they plan to premiere later this year, including murder mystery The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco, three shows produced by J.J. Abrams -- a show set in the Justice League Dark universe, Overlook, set inside the hotel from Stephen King's The Shining, and 1970s crime show Duster -- and a Friends reunion special that, due to paused productions to wait out the coronavirus pandemic, has been delayed. HBO Max is also planning projects in the DC comics and Game of Thrones universes, so maybe we'll finally get to see that long-awaited GoT prequel series

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Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.