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Staying entertained is of paramount importance right now. Obviously, there are many things one can do while spending every day and night at home. Plant a garden, repaint the walls, draw, learn an instrument, nap, cook, eat, nap some more...but we all know that most of us are using a lot of whatever newfound free time we have to do one thing: watch TV and movies. Now, HBO has made it a lot easier to find a new favorite or revisit something you already love, as the cabler just released The Wire, The Sopranos and lots of other content for free.
Here's how this will work. Beginning this Friday, April 3, you'll be able to get access to nine of HBO's full series and 10 of the network's docuseries or documentaries without having to pay for an HBO subscription. All you have to do is download either the HBO Now or the HBO Go apps, or get yourself over to the website for either streaming platform on your computer. You'll then get to watch the full series of each show that's been made available, which means you'll have hundreds of hours worth of additional viewing options at your fingertips. Here's the list of what you can watch:
HBO Original Series
1) Succession (2 Seasons)
2) The Sopranos (7 Seasons)
3) Six Feet Under (5 Seasons)
4) Silicon Valley (6 Seasons)
5) Barry (2 Seasons)
6) Ballers (5 Seasons)
7) The Wire (5 Seasons)
8) Veep (7 Seasons)
9) True Blood (7 Seasons)
HBO Docuseries and Documentaries
1) We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest
2) United Skates
3) True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
5) Jane Fonda in Five Acts
6) The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
7) I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
8) Elvis Presley: The Searcher
9) The Case Against Adnan Syed
10) The Apollo
Let's face it, with television, especially, it can be hard to keep up with all the prestige / buzzed-about shows that arrive on a regular basis. So, it's not impossible that there are a lot of people who managed to miss out on the wonders that these series had to offer, even if the shows had been completed many years ago.
Just among the scripted shows, there are some marvels to behold. The Wire is my favorite of the dramas listed, and, honestly, I still consider it to be one of the best shows of all time. If you've never seen the series, which chronicles the lives and work of a group of Baltimore cops and the (mostly) gangsters they hunt in every episode, then you've missed out on some of the best writing ever seen on television, along with one awesome catchphrase. You've also missed out on wonderful performances from Idris Elba, Aidan Gillen, Michael Kenneth Williams, a very young Michael B. Jordan and many more.
Thanks to HBO, you can now spend your free time more wisely and binge The Wire, Veep, Succession and other new and old hits and keep that cash in your pocket. We don't know exactly how long all the content will be offered, but HBO did make it clear that this is for a limited time, so be sure to get in on this tomorrow after you finish working in your pajamas or teaching your kid about the War of 1812, or whatever else it is you've been doing all day.