The best horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero TV on HBO Max

The best horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero TV on HBO Max
Clockwise from upper left: Game Of Thrones (Photo: HBO), Doctor Who (Photo: BBC America), The Powerpuff Girls (Screenshot), Lovecraft Country (Photo: Eli Joshua Ade/HBO), Babylon 5 (Screenshot), Batman: The Animated Series (Screenshot)

Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club. That’s why we’re scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own archives to bring you these guides to the best viewing options, broken down by streamer, medium, and genre. Want to know why we’re so keen on a particular show? Follow the links in each slide to coverage from The A.V. Club’s past. And be sure to check back often, because we’ll be adding more recommendations as shows come and go.

The WarnerMedia streaming multiverse is no more, at least as far as DC Universe is concerned: With that service’s relaunch as the comics-focused DC Universe Infinite, its library of TV and films has migrated to HBO Max, adding Batman: The Animated Series, Harley Quinn, and other superhero series to a selection of genre programming that already included modern-day Doctor Who and Game Of Thrones. But fans of science fiction and fantasy shouldn’t overlook what Cartoon Network brings to this particular table, either, thanks to classics like The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory and newer favorites like Adventure Time and Steven Universe.

In the mood for something more dramatic? Or comedic? We’ve got you covered there, too: Check out or guides to the best TV dramas and best TV comedies on HBO Max.

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Adventure Time
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The past decade has been a golden age for children’s animated television, and Adventure Time led the charge. Starting life as a cute but seemingly inessential fantasy about a candy kingdom, a bubblegum princess, a boy named Finn and his malleable talking-dog best friend, Jake, the series quickly expanded its scope without ever losing its sense of wonder and playfulness. Exploring the pains of adolescence, building a mythology without ever seeming to strain for it, experimenting with different formats, finding depth and tragedy in a villain as goofy as the Ice King—nothing was out of bounds. At once complex and instantly accessible, Adventure Time remains a high-water mark for storytelling ambition. []

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