The Best TV Shows & Movies Coming To HBO Max In October 2020

The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are falling: spooky season is soon upon us. October brings the fall, and with it, a new batch of TV shows and movies coming to HBO Max.

Here are the best TV shows and movies coming to HBO Max in October 2020.

Galaxy Quest

The best Star Trek movie that isn't actually Star TrekGalaxy Quest is both a spoof of pop culture fandom and a loving homage to it. A rollicking adventure in which the cast of a 1970s-era sci-fi TV show — with standout performances by an eye-rolling late Alan Rickman and a hilariously panicked Sam Rockwell (this should've won him the Oscar) — get kidnapped by aliens who believe they piloted an actual spaceship, Galaxy Quest is fun, nerdy, and never nasty.

The Matrix

All three Matrix films left Netflix in June, but fans looking to catch up on the trilogy before The Matrix 4 comes out didn't have to wait too long for the films to return to a streaming service. There's no understating how much influential this movie is — from its Hong Kong action-cinema influences, to the cyberpunk anime phenomenon, to the stupid "red pill" memes. The Matrix lives up to that legacy (red pill aside) and more.


"What's in the box?!" David Fincher's 1995 American neo-noir film has a famously dark ending and a grim signature style that would cement the director as one of today's great working auteurs. What is in the box? Watch the movie and find out.


Jordan Peele's bone-chilling follow-up film to his breakout debut Get Out is audacious and a little unwieldy, but there's no denying the cultural impact that Us had whenit came out in 2019. Lupita Nyong'o is a force to behold as Adelaide, a mother of a perfect family who gets attacked by a family of doppelgangers, including Adelaide's wide-eyed and gasping Tether. Watch this and get angry at Nyong'o's Oscar snub all over again.

When Harry Met Sally

It's sweater weather, which means it's time to pop in the king of cozy fall movies, When Harry Met Sally. Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron's rom-com never really answers its core question — can men and women really be friends? — but it sure does have a fun time figuring it out. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan have a sparkling chemistry, and New York City has never looked so beautiful in thisall-time romantic-comedy classic .

TV and Movies Coming to HBO Max in October 2020

Exact Dates to be Announced:

Chelsea Handler: Evolution, HBO Max Original Special Premiere

  • In returning to stand-up, Handler will share her hilarious experiences about her family, friendships, and her first foray into therapy—where she was able to unearth why everyone on this planet annoyed her so much.
  • Gomorrah, Seasons 1 & 2 (Dubbed & Subtitled)

  • Gomorrah, which The New York Times recently rated #5 of the top 30 international shows of the decade, is centered in and around Naples, Italy, and chronicles the brutal world of the Camorra crime syndicate.
  • the Monster at the end of this Story, HBO Max Original Premiere

  • Starring lovable, furry Grover from Sesame Street, the Monster at the end of this Story is a new animated special based on the acclaimed children's picture book.
  • October 1:

    A World of Calm, Documentary Series Premiere

  • The ten-episode series is a totally new type of television experience that combines mesmeric imagery with narration by A-list stars. Chopra-Jonas and Winslet join previously announced narrators Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy, and Keanu Reeves. The soothing imagery and tranquil narration will provide audiences of all ages a respite from the stress and chaos of everyday life right now.
  • Akeelah And The Bee, 2006 (HBO)

    All-Star Superman, 2011

    American Dynasties: The Kennedys, 2018

    American Reunion, 2012 (HBO)

    Analyze That, 2002

    Analyze This, 1999

    The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, 2014 (HBO)

    Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, 1997

    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 1999

    Ball of Fire, 1941

    Beavis And Butt-Head Do America, 1996 (HBO)

    Beef (HBO)

    Beginners, 2011 (HBO)

    Best in Show, 2000

    BLOW, 2001

    Bombshell, 1933

    Boogie Nights, 1997

    Boomerang, 1992

    The Bush Years: Family. Duty. Power., 2019

    The Butterfly Effect, 2004

    Cats & Dogs, 2001

    Catwoman, 2004

    Cellular, 2004

    Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke, 1978

    The Chronicles Of Riddick, 2004 (Director's Cut) (HBO)

    City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold, 1994

    Clean and Sober, 1988

    The Client, 1994

    Collateral Beauty, 2016 (HBO)

    The Color Purple, 1985

    Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, 2003 (HBO)

    Constantine, 2005

    Cradle 2 the Grave, 2003

    Critters 2, 1988

    Critters 4, 1992

    The Curse of Frankenstein, 1957

    Day Of The Dead, 1985 (HBO)

    Death Sentence, 2007 (Extended Version) (HBO)

    Deerskin, 2020 (HBO)

    Dirty Dancing, 1987 (HBO)

    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, 2004 (HBO)

    Deliverance, 1972

    Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, 1969

    Dreamcatcher, 2003

    Edge of Darkness, 2010

    Empire of the Sun, 1987

    The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House, 2017

    Endings, Beginnings, 2020 (HBO)

    Enter The Dragon, 1973

    Eraser, 1996

    Firewall, 2006

    Frantic, 1988

    Frequency, 2000 (HBO)

    Friday, 1995

    The Friday After Next, 2002

    Galaxy Quest, 1999

    The Golden Compass, 2007

    Gothika, 2003

    Grudge Match, 2013 (HBO)

    Hairspray, 1988

    Hairspray (Musical Remake), 2007

    Harina (Aka Flour) (HBO)

    The Haunting, 1999

    The Hills Have Eyes, 2006 (Extended Version) (HBO)

    The Hills Have Eyes II, 2007 (Extended Version) (HBO)

    Horror of Dracula, 1958

    The Hunting Ground, 2015

    I Am Sam, 2002

    Infamous, 2006

    The Informer, 1935

    The Invisible War, 2012

    Jonah Hex, 2010

    The Last Kiss, 2006 (HBO)

    The Last Mimzy, 2007

    Laws of Attraction, 2004

    Lethal Weapon, 1987

    Lethal Weapon 2, 1989

    Lethal Weapon 3, 1992

    Lethal Weapon 4, 1998

    Libeled Lady, 1936

    Life as We Know It, 2010

    Little Baby Bum, 2011

    Little Big League, 1994

    Madea's Big Happy Family, 2011

    Malcolm X, 1992

    Man of Steel, 2013

    Marie: A True Story, 1985

    The Matrix Reloaded, 2003

    The Matrix Revolutions, 2003

    The Matrix, 1999

    Million Dollar Baby, 2004

    Miracle of Morgan's Creek, 1944

    Mister Roberts, 1955

    Monsters Vs. Aliens, 2009

    The Mummy, 1959

    Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935

    Next Friday, 2000

    Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always, 2020 (HBO)

    Nothing Sacred, 1937

    Open Water, 2004 (HBO)

    Open Water 2: Adrift, 2007 (HBO)

    Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, 2013

    The Pelican Brief, 1993

    A Perfect Murder, 1998

    The Perfect Storm, 2000

    The Phantom of the Opera, 2004

    Presumed Innocent, 1990

    Race for the White House, Season 1

    Raised By Wolves, Season 1 Finale

    Revolutionary Road, 2008 (HBO)

    Roger & Me, 1989

    Sands of Iwo Jima, 1950

    Scanners, 1981 (HBO)

    Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, 2012

    Se7en, 1995

    Semi-Pro, 2008

    Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, 1985

    Shame, 2011 (HBO)

    Sherlock Holmes, 2009

    Sleight, 2017 (HBO)

    Son of Batman, 2014

    South Park: The Pandemic Special

    Steel, 1997

    Superman vs. the Elite, 2012

    Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, 2010

    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, 2009

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, 1991

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, 1993

    They Were Expendable, 1945

    A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 1996

    The Thin Man, 1934

    The Thing, 2011 (HBO)

    A Time to Kill, 1996

    Tin Cup, 1996

    TMNT, 2007

    Training Day, 2001

    Tricky Dick, 2019

    Turistas, 2006 (Extended Version) (HBO)

    U.S. Marshals, 1998

    Us, 2019 (HBO)

    Vampire in Brooklyn, 1995

    A Very Brady Sequel, 1996

    We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, 2016

    What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?, 2018

    When Harry Met Sally, 1989

    Where the Wild Things Are, 2009

    The Whole Ten Yards, 2004 (HBO)

    The Wings of Eagles, 1957

    You've Got Mail, 1998

    October 2:

    Lina From Lima (HBO)

    October 3:

    The ABCs of Back to School: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families, 2020

    Downhill, 2020 (HBO)

    October 6:

    Siempre, Luis, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

  • First-time filmmaker John James' film is an inspiring portrait of Luis A. Miranda Jr., a Puerto Rican migrant who helped shape New York politics for over three decades.
  • October 7:

    Wild Card: The Downfall Of A Radio Loudmouth (HBO)

  • Through a series of candid and intimate first-person interviews with Carton, the film reveals how the radio host's secret insatiable gambling addiction, financed by an illicit ticket-broking business, brought his career to a sudden halt when he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud on September 6, 2017.
  • October 8:

    Charm City Kings, HBO Max Original Film Premiere

  • Charm City Kings won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at this year's Sundance Film Festival for its cast that includes Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Donielle Hansley, Kezii Curtis, Chino, Lakeyria "Wheelie Queen" Doughty and Teyonah Parris. In the film, Mouse (Di'Allo Winston) desperately wants to join The Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. When Midnight's leader, Blax (Meek Mill), takes 14-year-old Mouse under his wing, Mouse soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence.
  • The Fungies, Season 1B

    The God of High School (Dubbed)

    October 9:

    Entre Nos Presents: Shayla Rivera: It'S Not Rocket Science (HBO)

    Room 104, Series Finale (HBO)

    October 10:

    Cats, 2019 (HBO)

    October 12:

    Ghosts, Season 2

    October 15:

    Detention Adventure, Season 2

    A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, HBO Max Original Premiere

  • West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will feature a special theatrical stage presentation of the "Hartsfield's Landing" episode from the show's third season.
  • October 16:

    La Odisea De Los Giles (Aka Heroic Losers) (HBO)

    The Perfect Weapon, Documentary Special Premiere (HBO)

  • Based on a best-selling book by New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger, The Perfect Weapon explores the rise of cyber conflict as the primary way nations now compete with and sabotage one another.
  • October 17:

    David Byrne's American Utopia, Special Event Premiere (HBO)

  • Directed by Academy Award and Emmy®-winner Spike Lee, presents a one-of-a-kind, dynamic film that gives audiences access to Byrne's electrifying critically acclaimed Broadway show that played to sold-out, record-breaking audiences.
  • October 18:

    Lovecraft Country, Season Finale (HBO)

    The Vow, Docuseries Finale (HBO)

    October 20:

    Smurfs, Season 3

    October 21:

    537 Votes, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

  • 537 VOTES details how the international custody battle over six-year old Elian Gonzalez triggered a political earthquake in Miami-Dade County in 2000, swaying the outcome of the presidential election. After election day, with the margin of victory hinged on Florida, George W. Bush won the presidency by a mere 537 votes.
  • October 22:

    Equal, HBO Max Original Docu Series Premiere

  • HBO Max pays tribute to the epic origin stories of the LGBTQ+ movement with EQUAL, a masterful four-part docu-series that captures the gripping and true backstories of the leaders and unsung heroes, pre-Stonewall, who changed the course of American history through their tireless activism.
  • October 23:

    How To With John Wilson, Season 1 Premiere (HBO Original)

  • In a uniquely hilarious odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation, Wilson covertly and obsessively films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on relatable topics.
  • October 24:

    Emma., 2020 (HBO)

    October 25:

    The Undoing, Limited Series Premiere (HBO)

  • The limited series follows Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant), who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight, a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.
  • October 27:

    Ghosts, Season 2

    It: Chapter Two, 2017 (HBO)

    John Lewis: Good Trouble, 2020

  • Using a mix of contemporary interviews, cinéma verité and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by Dawn Porter and executive produced by CNN Films, chronicles the late Rep. John Lewis' more than 60 years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, health care reform, human rights, and his work on securing voting rights for all Americans.
  • The Soul Of America, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

  • A documentary film based on Jon Meacham's 2018 bestseller, illuminates our present-day, fraught political reality by exploring historical challenges of the past such as the women's suffrage movement, the incarceration of Japanese Americans, McCarthyism, and the struggle to pass Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s. All were instances in which "our better angels" battled against the forces of hatred and division that are recurring themes in American life. Directed by Katie Davison, produced by George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, executive produced by Peter Kunhardt.
  • October 28:

    Burning Ojai: Our Fire Story (HBO)

    October 29:

    Vida Perfecta, Season 1

    October 30:

    Mano De Obra (Aka Workforce) (HBO)

    October 31:

    Black Christmas, 2019 (HBO)