Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) HBO Max in October 2020

L to R: The West Wing (HBO Max), The Undoing (HBO Max), and CATS! (Universal Pictures)

L to R: The West Wing (HBO Max), The Undoing (HBO Max), and CATS! (Universal Pictures)
Graphic: The A.V. Club

Yes, Spooky Season is very much upon us and the streaming sites are stocking up on all the October-appropriate frights. HBO Max is no different and will be onboarding a few well-known scares, such as The Haunting and a couple of Dracula hits. The streamer is also shining the spotlight on some not-so-scary monsters like Sesame Street resident Grover, who is getting his very own original special, the Monsters at the end of this Story. See? Plenty of creatures to stream, for better or worse.

October is also the last month before a tumultuous election, so some platforms are taking the month to add content that screams “VOTE! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE VOTE.” The West Wing cast is coming together for a long-awaited reunion special titled A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote. It’ll be joined by a number of documentaries like John Lewis: Good Trouble, Equal, and The Soul Of America, all meant to emphasis the immense amount of work ahead.

But if you’d rather not think of your Halloween in the house or our shitty political climate, HBO Max is adding some good old-fashioned escapism in the form of some original content, like The Undoing, a dramatic limited series starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, or docuseries The World Of Calm, which stars… well, everyone, from Mahershala Ali to Lucy Liu. Let’s not forget that HBO Max is also a place to catch up on HBO series like Lovecraft Country, which will air its season finale next month.

If none of that strikes your fancy, consider this: Cats is coming. We know you were originally hesitant to spend your cash just to see it in a theater (although, had we known that going to the theater could equate to a death wish only months later, we might have encouraged you to get out of the house while you could), but now it’s on the service that you’re already paying for. Why not just satisfy that morbid curiosity of yours once and for all?

You can also use the month to say your goodbyes to exiting properties Ocean’s Eleven, the Lord Of The Rings sequels, and The First Wives Club. Either way, get cozy and check out your options below.



Exact Dates TBD

Gomorrah, Seasons 1 & 2 (Dubbed & Subtitled)

the Monster at the end of this Story, HBO Max Original Premiere

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)

October 7:

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

October 8:

Charm City Kings, HBO Max Original Film Premiere

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

October 16:

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

The Perfect Weapon, Documentary Special Premiere (HBO)

October 17:

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

October 18:

Lovecraft Country, Season Finale (HBO)

The Vow, Docuseries Finale (HBO)

October 20:

Smurfs, Season 3

October 21:

537 Votes, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

October 22:

Equal, HBO Max Original Docu Series Premiere

October 23:

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

October 24:

Emma., 2020 (HBO)

October 25:

The Undoing, Limited Series Premiere (HBO)

October 27:

Ghosts, Season 2

It: Chapter Two, 2017 (HBO)

John Lewis: Good Trouble, 2020

The Soul Of America, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

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)


October 8:

The Nice Guys, 2016 (HBO)

October 11:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crime of Grindelwald, 2018 (HBO)

October 20:

The Conjuring 2, 2016 (HBO)

October 31:

A Cinderella Story, 2004

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, 2011

A Very Brady Sequel, 1996

Amelie, 2001 (HBO)

American History X, 1998

Barefoot in the Park, 1967

Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker, 2000

Batman vs. Robin, 2015

Batman: Gotham Knight, 2008

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1, 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, 2013

Beautiful Creatures, 2013

Blade Runner: The Final Cut, 2007

Blood Diamond, 2006

Cop Out, 2010

Crazy, Stupid, Love, 2011 (HBO)

Dangerous Liaisons, 1988

DEVIL, 2010 (HBO)

Driving Miss Daisy, 1989

El Norte, 1984 (HBO)

Green Lantern (2011)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch, 1990

Home Alone, 1990 (HBO)

House Party, 1990

Kung Fu Panda 2, 2011

Kung Fu Panda, 2008

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002

Ocean’s Eleven, 2001

Paul (Extended Version), 2011 (HBO)

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, 1987

Raising Arizona, 1987 (HBO)

Serendipity, 2001

Soldier, 1998

Spies Like Us, 1985

Star Trek, 2009

Swing Time, 1936

The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1996

The First Wives Club, 1996

The Others, 2001 (HBO)

The Outsiders, 1983

The Replacements, 2000

This Means War (Extended Version), 2012 (HBO)

Three Kings, 1999

Top Hat, 1935

V for Vendetta, 2006

Woodstock (Director’s Cut), 1994

Yesterday, 2019 (HBO)

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