HBO Now January Highlights (Including ‘True Detective’ And ‘High Maintenance’)


The new year is bringing a fresh slate of original programming for HBO Now, subscribers.

The streaming platform is kicking off 2019 with a host of show premieres including the much-anticipated third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. Mahershala Ali leads the crime drama this time around, and fans of the show’s first season have plenty to look forward to with this latest installment. HBO’s also readying to drop the third season of its weed-infused comedy High Maintenance and an original drama about Britain’s Brexit scandal. Along with some blockbuster theatrical premieres and some great flicks you probably forgot about, January on HBO is shaping up to be a busy one. Here’s everything coming to (and leaving) the streaming platform this month.

True Detective: Season 3

The third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s crime anthology lands on HBO this month, and it’s already being hailed as a return-to-form for the showrunner who blew critics away with the first season of the series before a drop in quality in season two caused some of his hype to fade. Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali plays the lead, a state police detective in charge of investigating a terrible crime that plagues a town in the Ozarks for decades. This season should be filled with time jumps, a stacked supporting cast, and a murder-mystery that makes you think, which is what made this show so great to begin with.


The Brits might be scrambling right now to find a way to delay their Brexit vote, but HBO’s making the most of the drama with this Toby Haynes-directed film starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie promises to go behind the scenes of one of the most politically-charged debates that may ultimately change the landscape of modern diplomatic relations by focusing on the motivations of key members of both the Leave and Stay campaigns. Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, the man responsible for this whole mess, who built his Leave ticket from a combination of scare tactics and empty promises. Hey, at least America’s not the only messy country right now, right?

High Maintenance: Season 3

Creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair are back for the third season of a show that moodily explores the neurosis involved in surviving the cramped apartments and crowded subways that make up New York City life. The one thing this eccentric cast of characters has in common is their weed deliveryman, a person known simply as The Guy (Sinclair). Season two focused heavily on The Guy’s relationships, both those ending and those becoming more complicated, and season three looks to be expanding on his pot-dealing business which makes sense. The more sh*tty the world, the greater the need for weed.

Ocean’s 8

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and a host of other A-listers star in this reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s heist trilogy. Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the younger sister of the late Danny Ocean, who’s spent the better part of five years in prison, planning her next heist. She recruits her best friend, Lou (an impeccably dressed, completely badass Blanchett), and a crew of expert thieves to pull of a jewelry heist during one of the biggest events of the year: The Met Gala. The storyline may be lacking but the cast, particularly Bullock, Hathaway, and Blanchett, more than make up for it.

Here are all the titles coming and going on HBO NOW in January:

Season Premieres:
True Detective, Season 3 (1/13)
Crashing, Season 3 (1/20)
High Maintenance, Season 3 (1/20)
Real Time with Bill Maher, Season 17 (1/19)

Original Programming:
Brexit (1/19)
Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’ (1/26)
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (1/28)

Theatrical Premieres:
Super Troopers 2, 2018 (1/5)
Down a Dark Hall, 2018 (1/6)
Ocean’s 8, 2018 (1/12)
Tully, 2018 (1/19)
Geostorm, 2017 (1/20)
Tag, 2018 (1/26)

Lesson #7 by Alberto Ferreras, 2018 (1/1)
Sra. Genovese (AKA Mrs. Genovese), 2018 (1/1)
El Rio (AKA The River), 2018 (1/4)
Biutiful (AKA Beautiful), 2010 (1/11)
Veneno: Primera Caída, el Relámpago de Jack (AKA Jack Veneno), 2018 (1/18)
Sin Rodeos (AKA Empowered), 2018(1/25)

Starting January 1:
The American President, 1995
The Beach, 2000
Big Fish, 2003
Clash of the Titans, 2010
Cop Out, 2010
Couples Retreat, 2009
The Diary of Anne Frank, 1959
The First Grader, 2011
The Girl Next Door (Unrated Version), 2004
Half Baked, 1998
Hop, 2007
In the Valley of Elah, 2007
Jupiter Ascending, 2015
Logan, 2017
Love Potion No. 9, 1992
The Losers, 2010
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002
Never Been Kissed, 1999
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, 2010
Pirate Radio, 2009
Psycho, 1998
Psycho II, 1983
Psycho III, 1986
Ramona and Beezus, 2019
Season of the Witch, 2011
Sex and the City 2, 2010
Shark Tale, 2004
Spies Like Us, 1985
Striptease (Unrated Version), 1996
The Outsiders, 1983
The Perfect Score, 2004
Traffic, 2000
X2, 2003
Z for Zachariah, 2015

Ending January 31:
17 Again, 2009
A Cure for Wellness, 2017
American Made, 2017
Batman, 1966
The Blind Side, 2009
Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001
Dolphin Tale 2, 2014
Drag Me to Hell, 2009
Fist Fight, 2017
The Good Lie, 2014
Heaven Can Wait, 1978
How to Train Your Dragon, 2010
The Hunted, 2003
IT, 2017
It’s Complicated, 2009
Jack Frost, 1998
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, 2017
Lady Macbeth, 2017
Land of the Lost, 2009
The Lego Batman Movie, 2017
The Lizzie McGuire Movie, 2003
Marci X, 2003
The Mountain Between Us, 2017
Paparazzi, 2004
Passenger 57, 1992
Practical Magic, 1998
The Princess Bride, 1987
The Terminal, 2004
TMNT, 2007
Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003
Vanilla Sky, 2001
You’ve Got Mail, 1998