Every State’s Favorite HBO Max Show
HBO Max launched on May 27, and it includes shows like Friends, Rick and Morty, Game of Thrones, and Westworld—but which one is your state’s favorite?
We used Google Trends to compare which HBO Max shows people in each state searched for in anticipation of the launch. And, we have to say, South Dakota surprised us.
Friends is on HBO Max for you, if you’re there for them too
Across more than half the country (30 states), folks wanted to find their friends sipping coffee at Central Perk again. Sure, it was just a break, but Americans couldn’t help searching for the sitcom after Netflix lost Friends from its catalog on January 1, 2020.
That’s good news for HBO Max, which paid $425 million over five years to get the 236-episode series on its service. Although Netflix may be missing Friends, dedicated viewers can sign up for the new HBO Max service to catch up on their coordinated clapping.
Westworld wins the West (go figure)
It’s a great time to take the reigns with HBO Max if you haven’t tuned into the wildest show (kind of) set in the West. Westworld’s season three return was met with enough enthusiasm to rope in another round next year—yeehaw!
The dystopian sci-fi fantasy show was the most popular search for 12 states total, including a lotta land in the West.
Rick and Morty reigns across eight states
Wubba lubba dub dub! For fans of the show, love is more than a chemical reaction. Eight different states searched for Rick and Morty, which wrapped up its fourth season right after HBO Max launched.
With infinite possibilities across infinite universes and infinite timelines, audiences are never quite sure what to expect from the sci-fi comedy cartoon. But there’s one thing they can always count on: an absurdly good time that blends serious science and philosophy with gutter language and violence. Oh, jeez.
Sex and the City in Sioux Falls
South Dakota’s looking forward to seeing Carrie Bradshaw and crew’s Big Apple antics in Sex and the City. The romcom’s liberating focus on single women and sexuality might be just what the fifth-least populous state needs during a pandemic.
We say go for it: grab a drive-thru cosmopolitan, binge a few seasons, and do some online shoe shopping while you wait for Mr. Big.
Game over for Thrones fans
Game of Thrones surprisingly didn’t make the winner’s cut in any state. Could the disappointing ending of one of the biggest shows of all time lead to a lack of replay value for even die-hard fans? Maybe it will make a surprise return to the spotlight, but it looks like Game of Thrones’s watch has ended for now.
What are you looking forward to watching on HBO Max?
Do you plan on signing up for the new streaming service? If so, let us know in the comments below what you want to watch on HBO Max.
Author - Trevor Wheelwright
Trevor's written professionally for five years for editorial publications and retail/e-commerce sites. He lives in Salt Lake City and enjoys photography and making music in his spare time, or you can catch him on your local dance floor bustin' a move.
Editor - Cara Haynes
Cara Haynes has been editing and writing in the digital space for seven years, and she's edited all things internet for HighSpeedInternet.com for five years. She graduated with a BA in English and a minor in editing from Brigham Young University. When she's not editing, she makes tech accessible through her freelance writing for brands like Pluralsight. She believes no one should feel lost in internet land and that a good internet connection significantly extends your life span.