Summertime, and the streaming is easy — and during the second weekend in July, it’s also free! From Friday, July 6, through Monday, July 9, 2018, all Xfinity TV and Internet customers will have access to HBO’s award-winning lineup of movies, TV shows, and documentaries. This free summer preview is the perfect chance for Xfinity customers who don’t currently subscribe to check out the HBO shows and movies that audiences and critics love. You can now explore everything HBO’s expansive platform has to offer.
To make the most of this summer treat, we rounded up the very best of what’s currently available. Grab some lemonade, fire up the remote, and get ready to enjoy the must-watch HBO shows and movies of summer 2018.
HBO TV shows you can’t miss
- Game of Thrones
Whether you’re counting down the days to season 8 or just getting started on episode one, this is your chance to see what the Game of Thrones (GOT) craze is all about before the new season becomes the talk of the town. Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros on the continent of Essos, GOT chronicles the on-going struggle between the kingdom’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne, while other residents fight to break free from it. It’s a constant struggle between good and evil, and the intense (and heartbreaking) plotline will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Plus, the saga’s lush setting renders it the perfect relief from the summer heat.
Set in an undetermined amount of time in the future, Westworld is a theme park that allows visitors to experience the American Old West. Androids (called “hosts”) are used within the park to fulfill guests’ every desire, without fear of retribution. Since the hosts are unable to harm any lifeform, the guests can engage with them however they want — including murder. When two hosts are suddenly reprogrammed and able to retaliate against the guests, they lead the other hosts on an uprising against the park, resulting in a futuristic battle between robot and man.
The fact that Sharp Objects is based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name should give some indication of its dark, twisted brilliance; that it stars Amy Adams, proof of its compelling nature. Adams leads as Camille, a reporter who returns to her hometown in swampy Missouri to cover a local murder. The mystery may be unsolved, but one thing is for certain: with a cast that boasts Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina, plus some creative input from Flynn herself, this is going to be one juicy watch. Take advantage of your free preview to catch the premiere of HBO's much-anticipated drama, which debuts Sunday, July 8.
No family is perfect. But in Succession, the fictional Roy clan brings dysfunction to new heights. When the aging family patriarch, Logan (Brian Cox), decides to retire, his adult children are left to navigate the manipulative waters of corporate scandal and ruthless nepotism. Succession stars Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, and Matthew Macfadyen, for a stellar cast that's entirely Shakespearean in its scope.
Hilarious with moments of relatable raw drama, Insecure has audiences hooked. The show follows two best friends navigating the embarrassingly funny throes of adulthood and all that comes with it. It’s a familiar premise, but Insecure stays fresh and challenging, thanks to the voice of its co-creator, star, and all-around authentic presence, Issa Rae. Watch now, and you’ll be glad you caught up before season 3 drops on August 12.
Big Little Lies
Scandal, intrigue, and plenty of celebrity: Big Little Lies is the perfect visual cocktail for a summer binge session. With season 2 slated to premiere in 2019, now’s the perfect time to visit season 1 and peek into the secrets and traumas shared between three friends as they navigate life in their upper-class California town. And when one woman’s husband ends up dead, the shocking twist his death reveals leaves the whole town reeling. The star-studded cast of this hit series includes Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley.
What do you get when you combine a grim and comedic plotline with Bill Hader’s acting chops, all set against the sunny, ruthless backdrop of Los Angeles? You get Barry. This critically acclaimed show is a darkly comical study of a hitman who decides to leave his murderous ways behind and become an actor. You’ll certainly enjoy the obvious bumps this career switch causes along the way. For wit with weight, catch all eight episodes of this flawlessly executed HBO series.
Best HBO movies to watch
With newly released hits like Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, and The Mountain Between Us, along with fan-favorite classics like Sopranos and Ballers now available, you have plenty to catch up on when free preview weekend hits. And once you’re caught up, be sure to add these must-see films from HBO’s library to your list:
Audiences have come to expect a certain standard regarding Stephen King film adaptations — and this 2017 thriller dared to defy it, with hair-raising results. So much more than a remake of the classic 1990s mini-series, this latest incarnation of IT brings fresh and psychologically-driven life to the unnerving tale of adolescents battling a deadly presence in their small Maine town. This film stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, the unsettlingly believable clown who continues to spook an entire nation.
- Wonder Woman
It's almost impossible not to fall in love with Gal Gadot's Diana, the Amazonian warrior-turned-superhero who sets out to single-handedly stop World War I. Thanks in no small part to director Patty Jenkins, plus a supporting cast that boasts Robin Wright and Chris Pine, this superhero saga proves entirely worth the 75-year wait it took to leap off the pages of comic books and onto the gilded screens of Hollywood. Wonder Woman has been widely celebrated for defying the restraints of gender politics; that Gadot was pregnant while filming such a physically arduous role cements her status as feminist icon for us mere mortals.
There's a noble brilliance to Dunkirk, the Christopher Nolan film that chronicles the eponymous World War II battle. Dialogue is sparse, allowing for the ensemble cast — a combination of distinguished and breakout, with the likes of Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and newcomer Fionn Whitehead — to depict the sweeping struggle as though in real time. The film, which is divided between land, sea, and air, is also a British-American-French-Dutch co-production — providing this tale of Allied strife with a fittingly international hook.
Xfinity Stream allows you to watch all these shows whenever you want, and with HBO’s stellar lineup, you’ll fill your free preview weekend with laughs, scares, and plenty of juicy drama and suspense.
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