One of the most enjoyable ways to observe Black History Month is to check out shows and movies made by or starring Black creatives that you may not have seen yet. This year, HBO Max is making that easier than ever by offering up some of the best shows and movies for free, no subscription required. Here's how to make the most of HBO Max's Black History Month 2021 programming to watch free episodes of some of the buzziest projects.
At the beginning of February, HBO announced it would offer specific episodes of Black-created shows along with certain movies and specials for free on its streaming platform, HBO Max. The list of free Black History Month content includes episodes of the critically beloved hit shows I May Destroy You and Insecure, both of which are getting extra attention at this time after being snubbed by the Golden Globes nominations. The first episode of each series is available to watch for free throughout the month of February. (Of course, if you get sucked in to one or more of these shows, that means you'll have to spring for an HBO Max subscription to keep watching them.) Other HBO Max series with free episodes this month include Lovecraft Country, Watchmen, We're Here, True Detective, Treme, and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
A variety of specials are also available for free on HBO Max this February, including the first three parts of Terence Nance's sketch comedy series Random Acts of Flyness, Lil Rel Howery's stand-up special Live From Crenshaw, Wyatt Cenac's travel docuseries Problem Areas, and Jerrod Carmichael's personal special Home Videos.
There are also a good amount of movies you can check out for free with HBO Max's limited-time offer. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Bessie, The Apollo, and Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland are a few of the standout films available for free this February.
To start watching one of HBO Max's free shows or movies, head over HBO's guide of its free February content and start streaming.