How to Watch 500 Hours of Free HBO Programming, Including ‘The Wire’

The Wire (Credit: HBO)

With most of the country sheltering in place during the coronavirus crisis, HBO is making hundreds of hours of its most popular shows — and some movies — available without a paid subscription.

The series released include The Wire and The Sopranos, which are considered among the best television shows ever made. HBO shared additional details on its website and social media channels.

“For the month of April, watch some of HBO’s most beloved shows and documentaries, plus a selection of movies — entirely for free. Just head to HBO GO or HBO NOW or On Demand to watch every episode of series like The Sopranos, Veep and The Wire along with documentaries including McMillion$ and I Love You, Now Die and movies like Crazy. Stupid. Love. and Blinded by the Light, no subscription required,” the premium cable network said in a statement.

Below is the full list of TV shows and movies that are available for free.

Time commitment: 5 seasons, 47 episodes total
In sun-soaked Miami, a retired football superstar (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) tries to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players.

Time commitment: 2 seasons, 16 episodes total
Bill Hader and Henry Winkler star in the Emmy-winning comedy about a hitman-turned-actor looking for a new life.

Silicon Valley
Time commitment: 6 seasons, 53 episodes total
Introverted programmer Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and his pals stumble through the outrageous world of tech start-ups in the comedy from Mike Judge.

Six Feet Under
Time commitment: 5 seasons, 63 episodes total
Family is complicated — especially when you own (and live in) a funeral home with them. Experience the highs and lows of life and death with the Fisher family in this darkly comic drama.

The Sopranos
Time commitment: 6 seasons, 86 episodes total
Balancing family and work can be stressful, no matter what your profession — so just imagine what husband, father and mob boss Tony has to deal with.

Time commitment: 2 seasons, 20 episodes total
A New York media family wrestles for control over their father’s business in the series critics call “deliciously savage.”

True Blood
Time commitment: 7 seasons, 80 episodes total
Explore a Louisiana town where a new synthetic blood has allowed vampires to mix with humans for the first time… with varied results.

Time commitment: 7 seasons, 65 episodes total
Julia Louis-Dreyfus leads a stellar ensemble in this award-winning comedy series about a vice president with bigger ambitions.

The Wire
Time commitment: 5 seasons, 60 episodes total
Creator David Simon used his experience reporting on the homicide beat to tell illuminating stories set on the streets of Baltimore, where law enforcement and the drug trade collide.

The Apollo
Learn about the unique history and contemporary legacy behind a New York City landmark that’s hosted some of the world’s biggest musicians over its 85 years.

The Case Against Adnan Syed
Time commitment: 4 parts
Following the revelations of the podcast Serial, this docuseries presents new witness testimony and evidence that challenge the state’s case.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher
Time commitment: 2 parts
Follow the King’s ascent to superstardom through interviews with his friends, family, colleagues and fellow musicians, plus never-before-seen footage from collections worldwide.

I Love You, Now Die
Time commitment: 2 parts
Filmmaker Erin Lee Carr (Mommy Dead and Dearest) chronicles the trial against Michelle Carter, whose boyfriend died by suicide in July 2014 after receiving alarming texts from Carter.

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
Witness the rise and fall of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes.

Jane Fonda in Five Acts
Get an intimate look at the Oscar winner’s singular journey, marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation.

Time commitment: 6 parts
Go inside the con that allowed one man to rig the results of the popular McDonald’s Monopoly game for an entire decade.

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
Follow one public interest attorney’s fight to create greater fairness in the criminal justice system and see how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country in this enlightening portrait.

United Skates
As America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community joins forces in a racially charged environment to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating.

We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest
Go behind the scenes of the months leading up to Oakland, California’s annual Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival, where kids from pre-K to 12th grade perform a mix of poetry and speeches.

Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Blinded by the Light
Crazy. Stupid. Love.
Empire of the Sun
Forget Paris
Happy Feet Two
Isn’t It Romantic
Midnight Special
My Dog Skip
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Red Riding Hood
Sucker Punch
The Bridges of Madison County
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part