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Top 11 Best Biography TV Shows On HBO Max In 2024 [Ranked]

Aakriti MishraAakriti-Posted Jan 23, 2024


top 11 best Biography TV Shows on HBO Max in 2024 [Ranked]

 

Biographies deal with a person's life, in great detail. A biographical show turns those details into cinematic pieces for viewers to enjoy and take note of. While not all have stuck to historical accuracy and have opted for entertainment, over the years, more and more biographical television shows have come to the fore, some dealing with well-known loved personalities and others often looking into the lives of some of the most notorious people to have lived.

 

Shows like Crown, Narcos, Tiger King, Dickinson, Julia, Manhunt and more are all testament to the coming together of facts and fiction, churning out a cinematic masterpiece.

 

With that being said, given below is a list of some of the best biographical television shows to have been made over the years and that can be watched on HBO Max.

 

 

1. Feud (TV Series 2017– )

 

Feud (TV Series 2017– )

 

An exemplar of excellence in the world of television, Feud gleams with an impressive IMDb rating of 8.4.

 

Spanning 1 season and captivating audiences through 8 episodes, it earned nominations for BAFTA Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and Costume Designers Guild Awards, reaffirming its exceptional status.

 

The series is an anthology that dramatises specific periods of well-known real-life feuds and focuses on one feud per season. The first season dealt with the feud between legendary Hollywood actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

 

The two collaborated on one project together; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and despite their mutual dislike being well-known, people around them had their reasons for fueling the fire further.  

 

Available Countries: Portugal

 

 

2. The Great (TV Series 2020–2023)

 

The Great (TV Series 2020–2023)

 

Highlighting season 2 as a standout, The Great spans 4 years with 3 seasons and 30 episodes.

 

Starring Phoebe Fox, who has earned nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series), the series guided by Tony McNamara captivates audiences with an evolving narrative.

 

The Great is about Catherine the Great, an aristocratic woman who lived in rural Russia during the 18th century. Her life and situations revolving around it forced her to choose between her own happiness and the happiness and future of Russia when she was made to marry Peter III of Russia.

 

Available Countries: Poland, Denmark, Finland, and Norway

 

 

3. Gentleman Jack (TV Series 2019–2022)

 

Gentleman Jack (TV Series 2019–2022)

 

Gentleman Jack offers viewers a journey across its 2 seasons and 16 episodes. Since its premiere in 2019, it has provided consistent entertainment for those who appreciate the series' storytelling.

 

A 19th-century English landowner, diarist, and lesbian, Anne Lister., navigates her unconventional life through her family's estate, Shibden Hall, with her determination to restore it to prosperity. The relationships in her remain complex, including her romance with Ann Walker and the challenges she faces due to societal norms and prejudices of the time. 

 

A historical figure who defied gender and sexual norms, Anne's choice of living is an insight into her accomplishments and struggles while challenging societal expectations.

 

Available Countries: Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Brazil, and Finland

 

 

4. Julia (TV Series 2022– )

 

Julia (TV Series 2022– )

 

This biography-drama show, Julia, is created by Daniel Goldfarb, one of the well-known personalities in the entertainment industry. With Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, and Bebe Neuwirth in key roles, it has its merits but hasn't garnered a dedicated fanbase over 1 season.

 

The series Julia explores the extraordinary life and times of legendary television chef, Julia Child, who pioneered the cooking show genre in the 1960s through her much-loved and appreciated show The French Chef in Cambridge Massachusetts, during an evolving time in the history of America. The show has two seasons as of now.

 

Available Countries: Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Brazil, and Finland

 

 

5. The Durrells (TV Series 2016–2019)

 

The Durrells (TV Series 2016–2019)

 

The Durrells offers viewers a journey across its 4 seasons and 26 episodes. Since its premiere in 2016, it has provided consistent entertainment for those who appreciate the series' storytelling.

 

In the 1930s, the Durrell family, Louisa Durrell, a widow with four children: Larry, Leslie, Margo, and Gerry, moved from England to the Greek island of Corfu in search of a better life.

 

The Durrells' time on Corfu is filled with humorous misadventures as they adapt to their new surroundings and interact with the eccentric inhabitants of the island. The members celebrate the joys and challenges of family life and pursue independence and happiness.

 

Available Countries: Poland

 

 

6. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (TV Series 2022–2023)

 

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (TV Series 2022–2023)

 

Highlighting season 1 as a standout, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty spans 2 years with 2 seasons and 17 episodes.

 

Starring John C. Reilly, who has earned nominations for Satellite Awards (Best Actor in a Series, Drama or Genre), the series guided by Max Borenstein captivates audiences with an evolving narrative.

 

The series looks into the professional and personal lives of the famous 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, who were considered one of sports' most revered and dominant dynasties; a team that had managed to define an era both on and off the court.

 

From 1980 to 1991, the Lakers played an unmatched nine NBA championship series and managed to capture five of them.

 

Available Countries: Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Brazil, and Finland

 

 

7. Our Flag Means Death (TV Series 2022– )

 

Our Flag Means Death (TV Series 2022– )

 

In Our Flag Means Death, Stede Bonnet, portrayed by Rhys Darby, garnered nominations for Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards (Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy).

 

The action-adventure storyline, overseen by David Jenkins, spanned 1 season and 10 episodes, leaving an impression with its mixed reception.

 

The series is based on the true adventures of the 19th-century pirate Stede Bonnet. After trading in the relaxed and charmed life of a gentleman for that of a swashbuckling marauder, he becomes captain of the ship 'Revenge.'

 

As he struggles to earn the respect of his mutinous crew, his fortunes slowly begin to look up after a run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard.

 

Available Countries: Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Brazil, and Finland

 

 

8. Spartacus (TV Series 2010–2013)

 

Spartacus (TV Series 2010–2013)

 

Spartacus thrives in the realm of action-adventure, fueled by Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, and Manu Bennett who've ignited its popularity in its 3 seasons. Yet, while its fan base flourishes, critics' reviews remain subdued, illustrating a clear contrast between audience favour and critical assessment.

 

The series is based on the life of Spartacus, the gladiator who is known for leading a massive rebellion against the mighty Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans to his subsequent betrayal to becoming a gladiator and the rebellion he led, followed by its ultimate outcome; the series covers it all.

 

Available Countries: Denmark, Finland, and Norway

 

 

9. Super Pumped (TV Series 2022– )

 

Super Pumped (TV Series 2022– )

 

This biography-drama show, Super Pumped, is created by Brian Koppelman, one of the well-known personalities in the entertainment industry. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kyle Chandler, and Kerry Bishé in key roles, it has its merits but hasn't garnered a dedicated fanbase over 1 season.

 

The series follows Travis Kalanick, who undergoes multiple upheavals as he embarks on a challenging journey by attempting to take his company Uber to newer heights against all sorts of internal and external battles that consistently threaten to destroy everything he's working hard for.

 

The series is based on Mike Isaac's book, titled 'The Battle For Uber.'

 

Available Countries: Portugal

 

 

10. The First Lady (TV Series 2022–2022)

 

The First Lady (TV Series 2022–2022)

 

With Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gillian Anderson in leading roles, The First Lady has expanded over 1 year, spanning 1 season and 10 episodes. Created by Aaron Cooley, the series embraces a variety of elements.

 

The series is an anthology drama and portrays the life and family of America's three most loved and well-known First Ladies; Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. It sees these ambitious women and their journey of realising their goals of becoming influential powers and decision-makers to the President's husband.

 

Available Countries: Portugal

 

 

11. Medici (TV Series 2016–2019)

 

Medici (TV Series 2016–2019)

 

Unnoticed by many, Medici, helmed by Nicholas Meyer, offers a distinct experience. Featuring Daniel Sharman, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Synnove Karlsen, this production from 2016 may have flown under the radar, but its moderate ratings make it a find for those in search of underrated gems.

 

It's the 1470s and the Medici family's power has been consolidated over time. Cosimo de' Medici suddenly finds himself thrust at the help of his wealthy dynasty family after his father Giovanni unexpectedly dies.

 

However, Cosimo also seems to conceal a dangerous secret; his father was murdered. Now, Cosimo and his brother will have to come together to unearth the one responsible for the murder while also protecting their family.

 

Available Countries: Brazil, and Argentina

 

 

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