‘Masterpiece Mystery! — Guilt,’ Season Four of ‘Frankie Drake Mysteries’ Among PBS Titles Due on DVD in September

Masterpiece Mystery!: Guilt,” season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” and several documentaries are among the titles coming to DVD in September from PBS Distribution.

The dark comedy series “Masterpiece Mystery! — Guilt” is due in a two-DVD set Sept. 14. In the series, a drunken drive home from a wedding lands two brothers in increasingly hot water, as they commit more and more serious crimes to hide their culpability in a hit-and-run. Mark Bonnar (“Line of Duty,” “Catastrophe,” “Unforgotten”) and Jamie Sives (“Valhalla Rising,” “Mean Machine”) star as the brothers, with Ruth Bradley (“Grabbers,” “Flyboys,” “Pursuit”) as the victim’s niece, who falls for her uncle’s killer.

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Season four of “Frankie Drake Mysteries” comes out in a three-DVD set Sept. 7. The season opens with our intrepid detectives Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley) alongside their best gal pals, Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews), traipsing through the woods on a scavenger hunt that quickly turns deadly. From the wilderness to the world of high society, from an underground cabaret to a candy factory, Frankie and Trudy investigate murders, kidnappings, heists and poisonings. Using her position as a morality officer, Mary is able to snoop through police files and be privy to non-civilian discussions, while Flo lends a hand with autopsy reports, science experiments and her newly acquired medical skills. As always, amid high-stakes danger, excitement, intrigue and friendship, the women find their balance in their lives outside of work. Frankie has a European race car-driving beau; Trudy’s dreams of home-sweet-home are closer than ever; Mary falls for the wrong fellow; and Flo starts a family.

Also due on DVD in September are the documentaries Exhumed: A History of Zombies on Sept. 14; Downing of a Flag on Sept. 7; Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths and Secrets, Volume 2 on Sept. 14; and The Mysteries of Mental Illness on Sept. 28.

The self-help title Discovering Your Warrior Spirit with D.J. Vanas comes out on DVD Sept. 14.

Coming for the kids in September are Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One, due Sept. 14, and PBS Kids: 15 Girl Power Adventures!, available Sept. 7.

Ken Burns Docuseries ‘Muhammad Ali’ Streaming on PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Sept. 19

Muhammad Ali, a new four-part documentary directed by Ken Burns, will begin streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Sept. 19.

It will be available in 4K Ultra HD.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

The new series, which was in development for six years, was also written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, whose previous collaborations with Burns include The Central Park Five (2012), Jackie Robinson (2016) and East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (2020).

The film follows the life of one of the most consequential men of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated billions with his combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, as well as his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. At the height of his fame, Ali challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases and notions about what roles celebrities and athletes play in our society, and inspired people all over the world with his message of pride and self-affirmation.

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Drawing from archival footage and photographs, contemporary music, and the insights and memories of eyewitnesses — including family and friends, journalists, boxers and historians, among many others — the docuseries is a sweeping portrait of an American icon. The series details the story of the athlete who called himself — and was considered by many to be — “the greatest of all time” and competed in some of the most dramatic and widely viewed sporting events in history, including “The Fight of the Century” and “The Thrilla in Manila,” both against his great rival Joe Frazier, as well as “The Rumble in the Jungle,” in which he defeated George Foreman to regain the heavyweight title that was stripped from him seven years earlier.

Muhammad Ali captures Ali’s principled resistance to the Vietnam War, his steadfast commitment to his Muslim faith, and his complex relationships with Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. While largely celebrated today as an icon of American sport and culture, Ali was not always embraced. At times he was reviled by many in America, especially white Americans and members of the media. Ali faced a firestorm of criticism when he said, “I ain’t got nothing against them Viet Cong” — a stance that would result in five years of legal jeopardy and a three-and-a-half-year banishment from boxing.

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Ali’s story is full of contradictions. Despite his ruthlessness in the ring, he was a symbol of peace and pacifism. Though committed to a faith that expected dignified conduct, he was notoriously unfaithful to his wives. A clever showman with unparalleled genius for promotion, he occasionally allowed partners and friends to take advantage of him. Endlessly trumpeting his own greatness, he anonymously donated much of his fortune.

Muhammad Ali includes interviews with Ali’s daughters Hana Ali and Rasheda Ali, his second wife Khalilah Ali, his third wife Veronica Porche, and his brother and confidant Rahaman Ali. Others appearing in the film include activist and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, sportswriter Howard Bryant, historian Gerald Early, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, friend and business manager Gene Kilroy, boxing promoter Don King, novelist Walter Mosley, long-time friend Abdul Rahman, and New Yorker editor David Remnick, among others.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in September include American Experience: Citizen Hearst, American Experience: Jimmy Carter, Season 1, American Experience: Reagan, Season 1, American Experience: Supreme Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor, American Masters: Raul Julia: The World’s a Stage, American Masters: Twyla Moves, Discovering Your Warrior Spirit with D.J. Vanas, Frontline: America After 9/11, Frontline: Boeing’s Fatal Flaw, Generation 9/11, Independent Lens: Harvest Season, Lives Well Lived, Nova: Bat Superpowers and Nova: The Cannabis Question.

‘American Experience: Tesla’ Headlines Titles Coming to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in August

American Experience: Tesla, The Botany of Desire and Doc World: Cocaine Prison headline the titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in August.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Due Aug. 6 is American Experience: Tesla. The documentary chronicles the life and influence of Nikola Tesla, dubbed the “patron saint of geeks.” Tesla has had electric cars, rock bands, a unit of measurement, a minor planet, and a lunar crater named after him. Still eclipsed however by contemporaries such as Edison and Marconi, Tesla, the visionary scientist died impoverished and largely forgotten. During his lifetime, he gained international fame for his invention of a system of alternating current that made possible the distribution of electricity over vast distances and is the basis for the electrical grid that powers 21st century life. But the visionary Tesla imagined much more — robots, radio, radar, remote control, the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and harnessing the wind and sun to provide free energy to all. As a showman, he dazzled his scientific peers who flocked to see him demonstrate his inventions and send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing through his body. His fertile, yet undisciplined imagination was the source of his genius and also his downfall, as the image of Tesla as a “mad scientist” came to overshadow his reputation as a brilliant innovator. It is his exhilarating sense of the future that has inspired renewed interest in the man, as his once scoffed-at vision of a world connected by wireless technology has become a reality.

Doc World: Cocaine Prison, coming Aug. 15, follows the lives of three Bolivians who work at the lowest levels of the cocaine trade: two prison inmates who film their daily experiences and an inmate’s sister who must decide whether to traffic cocaine or pursue a college education. The film bridges the ever-widening gap between the North and the South and brings a new perspective to the war on drugs being waged in the Andes.

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The Botany of Desire

Based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, The Botany of Desire, brought to life through narration by Frances McDormand, is coming Aug. 27. The film focuses on four species of plants that we’ve all interacted with and details how humans have completely shaped these plants’ evolutions and destinies. The documentary takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world — seen from the plants’ point of view. The program shows how four familiar species ─ the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato ─ evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. The Botany of Desire shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. It begins in Michael Pollan’s garden, and then roams the world from the corn fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam. One of the great conceits of human civilization is to put ourselves outside nature — constantly shaping and re-shaping the wild for our own purposes. Taking the plants’ view of the world pushes viewers to understand Pollan’s call to restore human activity to its proper place in the matrix of nature.

Doc Series ‘Through Our Eyes’ Debuting on HBO Max July 22

The documentary series “Through Our Eyes,” spotlighting the perspectives of children as they experience some of the most challenging issues facing families today, will begin streaming exclusively on HBO Max July 22.

The series explores issues of homelessness, parental incarceration, military caregiving and climate displacement in four 30-minute films designed for adults and as a co-viewing experience for kids ages 9 and older. The series is produced by Sesame Workshop, with each episode directed by lauded filmmakers.

Episode 101 “Through Our Eyes: Apart” looks at the effects of incarceration. One in 14 American children will experience the incarceration of a parent, and 2.7 million children have a parent in prison right now. This introspective portrait shows the effect of incarceration on families. “Apart” shares the experiences of three resilient children navigating the complex emotional challenges of their parents’ incarceration as their families work to provide stability and support. The episode is directed by Primetime Emmy award-winners Geeta Gandbhir (I Am Evidence, Call Center Blues) and Rudy Valdez (The Sentence). It had its world premiere at the 2021 Provincetown Film Festival.

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Episode 102 “Through Our Eyes: Uprooted” looks at the effects of climate change. Since 2016, millions of people in the United States have been displaced by weather-related disasters that are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity. In “Uprooted,” two children in Iowa face the loss of their family farm due to climate change, while a third in Texas waits for her hurricane-damaged home to be rebuilt. The film is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award nominee Talleah Bridges McMahon (Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, My Name is Pauli Murray).

Episode 103 “Through Our Eyes: Homefront” looks at the experiences of service member families. There are currently 1.9 million service members and veterans relying on caregiver support in the United States, and 3.4 million children live in the homes of these caregivers. In “Homefront,” three children of veteran families cope with the emotional impact of having a wounded parent, navigate the unique challenges of visible and invisible injuries sustained during military service, and embark on the family’s journey toward healing. The episode is directed by news and documentary Emmy Award winner Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table, Solitary).

Episode 104 “Through Our Eyes: Shelter” looks at homelessness. It follows three unhoused children and their parents in Los Angeles as they navigate housing insecurity. While each family’s circumstance is different, they are bound by love and a common determination to keep their dreams alive.  The film, which won the AFI Docs Audience Award for Best Short, is directed by Academy Award nominee Smriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman, A Suitable Girl).

Documentary+ Streaming Platform to Share Viewing Data With Filmmakers

Free nonfiction streaming platform Documentary+ announced it will share comprehensive viewing data with filmmakers.

Filmmakers on Documentary+ will be able to request personalized reports about the performance and viewing data of their films on the platform including insights such as top cities, age group, platform, gender identity and related films being streamed on Documentary+.

“As the first major platform to do this, Documentary+ is spearheading a new era in which filmmakers and distribution platforms can coalesce to work together more as partners,” read a press release from the service. “At a time when the majority of streaming services still withhold viewership data or share it sparingly, Documentary+’s commitment to creative transparency is revolutionary and intended to empower filmmakers. This breakdown of information will help creatives better understand their audiences, which content formats are most impactful in driving reach and glean insight into their long term roadmaps for future productions.”

“Doc+ is shifting the power dynamics of film ‘ownership’ and we as makers of films are the ones who benefit,” Turner Ross, co-director of Documentary+’s top-performing film Western, said in a statement. “It’s a simple parting of the curtain that shouldn’t be revolutionary: They give a platform to our work, that platform garners an audience, we learn who our audience is. It’s a simple democratic notion of transparency. What a novel idea.”

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“Corporate streaming platforms use the data from films to influence their content strategies — but they keep it away from the filmmakers,” two-time Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning Bryn Mooser, Documentary+ and XTR CEO, said in a statement. “We believe filmmakers should have that same access and let them do what they want with it — hopefully even use it to influence what they think about their future art. We are the first platform to share data with filmmakers, I hope it creates a trend for the rest to follow.”

Documentary+ launched earlier this year to serve as a home for documentary films and series. A joint venture between nonfiction studio XTR and the late Tony Hsieh, the streaming service is available globally for free on all streaming platforms including Apple TV, Amazon and Roku, mobile devices and www.docplus.com.

XTR has six films featured at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, including Ailey, Ascension, Like a Rolling Stone, Tigre Gente, Wake Up on Mars and Miracle Fishing.

‘Baseball: A Ken Burns Film,’ New ‘Masterpiece: Us’ Among Titles Coming to Disc in June From PBS

Baseball: A Ken Burns Film, Masterpiece: Us and an Agatha Christie triple feature are among the titles coming to disc in June from PBS Distribution.

The acclaimed documentary Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns, fully restored in high-definition, is coming on DVD and Blu-ray on 11 discs June 8. It traces the history of the American pastime.

The new Masterpiece: Us, about a couple embarking on a long-planned grand tour of Europe, despite the wife proclaiming she wants to leave the marriage, comes out on DVD on two discs June 29.

The Agatha Christie mystery triple feature is coming June 1 on DVD on two discs, including Agatha and the Truth of Murder, Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar and Agatha and the Midnight Murders.

The Australian thriller TV miniseries Halifax: Retribution is due in a two-disc DVD set June 22.

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Two “American Experience” documentaries are coming in June. The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, due on DVD June 1, explores the effects of an incident in 1946 in which Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver, beaten, and left unconscious and permanently blind by a police chief who was later acquitted by an all-white jury. Also due is American Oz, coming June 8, exploring the life and times of author L. Frank Baum, the creator a classic American narrative.

Two nature films are available in June. Life at the Waterhole, exploring the drama as African wildlife flock to a manmade waterhole rigged with cameras, will be available on DVD June 8. Nature: The Leopard Legacy, following the story of a leopard mother as she raises her cubs, is coming on DVD June 22.

Finally, the science film Human: The World Within, exploring the incredible universe inside each and every one of us, is coming on DVD on two discs June 22.

HBO Max Orders ‘Take Out’ Docuseries With Lisa Ling

HBO Max has given a six-part series order to the Max Original “Take Out,” a docuseries from Part2 Pictures that follows journalist Lisa Ling as she takes viewers behind the counter and into the lives of the people and families who run some of America’s more than 45,000 Asian restaurants.

Lisa explores the storied and complicated journey of the Asian community, past and present, at a critical time, while zig-zagging the country celebrating the joy that the little white take-out box can bring.

“It is time that we learn about a community that has been integral to America’s development but has largely been ignored by American history,” Ling said in a statement. “My own family’s path to their American dream started in a Chinese restaurant, and I cannot wait to learn the stories of those whose journey paralleled mine throughout different parts of this country.”

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“With ‘Take Out,’ we will pay tribute to the hard work and countless contributions of Asian Americans whose restaurants helped shape the cultural tapestry and cuisines of America,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “Lisa is one of a few storytellers who could paint the trials and triumphs of a community as told through the lens of a restaurant.”

“Take Out” is produced by Part2 Pictures with executive producers Ling and David Shadrack Smith.

“This has been a long-standing passion project that feels as relevant as ever,” Smith said in a statement. “It’s a chance to join Lisa on an especially personal exploration — and build on our long relationship together delving deep into the dynamics of America through the people that make it diverse and complex.”

Part2 Pictures is currently producing the eighth season of “This Is Life With Lisa Ling.”

‘Hemingway’ Coming to PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel April 5

Hemingway, a documentary from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick chronicling the life of literary icon Ernest Hemingway, will be available to stream on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel on April 5.

The channel will also be streaming a 4K Ultra High-Definition version of the program beginning April 11. The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

The title will come out on Blu-ray and DVD May 4.

The three-part, six-hour film examines the life and work of Hemingway, one of the most influential writers America has ever produced. Narrated by long-time collaborator Peter Coyote, the series features an all-star cast of actors bringing Hemingway (voiced by Jeff Daniels), his friends and family to life. Through letters to and from his four wives — voiced by Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson — the film reveals Hemingway at his most romantic and his most vulnerable, grappling at times with insecurity, anxiety and existential loneliness.

Burns and Novick paint a picture of Hemingway, who captured on paper the complexities of the human condition in profound prose, and whose work remains deeply influential around the world. Informed by interviews with celebrated writers, scholars and Hemingway’s son Patrick, the filmmakers explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most notable works of fiction, in novels such as The Sun Also RisesA Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea; short stories “Hills Like White Elephants,” “The Short and Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” “Up in Michigan,” “Indian Camp” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro;” as well as the nonfiction works Death in the Afternoon and A Moveable Feast.

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His relationships with women — his mother, sisters, wives and the World War I nurse who broke his heart — profoundly affected his work. Yet for all his bravado and hyper-masculine posturing, Hemingway wrote about relationships between men and women with sensitivity, nuance and clarity.

The filmmakers were granted unusually open access to the treasure trove of Hemingway’s manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks and photographs housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. The film also explores Hemingway’s limitations and biases as an artist and a man of his time.

BritBox Streaming New ‘Up’ Installment Showcasing Lives of 14 Brits Since 1964

BritBox Feb. 11 announced it would exclusively premiere of the latest installment of the acclaimed “Up” series, 63 Up, on March 9. The series began in 1964 called 7 Up, showcasing the lives of 14 British children, with follow-up docu-series every seven years thereafter. 

Directed by Emmy-nominated, DGA and BAFTA award-winning director Michael Apted (The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Coalminer’s Daughter, Gorky Park, The World is Not Enough, Amazing Grace), the documentary anthology series aims to offer insight into the premise of whether or not our adult lives are pre-determined by our earliest influences and by the social class in which we are raised. 

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Following a successful theatrical run, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote, “there’s a great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped.” 

“Michael Apted brought one of the most astonishing and innovative documentary series into our homes and hearts,” Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, said in a statement. “We are honored to be the exclusive home to the entire ‘Up’ series and to offer Michael’s last installment of this important feat in storytelling on BritBox.”

The original 7 Up was broadcast as a one-off “World in Action Special” inspired by the founding editor Tim Hewat’s interest in the Jesuit saying, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,” and his anger at what he saw as the rigidity of social class in England. The series featured select children talking about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation who would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become?

The result was groundbreaking and the follow-up films every seven years have won an array of awards. Over six decades, the films have documented the group as they became adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between. Now, as the group reaches retirement age, the film is back to discover what they are doing. 

Apted died Jan. 7 at age 79.

The entire “Up” Series (7 Up, 7 + 7 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up, 56 Up and 63 Up) as well as a documentary about the impact of the series, “7 Up and Me are available on BritBox. 

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month/ $69.99 annually — after an introductory free trial period—on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online at www.britbox.com. BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels.

HBO Max Celebrates Black History Month

HBO Max has launched a “Black History Is Our History” spotlight page, highlighting its slate of content in honor of Black History Month.

The page links to curated programming, featuring films, documentaries, biopics, original programming and animation that focus on the Black experience.

It will showcase documentaries and biopics that highlight civil rights icons, including one of the next Warner Bros. Same Day Premieres, Judas and the Black Messiah, (available in theaters and on HBO Max and streaming on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release), Black Art: In the Absence of Light, Between the World and Me, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland and King of the Wilderness. Original programming from black leads includes the HBO Max Original “Charm City Kings,” “Lovecraft Country,” “Watchmen,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Euphoria.” Family-friendly titles include “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Teen Titans” and animated series, such as “The Boondocks” and “Black Dynamite.”

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The spotlight page will also include the 2020 finalists of HBO’s Short Film Competition in partnership with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF): “Dolapo Is Fine,” “A Storybook Ending,” “Black Boy Joy,” “A Rodeo Film” and “The Cypher.”

HBO subscribers in the U.S. have free access to the HBO Max app as part of their HBO subscription through participating providers. HBO Max is offering a limited time savings of 20% when prepaying for 6 months, now available through March 1. Terms and conditions apply.

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Content includes:

OUR PAST (Documentaries, Biopics, and Original Films)

  • 4 Little Girls, 1997 (HBO)
  • 40 Years a Prisoner, 2020 (HBO)
  • 1968, 2018
  • Amistad, 1997 (HBO)
  • Being Serena (HBO)
  • Bessie, 2015 (HBO)
  • Between the World and Me, 2020 (HBO)
  • Black Art: In The Absence of Light, 2021 (HBO) (premieres Feb. 9)
  • Boycott, 2001 (HBO)
  • Confirmation, 2016 (HBO)
  • Ebony: The Last Years of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 2016
  • Equal, 2020
  • Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ’68 Summer Games, 1999 (HBO)
  • Harriet, 2019 (HBO)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble, 2020
  • Just Mercy, 2019 (HBO)
  • Kareem: Minority of One, 2015 (HBO)
  • King: A Filmed Record … Montgomery to Memphis, 1970
  • King in the Wilderness, 2018 (HBO)
  • Malcolm X, 1992
  • Mavis!, 2015 (HBO)
  • Miss Evers’ Boys, 1997 (HBO)
  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist, 1979
  • Ray, 2004 (HBO)
  • Red Tails, 2012 (HBO)
  • Roots, 1997
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, 2018 (HBO)
  • Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights & Dark Shadows of a Champion, 1998 (HBO)
  • The Apollo, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, 1974 (HBO)
  • The Hurricane, 1999 (HBO)
  • The Loving Story, 2011 (HBO)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, 2017 (HBO)
  • “The Shop: Uninterrupted” S3, E2 (HBO)
  • The Soul of America, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Tuskegee Airmen, 1995 (HBO)
  • Tiger, Parts 1 & 2 2021 (HBO)
  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, 2019 (HBO)
  • Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story, 2020 (HBO)
  • We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, 2020 (HBO)
  • We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, 2016
  • What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali Parts 1 & 2, 2019 (HBO)
  • Women of Troy, 2020 (HBO)

 

OUR JOY (Classic Comedy Series, Films, and Stand-Up Specials)

  • Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’, 2019 (HBO)
  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)
  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, 1996
  • Chris Rock: Bigger and Blacker, 1999 (HBO)
  • Dave Chappelle: Killing Them Softly, 2000 (HBO)
  • Eve
  • Fifty Shades of Black, 2016 (HBO)
  • How to Be a Player, 1997 (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “Key & Peele”
  • Legendary
  • Life, 1999 (HBO)
  • Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw, 2019 (HBO)
  • Loiter Squad
  • Love and Basketball, 2000
  • Love Jones, 1997
  • Purple Rain, 1984
  • “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO)
  • The Photograph, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Wayans Bros
  • Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!, 2020 (HBO)

 

OUR FUTURE (Series and Films)

  • “2 Dope Queens” (HBO)
  • Above the Rim, 1994 (HBO)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012 (HBO)
  • Betty (HBO)
  • Charm City Kings, 2020
  • Chewing Gum
  • David Makes Man
  • “Euphoria” (HBO)
  • Flight, 2012 (HBO)
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain, 1985 (HBO)
  • He Got Game, 1998 (HBO)
  • Home Videos (HBO)
  • Industry (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • I May Destroy You (HBO)
  • Lean on Me, 1989
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Malcolm X, 1992
  • Native Son, 2019 (HBO)
  • New Jack City, 1991
  • Nightingale, 2014 (HBO)
  • “O.G.”, 2018 (HBO)
  • Queen and Slim, 2019 (HBO)
  • Random Acts of Flyness (HBO)
  • Rosewood, 1997
  • Sermon on the Mount (HBO)
  • Something the Lord Made, 2004 (HBO)
  • The Color Purple, 1985
  • The Last King of Scotland, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Little Things, 2021(Streaming for a limited time)
  • “True Detective” (HBO)
  • Us, 2019 (expires Feb. 22) (HBO)
  • “Watchmen” (HBO)
  • We Are Who We Are (HBO)
  • Yuli, 2018 (HBO)

 

OUR IMAGINATION (Animation)

  • “Black Dynamite’
  • “Codename: Kids Next Door”
  • “Craig of the Creek”
  • “gen:LOCK”
  • “Laser Wolf”
  • “Static Shock”
  • “Steven Universe”
  • “Steven Universe Future”
  • “Teen Titans”
  • “The Boondocks”
  • “The Jellies”
  • Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (HBO)
  • Vixen
  • “Young Justice”

 

Additionally, the select titles below will be available for free on HBO.com and HBOMax.com.

 

Titles available on HBO.com

  • 40 Years a Prisoner (HBO)
  • “Being Serena” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • Between the World and Me (HBO)
  • Bessie (HBO)
  • Black Art: In the Absence of Light (premieres 2/9) (HBO)
  • “I May Destroy You” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • “Insecure” (Season 1 Episode 1) (HBO)
  • “King in the Wilderness” (HBO)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (Episode 1) (HBO)
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (HBO)
  • The Apollo (HBO)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
  • The Loving Story (HBO)
  • “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (Season 3 Episode 2) (HBO)
  • We Are the Dream (HBO)
  • What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali (HBO)
  • Women of Troy (HBO)

 

Titles available on HBOMax.com

  • “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “Being Serena” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • Between the World and Me
  • Black Boy Joy (premieres Feb. 2)
  • “Insecure” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “I May Destroy You” (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (Episode 1)
  • “Watchmen” (Episode 1)