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The Best Survival TV Shows on HBO MAX

Finding a good Survival TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Survival TV shows of all time streaming on HBO MAX.

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1. Band of Brothers

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Year: 2001-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company parachuting into Normandy early on D-Day morning, participants in the Battle of the Bulge, and witness to the horrors of war, the men of Easy knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear - and became the stuff of legend. Based on Stephen E. Ambrose's acclaimed book of the same name.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Falling Skies

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Falling Skies opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.

Where to Watch: 52 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hoopla). 52 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Primal

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Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Animation

What it's about: A caveman forms a bond with a dinosaur as they struggle to survive in a hostile world.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (31%) are available to watch free online (Adult Swim). 10 episodes (63%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision). 5 episodes (31%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Adult Swim). 10 episodes (63%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. The Head

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Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Ten scientists trapped in a mobile science laboratory at the South Pole realize that one among them is a killer.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX).

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5. Treme

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Year: 2010-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
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What it's about: Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians struggle to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture.

Where to Watch: 36 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 36 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Wrecked

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Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Single-camera comedy centering on a diverse group of survivors adjusting to being stranded on an uninhabited island, a dangerous new world where they must face many threats – mostly brought on by themselves. No longer plugged into the rest of the world, the group struggles to navigate their makeshift society while also learning to live without such modern comforts as indoor plumbing, Wi-Fi, social media and Chipotle.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision). 6 episodes (20%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (TBS). 30 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. The Pacific

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Year: 2010-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
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What it's about: Track the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, John Basilone, and Eugene Sledge – across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War II. A companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX & HBO). 10 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $4.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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