The Best Superhero Sci-Fi Thriller Series Ever Isn’t Leaving Home

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

If you logged onto Max recently and had a panic attack because your favorite series, Watchmen was no longer available on the streaming platform, then we’ve got some good news for you. According to Vulture, the deletion of the superhero drama was an accident and HBO has no intentions of removing it from their streaming platform.

HBO Accidentally Deletes Watchmen From Streaming


While HBO quickly restored Watchmen to Max’s streaming library and it was only gone for a short period, it was a stressful time for fans of the acclaimed show who thought the series was gone for good. While HBO usually lists what content is leaving the streaming platform in advance so fans can get a quick watch in before it’s gone, the production company doesn’t always give a heads-up and has a history of deleting content without warning. 

It turns out that fans of the series are the true heroes. Watchmen wasn’t listed on HBO’s December report of series and movies scheduled to leave Max, so when the show disappeared, fans spoke out online bringing the glitch to HBO’s attention. While HBO didn’t mention what the glitch was that caused the series to briefly disappear, a spokesperson for the production company assured fans that they’re looking into it.

Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen Series

Watchmen is a critically acclaimed limited series created by Damon Lindelof. It’s a masterful remix of the iconic 1986 DC Comics series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Lindelof, known for his work on Lost and The Leftovers, takes viewers on a gripping journey through an alternate reality where superheroes are outlawed, racial tensions are high, and mysteries unfold with every masked encounter.

Different From Alan Moore’s Comics

Rather than attempting a straightforward adaptation, Lindelof blends elements from the original comic with new ideas, introducing new characters and conflicts while maintaining the essence of Moore and Gibbons’ work. Set 34 years after the events of the comics, Watchmen delves into the aftermath of a white supremacist group’s uprising against the Tulsa Police Department, exploring themes of racism, vigilantism, and the consequences of power.

The Cast

Watchmen features an ensemble cast that brings the complex characters to life. Regina King’s portrayal of Angela Abar is a tour de force, supported by stellar performances from Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and others. Jeremy Irons, as the enigmatic Adrian Veidt, adds a layer of sophistication to the series, while Jean Smart and Hong Chau make memorable contributions to the unfolding mystery.

Watchmen received widespread critical acclaim, earning praise for its performances, writing, visuals, score, and expansion of the source material. The series made history at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, securing 26 nominations and winning 11, including Best Limited Series, Best Actress for Regina King, and Best Supporting Actor for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Watchmen Is Back On Max

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HBO’s Watchmen stands as a testament to the power of creative risk-taking in television. Damon Lindelof’s remix of the iconic comic series not only pays homage to its source material but also propels it into new, uncharted territories. With its compelling narrative, stellar cast, and fearless exploration of societal issues, Watchmen has quickly become a favorite, which is why it would be a total shame if HBO had removed it from its streaming library.