Our Flag Means Death: The Show’s Sincerity Is Its Greatest Strength

Every once in a while, a show comes along quietly and then turns into a cultural phenomenon, despite an apparent lack of promotion. Our Flag Means Death, HBO Max’s new comedy about 18th-century pirates, is exactly that. The show follows Stede Bonnet, a wealthy landowner who leaves his life of luxury behind in search of adventure on the high seas…in the form of piracy. The story really kicks off when he crosses paths with the notorious pirate Blackbeard, and both men find that they have something to learn from each other.