Sky’s on-demand streaming service NOW TV is more than just the home to the biggest show of the past ten years, Game of Thrones. It’s our port of call for everything that HBO – the original prestige TV network in the USA – puts out into the world. Big Little Lies, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Westworld – it all comes through here first.
On top of this, there’s an impressive back catalogue of classic shows, like The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Dexter.
Plus, Sky is on a roll of late, with recent big-hitters Chernobyl and Patrick Melrose having wowed audiences and critics alike.
Check out the pick of NOW TV’s bunch below.
The Handmaid’s Tale
This hard-hitting drama series is based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name and stars Elisabeth Moss in a powerhouse lead performance. The dark world of The Handmaid’s Tale sees the United States turned into a totalitarian regime where the few remaining fertile women are subjugated and horrifically abused. Moss plays June, now known as Offred, whose strong will makes her a threat to the new world order. Watch on NOW TV
Hollywood star Amy Adams takes the lead role in this intense drama series as a troubled reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two young girls. Patricia Clarkson won a Golden Globe for her supporting performance here as Adams’ mother. Watch on NOW TV
Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant lead this foul-mouthed Western drama, set in the gold-mining camp of Deadwood in the year 1876. Despite a critically acclaimed initial run in the mid-noughties, this series was cancelled after three seasons when it couldn’t find a large enough audience. However, thanks to intense fan interest, it returned this year for a much-lauded film adaptation. Watch on NOW TV
This science fiction series starring Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13) and Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) ran for five seasons in which it accumulated an avid fanbase. The show follows three intergalactic bounty hunters out for themselves during a period of political turmoil. They’ll have to confront deadly foes and their own troubled pasts along the way… Watch on NOW TV
Catherine the Great
Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren ascends to the throne in an epic four-part series about Catherine the Great, Russia’s longest-ruling female leader and one of the most powerful female monarchs in history. The drama follows Catherine towards the end of her reign and puts the spotlight on her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin, played by Jason Clarke. Watch on NOW TV
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s 1980s graphic novel gets a timely, twisted sequel thanks to Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. The dystopian DC story is best known for its 2009 film adaptation, which launched director Zack Synder’s career in the genre to characteristically polarised reviews – but here, according to our sci-fi editor, “it’s a significant achievement for Lindelof and his team to have made something so original out of a decades-old IP”… Watch on NOW TV
All three seasons of HBO’s True Detective are available to stream, each one telling a different dark crime story featuring heavyweight acting talent including Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Mahershala Ali and Rachel McAdams. Watch on NOW TV
A harrowing, vital re-telling of the 1986 disaster that saw a Ukrainian city destroyed by an incident at a nuclear power plant. Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson and Jessie Buckley star. Watch on NOW TV
Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong is behind this sublime comedy about the head of a billion-dollar media conglomerate (Brian Cox’s Logan Roy) and his hapless children, who are vying to usurp his position… Watch on NOW TV
Big Little Lies
There’s a chance you might know Sky/HBO’s comedy drama Big Little Lies is based on the dark novel of the same name. And perhaps you’ve already heard it’s about three mothers who soon become embroiled in murder. However, you’ve almost definitely heard that the cast list boasts several Hollywood names: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, among others… Watch on NOW TV
Band of Brothers
Don’t miss Steven Spielberg’s 12-hour mini-series about one US army regiment’s extraordinary Second World War adventures – once voted one of the best box sets of all time by RadioTimes.com users… Watch on NOW TV
Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (His Dark Materials) star in this drama series about the devastating emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. The Affair has picked up several awards over its five-season run, including the Golden Globe for best drama series. Watch on NOW TV
The greatest show of all-time is back on NOW TV. Get back in touch with animal-loving sociopath Tony Soprano and his mobster pals… Watch on NOW TV
The best part of this hilarious series, which sees rapper 2 Chainz touring the United States and trying out the most expensive products and services in the world, is how shockingly frugal the host is. For a man who earns a living by buffing up his baller lifestyle over a beat, he often scoffs at the absurd price of gold-flaked doughnuts or THC-infused mac & cheese just as we would. Watch on NOW TV
Long before the money moved from film to TV, Blue Velvet director David Lynch had dipped his toe in the water with this mystery series that would go on to become one of the biggest cult hits of the 1990s. Watch on NOW TV
Twin Peaks: the Return
..And in 2017, David Lynch brought his surrealist drama back from the dead after a 16-year hiatus, and it’s just as brilliant and bonkers as we could have hoped. Watch on NOW TV
There’s more to this thriller than meets the eye. Writer/star Lennie James plays the estranged father of a teenage girl who, out of the blue, is accused of her abduction. That proves to be a way into an ensemble piece that includes the impeccable Suranne Jones as the girl’s mum. Watch on NOW TV
This loose X-Men spin-off revolves around David (Dan Stevens), a man (read: mutant) whose struggle with powerful psychic abilities has been misdiagnosed throughout his life as a form of schizophrenia – and it’s rife with hallucinations, metaphors, visits to the astral plane and characters that take multiple forms. It’s bonkers – in the very best way possible. Watch on NOW TV
Sky Atlantic felt so confident about this dark drama series that they renewed it for a second season before the first episode had premiered. Tim Roth stars as conflicted police officer Jim Worth in an oil-dominated small town on the border of the Canadian Rockies. Watch on NOW TV
A viciously fun, sleek, witty story of attack and defence between the preposterously powerful US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and his nemesis, hedge-fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Glossy and soapy, it encapsulates everything we love to hate about the super-wealthy. Seasons 1-4 are available. Watch on NOW TV
Forensic technician Dexter Morgan (Michael C Hall) leads a rather disturbing double life as a serial killer who hunts down criminals that have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. Watch on NOW TV
The Sopranos’ star Edie Falco returns to her anti-hero roots as a drug-addicted ER nurse. Watch on NOW TV