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Best TV shows to watch on NOW

Sky's streaming service is jam-packed with the very best of prestige drama, from Euphoria and The Wire to Succession and Game of Thrones.

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Published: Friday, 25th February 2022 at 12:51 pm
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While Netflix might still be the first port of call for a lot of TV fans, its collection of great shows is rivalled by NOW (formerly known as NOW TV), which boasts a huge wealth of prestige drama box sets and brand-new series.

One of the latest new shows to join the library is Yellowjackets – a series told over two different time periods, about a girls' high school soccer team who are involved in a plane crash, leaving them to survive in the wilderness.

Meanwhile, with the third season of Succession now available to stream in full, and a fourth already confirmed, now's a good time to get up to speed with the superb drama.

Alternatively, take a deep dive into the archives with some of the most legendary television shows of all-time available at your fingertips, including Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and The Wire.

Here's everything you need to know about the best shows on NOW at the moment so you can stop scrolling and start streaming!

Last updated 25th February 2022.

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  • Yellowjackets

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Horror
    • 15

    Summary:

    A wildly talented high school girl soccer team becomes the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Canadian wilderness.

    Why watch Yellowjackets?:

    Yellowjackets is about a group of high school football players who descend into savage clans after their plane crashes in the wilderness has been pitched as an all-female Lord of the Flies, but the split time periods it deals with instead make it a compelling mystery series. With a stellar cast including Melanie Lynskey, Ella Purnell and Christina Ricci, it's already been renewed for a second season, so now is a great time to catch up.

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  • Bel-Air

    • 2022
    • Drama

    Summary:

    The journey of a street-smart teen whose life is forever transformed when he moves from the streets of West Philadelphia to live with his relatives in one of LA's wealthiest suburbs.

    Why watch Bel-Air?:

    This isn't your regular remake. While the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air wasn't afraid to go to some real, dramatic places, it was still ostensibly a fun, breezy sitcom. Bel-Air on the other hand, based on a 2019 fan film, leans into the more serious aspects of Will's situation, tackling issues surrounding race, gender and class. The switch won't be for everyone, but for those willing to give it a try the series is available on NOW.

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  • And Just Like That...

    • 2021
    • Comedy
    • Drama

    Summary:

    The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.

    Why watch And Just Like That...:

    Fans of Sex and the City will no doubt have flocked to this new continuation of the original show, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. And Just Like That is set 11 years after we said goodbye at the end of the second film, and the series included some shocking developments in the lives of the characters, meaning fans of the original show will likely want to catch up.

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  • The Gilded Age

    • 2022
    • Drama

    Summary:

    A wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family embarks on a mission to infiltrate the wealthy neighboring clan dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish son, Larry, and his ambitious wife, Bertha.

    Why watch The Gilded Age?:

    The latest historical drama from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, The Gilded Age tells the story of the US during the 1880s and is airing its first season on NOW currently. Starring Gone Girl and Avengers: Infinity War's Carrie Coon, the series has received positive reviews, with RadioTimes.com calling it a "Downton-esque delight."

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  • Euphoria

    • 2019
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex, and violence.

    Why watch Euphoria?:

    With season 2 of Euphoria airing now, catch up on the whole story so far, in this frank and powerful story of high school students starring Emmy-winner Zendaya. The specials in particular received critical acclaim, and you'd be hard pressed to find a more buzzed about series right now.

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  • Landscapers

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Comedy
    • 15

    Summary:

    A devoted and mild-mannered British couple become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in England.

    Why watch Landscapers?:

    Olivia Colman and David Thewlis lead the cast of this unconventional take on true crime, directed by Will Sharpe from a script by Ed Sinclair. The series follows Susan and Christopher Edwards, a seemingly mild-mannered couple who attempt to cover up the double murder of Susan’s parents. In particular, it delves into the fantasy world of Susan (Colman) – who finds great comfort in film memorabilia and classic Hollywood westerns.

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  • The Flight Attendant

    • 2020
    • Comedy
    • Thriller
    • 15

    Summary:

    Award-winning Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco encounters unexpected turbulence in an eight-part dark comedy based on Chris Bohjalian's best-selling 2018 novel, which takes to the air on Sky One this week. Hard-drinking flight attendant Cassie Bowden (Cuoco) often mixes business and pleasure by sleeping with passengers including Alex Sokolov (Michiel Huisman), who flirts with her on a flight to Bangkok. The strangers party in Thailand's capital and when Cassie wakes the next morning with a hangover, she is horrified to find Alex in bed next to her with his throat slit. Unable to piece together the events of the night before, Cassie panics and cleans up the crime scene to avoid implicating herself. She flies back to New York with the rest of the cabin crew where two tenacious FBI agents, Hammond (Merle Dandridge) and White (Nolan Gerard Funk), are waiting to question her. Their interrogation sparks fragmented memories and Cassie slowly pieces together Alex's bloodthirsty demise.

    Why watch The Flight Attendant?:

    The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco was Golden Globe-nominated for her turn in this globe-trotting mystery thriller The Flight Attendant, starring as the eponymous flight attendant Cassie Bowden. One morning, Cassie wakes up to discover the man she’d spent a night with is dead – with no knowledge of how it happened. When the FBI intervenes, she slowly starts to piece the night together, as she aims to work how who could have been responsible.

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  • Grey's Anatomy

    • 2005
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • 15

    Summary:

    American medical drama following the tangled lives of interns, residents and their mentors at a fictional Seattle hospital. The title is a reference to Henry Gray's medical textbook Gray's Anatomy and main character Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). It begins with Meredith, Alex (Justin Chambers), George (TR Knight), Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) as interns in a surgical programme run by chief of surgery Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr). They are initially mentored by general surgeon Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and work closely with attending neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and cardiothoracic surgeon Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington). "Grey's Anatomy" premiered in 2005. It led to spin-off series "Private Practice".

    Why watch Grey's Anatomy?:

    Grey’s Anatomy season 18 is here, with Meredith now pondering what to do with her life after surviving COVID-19. With the long running series already renewed for a 19th season, there's never been a better time to catch up with the ongoing drama.

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  • The Comey Rule

    • 2020
    • Drama
    • War

    Summary:

    Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson star as former FBI Dir. James Comey and President Donald J. Trump in this limited series of the story of two powerful men, whose strikingly different ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.

    Why watch The Comey Rule?:

    If you can’t get enough of American politics following all the drama around 2020's election, check out Golden Globe-nominated miniseries The Comey Rule. The two-parter follows former FBI Director James Comey as he investigates Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and deals with Donald Trump during his early days in office, up until his high-profile dismissal in 2017.

    Written by Captain Phillips’s Billy Ray and based on Comey’s autobiography, this drama stars Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber, The Martian, The Newsroom) as Comey and Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, Braveheart) as a scarily-accurate Trump, alongside the likes of Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle and Holly Hunter.

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  • Dexter: New Blood

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    Set 10 years after Dexter Morgan went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, he is now living under an assumed name in Upstate New York, Iron Lake, far from his original home in Miami.

    Why watch Dexter: New Blood?:

    The follow up to Showtime’s crime drama Dexter, this ninth season took on the title "New Blood" and is now available for NOW subscribers to take a stab at (no pun intended), with Michael C Hall starring as the titular forensic technician and vigilante serial killer.

    The story is set 10 years after the events of the original, award-winning series, based on Jeff Lindsay’s novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and attempted to make up for the initial, polarising finale.

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  • Tin Star

    • 2017
    • Crime/detective
    • Drama
    • 18

    Summary:

    Ex undercover UK cop turned police chief of a small town in the Canadian Rockies does what he must to defend his family from those in power whether it's the oilmen, the preachers or the gangsters.

    Why watch Tin Star?:

    With three seasons of this Sky Atlantic available on NOW, now is the perfect time to get into Tin Star – a crime drama starring Tim Roth as a former London detective who becomes the new police chief of small Canadian town Little Big Bear. However, when Roth’s violent past catches up with him, his wife Angela (Genevieve O’Reilly) calls into action Jack Devlin – Jim’s violent alcoholic alter-ego – to fight any potential threats to their family. Also starring Christina Hendricks, Abigail Lawrie and Ian Pulestone-Davies.

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  • The Third Day

    • 2020
    • Drama
    • Mystery

    Summary:

    A man and a woman make separate journeys to a mysterious island off the British coast.

    Why watch The Third Day?:

    Arguably one of the most innovative new shows of 2020, The Third Day came from Utopia creator Dennis Kelly, and boasts a starry cast including Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Paddy Considine and Emily Watson. Heavily influenced by folk horror films such as The Wicker Man, the series tells of a mysterious island community, called Osea, and the fates of two seemingly separate people who find themselves visiting the island. The series is also notable for featuring a highly unusual middle section – which saw a 12-hour live event broadcast on Sky Arts, the highlights of which are available along with the rest of the series on NOW.

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  • The Good Lord Bird

    • 2020
    • Drama
    • History

    Summary:

    Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in this series based on the novel. "Onion" is a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown's family of abolitionist soldiers and finds himself in the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry.

    Why watch The Good Lord Bird?:

    Based on the novel of the same name, period drama The Good Lord Bird stars Ethan Hawke and is set in the 1850s, and follows a fictional enslaved boy, Henry, who joins the motley crew of anti-slavery soldiers headed up by real-life abolitionist John Brown. The group’s participation in civil confrontations culminate in the real-life 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, famous for being the instigating event that kickstarted the American Civil War. Joshua Caleb Johnson plays Henry, while Hamilton star Daveed Diggs guest stars as famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

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  • Riviera

    • 2017
    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama set in the French Riviera. The wife of a billionaire banker uncovers the shocking truth behind their opulent lifestyle when her husband is killed.

    Why watch Riviera?:

    This Sky Atlantic drama stars Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate about You) as Georgina Clios, an American art curator whose life if upended when her billionaire husband Constantine Clios (Anthony LaPaglia) dies in a yachting accident. When Georgina begins to dig deeper into her husband’s death, she soon becomes caught up in a world of lies, double-dealing and nefarious crime. Starring Adrian Lester, Juliet Stevenson, Iwan Rheon, Will Arnett and Rupert Graves.

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  • The Night Of

    • 2016
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    After a night of partying with a woman he picked up, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.

    Why watch The Night Of?:

    Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: a Star Wars Story) stars in this dark crime story as a naive college student accused of killing a young woman. Across eight suspenseful episodes, The Night Of follows his desperate attempts to prove his innocence and delves into the lives of those affected by his case. There are twists and turns aplenty as the truth is slowly revealed in one of the most gripping legal dramas of recent memory, with John Turturro also starring as a cynical defence attorney.

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  • Gangs of London

    • 2020
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    Tense crime thriller about the power struggles between the international crime gangs attempting to take control of the capital - which threaten to tear the city apart. Joe Cole stars.

    Why watch Gangs of London?:

    When it debuted on Sky Atlantic, Gangs of London became the channel’s second largest original drama ever after 2019's acclaimed Chernobyl miniseries. It isn’t hard to see why, as the violent thriller has seen strong praise across the board, with RadioTimes.com describing it as “The Godfather meets The Raid” in a four-star Gangs of London review. Unsurprisingly, Gangs of London has been renewed for a second season, so there has never been a better time to get caught up.

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  • Succession

    • 2018
    • Drama
    • Comedy
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama series centring on the Roy family, the owners of a global media empire who are fighting for control of the company amidst uncertainty about the health of the family's patriarch.

    Why watch Succession?:

    This hit series takes you inside a media organisation owned by a dysfunctional family, who begin vying for power when the patriarch steps down from his role. Known for effortlessly blending gripping drama with dark comedy, Succession stars a brilliant ensemble cast that includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin and Matthew Macfadyen.

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  • The Sopranos

    • 1999
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    American drama centred on New Jersey-based mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), exploring the difficulties he faces supporting two different `families" - his criminal fraternity and his dysfunctional wife and kids. He is prone to bouts of depression and the first episode finds him beginning therapy with psychiatrist Dr Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). He has a strained relationship with his wife Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) and their two children, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and Anthony Jr (Robert Iler). His Mafia associates include his cousin and protege Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). Created by David Chase, it went on to win 21 Emmy awards and numerous other gongs during its six-season run. "The Sopranos" can be seen on Sky Atlantic.

    Why watch The Sopranos?:

    Considered by many to be one of the greatest TV series of all time, The Sopranos stars the late James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, originally an underboss of the DiMeo crime family who works his way to become the mafia’s undisputed boss. The series follows his attempts to balance his family life, criminal career and panic attacks, turning to therapist Jennifer Melfi for help with the latter. Featuring Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli, this American crime drama is a binge-worthy addition to NOW.

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  • The Wire

    • 2002
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    "The Wire" is a gritty American crime drama that focuses on the seedy underbelly of Baltimore, Maryland. Each season focuses on a different aspect of the city, starting with the police force and the drug trade. It moves on to explore politics, the education system and the media. Created by David Simon ("Homicide: Life on the Street"), the ensemble HBO drama premiered in 2002 and ran for five seasons.

    Why watch The Wire?:

    Widely regarded as one of the best television shows of all time, now is the perfect opportunity to revisit The Wire (or binge watch for the first time). The gritty crime drama takes place on the city streets of West Baltimore, which are gripped by criminal gangs and the trade of illegal drugs. Dominic West (The Affair) plays Detective Jimmy McNulty, tasked with leading the police investigation into one of the most prominent drug dealing organisations. The Wire was critically acclaimed throughout its five-season run, taking an unflinching look at real world problems with a stunning cast that includes Idris Elba (Luther), Lance Reddick (John Wick) and several guest stars who have gone on to become huge names.

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  • Chernobyl

    • 2019
    • Drama
    • History
    • 15

    Summary:

    In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

    Why watch Chernobyl?:

    A harrowing, vital re-telling of the 1986 disaster that saw a Ukrainian city destroyed by an incident at a nuclear power plant. Chernobyl made waves the world over with its horrifying and extremely intense recreation of the event, featuring superb performances from Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson and Jessie Buckley. It tells a relevant story about the danger of lies, particularly from those in power.

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  • Big Love

    • 2006
    • Drama
    • PG

    Summary:

    "Big Love" is an American drama about a fundamentalist Mormon family in Utah that secretly practises polygamy. Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) is married to three wives, Barbara (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicolette (Chloe Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin). Between them, they have nine children. Bill and Barbara's first daughter, Sarah (Amanda Seyfried), struggles to come to terms with her parents' decision to follow the principle of polygamy. Life becomes more complicated for the Henrickson family when their secret is exposed. The HBO series ran for six seasons. It premiered in the UK on Channel 5 in 2006.

    Why watch Big Love?:

    Another acclaimed HBO drama available to binge on NOW, Big Love tells the story of polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), as he deals with the inevitable complications of having three wives and seven children. The ups and downs of this unconventional family include some powerful emotional moments, performed by a stellar cast that includes Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!), Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight), Harry Dean Stanton (Alien) and Mary Kay Place (Lady Dynamite).

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  • Save Me

    • 2013
    • Drama
    • Comedy
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama series. On a tireless quest to find his missing daughter Jody, Nelly will go to any length to uncover the truth and he'll discover more about himself than he could have ever imagined.

    Why watch Save Me and Save Me Too?:

    There’s more to this thriller than meets the eye. Writer and star Lennie James (Line of Duty) plays the estranged father of a teenage girl who is accused of her abduction. That kick-starts the story of this ensemble piece that includes the impeccable Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack) as the girl’s mum. A follow-up series titled Save Me Too picks up 17 months after the events of the first. RadioTimes.com gave the sequel a glowing five-star review, describing it as “an absolute knockout”.

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  • The Young Pope

    • 2016
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    The beginning of the pontificate of Lenny Belardo, alias Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history.

    Why watch The Young Pope & The New Pope:

    Jude Law stars as tyrannical pontiff Lenny Belardo in The Young Pope, a visually stunning series from arthouse film director Paolo Sorrentino. Just a few years later, the creative duo returned for a sequel series titled The New Pope which gave an insight into more Vatican drama, this time with iconic actor John Malkovich in tow. Both shows are available to stream on NOW right now.

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  • Show Me a Hero

    • 2015
    • Drama
    • History
    • 15

    Summary:

    Nick Wasicsko takes office as mayor of Yonkers in 1987 and has to face the issue of building public housing in the white, middle-class side of town.

    Why watch Show Me A Hero?:

    Oscar Isaac takes the lead role in this drama from The Wire’s David Simon, exploring a landmark case in which an attempt to build public housing in a middle-class neighbourhood had devastating effects across the city. The performances are stellar across the board, but Isaac gives a particularly strong turn in the lead.

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