The best action/thriller shows on Foxtel Now

Blood, guts, boobs, and explosions; these action and thriller titles on Foxtel Now aren’t afraid to bare all.

Foxtel has the Australian rights to many major series from the US and UK. If you don't want to pay out for a full Foxtel subscription, Foxtel Now is a relatively affordable alternative. If you’re an Action/Thriller fan, take advantage of the Foxtel Now free trial with the following titles.

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1. 12 Monkeys

Basically, imagine the mind-screw 1995 movie made into a four seasons long brain-boggle. Cole is a post-apocalyptic refugee from the future who decides to mess with the space-time continuum by travelling backwards from 2043 to the present day. His mission: find and destroy the source of a world-ending plague by enlisting help from – and testing the “greater good” morals of – virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly. Gripping stuff.

2. True Detective Season 2

Season 2 of this revered series started off on the wrong foot with a misguided stab at the clever dialogue that made the original True Detective so good. If you gave up early, then now’s your time to get back into it because if you push through those first few episodes you’ll find the story becomes much easier to follow.

3. True Detective

On the other hand, if you straight up refuse to give Season 2 of True Detective a chance, you can always revisit the stellar first season with the enigmatic Rust Cohle (Mcconaughey) and everyman Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) on Foxtel Play.

4. Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Dead is a fresh take on The Walking Dead universe and is set three months before Rick Grimes awakens from his coma – the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse. Though the first episode has only just released, critics are already calling it a slow-burn horror – a nice departure from the intensity of the original series.

5. The Walking Dead

….but if it is intensity you’re after, then catch the entire original series of The Walking Dead. From the CDC and Hershel’s Farm to the prison, Foxtel has every season available thanks to their Boxsets channel. Once you’re finished the first five seasons of The Walking Dead you’ll have plenty of Fear The Walking Dead to binge.

6. Mr. Robot

Hack the planet. This is the goal of Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer who decides to radically reshape the corporate world every night after he clocks off from the job he loathes at E[vil] Corp. Unfortunately, he's also suffering from an array of mental health issues which give him a tenuous grip on reality, plus his roguish antics have attracted the interest of a shadowy group who have nothing short of world domination on their to-do.txts.

7. Homeland

Expect to wear out the edge of your lounge seat with this one. Homeland is the thrilling tale of CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) a bipolar, unpredictable operative who still delivers the results better than anybody else. She fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even sanity, in the effort to track down a growing and amorphous terrorist threat to the United States. This is binge-watch material that's like Tom Clancy's finest OG spy thrillers

8. The Wire

Still considered to be the best TV series ever produced, The Wire only shows its age today via the dodgy telecommunications technology depicted. Pay phones and beepers? Remember those, grandpa? Beyond that what you're still getting is an incredibly tightly-written drama that showcases both sides of the law in a drug war on Baltimore's streets. Get set to fall in love with a bunch of flawed characters who regularly skip back and forth across that good / evil divide.

9. Boardwalk Empire

Atlantic City in the 1920s was a mean and dirty place ruled by the iron fist of criminal mastermind Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Serving as a main thoroughfare for illegal booze quickly makes Thompson rich, but also a target for a number of crime families in New York and as far away as Chicago. Yep, not only will you be getting one of the greatest untold mob stories of the era, but you'll also get to see a young Capone rise to power, too.

10. Carnivale

This oft overlooked series is our kind of weird and creepy. You're looking at a multiple Emmy award wining series that traces the lives of two disparate groups of people during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. It's a battle between good and evil and the struggle between free will and destiny largely being fought by carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands.

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