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The 50 best TV shows on BINGE and Foxtel Now: From Thrones to The Sopranos
Iron thrones, zombies and family drama – these are the shows you should be watching (or rewatching).
Though you'll sometimes pay a little more for the privilege to watch them, Foxtel Now is the current keeper of some of the greatest TV shows ever made. Drama, comedy, horror, romance – no matter what your favourite flavour is, there are hours and hours of entertainment to greedily consume.
Thankfully, these shows are also on its cheaper sister streaming service BINGE. But let's stop with the preamble and dig into the crème de la crème of bingeable material on both of these streaming service.
1. The Last of Us
After a global pandemic destroys civilization, a hardened survivor takes charge of a 14-year-old girl who may be humanity's last hope.
The Last of Us may be a series about a zombie apocalypse, but its humanity is what sets it apart. With impeccable acting, strong worldbuilding and beautiful visuals, it's a feast for the eyes and heart alike.
2. Mare of Easttown
A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.
Kate Winslet offers a mesmerising performance in the lead. That being said, the entire cast is top-notch and the mystery is very intriguing. This show has a good chance of becoming your next TV obsession.
With aging, uber-wealthy media scion Logan Roy on the precipice of retirement, each of his 4 grown children angles to position themselves for a post-Logan world that seems imminent, though not predestined.
This is a series about rich people behaving badly, which is never boring to watch. These people would not make for great friends in real life, but they're extremely fun to watch on TV. Sharp and exciting, Succession draws you in from the first episode, promising a thrilling ride. Thankfully, it delivers.
4. The End (2020)
Three generations of a family with separate but intersecting obsessions try to figure out how to die with dignity, live with none and make it count.
The End is provocative, subtle and thought-provoking. All in all, it's must-see TV.
Young bankers and traders make their way in the financial world in the aftermath of the 2008 collapse.
The show has an excellent ensemble cast and is highly entertaining, offering the perfect escape from the real world.
6. The Flight Attendant
A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.
Addictive, dark and humorous, The Flight Attendant doesn't take itself too seriously, which only works in the show's favour. Calling it entertaining would be an understatement.
This is the beginning of a new era: dangerous new prisoners threaten to turn a post-siege Wentworth upside-down.
Violent, honest and riveting, Wentworth is the kind of show that hooks you from the very first episode. If you like complex characters and intricate storylines, this is definitely for you.
Two misfits are thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert and forge a bond in a quest to transport an upright piano across the country.
Upright is a clever and entertaining road-trip series. In fact, following the 2 main characters scamming their way across the scorching desert continent is a delight thanks to the intriguing script and pleasing visuals. The show is an interesting mix of melancholy and comedy, with the odd couple dynamic an absolute treat.
9. What We Do In The Shadows (2019)
A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of 3 vampires, who've lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island.
Absurd and charming, What We Do in the Shadows is clever, original and funny, qualities worthy of granting it a spot at the top of your watchlist, especially if you're into dry humour. The cast is excellent, which is reason enough to forgive the show's occasional forays into excessive silliness.
Deep under the influence of Nostalgia, Angela (Regina King) gets a firsthand account of her grandfather's journey.
Dark and intricate, Watchmen has all the required ingredients to keep fans glued to the screen. Add in the fact that the show is created by Damon Lindelof, who was also responsible for Lost and The Leftovers, and you just know that this ambitious series will be worthy of its inclusion in the Watchmen universe.
11. Euphoria (2019)
A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, sex and violence.
While the drama can be hard to watch every now and then due to its brutal honesty and graphic scenes depicting sex, violence and substance abuse, it's also an illuminating look at how some teens navigate modern life. Visually beautiful, the show also benefits from a great performance from Zendaya, who gets a chance to fully showcase her tremendous acting chops.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the Vice President of the United States in this comedy series that follows her whirlwind day-to-day existence as she puts out political fires, juggles public and private demands and defends the interests of the chief executive.
The show does a great job at satirising the political activities and inner workings of the US government, with flair and humour. As expected, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is excellent, but the supporting characters get their chance to shine in the spotlight as well, to the audience's delight. If you've somehow missed out on Veep so far, now is the perfect time to catch up.
Barry, who kills to earn a living, discovers the joy of acting in Los Angeles.
Barry perfectly balances darkness and humour, making it the perfect binge for cynics in need of a few laughs. As for the cast, Bill Hader is amazing in the lead role, with Henry Winkler delivering a top-notch performance as well. All in all, Barry is an unexpected treat with an intriguing premise. If you're not watching it, you're definitely missing out.
14. The Walking Dead
Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
For long-time fans, The Walking Dead feels more alive than ever, despite occasional stumbles in the past. One thing's for sure: The riveting pace and compelling characters that made the show so popular will keep us coming back for more. If you haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for?
15. The Leftovers
Kevin Garvey Senior wanders through the Outback on a self-appointed mission to save the world.
Prepare to become hooked on an ensemble cast, sharply written characters and just the irresistible lure of getting to the bottom of a confounding event that seemingly cannot be explained by cosmology or philosophy.
16. Game of Thrones
In the mythical land of Westeros, 9 noble families fight for control. Friction grows among the houses, leading to full-scale war.
Although there are fantasy elements, the show is primarily about backstabbing medieval politics and the shock offing of major characters in brutal ways. Essentially, none of your favourites is ever truly safe and Game of Thrones is all the more riveting because of it.
17. The Sopranos
New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.
Addictive as all hell, David Chase's stunningly original drama offers detailed character work and riveting suspense while displaying a flair for both black comedy and unpredictable twists. Throw in powerhouse acting by the show's lead, James Gandolfini, and you've got The Sopranos, a TV series that is nothing short of essential viewing.
18. The Wire
Four West Baltimore boys wrestle with what to do with the rest of their summer vacation. Bodie deals with his corner running slower than usual so he decides to take on a runner.
What we have here is a sprawling tale and an incredibly memorable cast filled with accomplished actors and bonafide Baltimoreans sourced straight from the mean streets. Take a toe-dip and you'll soon become addicted to a riveting series where almost every character becomes a favourite (despite their questionable morals). Honestly, just typing this makes me want to rewatch it all over again. For, like, the sixth time.
19. Curb Your Enthusiasm
The off-kilter, unscripted comic vision of Larry David, who plays himself in a parallel universe in which he can't seem to do anything right, and, by his standards, neither can anyone else.
The worst/best part of this series: the number of times you'll find yourself agreeing with Larry's logic, if not his hilariously heavy-handed approaches. Throw in a slew of playing-themselves cameos from local Hollywood residents – Ben Stiller, Martin Scorsese, Ted Danson and Michael J. Fox – and Curb Your Enthusiasm rivals even the mighty Seinfeld for consistent laugh factor.
20. Mr Inbetween
In Mr Inbetween, Scott Ryan plays Ray Shoesmith, a father, an ex-husband, a boyfriend and a best friend – tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Even harder when you're a criminal for hire.
Scott Ryan is tremendous in the lead role. More than that, the show is engaging and addictive, so buckle up for an exciting Australian watch.
21. The White Lotus
Set in a tropical resort, it follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week.
The satire comedy-drama has a star-studded cast and biting tone. Sometimes hilarious, other times uncomfortable, it's a thought-provoking watch for sure.
22. Reservation Dogs
Comedy series about 4 Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma.
A fresh and witty comedy, Reservation Dogs has a top-notch cast and an exciting premise. If that's not enough, the show also boasts an irresistible blend of heart and humour, drawing you in from the first episode.
23. Gogglebox Australia
Some of Australia's most opinionated and avid TV viewers comment on the best, worst and controversial shows and news stories of the past week, from the comfort of their sofas.
A TV show about people watching TV doesn’t sound like it should work, but Gogglebox Australia does. The brutal honesty delivers equal laughs and feels.
Best friends Issa and Molly belong to the same social background and face similar experiences. They always strive to find solutions to their problems by facing them together.
Created by star Issa Rae, it's a warm, hilarious and stylish comedy that touches on a variety of social and racial issues relevant in this day and age. Even better, it sticks the landing, leaving viewers desperately wanting more.
25. The Sex Lives of College Girls
The Sex Lives of College Girls follows 4 college roommates as they arrive at college, navigating their new, free lives on campus.
These sexually active college girls are equal parts lovable and infuriating. Besides sex, the show explores friendship and identity. The result? An endearing, clever and often hilarious comedy.
26. Peacemaker (2022)
The origin of the DC superhero so dedicated to world peace that he is prepared to use force of arms to achieve it.
Peacemaker is a riot: bloody, fun, well-acted and often ridiculous, but in the best way possible. If you're into superhero shows, stream it immediately.
27. Our Flag Means Death
Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat, abandons his life of privilege to become a pirate in the early 18th century. It does not go well.
Loosely based on a true story, Our Flag Means Death is a witty comedy with top-notch performances. Need a comfort binge? Add this to your watchlist ASAP.
5 comedians are set tasks challenging their creativity and wit. The tasks are supervised by Alex Horne, but the Taskmaster, Greg Davies, always has the final word.
Taskmaster is a hilarious game show that challenges the wit and creativity of 5 comedians. You’re guaranteed to laugh out loud at what they come up with in response to the ridiculous tasks.
29. Julia (2022)
Julia follows TV cook Julia Child's extraordinary life which pioneered the genre of cooking shows, including her loving marriage with a complicated power dynamic.
Julia is immersive, clever and well-acted. We can almost guarantee that it will put a big smile on your face. Whether you're a foodie or simply enjoy period dramedies, there's plenty here to love.
30. We Own This City
We Own This City chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force, examining the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city.
The series delivers great performances and an absorbing narrative, so expect to be invested from the first episode. You'll also be outraged.
31. Colin from Accounts
Centred on Ashley and Gordon, two single-ish, complex humans who are brought together by a car accident and an injured dog. Flawed, funny people choosing each other and being brave enough to show their true self, scars and all, as they navigate life together.
Featuring a delightful performance from the dog and excellent chemistry between the leads, Colin from Accounts will appeal to any rom-com lover. Don't miss out on the fun.
32. The Staircase (2022)
Tells the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed.
Here, the show is more concerned with the characters and less with figuring out what really happened to Kathleen. A well-crafted drama, it will keep you glued to the screen.
33. The Twelve (2022)
In The Twelve, 12 ordinary people are selected for jury duty in a murder trial as traumatising as it is controversial, in which a woman stands accused of killing a child.
The Twelve has a stacked cast and intriguing premise, so don't be surprised if the show immediately pulls you in. Once you begin to familiarise yourself with all the players, you'll be hooked for good.
34. The Great British Bake Off
Bakers attempt 3 challenges each week trying to impress the judges enough to go through to the next round and eventually are crowned Britain's best amateur baker.
Cakes and camaraderie go hand in hand in this charming competition series. Whether or not you're into baking, The Great British Bake Off makes for an excellent comfort watch. You'll be rooting for these amateur bakers in no time. The genteelness of the contestants is in stark comparison to other reality shows where it's win at all costs. Word of warning though - don't watch the show on an empty stomach.
35. Irma Vep
A disillusioned American actress comes to France to star as Irma Vep in a remake of a classic. Soon the distinctions between herself and her character begin to blur and merge.
Irma Vep is clever, stylish and very meta. If you're a cinephile eager to learn more about the how content is made, you'll be over the moon.
36. Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn focuses on a single Harley Quinn, who sets off to make it on her own in Gotham City.
Although an animated show, Harley Quinn is definitely not for kids as it's violent and foul-mouthed. But it's funny and features an excellent voice cast, so definitely worth watching, even if you're not a DC Comics fan.
37. Winning Time: The Rise of The Lakers Dynasty
The story of how the Los Angeles Lakers became the most successful professional basketball team in the 1980s.
Winning Time takes viewers behind the scenes and offers a captivating dramatisation of events. It helps that the cast never misses a beat.
38. The Rehearsal (2022)
The series is set in a world where nothing seems to ever work out as you had hoped, Nathan Fielder gives people the opportunity to rehearse for their own lives.
Fielder creates elaborately staged simulations and then lets people play out various scenarios of how the real-life event might go. To say that The Rehearsal is insane would be an understatement. It's also very, very good.
39. Rap Sh!t
A couple of estranged high school friends from Miami reunite to form a rap group.
The leads have chemistry and the show makes great use of social media to tell the story, giving it a bit of an edge. If you're looking for a hangout comedy to add to your binge-watching schedule, Rap Sh!t is worth your time.
40. House of the Dragon
The prequel series finds the Targaryen dynasty at the apex of its power. But their slow fall begins almost 193 years before the events of Game of Thrones, when King Viserys Targaryen breaks with tradition by naming his daughter Rhaenyra heir to the Iron Throne. But when Viserys later fathers a son, the court is shocked when Rhaenyra retains her status as his heir, and seeds of division sow friction across the realm.
An intriguing prequel, House of the Dragon wastes no time in establishing itself as a solid entry in the franchise. With great performances, excellent production values and delicious dialogue, it's everything Game of Thrones fans could want.
41. How To with John Wilson
In an odyssey of self-discovery and cultural observation, documentary filmmaker John Wilson covertly and obsessively films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on relatable topics.
This docu-comedy series heads in unpredictable directions as Wilson converses with everyday New Yorkers, and it's exactly this element that makes it worth a watch.
42. Doom Patrol
Doom Patrol follows a team of superheroes who have each suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities and now have to come together to investigate some of the world's weirdest phenomena.
An unconventional superhero show, Doom Patrol breathes fresh life into the genre without taking itself too seriously. The result is an engaging and addictive binge.
43. Happy Valley
Sarah Lancashire stars in this compelling crime thriller as a police sergeant in a small town where drunkards, drug addicts and teenage pregnancies are a way of life.
While the cases are interesting, it's the human drama that keeps viewers engaged. With a memorable performance from Lancashire, Happy Valley is addictive and fascinating.
44. Rain Dogs
Rain Dogs shows a dysfunctional family as they attempt to go straight in a crooked world in an extraordinary tale of a working-class single mum's love for her daughter.
The comedy-drama doesn't shy away from showing the injustice of life while also managing to find ounces of humour every now and then. It's dark yet oddly inspiring.
45. Mrs. Davis
An exploration of faith versus technology, Sister Simone partners with her ex-boyfriend on a globe-spanning journey to destroy Mrs. Davis, a powerful artificial intelligence.
With a mission to find the Holy Grail involved and so many escapades as they try to get there, there's plenty of humour in this drama. Mrs. Davis is especially prescient with AI being in the news so much.
Slip sees Mae, restless in her marriage, finding herself in parallel universes, married to different people and trying to find a way back to her partner, and, ultimately, to herself.
With multiverses all the rage at the moment, comedy series Slip is a fresh take on the concept and will no doubt have your head spinning as it jumps across parallel universes.
47. The Other Two
The Other Two has an aspiring actor and his sister, a former professional dancer, trying to find their place in the world while wrestling with their feelings about their 13-year-old brother's sudden rise to internet fame.
The comedy series shows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It's dark and witty, and the one-liners come at such a pace it might be hard to keep up. But stick with it to be rewarded.
48. The Righteous Gemstones
The Righteous Gemstones follows the world-famous Gemstone family – televangelists who, despite battling countless threats to their renowned religious empire, continue to spread the good word... and make a whole lot of cash.
Filled with outrageous characters and irreverent jokes, The Righteous Gemstones won't be everyone's cup of tea. But no matter what your thoughts are on the church, you will find this comedy full of genuine laugh out loud moments.
49. Selling in the City
In Selling in the City, designers Rosie Morley and Paddy Milne work together to increase the value of some of Australia's most sought-after properties. They elevate the interior and exterior design of inner-city properties to get there.
An engaging lifestyle series, this property show features clever design solutions that might inspire you to upgrade your own home. Consider this a friendly warning.
50. The Winchesters
A Supernatural prequel, The Winchesters tells the epic untold love story of John and Mary, Sam and Dean's parents, of how they not only saved their love but also the entire world.
The show is charming and can appeal to Supernatural fans and newbies alike. If you've watched the original, you'll recognise several familiar faces. Always a treat.
What changed on our list?
- The Great British Bake Off
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