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The 50 best TV shows on Foxtel Now: From Thrones to The Sopranos

Iron thrones, zombies, family drama: These are the shows you should be watching, or re-watching.

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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 most are now also on its cheaper sister streaming service BINGE. But let's stop with the preamble and dig into the crème de le crème of bingeable material on Foxtel's original streaming service. Combining scores from Rotten Tomatoes with our own preferences and decade-long experience in the industry, we have determined this list, which is in no particular order. Enjoy.

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1. Mare of Easttown


Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Cast: Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Guy Pearce, Evan Peters

Mare of Easttown stars Kate Winslet as a detective from a small town who is struggling to keep her life together while investigating a murder. If you're a fan of crime shows set within a small community, this one's not to miss.

Winslet offers a mesmerising performance in the lead, marking her first TV drama role in a decade. 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.

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2. A Teacher


Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%

Cast: Kate Mara, Nick Robinson, Ashley Zukerman, Rya Kihlstedt

A Teacher is a powerful miniseries that chronicles an affair between a young teacher and one of her high school students. The series shows how the pair become closer and how the relationship eventually implodes, affecting the boy in a profound way.

The show is honest and well-acted, with both Kate Mara and Nick Robinson offering excellent performances. It's also best enjoyed binged, so we recommend you set aside a few hours before tuning in.

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3. The End


Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Cast: Frances O'Connor, Harriet Walter, Ingrid Torelli

A Foxtel original, The End follows a multi-generational family as they deal with life, death and everything in between.

When a suicide attempt reunites mother and daughter, the mother is installed in a luxury retirement village. As the show progresses, we learn more about the family and the issues each member is dealing with.

The End is provocative, subtle and thought-provoking. All in all, it's must-see TV.

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4. Superman & Lois


Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Cast: Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Alex Garfin, Jordan Elsass

Action and family drama come together in Superman & Lois, a show that follows the Man of Steel and his journalist wife. This time around, they struggle with raising a family, while also dealing with the usual saving-the-world stuff.

Compelling and intriguing, Superman & Lois seems more interested in telling a relatable tale of juggling work and parenthood. Yet, it offers plenty of action as well, so superhero fans won't be disappointed. It's a show that the whole family will enjoy, so we strongly advise adding this to your watchlist.

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5. Industry


Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Cast: Myha'la Herrold, Marisa Abela, David Jonsson

Industry revolves around a group of young graduates who start working for a prestigious financial institution in London. They need to be cunning to get ahead and score longtime positions, but that doesn't stop them from engaging in nefarious after-work affairs.

The show has an excellent ensemble cast and is highly entertaining, offering the perfect escape from the real world. The only downside is that season 1 only consists of 8 episodes.

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6. The Flight Attendant


Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Cast: Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man next to her. Even worse, she has no idea what happened. Could she actually be a killer? That's the bonkers premise behind this engaging comedy thriller, which stars Kaley Cuoco in excellent form.

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.

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7. The Undoing


Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Noah Jupe, Donald Sutherland

Grace and Jonathan make a great couple, at least from the outside. She's a therapist, he's a doctor. Together, they live among New York's elite. But when a murder rocks the community and Jonathan disappears, Grace is left wondering just how much of her marriage is really a lie.

Beautifully shot and well-acted, The Undoing is a thrilling and polished miniseries that pulls you in from the first twist. You won't be able to look away.

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8. Raised by Wolves


Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim

A sci-fi drama executive produced by Ridley Scott, Raised by Wolves centres on 2 androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. However, as the human colony threatens to be torn apart, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

Featuring gorgeous imagery, this is the kind of series that stimulates the eye as well as the mind. The story is complex, the themes are thought-provoking and the performances effective. If you're into sci-fi, stream it immediately. New season 2 episodes are now available.

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9. Lovecraft Country


Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Cast: Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Courtney B. Vance

This haunting series follows a young Black man, Atticus, as he sets out on a road trip across a racially segregated America in the 50s to look for his missing father. He is joined by his friend Letitia and his Uncle George. Together, they will have to overcome multiple challenges along the way, including dealing with terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

Based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country is wild and exciting. Featuring monsters both real and imaginary, it's a series that elegantly subverts expectations at nearly every turn, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats.

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10. I'll Be Gone in the Dark


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Cast: Patton Oswalt, Paul Haynes, Lauren Orlando, Amy Ryan

I'll Be Gone in the Dark is a 6-part documentary series based on the book of the same name, which follows writer Michelle McNamara's investigation into the world of the violent predator she dubbed The Golden State Killer. Back in the 70s and 80s, the man committed 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, which prompted McNamara's obsessive quest to find justice on behalf of his victims.

Gripping and moving, the docu-series might not have all the answers, but the questions it poses are definitely worth your time. Plus, it's a story of crime and obsession. Once you tune in, you'll find it hard to look away.

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11. Wentworth


Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A

Cast: Kate Atkinson, Robbie Magasiva, Katrina Milosevic

A reimagining of classic show Prisoner, this iconic Aussie drama revolves around inmates struggling to survive in the violent environment of a contemporary women's prison.

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. The final season is now streaming.

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12. Perry Mason


Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Cast: Matthew Rhys, Juliet Rylance, Tatiana Maslany, Rachel Boulware

In booming 1932 Los Angeles, defence attorney Perry Mason takes on the case of a lifetime – a sensational child kidnapping trial. Turns out, the investigation will have major consequences for Mason, his client and the city itself.

Perry Mason offers a compelling mystery and brilliant performances, making it a must-see for fans of period shows. Matthew Rhys is a delight as the lead, so rest assured, he does the legendary fictional character justice.

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13. Upright


Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A

Cast: Tim Minchin, Milly Alcock, Rebecca Massey

A Foxtel original series, Upright follows 2 misfits, Lucky and Meg, who are thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert and forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious upright piano from one side of the country to the other.

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.

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14. His Dark Materials


Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Cast: Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff

An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials follows a young orphan girl from another world searching for a missing friend. In her quest, she discovers a series of kidnappings and makes it her aim to understand a mysterious phenomenon.

Visually stunning and filled with wonderful performances, this magical series can be tough to follow for viewers unfamiliar with the novels. However, it compensates with memorable twists and fantastic daemons. The show might not be the next Game of Thrones, but it's a fun watch nonetheless.

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15. Watchmen


Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Cast: Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

One of the most highly-anticipated shows of 2019, Watchmen lives up to the hype thanks to its thrilling visuals, complex characters and unexpected twists. The superhero drama is a modern-day re-imagining of Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel. The action takes place in an alternate reality where masked vigilantes work alongside the police.

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.

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16. The Righteous Gemstones


Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Cast: Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson, Adam DeVine, Cassidy Freeman

Created by Danny McBride, this offbeat comedy centres on a world-famous televangelist family, the Gemstones, who are as dysfunctional as they are fascinating. When a threat that jeopardises the reputation of a family member surfaces, faith and followers may not be enough to keep their religious empire growing.

While watching a series that tackles American megachurch culture may not seem particularly appealing, The Righteous Gemstones is definitely worth a stream thanks to its great cast and darkly hilarious craziness. A successful blend of comedy, drama and silliness, the show is kind of bonkers. If you're into that sort of thing, it will be right up your alley.

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17. Big Little Lies


Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Meryl Streep

Based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies follows a group of emotionally troubled women who unexpectedly get caught in a murder investigation. The first season received universal acclaim and the second instalment is following suit, with Meryl Streep joining the cast in a brilliant villain role.

If you find rich people living miserable lives fascinating, you'll fall deeply in love with this. Darkly humorous and wonderfully written, the show is worth binging for the cast alone. And yet, the story will grip you from the very first scene, offering plenty of juicy drama and meme-able scenes you can discuss around the water cooler.

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18. Euphoria


Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Cast: Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane

An adaptation of the Israeli show of the same name, Euphoria centres on Rue, a troubled teen with a substance abuse problem. Fresh out of rehab, she has no plans to change her wild ways. The series excels as showcasing a teenage landscape brimming with day-to-day anxiety and substance-enhanced parties.

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. Season 2 is now streaming.

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19. Chernobyl


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Cast: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter

The event miniseries everyone seems to be talking about, Chernobyl is a 5-part historical drama which depicts the nuclear disaster of April 1986, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history. The show also features the clean-up efforts that followed, highlighting the brave men and women who made sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable consequences.

Chernobyl is a bleak show, but that's not surprising given the true events it's based on. However, the series shines as it manages to also be riveting, suspenseful and atmospheric. Chernobyl is among the highest-rated TV series of all time on IMDb, so you might want to give it a stream to see what all the fuss is about.

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20. What We Do in the Shadows


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Cast: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen, Mark Proksch

Based on the movie of the same name, this new series is a mockumentary-style look at the nocturnal endeavours of 4 vampires who live together in Staten Island. When they are reminded of their original purpose – complete domination of the world, they set out to achieve this goal, in hilarious fashion.

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 watch list, 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. Season 3 is now streaming.

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21. Veep


Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons

Veep is a comedy that follows Selina Meyer, the vice president of the US, who struggles to juggle her public schedule and private life, with a little help from her staff. As the years go by her political aspirations grow, while her personal life also goes through changes – we see her interact with her daughter, ex-husband and a series of significant others.

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.

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22. Barry


Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Cast: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg

One of the best new comedies to come out in 2018, Barry gets even better in its second season. The show follows a low-level hitman who follows one of his targets into an acting class and becomes instantly drawn into the community – so much so that he contemplates starting a new life as an actor. Too bad that his handler isn't particularly supportive.

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.

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23. The Walking Dead


Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun

A bonafide hit, The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors as they navigate life during a zombie apocalypse. Not only do they have to stay safe from the walkers that roam the country, but also from other communities, each with their own sets of laws and morals.

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?

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24. Succession


Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Cast: Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun

This clever HBO show follows the Roy family, which controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. When the head of the family announces on his 80th birthday that he has no intention to step down as CEO, his heirs are caught by surprise and struggle to gain as much power within the company as they can, hoping they will be able to come out on top when the time is right.

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. Season 3 is now streaming.

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25. Castle Rock


Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Cast: André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy, and Sissy Spacek

Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock is a psychological-horror series that intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. It all starts when an anonymous phone call lures death-row lawyer Henry Deaver back to his hometown, where a kid has been found locked in an underground cage at Shawshank State Penitentiary.

Recommended for both King fans and newbies, Castle Rock is brimming with supernatural secrets waiting to be uncovered, which makes for a particularly entertaining binge. Gorgeously shot and suspenseful, the show has a stellar cast and immediately pulls in viewers as its shapes its complex and mysterious universe. As a bonus, the show offers plenty of Easter Eggs any King enthusiast will appreciate.

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26. The Leftovers


Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Cast: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon

They call it "The Sudden Departure", a global cataclysm where a whopping 140 million people (roughly 2% of us) vanished without a trace. Set 3 years after this mysterious disaster, the world hasn't been able to move on due to a complete lack of answers. As a result, the small community of Mapleton, NY, is a tinderbox of confusion and anger. A decent subsection of folks have been driven to extreme paranoia or outright madness, conspiracy nuts are having a field day and cult leaders are capitalising on the faith vacuum.

Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is a police chief up against the wall, desperately trying to prevent a civil war from triggering between the sketchy zealots of "The Guilty Remnant" and the citizenry who just want to forget and move on with their lives. 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.

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27. Rome


Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Cast: Ciaran Hinds, Zuleikha Robinson, Kevin McKidd

While this is one of the early standout successes in HBO's bigger budget programming, it had some behind-the-scenes production issues. Long story short (literally), Rome has an excellent, lavishly funded first season and then some foolish hand-wringing by the suits caused it to have a truncated second outing and an abrupt end. Let none of that dissuade you from watching what is a wonderful upstairs-downstairs tale that neatly interweaves the plight of the plebeian soldiery and Roman elite both.

In one thread you have the political machinations of Julius Caesar, a conquering hero who breaks the rules by returning to the capital with his army in tow, and a number of powerful Roman houses who would stop him. In Caesar's rank and file is the focus of the second thread: the unlikely partnership of dour, by-the-book captain Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and the hedonistic and insubordinate Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson). Well worth a watch, even if you're not a history buff.

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28. Game of Thrones


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Cast: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Musical chairs, played to the death, except, plot twist, there's only 1 chair and everybody playing has a sword. This is the basic elevator pitch for George R. R. Martin's fantasy book series, a sprawling epic that has been well translated to the small screen by the deep-pocketed HBO. The action centres on the land of Westeros, a kingdom divided into 7 fiefs that are a veritable tinderbox for civil war (largely thanks to some iffy decisions made in the previous war fought 17 years ago). That said, and unbeknown to the many belligerents in the south, beyond a great wall monument that borders the arctic region of this continent waits a supernatural threat.

However, the latter is a (literal) glacial problem so you can expect few fantasy elements in the opening seasons. They are 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.

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29. The Sopranos


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Cast: James Gandolfini, Ron Leibman, Lorraine Bracco

A dark drama about Tony Soprano, the patriarch of a mid-level New Jersey crime family who is somewhat obsessed with the ducks that frequent his swimming pool. No wonder Tone seeks therapy to cope with mob and family pressures, not to mention the merciless creep of modernity that is slowly eroding his old-school gangster life.

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.

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30. The Wire


Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Cast: Dominic West, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

It has been almost 2 decades since it first aired, but nobody has beaten David Simon's The Wire and taken away its crown as the best TV show ever made. Though it starts as a police procedural that pits a misfit group of "5-0" against the rat-like cunning of a ruthless drug lord, The Wire expands its scope in subsequent seasons to cover the dysfunction of the wider city of Baltimore. Via some impressive, novel-esque world-building we're made privy to the back alley dealings of many flawed institutions, be it city hall, the unions, schools or the local media. The thing they all have in common: corruption.

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 synopsis makes me want to rewatch it all over again. For, like, the sixth time.

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31. Curb Your Enthusiasm


Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Cast: Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Here's a worrying realisation: Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld, is more or less the real-life version of Jerry's stocky, bespectacled best friend. Costanza, also known as "Art Vandelay" and "Buck Naked" exists, and Curb Your Enthusiasm is basically a big endless summer of George. Each incredibly well-written episode sees our socially clueless (or often purposefully difficult) protagonist navigate the pretension and uber-political-correctness of Los Angeles with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

No matter where he is or who he's dealing with, Larry will find a way to get himself into yet another cringe-worthy situation. The worst/best part of this series: the number of times you'll find yourself agreeing with his 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.

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32. In Treatment


Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Josh Charles

In Treatment centres on Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne), a psychologist questioning his ability to heal while confronting uneasy truths about his own life in therapy sessions with his patients. Interestingly, the format alternates between sessions where Paul is leading the questioning and other times he's in the hot seat, spilling his guts to his own psychotherapist, Gina (Diane West). The latter is a fascinating dynamic that highlights how your average shrink benefits from, or can be handicapped by, their own traumatic life experiences.

Paul is very much a wounded healer. He's seen the worst of life from the inside and while this grants him incredible empathy and the ability to speak from experience, as your binge-watch continues you'll start to wonder when his past will overwhelm him. Featuring knockout performances and a script that deftly reveals and withholds crucial information, In Treatment becomes hypnotic in no time.

In even more exciting news, the show has been rebooted in 2021, with Uzo Aduba in the lead. The premise stays the same, but there's a new doctor in town!

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33. Mr Inbetween


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Cast: Scott Ryan, Chika Yasumura, Justin Rosniak, Damon Herriman


Mr Inbetween is a dark comedy revolving around Ray Shoesmith, a criminal for hire. Apart from his shady job, though, Ray is also a father, boyfriend and best friend – roles he must learn to juggle in order to live the good life.

Scott Ryan is tremendous in the lead role. More than that, the show is engaging and addictive, so buckle up for an exciting watch. Season 3 is now available.

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    34. The White Lotus


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

    Cast: Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario

    A satire comedy-drama that takes on wealth and privilege, The White Lotus follows a group of people who arrive at a resort in Hawaii hoping for peace and relaxation. However, as the week progresses, each of them has to deal with personal demons that will make their escape less than idyllic.

    The show has a star-studded cast and biting tone. Sometimes hilarious, other times uncomfortable, it's a thought-provoking watch for sure.

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    35. Gossip Girl


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%

    Cast: Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Tavi Gevinson, Eli Brown

    Set in present day, the 2021 Gossip Girl is a reboot of the original 2007 drama, revolving around a new generation of teens.

    It's been years since the Gossip Girl website went dark and few remember the anonymous blogger who used to terrorise Manhattan. But when a fresh Gossip Girl Instagram account pops up, the students at Constance Billard have to once again watch their every move.

    With great production values and an attractive cast, the new Gossip Girl is more woke and diverse than the original, which is a plus. While it stumbles a bit when it comes to delivering truly engaging storylines, it's a series that shows a lot of potential. All season 1 episodes are streaming.

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    36. Reservation Dogs


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

    Cast: D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Elva Guerra, Devery Jacobs, Lane Factor

    Reservation Dogs follows 4 Native American teenagers who dream of escaping their small community and heading to California, but lack money. As a result, they engage in all sorts of schemes hoping to secure the required travel funds.

    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.

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    37. Vigil


    Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A

    Cast: Suranne Jones, Martin Compston, Shaun Evans, Rose Leslie

    Following the mysterious disappearance of a fishing trawler and a suspicious death on board a nuclear submarine, a detective joins the crew to figure out what's going on. However, she's met with hostility and soon begins to suspect there's more to this case that meets the eye.

    Twisty and clever, Vigil is also quite claustrophobic at times given the submarine setting. Consider yourself warned.

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    38. Scenes from a Marriage


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

    Cast: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll

    An adaptation of Ingmar Bergmann's 1973 Swedish TV miniseries of the same name, Scenes from a Marriage follows a couple on the brink of breaking up. Mira, an ambitious tech executive and Jonathan, a philosophy professor, are desperate to keep their marriage intact. However, their bond is fragile, and witnessing them fall apart can be heart-wrenching.

    Isaac and Chastain are excellent, their chemistry palpable and their characters' inner struggles conveyed with skill. This is the kind of series you don't necessarily watch for the plot, but for the performances. The acting here, we're happy to report, is top-notch.

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    39. Insecure


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

    Cast: Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell

    Insecure follows 2 black friends as they deal with life, love, friendship, work and everything in between. 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. All episodes are now streaming.

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    40. The Sex Lives of College Girls


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    Cast: Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott

    The Sex Lives of College Girls revolves around 4 roommates as they navigate their freshman year at Essex College. All coming from different backgrounds, the girls are away from home for the first time, which comes with both perks and challenges.

    Besides sex, the show explores friendship and identity. The result? An endearing, clever and often hilarious comedy.

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    41. The North Water


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

    Cast: Colin Farrell, Jack O'Connell, Stephen Graham, Tom Courtenay

    Based on the book of the same name by Ian McGuire, this gritty series follows a disgraced ex-army surgeon who joins a whaling expedition to the Arctic. Eager to escape his past, the doctor finds himself sharing the ship with a murderous psychopath.

    The North Water boasts stunning cinematography and top-notch performances. It's a chilling watch, so we don't recommend watching this if you're already in a miserable mood. Otherwise, prepare to be mesmerised.

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    42. And Just Like That…


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 59%

    Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sara Ramirez

    A Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That… follows Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate life and love in their 50s. The women are each dealing with their own challenges – including career changes, new opportunities, growing kids, loss and grief.

    Watching the revival is like catching up with old friends. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes devastating, And Just Like That… writes a compelling new chapter in the Sex and the City saga.

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    43. Peacemaker


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

    Cast: John Cena, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Chukwudi Iwuji

    A new DC series, Peacemaker picks up where 2021 movie The Suicide Squad left off. We follow the titular character, a man who would do anything in the name of peace, regardless of how many people he ends up killing to achieve that ultimate goal. Now, he's tasked with a new mission and joins a team that will help him 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.

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    44. Hotel Portofino


    Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A

    Cast: Natascha McElhone, Lucy Akhurst, Louisa Binder, Elizabeth Carling

    A fabulous period drama, Hotel Portofino is set in the 20s and takes place at a luxurious British hotel established on the Italian Riviera.

    As guests become more demanding and Benito Mussolini's brand of fascism is on the rise, the hotel's owner has to face unexpected challenges. For fans of historical series with gorgeous scenery, this is must-watch TV.

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    45. Our Flag Means Death


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

    Cast: Rhys Darby, Joel Fry, Samson Kayo, Nathan Foad, Taika Waititi

    Set in the early 18th century, Our Flag Means Death centres on an aristocrat who gives up his pampered life to become a pirate. He's not very good at the job, but this new endeavour leads him to strike a friendship with the legendary Blackbeard. Their relationship soon blossoms into more.

    Our Flag Means Death is a witty comedy with top-notch performances. Need a comfort binge? Add this on your watchlist ASAP.

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    46. This Is Going to Hurt


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    Cast: Ben Whishaw, Ambika Mod, Rory Fleck Byrne, Michele Austin

    Based on the popular memoir of the same name by Adam Kay, This Is Going to Hurt follows an overworked junior doctor doing his best to navigate the British health system.

    The show is a dramedy featuring equal parts humour and pain. If you're into medical shows, especially the realistic kind, this one should be right up your alley.

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    47. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

    Cast: John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Gaby Hoffmann, Rob Morgan, Adrien Brody

    As the name suggests, this period series explores how American basketball team The Los Angeles Lakers thrived in the 80s. With talented players like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and an intriguing strategy, they managed to win 5 NBA championships.

    Winning Time takes viewers behind the scenes and offers a captivating dramatisation of events. It helps that the cast never misses a beat.

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    48. Julia


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

    Cast: Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Fran Kranz

    Based on the life of television chef Julia Child, this charming series is an absolute treat. Julia is set in the 60s and chronicles how the beloved chef got to make cooking show The French Chef, which went on for 10 seasons and grew into a huge success.

    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.

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    49. We Own This City


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Cast: Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Josh Charles, Jamie Hector

    Coming from the creator of acclaimed series The Wire, We Own This City is based on true events surrounding the rise and fall of Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force. Established in order to reduce crime, the task force operated for years before it was revealed that several officers involved were themselves guilty of all sorts of misdeeds.

    We Own This City delivers great performances and an absorbing narrative, so expect to be hooked from episode one. You'll also be outraged.

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    50. The Staircase


    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    Cast: Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Dane DeHaan

    Inspired by true events, this crime drama tells the story of Michael Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife Kathleen in 2001. A legal battle followed, which was chronicled in a popular true crime docuseries of the same name.

    Here, the show is more concerned with the characters and less with figuring out what really happened to Kathleen. A well-crafted and brilliantly acted drama, it will keep you glued to the screen.

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