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The best dramas to stream on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now has an impressive selection of shows that will keep you glued to the screen for hours on end. Here are the best of the best.
When you first get a Foxtel Now subscription, it's easy to be overwhelmed with the amount of content available. The streaming platform offers thousands of hours of binging material, from buzzy HBO shows to acclaimed classics to original Australian dramas. Users can catch up with complete seasons of their favourite series or discover new TV addictions at the push of a button. We're truly living in magical times.
Yet, browsing through Foxtel Now's vast catalogue can go from exciting to stressful in a manner of minutes. There's so much choice available that picking something to watch is no easy feat. In the era of peak TV, committing to a new series instantly means dismissing several other appealing options, at least for the moment. It's a first-world problem, sure. However, you can't deny that all that time wasted browsing aimlessly through the platform's library and checking reviews would be better spent… actually watching something.
To help you out, we've gathered the best dramas currently streaming on Foxtel Now. We made the selection as diverse as possible in order to accommodate everyone's tastes. As a result, the list below is a balanced blend of critical darlings and mainstream hits. At the same time, we were careful to include classic, must-watch series, but also squeeze in some more recent additions to the TV hall of fame. Happy binging!
1. Game of Thrones
If you haven't lived under a rock for the past few years, you've probably heard of this hugely popular medieval fantasy series. Based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones follows prominent families as they battle for control over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and a seat on the infamous Iron Throne. Expect an epic show featuring backstabbing, dragons, convoluted politics, insane power plans, ice zombies, bloody fights, and memorable weddings.
The final season of Game of Thrones aired in 2019, so you can now watch the show in its entirety and find out why it's one of the most talked about shows on television.
2. The Sopranos
The Sopranos centres on Tony Soprano, brilliantly portrayed by the late James Gandolfini, as he juggles his family life with his involvement with the mob. It's dark, compelling, unpredictable, clever, and spellbinding. Widely regarded as one of the best TV shows of all time, The Sopranos shows just as engaging and masterful TV storytelling can be. Its influence prevails through this day, as the acclaimed series elevated serial television into a legitimate art form at the same level as literature and film.
Moreover, The Sopranos also boosted HBO's reputation as a primary destination for cutting-edge television. Without it, we might not have gotten shows like Six Feet Under or Big Love. In short, the crime series marked the first step towards the transition to the current golden age of television. It might sound as a hyperbole; but if you watch the show, you can't help but agree.
3. The Wire
Another drama regarded as one of the best shows on all time, The Wire explores the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of both law enforcement and drug dealers. At its core, the series is an accurate exploration of society and politics, realistically depicting urban life and emphasising the effect institutions can have on the community. Thanks to great writing and compelling characters, The Wire never becomes preachy or tedious – each season is like a good book you can't help but devour.
An ambitious show featuring a large cast and tackling important themes, The Wire's strongest element is its honest representation of real world problems. You might not love it from the pilot, but it will steadily grow on you with every episode.
4. Picnic at Hanging Rock
Based on the famous novel of the same name, Picnic at Hanging Rock explores the events surrounding a mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and a teacher in 1900. Viewers see how the incident and investigation impact not only the girls' families, but the community as a whole.
This Foxtel miniseries exceeds all expectations due to the eerie tone and some strong performances. Thanks to the longer format, the narrative can dig deeper into the story and characters, so even those already familiar with the plot will find something new to cherish. It's haunting and complex, feeling weirdly contemporary at times, despite its historical setting. Furthermore, Picnic at Hanging Rock is also a visual treat, as the directing plays with the audience's perception, to stunning results.
Wentworth has become a staple for Foxtel, with the series gaining not only critical acclaim in Australia, but also international success. The show centres on a women's prison and initially follows Bea Smith's early days behind bars, as well as her subsequent rise to power. It eventually shifts its focus onto a more ensemble format.
Despite inevitable comparisons to Orange Is the New Black, Wentworth's tone is much darker. The ground-breaking series doesn't sugarcoat prison life – it does feature some humour, but gritty violence takes centre stage. Moreover, the show is edge-of-your-seat television, boasting high stakes and compelling characters. This ultimately makes Wentworth the perfect binge.
6. Big Little Lies
Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies follows three emotionally troubled mothers who become embroiled in a murder investigation. The series made a splash upon its release in 2017, becoming an instant hit. Not only that, but it went on to win several Emmys and Golden Globes. Despite initially being regarded as a miniseries, Big Little Lies was renewed for a second season which will welcome Meryl Streep to the already impressive cast.
Amazing performances aside, the HBO series is engaging and twisty. It draws you in thanks to its soap opera appeal only to reveal unexpected depths. Besides, it's ridiculously addictive, as these women battle their inner demons while simultaneously dazzling you with their privilege. If you like intense relationship dramas, this is one of the best.
7. The Americans
Set during the Cold War, The Americans follows Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. Their arranged marriage becomes more passionate as the years goes by, but is continually tested as the Cold War escalates.
There's something very entertaining about watching people lead a double life, but the snappy premise isn't the only thing that will pique your interest. A spy thriller of the highest order, The Americans delivers top notch performances and benefits from an undeniable chemistry between its two leads. Suspenseful and absorbing, the series doesn't limit itself to awe us with intricate spy games. Instead, it delves deeper, focusing on a marriage between two people in a very unusual situation.
Designed for the rich, Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. It doesn't offer wild rollercoaster rides, but allows visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. Looked after by robotic hosts prevented from harming humans, the park is especially appealing for those who look to indulge their wildest side without fear of retaliation. This makes the drama both unnerving and fascinating.
Westworld is vivid and thought-provoking, beautifully shot, and brimming with sinister undertones. The hosts are programmed not to hurt visitors, but how long will that last? As the characters grow more complex, so does the show's suspense. You won't be able to look away.
9. The Walking Dead
Year of release: 2010
Cast: Greg Nicotero, Michael E. Satrazemis, Ernest R. Dickerson, David Boyd
The Walking Dead has been around for a while, but it still manages to deliver the thrills. The show centres on a man who awakens from a coma only to discover that the world is now overrun by zombies. He soon reunites with his family and becomes the leader of a survivor group struggling to adapt to the new post-apocalyptic reality, where humans often prove more dangerous than the zombies themselves.
Gritty and intense, The Walking Dead offers an intelligent spin on the zombie genre by taking the time to figure out what makes the characters tick. It's a real treat for horror fans; however, it can also appeal to a large plethora of viewers thanks to its complexity and twisty nature. All in all, it's riveting TV.
10. The Leftovers
One of HBO's most underrated series, The Leftovers explores life in a small town after many of its residents vanished in a Rapture-like event. It starts three years after the inexplicable disappearance of 2% of the world's population – but instead of explaining why the event happened, it focuses on how the survivors cope in the aftermath and how they're struggling to create meaning within their new reality.
The Leftovers isn't a show about people disappearing. Instead, it's all about the dumb stuff people do to overcome loss and grief, which makes the series incredibly compelling. It also boasts some great performances and tremendous writing, so everyone streaming it will be in for a treat.
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