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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.

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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.

But 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 a range of 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, as well as some more recent additions to the TV hall of fame. Happy binging!

1. Mare of Easttown

Year of release: 2021
Cast: Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters

Set in a small town, this exquisite crime drama stars Kate Winslet as a local detective who investigates a grisly murder. At the same time, she's dealing with problems in her personal life and struggling to find answers, even when it seems like everyone around has a dark secret to keep.

With a stunning performance from Winslet and an overall excellent cast, Mare of Easttown is atmospheric and highly addictive. If you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out.

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2. The End

Year of release: 2020
Cast: Frances O'Connor, Harriet Walter, Noni Hazlehurstm, Luke Arnold

The End is a dark dramedy, so there's a good chance you'll laugh a bit along the way. Still, given the subject matter, it's as dramatic as a TV show gets.

The series follows 3 generations of a family. While Kate opposes euthanasia, her mother is passionate about her right to die. Kate brings her mum in a nearby retirement village and struggles to rebuild their relationships, while dealing with challenges that involve her own kids.

The End is a show about death, witty and thought-provoking. Have a morbid sense of humour? You'll like it even more.

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3. Beartown

Year of release: 2020
Cast: Miriam Ingrid, Ulf Stenberg, Oliver Dufåker, Aliette Opheim

Based on the Fredrik Backman's popular novel of the same name, Beartown is a hockey drama set in a small Sweden town where the sport takes centre stage. But when the junior team finally has a shot at securing a national title, a devastating tragedy threatens to tear the community apart.

The show is powerful and wrenching, with a story that will stay with you for a long time. You don't have to like hockey to find it compelling – it's more about family, small town dynamics, loyalty and consequences. We won't spoil it by saying more.

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4. Industry

Year of release: 2020
Cast: Marisa Abela, Priyanga Burford, Mark Dexter, Myha'la Herrold

Industry follows a group of young bankers and traders as they make their way in the financial world. They're ambitious and the competition is fierce. However, the boundaries between friend, lover, colleague and enemy soon start to blur.

With an appealing cast and sharp script, Industry is a compulsive and soapy workplace drama. You'll be cheering for (some of) these characters in no time.

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5. The Undoing

Year of release: 2020
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Matilda De Angelis, Donald Sutherland

From the outside, Grace and Jonathan look like a perfect couple. But when Grace discovers that Jonathan might be responsible for a heinous crime, her life slowly begins to unravel.

That's the premise of The Undoing, an intriguing psychological thriller based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, which should be reason enough to make you want to tune in.

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6. Lovecraft Country

Year of release: 2020
Cast: Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, Aunjanue Ellis, Courtney B. Vance

Ready to embark on a chilling road trip across 1950s America? Lovecraft Country follows a Black man who goes looking for his missing father, with help from his best friend and uncle. Soon, they find themselves in grave danger and experience horrors both of a real and supernatural nature.

The series is dazzling and unsettling, with exceptional acting and memorable visuals. It seamlessly blends history and fantasy, making for a captivating binge.

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7. Lambs of God

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Essie Davis, Ann Dowd, Jessica Barden, Sam Reid

Based on Marele Day's novel of the same name, Lambs of God follows 3 eccentric nuns who live on a remote island. When a priest unwittingly discovers them, the nuns have to defend their way of living and beliefs.

Don't be fooled by the premise. This original Foxtel production is dark and gripping, boasting a delicious gothic feel. Lambs of God is a 4-part miniseries, so you can pretty much binge this epic tale of faith and redemption in 1 afternoon. The all-star cast is the cherry on top.

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8. Watchmen

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Watchmen is a gritty superhero drama and a modern-day re-imagining of Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes.

The story focuses on events in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a white supremacist group has taken up arms against the police department. Meanwhile, a detective investigates the murder of her superior and makes some interesting discoveries.

That’s putting things simply, since Watchmen has so much nuance it’s almost too much to bear. The series is thought-provoking, ambitious and visually stunning. It builds on the source material but forges an identity of its own, making it a treat for both long-time Watchmen fans and viewers new to the universe.

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9. Chernobyl

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

As the title suggests, this acclaimed miniseries revolves around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the cleanup efforts that followed. The show prides itself on historical accuracy and attention to detail and it has plenty to say about what went wrong during those difficult times.

The only downside of Chernobyl is that it guarantees a bleak viewing experience. Otherwise, everything about the series is phenomenal, whether it's the writing, acting, directing or cinematography. It’s a smart and well-crafted show that offers a riveting portrait of a devastating catastrophe. That's no easy feat.

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10. Succession

Year of release: 2018
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin

If dysfunctional family dramas are your bread and butter, add Succession to your watchlist asap. The series revolves around the Logan family, which controls the biggest media and entertainment company in the world. When the patriarch decides he’s not ready to retire just yet, his power-hungry heirs will do everything to ensure they’ll be able to take control when the right time comes.

Succession seamlessly blurs the line between drama and comedy and boasts a tremendous ensemble cast. It’s a fascinating exploration of wealth and dysfunction, to the point where you will be unable to look away.

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11. Game of Thrones

Year of release: 2011
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey

If you haven't lived under a rock for the past decade, 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. You can now watch the show in its entirety and find out why it's one of the most talked-about titles in the history of television.

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12. The Sopranos

Year of release: 1999
Cast: Timothy Van Patten, John Patterson, Allen Coulter, Alan Taylor

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 how engaging and masterful television can be. Its influence prevails through to this day, as the acclaimed series elevated serial television into a legitimate art form at the same level as literature and film.

The Sopranos 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.

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13. The Wire

Year of release: 2002
Cast: Joe Chappelle, Ernest R. Dickerson, Clark Johnson, Clark Johnson

Another drama considered among 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 that 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.

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14. Picnic at Hanging Rock

Year of release: 2018
Cast: Natalie Dormer, Lily Sullivan, Lola Bessis, Harrison Gilbertson

Based on the famous novel of the same name, Picnic at Hanging Rock explores the events surrounding a mysterious disappearance of 3 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 the 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.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a visual treat, as the directing plays with the audience's perception. The result is a sight for hungry eyes.

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15. Wentworth

Year of release: 2013
Cast: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson

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 groundbreaking series doesn't sugarcoat prison life. It does feature some humour, but gritty violence takes centre stage.

The show is edge-of-your-seat television, boasting high stakes and engaging characters. All episodes are now available.

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16. Big Little Lies

Year of release: 2017
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz

Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies follows 3 emotionally troubled mothers who become embroiled in a murder investigation.

The series made a splash upon its release in 2017, becoming an instant hit. Despite initially being regarded as a miniseries, Big Little Lies was renewed for a second season, which welcomes 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.

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17. The Americans

Year of release: 2013
Cast: Chris Long, Daniel Sackheim, Thomas Schlamme, Daniel Attias

Set during the Cold War, The Americans follows Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, 2 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 2 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 2 people in a very unusual situation.

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18. Westworld

Year of release: 2016
Cast: Richard J. Lewis, Frederick E.O. Toye, Vincenzo Natali, Jonathan Nolan

Designed for the rich, Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. It doesn't offer wild rollercoaster rides, but it does allow 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 are looking to indulge their wildest side without fear of retaliation. This makes the drama both unnerving and fascinating.

Westworld is vivid and mind-bending, 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. Buckle up for a wild ride.

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19. 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, but it can also appeal to a large plethora of viewers thanks to its complexity and twisty nature. All in all, it's riveting TV.

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20. The Leftovers

Year of release: 2014
Cast: Mimi Leder, Carl Franklin, Keith Gordon, Craig Zobel

One of HBO's most underrated series, The Leftovers explores life in a small town after many of its residents vanish in a Rapture-like event. It starts 3 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. It's about the dumb stuff people do to overcome loss and grief, which makes the series incredibly compelling. Everyone streaming it will be in for a treat.

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    AnonymousJune 24, 2019

    Want to watch the Durrell’s but it say to upgrade, to what?

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      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Kindly contact Foxtel directly on this matter so they can check if your current Foxtel Now account has drama pack on it so you may watch The Durrells.

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