Considering a drama pack with your Foxtel subscription? Here are the best Foxtel drama shows on offer.
Clever writing, brilliant acting, the ability to hone into a fictional character’s needs: these are the hallmarks of stellar dramatic film and television. Foxtel still has one of the best selections of content available to Australian audiences, and their round-up of drama is no exception. Here are some of our favorites.
- Game of Thrones
- Orange is the New Black
- The Sopranos
- The Wire
- True Detective
- Six Feet Under
- Big Love
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Game of Thrones
The jewel in HBO’s crown, Game of Thrones is the TV series remake of George RR Martin's bestselling fantasy saga and tracks the war for power and dominance over the land of Westeros. Runtime: 55 minutes IMDB rating: 9.5 Awards: Golden Globe for Best Male Actor 2012, Primetime Emmy Award 2014.
Orange is the New Black
Piper is a successful mid-thirties, public relations executive who ends up incarcerated in a women's prison when her past suddenly catches up with her. A Netflix original, Orange is The New Black is one of the most popular shows around. Runtime: 55 minutes IMDB rating: 8.4 Awards: Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (2014)
Applauded for its clever writing and character portrayals, the show follows the lives of of a New Jersey crime boss, his family, and his mafia family. Still one of the most popular TV series of all time, The Sopranos broke new ground and is widely credited with being ‘the first’ to bring intelligent, thought provoking storytelling to the small screen. Runtime: 55 minutes IMDB rating: 9.3 Awards: Golden Globe for TV series, Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (2000), plus 88 other awards.
Chronicles the stories of the Baltimore drug scene told through the eyes of police, and the drug dealers. The fast-paced and well-written series is equally gritty and sensitive, and shines a light on relevant social and economic issues. Runtime: 55 minutes IMDB Rating: 9.4 Awards: AFI Award from TV program of the year in 2004, 2007, 2009, Writers Guild of America Writers Award (2008), plus 12 more awards.
Widely acclaimed TV series about a New York City law firm and its new member: a brilliant college drop-out on the run after a drug deal gone wrong. Currently running in its fifth season and still going strong, Suits is an audience favourite. Runtime: 44 minutes IMDB rating: 8.8 Awards: Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award, People’s Choice Award
True Detective skillfully crafts the stories of two detectives (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Allen) as they investigate the dark secrets behind a homicide. Runtime: 55 minutes IMDB rating: 9.3 Awards: BAFTA Award for Best TV Show (2015), Primetime Emmy for Best Directing in a TV show (2014).
David Duchovny is a cynical writer, struggling to reconcile his relationship with his daughter and his ex-wife with his penchant for a lifestyle dedicated to sex, drugs, rock and roll. Its not heavy stuff, but witty and full of black humour. Runtime: 28 minutes IMDB rating: 8.4 Awards: Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (2008) plus 5 other awards.
Six Feet Under
A dark comedy about the members of a family who own and operate a funeral home. Six Feet Under lasted for five seasons and received widespread critical acclaim. Runtime: 55 minutes IMDB rating: 8.8 Awards: Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama (2004), Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama (2002), plus 51 more awards.
Big Love is an in-depth, sensitive, and critical look at a Mormon family living in a polygamous relationship, comprised of one man and his three wives. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin. Runtime: 60 minutes IMDB rating: 7.6 Awards: Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (2010), Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama (2008) plus 5 more awards.
The Australian series is re-imagining of mid 80’s TV success: Prisoners. The story follows Bea Smith as she first enters prison after being charged with the murder of husband. Runtime: 45 minutes IMDB Rating: 8.7 Awards: Astra Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female (2014), Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress (2014)
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