Saturday 19 October 2019

7 TV shows to watch now that Game of Thrones has ended

And now your watch has ended… so what are the best TV shows to start watching if you’re trying to fill that Game of Thrones-sized hole in your life?

Luckily, we’re living in a golden age of television so there are plenty of amazing series out there to help you fill that void. NOW TV gives you access to over 300 box sets and the latest and best TV shows with no contract.

Whether you like thrillers, dramas or true crime documentaries, there’s something on this list to suit you.

1. Chernobyl

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Starring: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessie Buckley, Barry Keoghan

What is it: Chernobyl recalls the events surrounding the explosion at the Russian nuclear plant of the same name in 1986. It’s an impossibly tense series that feels almost like a horror film at times, except we know that this terrifying situation really happened.

It’s not for the faint-hearted but the five-part show is a riveting watch and unmissable TV. The creeping threat of nuclear radiation is every bit as frightening as the threat of the White Walkers. This critically-acclaimed new show has already become the highest-rated TV show of all time on IMDB, which tells you everything you need to know.

2. Big Little Lies


Starring: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley

What is it: Based on a book by Lianne Moriarty and starring a cast of bona fide movie stars, Big Little Lies won over an army of fans after just one season. It’s set in Monterey, California, in a world of moms, money and success that isn’t as pure or simple as it first appears.

It’s a whip-smart show that’s a testament to how good TV can be when it’s done well. It’s nuanced, funny and moving in equal measures, thanks in no small part to the acting talent that it has at its disposal. Hollywood heavyweight Meryl Streep will also join the star-studded cast for Season 2, which will be streaming weekly on NOW TV from June 10.

3. Riviera


Starring: Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Adrian Lester, Poppy Delevingne

What is it: Stiles stars as a young widow of a billionaire banker who discovers that her husband was engaged in some pretty dodgy dealings before his suspicious death. Set in the French Riviera, her character must uncover the truth while negotiating a world of filthy rich people who wouldn’t think twice about stabbing you in the back with a diamond-encrusted knife. It’s a world of beautiful people with ugly motives, played by a stellar cast of big names.

4. Billions


Starring: Paul Giamatti, Damien Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman

What is it: What happens when the worlds of politics and hedge funds collide in a clash of egos between a titan from each side? This slick, fast-paced drama sees Giamatti’s US Attorney and Lewis’s hedge fund king engage in a tense game of one-upmanship that is endlessly entertaining. 

Billions delves into a world of favours, grudges, rivalries and power that is every bit as cut-throat as any kingdom in Westeros and there are four seasons of political machinations to enjoy. Stream the season finale of Billions on NOW TV from June 5.

5. Black Monday

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Starring: Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, Paul Scheer

What is it: If you miss the black comedy that undercut the drama of Game of Thrones, this new series boasts humour that’s darker than a dragonglass dagger. It’s based around Black Monday – October 19, 1987 – the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. Cheadle stars as the head of a financial firm in a show that is all about 80s excess, cutting dialogue and no-holds-barred humour in a moral vacuum. Stream Black Monday weekly from June 4.

6. Sharp Objects

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Starring: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

What is it: Oscar winner Amy Adams gives a terrific performance as a crime reporter who must face her inner demons when she’s assigned to investigate a violent murder in her backwoods hometown. This psychological drama is a beautifully-crafted whodunnit that slowly draws back the curtain on the crime, the town and the complex characters that inhabit it.

7. The Case Against Adnan Syed


Starring: Sarah Koenig, Rabia Chaudry, Shamim Rahman, Saad Chaudry

What is it: The story of Adnan Syed gripped the public imagination when it was covered in the seminal podcast, Serial. It told the story of a high school student who was jailed for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.

The podcast blew up and had people all over the world arguing about whether Syed was innocent or guilty. The story has now been turned into a new documentary which traces the existing facts of the case while also delving into new, unexplored details.

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