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The best NOW TV shows (September 2020): the best Sky series in one place

Updated: The best NOW TV shows and Sky series to watch - updated weekly.

The best NOW TV shows (September 2020): the best Sky series in one place
16 September 2020

Now TV: it's Sky's Netflix. Here we're looking at the best NOW TV shows you can watch with the Entertainment subscription, which nets you a lot of the hottest new TV for £8.99 a month.

UPDATE: We've added the fantastic The Third Day to our best NOW TV shows list. The show is currently streaming weekly on NOW TV and is a brilliant, twisty mystery that stars both Naomi Harris and Jude Law. From the mind of Utopia creator Dennis Kelly, this is one not to be missed - especially if you are after some folk horror.

New shows are added to NOW TV all the time, so this list is in constant change - we would recommend checking out the brilliant Save Me.

If gritty realism isn't up your street then there is always Succession. Based on a media mogul who may or may not retire, and the family waiting in the wings to take over at the top, it's a biting satire of the media written by Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong. It's also got the catchiest theme tune of perhaps all time.

Here are the best shows to watch on NOW TV, right now. Upvote your favourite.

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The landmark miniseries dramatises the real-life events of the horrific 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and is the first ever production collaboration between Sky and HBO.

If that wasn’t itself a marker of the 2019 miniseries being about as high-quality as you can get, it’s officially the top rated TV show of all time, with a 9.7-star rating out of 10 on IMDB. This puts it ahead of Breaking Bad, which has been knocked into second place.

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2. The Sopranos

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We may be in a golden age of telly right now, but it had to start somewhere. And twenty years since it first aired, Sopranos is still among the finest TV shows of all time.

It place in TV history is cemented, but when it first aired HBO was so concerned audiences would think ‘The Sopranos’ was about music, that they popped a gun into the title’s logo design. Wise guys.

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3. Game of Thrones

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The entire eight series of Game of Thrones are back on NOW TV, which means that the show goes straight back into our best NOW TV show list. Game of Thrones was the biggest thing on TV for years, focusing on the warring factions in Westeros that are all after one thing: to ascend the iron throne. The last season may feel rushed but the show as a whole is absolutely epic.

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One of the most gripping things on TV for a long time, Save Me is about Nelly (Lenny James) whose life is changed completely when he is accused of kidnapping his daughter. Throughout both seasons, the writing is impeccable, the acting sublime and Lenny’s puffer jacket has become as iconic as the sweater Sarah Lund wore in The Killing.

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5. Boardwalk Empire

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Our editor was so smitten with Boardwalk Empire, when it first aired, that he bought the same shoes Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) wears in the intro to the show. But don't let that put you off: this is an epic gangster drama set during the Prohibition and is packed with old-school charm. Featuring an amazing cast, this is event TV at its finest.

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6. Succession

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Season one and two of Succession are now back on NOW TV until December and they are an absolute must watch. The show focuses on Logan Roy, a media mogul who may or may not be stepping down in the near future. The comedy here is jet black and revolves around the Roy family, their in-fighting and the machinations of the rich and the powerful. Everything from the theme tune to the acting to the script is just an absolute joy.

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7. Big Little Lies

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Excuse me HBO, just what size are these lies? We’re still not sure, but either way, this is must-watch TV.

The cast of this murder mystery alone demands your attention: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley head up the ensemble cast, with Meryl Streep joining the recent second season. Witherspoon actually turned down a role in 2017’s Downsizing due to star in Big Little Lies instead. We think she made the right choice.

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8. Ray Donovan

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It feels like this crime drama has been going for ages, which is correct given it's now entered its seventh season that's just landed on Now TV. Liev Schreiber plays the lead role, Ray, who is a 'fixer', private investigator and bodyguard, depending on whose hiring him. The story follows the ups and downs of his life as his family tie up loose ends from the past and deal with challenges in the present.

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This one disappears at the end on September but if you get in there quick you can watch one of the best TV shows ever made. The Wire is about a police department looking to undo a drugs empire through wire-tapping in Baltimore. It's a slow burner but one of the greatest studies of America, boiled down into a cracking series that focuses on a slightly different side of Baltimore in each season

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10. Parks and Recreation

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If you can get through the first season, which is fun but not a patch on subsequent seasons, then Parks and Recreation is a lot of fun. Originally seen as an Office spin-off, the show focuses on the town of Pawnee and the public officials trying to make where they live a better place. The likes of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) are up there with the best sitcom characters and the humour here is full of warmth.

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11. Flight of the Conchords

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Flight of the Conchords is back on NOW TV and it's still as good as you remember it. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzi are New Zealand's 4th Most Popular Parody Duo, who move to New York City to conquer America. Packed with brilliant songs and astute comedy, this is a must watch

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12. The Night Of

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If you didn’t see this one first time around, then it demands your attention. Riz Ahmed stars in an eight-part crime drama television miniseries that revolves around a grizzly murder. He’s implicated but he doesn’t seem to know anything about what happened or what went on. It’s a taut thriller that exposes some nasty truths about the justice system and everyone involved.

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13. Gangs of London

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A new gang drama has landed on Sky Atlantic – and therefore you can now watch it on Now TV too. Gangs of London is a hard-hitting new series from action maestro Gareth Evans – the director and driving force behind The Raid and The Raid 2. Set in a fantastical modern-day London, the high-production series follows the stories of rival gangs, and the ensuing chaos and shifting power dynamics in the wake of the death of a criminal kingpin.

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14. True Detective

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The first two seasons of True Detective are available to stream and they are well worth your time. The first season is a masterpiece of gothic crime, focusing on the grizzly murders of a children in a US town. Starring Hollywood heavyweights Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The second season loses some of the cool but still does an admirable job of hooking you into another murder mystery.

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Billions is a really easy watch. Now 4 seasons long, the show is about Wall Street billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and his constant sparring with a prosecutor who wants to take him down, as he things the way Axelrod is making his money is, well, illegal. We're not quite sure how they manage to keep the show going, stretching the premise like they do but it's fun to watch

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Now two seasons old, there is a lot to like about Brassic - Sky’s answer to Shameless, which revolves around a group of friends from Lancashire who basically get up to no good. This is all fine and well until one of their girlfriend’s wants to turn a new leaf and look for a better life. Starring Joseph Gilgan, Damien Molony and Michelle Keegan it packs in the laughs and is a really easy watch.

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17. Lovecraft Country

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Atticus 'Tic' Freeman (a fantastic Jonathan Majors, last seen in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods) heads to Lovecraft Country, one the trail of his missing dad (Michael K Williams). He is followed by his uncle George, both of them are ardent horror fans, and school friend Jurnee Smollett's Leti. What they meet on the road is true horror, whether it's actual monsters o systemic racism.

Lovecraft Country will be talked about for years to come, with the way it tackles the tales of HP Lovecraft, not only in a way that's super scary but also confronts the writers views on black people. It's currently streaming weekly.

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18. The Office US

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The US version of The Office started off as a copycat of the UK original but turned into its own thing once Steve Carrell stopped playing Michael Scott as a David Brent knock-off and more of an optimist who just wants the best from his job and the world. There’s moments of absolute comedy genius throughout and the casting is superb, with many now gone off to do bigger and better things.

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19. War of the Worlds

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There's a new adaptation of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic War of the Worlds on Now TV this month. It's not totally faithful to the original story – it's set in modern times for a start. But it's well worth a watch for fans of the book. It's also worth mentioning that it's been created and written by BAFTA award-winner Howard Overman (you'll know him from Misfits and Merlin fame). It's only five episodes long and it's a good watch if you have the stomach for apocalyptic catastrophe TV right now.

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20. The Third Day

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Saying anything about The Third Day will be putting us well into spoiler territory. So we will just say that this is an absolute treat of a show, that twists and turns in its Wicker Man-esque environment. Created by Utopia's Dennis Kelly, the show is packed with folk horror nods and underlined by a thread of unknown terror. The structure is clever, too, with the first three episodes devoted to the story of Jude Law's social worker who ends up on the mysterious island of Osea (this segment is called Summer). The next three episodes (Winter) star Naomi Harris and try and pick up the pieces of what is going on. If this wasn't high concept enough, a live episode (Autumn) will be shown October 3rd which should tie everything together. The Third Day is currently streaming weekly on NOW TV.

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21. Perry Mason

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A gritty reboot of Perry Mason may sound like something said into Alan Partridge’s voice recorder, but with Matthew Rhys in the title role (The Americans), it really does work. It looks at the origins story of defence lawyer Mason who has PTSD from The Great War and is trying to help those who are slowly coming out of the Great Depression in 30s Los Angeles.

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22. Silicon Valley

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You can watch the complete series of Silicon Valley now and it is a joy from start to finish. Based around a bunch of coders who think they have hit the big time with their algorithm, Silicon Valley manages to skewer the entire tech industry with its cutting script. It’s none other than Mike Judge behind the thing - the man who brought to the world Beavis And Butthead.

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23. I Hate Suzie

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Billie Piper is back to her very best as Suzie, a media personality who is about to hit the big time and then nude pictures of her are made public. Piper is back with Secret Diary of A Call Girl scribe Lucy Prebble and it’s a stunning show that sees her character unravel in the most astonishing way. This is one of the newest things on NOW TV but you can stream all episodes now.

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This isn’t the show you think it is. Yes, it’s a funny and honest look at parenting, with Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard the frayed parents bringing up two children, but it also goes to places you wouldn’t think it would. The hilarity is punctuated by sadness and heartbreak and this makes for a really rounded show. While the humour is sometimes a tad more vicious than we would have liked (something that is actually brought up in the end), it’s certainly worth a watch.

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Not just one of the best Now TV shows but one of the best television shows of the last 10 years. Watchmen has never been more prescient - it takes place in the Watchmen world but is also a world away from the comics, focusing on the events after the comic book. What we have is a show about race, superheroes and how absolute power shapes and corrupts a world.

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26. The Plot Against America

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Based on the popular Philip Roth novel. The Plot Against America's, er, plot is rather prescient right now. It's centred on the idea that Franklin D. Roosevelt is defeated as president during World War II and the rise of fascism in America that this sparks. Expertly adapted by The Wire's Ed Burns and David Simon, this six-part mini series is a devastating look at what intolerance does to a country

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27. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

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A spin-off of the highly successful series that crammed a number of old-school monsters and ghouls on to the streets of Victoria England, this time we see the macabre take place in the heat of 30s LA. It’s a fun, refreshing take and if successful may mean that we have a new-style American Horror story anthology. Starring the likes of Nathan Lane and Natalie Dormer, it shares the same connective tissue as its Victorian counterpart - and the same writer, too, as Bond’s John Logan is back on board.

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28. The Trip To Greece

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The Trip To Greece is bittersweet. While it’s fantastic to see Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan back as versions of themselves critiquing restaurants in some of the most beautiful settings of Greece, it’s the final one and we are going to miss this show terribly. The good news is, the impressions are still there, as is the outdoing of one another. But there’s more plot this time around, all there to make sure that we know that this one really is the end.

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29. Patrick Melrose

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The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring drama based on a series of semi-autobiographical novels follows an upper class Brit in the 1980s trying to overcome his addictions. It won two BAFTAs this year: for Best Mini-Series and for Best Actor.Cumberbatch can thank Reddit for the award-winning role. In a 2013 AMA, when asked which literary character he wants to play next, he replied with Patrick Melrose. Years later, his forum post led to meeting the producers to cast the series.

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It has never been a better time to revisit Treme. Made by the creator of The Wire, David Simon, it charts how New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and how that community was broken and rebuilt by the natural disaster. It shines a not-very-nice light on the US government and how they deal with people in need. This is a heart-breaking, heart-warming slow burn, filled with the best music and acting ever seen on TV

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