The best NOW TV shows to watch in April 2020
Updated: The best NOW TV shows to watch, updated weekly.
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: Westworld: Season 3 is now streaming on NOW TV. This is a very different show now - set mostly in the 'real' world of Neo Los Angeles, rather than the world of Westworld, we see what happens to AI bots and those on the lower rungs of the ladder in this city.
Also new to Now TV, there's a new adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds that's set in modern times. It's written and created by the BAFTA award winner Howard Overman (of Misfits, Crazyhead and Merlin fame) and it's worth a watch if you have the stomach for apocalyptic catastrophe TV right now.
New shows are added to Now TV all the time, but there are plenty of full series on Now TV too that are worthy of your time. One of our favourites is Westworld. Season Three is out in March so this is definitely worth catching up on and you can now watch in full on Now TV.
If dark comic book fantasy isn't up your street, Chernobyl is always our first Now TV series recommendation. It dramatises the 1986 nuclear disaster and some say it's the best TV show ever made. You might not end up feeling festive after an episode binge, but you'll certainly be gripped.
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Best NOW TV shows
1. ChernobylView at NOW TV
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.
2. The SopranosView at NOW TV
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.
3. Big Little LiesView at NOW TV
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.
4. WestworldView at NOW TV
Based on the 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is about parks containing highly intelligent robots, called 'hosts', in which people live out their fantasies. Most of which are horribly violent. But the hosts become more and more human and aware of their roles, so decide to do something about it. The first two seasons provide plenty of edge-of-your-seat viewing and are full of twists and turns.
Good news, Westworld fans. Back in 2018, HBO greenlit the third season of Westworld, called The New World. It's scheduled to be released in the first half of 2020, so expect it to come to Now TV shortly after. The action of the third season will be very different. Dolores is in the real world and Maeve is in another Delos park set in World War II.
5. Righteous GemstonesStream now on NOW TV
If you like your comedy packed with hateful characters that you can't stop watching, hilarious situations that cut to the bone and, well, with John Goodman the Righteous Gemstones is for you. Based on a family of preachers who are grieving the loss of their matriarch, the show is vicious and heartfelt at the same time. It's made by the same people that did EastBound and Down, and Vice Principals. If that is making you smile already, then jump in as all the episodes are available now.
6. Ray DonovanWatch on Now TV
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.
7. TempleView at NOW TV
This Sky Original series casts the brilliant Mark Strong in the lead role, as a surgeon who runs an illegal medical clinic in a series of tunnels near Temple Station in London for people who are desperate or involved in criminal activity. If his co-star looks familiar, that's because it's Carice Van Houten who played Melisandre of Asshai on Game of Thrones.
8. BrassicView at NOW TV
Set in the fictional Northern town of Hawley (even though a lot of it was shot in Manchester and other locations across the north west), this TV series is about a working class group of friends who get involved in crime to keep putting food on the table. It stars the brilliant Joe Gilgun of This Is England, Misfits and Preacher fame.
UPDATE: Sky has confirmed that there's already a third season of Brassic in the works ahead of the second season airing in May 2020.
9. Curb Your EnthusiasmView at NOW TV
The super popular comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm first aired in 2000 and there have been nine seasons since. But fans of Larry David are in luck because the highly-anticipated tenth season is now available on Now TV, where Larry tackles the MeToo movement and sets up a rival coffee shop to someone who wronged him. The celeb cameos this season have ramped up, too.
10. Flight of the ConchordsView on NOW TV now
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
11. War of the WorldsStream on Now TV
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.
12. TremeView at NOW TV
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
13. Boardwalk EmpireView at NOW TV
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.
14. The DeuceWatch on NOW TV now
While marred by the allegations made against main star James Franco (who plays twins in the show), The Deuce is an utterly gripping look at the porn industry in the '70s. It's assured filmmaking which means that it may not feel like a whole lot is going on but then things fall meticulously into place. The rest of the cast is a wonder - Maggie Gyllenhaal should win all the awards for the show. But it's showrunner David Simon who also needs credit. With this, Treme and The Wire he has cemented himself as the absolute king of the small screen.
15. Patrick MelroseView at NOW TV
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.
16. BritanniaView at NOW TV
Britannia has already had a popular first season, but now it's returned for a highly-anticipated second season, which you can watch on Now TV. This historical TV show is set in AD 43 and follows the Roman conquest of Britain starring some names you're bound to recognise, including Ian McDiarmid and David Morrissey.