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The best NOW TV shows (June 2024): the best Sky series in one place

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

The best NOW TV shows (June 2024): the best Sky series in one place
03 May 2024

NOW has handily established itself as the streaming home of prestige drama.

That's no small thing given it is up against Prime Video, Netflix, Apple TV and others. How, then?

NOW is a Sky service, and gets access to the incredible HBO library of shows. They include stone cold classics like The Sopranos, The Wire, Band of Brothers and others.

And that's just a small selection from decades ago. That knack for quality counts for more recent shows too. You can watch Game of Thrones with a NOW TV subscription, video game adaptation The Last of Us and unmissable historical dramatisation Chernobyl.

UPDATE:We have a couple of newly-added shows for you to chow down on. First, NOW has snapped up the rights to The Walking Dead. That includes the original 11 seasons plus new spin-off The Ones Who Live. You have a lot to catch up on. We have also added The Sympathizer, an ambitious adaptation of a novel that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2016. Give them a watch. And if you like them, give them an upvote below.

This isn't just a selection of streamer shows, it's an education in modern TV-making. And school is in session.

Forget the endless Netflix series that get cancelled shortly after the first episode is aired. Grab a drink, sit down and take in some of the best TV series ever made.

However, it's not all hard-hitting and deep stuff on NOW. Our list of the top 48 shows on NOW is peppered with the light, the funny and even a dash of kitsch.

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

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1. Chernobyl

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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. There's talk of this one leaving NOW mid November so get watching now!

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3. Game of Thrones

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The entire eight seasons of Game of Thrones are on NOW and you should get watching before setting off on the House of the Dragon journey. 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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4. Mare of Easttown

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If you are looking for a Big Little Lies replacement then Mare of Easttown is for you. It stars Kate Winslet who plays a detective in Philadelphia - she is utterly convincing, her accent perfect - trying to solve a murder. Directed by the fantastic Craig Zobel, whose movies Compliance and The Hunt are essential, and created by Brad Ingelsby this is an essential watch.

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5. The Wire

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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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6. Succession

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All three seasons of Succession are on NOW 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. Band of Brothers

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This was breathtaking TV when it was first released in 2001 and still one of the best TV shows ever made. Exec produced by Steven Spielberg, the show revolves around the people of Easy Company, the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, from 1942 to the end of World War II and what they did in the war. Tom Hanks stars, as does a whole host of now familiar actors.

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8. The White Lotus

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You'll be watching this HBO comedy through gritted teeth and your hands. The White Lotus shines a light on the entitled class, showcasing everything that is wrong with them to excruciating effect. The cast are ace, but it's the always amazing Jennifer Coolidge (Stiffler's Mom) who is the star of the show here.

Good news, the second series of White Lotus is now streaming and the focus has shifted to a brand-new set of characters, as well as a new hotel - this time in Sicily. This is one show which is getting better and better.

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9. 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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10. The Last Of Us

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The Last Of Us is stunning. Based on the critically acclaimed game of the same name, the show has been created by Chernobyl's Craig Mazin (which, at the time of writing is topping this best NOW shows list) and showcases a world where a fungus has wiped out much of civilisation and turned people into zombies. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey star as Joel and Ellie

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11. 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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12. House of the Dragon

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House of the Dragon is a must for Game of Thrones fans. Set some 200 years before the events of GoT, the show focuses on the in-fighting and eventual civil war of the Targaryens, the family from which Daenerys Targaryen is eventually born. This makes House of the Dragon something of a Succession-like look at who should be the successor to the throne. Matt Smith stars, among some other famous faces.

House of the Dragon is currently streaming weekly on NOW.

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13. The Leftovers

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The Leftovers is fantastic television. Created by Lost scribe Damon Lindelof, and based on a book by Tom Perrotta, it focuses on those who are left behind on Earth after a rapture-like event. Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler all star and, well, we think this is one of the best things on NOW right now.

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14. 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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15. Gangs of London

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With its second season on the way, there's no better time to catch Gangs of London - a hard-hitting 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. The second season of the show ups the ante - and then some!

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16. Yellowjackets

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This one will keep you guessing. It's about a plane crash that happened 35 years ago and the survivors of that crash hiding some pretty brutal secrets as to how they stayed alive. The casting is superb (and meta, given most of them were child stars), with the likes of Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis starring as the grown-up versions of the teenagers.

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17. Save Me

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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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18. Resident Alien

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It's not often a SyFy original features on our best NOW TV shows list but Resident Alien is fantastic, heartwarming stuff. It features Alan Tudyk as an alien who tries to act human in a small, American town. This is a fish-out-of-water tale that is packed with charm and Tudyk is brilliant in the main role.

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19. Euphoria

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You have until the end of March to watch all of Euphoria, Season 2 - the fantastic show about high school friends in the US. Starring the ace Zendaya (Spider-Man), there aren't many themes this show will skirt which makes it all the more engrossing.

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20. Brassic

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Now five 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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21. Raised by Wolves

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This sci-fi epic has been created by Aaron Guzikowski, with the big-name backing of Ridley Scott who directed the first two episodes. It's beautifully shot and is a serious look at what happens when a world is ruled by androids.

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22. Peacemaker

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All episodes of Peacemaker are available to stream now on NOW and they are an absolute joy. Filled with the irreverence that James Gunn gave us with The Suicide Squad, this one doesn't hold back on the violence and the comedy.

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23. Curb Your Enthusiasm

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There are currently eight seasons of Curb available on NOW, which is a little annoying as it's now up to 11 but if you are a newbie, then this is an absolute must watch. The season follows the exploits of a fictionalised Larry David and his unique look on life.

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24. Dexter: New Blood

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We think you'll agree that the original ending to Dexter was, well, meh. Thankfully this new mini series has given Dexter - unlike his victims - a new lease of life. It's great to see the character back, even if he is still haunted about the many bad things he has done in his past.

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25. The Staircase

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This brilliant new series is based on true events that happened in 2001. Writer Michael Peterson (played by Colin Firth) calls to report his wife Kathleen (Toni Collette) has fallen down a set of stairs in the mansion they are living in and has died. Of course, that's not really what happened, though, and the story gets stranger from there. This one is currently streaming weekly and is a must watch - even if you have already seen the brilliant documentary.

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26. Landscapers

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Creepy doesn't come close to this surreal true crime drama, where a mild-mannered couple house a dark secre. Will Sharpe has created this one (having replaced Alexander Payne) and if anyone has seen Flowers (which also starred Colman) then you will know exactly what you are going to get - a beautifully surreal tragicomedy.

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27. Gomorrah

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Roberto Saviano's true account of the Italian crime organisation The Camorra is dramatised to fantastic in Gomorrah, an uncompromising and rather ugly look at what it's like to be a gangster in Naples. Five seasons long, this show has now ended so there is no better time to watch with all seasons streaming on NOW.

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28. Billions

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Billions is a really easy watch. Now six 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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29. True Detective

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OK, so True Detective is not the most consistent series on NOW, but the sheer quality of its first season made this show a true phenomenon back in 2014. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are detectives hunting a serial killer. Season two sees the cast switch to Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, while Mahershala Ali stars in season three. Come expecting the second and third seasons not to match the first. However, the anthology-style approach here means the power of the original run remains undiminished.

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30. The Lazarus Project

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This time-bending thriller is the perfect binge-watch. It focuses on an app developer (Paapa Essiedu) who, during a pandemic, meets a shady group of people who can seemingly time travel, lead by the brilliant Caroline Quentin. Cue twists galore.

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31. Breeders

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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.

Series 3 is streaming now.

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32. Inside No. 9

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Inside No. 9 is a pulpy anthology TV show in which an ensemble cast of actors return as different characters each week. Regular horror themes mean it at times gets compared to Black Mirror, but the feel is totally different here. Episodes often have more of a flavour of the theatre, and arch dark comedy comes to the fore. It's made by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, two of the key figures behind 90s classic The League of Gentlemen.

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33. Poker Face

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Natasha Lyonne plays Charlie Cale in Poker Face. She is a casino worker on the run, but this show is more of a strange detective show than that of a fugitive. Charlie has the innate ability to tell when someone is lying, making her a natural mystery-solver. The series was directed by Ryan Johnson, the mind behind the brilliant Knives Out.

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34. The Rehearsal

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You have never watched anything like The Rehearsal. Seriously. The show is a stunning achievement, a docu-comedy of sorts with a rather out-there premise. Comedian Nathan Fielder helps members of the public with a situation they are in. It could be as simple as lying about a degree they don't have, or something far more hefty to deal with. To make sure they can confront the situation, he helps them through the myriad ways the scenario could play out - recreating things Truman Show style with actors and sets to get them ready for their big day. And from there, the show goes even deeper until you question everything. It's meticulous in the way it's made and will constantly have your scratching your head, questioning and questioning some more.

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35. Twin Peaks: The Return

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One of the most baffling, beguiling TV shows ever made found itself with an equally baffling return in 2017. It was superb to return to the characters of the show and feel what it was like once more to not know what the hell was going but still loving David Lynch's surreal show.

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36. The Midwich Cuckoos

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This new adaptation of John Wyndham's celebrated novel is a creepy tale, about a village where the women are all seemingly impregnated by an alien, that goes straight to the source material rather than the more famous The Village Of The Damned film. Keeley Hawes plays Dr Susannah Zellaby, gender-flipped from the original story, who tries to help the women in the town and, in turn, finds out that something is very wrong.

It's not perfect, there are some surprisingly clunky bits of dialogue throughout, but we would still recommend this updated adaptation.

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37. Dreamland

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This is a very British kind of Sky Original. Lily Allen is one of the lead actors, and it's set in Margate, about as far removed from the gloss of LA and San Fran as you can get. Allen's Mel returns to her family, upsetting the dynamics in a household of four sisters. It's a comedy drama built up around relationships, rather than espionage or world-changing events — a nice change of pace.

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38. South Park

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Paramount Plus is the real streaming home of South Park (in the UK), but you can chow down on 175 episodes of the show through NOW. There's good coverage of the show up to season 12, and just a handful of episodes after that. However, there's still a lot to dig back into here, particularly if you're a long-term fan of the series.

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39. This England

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Kenneth Branagh is Boris Johnson in this brutal look at what when on behind the scenes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Michael Winterbottom is the brains behind this blistering polemic which tells a story that affected us all.

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40. Mary & George

Up for something rude and lewd? Mary & George is a period piece about sex and power starring Julianne Moore as Mary Villiers and Nicholas Galitzine as her son George. She schools him to seduce the king, as a saucy power grab. Tony Curran plays King James. Few shows deserve to be described as a "romp" quite as much as this one.

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41. 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. You can stream all episodes now.

I Hate Suzie Too is also available and is shorter series to the first but just as powerful a watch.

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42. The Good Lord Bird

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While Blumhouse is best known for its horror movies, it produced this fantastic historical drama that sees Ethan Hawke as American abolitionist leader John Brown, in what was one of the most violent times in US history. Yes there is historical revisionism at play here but there is a lot of fun to be had here.

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43. The Walking Dead

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The entire run of The Walking Dead is now available on NOW. And that includes the new-for-2024 The Ones Who Live, which returns to the story of Rick and Michonne and is something of a return to form for the show. Alternatively, start from the beginning of the core 11-series epic to experience this zombie story in full.

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44. Justified

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Timothy Olyphant is a Raylan Givens, a US Marshal with a complicated past. He returns to his home town to dole out justice. It's based on the works of Elmore Leonard, and all six seasons are currently available to stream on NOW. This one takes a few episodes to bed in, and is in danger of seeming like a relatively conventional procedural to start, but stick with it and you'll realise Justified is a fantastic Neo-noir.

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45. The Rising

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The latest series to earn a place on our best NOW TV shows guide is a supernatural delight. Neve Kelly wakes up dead after a night out. From here she decides to try and find out who her killer is. Her investigations lead to her finding out some startling truths about her friends and family.

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46. The Sympathizer

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The source novel for The Sympathiser won a Pulitzer Prize in 2016. It's the story of a North Korean spy implanted in the South Korean army, and co-stars no less than Robert Downey Jr. This was an ambitious project, and HBO actually pulled it off. It dances between the funny, silly and serious with a light foot, and is over and out in seven episodes.

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47. 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) was shown and was hours long and something else entirely.

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48. Treme

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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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