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The best NOW TV shows (October 2021): 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 (October 2021): the best Sky series in one place
16 October 2021

NOW: it's Sky's Netflix and it used to be called NOW TV. 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 not much a month.

UPDATE: Succession: Season 3 comes to NOW Monday 18 October, so there is no better time to catch up on the show. We have been lucky enough to have watched the first two episodes and it is stunning. Battle lines are well and truly drawn and the Roy family are at war more than ever. Succession is one of the very best NOW TV shows, so get streaming!

Other essential shows that are available on NOW, include: I Hate Suzy, Mare of Easttown, The White Lotus and Manifest.

Here are the best shows to watch on NOW 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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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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5. 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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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. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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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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13. 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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14. 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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15. The White Lotus

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You'll be watching this new 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

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16. 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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17. Raised by Wolves

Watch now on NOW TV

Ridley Scott's latest is a sci-fi TV show that's 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. This one is streaming weekly but already been a huge hit in the US.

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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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19. The Office US

Stream now on NOW TV

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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20. 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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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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22. 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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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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24. Manifest

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Ah, you've got to love a high-concept, high-octane, high-flying thriller. Manifest is about a plane and its occupants that somehow find themselves five years in the future. Three seasons of the show are available to watch now. Unfortunately, it looks like this may be it but there is a lot of fan love for the show, so fingers crossed there will be a fourth.

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25. 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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26. 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.

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27. Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men

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The Wu-tang Clan are perhaps the greatest hip-hop band of all time and this documentary is a fantastic tale about how they came to be. Following the 9-strong group from their childhood in the Projects of Staten Island, New York to the hustling they did to getting their first record heard, to the stardom after this, this is a fantastic documentary that shines a light on everything from the music business, the racial divide and politics.

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28. The Comedy Store

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This fantastic documentary charts the rise of some of America's greatest comedians, all of which cut their comedy teeth at The Comedy Store. From the rise of the live comedy circuit in the US, to the backlash of not being paid, to the mega stars that found their way thanks to comedy, this is a must watch and features some fantastic talking heads

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29. 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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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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