20 June 2020 08:30
From Big Little Lies, Westworld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, to The Sopranos, Game of Thrones and The Wire – NOW TV has both new, edgier series as well as classic shows available to viewers to dig into. Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji star in this acclaimed comedy series about two young women navigating careers, relationships and everything else Los Angeles has to throw at them. The series has catapulted Rae to international stardom, with lead roles in recent comedy flicks Little and The Lovebirds. Known for effortlessly blending gripping drama with dark comedy, Succession stars a brilliant ensemble cast that includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin and Matthew Macfadyen. Considered by many to be one of the greatest TV series of all time, The Sopranos stars the late James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, originally an underboss of the DiMeo crime family who works his way to become the mafia's undisputed boss.
The series follows the New Jersey-based mobster as he attempts to balance his family life, his criminal career and his panic attacks, turning to his therapist Jennifer Melfi for help with the latter. The newly launched Sky Documentaries channel joins the ranks of content available with a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, arriving with this fascinating documentary about how a whopping $24 million was stolen from the McDonald's Monopoly game. If you're a fan of true crime with a subtly comedic vein running through it, be sure to check this one out… Watch McMillion$on NOW TV It tells an eerily relevant story about the danger of lies, particularly from those in power… Watch Chernobyl on NOW TV Widely regarded as one of the best television shows of all time, now is the perfect opportunity to revisit The Wire (or binge watch for the first time). The gritty crime drama takes place on the city streets of West Baltimore, which are gripped by criminal gangs and the trade of illegal drugs. The Wire was critically acclaimed throughout its five-season run, taking an unflinching look at real world problems with a stunning cast that includes Idris Elba (Luther), Lance Reddick (John Wick) and several guest stars who have gone on to become huge names. Watch The Wire on NOW TV Watch Parks and Recreation on NOW TV Since debuting on Sky Atlantic last month, Gangs of London has become the channel's second largest original drama ever after last year's acclaimed Chernobyl miniseries. It isn't hard to see why, as the violent thriller has seen strong praise across the board, with RadioTimes.com describing it as "The Godfather meets The Raid" in a four-star review. Watch Gangs of London on NOW TV Hollywood star Amy Adams (Arrival) takes the lead role in this intense drama series, as a troubled reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two young girls. Adams delivers some of her finest work as Camille Preaker, while co-star Patricia Clarkson is fantastic as her overbearing mother, winning a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Another acclaimed HBO drama available to binge on NOW TV, Big Love tells the story of polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), as he deals with the inevitable complications of having three wives and seven children. Watch Big Love on NOW TV Admittedly, the ending wasn't to everybody's liking but the fact remains that Game of Thrones was home to some incredible writing and world building in its earlier seasons. If you missed out on the series originally or just want to relive its most memorable moments, it's now available to stream in its entirety. Watch Game of Thrones on NOW TV David Mitchell and Robert Webb star in this acclaimed sitcom, which takes a delightfully cynical look at the modern world through the eyes of Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Usbourne. This much-anticipated new series comes from Vicky Jones, best known as director of Fleabag's first ever stage production. Watch Run on NOW TV Fans of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl will get the most out of this series, particularly when it comes to the ambitious crossover episodes, but those looking for some lighthearted comic book action should find this fits the bill. Watch Legends of Tomorrow on NOW TV A follow-up series titled Save Me Too has recently debuted as a box set on NOW TV, picking up 17 months after the events of the first. RadioTimes.com gave the sequel a glowing five-star review, describing it as "an absolute knockout." Watch Save Me on NOW TV Jim Carrey stars in this poignant comedy-drama about a children's entertainer who struggles to cope as his private life takes a downward spiral. Kidding is the iconic actor's return to television after decades away and his performance bagged him a Golden Globe nomination. The series also has a stellar supporting cast including Frank Langella (The Americans), Judy Greer (Halloween) and Catherine Keener (Get Out). Laura Dern (Marriage Story) stars in this comedy-drama about a woman reintegrating into her old life after suffering a mental breakdown. Enlightened enjoyed critical acclaim when it first aired on HBO, telling an inspiring story with wonderful performances from Dern and on-screen mother Diane Ladd. Jude Law stars as tyrannical pontiff Lenny Belardo in The Young Pope, a visually stunning series from arthouse film director Paolo Sorrentino. Just a few years later, the creative duo returned for a sequel series titled The New Pope which gave an insight into more Vatican drama, this time with iconic actor John Malkovich in tow. Watch The Young Pope on NOW TV Oscar Isaac takes the lead role in this drama from The Wire's David Simon, exploring a landmark case in which an attempt to build public housing in a middle-class neighbourhood had devastating effects across the city. The series had a rocky start but found its groove across a three-season run, which saw A-list guest stars including Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and David Harbour (Stranger Things). Created by Ruth Jones and James Corden, who also co-star as Nessa and Smithy, the series recently returned to screens in 2019 for a Christmas special which broke recent viewing records. The original series is available on NOW TV right now… Watch Gavin & Stacey on NOW TV This fantasy horror series ran for seven seasons on HBO, starring Anna Paquin (X-Men) as a telepathic waitress who falls in love with a vampire. Sally4Ever is a critically acclaimed sitcom from the mind of writer-director Julia Davis, which picked up the award for Best Scripted Comedy at the 2019 television BAFTAs. The series follows Sally (Catherine Shepherd), who finds herself bored by quiet suburban life with her boyfriend, so she embarks on an exciting affair with seductive actress Emma (Davis). Watch Sally4Ever on NOW TV Clive Owen stars in this series from superstar filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, which follows the challenges of a chief surgeon at a hospital in the early 1900s. The series received critical acclaim across its two seasons, handling sensitive themes like drug addiction and racism. Watch Olive Kitteridge on NOW TV Despite a critically acclaimed initial run in the mid-noughties, this series was cancelled after three seasons when it couldn't find a large enough audience. However, thanks to intense fan interest, it returned this year for a much-lauded film adaptation… Watch Deadwood on NOW TV Benedict Cumberbatch plays the lead role in this five-part series, which follows a man from a privileged yet abusive background, who develops severe problems with drug addiction later in life. The acclaimed series is based on the novels of Edward St Aubyn and won a BAFTA award for best miniseries in 2019… Watch Patrick Melrose on NOW TV This science fiction series starring Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13) and Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) ran for five seasons in which it accumulated an avid fanbase. The drama follows Catherine towards the end of her reign and puts the spotlight on her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin, played by Jason Clarke… Watch Catherine the Great on NOW TV There's a chance you might know Sky/HBO's comedy drama Big Little Lies is based on the dark novel of the same name. Don't miss Steven Spielberg's 12-hour mini-series about one US army regiment's extraordinary Second World War adventures – once voted one of the best box sets of all time by RadioTimes.com users… Watch Band of Brothers on NOW TV Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (His Dark Materials) star in this drama series about the devastating emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. The Affair has picked up several awards over its five-season run, including the Golden Globe for best drama series… Watch The Affair on NOW TV David Morrissey and Mackenzie Crook star in the new second series of the fantastically freaked-out, dizzy, kaleidoscopic view of Romans in Britain. Described by our reviewer as "Game of Thrones meets the most debauched year you ever had at Glastonbury," it also has plenty of British humour, a nod to our own fascinating history and some terrific dialogue… Watch Britannia on NOW TV In 2017, David Lynch brought his surrealist drama back from the dead after a 16-year hiatus, and it's just as brilliant and bonkers as we could have hoped… Watch Twin Peaks: The Return on NOW TV That's our pick of NOW TV's best television shows available with the Entertainment Pass.