The NOW hot list: From Grey's Anatomy to Game of Thrones - unmissable box sets to binge watch

We've rounded up the best drama series to stream on NOW, including Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, Billions, Succession and Westworld...

By Alex Fletcher Published: 1 November 2020 - 11.04am
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NOW is your number one destination for ground-breaking Sky Originals, such as Chernobyl and Patrick Melrose, and HBO classics such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Detective.

When you get NOW Entertainment Membership, it can be hard to know where to begin and even if you've been using the streaming service for a while, it can be tricky to know what to choose next.

So keep reading for our guide to the essential NOW drama box sets to binge-watch...

Grey's Anatomy season 17

In the midst of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grey Sloan Memorial and its surgeons' lives have been turned upside down. The season 17 premiere picks up one month into the pandemic, and it's all-hands-on-deck as Meredith, Bailey and the rest of the Grey Sloan doctors find themselves on the frontlines of a new era. Meanwhile, an unintentionally started fire has first responders from Station 19 bringing patients into the hospital for treatment. © 2020 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

What's it about?

The monster hit medical drama has been making millions of viewers weep every episode for 16 years.

Created by Shonda Rhimes, the series follows the daily lives of the staff of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. 

In the opening episode of the show’s seventeenth season, we pick up one month into the pandemic, and it’s all-hands-on-deck as Meredith, Bailey and the rest of the team find themselves on the frontline of a new era.

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ER, This Is Us, Brothers and Sisters, House, New Amsterdam, Chicago Med

Riviera

What's it about?

Julia Stiles leads the cast of this intoxicating and glamourous thriller set in the Côte d'Azur on the south-eastern coast of France.

Stiles is Georgina Clios, whose life is turned upside down following the shocking death of her extremely powerful and wealthy husband on a yacht.

How many seasons are there?

Three seasons of 10 episodes each.

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The thrills of Tim Roth epic Tin Star, the glamour of Billions or the mixture of sunshine and mystery in Big Little Lies.

The Third Day

What's it about?

A story told in three distinct but interconnected parts – Summer, Autumn and Winter – the drama follows Sam, a man drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast inhabited by a group of islanders who will preserve their traditions at any cost.

Naomie Harris joins the drama in Winter as Helen, who comes to the island looking for answers and a battle for the island’s fate.

How many seasons are there?

One season of 3 episodes.

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The Outsider, The Sinner, Sharp Objects, Twin Peaks, The Fall.

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I Hate Suzie

What's it about?

The career of star Suzie Pickles (Billie Piper) is already heading downhill when a photo is leaked of her in an extremely compromising position in Sky Atlantic's edgy drama.

Created by Piper and Succession writer Lucy Prebble, who previously worked together on Secret Diary of a Call Girl, new eight-part series I Hate Suzie looks at what happens to someone when the mask slips. Can anyone can survive being well and truly ‘known’?

How many seasons are there?

One season of 8 episodes.

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The writing team's previous TV credits including Succession and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Chernobyl

What's it about?

A story about lies, cover-ups, ignorance and arrogance, Chernobyl is the true story of what happened in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine.

Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan Skarshard star in the compelling, powerful and emotional series.

How many seasons are there?

One season with five perfect episodes. We also recommend checking out the Sky Atlantic documentary The Real Chernobyl and the official Chernobyl Podcast to fully immerse yourself.

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Everyone should watch Chernobyl, regardless of your taste.  But you’ll be a particular fan if you enjoy docu-dramas that tap into recent history such as When They See Us, A Confession, The People V OJ Simpson.

Game of Thrones

What's it about?

The fantasy series that changed TV forever. An epic drama that proved magic and dragons could go mainstream. An unforgettable story of war, love, revenge and the lust for power.

Game of Thrones is the story of nine noble families waging war against each other in order to gain control over the mythical land of Westeros.

How many seasons are there?

Eight seasons. That’s 73 episodes. It’s a big investment, but worth every minute.

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Where have you been? This is the most epic TV series ever made, which redefined the scale and scope of modern dramas. You’ll laugh, cry and fall in love with the characters and  never want the series to end.

Patrick Melrose

What's it about?

Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding as the titular character in the adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical novels, following his life across decades from childhood trauma, through substance abuse to ultimately recovery.

Cumberbatch’s performance was described as the “finest portrayal of addiction ever seen on TV”, by the Guardian.

How many seasons are there?

One season of 5 episodes.

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Incredible solo performances like Jim Carrey’s recent outing in Kidding or Frances McDormand in HBO’s Olive Kitteridge. Or tales of addiction like Will Arnett’s Netflix series Flaked.

A Discovery of Witches

What's it about?

Based on the All Souls fantasy books written by Deborah Harkness, this British series has built up a dedicated and hefty fanbase.

Bringing together vampires, daemons, witches and magical creatures, this bewitching series will have you hooked.

Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer play the lead witch and vampire double act, solving riddles and protecting secrets.

How many seasons are there?

Two seasons of 8 episodes. Season 3 is coming in 2022.

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Harry Potter, Supernatural, True Blood, The Originals, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, His Dark Materials, The Vampire Diaries.

Ray Donovan

What's it about?

Liev Schreiber stars as LA's best professional fixer - clearing away the problems of the rich and famous, no matter how messy. Or how illegal.

The dynamic between Schreiber and his father Mickey Donovan, played by Jon Voight, is electric in this Emmy-nominated, hardhitting drama.

How many seasons are there?

Seven seasons and a total of 82 episodes. You’ve got a feast to catch up on.

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The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Suits, Better Call Saul.

The Affair

What's it about?

Starring the exceptional Ruth Wilson and Dominic West, The Affair delves deep into the psychological and emotional impact of extramarital relationships.

Scooping Golden Globes along the way, this compelling and original series uses the switching of character point-of-view to create an intense and tantalising exploration of ‘the truth’.

How many seasons are there?

Five addictive seasons. 53 sumptuous episodes.

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Doctor Foster, The Slap, Big Little Lies, Bloodline.

Boardwalk Empire

What's it about?

From the jaw-dropping Martin Scorsese-directed pilot onwards, this HBO prohibition-era crime drama was visually stunning and dazzling with style.

Steve Buscemi shone as 'Nucky' Thompson, the corrupt political power-holder in Atlantic City and was joined by an incredible cast including Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Graham and Michael Shannon.

How many seasons are?

Five epic seasons over 56 episodes.

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The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Justified, Peaky Blinders.

Billions

What's it about?

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis are scintillating in this lavish financial drama about a cat-and-mouse game between ruthless US attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and rags-to-riches hedge fund billionaire Paul 'Axe' Axelrod (Lewis).

The battle of egos between Axelrod and Rhoades is red hot TV as the duo attempt to bring each other down and keep control of their wealth, power and influence.

How many season are there?

Five seasons over 55 episodes.

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House of Cards, Damages, Ballers, Peaky Blinders, McMafia.

Succession

*Warning: Trailer contains strong language*

What's it about?

Part-family soap, part-boardroom drama, part-satire, Succession stars Brian Cox as ruthless patriarch Logan Roy, who despite ailing health is reluctant to hand control of his billion-dollar media conglomerate to any of his four troubled children. They, in turn, conspire with and against one another to become his chosen successor while coming to terms with their dysfunctional childhoods in which their business-minded father showed them little affection.

Succession, created by Peep Show, Fresh Meat and The Thick of It writer Jesse Armstrong, has been showered with awards for its writing, acting and direction, season 2 picking up Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, Outanding Writing and lead actor for Jeremy Strong, who plays Logan's second son and presumed natural successor, Kendall. 

How many season are there?

Two seasons of 10 episodes each.

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Billions, The Affair, Ozark, The Sopranos, Mad Men.

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