NOW TV: The best unmissable box sets to stream now

The best drama series to stream on NOW TV, including Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose and Westworld.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 2 March 2020 - 11.22am
Sky UK

Catch up on Riviera on NOW TV before season three starts later this year

NOW TV is your number one destination for ground-breaking Sky Originals, such as Chernobyl and Patrick Melrose, and HBO classics such Westworld, Boardwalk Empire and True Detective.

If you're new to NOW TV 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 TV Box Sets...

1.       Chernobyl

Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk and Jared Harris as Valery Legasov in Chernobyl Sky UK Ltd

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.

Watch this if you like…

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.

Where can I watch it?

Chernobyl is available to watch on NOW TV.

2.       Game of Thrones

Kit Harington as Jon Snow & Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in the final season of Game of Thrones ©2019 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO® and all related programs are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

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.

Watch this if you like…

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.

Where can I watch it?

Watch all eight seasons on NOW TV.

3.       Riviera

Julia Stiles floats in water near a puddle of blood in Sky Atlantic's Riviera Sky UK Ltd

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?

Two.

Watch this if you like?

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

Where can I watch it?

Seasons one and two are available to watch on NOW TV. Season three is due to air on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV later this year.

4.       Patrick Melrose

Benedict Cumberbatch lays in a bath fully clothed as he plays Patrick Melrose Sky UK Ltd

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?

A single season of five episodes.

Watch this if you like…

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.

Where can I watch it?

Watch Patrick Melrose on NOW TV.

5.       A Discovery of Witches

Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer in A Discovery of Witches Sky UK Ltd

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?

One. Season two is coming in 2020.

Watch this if you like…

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

Where can I watch it?

A Discovery of Witches is available on NOW TV.

6.       Ray Donovan

A battered and tired Ray Donovan in the back of a car, played by Liev Schreiber ©2019 Showtime

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. You’ve got a feast to catch up on.

Watch this if you like…

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

Where can I watch it?

Watch Ray Donovan on NOW TV.

7.       The Affair

Dominic West and Ruth Wilson get steamy in the pool for The Affair ©CBS

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.

Watch this if you like…

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

Where can I watch it?

All five seasons of The Affair are available on NOW TV.

8.       Boardwalk Empire

The lead cast of Boardwalk Empire pose together ©2016 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO® and all related programs are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

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

Steve Buscemi shined 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.

Watch this if you like…

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

Where can I watch it?

Catch up on Boardwalk Empire on NOW TV.

9.       Billions

Billions key art with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis in the shadows BILLIONS © Showtime Networks Inc. All rights reserved.

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis are scintillating in this lavish financial drama about a cat-and-mouse game between a ruthless US attorney and a

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

How many season are there?

Four and a fifth is coming this year.

Watch this if you like…

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

Where can I watch it?

Seasons one to four are available to watch on NOW TV. Season five comes to Sky Atlantic with NOW TV later this year.

10.       Westworld

A host in its wheel in Westworld ©2016 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO® and all related programs are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

An epic fantasy series based on the Michael Crichton novel and 1973 movie, Westworld is the story of an amusement park modelled on the Old West where the attractions are robots called ‘hosts’. Humans can do anything to the hosts, including murder… until the hosts take matters into their own hands.

The superb cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and James Marsden.

How many seasons are there?

Two. Season three, starts this March.

Watch this if you liked…

Mr Robot, Altered Carbon, Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse.

Where can I watch it?

Season three, starring Aaron Paul, starts on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV on March 16th. Catch up on the first two series now.