There’s no getting around the fact that as a nation, we love to binge-watch TV shows.
SBS is a publically-funded Australian TV network with on-demand service online where you can access a wide range of movies and TV shows for absolutely nothing. Content found on the SBS platform is specially curated by its editors, and you’re highly likely to find TV shows you’ve never heard of before, but ones that are of real quality. SBS wants people to keep coming back to it after all, so it’s not going to put out any old drivel.
British comedian and star of British sitcoms such as The I.T. Crowd, Richard Ayoade, presents this travel documentary series which gives viewers an inside look, and accompanying itinerary for various city destinations.
Each episode sees him accompanied by a celebrity guest whom Richard acts as a tour guide for, and, being comedic in nature, you can expect plenty of laughs.
Years And Years
This one season, six-part series stars Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear and Russell Tovey among others, and focuses on a Manchester family, following them over the course of a 15 year period during an imaginary, dystopian future of Great Britain.
This Italian drama series, based on a book of the same name, was only recently added to SBS' library. The main character – for want of a better phrase – is a shipment, with the show following its journey, all the way from its origin in South America, across the Atlantic Ocean and to its Italian buyers. Naturally, they're involved in a life of crime. Originally destined for the likes of Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime Video, this series will come with high expectation to viewers on SBS, but with great reviews already flooding in, those expectations will be met.
This critically acclaimed French political thriller is based on real-life accounts of former spies and agents of the General Directorate of External Security. Agents that form this squad spend years working undercover and assuming false identities in order to scope out intelligence sources, and the series focuses on one officer who has to readjust to normal life having spent six years in Damascus.
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
For something a little more light-hearted, this British TV show takes the popular 8 Out Of 10 Cats panel show, hosted by Jimmy Carr, and mashes it up with the longstanding letters and numbers daytime show, Countdown. With Jimmy Carr taking on hosting duties, Countdown's long-serving lexicographer Susie Dent and regular captains Jon Richardson and the late Sean Lock, expect a laugh a minute in this easy-watching gameshow.
Hollywood star Tom Hardy stars in this 2017 TV series produced by the BBC. Tom helped create the show, along with his dad and Engish screenwriter Steven Knight. Taboo is set in 1814, with Tom's character James Delaney returning to England after having spent 12 years in Africa. His return is shrouded in the fact his father has passed away, but he takes over the shipping business left to him nonetheless, only to find it doesn't come without its downsides in the form of several enemies.
It may have been cancelled after just one season, but Reprisal is still well worth your viewing time. In a similar vein to Kill Bill, Reprisal follows the story of a woman set on revenge against a gang who tried to kill her. Abigail Spencer takes on the lead role, and you may recognise her from Suits, where she portrayed one of Harvey Spectre's love interests Dana 'Scottie' Scott.
Medici is, perhaps unsurprisingly, an Italian TV series that premiered in 2016. The political drama follows The House of Medici, a real life banking family – and banker for the Pope – that became notorious in the early 15th century in Florence, Italy. This TV series follows that family, with each season focusing on a different yet specific event. The opening season follows the story of the head of the family dying and his son, Cosimo de Medici, succeeding him. In real life, Cosimo was the family member responsible for overseeing the first stages of the family's rise to prominence.
A crime drama from Norway now, and a lead character played by a very familiar face...if you watch Game of Thrones anyway. The ginger giant who plays Tormund in that series plays identical twin brothers in this series. Although, soon on, he only needs to take on the role of one brother, after the other is accidentally killed by his wife. Erik, the surviving brother, decides to take on the role of his dead brother Adam, to prevent the wife from being arrested for murder. Just how well he adapts to the role is what you'll have to find out.
The New Pope
This 2020 TV series follows on from The Young Pope (also available on SBS) and stars Hollywood heavyweights Jude Law and John Malkovich. Jude was the star of The Young Pope and reprises his role of Pope Pius XIII, while John plays 'the New Pope', Pope John Paul III, in this series. Although, it's claimed this isn't a second season but more of a limited series, however, with the same characters involved and it being set in the same period, we'll agree to disagree. Comedic at times and strangely alluring during others, The New Pope is a smartly-produced series that makes the very subject of the Church incredibly enticing.
Hailing from Scandinavia, this Nordic noir crime drama follows Swedish detective Saga Norén through all four seasons, as she works together with detectives from Denmark following the discovery of a dead body directly in the centre of the Øresund Bridge which connects the two countries. It may be another crime drama, but the Scandinavian tone makes a refreshing change, and with consistently rave reviews and several remakes, this isn't a series you want to miss.