Gossip Addict? The 10 Best Shows Available on Now TV

Now TV’s arrival in 2012 meant that many of the programmes you would have previously needed a Sky satellite dish to watch can now be enjoyed with a broadband connection being the only requirement.  The Now TV box is cheap and comes with a limited free subscription to the service’s TV, films and sports offerings.

 

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There are box options, with the Now TV Smart Box marrying non-contract streaming with the available Freeview channels and the option to purchase a monthly Entertainment Pass; just check out the Now TV contact details for more information.  Here’s our guide to the some of the best shows available on Now TV.

1. The Walking Dead

If you’ve missed the previous 6 seasons of this must watch thriller, then now’s the time to catch up as Season 7 is finally here. The show follows Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, who is part of a group of survivors battling against an on-going zombie apocalypse.  A gripping show which will have you on the edge of your seat.

2. Mad Men

The story of Don Draper is coming to a close after seven seasons but Mad Men is still a show that needs to be seen by all.  With a steady narrative, this show definitely gets better and better as it goes along.  Matthew Weiner, creator of The Sopranos, succeeds in giving the show valuable historical weight by including cultural events from the ‘60s and ‘70s but just as captivating are the flawed and fantastically portrayed characters.

3. Billions

Damian Lewis, of Homeland fame, delivers another top-notch performance as billionaire hedge fund manager, Bobby Axelrod.  Even though the source of his billions is slightly dubious, Lewis’s brilliant performance leads you to root for the rich guy as he’s pursued by Paul Giamatti’s Chuck Rhoades.  Billions is a highly entertaining show and easy to watch.

4. Fortitude

This show was hyped up to the max and opinions have been split as to whether the large amounts of money invested by Sky was worth it but the majority of viewers love the slow plot which keeps you guessing all the way through.  Essentially a Scandinavian-style crime drama with a few supernatural elements thrown in for good measure, this show might not be action-packed but it is still a captivating watch.

5. The Affair

The content of The Affair might seem fairly self-explanatory from the outset but there are many hidden layers.  It begins by following writer Noah (Dominic West) and his family as they go on holiday.  Whilst there, Noah falls for Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson), a waitress who is also married and the affair itself begins. 

 

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What makes this show such compelling viewing is the way that the points of view differ and how this is shown to the viewer; the same scenes are played out from Noah and Alison’s perspectives but with changes in settings and dialogue as they each remember their version of the intricate story.  The Affair is essential viewing and a show that really makes you think.

6. The Blacklist

The Blacklist has a simple premise brought to life by the magnificent acting skills of James Spader.  Spader plays the part of Red, one of the FBI’s Most Wanted, and a cold, heartless megalomaniac.  He hands himself in to the FBI but with the provision that he holds a lot of information about other criminals and it’s this that he then uses to control them.

7. Gomorrah

Gomorrah gives the viewer a brutal glimpse into what it means to be a gangster in Sicily - based on Roberto Saviano’s true exposure of the Sicilian Camorra crime empire – it shows a world that is far removed from previous romanticisms.  Persevere into the second season and you’ll be rewarded with a show that is epic in scope.

8. Penny Dreadful

With a genius script written by John Logan, Penny Dreadful brings together a host of famous characters from Victorian Literature, such as Dorian Gray and even Frankenstein’s monster, to create a series which is as scary as it is entertaining.

9. True Blood

A long running show that came out of the vampire phenomenon and captivated audiences thanks to its racier front and the twist on the popular vampire formats with the idea of a town which learns to respect vampires.  All seven seasons are available on Now TV and although it started to lose its way after season 5 the chances are you will still want to know what happened to Sookie Stackhouse.

10. Twin Peaks

A show that really should have progressed past two seasons, Twin Peaks is all at once captivating, simple and preposterous.  Created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, the premise is that of a couple of FBI agents visiting the quiet town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer.  What makes it such a beautifully told story yet totally strange is the use of narrative in a dreamscape context, brilliantly captivating and a definite must-see.

This short list just goes to show the impressive library Now TV has to offer so look no further for some of the best comedies and dramas currently available to watch.

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