35 Best TV Shows on Now TV UK

Updated July 13, 2024 • Staff

Thanks to parent company Sky, Now TV has an endless supply of shows it sources from channels like Sky Max and Sky Atlantic, the latter of which holds exclusive rights to HBO programming. That means subscribers have easy access to hits like Game of Thrones, The Last of Us, Succession, and The White Lotus—and this is aside from homegrown originals like Breeders, Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, and Save Me. 

This is all to say that there is a wealth of great titles for Now TV users out there. But if you're looking for the cream of the crop of streaming—a quick and easy list of titles worth watching on the platform—then you've come to the right place. Below, we gather the very best shows you can watch on Now TV. 

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35.

Billions

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis (Homeland) star opposite each other as a prosecutor and a billionaire suspect in this well-crafted drama. Axe is a venture-capitalist who lost his business partners in 9/11 and who is widely appreciated in the public eye for his charity work. He comes under scrutiny from a ruthless and unusual public prosecutor (Giamatti) after allegations of insider-trading. The two alpha-male types go head-to-head which makes for an immensely watchable fight.

Our staff rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Drama
Actor: Asia Kate Dillon, Clancy Brown, Condola Rashad, Corey Stoll, Damian Lewis, Dan Soder, Daniel Breaker, David Costabile, David Strathairn, Jeffrey DeMunn, John Malkovich, Kelly AuCoin, Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Giamatti, Toby Leonard Moore
Rating: TV-MA
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34.

The Outlaws

The Outlaws is an enjoyable BBC miniseries that centers on the lives and misadventures of seven lawbreakers sentenced to 120 hours of community service. The felons can’t be more different from each other, but as they gather every day to serve, they slowly bond in the process. It’s a bit like The Breakfast Club and The Good Place in that sense, although subplots of crime and heist make it a dash more thrilling.

The characters may appear as caricatures at first ("Everyone's a type," as one of them puts it), but don't be fooled: they're all nicely fleshed out with every episode, and each back story adds a new depth to the series. Stephen Merchant (co-creator of The Office UK) stars in, writes, and directs the series.

Our staff rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Actor: Charles Babalola, Christopher Walken, Clare Perkins, Darren Boyd, Eleanor Tomlinson, Gamba Cole, Jessica Gunning, Rhianne Barreto, Stephen Merchant
Rating: TV-MA
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33.

Broad City

Influenced by classic episodic sitcoms but blazing its own trail with a (generally) more progressive outlook, Broad City stands as a particularly noteworthy example of a show that fully allows its female protagonists to be as messy and gross and fully in charge of their own failures as they should like to be. Though its default setting is to be silly and deeply unserious, the show still works as a more honest portrayal of life as a twentysomething New Yorker. Both Abbi and Ilana love their city and their community, but even they know that "growing up" and trying to earn a living is made up of an increasingly absurd series of endless tasks. Which is what makes their unbreakable friendship through it all so comforting to watch.

Our staff rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer
Rating: TV-14
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32.

Enlightened

This is an HBO dark comedy that was intensely loved by anyone who knew about it before it was inexplicably canceled. Laura Dern plays a corporate executive who has a full-blown meltdown. I’m talking mascara streaming down her cheeks and screaming “I’m going to destroy you” to a coworker. When she comes back from a retreat in Hawaii she is forced to take, Den’s character is no longer filled with corporate rage but with inexplicable and almost obnoxious positivity. She tries to spread her new outlook around by giving people books like “Flow Through Your Rage” and telling them about sea turtles. Things get more real when she decides to take on her old company’s abuses. I think the reason this show has such hard-core fans is that they fell in love with Laura Dern’s character. Watching this show is like letting in a flawed, dependent, but extremely determined and well-meaning person into your life. Enlightened is funny, engaging, and all-around near-perfect TV.

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Comedy
Actor: Diane Ladd, Laura Dern, Sarah Burns
Rating: TV-MA
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31.

The Night Of

An HBO show that's almost too suspenseful to watch. It stars Riz Ahmed as a kid who steals his father's cab to go to a party, only to later find himself tangled up in a crime. Everything leading up to his arrest, while not necessarily indicative of anything criminal, boasts cut-throat suspense. And that's the magic of this show, it's taking familiar crime story arcs, adding flawless acting and incredible writing, and perfecting the thrills. You'll want to binge this show but, if your anything like me, your heart might not be able to take it.

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Actor: Amara Karan, Bill Camp, Glenne Headly, Jeannie Berlin, John Turturro, Michael Kenneth Williams, Paul Sparks, Paulo Costanzo, Payman Maadi, Poorna Jagannathan, Riz Ahmed, Sofia Black-D'Elia
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30.

My Brilliant Friend

This wonderful Italian epic made by HBO was a huge hit in Italy but remains little-known elsewhere. It's based on four famous books that tell the coming-of-age story of two brilliant girls who grow up in a poor suburb on Naples in the 1950s. It also has scenes from the current time where one of them mysteriously disappears. Amazing production value, acting, and story make this show so easy to get hooked to.

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Drama
Rating: TV-MA
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29.

Yellowjackets

When a girls soccer team is left stranded in the wilderness, things quickly descend from worrisome to outright, delightful, and sometimes unbearably weird. It’s a classic tale of survival injected with fresh mystery and drama, and as you watch these girls navigate humanity in all its extremes—from the primal urge to live to the existential need to bond—you’re left feeling both wildly entertained and deeply disturbed all at once. 

Though Yellowjackets has drawn comparisons to beloved stories like Lost and Lord of the Flies, its unique pulse on the female experience is arguably its own thing: a sure and instant classic in the making. 

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, Mystery
Actor: Christina Ricci, Ella Purnell, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Juliette Lewis, Melanie Lynskey, Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Nélisse, Sophie Thatcher, Steven Krueger, Tawny Cypress, Warren Kole
Rating: TV-MA
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28.

Insecure

Sometimes, nothing beats the easygoing entertainment of watching two attractive characters flirt and fall in love on screen, or seeing a group of ride-or-die friends get into trouble together. HBO's Insecure, which ran for five successful seasons, knows that it doesn't need to exaggerate or put a subversive twist on the romantic comedy to find relatable and affecting storylines. The series stays mostly locked in to South Los Angeles, California as it follows Issa (Issa Rae) navigate the modern dating scene, try to settle on a career path, and manage her friendships as an ambitious and somewhat awkward thirtysomething Black woman.

Even if you don't have much in common with Issa, Insecure is a massively comforting watch. Rae and co-creator Larry Wilmore have an impeccable eye for the messy, unspoken rules of social and romantic interaction that other shows might write off as too trivial. But this show lives and breathes in the ordinary, realistic problems—while still indulging in the warm and fuzzy feelings brought about by meeting someone new or seeing yourself grow up just a little more.

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actor: Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
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27.

The Deuce

As has become typical of a David Simon series, The Deuce manages to bring myriad characters and perspectives into one setting, but somehow without resulting in information overload or stale drama. Simon's work (most famously, The Wire) has always been arguably more ethnographic than traditionally dramatic, and here it's no different: the portrait he and co-creator George Pelecanos paint of '70s New York feels so real that watching this is almost educational. The Deuce is a series all about change and freedom and the contradictions that come with ideas of sexual liberation and commodification, and it's endlessly fascinating to watch how these characters continue to dream big and redefine themselves in their own seedy little corner of the world.

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Actor: Chris Bauer, Chris Coy, Daniel Sauli, David Krumholtz, Emily Meade, James Franco, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Luke Kirby, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva, Michael Rispoli, Olivia Luccardi, Sepideh Moafi
Rating: TV-MA
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26.

The Sympathizer

After the only war the Americans have lost, American post-Vietnam war portrayals tend to lean as patriotic revenge fantasies or romanticized disillusionment, but rarely do they portray the people caught in between. HBO’s The Sympathizer is an adaptation of the Pulitzer winning novel of the same name, and while it’s mainly an American production, Park Chan-wook and Robert Downey Jr.’s collaboration sticks to the Captain’s perspective, as the unnamed mole protagonist writes his confession years after from a jail in Vietnam. Chan-wook excellently mirrors his approach to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s agile storytelling, shifting time periods and languages the same way the Captain shifts perspectives, though Nguyen’s dry humor sometimes wavers when translated to the screen. Still, it’s certainly a well-crafted, ambitious depiction coming from a unique perspective.

Our staff rating: 8/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Actor: Alan Trong, Duy Nguyen, Fred Nguyen Khan, Hoa Xuande, Kiều Chinh, Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên, Phan Gia Nhật Linh, Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Oh, Toan Le, Vy Le
Rating: TV-MA
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