There’s no getting around the fact that as a nation, we love to binge-watch TV shows.
Enter SBS On Demand…
SBS is a publicly-funded Australian TV network with an 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.
With this in mind, it’s pretty easy to say that any TV show you find on SBS On Demand will be worth your investmentbut to help you get up and running, we’ve picked out some of the very best SBS On Demand shows to add to your watch list.
Atlanta follows Glover’s character Earnest Marks and his friend and rapper Paper Boi, played by Brian Tyree Henry, as they make their way through the rap scene in Atlanta. The series touches on poignant topics such as racism, white privilege, African-American culture and existentialism.
The first three seasons are available on SBS right now (the third was only released in March 2022) and a fourth has already been commissioned, so we’ll have to wait and see if it ends up on the service too.
Put simply, Atlanta is easily one of the best TV shows on SBS On Demand right now.
There’s only one season of Christian so far, but it has already received rave reviews, with many praising it for putting a modern spin on Christian mythology.
IMDb rating: 7.4/10
Sorry For Your Loss
While Sorry For Your Loss may have been cancelled after just two seasons, it’s still one you should add to your watch list, as it follows Olsen’s character struggling to put her life back together following the unexpected death of her husband. It’s cancellation was surprising considering it received positive reviews from critics across the board, with Allison Keene of Collider saying, “Sorry For Your Loss is an intense, emotionally raw meditation on grief. And yet, it’s never overwhelming as much as engrossing.”
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.
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 expectations 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.
It may have been canceled 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 Specter’s love interests Dana ‘Scottie’ Scott.
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.
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 center 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.