Whilst Netflix may be the most popular when it comes to streaming services, Now TV is still a great option as it offers the premium shows of Sky without tying you into an annual contract. From intense dramas to light-hearted comedies - there’s likely to be something on this service for you.
For those of you who aren't subscribed already, you can access all the television shows on Now TV by purchasing the Entertainment Pass, which is currently priced at £7.99 a month, with a 7 day free trial. If you're willing to buy a few months in bulk, there are some introductory offers which can save you up to nearly half price per month - including a bundle which ties in the Sky Cinema Pass. See some of the films available in our top picks for movies on Now TV.
If you’re searching for your next Now TV fix, then look no further than here. We’ve listed some of our top programmes available right now for your viewing pleasure. For further picks of some of our favourite shows, check out our best of Netflix roundup for this month. You won’t be disappointed.
As always, all information is correct at the current time of writing, but the availability of some shows may change at Now TV’s discretion.
One of the staple HBO dramas, True Detective is an anthology, non-linear crime drama, with each season containing its own narrative and setting.
If you're starting from the beginning, you'll be following a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives (played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) as they attempt to pursue a serial killer across 17 years. Seasons two and three contain different stars and stories, so it'll be like starting afresh, but with the same tone.
When you think of period dramas, Downton Abbey is the first to come to mind. Following the lives of the Crawley family and their servants, we see the characters grow across the decade as they deal with ongoing family drama and politics.
The show starts in 1912, following the sinking of The Titanic. The heir to the throne is aboard the ship, which leaves the current Lord without a male successor. The show gradually progresses through many historical timestamps, including the first world war.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Do you love political and social commentary that doesn’t require you to sit down with a black coffee and concentrate hard? Last Week Tonight is splurged with satire and fast humour whilst deep-diving into some of the most complex scandals and subjects of our current time.
In the past, Oliver has managed to secure an interview with Edward Snowden - despite him being in Russia under right of asylum - and has also exposed some of the dangerous work behind TV religious preachers and the lottery. You’ll learn a lot, and laugh a lot too.
Only Fools and Horses
It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Only Fools and Horses follows a group of cockney geezers, headed up by Del Boy Trotter (played by the renowned David Jason) who try to get rich quick by dealing in the black market trade, which often leads to many sticky situations.
Some of our favourite episodes include ‘A Touch of Glass’ and ‘Heroes and Villains’. Plus, it’s also fun to watch out for every time Del Boy calls his brother Rodney a plonker or a wally. However, a warning from us - you’ll never see a Reliant Regal three-wheeler van without thinking of this show.
The original two seasons of Twin Peaks stood for a long time as about the weirdest television had ever gotten… until AMC gave David Lynch a budget to go back two decades later in Twin Peaks: The Return.
Both shows are on Now TV, and if you haven’t seen them they are truly two of a kind. Mind-bending mysteries, iconic characters, a stunning score, and that sort of constant low-level confusion that only Lynch can generate all combine to make TV that you may not really understand, but you’ll certainly never forget.
The Trip to Spain
The third in Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip series sees the pair head to, well, Spain. You might have figured that bit out already.
They once again play fictionalised versions of themselves as they tour the Iberian Peninsula’s finest restaurants and fill the time with drinking, bickering, and a seemingly endless arsenal of impressions.
Sex and the City
On Netflix, Friends may be your go-to sitcom. This is the Now TV alternative. Following writer Carrie Bradshaw and her three best mates, this nineties hit discusses life in the big apple, following the women’s careers, family escapades and of course, their ever-dramatic love lives.
Whilst yes, everything is a little bit unrealistic (HOW can a columnist afford an apartment with a walk-in wardrobe and a million pairs of Gucci heels?!) it’s still a great comfort show to have on when you’re stuck for something to watch. Just don’t put it on if your parents happen to be in the room… trust us.
A Touch of Cloth
In case you missed it at the time, A Touch of Cloth is a police procedural parody from the mind of Charlie Brooker (you know, of Black Mirror fame). John Hannah is the title character Jack Cloth, a police detective with personal problems - is there any other kind?
Almost as clever as it is silly, this is the sort of comedy that fires jokes off a mile a minute, so if one doesn’t land you can usually trust that there’ll be another before you’ve even noticed. It helps if you know the likes of A Touch of Frost well enough to get the joke, but the black comedy and daft wordplay will carry you through regardless.
Love a bit of surrealism? Yonderland fits the bill perfectly. Think Monty Python meets the Muppets, all set in a bizarre medieval world. The series follows Debbie Maddox, a seemingly normal stay-at-home mum who one day discovers a portal in her kitchen that leads to the world of Yonderland, where everyone seems to believe that she is “the chosen one” destined to save the world.
Every episode Debbie has to try and fit in a quest alongside her daily routine of picking her kids up from school. It’s frankly hilarious to see her reactions to all these overdramatic characters and creatures. This is also a great show for family viewing, if that’s something on your to-do list.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is great if what you most like in the world is being really, really, phenomenally depressed.
An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s sci-fi novel of the same name (though from season two onwards the show is mostly past the scope of the book anyway), it explores a vision of America where religious extremism rules supreme, women’s rights are crushed, and a surveillance state monitors everybody’s behaviour. Totally far-fetched.
Gavin & Stacey
Oh, what’s occurring?! This legendary British sitcom (also returning for a Christmas special this year) is a must-see, following the coming together of one family from Essex and another from Wales when a young couple fall in love. This is also the breakout show for James Corden, who plays the lovable lad Smithy.
Some of the most memorable episodes include ‘Boys’ Night Out’, ‘The Big Day’ and ‘House Hunting’ - which includes a segment that any person searching for a place to live in London can relate to.
Late Late Show with James Corden
Speaking of James Corden, the A-list guests, rap battles and musical segments make this talk show one worth watching. The US alternative to The Graham Norton show, the The Late Late Show has a breath of fresh air with Corden bringing his own spin to the presenting style.
The one segment worth watching for is of course Carpool Karaoke, in which Corden picks up a celeb in his SUV and duets some of the greatest hits you’ve ever heard. Previous guests including Elton John, Michelle Obama and Adele. One of our personal favourites is with Sir Paul McCartnery, where the pair ventured to The Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool and put on an impromptu concert in the back of scouse pub. Cheers to that.
Another old-school HBO classic, Deadwood is the series that showed Westworld how to handle all that cowboy stuff.
It only lasted three seasons before its premature end, but in that time Deadwood made a substantial mark - enough to warrant a new movie years later, with most of the cast returning. Some of the grim ‘n’ gritty tropes have aged a little badly, but at the time Deadwood sat alongside The Sopranos as one of the shows reinventing what TV could be.
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch
Despite the divisive opinions of the final season of Game of Thrones, you can’t deny that the series was probably one of the most ambitious shows of all time in terms of special effects and cinematography. This documentary really celebrates the people behind the show who brought the magic to life in the final season.
It’s easy to forget how long this series has been on, and seeing the cast and crew literally grow up on set is rather emotional. Watching the actors reactions to the final episode scripts also feels extremely insightful - there’s a lot of feelings going around in that room.
Key & Peele
Remember that famous Obama speech with the anger translator, Luther? That actor was Keegan-Michael Key. Joined by legendary filmmaker Jordan Peele, the two create some iconic sketch series that rival SNL.
With reoccurring characters and jokes based around to socio-political climate of the USA, this show hits the perfect balance between sophisticated commentary and just plain old mad humour.
Big Little Lies
Starring a number of acclaimed stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, this series has it all. Drama, dark comedy and mystery are all thrown into the quaint setting of a Californian beach town in which several affluent mothers reside. However, you’ll soon learn that their lives are not as enviable as they may seem.
What might seem like a perfect life on the outside is just a facade to cover up crime, scandal and cold-blooded murder. We guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat after every episode.
The Ricky Gervais Show
Whilst this may have originated as a radio show, it has been adapted with some wonderful animation that has taken this audio series to the next level. Hosts Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant chat to Karl Pilkington about all kinds of weird and wacky topics, hearing his... unique perspective on life.
One memorable segment is called Monkey News, in which Pilkington discusses a story about chimps performing seemingly impossible tasks and feats. Hearing the disbelieving reactions of his co-stars is absolute top notch comedy.
This sitcom starring The X Files’ David Duchovny is about as NSFW as the tongue-in-cheek title might suggest. Duchovny is acclaimed author Hank Moody, a devoted New Yorker who moves to California to be closer to his ex-wife and estranged daughter.
With addictions to at least two out of the three of alcohol, drugs, and sex, it’s fair to say that Moody is not exactly on the straight and narrow, and the show revels in it. The series loses its way slightly in later seasons, and occasionally stumbles into glorifying some of the more… questionable… behaviour, but its always funny and often moving.
We do love our classic comedies here at Tech Advisor, and this show is one of the top dogs. Following the rude and stress-head landlord Basil Fawlty (as played by the masterful John Cleese), this show will make you split your sides of over the bizarre events that take place in this rundown guest house in Torquay.
Our personal favourite episodes include ‘Communication Problems’, ‘The Germans’ and ‘Basil the Rat’. It’s truly amazing how violent the slapstick comedy was as well back in the day - you wonder if the actors ever truly got injured.
Now TV currently boasts a few shows from the ‘Arrowverse’ of superhero adaptations, but The Flash is one of our favourites. This gloriously camp comic book adaptation revels in the absurdity of its roots - super-strong telepathic gorilla supervillain, anyone? - and never takes itself too seriously.
Yes, it’s soapy and it’s schlocky and it’s very very silly, but it’s tremendously fun and really feels like it’s own thing. The Flash does its best to adapt every comic book arc anyone’s ever called ‘unfilmable’, and we love it all the more for it.