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10 of the Best Television Shows to Stream on SBS On Demand

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Feel like some free to air TV? SBS On Demand has some of the best bingeable content available.

From quirky comedies to thrilling dramas, SBS On Demand is home to an eclectic range of television shows to keep us entertained. Plus, to help you save up for the things that are more important (snacks of course), SBS On Demand is a free streaming service with no paid subscription needed.

So to help you start your watching frenzy, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best television shows that are available on SBS On Demand now!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Forget waiting for other streaming services to add this one to their list. Thankfully, SBS On Demand keep up to date with the latest offerings from this award-winning comedy extraordinaire. Featuring some of the best cold openings since The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is described as funny, wholesome and offers a whole lot of wit. Each of the characters including White Chicks‘ Terry Crews and The Lonely Island‘s Andy Samberg are just as hilarious as each other, with genuine character arcs and plots that are able to tackle hard topics with grace and humour – we cannot recommend Brooklyn Nine-Nine enough!


Years and Years
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Years and Years

Years and Years is a British sci-fi show that is based in the present, with a few despotic twists that are uncomfortably close to home. Years and Years follows one family, the Lyons, who are living in a time exactly like ours. As the story progresses an array of life-threatening plots comes into play including nuclear weapons, refugee crisis’ and even a deadly virus… it’s gripping, engaging and slightly creepy. As the show spans multiple episodes, Years and Years builds up it’s stamina to become more and more engaging – especially through its character development.


The Last Man on Earth
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The Last Man on Earth

Set in the year 2020, The Last Man on Earth is a comedy that follows the story of a deadly apocalyptic-like virus which wipes out everyone (well almost everyone) on earth. It follows Phil, an incredibly annoying man who believes he is the last living person. With four wonderful seasons available and an array of (mild spoiler) great characters, why not laugh yourself silly at a comedy which is about our collective current worst fear? It’s a fun show and a good distraction, and weirdly inspiring in the way humans go on despite any circumstance.


Broadchurch
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Broadchurch

To some, Broadchurch may not be the most binge-able series; but, thanks to its dark subject matter, brilliant actors and their immense chemistry and well thought out storyline (featuring some moments of humour) grip watchers immediately. Olivia Colman (The Crown) is perfect in her role as Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller; who is accompanied by renowned Doctor Who actor David Tennant who aces his role with his native Scottish accent. The first season of Broadchurch can only be described as excellent, following the detectives as they try to find the killer of a local boy. The show also lends a lot of screen time to the grieving family, a unique and powerful move.


Harlots
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Harlots

Set in London in the year 1763, Harlots travels watchers back in time to a period when London was the capital of the world and the most cosmopolitan place on Earth. As the name suggests, Harlots follows a group of sex workers who try to empower themselves by bedding powerful men, all whilst competing against rivalries. This show is unique as it was primarily written and created by women, with rich and layered female characters taking centre stage. Lovers of fashion will fall in love with the heavily detailed costumes and settings. Or, if you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, Harlots features British actor Jessica Brown Findlay, known for playing one of the leading roles of Lady Sybil.


Reprisal
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Reprisal

Released in 2019 with new episodes added every week, Reprisal comes from the producers behind The Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo. It is a beautifully made neo-noir thriller, primarily about revenge for the main character, Abigail Spencer (Suits), who was left for dead by her brother and his gang. The distinctive pulpy neo-noir costuming and settings (we’re talking diners, neon lights and 50’s-esque outfits) give the show its renowned and unique flair.


Letterkenny
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Letterkenny

Letterkenny is named after the tiny regional Canadian town in which it takes place. The storyline is absolutely hilarious, centring around Wayne and his friends, and the residents within the town. The delivery of all the lines is perfectly quick-witted and deadpan, with some excellent insults. It started as a web series but was quickly snapped up for distribution and now has seven seasons for us to enjoy! With tear-inducing laughter and an original storyline with a quirky personality, Letterkenny is definitely worth the watch.


Shrill
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Shrill

Shrill is a fresh new comedy available on SBS On Demand, based on the 2016 book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. Starring the insanely talented Aidy Bryant (you know her from Saturday Night Live) as Annie, a funny and bright woman who “wants to change her life – not her body” as she navigates family, friendships, her career and of course, bad boyfriends. This show is vibrant and funny, and centres around how Annie is not defined by the way she looks. The timely storylines and excellent supporting characters make this show well worth your time. A must-watch if you ask us!


New Girl
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New Girl

This comedy is the perfect show to tune into and zone out of everything else. And, better yet, all seven seasons are available on SBS On Demand for you to binge watch! Following Jess (perfectly cast Zoey Deschanel) as she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three strangers, who quickly become close friends, with slightly ridiculous hijinks to follow. The show is always fun and silly, with great characters that will always keep you entertained and laughing.


The New Pope
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The New Pope

n a follow up to the fresh and wonderful The Young Pope, The New Pope introduces the perfectly cast enigmatic, English aristocrat John Malkovich as the Pope. The show tantalises viewers with its breathtaking scenery within the Vatican City that sits on the banks of Rome, Italy. The style and glamour of The Young Pope is definitely continued on in The New Pope, with John Malkovich’s signature purr and charisma. Spoiler Alert: Jude Law still makes a few cameos… one where he’s in speedos…


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