UnREAL is almost over, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is just beginning and the director of The Last Panthers has a secret.
By
Nick Bhasin

15 Apr 2016 - 1:31 PM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2016 - 1:40 PM

Welcome to The Weekly Binge, a column by The Guide editor Nick Bhasin, who takes you on a delightful jaunt through the TV highlights on SBS On Demand.

Not sure what to watch? Read this column. Tired of watching the same stuff and looking for something new? Read this column. Feeling a little meh and just generally need to smile, laugh and love? Read this column.

This week, it begins and ends with UnREAL. I’m not sure why more of you aren’t watching this show but there’s really no excuse. It’s great. Like I do with a lot of new shows, I watched the pilot, hated it and gave up. Having never been wrong about anything TV related in the past, I thought I was safe. But, for the first time ever, I was wrong. The series turned out to be very dark and very funny.

As we at The Guide have said before, whether you love or hate The Bachelor and shows like it, you will enjoy this show.

There are only a couple of episodes left, airing on the next two Mondays on SBS 2. But you can catch up from episode 5 on SBS On Demand. We’re ramping up to a pretty fantastic end of the series so you don’t want to miss these latest episodes. Here’s #8:

If you like intense drama, you should be watching The Last Panthers. We’ve already gone into the reasons to get excited, but Variety referred to it as France’s The Wire. I’m not sure you can get a better recommendation than that.

It’s worth reading this New Yorker article about the Pink Panthers, whose robberies inspired the series.

Also, and you may want to sit down for this one, the director of the series, Johan Renck, who has directed episodes of shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Vikings and Bloodline, was also in a pop act called Stakka Bo in the 90s.

Just to recap, the director of the gritty The Last Panthers, who got David Bowie to do the theme song, was in Stakka Bo, who had this hit single called “Here We Go”:

It’s in that Drew Barrymore movie Never Been Kissed!

Anyway, you can still catch up from the first episode of the series. And here’s the latest episode:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is probably the best comedy on US network TV (non-cable, non-streaming). I haven’t seen The Last Man on Earth, though. I hear that’s pretty decent.

Either way, the 3rd season just started on SBS 2 and the first episode, guest starring Bill Hader, is available right here:

When you got engaged, did you have to give someone a diamond ring to seal the deal? Turns out that’s terrible – as explained by the first episode of Adam Ruins Everything, a funny new show on SBS 2…

One of the best things about SBS On Demand is its collection of dramas from around the world. The site is full of series from places you’ve probably never even heard of, like France and Spain.

One of these series is Maison Close, a costume drama set in a 19th century Parisian brothel. The New York Times loved it and that should be good enough for all of us.

Here’s the first episode:

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