• Lilyhammer, Arne Dahl, Southcliffe - all on SBS On Demand. (SBS)Source: SBS
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By
Jeremy Cassar

4 Aug 2016 - 4:40 PM  UPDATED 4 Aug 2016 - 4:40 PM

We’ve all been there. You desperately want something to watch. Something smart, something different. Something that will make you feel better than other people when you talk about it.

But you don’t know what that is!

So you lie down on the floor, face down and hope something magically appears on your phone or tablet or virtual reality headset.

Well, we’ve got a better strategy: Watch these shows!

They’re all available on SBS On Demand and they’re free. Take a look:

 

Youngers is a love letter to big beats and bigger dreams

Country:

Britain

Why you need to watch it:

Not your average dramedy – Youngers follows a bunch of south-east lads from London as they chase dreams of worldwide success in the urban music scene. The group’s Dizzee Rascal-inspired hip-hop is a highlight, but it’s the personal stories of these ambitious underprivileged kids that stand out. Touching, funny, and chock full of sick beats.

Watch the first episode of Youngers right here: 

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Forget The A-Team - join the dysfunctional Team A of Arne Dahl (series 1 and 2)

Country:

Sweden

Why you need to watch it:

Stockholm’s leaders decide to assemble the city’s greatest crimes-solvers into an elite team. They also happen to be the most dysfunctional. Literally called Team A, this is The A-Team for a viewer with brains, replacing a group of cartoonish kick-ass action heroes with a Cuckoo’s Nest of genius crime fighters.

Watch the first episode of Arne Dahl right here:

The new must-see dramas from around the world, now on SBS On Demand
Time to get your binge on…

A series of small-town shootings ripple through Southcliffe

Country:

Britain

Why you need to watch it:

This non-linear drama surrounds a series of small-town shootings by a local man. Like the wonderful American Crime (not to be confused with American Crime Story) this is a thoughtful, tense drama that explores the ramifications of a crime from all angles - grief, responsibility, motive, and community, and is filtered through the eyes of a journalist and former resident sent to cover the story.

Watch the first episode of Southcliffe right here:

Even MORE World Drama is coming to SBS On Demand
Gird your loins: there's more to binge on than ever at SBS On Demand. As the winter cold creeps in, it's time to get under the doona and get watching!

Professor T – the most memorable jerk since Hugh Laurie in House

Country:

Belgium

Why you need to watch it:

The exit of Hugh Laurie’s House left a void in television. Here to fill it is Professor Teerlinck, a criminology lecturer and criminal psychologist, who uses outlandish methods to get his man or prove his point, insults anything with a pulse, and somehow remains likeable because he’s always so bloody correct.

Watch the first episode of Professor T right here:

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Antiheroes - the bread and butter of TV’s golden age - have got another stable mate in the insult-expert professor of criminology Jasper Teerlinck (Koen De Bouw) in SBS On Demand's Professor T.

The Fear traces a crime boss’s descent into dementia

Country:

Britain

Why you need to watch it:

If anyone saw Peter Mullan’s masterful supporting turn in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, you wouldn’t need much swaying to see him play a Brighton crime boss turned respectable entrepreneur who is slowly but surely losing his mind. Mullan’s bravura performance almost makes you fail to notice that the wonderful Richard E. Grant is also in the show.

Watch the first episode of The Fear right here:

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Crimes of Passion is The Killing set during Don Draper’s time

Country:

Sweden

Why you need to watch it:

Mad Men meets The Killing in this six-part anthology series on murder in the 1950s. Each feature length episode is based on a Maria Lang novel from the 40s-50s, and each one places us in a labyrinth of a case that seems unsolvable.

Watch the first film of Crimes of Passion right here:

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The pret-a-porter of crime solving.

Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist and his elastic face return for Lilyhammer series three

Country:

Norway

Why you need to watch it:

If you were a The Sopranos fan and stumbled across an episode of Lilyhammer, you’d think someone had fed you acid. Steven Van Zandt plays a crime boss not unlike consigliore Silvio from The Sopranos, except he’s been witness protected in a tiny, snail-paced town covered in snow. Basically, Van Zandt’s Frank unwillingly brings a world of mob crime to a tiny town in Norway.

Watch the first episode of series 3 right here (all three seasons are at SBS On Demand):