A week between episodes of The Handmaid's Tale can be too long a wait.
SBS Guide

17 May 2018 - 12:51 PM  UPDATED 18 May 2018 - 10:38 AM

No show right now is generating the amount of conversation and interest as The Handmaid's Tale has been. There's a lot going on in each and every episode and it's great to spend the time thinking and talking about every installment.

But no viewer can survive on one show alone. Thankfully, SBS On Demand has a number of shows that the discerning viewer of The Handmaid's Tale will be deeply engrossed with.

For more dark drama...

Bad Banks

After being wrongly fired from a prestigious bank in Luxembourg, young and ambitious Jana finds her dream job at a competing bank in Frankfurt, thanks to the unexpected help of Christelle Leblanc, her former boss. While Jana quickly manages to impress her new team, she realises that Leblanc has secretly been manipulating her to her own advantage. Will Jana survive this merciless power play?


Desecrated graves, dead bodies dug up and left in model homes... Every time, the same ritual: a woman, a man, a teenager, who weren't related but who form a new family. Who is digging up the bodies? Who is leaving them in model homes and why?



In this atmospheric thriller, demoted Detective John Cardinal is brought back into Homicide when the hunch he wouldn't let go is proven correct. Now, as he relentlessly tracks a serial killer, he must keep a watchful eye on his new partner.

For those rapt by the socially conscious aspects of The Handmaid's Tale...

Blue Eyes

When the Justice Department's chief of staff vanishes without a trace, her replacement begins to suspect a cover-up. An extreme right-wing political party's local representative is brutally murdered.

Next of Kin

The contemporary drama follows London doctor Mona Harcourt (Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife) whose life is shaken to the core when a bomb goes off in London on the same day that her brother is abducted and murdered in Pakistan. When her nephew becomes linked to both the bombing and his father's murder, Mona has to face the ultimate dilemma: how far would you go to keep your family safe?

If it's the creepy near-future dystopic nature of the show that appeals to you...


Set in the near future, this award-winning French drama follows Florian Bassot, an ordinary man who accidentally drowns when out boating with his family. Five years later, he awakens to find that scientists have transferred his mind into the body of another man.

For more fearless females...

The Good Fight

Each week, The Good Fight delivers stories inspired by real events, covering terrorism, cyber-bullying, censorship, hate speech and fake news. 


Set against the cosmopolitan backdrop of 18th century London, Harlots offers a bold new take on the city's most valuable commercial activity - sex.


French drama set during the Second World War and based on true events, telling the story of a group of young heroes fighting for freedom from Nazi occupation who join forces to produce a newspaper

But maybe you need a break with something lighter...

Homecoming Queens

Perfect for a break, all of the episodes can be snacked in just a bit over ten minutes each! Best friends Michelle and Chloe are two progressive people in their mid-twenties who have arrived at the crossroads faced by all young people of this age. That means they’re asking themselves the big questions: What do I want to do with my life? Is the transition to adulthood meant to be this difficult? And who’s going to sleep with me when my body’s a mess? These questions become more complicated when, like Michelle and Chloë, you’re living with a chronic illness.

The Brass Teapot

A magical antique transforms a couple (Juno Temple, Michael Angarano) from hapless losers into instant winners. Each time they experience pain, the object fills with money. They soon must come to terms with how far they are willing to go to fulfill their dream. Also stars The Handmaid's Tale and Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel and Search Party star Alia Shawkat.

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The Good Fight SBS fan podcast - Episode 11
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Sing-along to this comedy show about Justin Bieber's Norwegian shame
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Eyes On Gilead - 'Other Women' + The psychological toll of being a Handmaid
We discuss episode 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale and reflect on Aunt Lydia’s skills shaming runaway June into becoming dutiful Offred once more. We contemplate the bizarre rituals of Gilead designed to break down and subjugate women, and desperately search for some light in this grim development for our heroine.