• Tyler, the Creator in 'Nuts And Bolts'. (SBS)
Sometimes the best viewing on TV can be hiding right under your nose.
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14 Jun 2019 - 10:54 AM  UPDATED 8 Aug 2019 - 3:37 PM

These days it’s easy to think you’ve seen it all. With so much choice on offer, why risk your time starting something that’s merely good when greatness could be just around the corner? Fortunately, we’ve found the solution. We’ve taken a look through the SBS On Demand back catalogue and found a range of first-rate series that may have escaped your notice.

There’s no need to worry about committing yourself to a series that fails to stick the landing here – they’re all good to the last drop.

54 Hours

The year is 1988, and a pair of incompetent German criminals (Sascha Alexander Gersak and Alexander Scheer) are trying to escape from their bungled bank robbery by taking the staff and customers hostage. A string of mistakes by local police allowed the criminals and their hostages to go on a road trip, followed by media happy to interview them and film their every move. It all seemed like a bit of a joke – until things turned serious. Fact really is stranger than fiction.

Raven

Adam Kruk (Michal Zurawski) is a drug-addicted cop who returns to the town he grew up in hoping to track down the pedophile who molested his childhood friend. Officially he’s been sent there to use his local knowledge to help find a kidnapped boy, a case he soon comes to see as his chance to redeem himself for his past failures. But as he investigates the current case, it becomes clear that his past still has a part to play.

Chefs

Each year one of Paris’ greatest chefs (Clovis Cornillac) saves one spot in his kitchen for a convicted criminal looking to redeem themselves. This year it’s Romain (Hugo Becker), and if this young man thought choosing cooking over prison was the easy option he’s soon going to discover that occupying the bottom rung in a high-class kitchen is tougher than he could imagine. Not that he’ll be staying on the bottom for long…

Post Radical

Legendary pro skater Rick McCrank takes us on an exploration into the weird and wonderful world of skateboarding subcultures. Post Radical catalogues a mysterious and elusive species: the skateboarder in the wild.

Nox

Under the streets and homes of Paris lie hundreds of kilometres of tunnels and sewers dating back centuries. It’s a nifty way for a team of criminals to escape after their robberies, but when one of the cops in pursuit vanishes down there, it’s up to her ex-cop mother (Nathalie Baye) and former partner (Malik Zidi) to head into the underground maze to find the crooks who may be holding her hostage.

 

Nuts And Bolts

Tyler, the Creator explores the things he loves and the ways they work, meeting with experts who help him invent and innovate in the ways only Tyler would.

Harem

Tel Aviv faith healer Shabtai Zadik (Alon Aboutboul) has 20 wives and over 40 children. He calls it a family; outsiders call it a cult. Suddenly one of his wives reaches out to her family for help. Her parents hope this means she’ll finally return to them – only to discover she’s trying to lure her younger sister into Zadik’s arms. Is there anything the family can do to stop Zadik, or will they be forced to take the law into their own hands?

 

Dark Side of the Ring

Professional wrestling is the only sport where its stars live in two worlds and balance their in-ring characters with real life. This series examines these complex intersections of fantasy and reality while uncovering wrestlings dark and untold history.

My House

More than 20 years after Paris Is Burning, Ballroom continues to usher in a new generation of legends, statements and stars. This is where your wildest dreams can come true, but to receive the validation, status and recognition you deserve, you must walk.

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