• Don't just sit there. We've got plenty to watch until Vikings returns with a new episode next week. (MGM / SBS)
Wait out the week between new episodes of Vikings with binge-worthy shows at SBS On Demand.
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Staff writers

19 Dec 2019 - 3:30 PM  UPDATED 19 Dec 2019 - 3:31 PM

Vikings is back for the first half of its final season, exclusive to SBS and On Demand. New episodes are available Wednesdays, and we've got you covered for what to watch in-between. 

 

Medici (2 seasons)

Dynasty, destiny, and lavish costumes. It's all here in this political family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century.  When banker Giovanni de Medici (Dustin Hoffman) drops dead, his son Cosimo (Richard Madden) is pushed reluctantly to the head of the family dynasty. Cosimo and his brother Lorenzo (Stuart Martin) suspect their father was murdered by arch-rival Rinaldo Albizzi (Lex Shrapnel), who’s drumming up support in opposition to the Medicis. With tangled love interests and the golden-hued locales of the Florentine elite, this intriguing family provides no end of tales to chase round the back streets of Florence.

Season 2, called Medici: The Magnificent, begins 20 years later, and this time round, we’re seeing drama unfold for Cosimo’s grandson, Lorenzo (Daniel Sharman). 

Two seasons of Medici are available to stream at SBS On Demand 

 

Years and Years (1 season)

For a more contemporary take on chaos, try Years and Years, one of the most talked-about shows of 2019. The world we see through the eyes of Manchester family, the Lyons, from 2019 to 2034 seems all too real to be as dystopian as this six-part series from Russell T. Davies (Queer As Folk) is billed to be.  Emma Thompson stars as wealthy businesswoman Vivienne Rook, who sets her sights on politics, running on a campaign of being an ordinary person who is here to get things done. But she’s living anything but the life of everyday people, as she skyrockets to power and gets drunk on it. Sound familiar? 

The full season of Years and Years is available to stream at SBS On Demand 

 

Deep State (2 seasons)

Season 1 of this espionage drama follows ex-spy Max Easton (played by Mark Strong, who also stars in Temple, another of 2019’s best) forced out of retirement by the chief of MI6 to carry out a very personal mission in Beirut. Back home in France, where he’s settled with a new young family, his wife Anna (Lynn Renee) has cause to suspect he’s not the man she thought he was. Digging into his past reveals information that puts her and their children in grave danger. In an Australian connection, four episodes of season 1 were directed by Robert Connolly. Joe Dempsie and Karima McAdams co-star.

Walton Goggins joins the cast in season 2 as operative Nathan Miller. This time, the setting is Mali, Africa, and when four US Special Forces operatives and their translator are supposedly killed in an ambush, delaying a procurement deal in Washington, Miller is torn between his family and his duty. Deep State is heart-racing stuff.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Deep State are now at SBS On Demand.

 

 

The Young Pope (1 season + 2nd coming soon)

Things get wild in Academy Award-winner Paolo Sorrentino's  saga about the sinful goings on in the heart of the Catholic Church. Jude Law and Diane Keaton star in the tale of pontiff Pius XIII / Lenny Belardo, the first American Pope in history. Young and charming, his election might seem the result of a simple and effective media strategy by the College of Cardinals. But, as we know, appearances can be deceptive. Especially in the place and among the people who have chosen the great mystery of God as the guiding light of their existence. Turns out, the most mysterious and contradictory figure of all turns out to be Pius XIII himself. Shrewd and naïve, old-fashioned and very modern, doubtful and resolute, ironic, pedantic, hurt and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to walk the long path of human loneliness to find a God for mankind. But also for himself.     

Season 1 of The Young Pope is available to stream at SBS On Demand - and The New Pope is coming very soon 

 

Temple (1 season)

In this UK remake of gripping Danish series Valkyrien Mark Strong plays Daniel Milton, a talented and successful surgeon. After a personal tragedy shatters his comfortable life, Daniel partners up with the young and lonely Lee (Daniel Mays) to start a literal underground clinic in London’s vast labyrinthine network of subterranean tunnels. There, Daniel treats those who can’t or won’t seek more legitimate healthcare: criminals, illegal immigrants, and the just plain odd. Game of Thrones’ Carice Van Houten plays Anna, a guilt-ridden medical researcher who joins the illegal clinic. In the vein of Mary Kills People and Trust MeTemple centres on the good doctor doing his best to juggle his team of misfits and their increasingly unpredictable clientele.

Season 1 of Temple is available to stream at SBS On Demand 

 

The Plague (1 season + 2nd coming soon)

As people crowd the Spanish city of Seville, the thriving gateway to the New World, plague decimates the population. Amid the growing misery, outlaw of the Holy Inquisition, Mateo Núñez (Pablo Molinero) has a mission: to re-enter the city and rescue the illegitimate son of his friend, who has died in his absence. Mateo must conceal himself to avoid detection by the Holy Office and finds shelter in the home of former associate Luis de Zúñiga (Paco León). Meanwhile, the discovery of several murdered people is interpreted as an omen of the end of the world. This Spanish noir thriller vividly depicts the darkness of this time.

Season 1 of The Plague is available to stream at SBS On Demand. Season 2 is coming in 2020.

 

And just for something completely different...

 

The Last Man on Earth 

Phil Miller (Will Forte) is the last man on Earth, and he got the attitude and the personal hygiene that comes with such a predicament. And the beard. Having spent several years driving around north America to find fellow occupants of the earth, he's called off the search, and, resigned to an eternity alone, he stays put in Arizona, with a view to seeing out what's left of humanity's days getting drunk and wrecking things. Welcome to The Last Man on Earth, created by and starring Saturday Night Live's Will Forte. Being the last man on earth offers no shortage of surprises, and across four seasons, Forte manages to draw laughs and drama out of Phil's catastrophe. 

Season 1 - 4 of The Last Man on Earth are available to stream at SBS On Demand 

 

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