• (L - R) 'Spiral', 'Difficult People', 'Atlanta' and 'The Fall'. (SBS)Source: SBS
Settle in for an epic marathon of quality TV from around the world, with these box set series at SBS On Demand.
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SBS Guide

24 Jun 2020 - 3:45 PM  UPDATED 16 Apr 2021 - 11:41 AM

Complete Comedy Series

 

Future Man

34 episodes - 3 seasons

From the creative minds behind Sausage Party and This Is The End comes a high-octane time-travel, action, adventure, comedy like nothing you’ve ever seen on your TV, or computer, or tablet, or phone before. Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson), a world-ranked gamer, still lives at home with his parents and has a dead-end job as a janitor at a sexual disease research centre. His social ineptitude, low self-esteem and prominent inability to approach women can only be matched by his unparalleled prowess at 'The Biotic Wars', a dystopian video game where his character, Future Man, has the top ranking in the world. When he becomes the first and only person to beat the elusive final level, he’s visited by the game’s “fictional” characters, Tiger (Eliza Coupe) and Wolf (Derek Wilson), who prove to be all-too-real warriors sent back in time from a desecrated future with the task of recruiting him to save humanity from a deadly super-race invasion.

Chock-full of sci-fi and gaming pop culture references, hello Terminator and of course Back to the Future, this show is weird, absurd and hilarious. The third and final season has just landed at SBS On Demand.

Get ready to go back to the future with ‘Future Man’
For a show all about the future, ‘Future Man’ is really into the ’80s.

Watch every episode of Future Man at SBS On Demand

 

Wellington Paranormal

19 episodes - 3 seasons

There are some crimes normal cops can’t investigate. The spin-off series featuring characters from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s film What We Do in the Shadows, Officers Minogue and O'Leary from the Wellington Police are back to investigate all things paranormal when they are invited to join the new Wellington Paranormal Unit of the Police with the help of Senior Sergeant Ruawai Maaka. Wellington Paranormal looks like a typical police reality show in the style of Motorway Patrol or Police Ten7 but with The X-Files-style paranormal events as the ‘crimes’ being investigated. The show is a perfect mix of understated Kiwi Comedy with the scariness of a found footage horror movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project. Season 3 has just landed in full at SBS On Demand - don't miss this hilarious hidden gem.

Tackle the paranormal pest problem with Wellington Paranormal
The cops from What We Do In The Shadows are now investigating a whole range of new supernatural petty crimes in Wellington.

Seasons 1 - 3 (plus a Christmas special) of Wellington Paranormal are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Difficult People

28 episodes - 3 seasons

This dark, irreverent comedy focuses on ride-or-die besties, Julie (Julie Klausner) and Billy (Billy Eichner). They are 30-something aspiring comedians living in New York City, and to make ends meet while pursuing their comedy dreams, Billy works as a waiter and Julie writes scathing recaps for television shows. Completely self-absorbed, self-serving and wondering when they will get the break they so truly deserve, Julie and Billy are hardened New Yorkers, who don’t have time for your crap, and you can’t help but love them. Their rapid-fire banter and chemistry are fantastic, you will wish you could somehow be a part of this very insular friendship (even though you know it could never happen, there’s no room for a third party with these two (just ask Julie's boyfriend). This is definitely one of those comedies that finished too soon and has an amazing cast featuring Andrea Martin, Gabourey Sidibe and Cole Escola (to name a few) plus a slew of incredible guest stars.

Your favourite ‘Difficult People’ have arrived on SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand
Are Julie and Billy difficult? Yes. Are they also relatable? Absolutely. You can find out just how relatable they are because ‘Difficult People’ is now airing on SBS VICELAND and SBS On Demand.

Watch every episode of Difficult People at SBS On Demand.

 

The Last Man on Earth

67 episodes – 4 seasons

Speaking of another comedy that needs more episodes, we have every episode of the Will Forte comedy The Last Man on Earth. The year is 2022, and after a deadly virus has swept the planet (eek), average guy Phil Miller (Will Forte) searches the country for other survivors, but finds no one. Phil comes to the painful realisation that he is almost certainly the last living being on Earth. All he wants is for someone - anyone - to find him - preferably a woman. A year ago this show seemed kind of far-fetched and now some of it is scarily relatable. The virus sweeps the planet in 2020 (creepy) and one of the first celebs to die from it was Tom Hanks. (What?)

Phil does find other survivors played by an incredible cast including Kristen Schall, January Jones, Cleopatra Coleman, Mary Steenburgen, Mel Rodriguez and Kristen Wiig. This dark comedy will make you laugh, cringe and also hit you right in the feels.

Why ‘The Last Man on Earth’ is the most binge-able show on TV
Feeling withdrawal symptoms and seeking redemption after that unimpressive ‘Game of Thrones’ finale? Then look no further than SBS’s latest offering, ‘The Last Man on Earth’.

Watch every episode of The Last Man on Earth at SBS On Demand (hurry it expires 30 June).

 

Atlanta

21 episodes - 2 seasons

This acclaimed, multiple Golden Globe Award-winning comedy drama created, co-written, produced by and starring musician and actor Donald Glover follows the lives of Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks (Glover), a young Princeton dropout with a two-year-old daughter, and his rapper cousin Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), who break into Atlanta's music industry scene and try to get their lives off the ground. Their opposing views on art, commerce, success and race make their quest anything but smooth-sailing. Glover is brilliant and the show is, as rottentomatoes says, “as excellent as it is eccentric”. (In case you were wondering, the ratings website gives the show’s two seasons 97% and 98% on the Tomatometer; they're right - season 2 holds up the promise of the show’s debut, and then some.) Season 3 has officially gone back into production, so now is the time to catch up on this award-winning series.

Every pop culture reference you probably missed in 'Atlanta Robbin’ Season'
In-jokes, parodies and shade... we've got them all.
'Atlanta' creates comedy by being specific
Atlanta Robbin’ Season couldn’t be set anywhere else. Drop the cast down in any other city and it’d be a very different show.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Atlanta are streaming at SBS On Demand.

 


Complete Drama Series

 

The A Word

18 episodes - 3 seasons

A is for autism in this UK drama series, at its heart, young Joe Hughes, played with aplomb by Max Vento. When Joe is diagnosed, his parents, Alison and Paul (Morven Christie and Lee Ingleby) are flooded with worries. As with most families, none of them knows how to talk about it or express their many feelings adequately, causing friction and adding to their stress. This smart contemporary drama is filled with ideas about parenthood, disability, community and communicating. It’s also audacious and funny, raw and loving. Season 3 has landed at SBS On Demand this April.

‘The A Word’ is a much-loved family drama with a difference
‘The A Word’ is about love, parenthood, community and how no one can drive you round the bend quite like your own family.

The A Word complete seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Spooks

86 episodes - 10 seasons

This seminal UK spy drama ran for 10 incredible seasons and introduced us to a slew of players who would become the who’s who of British actors. Set behind the scenes of the modern-day British Security Service (MI5), Spooks shows what it’s like to be a spy, through the eyes of the spies themselves, balancing the personal life storylines with the intense and sleek action. The series became known for its shock twists, cliffhanger endings and the feeling that no character is safe (long before Game of Thrones killed off a lead character early, Spooks had already done so and in a completely brutal way).

Jump back to 2002 when in season 1 a young Matthew Macfadyen was the chief of Section D, a clandestine counter-terrorism division who work round the clock to safeguard the nation.

'Spooks' is the best British spy series ever: Fact
Over ten seasons no spy series delivered more thrills than 'Spooks'. But what exactly makes it the best British spy series ever?

Watch every episode of Spooks at SBS On Demand.

 

Versailles

30 episodes - 3 seasons

Liberté, égalité, nudité! Vikings George Blagden plays Louis XIV in the three-season box set of the historical drama full of sex, spying and political intrigue, Versailles.

When we first meet him, Louis is 28 and commissioning the construction of Versailles, his ploy to keep the nobles out of Paris and permanently impose his absolute power. Haunted by a traumatic childhood, he’s nevertheless an outstanding political strategist, manipulator and Machiavellian. We watch his transformation into the Sun King and meet a range of figures from history along the way, from the most well-known courtier to the most humble villager, all guiding us through this world of betrayal and intimate secrets, political manoeuvres and declarations of war, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.

‘Versailles’ is a trip back to one of the most fascinating eras of European history
Beyond the sauciness, there’s so much more to enjoy about this look at the reign of Louis XIV.

Watch every episode of Versailles at SBS On Demand.

 

The Bridge

38 episodes – 4 seasons

Never watched any Nordic noir? You might as well start with one of the best in the genre with the cross country (Sweden and Denmark) thriller The Bridge. Season 1 begins when a woman is found murdered in the middle of the Øresund Bridge – right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. What looks at first to be one murder, however, turns out to be two. The body has been cut off at the waist and joined together - half of it belongs to a Swedish politician and the other half to a Danish sex worker. A team of inspectors from Sweden and Denmark join together in a desperate search for the killer.

With so many twists and turns, this series will keep you guessing, but what will keep you hooked is the incredible character of investigator Saga Noren portrayed by Sofia Helin. This series is so popular it's been remade four times (France/England, America/Mexico, Russia/Estonia and Malaysia/Singapore) and inspired the German/Austrian series Pagan Peak.

Two countries, two detectives and a dead body – the worldwide fascination with 'The Bridge'
As Nordic Noir phenomenon 'The Bridge' and its adaptations launch at SBS On Demand, we look at what makes the concept so remarkable.

Watch every episode of The Bridge at SBS On Demand.

 

Cardinal

24 episodes – 4 seasons

If you like Nordic noir, then this Canadian detective series should be next on your list. In this atmospheric thriller, demoted Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) 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, Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse), who he believes may have a secret agenda, while managing family issues of his own.

Based on a series of books by Canadian author Giles Blunt this thrilling series has a devoted fan base (who love the leads Cardinal and Delorme) and the critics love it too; it won 7 awards at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards.

Everything you need to know before the chilling final season of 'Cardinal'
Our favourite Canadian detectives are back, and they've got a very cold case on their hands.
Cardinal star Billy Campbell on his love of Scandi Noir and that one time he was The Rocketeer
Billy Campbell talks with SBS from the set of Cardinal while filming the second season of the Canadian noir drama.

Watch every episode of Cardinal at SBS On Demand.

 

Broadchurch

24 episodes – 3 seasons

Oscar winner and all-round legend Olivia Colman stars alongside two Doctors Who (David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker) in this British crime thriller. When the body of 11-year-old Danny Latimer is found on the beach in Broadchurch, local police officers DI Alec Hardy (Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Colman) are called to investigate a case that will change the small Dorset community forever.

Created by Chris Chibnall (who is now showrunner for the Jodie Whittaker-led Doctor Who) this crime thriller features the usual twists and turns but also focuses heavily on the impact of the crime upon the community - not least the victim's family. It's also filled with incredible performances from the amazing cast and later seasons feature Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Charlotte Rampling.

Watch every episode of Broadchurch at SBS On Demand.

 

The Bureau

50 episodes – 5 seasons 

With 5 complete seasons now streaming at SBS On Demand, there is no better time to start your marathon of one of the best French series (or possibly just series) ever made. The Bureau is based on real accounts from French spies, and reveals what life is like for the deep cover agents that put their lives on the line in the so-called 'Bureau of Legends' (a clandestine branch of the French secret service). It features an all-star cast that's a who's who of French cinema including lead Mathieu Kassovitz (Amelie), Louis Garrel (Little Women), Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Florence Loiret Caille (Spiral), and two episodes in season 5 are directed by Palme d'Or winning director Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). This spy thriller will hook you in with its tense storylines and world-class cinematic quality. 

5 reasons why you will love ‘The Bureau’
It's the French answer to Homeland, but with more subtlety and less cry face.

Watch The Bureau seasons 1–5 at SBS On Demand.

 

Spiral

86 episodes - 8 seasons

Speaking of the best French series... Starting in 2005 Spiral is the award-winning series that follows a team of flawed but driven police officers and prosecutors as they contend with the most heinous crimes in modern-day France. Spiral covers both the investigative and legal elements of any given case, moving from catching the culprits to bringing them to justice in the courtroom. Think Law & Order, but darker, grittier and in Paris. The show has also been compared to The Wire, as it delves into the impact the work has on our heroes’ personal lives and the systematic corruption they have to face. Spiral is one of the best cop shows around and with 8 seasons to catch up on, your viewing schedule is well and truly sorted.

In its final season, 'Spiral' has saved the best for last
Fifteen years and seven seasons have all been leading up to this.
Hit the mean streets of Paris with ‘Spiral’
Now in its seventh season, the most compelling crime series going around takes an unblinking look at the coalface of French law enforcement.

Watch every episode of Spiral at SBS On Demand.

 

The Fall

17 episodes - 3 seasons

From Ireland comes this compelling crime drama starring The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan (A Private War). From the outset, we learn that Paul Spector (Dornan) is not the loving husband and father he appears to be, but the serial killer preying on women in Belfast and surrounds. Enter, homicide detective (and now television icon) Stella Gibson (Anderson) who works out the string of murders are all linked to the same person. Because we’re in on whodunnit, the series gains in intensity as the drama unfolds, as the cat creeps closer and closer to the mouse.

5 characters who clearly have the hots for Stella Gibson on The Fall
They know who they are!

Watch every episode of The Fall are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Das Boot

16 episodes – 2 seasons

You may be ready to continue with season 2 of Das Boot (which has now berthed at SBS On Demand) or start from the very beginning, with all 16 episodes ahead of you. The name may be familiar but this show is not a remake of the classic 1981 film (re-released in a longer form in 1997), and don't worry about being confined to a submarine; the story takes place on land and at sea. 

It's autumn of 1942 in occupied France, and U-612 is now ready for its maiden voyage, preparing to head into the increasingly brutal warfare with its young crewmen, including the new captain, Klaus Hoffmann. As the 40 men take on their first mission, they struggle with the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of life underwater. Their personalities are pushed to the limit as tensions rise and loyalties begin to shatter.

Meanwhile, at the port of La Rochelle, the world of Simone Strasser spirals out of control as she is engulfed in a dangerous liaison and forbidden love, torn between her loyalty for Germany and the Resistance. In the process, she begins to question her entire belief process. Could everything she thought to be true, in fact be a lie?

A story of choices and survival, Das Boot explores the emotional torment of life during World War Two, and the brutal reality of living within a senseless war.

'Das Boot' season 1 refresher
The five things you need to know before season two of 'Das Boot'
Season one of 'Das Boot' was packed with action, drama, betrayals, and a final twist no-one saw coming. Here’s what you need to know to get caught up in time for season two.

Watch Das Boot seasons 1 and 2 at SBS On Demand.

 

Head to SBS On Demand for even more TV Box Sets now streaming.

 

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