• (L - R) 'Why Women Kill', 'Riviera', 'Agatha Christie's Criminal Games', 'Alone'. (SBS)Source: SBS
Whether you want an easy binge, to gaze at some beautiful locations and costumes or just really get away from it all, these 9 TV shows at SBS On Demand are the escapism you are after.
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23 Nov 2020 - 11:30 AM  UPDATED 23 Nov 2020 - 11:30 AM

Riviera

Dive right into the heart of luxe on the French Riviera’s Côte d’Azur, the setting of this thrilling series starring Julia Stiles as Georgina Clios. When her billionaire banker husband Constantino (Anthony LaPaglia) is mysteriously killed, Georgina is determined to find out what happened. But the deeper she looks into how Constantino died, the darker things get. The drama and conspiracies continue in the second and third seasons of Riviera, as do the stunning costumes and locations. The third season takes Georgina and the viewer to the picturesque canals of Venice, Italy and the romance of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Are the locations in 'Riviera' the most stunning ever seen on TV?
It’s lifestyles of the rich and murderous.

Riviera seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand with new season 3 episodes landing weekly on Fridays.

 

Why Women Kill

This dark comedy from Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives is led by Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. They play three women across three different decades, who all live in the same house in Pasadena, California and who (as the title would suggest) commit murder. We meet Beth Ann Stanton (Ginnifer Goodwin) in 1963, Simone Grove (Lucy Liu), onto her third marriage in 1984, and Taylor Harding (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), who’s in an open marriage in 2019. Each era is represented with exceptional colour, design and style, there are twists and turns aplenty and wonderful performances from the cast. But the main question is, do they get away with murder? 

Love, obsession and murder: 'Why Women Kill' is drama to die for
One house. Three women. Three murders. Why wouldn't you watch 'Why Women Kill'?

Why Women Kill is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Made in Italy

Prepare yourself for some fashion envy in Made in Italy, set against the back drop of 1970s Milan and the revolution of Italian fashion. At its core this is a coming-of-age story at a time when the country was going through social change, protests, feminism and a burst of creativity. We see this world through the eyes of budding journalist Irene Mastrangelo (Greta Ferro) who unexpectedly lands a job at the fashion magazine 'Appeal'. Each episode focuses on a giant of Italian fashion design, so you'll see some familiar names like Missoni, Armani, Prada, Versace, Fiorucci and with a sneaky trip to Rome, Valentino. This show is a love letter to the pioneers of Italian fashion and the city of Milan.

'Made in Italy' is a love letter to the masters of Italian fashion
Prepare yourself for some fashion envy in 'Made in Italy', set against the back drop of 1970s Milan and the revolution of Italian fashion.

Made in Italy is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Agatha Christie's Criminal Games

Agatha Christie's world-famous mysteries are delightfully adapted in this seductive and witty French series. Set in 1950s France you can be sure the costumes and locations could not look any cooler; added to that, this show is just plain fun. The usual Christie sleuths have been swapped for Chief Inspector Laurence, a man of class and refined taste, and the young ambitious journalist Alice Avril along with Laurence's ever-loyal secretary, Marlene. All characters have great banter and chemistry, and the mysteries of Christie remain iconic. This show checks all the boxes for perfect escapist TV. 

5 reasons why 'Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games' is the most fun you can have with murder
This French series takes Agatha Christie’s much-loved murder mysteries and gives them a distinctly Gallic spin.

Agatha Christie's Criminal Games seasons 1–4 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Team Chocolate

If you are after some heart-warming escapism, then this Belgian drama is for you. Jasper Vloemans, a young man with Down Syndrome, falls in love with Tina Dibrani, one of his colleagues at the small chocolate factory where they work. When Tina is deported to Kosovo, Jasper and his neurodiverse co-workers embark on a road trip to find her. Meanwhile they have no idea that the boss is fighting to prevent the company being overtaken by rich foreign investors. Friendship, family and falling in love form the heart of this deliciously unique series with wonderful performances.

A man road trips across Europe to be reunited with the love of his life in 'Team Chocolate'
Friendship, family and falling in love. The Belgian TV drama 'Team Chocolate' is the heart-warming and feel-good series we need right now.

Team Chocolate is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Happy Endings

If an easy breezy comedy binge is your idea of escapism, look no further. Happy Endings is your classic 'hang-out' sitcom, but with a twist. The absurdity of the comedy is turned up to 11, it is meta, slightly bizarre and has gag after gag after gag. In a nutshell this comedy is about 6 thirty-something friends living in Chicago, and it all kicks off when Alex is a runaway bride from her wedding to Dave. Initially the show is about the friends trying to figure out the group dynamics after the disastrous wedding, but the story progresses beyond that incredibly quickly. This is one of those comedy series that you can revisit again and again, so it might even be time for a re-watch.

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Happy Endings seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

The Orville

Can escapist TV be any more escape-y than a comedy set in outer space? Seth MacFarlane is the creator, writer and star of popular futuristic comedy, The Orville. The very short summary is Star Trek meets office comedy meets, well, actually we’re not sure. Because while The Orville is funny, it’s not just a screwball comedy. Set 400 years into the future it follows the challenges faced by the human and alien crew of the USS Orville. It’s built a loyal following both here and in the US since first appearing on screens, also inspiring SBS’s own Orvilleland podcast.

10 of the best episodes from 2 seasons of ‘The Orville’
It’s been a crazy ride on the starship Orville over the past two seasons. Here are 10 of the high points - all of which can be streamed at SBS On Demand.

The Orville seasons 1–2 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Twin

If it's a stunning Scandi location you want to escape to, Twin is set in one of the most beautiful locations in the world – Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Kristofer Hivju (who you may recognise as Tormund Giantsbane from Game of Thrones) stars in and is one of the creators of this intriguing modern folk-tale/crime drama. Erik and Adam (both played by Hivju) are identical twins, living completely different lives. Erik is a broke surfer bum, Adam is a successful family and businessman. When Erik seeks out his brother for the first time in 15 years, a quarrel ends with Erik and Adam’s wife, Ingrid, accidentally killing Adam. To avoid Ingrid being arrested for murder and to save his brother’s family, Erik takes over Adam’s identity. It soon turns out that the biggest challenge is not avoiding getting caught – it’s pretending to be someone you’re not.

Nordic Noir with an identity swap twist: Welcome to 'Twin'
It’s an identity-swap thriller with a twist when Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju plays twins – one of whom has to pretend to be his own dead brother.

Twin is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Alone

Alone is escapist TV turned up to the max. Ten hardcore survivalists alone in remote locations like the Patagonian wilderness – no camera crew, no teams, no producers – on a single mission to stay alive. At stake is $500,000 awarded to the person who can last the longest. However, unlike genre progenitor Survivor, whose DNA is all through this thing, these participants are really, as the title indicates, alone; each is in their own patch of wilderness and self-recording their efforts to live in the wild (everyone has a satellite phone they can use to call for evacuation). It’s a tough gig; competitors regularly lose around 30 per cent of their body mass due to low caloric intake, and medical evacuations are common.

Missing iso already? ‘Alone’ is the show for you
As public spaces open up again and the worst of the pandemic seems to be behind us, reality show ‘Alone’ offers vicarious relief for those missing the loner life.

Alone seasons 1–6 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

 

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