• (L - R) 'Trickster', 'Apnea', 'Hungry Ghosts', and 'Beforeigners' (SBS)Source: SBS
Ghostly apparitions, mysterious objects, mermaids and Vikings in modern day Norway. Nothing is as it seems in these supernatural thriller series now streaming at SBS On Demand.
SBS Guide

15 Mar 2021 - 3:14 PM  UPDATED 15 Mar 2021 - 3:14 PM


A new phenomenon starts happening all over the world: Powerful flashes of light occur in the ocean, and people from three time periods – the Stone age, the Viking age and the late 1800s – suddenly appear in the present. No one understands how this is possible, and the people from the past, dubbed 'beforeigners', have no memory of what's transpired. Some years later, many of these time "migrants" are struggling to integrate into modern society and more arrive every day. Detective Lars Haaland (Nicolai Cleve Broch) is teamed up with Alfhildr Enginnsdottir (Krista Kosonen), the first police officer with Viking origin, to solve a mysterious murder of a woman with Stone-Age tattoos. Part crime show, part supernatural drama with a dash of comedy thrown in, this original and intriguing series has already been renewed for a second season.

Immigrants from the past face a culture clash in Nordic police drama ‘Beforeigners’
Waves of shocked people suddenly transported from the past is not the biggest mystery in this intriguing crime drama.
Who’s who (and from when) in Nordic time travel drama ‘Beforeigners’
Crime show meets time travel as people from the past start appearing all over the world.

Beforeigners is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Women call the shots in this powerful and sensual murder mystery from France. Set on a small island in the Mediterranean, a series of suspicious deaths and a sudden lack of fish coincide with the arrival of mysterious stranger, Théa (Laetitia Casta) who enthrals the young Chloé (Noée Abita). This thrilling supernatural series is inspired by the myth of the mermaid and will lure you in. The scenery and underwater sequences are shot beautifully and poetically, elevating this coming-of-age/ecological drama. 

There's a lot going on under the surface in 'Apnea'
When a small island suffering from a fishing shortage is hit by a string of murders, a mysterious woman rapidly becomes the focus of blame – but her secret will prove to be far more fantastic.

Apnea is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Newcomer Joel Oulette stars as Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family afloat via an after-school job and drug-dealing. There’s his mum Maggie, who parties and self-medicates to placate an undiagnosed mental illness, and his unemployable dad Phil and his new girlfriend. When Jared starts seeing talking ravens, doppelgängers and skin monsters, among other strange things, his already chaotic young life tumbles anew. Based on bestselling novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson the series has roots in Indigenous gothic mythology and is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Trickster is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


The Sister

Starring Russell Tovey (Years and Years), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones) and Nina Toussaint-White (Bodyguard), this British psychological thriller is from Luther creator Neil Cross. Praised by The Guardian as a “nail-biting whodunnit that is truly haunting,” it centres on Nathan who, almost a decade into his devoted married life, is rocked to the core when an unwelcome face from the past turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions. Suitably creepy and nail-biting this series is filled with dark forests, haunting spirits and an unrecognisable Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster) as the sinister, here to haunt your dreams character of Bob.

‘Years and Years’ star Russell Tovey on sinking in the mud of murder mystery ‘The Sister’
It’s his most full-on role since appearing on stage in ‘Angels in America’ and mischievously subverts his nice-guy image.
The haunting at the heart of new crime thriller ‘The Sister’ from ‘Luther’ creator Neil Cross
From serial killers to who’s the killer, there’s an intriguing puzzle box to unlock in this gripping four-part drama.

The Sister is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



The fictitious Arctic town of Fortitude enjoys a bitterly cold yet peaceful life until the town’s first murder happens. After that, nothing is quite the same, with a series of odd occurrences and more dead bodies piling up. We’re not going to lie: this three-season difficult-to-categorise series is bizarre and not for the queasy among us. There’s the icy touch of Nordic Noir, a cop show undertone, a science-y bent and a spiritual strangeness that make this one unique, binge-worthy series. It also has a stellar cast featuring Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Stanley Tucci (Limetown) and Dennis Quaid (The Parent Trap).

The weirdest stuff that’s happened on ‘Fortitude’ so far
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'Fortitude' is your next binge-worthy obsession
Prepare to freak out at all the creepy intrigue in seasons one, two and three on SBS On Demand.

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


White Wall

In northern Sweden at the mining site of the world’s largest nuclear waste depository a strange white wall is found deep underground. Project director Lars Ruud (Aksel Hennie) wants to keep it a secret, but rumours spread quickly in the small town. The depository is already years behind schedule and nuclear waste is piling up, stored in temporary containers. Completion of the facility is Lars’ life’s work so he has no intention of postponing the approaching opening ceremony. However, Lars and his team soon realise that the wall is not made of any material known to man. He has to make a decision that may well be the most important in the history of mankind. Should they leave the wall alone? Or should they try to see what’s behind it? 

There's a deep mystery deep underground in 'White Wall'
When a mysterious wall is found almost a mile underground, the questions it raises could change humanity forever.

White Wall is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


The Last Wave

In the peaceful seaside resort in the Landes an ominous cloud meets a supersized wave during a surfing competition, engulfing the participants in one fell swoop. When the cloud dissipates and the water recedes, the surfers are nowhere to be seen. Five hours later, they reappear safe and sound, but with no recollection of their disappearance. One by one, the returning surfers discover they each possess inexplicable powers. The cloud continues to sit threateningly above the ocean, and the returned surfers feel strangely connected to it. What caused the wave? Why did it return the surfers? And what will the community do if the wave decides to hit again?

The Last Wave is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Hungry Ghosts

When a tomb in Vietnam is accidentally opened on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As these spirits wreak havoc across Melbourne’s Vietnamese-Australian community, reclaiming lost loves and exacting revenge, young woman May Le (Catherine Van-Davies) must rediscover her true heritage and accept her destiny to help bring balance to a community still traumatised by war.

Lamingtons, fried rice and healing old wounds in ‘Hungry Ghosts’
Playing Diane in 'Hungry Ghosts' meant looking back on Vietnam War trauma and what's in a multicultural school lunchbox.
Who’s who in the new SBS supernatural thriller ‘Hungry Ghosts’
Catherine Văn-Davies and Bryan Brown lead an ensemble cast in the four-part SBS original supernatural drama series ‘Hungry Ghosts’.

Hungry Ghosts is now available at SBS On Demand. The series is also streaming with Simplified ChineseArabic and Vietnamese subtitles.



In Hungry Ghosts, secrets from the past refuse to stay hidden and that's also the case in this hybrid Nordic Noir and supernatural thriller. It serves up some decent scares with murder, eels and nightmares, in a story about a case that brings two Oslo detectives face to face with their own demons. 

New supernatural thriller 'Seizure' delivers murder, eels and nightmares in Oslo
Four young men are found dead in an empty swimming pool in a bizarre case that rapidly brings detectives Sørensen and Holm face to face with their own demons.

Seizure is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


The Crimson Rivers

This two-season gripping French thriller is based on the best-selling novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé, who is also the creative force behind the show. It follows detective Pierre Niémans (played by the legendary Olivier Marchal) and his new partner Camille Delauney (Erika Sainte) as they investigate a series of bizarre crimes in remote areas across France. Each case has a touch of the mystical about it, revealing forgotten customs or regional myths.

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


‘Australia In Colour’ returns to bring Australian history to life
Narrated by Hugo Weaving, delve into Australia’s rich, diverse and surprising history through a treasure trove of film in this popular four-part series.
Captivating new drama series ‘The Tailings’ is coming soon to SBS On Demand
Filmed on Tasmania’s West Coast, new Australian mystery ‘The Tailings’ explores the experience of two women confronting the paradoxical layers of grief. Coming to SBS On Demand on Friday 2 April.
Taylor Kitsch on why the ‘relationships are everything’ in ‘Shadowplay’
‘Waco’ star Taylor Kitsch shares his love of the ‘relatability’ and ‘timelessness’ of the well-drawn characters in ‘Shadowplay’.
Montaigne releases Australia’s official Eurovision song ‘Technicolour’
Watch Montaigne’s first-ever live performance of 'Technicolour' at the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, tomorrow night on SBS.
'Shadowplay' creator Måns Mårlind selects his favourite shows at SBS On Demand
Seven series that deliver on how he judges a show: truth, challenge and "that unexplainable quality".
A 10-year dream uncovers what it takes to make great bread across the world
Sharing the stories of passionate bakers from around the world in the new series, 'For the Love of Bread', was a 10-year dream for Andrew Connole.
Meet the cranky criminologist who created 'Bäckström'
Leif GW Persson is a controversial criminologist at the heart of Sweden’s justice system. 'Bäckström' is his most famous creation – but how close is he to his colourful creator?
‘Lots of diversity, lots of acceptance’: Courtney Act’s special collection at SBS On Demand
From 'My House' to 'Shrill' and 'Gaycation', the Mardi Gras host has put together a collection that embodies the spirit of Sydney’s annual parade.
'Romulus' gives Roman mythology the 'Vikings' treatment
Spoken entirely in archaic Latin, this new historical epic tells the origin of Rome, beyond the legend you know. Coming to SBS and SBS On Demand 24 February.