The best binge-worthy shows to stream on your smartphone (that aren’t GOT)
Posted on September 5, 2017
6 min read
Watch your favourite series on the go, with up to 3 Foxtel Now starter packs included for 12 months on selected Telstra mobile plans.
Game of Thrones has been one of the most hotly anticipated entertainment arrivals of the year. But with series seven having come to a close, you’ll surely be looking for your next boxset binge to fill the void left by Westeros, the White Walkers and constantly wondering whether various members of the Stark family are/aren’t dead.
Thankfully, Foxtel Now is home to rafts of binge alternatives that you can stream on your smartphone. Whether on your morning commute, on your lunch break or at the social event that’s to blame for you missing the episode in the first place. Because, really, what is life without spending roughly 75 per cent of your time emotionally investing in fictional characters?
Telstra Customers who take up $99 and above Go Mobile Plus plans before 25 December, 2017 will receive a 12 month subscription for up to three Foxtel Now Starter Packs including Pop, Drama, Docos, Kids, and Lifestyle options – for a truly customised entertainment experience.
Here are some of our top picks available to stream now:
Big Little Lies (Foxtel Now Pop and Drama packages)
If you’re a fan of Desperate Housewives and laughing at things you almost definitely shouldn’t, then Big Little Lies will probably be right up your twisted, suburban street.
Based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, the TV miniseries enlists the talents of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, who play the parental perfectionists embroiled in a suspicious homicide at their kids’ school fundraiser. And the best part? The murder isn’t even the town’s top schoolyard scandal of the year.
- No. of seasons: 1
- Average no. of episodes per season: 7
- Average episode length: 1 hour
Outlander (Pop and Drama packages)
We’ve all been there. You’re loved up with your husband, enjoying your second honeymoon, when, all of a sudden, you step through an ancient standing stone circle and find yourself in the midst of the 1743 Jacobite uprisings. Classic.
Outlander follows the time-travelling trials and tribulations of army nurse Claire Randall, as she battles to protect her husband’s lineage and confront her feelings for two men from different centuries.
But be prepared, this is far from a tale of predictable lovelorn woe. The plot is seriously gritty and there are some beyond uncomfortable scenes, largely down to the show’s resident sadist, Captain ‘Black Jack’ Randall.
- of seasons: 3
- Average no. of episodes per season: 13
- Average episode length: 1 hour
- Best for: historical drama fans who want to perfect their look of despair
Taboo (Drama package)
You’d think most people would be pretty pleased to see Tom Hardy. After all, THAT FACE.
But when he rocks up to his old man’s funeral in 1814, after 12 years presumed dead in the African wilderness, he doesn’t get quite the reception you’d be hoping for. Unless, of course, a merciless lynch mob is exactly your kind of welcome party.
It could be something to do with the fact that Tom (a.k.a James Delaney) brought 14 blood diamonds with him as hand luggage – along with a whole heap of extra emotional baggage relating to how he got his hands on them.
From the creator of Peaky Blinders, Taboo has a wonderfully nostalgic feel of GOT – brutal murders, traitorous families and conspiracies so outrageous you can’t help but be both impressed and horrified by the screenwriter’s depravity.
- of seasons: 1
- Average no. of episodes per season: 8
- Average episode length: 56 minutes
- Best for: changing your opinion about period dramas
Ballers (Pop and Drama packages)
The Rock, or Dwayne Johnson if we’re using his non-90s name, has had a pretty sweet streak of screen ventures of late. And Ballers is up there with the best of them.
A comedic look at the high-stakes world of football in Miami, Florida, Ballers follows Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson), a retired football star, as he enters into the corporate world of sports management. Cue plenty of wheeling, dealing and quarterbacks playing the field.
- of seasons: 3
- Average no. of episodes per season: 10
- Average episode length: 30 minutes
- Best for: if AFL season alone isn’t satisfying your sports cravings
The Walking Dead (Drama package)
Look, they might not be the white walkers we’ve all grown to HATE, but The Walking Dead’s zombified walkers (no common colour specified) are equally as skillful when it comes to terrorising people. Not least deputy sheriff, Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (of ‘to me you are perfect/pizza’ fame).
After waking up from a coma, Grimes spends half of what probably should be a leisurely recovery process battling said walkers. The other half he spends roaring ‘FOR THE LOVE OF ACTUAL GOD GIVE ME A BREAK’ at the post-apocalyptic survivors who have decided a pretty serious coma situation and brood of the undead isn’t enough for him to contend with – they want to try and kill him too!
Basically, it’s eight seasons worth of watching characters caught in the balance between dead, undead and probably-wishing-they-were-dead.
- of seasons: 8
- Average no. of episodes per season: 16
- Average episode length: 45 minutes (1 hour for season finales)
- Best for: giving yourself nightmares. Probably until an actual zombie apocalypse takes place…
PAW Patrol (Kids package)
Emergency situations in the fictional seaside resort of Adventure Bay often don’t amount to much more than an accidental overcharge on a fish ‘n’ chip special. Which is exactly why a pack of animated rescue dogs and a small boy are in charge of the town’s crime prevention operations.
Whenever he hears a ‘yelp for help’, 10-year-old Ryder hits up the pups, not, as you might expect on the old dog and bone (missed opportunity much?), but via their electronic pet tags. And – hey presto – the pack’s in action, saving the day and living to tell the tail (pun 100% intended).
- of seasons: 4 (plus about 600 specials)
- Average no. of episodes per season: 26
- Average episode length: 20 minutes (it feels longer)
- Best for: keeping the kids occupied while you watch something else that, for once, doesn’t come with a ‘G’ classification
Things you need to know: Redeem before 28 February, 2018. Premium Packs not included. Roll onto a paid subscription after 12 months unless you cancel. Compatible device required. For use in Australia. Data charges apply.
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