Whilst Netflix may be the most popular when it comes to streaming services, Now is still a great option as it offers the premium shows of Sky without tying you into an annual contract. From intense dramas to comforting comedies – there’s likely to be something on this service for you.
For those of you who aren’t subscribed already, you can access all the television shows on Now by purchasing the Entertainment Membership, which is currently priced at £9.99 a month, with a seven-day free trial. Now also has an offer at the moment where you can get both bundles for the price of one.
If you’re willing to buy a few months in bulk, there are some introductory offers which can save you up to nearly half price per month – including a bundle which ties in the Cinema Membership. See some of the films available in our top picks for movies on Now.
If you’re searching for your next Now fix, then look no further than here. We’ve listed some of our top programmes available right now for your viewing pleasure. For further picks of some of our favourite shows, check out our best of Netflix roundup for this month. You won’t be disappointed.
As always, all information is correct at the current time of writing, but the availability of some shows may change at Now’s discretion.
Watch True Detective on Now
One of the staple HBO dramas, True Detective is an anthology, non-linear crime drama, with each season containing its own narrative and setting.
If you’re starting from the beginning, you’ll be following a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives (played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) as they attempt to pursue a serial killer across 17 years. Seasons two and three contain different stars and stories, so it’ll be like starting afresh, but with the same tone.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Watch The Fresh Prince of Bel Air on Now
Fresh Prince is nineties comedy at its finest. Starring Will Smith in his early days, the show follows Philadelphia-born Will who goes to live with his wealthy relatives in Bel Air, California, to help set his life back on track.
The show explores race and class within America, and has both poignant moments and laugh-out-loud scenes. Plus, Now also features a reunion episode with the cast that was filmed in 2020.
Watch Inside No 9 on Now
This anthology comedy brings new stories and characters every episode – with each dark comedy narrative taking place behind a door labelled as ‘number 9’.
You don’t have to watch these in order due to their nature; so we recommend ‘A Quiet Night in’ which features no dialogue whilst still managing to tell a hilarious story, and ‘Zanzibar’, which takes inspiration from Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors with it’s ensemble cast in the setting of a luxury hotel.
Watch Only Fools and Horses on Now
It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Only Fools and Horses follows a group of cockney geezers, headed up by Del Boy Trotter (played by the renowned David Jason) who try to get rich quick by dealing in the black market trade, which often leads to many sticky situations.
Some of our favourite episodes include ‘A Touch of Glass’ and ‘Heroes and Villains’. Plus, it’s also fun to watch out for every time Del Boy calls his brother Rodney a plonker or a wally. However, a warning from us – you’ll never see a Reliant Regal three-wheeler van without thinking of this show.
Watch Twin Peaks on Now
The original two seasons of Twin Peaks stood for a long time as about the weirdest television had ever gotten… until AMC gave David Lynch a budget to go back two decades later in Twin Peaks: The Return.
Both shows are on Now, and if you haven’t seen them they are truly two of a kind. Mind-bending mysteries, iconic characters, a stunning score, and that sort of constant low-level confusion that only Lynch can generate all combine to make TV that you may not really understand, but you’ll certainly never forget.
Watch The Trip to Spain on Now
The third in Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip series sees the pair head to, well, Spain. You might have figured that bit out already.
They once again play fictionalised versions of themselves as they tour the Iberian Peninsula’s finest restaurants and fill the time with drinking, bickering, and a seemingly endless arsenal of impressions.
Watch Blackadder The Third on Now
We love all the Blackadder series for various reasons, but Blackadder the Third has a particular place in our hearts. This iteration takes place during the Regency period, in which E. Blackadder Esquire (Rowan Atkinson) is the head butler to the selfish buffoon, The Prince of Wales (Hugh Laurie).
Short but sweet – with just six episodes – you’ll see famous historical figures like Samuel Johnson and events like the French Revolution. Though of course, not in the fashion that you may be expecting.
Watch The Third Day on Now
Starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, The Third Day is another mind-bending thriller, semmingly influenced by the likes of The Wicker Man and and Midsommar.
It tells the story of two different people who find themselves journeying to a mysterious British island at different points in time. Both the travellers begin to discover the strange rituals and secrets about the inhabitants of the island.
Watch Yonderland on Now
Love a bit of surrealism? Yonderland fits the bill perfectly. Think Monty Python meets the Muppets, all set in a bizarre medieval world. The series follows Debbie Maddox, a seemingly normal stay-at-home mum who one day discovers a portal in her kitchen that leads to the world of Yonderland, where everyone seems to believe that she is “the chosen one” destined to save the world.
Every episode Debbie has to try and fit in a quest alongside her daily routine of picking her kids up from school. It’s frankly hilarious to see her reactions to all these overdramatic characters and creatures. This is also a great show for family viewing, if that’s something on your to-do list.
Watch Red Dwarf on Now
Red Dwarf is a space show like no other, following a rag-tag bunch of misfits who are muddling their way through the galaxy.
Dave Lister is Liverpudlian caretaker onboard the Red Dwarf – a gigantic spaceship – who wakes up from a high-tech stasis chamber to discover that he is one of the last remaining people alive. His only company includes a holographic projection of his dead bunkmate, a humanoid version of his cat, the ship’s senile computer and a neurotic android.
Watch Gavin & Stacey on Now
Oh, what’s occurring?! This legendary British sitcom (also returning for a Christmas special this year) is a must-see, following the coming together of one family from Essex and another from Wales when a young couple fall in love. This is also the breakout show for James Corden, who plays the lovable lad Smithy.
Some of the most memorable episodes include ‘Boys’ Night Out’, ‘The Big Day’ and ‘House Hunting’ – which includes a segment that any person searching for a place to live in London can relate to.
Watch Friends: The Reunion on Now
It may not be a full TV series, but the Friends reunion special is a must-watch for any die-hard fans of the sitcom. Filled with a mix of iconic clips, set visits from the cast, table reads and guest cameos, it’s the perfect look back at all ten seasons of Friends.
There’s also some exclusive tidbits of information from all six main cast members, and information on how the show came to be from the series creators.
Watch Deadwood on Now
Another old-school HBO classic, Deadwood is the series that showed Westworld how to handle all that cowboy stuff.
It only lasted three seasons before its premature end, but in that time Deadwood made a substantial mark – enough to warrant a new movie years later, with most of the cast returning. Some of the grim ‘n’ gritty tropes have aged a little badly, but at the time Deadwood sat alongside The Sopranos as one of the shows reinventing what TV could be.
Watch Game of Thrones on Now
Despite its shortcomings (namely the final two seasons), Game of Thrones is still one of the biggest series to have ever aired, and if you missed out on the hype train, it’s absolutely worth checking out.
Based off of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin, Game of Thrones is set in the fantasy world of Westeros, and tells the story of several houses as they battle for control over the continent. There’s twists that will leave you stunned, battles that will keep you tense and of course MASSIVE dragons to marvel at.
Watch Miranda on Now
If you’re in need of a feel-good, fourth wall breaking, plain silly comedy, then you need to watch Miranda. This sitcom stars Miranda Hart as the titular character, a thirty-something clumsy woman who somehow finds herself in bizarre and awkward situations.
Throughout it all she has to deal with her overbearing mother, getting into trouble with her best friend Stevie and of course not forgetting the slow-burn relationship between her and her love interest, Gary.
Watch Sex And The City on Now
If you’ve already gone through the entirety of Friends at least ten times, then why not try out another nineties sitcom classic? Sex And The City is the perfect comfort watch to put on when you don’t feel like concentrating for a long time.
The series follows four woman – primarily led by fashion blogger Carrie Bradshaw – and details their ups and downs with their careers, relationships, sex lives and more in New York City.
Watch 30 Rock on Now
Watch the golden age of Tina Fey unfold with 30 Rock – the series which follows the behind-the-scenes action of a live variety show. Based off of Fey’s own experience as a writer for SNL, we get to experience the complex structure of the entertainment business, and the colourful characters that are within it.
Liz Lemon (Fey) attempts to continue to make her live show a success, but must deal with an arrogant boss and a high maintenance star who cause many roadblocks along the way.
Watch Californication on Now
This sitcom starring The X Files’ David Duchovny is about as NSFW as the tongue-in-cheek title might suggest. Duchovny is acclaimed author Hank Moody, a devoted New Yorker who moves to California to be closer to his ex-wife and estranged daughter.
With addictions to at least two out of the three of alcohol, drugs, and sex, it’s fair to say that Moody is not exactly on the straight and narrow, and the show revels in it. The series loses its way slightly in later seasons, and occasionally stumbles into glorifying some of the more… questionable… behaviour, but its always funny and often moving.
Watch Fawlty Towers on Now
We do love our classic comedies here at Tech Advisor, and this show is one of the top dogs. Following the rude and stress-head landlord Basil Fawlty (as played by the masterful John Cleese), this show will make you split your sides of over the bizarre events that take place in this rundown guest house in Torquay.
Our personal favourite episodes include ‘Communication Problems’, ‘The Germans’ and ‘Basil the Rat’. It’s truly amazing how violent the slapstick comedy was as well back in the day – you wonder if the actors ever truly got injured.
Watch The Flash on Now
Now currently boasts a few shows from the ‘Arrowverse’ of superhero adaptations, but The Flash is one of our favourites. This gloriously camp comic book adaptation revels in the absurdity of its roots – super-strong telepathic gorilla supervillain, anyone? – and never takes itself too seriously.
Yes, it’s soapy and it’s schlocky and it’s very very silly, but it’s tremendously fun and really feels like it’s own thing. The Flash does its best to adapt every comic book arc anyone’s ever called ‘unfilmable’, and we love it all the more for it.
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