The 35 best series to watch on NOW this autumn – from The White Lotus to Succession

WITH summer coming to an end and autumn just around the corner, you'll be forgiven for trying to find something to give you an excuse to lounge on your sofa.

Thankfully, NOW has a whole host of amazing series for you to sink your teeth into – from old classics to major TV talking points that you can now catch up on and get involved with.

Here's some of the best shows on NOW you can check out to get your addictive telly fix.

The White Lotus 

The White Lotus became a major hit across the world when it was released in August.

It follows the lives of a series of rich and privileged guests at a fancy Hawaii resort.

However, their time away proves to be a little revealing – with the worst habits of everyone slowly getting the better of them.

Nevermind The Buzzcocks

The 90s music panel show is getting a new home and a new look – but still appears to have its iconic wit.

Greg Davies steps in as host, with Daisy May Cooper and Noel Fielding taking over as team captains.

Throw in some celebrity guest stars including Anne Marie and Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall, and you know it's going to be chaos.

Billions 

Billions stars Damian Lewis as a man on a mission to rake in as much money as physcially possible.

It's spurred on further by his bitter rivalry with Paul Giamatti – who plays a hedge fund manager who's just as money hungry and bloodthirsty.

Soon, more and more people are dragged into their war but who will come out on top.

Britannia 

Celtics, Romans and Druids go head-to-head in this part-fantasy, part-historical drama.

David Morrissey as Roman ruler Aulus, whose ability to blag his way through his position is matched only by his smugness.

Sophie Okenedo, Mackenzie Crook, Eleanor Worthington-Cox,  Julian Rhind-Tutt and Zoë Wanamaker also star. 

The Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin created this drama about a news anchor who is on a mission to be the best in the business.

This is easier said than done though seeing as they have to do so "in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements".

Jeff Daniels stars alongside Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel and Olivia Munn.

Gangs Of London

Gangs Of London follows the struggle for power of the capital following the assassination of Finn Wallace – one of the most powerful criminals in the city. 

Son Sean (played by Peaky Blinders’ Joe Cole) seems the natural successor of his title, but it doesn’t take long for rivals to impeach on their territory not just in England, but the cartels across the world who have got wind of Finn’s demise. 

With the Albanian Mafia, Pakistani drug cartel and freedom fighters all coming into play, Sean needs to figure out who killed his father, and whether he can assume his place. 

Mare of Easttown

Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a small town detective who is tasked with investigating the death of a teenage mother, who was found washed up in a stream after a fight with other students at her school. 

But with a town so small, everything is interlinked, and with the death of her own son still weighing heavy on her mind, it’s up to her to try and keep a level head and not too emotionally invested in the search for the killer. 

Meanwhile, there’s other girls going missing from nearby, with families frantically searching for answers. 

Could they all be interlinked? 

The Undoing

Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman star as married couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser who seemingly have it all – but their perfect world is shattered with the murder of a single mother.

Soon, lies begin to unravel as Jonathan is put in the spotlight for the murder, with an affair with victim Elena Alves (Matilda De Angelis) quickly uncovered.

Did he really do it? Or are there other sinister games at play?

The Flight Attendant

Flight attendant Cassie Bowden (played by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) has her hard-partying lifestyle come crashing down on her when she wakes up after a drunken night to find her one-night stand dead in bed next to her. 

Scared she would be arrested by Bangkok authorities, Cassie panics, cleans up the mess and rushes out of the room – triggering an international investigation to track her down. 

Did Cassie really kill someone in a drunk blackout? Or is someone framing her for the crime? 

Even she isn’t entirely sure – but the hunt for the killer is officially on either way. 

The Night Of

Nasir Khan finds himself in a world of trouble after stealing his father’s cab for the evening, before spending the night with a woman he picks up. 

Waking up to find her stabbed to death, Nas makes a run for it, only to be pulled over by cops for a traffic violation. 

Soon found with the knife on his person, he now is in a race against time to find the real killer and clear his name before it’s too late. 

The American series is based off the first series of UK show, Criminal Justice.

The Outsider

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, The Outsider follows an investigation into the horrific murder of a young boy by local detectives. 

Seemingly a cut-and-dry case, Little League coach Terry Maitland is arrested for the horrific crime, despite protesting his innocence. 

Soon, things soon take a turn for the supernatural with proof that not everything is at it seems, and things soon begin to fall apart for everyone involved with more deadly twists on the horizon. 

Save Me/Save Me Too

The Walking Dead’s Lennie James stars as Nelson Rowe, a man left on the warpath after he’s arrested for kidnapping his estranged teenage daughter. 

With the 13-year-old missing without a trace and the police determined to pin it on him, Nelson takes it upon himself to find her and reveal the truth. 

On a mission to track her down and with his ex (Suranne Jones) desperate to find her daughter, Nelson is soon pulling in favours and getting out of his depth as his quest for the truth takes unexpected turns. 

The Third Day

With an all-star cast including Jude Law, Naomie Harris, Emily Watson and Paddy Considine, The Third Day is told in three parts – Summer, Autumn and Winter. 

The show follows UK residents as they’re drawn to a mysterious island off the coast, and what happens to them once they manage to get there. 

The stories soon intertwine as reality and fantasy begin to mix, the show will definitely keep you on your toes as viewers follow what the newcomers discover once they’re there – or what they’re running away from in their past. 

True Detective

True Detective is an anthology series, so you can jump in any season you want – but if you ask most, the first season is probably the best. 

Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as detectives who are forced to go through a series of cold cases after the discovery of a grisly and weirdly staged murder victim. 

The investigation forces the pair to reconsider their past and their present, as well as assumptions of masculinity and Christianity within their town.

Dexter

If you want to get ready for the Dexter reboot, now is as good a time as any to get involved and binge-watch this crime drama from the start.

Michael C Hall stars as the titular Dexter, a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department with a side hustle of being a serial killer.

Only killing those he believes has evaded justice, Dexter needs to keep himself out of the spotlight – but there are people around who are getting suspicious and as he opens up and starts relationships, he finds himself with more to lose.

The Sopranos

A true classic that is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, The Sopranos tells the story ofthe difficulties faced by Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).

Tony is a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster trying to balance his complicated family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization.

His exploits are delved into during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) after he suffers a panic attack.

Succession

The critically acclaimed series centers on the dysfunctional Roy family,owners of Waystar RoyCo, a global media and hospitality empire.

When the family's patriarch, Logan Roy's (Brian Cox ) health takes a turn for the worse, his four children begin fighting for control of the company.

As tensions rise we see plenty of twists, shifting alliances and shady business dealings as the four back-stabbing siblings scheme to take over their father's empire.

Watchmen

The DC comic book based series Watchmen focuses on events surrounding racist violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2019.

Angela Abar (Regina King) plays a detective known as Sister Night, who investigates the murder of her friend and the chief of the police, Judd Crawford (Johnson), after a white supremacist group called the Seventh Kavalry violently attacks the Tulsa Police Department and minorities.

Angela and her colleagues wear masks to protect their identities after the massacre known as 'White Night' as they work to discovers the secrets of the Seventh Kavalry.

Penny Dreadful

The British-American horror drama begins its story in London 1891 and portrays many terrifying 19th century Gothic fiction characters such as Count Dracula, Van Helsing and Victor Frankenstein.

We see the psychological thriller follow the American gunman and roadshow artist Ethan Chandler attempting to rescue adventurer Malcolm Murray's daughter from a mysterious creature.

But it soon becomes apparent that personal demons may be even scarier and stronger than the vampires, monsters and evil spirits that lurk around every corner in London.

Prodigal Son

Sky One’s darkly comic drama stars Michael Sheen as a charming murderer – whose son is an ex-FBI profiler.

David Wilson, a professor in criminology specialising in serial killers and sorts the fact from the fiction. He reluctantly recruits his criminal dad for help.

The 20-episode series takes the serial killer thriller into new Freudian territory, as well as having fun with some of the familiar places we have come to associate with the genre since The Silence of the Lambs.

The Good Doctor

This medical drama series follows the career of a young autistic doctor played by Finding Neverland's Freddie Highmore, with savant syndrome who works at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital, California.

The thought-provoking hospital drama has gained much critical acclaim.

Highmore was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in the series.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers is set three years after two per cent of the world’s population has vanished.

An unexplained phenomenon wiped many people off the earth suddenly, which some people think is divine and others reckon is supernatural.

Starring Justin Theroux, the series gives an eerie look into what would happen if we lost our loved ones suddenly and with no reason.

Quarry

This neo-noir crime series is based on the novels of Max Allan Collins.

Quarry follows Mac Conway, a Marine heads back to Memphis after serving in the Vietnam War, but is shunned by his loved ones and demonised by the American public.

As he clearly suffers from PTSD after the war, Conway gets drawn into a network of killing and corruption along the Mississippi River.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is a drama series created by novelist and screenwriter Mark Frost and surrealist director David Lynch and first aired in 1991, and followed the murder investigation of homecoming queen Laura Palmer.

Set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington, it ran for two seasons and was followed by a feature film in 1992 called Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

It’s supernatural effects, as well as the surreal and quirky characters, not to mention its unsettling tone and scenery made it an instant cult classic.

Manifest

The supernatural drama follows the bizarre story of 191 passengers who on a flight from Jamaica to New York suffer some turbulance.

But when they land they find out that more than five years has passed since the time they were in the air and they were presumed dead.

They begin to rejoin society and find their lives not as they remembered, but they also start hearing guiding voices and seeing events of the future yet to occur.

The series was cancelled after three season, but Netflix is negotiations to take over the production as the show was a huge hit on the streaming giant.

New Amsterdam

It’s saccharine and soppy with a script so cheesy you’ll want a glass of port to accompany it, but this US medical drama – now in its third series – is also inspiring, uplifting and heart-warming.

Ryan Eggold is the superhero at the heart of the hospital as surgeon Max, who’s handsome, charming, charismatic, generous and just about every other superlative.

Throw in a passion for patients, moral messages about healthcare and heart-rending storylines set to acapella music, and this modern-day ER is addictive, emotive telly. Tip: start from series one. 

S.W.A.T

Inspired by the television series and the feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a former Marine and locally born and raised S.W.A.T. sergeant, tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.

Torn between loyalty to where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson strives to bridge the divide between his two worlds and acclimate to his new duties as the legal guardian of a teenager.

Murder at the Cottage

Two days before Christmas in 1996, French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier was brutally murdered at her holiday cottage in Schull, West Cork.

The murder rocked the quiet Irish town and 24 years later, the case remains a mystery.

This series sees six-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Jim Sheridan, piece together original evidence, never-before-seen footage, and interviews with those closest to the case to try to make sense of what really happened.

Quantum Leap

It may be a little on the old side, but there's a reason Quantum Leap has remained a favourite sci-fi series for decades.

Former scientist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) finds himself trapped in time due to an experiment gone awry, leaping into the body of a different person each week.

Al Calavicci, at first known only as The Observer, is Sam's holographic adviser — he gives Sam a small bit of guidance about his new identity and how he can help those around him. But with little memory to help guide him, Sam is forced to bluff his way out of some sticky situations.

Grey's Anatomy 

The series follows Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis.

In the latest chapter, the Grey Sloan doctors are seen on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, as the team seek comfort from one another and, at times, more than just friendship.

The Comey Rule

This two-part series follows former FBI director James Comey as he investigates Hilary Clinton's e-mail scandal and deals with Donald Trump during his early day in office, up until his high-profile dismissal in 2017.

Tin Star

The series focuses on Jim Worth, a former London Metropolitan Police Service detective, who becomes chief of police of a Canadian town in the Rocky Mountains.

However, when his violent past catches up with him, his wife Angela calls into action Jack Devlin – Jim's violent alcoholic alter-ego – to fight any potential threats to their family. 

The Third Day

Arguably one of the most innovative new shows of 2020, The Third Day is the latest from Utopia creator Dennis Kelly.

The series tells of a mysterious island community called Osea – and the fates of the two seemingly separate people who find themselves visiting the island. 

This has some psychological horror elements, so definitely isn't suitable for scaredy cats.

Big Love

Big Love tells the story of polygamist Bill Henrickson, as he deals with the inevitable complications of having three wives and seven children. 

The ups and down of this unconventional family include some powerful moments, too.

All titles are available to stream on NOW and Sky.

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