Ten Best Shows on Free-to-Air TV
The entertainment world we now live in is one of extreme choice, and it’s a pretty nice problem to have. While our parents grew up with four or five TV channels to keep them entertained, we’re now in an era where there’s dozens of satellite and cable channels, multiple streaming services with their own original content, and numerous free sources of video entertainment across the internet available at the tap of a screen, from YouTube to Crackle.
And it’s that breadth of available entertainment that’s made the old-fashioned “appointment TV” concept a thing of the past. The five free-to-air networks have all had to adapt to the new world of on-demand video (which they’ve done via their catch-up services). They need to please a viewer base which isn’t glued to one channel all night like the previous generation might have been.
So, let’s have a look at ten shows that you don’t need a subscription to watch, all available on free-to-air TV or their respective catch-up services. The best part being, of course, that it costs you absolutely nothing to check them out and see for yourself whether your new favourite show has been sitting there waiting for you. Here’s what to watch in February 2019.
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#1 Married at First Sight (Nine & 9Now)
Australia’s most talked about social experiment is coming back for its sixth season. Promising an even more explosive season, Married At First Sight sees ten brides and ten grooms from across Australia, each with their own remarkable stories, facing more challenges and romantic hurdles than ever before. Don’t miss new episodes on Nine and 9Now.
#2 Gogglebox Australia (Ten & TenPlay)
Gogglebox returns with its latest season, introducing a brother-sister duo joining the returning cast that includes best friends Anastasia and Faye, married couple Lee and Keith, the adorably sports-crazy Jackson family, and the women of Silbery family, just to name a few. Enjoy the entertainment right at the comfort of your own home lounge when Gogglebox returns for its ninth season on Ten and TenPlay.
#3 The Heights (ABC & iView)
This new 30-drama episode drama series centres on the inner‐city neighbourhood of Arcadia Heights, exploring the relationships between the residents of the Arcadia social housing tower and the people who live in the rapidly gentrifying community that surrounds it. The Heights mines the frictions and commonalities between the upper and working classes in the melting pot of urban Australia. Catch it on ABC and iView this month.
#4 KFC Big Bash League (Seven & 7Plus)
The Big Bash League is an Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league, which was established in 2011 by Cricket Australia. The Big Bash League replaced the previous competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, and features eight city-based franchises instead of the six state teams which had participated previously. The competition has been sponsored by fast food chicken outlet KFC since its inception. It is one of the two T20 league in Cricket along with Indian Premier League to be in the Top 10 of The Most Attended Sport Leagues in the world. Catch all the action on Seven and 7Plus.
#5 Manifest (Nine & 9Now)
When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. But in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years — and after mourning their loss, their friends, families and colleagues had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds, and some of the returned passengers soon realise they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. Don’t miss this thrilling series on Nine and 9Now.
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#6 Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games (SBS & SBS On Demand)
Agatha Christie’s masterful storytelling gets a fresh French adaptation with Criminal Games. In 1930s France, Superintendent Larosière has a passion for beautiful women and solving cases, while hapless young inspector Lampion just tries to keep up. Later series, are set in the mid-’50s, where suave Commissioner Laurence unravels knotty crimes with the help of reporter Alice. Catch it on SBS and SBS On Demand.
#7 Rosehaven (ABC & iView)
Home to help his mom with her business, Daniel is surprised to run into his best friend from the mainland, Emma, whose marriage has just ended. While she basks in the anonymity of her newfound life in Rosehaven, Daniel is forced to confront ghosts of his adolescent past. Soon enough, their friendship and sanity is tested by the charming yet deeply eccentric townsfolk. Don’t miss new episodes on ABC and iView.
#8 Counterpart (SBS & SBS On Demand)
A hapless UN employee discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension that’s in Cold War with our own, and where his other self is a top spy. The war slowly heats up thanks to spies from both sides. Catch this thrilling spy series starring J.K. Simmons on SBS and SBS On Demand this month.
#9 My Kitchen Rules (Seven & 7Plus)
Pete Evans and Manu Feildel are back with a tenth season of Australia’s most popular and hotly contested cooking show, My Kitchen Rules. This year, it’s not just the teams who are opening their front doors. Don’t miss hot new episodes on 7 and 7Plus.
#10 I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (Ten and TenPlay)
Twelve celebrities are left to fend for themselves in the Australian jungle. In order to win food for themselves and fellow camp mates, the celebrities must compete in trials that test them both physically and mentally. Tune in to continuing new episodes on Ten and TenPlay.
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Catch It All on Free-to-Air!
You’re in for a treat this month with these leading free-to-air channels and catch-up services. Don’t miss a minute of these hot shows on air and subscribe now to their respective on demand streaming services. Whether it’s drama, sport, or reality TV, you’ll definitely love tuning into these channels all month long!