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It seems everyone’s watching and talking about Game of Thrones right now – not surprising, considering it’s one of the world’s most-watched TV dramas. Each new season is eagerly anticipated by the show’s legion of fans, and not even a federal election can distract the faithful from analysing each week’s journey into Westeros.
But what do you do if you don’t have access to each new episode of Game of Thrones as it airs? Maybe you’ve decided you’d rather wait and buy the Blu-Ray when it comes out, maybe you’re waiting for it to appear as a full season on iTunes so you can binge-watch the entire thing in one sitting – or maybe you’re a few seasons behind and taking your time. There’s plenty of options to satisfy your craving for high drama – here’s just a few suggestions.
Sons of Anarchy (Presto)
Kurt Sutter was one of the men behind the groundbreaking TV series The Shield, and with Sons of Anarchy he turned his attention to the world of motorcycle gangs, to great acclaim. Sons of Anarchy centres around a fictional outlaw bike club in California, with all the rivalry and violence you’d expect from the setting – it’s Game of Thrones on wheels! Superb acting from a stellar cast elevate this one above the pack; you can find six seasons of it on Presto.
The Knick (Foxtel Play)
Set in 1900 when modern medicine had yet to be invented, The Knick is named for the Knickerbocker Hospital in which it’s set, where the doctors have to use whatever ideas they can come up with to try to save patients’ lives. It can get gruesome. Clive Owen heads the cast as Dr John Thackery, who happily helps himself to his own supply of drugs while operating on patients. Directed by award winner Steven Soderbergh, it’s first-class television.
Check out The Kick and many other excellent dramas on Foxtel Play.
As the title suggests, Grimm takes its inspiration from the world of Grimm’s Fairy Tales – but with a twist. This one’s a police drama where lead character Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective in the Portland police department, discovers that he is descended from a long line of monster hunters known as Grimms. He has powers to connect with the supernatural that he wasn’t even aware of, and his job is to battle bizarre creatures from another world. CSI this ain’t! Foxtel Play has the first two full seasons of this highly original drama.
Mr Robot (Presto, Foxtel Play)
One of the best new shows of last year, Mr Robot tells the story of Elliot Alderson, a slightly dysfunctional computer and internet specialist who is recruited by a mysterious organisation to help take down the world’s biggest, evilest corporation (which is quite literally named Evil Corp) Smart, loaded with great characters and filmed like a big-budget movie, the show won a Golden Globe for Best Drama. Game of Thrones didn’t win that one!
The Walking Dead (Presto, Foxtel Play)
Zombies, they’re everywhere. Well, they certainly have been in the world of TV and movies in recent years, but it’s this show that’s got a lot to do with the zombie comeback. Following people surviving in a world overrun by the undead, it’s gritty, smart and occasionally, absolutely terrifying. If you haven’t discovered this one yet, there’s five entire seasons of it waiting for you on Presto – and if you’ve already seen it all, check out the companion prequel series, Fear The Walking Dead, which you can stream on Foxtel Play.
All the drama, intrigue and tensions of Game of Thrones transplanted to the New York music industry – that’s what Empire basically is. It’s centred around record company and entertainment powerhouse Empire Entertainment, run by Lucious Lyon, who discovers at the start of the series that he’s become seriously ill and will have to hand control of the company to a family member. And of course, none of those family members can agree on who it should be. Music overseen by Timbaland gives the whole thing even more authenticity.
Watch this awesome drama today with Presto’s free trial.