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 October 2018.
The 10 Best Shows on Free-to-air TV
#1 Survivor: David vs Goliath (9Go!)
Survivor: David vs Goliath is the 37th season of this award-winning adventure reality series. This time around, 20 castaways will be sent to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji once again and will be divided into two tribes: one comprised of people coming from a privileged life and the other will comprise those who have struggled their way through life to prove themselves. It’s a battle between the underdogs and the favourites all in the name of being hailed as the “Sole Survivor” — and $1 million richer. Catch new episodes every Thursday at 9:30PM on 9Go! and catch up on 9Now.
#2 The Bachelor Australia (Ten)
In the sixth season of The Bachelor Australia, former professional rugby player Nick Cummins was picked to be the next lucky bachelor out to find his one true love from a selection of beautiful women from all across the country. WIll he follow in the footsteps of former Aussie bachelors Tim Robards and Sam Wood, who ended up with lasting relationships with their chose ones? Find out with new episodes of The Bachelor Australia every Wednesday and Thursdays, 7:30PM on Ten and Tenplay.
#3 The Chef’s Line (SBS)
Home cooks battle it out with the pros in this Australian reality cooking competition show set in a studio kitchen. The challenge? Recreate their personal versions of a chosen dish from the week’s featured cuisine. Afterwards, their dishes will be blind-tasted and judged by executive chef Dan Hong, food writer Melissa Leong, and renowned chef Mark Olive. Find out who outcooks them all every weeknights at 6PM on SBS.
#4 Invictus Games Sydney 2018
Broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House forecourt, the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 opening ceremony will see competitors from Australia and around the world, their families and friends welcomed, and the Games opened by its patron, HRH, The Duke of Sussex. Don’t miss all the exciting games from October 20 to 27 on ABC.
#5 Little Big Shots (Seven)
Hosted by Shane Jacobson, Little Big Shots showcases remarkable talents of kids from the age of 4-13, making the show such a spectacle worth seeing by children and grown-ups alike. Expect more entertaining, exciting, awe-inspiring, and thrilling performances by these amazing kids as Little Big Shots returns for its second season. Watch it every Sunday at 7PM on Seven and catch up on 7Plus.
#6 Great Continental Railway Journeys (SBS)
Now on its sixth season, the Great Continental Railway Journeys once again take us to different places around Europe via the connected railway networks. Witness how these destinations have vastly changed since Edwardian times as host Michael Portillo takes you on an adventure of a lifetime. Catch it every Tuesday at 7:30PM on SBS.
#7 Pine Gap (ABC)
A team of talented Australian and American intelligence analysts work together to ensure global stability in one of the world’s most important and secretive joint intelligence facilities … Pine Gap. But the relationship between the Australian and American intelligence analysts working at Pine Gap isn’t always rosy. Don’t miss the premiere on October 14 at 8:30PM on ABC.
#8 Playing For Keeps (Ten)
A bold, dangerous, and daring drama, Playing For Keeps depicts the lives of the rich and famous of the sporting world. From the grandstands and locker rooms to the red carpets and bedrooms, this scandalous and seductive new drama that delves into the unseen world of AFL will have you hooked. Don’t miss new episodes featuring an all-star cast every Tuesday and Wednesdays on Ten.
#9 Crime Investigation Australia: Most Infamous (Seven)
Shining a light on some of Australia’s most notorious crimes, Crime Investigation Australia: Most infamous dives deep into these heinous cases from across the country. From the Bondi Gay Murders to the Bacpacker Murders, this show will take you through the mystery and horror of it all. Catch it every Sunday at 10:30PM on Seven.
#10 Doctor Doctor (Nine)
After a sudden fall from grace, Dr. Hugh Knight, an arrogant and high-flying heart surgeon, is forced to leave his hedonistic, inner city life and take the position of a local GP in the small country town from where he was born. Don’t miss the season finale on October 8 at 8:40PM on Nine.