Lose yourself in HBO’s most epic, award-winning shows, from game changers The Sopranos and Game of Thrones, to the much-loved Girls and Big Little Lies and the recently launched Lovecraft Country. Here are some of the greatest ones to watch this weekend on Foxtel – the Home of HBO.
The shows that changed the game
Game of Thrones
The epic eight-season fantasy series broke standard TV formats and turned viewers’ expectations on their heads, all while winning the most Emmy wins (59) for any drama in history and becoming a full-on phenomenon in the process. “Game of thrones didn’t just reinvent the wheel, it broke it completely” – The Independent
The Sopranos spared no time taking pop culture by storm, delivering something never seen before. David Chase’s story about the unravelling of a mafia man, his crisis of identity, and dysfunctional family unit connected with viewers in a way no series had done previously.
The Wire broke new moulds and gave birth to the ‘must-watch’ TV genre. 12 years after it finished, this sweeping look at the city of Baltimore is still consistently cited by critics as one of the greatest TV series ever made.
The shows we all love
Lena Dunham’s fearless comedy tackles female friendship through the eyes of four 20-somethings as they attempt to navigate the unpredictable waters of adulthood in New York. Praised for its sexually frank, wryly satirical look at millennial angst, it helped usher in an impressive new generation of idiosyncratic voices on television.
Big Little Lies
The smash-hit, two-season series, Big Little Lies, featuring the incredible ensemble cast of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz, is based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book of the same name. The darkly comedic series tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
Described as the perfect blend of film and television, this star-studded anthology series follows US Police officers and detectives who are forced to face dark secrets about themselves while investigating complex homicides. Big name stars include Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff.
The world’s best entertainment
Adapted from Matt Ruff’s novel, the recently launched thriller action-adventure is receiving rave reviews in the US and Australia. A road trip across 1950s America turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and terrifying creatures.
Starring Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Don Johnson, the superhero hit led the recent Emmy Award nominations with a massive 26 nods. Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original ground-breaking graphic novel of the same name while breaking new ground of its own.
“Succession is still the best thing on television” – The Independent. Quickly becoming the must-watch drama, Succession reaped a whopping 18 nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards. The series follows the dysfunctional Roy family who control a media conglomerate.
This critically acclaimed five-part miniseries dramatises the true story of the 1986 nuclear accident. It quickly became the series everyone was talking about, and after just three episodes topped IMDB’s list of the greatest 250 TV shows of all time
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