6 gripping box sets to watch if cliffhangers are your thing
The television format was made for cliffhangers, those tension-filled, unresolved moments of drama that keep people coming back for more week after week. But now with the invention of box sets, we don’t have to wait seven days to find out what happened next – gratification is immediate via a TV marathon.
Ready to smash a series in just one sitting? Here are six of the best shows on NOW TV that’ll make you want to clear your schedule.
Big Little Lies
Basically the TV equivalent of a great page-turner, which makes sense as the first season is based on the brilliant novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The pitch is deceptively simple – three mothers with seemingly perfect lives become mixed-up in a murder investigation. But the series is so expertly plotted, with so many compelling twists, that you’ll reach the final revelations before you even realise it.
Initially envisioned as a miniseries, the show’s been so popular that a second season has been commissioned. Winning eight Emmys in your first year will have that kind of effect.
If you’re yet to visit the Westworld park, you have so many delights (violent or otherwise) to partake in. This prestige science-fiction drama is best enjoyed in one go, mainly because every episode ends on such a monumental event that you’ll want to watch the next episode immediately.
Seriously, you’ll want to take a holiday so you can stay in this universe until the final episode’s credits roll, before going back to start it all over again. Trust us when we say that a mind-blowing twist changes everything you’ve just watched. Watch S1 in full on NOW TV with S2 episodes dropping weekly.
Game Of Thrones
Let’s face it, you’ve probably already seen every episode of Game Of Thrones. But now’s the perfect time to revisit HBO’s epic fantasy import, as it’s taking a year off before the final season lands next year.
In terms of cliffhangers, there’s few better than in Westeros – including the most epic example of the past decade (Jon Snow, on his back in the snow… we won’t say any more in case there’s anyone out there who’s been living under a rock in Braavos).
Die-hard fans should re-watch to pass the time while we wait for season eight. With series 1-7 streaming from June 1st for a limited time, let’s just say we’re super-jealous of anyone who gets to experience it for the first time. Pro-tip: if someone’s getting married, maybe grab a cushion to hide behind.
A completely compelling premise sees Lennie James’ Nelly arrested for the abduction of his teenage daughter, who he hasn’t seen since she was three. Thus begins an incredibly involving drama which you’ll need to keep watching – partly to solve the mystery at its centre, partly because Lennie James is just so astonishingly good in the lead role.
Following the title character’s harrowing journey from a traumatic childhood (via flashbacks) through adult drug abuse; Melrose is an aristocratic playboy determined to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and the central character in this magnificent five-part adaptation of the stunning series by Edward St. Aubyn.
With each episode based on a different book in the five-installment series of novels, this is the definition of cliffhanger viewing. Plus with Benedict Cumberbatch at his very best, you’ll want to watch the whole thing in one go – unluckily for you, you’ll have to wait for weekly episodes from May 13th.
The current golden age of TV, which sees complicated characters being explored at a cinematic level, arguably started with The Sopranos. The show frequently felt like The Godfather meets Goodfellas, and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those film classics.
Without The Sopranos, there would be no Breaking Bad, no Mad Men, no The Wire – it’s that important. So if you’re yet to experience what’s essentially one stunning mob movie spread across six seasons, you can stream every single episode on NOW TV immediately.
Ready to dive in? Prepare to be glued to over 300 Box Sets streaming on NOW TV. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
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