TV & Movies

Keep Your Coin, Here Are The Best Free-To-Air Shows You Need To Binge

By Morgan Reardon
30th Oct 2019

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Sure, the likes of the big name streaming services are good and all, but there’s nothing quite like finding an epic new show to binge and getting it for free. No, we don’t mean doing anything illegal, our local channels are packed with awesome shows and it won’t cost you a cent to enjoy them—which means more money for bulk snacks.

We’ve done the hard (viewing) yards for you and uncovered the very best free-to-air shows you need to binge now.

SBS On Demand

Harlots

The year is 1763, London is the most vibing city in the world where one in five women make their living selling sex and competition is err, stiff. Determined to make her way to the top, Margaret Wells will do just about anything to ensure her brothel is number one, including selling her own daughter’s virginity. The comedy is dark, and the costumes are outrageous making Harlots a must-see. Head here to binge seasons one to three now. 

The Hunting

This miniseries is Aussie drama at its finest. Featuring an all-star cast including Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, The Hunting follows the lives of four teenagers in the aftermath of nude photo scandal. The miniseries reveals the devastating ripple effect a single photo can have when placed in the wrong hands.

Riviera

This series kicks off with a bang—literally—when art curator Georgina Clios’ (Julia Stiles) husband is killed in a yacht explosion. Convinced this was no accident, Georgina turns detective questioning everyone from his family to his banker buddies of foul play. But things get particularly spicy when secrets are uncovered, and Georgina begins to wonder if her husband is really dead at all. Binge the first two seasons here. 

9Now

Grand Hotel

Set in Miami’s last family owned hotel, The Riviera Grand, this show follows the Mendoza’s sexy and scandalous escapades. With a suspected murder cover up, family drama and explosive secrets all happening in the first ep, Grand Hotel was made for binging. Check it out here

Love Island UK

If you’re a fan of the Aussie version, you’ll love the original because Brits sure do know how to banter. Set in a beautiful villa in Spain, bronzed, genetically-blessed singletons are on a mission to find true love, or fame. Every few episodes the singles become couples and those left unattached are dumped from the island. Brutal yes, excellent viewing, absolutely. Watch the latest season here

7Plus

Secret Bridesmaids Business

Based on the Australian book of the same name, Secret Bridesmaids Business is the perfect mix of scandal, betrayal and revenge. When Melanie (Abbie Cornish) has an affair with smooth talking real estate agent Jakob, she has no idea the monster she’s let into her life. When things get seriously dark, Melanie turns to her two best friends to help her take Jakob down. Get your fix of chills here

A Confession

Based on the true story of British serial killer Chris Halliwell and the detective who would stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to bring him down, this epic miniseries had the whole of the UK on the edge of their seats. Catch the haunting true story here

ABC iView 

State Of The Union

Short on time? Then this series is for you. In each ep, no more than 10 minutes long, we follow estranged lovers Tom (Chris O’Dowd) and Louise (Rosamund Pike), on their weekly catch up at the pub as they chat through what went wrong in their 15-year union… all before they head to a couples counselling session. Raw and honest with a touch of humour, you’ll devour the first season in a single sitting. 

Total Control

Total Control stars powerhouse actors Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman—that fact alone should be enough of a drawcard. In this ground-breaking political drama, we meet Alex Irving (Mailman) a fearless Indigenous senator, who just weeks into her political career in Canberra is bitterly betrayed. Not one to rest on her laurels, she’s on a quest to seek redemption and settle a score against the party, and the Prime Minister of Australia. 

10 Play 

Playing For Keeps

If you’ve ever wanted a sneak peek behind the scenes of AFL and in particular their famous WAGS, now is your chance. Set in Melbourne, the show follows fictional footy team the Southern Jets and catches all the drama from the grandstand to the locker rooms. A special shout out to whoever is styling Olympia Valance’s sassy Tahlia. Season two has just kicked off, catch up here

After more binge-worthy goodness? Check out our round up here

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