TV & Movies

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

By Morgan Reardon
22nd Jan 2020

On Becoming a God in Central Florida

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

On Becoming A God In Central Florida

Kirsten Dunst is back on the small screen in this must-watch dark comedy. Dunst plays Krystal Stubbs, a minimum-wage water park employee, who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of the cultish, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin in the first place. Special shout to Alexander Skarsgård who plays Dunst’s estranged husband Travis. You won’t regret carving out some time to catch this show

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 series 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.

9Now

The Arrangement 

This juicy drama delivers a seedy behind the scenes look at Hollywood. The Arrangement follows Megan Morrison, who auditions for a role in a blockbuster flick alongside famous heartthrob Kyle West (Josh Henderson). While Megan doesn’t get the role she does get another job offer—$10 million if she agrees to marry Kyle. But naturally nothing is that simple and soon Megan is thrown in the middle of creepy cult religion that is taking over Hollywood… sound familiar? 

Pearson

After she was disbarred in New York, former powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson ditches the big smoke for Chicago in an attempt to atone for her past and reconnect with her estranged family.
Taking up a role as the ‘right-hand fixer’ for Chicago Mayor Bobby Novak, Pearson quickly realises her fresh start isn’t so simple. Think a crooked and dangerous lifestyle filled with corruption where every action has far-reaching consequences. The brand new first season can be binged here.

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

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 

L.A’s Finest

If you’re a fan of Will Smith’s Bad Boy flicks then you’ll love this spin off show. L.A’s Finest follows the life of LAPD detective Sydney Burnett (played by Gabrielle Union) aka the sister of Martin Lawrence's Marcus Burnett. In it we watch Sydney and her cop partner Nancy McKenna (played by Jessica Alba) take on everyone from drug cartels to corrupt government officials in this fast-paced, gritty show. 

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

Image Credit: Showtime

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