Six shows to watch after Game of Thrones
AFTER only seven weeks, Game of Thrones is over for another year.
With the next and final season at least a year away, with some reports suggesting it could be 2019 before we see a White Walker take another step, you may be wondering what you should be doing with your nights.
Going out, having a life and talking to people are valid options, or, (heavens forfend!) you could read a book. But if you'd rather sit in front of the TV screen on that comfortable couch, here are some shows you should put on your list.
With an incredible pedigree to rival few others, The Deuce is the latest offering from the brains behind The Wire, Generation Kill and Treme, David Simon. Its ensemble cast is led by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and if Gyllenhaal's other TV miniseries, The Honourable Woman, is any measure of her talent for picking good shows, you know this will be a barnstormer.
Set in 1971 Times Square, The Deuce follows the neighbourhood as drug-fuelled violence takes over and the legal porn industry starts to take hold. It's full of colourful characters and great storytelling and should satisfy any viewers looking for depth in a TV show without sacrificing action.
The Deuce starts on Foxtel's Showcase and on Foxtel Now on September 11.
THE OTHER GUY
Australian comedian Matt Okine will be familiar to Triple J listeners from his years of hosting breakfast radio with Alex Dyson. Now he's created his own TV show, partly inspired by his life.A breezy half-hour on Stan, The Other Guy centres on AJ, a radio host who finds out his girlfriend of 10 years cheated on him with his best mate and housemate - yeah, awks. The six-episode season is a quick binge and infinitely charming as AJ tries dating for the first time in a decade. It's dryly funny, loosely structured and clearly aspires to the same DNA as one of Okine's influences, Aziz Ansari's Master of None.
The Other Guy is streaming now on Stan.
THE GOOD FIGHT
It may be a spin-off but you don't need to have seen 156 episodes of The Good Wifeto get right into legal and political drama The Good Fight.
Focused on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), the show picks up a year after its predecessor series. Diane is on the verge of retiring when a financial scandal ruins her and scuttles the plan. The same scandal also destroys the prospects of her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie) whose legal career was just starting. With excellent writing and great performances, it's a compelling watch of two women fighting back and taking control.
The Good Fight is currently streaming on SBS On Demand with new episodes dropping on Wednesday nights.
HALT AND CATCH FIRE
A criminally underwatched series, now is the perfect time to catch up on Halt and Catch Fire whose fourth and final season has just started airing in the US and will likely hit Foxtel soon.
Starting in the 1980s during the race to put personal computers in every household, the story has now moved to the 1990s and the start of the internet age. But for all the tech developments, Halt and Catch Fire has always been about its four central characters - Joe (Lee Pace), Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), Gordon (Scoot McNairy) and Donna (Kerry Bishe) - whose dynamics provide rich storytelling and incredible performances. Get into it and then tell everyone you've ever met to watch it. It deserves the love.
Halt and Catch Fire seasons one to three is currently streaming on Foxtel Now.
Inspired by the Coen brothers' classic film, Fargo is an anthology crime series, which means you can dip in for just one season if you want, though you'll likely stay for all three. It's quirky, funny and spellbindingly good.
The first season features Billy Bob Thornton as a hitman who passes through a small community and wreaks havoc for the local denizens that include Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks. The second season sees Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemmons dealing with the fallout of a covered-up hit-and-run while season three features Ewan McGregor as two brothers with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Carrie Coon and David Thewlis in the supporting cast.
Fargo is currently streaming on Netflix.
For those drawn to the fantasy elements of Game of Thrones, American Gods should satiate your appetite for the weirder side of life.
Based on Neil Gaiman's acclaimed novel, American Gods, created by the visually inventive Bryan Fuller, his not short on challenging characters and bizarre plot lines. Also, it's super violent at times and has a sex goddess that consumes men through her vagina mid-coitus.
Ian McShane is, as he always is, brilliant in this and you'll also find the likes of Gillian Anderson, Kristen Chenoweth, Peter Stomare, Crispin Glover and Emily Browning gracing the screen.
American Gods is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.