12 Best Box Sets On NOW TV

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With darker nights already upon us, what better time to take a tour through the best box sets available on NOW TV? With NOW TV’s extensive range of box sets, you can immerse yourself in the drama without the frustration of waiting for the following week’s instalment. Better still, you can do this without being tied into a contract, so, grab the popcorn, settle down, and let the binge-fest begin.

Below you’ll find 12 of the best box sets to watch on NOW TV.

12 of the Best Box Sets Available on NOW TV

  1. Patrick Melrose
  2. Band of Brothers
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Ray Donovan
  5. The Blacklist
  6. The Affair
  7. The Wire
  8. Younger
  9. Billions
  10. Gangs of London
  11. Temple
  12. Save Me

1. Patrick Melrose

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Patrick Melrose (2018) – IMDb

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If you’re searching for something to kick things off, this single season, five-episode BAFTA winner is a great place to start. It’s based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St Aubyn. It stars the ever-impressive Dominic Cumberbatch in the title role. As you’d expect, he pulls off the part of the messed-up but eminently likable Patrick superbly.

Patrick Melrose is essentially a story of addiction with its roots in childhood trauma and abuse suffered by the young upper-class Patrick. As if that weren’t tragic enough, we learn that the abuser was none other than his cruel and now-deceased father. The drug-addicted adult Patrick resolves to use the event of his father’s death as the trigger to overcome his addictions. However, with such profound damage, the process is not always straightforward. 

The story takes us through Patrick’s stuttering journey as he tries to come to terms with the horrors of his young life and finally free himself from its shackles. It’s a story that will engross you as you learn of the unimaginable suffering that gave rise to Patrick’s addiction. And you won’t be able to help but will him to find a better, constructive way to confront and overcome it.

2. Band of Brothers

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Band of Brothers (2001) – IMDb

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It’s nearly twenty years on from its original airing. Yet, Band of Brothers remains classic and compelling viewing for any box set fan. It tells the story of a World War II US Army paratrooper unit, Easy Company, from their training through to the grueling battles they fought in. However, you don’t have to be a fan of the war genre to appreciate the story.

It’ll come as no surprise that the executive producers of Band of Brothers are Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Remember 1998’s blockbuster Saving Private Ryan, which Spielberg produced and Hanks starred in? Like that movie, Band of Brothers has its basis in real-life. In this case, it’s the stories of Easy Company veterans. Indeed, the start of each of the ten episodes is marked with interviews with some of the veterans.

As you’d expect, Band of Brothers conveys the full horrors of war as it immerses us in the terrifying battles that the men of Easy Company endured. An outstanding performance from Damian Lewis, among others, and stunning special effects take you to the heart of the action. And you’re not left hanging at the end of the series. You get to hear what became of the men on whom the series’ characters were based.

3. Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019) – IMDb

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9.3/1089/100Now TV Free Trial
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Unless you’ve spent the last ten years or so living under the proverbial rock, the Game of Thrones phenomena won’t have passed you by. This epic fantasy had millions worldwide glued to their TV sets following the dynastic battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. The victor would rule over most of the fictional continent, Westeros.  

The story of this power struggle is interwoven with that of the sole survivor of the previous ruling family as she builds an army to reclaim the Iron Throne. Other plots and subplots add to the drama and intrigue. With a myriad of characters and a good measure of love, lust, sex, incest, and betrayal running through it, there’s much to fascinate and engross. All in all, it has all the ingredients of a binge-worthy feast.

With the complexity of the interwoven plots and the array of characters, even if you’ve watched it all before, it’s worth a second look. And, if you have been living under a rock and missed Game of Thrones the first time around, don’t hang about. If you want to find out what all the fuss was about, you’ll need to get on with it. It’ll be streaming on NOW TV until the end of March 2021. 

4. Ray Donovan

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Ray Donovan (2013-2020) – IMDb

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Ray Donovan takes us behind the glamour and the glitz that is the façade concealing the sordid and sleazy underbelly of the rich and famous. Played by Liev Schrieber, Ray is a fixer who can make his clients’ crimes and misdemeanors go away and help them keep their dirty secrets, well, secret. 

The trouble is, it’s easier to solve other people’s problems than it is your own. And, as adept as he is at his job, Ray just can’t seem to control his own problems nor those of his dysfunctional family. Ray’s father, Mickey, superbly played by Jon Voight, is probably one of Ray’s biggest problems. After twenty years, his exploits following his release from prison threaten to bring everything that Ray has built crashing to the ground.

The show is brimming with a lot of horrible people doing equally horrible things, violence, sex, and seemingly endless chaos. And Ray himself is a man of few words, letting his actions, usually violent, do his talking. But he has a redeeming feature. Ray is ultimately a family man. And that’s why, although he’s probably not the type of person you’d want in your real life, you’ll find Ray Donovan compelling viewing.

5. The Blacklist

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The Blacklist (2013-) – IMDb

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In The Blacklist, James Spader plays a former navy intelligence officer turned master criminal, Raymond “Red” Reddington, who has evaded the FBI for decades. Until one day, inexplicably, he shows up to turn himself in. However, there’s a condition attached. The reason behind the condition is one of the underlying storylines of The Blacklist. 

Red’s proposition to the FBI is based on a list, the blacklist of the title, of the world’s top criminals that he’s compiled during his years of associating with them. They’re criminals that the FBI can’t make a case against or don’t even know about. Red will share his list and help the FBI catch the criminals in return for immunity. But he’ll only speak to FBI agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Perhaps, nothing unusual in that, except that Keen is a rookie profiler just out of the FBI’s training academy at Quantico.

Obviously, Red’s offer is accepted, despite the concerns about why he’ll deal only with Keen. However, as the FBI, Keen, and Red work their way through his list, we gradually learn more about the reasons behind his request to work only with her. As the plots twist and turn, and you try to peel back the seemingly infinite layers of mystery, you’ll find it hard to hit the pause button, let alone stop. 

6. The Affair

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The Affair (2014-2019) – IMDb

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7.9/1086/100Now TV Free Trial
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The Affair is a sobering tale of an extramarital relationship stemming from a chance encounter. But it goes beyond being a story just about love, betrayal, and forgiveness. It delves deeper, exploring the generational reverberations that the choices we make and the paths we take can have. 

The story unfolds through the perspectives of the different characters involved. We get to witness how recollections of events can differ depending on the point from which you view it. And that provides a more profound understanding of the characters and their emotions and reactions.

The Affair is a veritable rollercoaster of emotions that will grip you from the start. The characters bounce into life by the superb acting. Little wonder that there’s a trail of awards paying testament to the sheer quality of the cast. So, while The Affair can be a depressing reminder of our human imperfections, ultimately, it’s a confirmation of how real love can overcome even the deepest of betrayals.

7. The Wire

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The Wire (2002 – 2008) – IMDb

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If you like your crime drama served with a nice neat beginning, a middle and end-type storyline where the villain is always caught, The Wire probably isn’t for you. It’s a gritty look at one American city, Baltimore, from the viewpoint of its crime fighters as well as perpetrators, where often, it’s not clear which is which.

Its mostly African-American cast was a novelty at the time, yet essential to the show’s authenticity. And authenticity is what the show offers in abundance. Indeed, it often features real-life cops and politicians, alongside now well-known names like Idris Elba and Dominic West. In fact, its realism is such that you’ll often feel like you’re out there with the characters on the streets of Baltimore.

While the main themes of drugs and race run through the series, it also explores how a city’s politics and school system, amongst other things, are interconnected with those issues. So, The Wire isn’t just a police procedural drama. It’s also a stark social and political commentary. And that’s what makes The Wire so compelling and ever-relevant. 

8. Younger

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Younger (2015 -2020) – IMDb

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Fancy something more light-hearted? Then Younger is just what you might be looking for. Sutton Foster plays the role of Liza; a forty-year-old recently divorced single mother looking to get back into the publishing career she abandoned to have a family. 

However, that’s no easy task for a forty-year-old in a twenty-something focussed world. Then, Liza is mistaken for a twenty-six-year-old by handsome tattoo artist Josh (Nico Tortorella). Well, one thing leads to another. Aided by a makeover from her best friend, Maggie (Debi Mazar), she passes herself off as twenty-six and lands herself her dream job.

And that’s when the fun starts as Liza strives to juggle her real life with her youthful work persona. Aided and abetted by fine comedic performances all round, including the excellent Hilary Duff and the witty and observant script, Younger is highly entertaining and watchable.

9. Billions

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Billions (2016) – IMDb

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Billions pits Damian Lewis’ dodgy hedge fund billionaire Paul “Axe” Axelrod against Paul Giamatti’s ruthlessly ambitious US Attorney, Chuck Rhoades, in an unrelenting battle of egos. Throw in money and power, and you can understand, the stakes for both are high.

Axe’s wealth has come through financial dealings that have skirted, and often, crossed, the line between what’s legal and what’s not. So, it’s little wonder that he’s on Rhoades’ radar. That’s something of an understatement, as it seems that Rhoades is himself prepared to push the legal envelope in pursuit of his prey.

It’s an intriguing battle, made even more so by the fact that Rhoades’ wife, played by Maggie Siff, is also the psychiatrist and performance coach at Axe’s hedge fund. It all adds up to a well-written captivating drama that will have you hooked from the outset.

10. Gangs of London

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Gangs of London (2020) – IMDb

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Gangs of London is a brutal yet skillfully crafted tale set against the backdrop of London’s international organized criminal underworld. We’re taken behind the smokescreen of respectability of organized crime, into the heart of the hierarchy of this shady world. We get to witness the explosive fallout from the assassination of Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney), head of London’s most notorious crime family. 

The empire Finn built with his long-time friend Ed Dumani (Lucian Msamati) is the hub through which London’s criminal gangs operate and on which they depend. None of the gangs claims responsibility for the killing. So, Finn’s hot-headed son, Sean (Joe Cole), withdraws all services to them until the person who ordered the hit is found.  

With the family’s crime empire threatening to disintegrate, Ed tries to steer a steady course through the chaos. However, Sean is intent on bloody revenge on his father’s killer. The graphic violence that ensues is superbly choreographed but also disturbing. Yet, it doesn’t detract from a story well told with enthralling performances by all involved.

11. Temple

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Temple (2019) – IMDb

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The temple of this Sky One Original is Temple tube station in the heart of London. Within the station’s network of underground tunnels, we find Mark Strong’s character, Daniel, operating an illicit clinic. Daniel is a surgeon whose wife’s diagnosis with a terminal illness leads him to set up his illegal clinic to fund research into her condition.

If you’re getting a sense of déjà vu about this, that’s because The Temple is based on the 2017 Norwegian series Valkyrien. Daniel’s clientele is mainly criminals wanting to maintain a low profile and stay away from conventional medical establishments. Not surprisingly, Daniel has to confront some serious ethical issues in this endeavor, beyond the clinic’s illegality. 

Despite the tragic circumstances underpinning the storyline, there’s also a good measure of dark comedy, adding to the complexity of the emotions and the characters. It all adds up to riveting viewing. 

12. Save Me 

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Save Me (2018 – 2020) – IMDb

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7.7/10100/100Now TV Free Trial

Save Me plunges us into the depths of every parents’ worst nightmare — the disappearance of their child. Lennie James not only stars in it but also wrote it. He plays down-and-out, Nelson “Nelly” Rowe, who discovers that the thirteen-year-old daughter he hasn’t seen since she was a toddler has gone missing.

To make matters worse, Nelly falls under suspicion for the abduction. He soon realizes that the only way he can prove his innocence is to find his daughter himself. He becomes embroiled in a relentless search for the real perpetrator that leads him to the sickening realization that child-traffickers may have kidnapped her.

Save Me is an utterly absorbing investigative thriller, But it’s much more than that. It’s also a journey of painful self-discovery, one that Nelly has to force himself to undertake if he’s to have any chance of finding his daughter. Despite his deadbeat past, his charisma means you’ll find yourself rooting for him all the way.

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