10 shows to watch on HBO GO on Toggle (now that ‘Game of Thrones’ has ended)

Dystopian futures, star-studded murder mysteries, comedies and more

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in a scene from the 'Game of Thrones' finale
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in a scene from the 'Game of Thrones' finale
04 Jun 2019

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in a scene from the 'Game of Thrones' finale

Photos: HBO

After eight years, eight seasons, and 73 episodes, fantasy epic Game of Thrones aired its swan song (raven song? Dragon song?) last month, and if you - like us - are wondering what to fill that entertainment void in your heart and schedule with, look no further than this list of acclaimed programmes, all of which are available on HBO GO on Toggle.

Watch the final season of Game of Thrones here.

The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale
04 Jun 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale

As far as fictional dystopian societies go, the one in The Handmaid’s Tale, called Gilead, is probably one of the worst for women. Treated more like property than people, fertile females are forced into sexual servitude in an attempt to counter a plunging birth rate.

At the centre of the series is June (played by Elisabeth Moss), a Handmaid whom we will see resisting the oppressive regime in Season 3 as she gets a better hang of the game. But with so many obstacles and odds against her, it won’t be easy.

Season 3 premieres today (June 6).

Watch The Handmaid’s Tale here.

Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
04 Jun 2019

Big Little Lies

Stellar cast aside (there’s Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Skarsgård and Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz etc.), the first season of Big Little Lies is a gripping murder mystery surrounding seemingly perfect upper-class mothers and their families. The twist? We don’t know who the victim is until the very end.

Even screen legend Meryl Streep is a huge fan - she called it “the greatest thing on TV” and signed up to star in the second season without even bothering to read the script.

Season 2 premieres on June 10.

Watch Big Little Lies here.

Veep
Veep
04 Jun 2019

Veep

Another popular HBO Original that came to a close this year (exactly a week before Game of Thrones did, in fact) was Veep, a satirical comedy about power-hungry American vice president Selina Meyer.

Besides the fantastic performances (star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won six consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role), the show has come to be known for being a treasure trove of creative insults and a caustic commentary on U.S. politics.

Watch Veep here.

Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
04 Jun 2019

Silicon Valley

Life in the tech startup industry ain’t easy, and Silicon Valley tackles that while providing loads of laughter along the way. The comedy revolves around the employees of a fictional data compression company called Pied Piper, and the absurd situations they sometimes find themselves in.

Some good news for fans: the series has been renewed for a sixth season, which will air later this year. The bad news: like Game of Thrones and Veep before it, it’s set to come to an end after that.

Watch Silicon Valley here.

Chernobyl
Chernobyl
04 Jun 2019

Chernobyl

The 1986 Chernobyl disaster is considered one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and it’s not hard to see why: following a massive explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, harmful radioactive material was released across the country to as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.

Chernobyl the five-part miniseries is a dramatised take on the accident based on books, government reports, interviews with nuclear scientists, and stories from those who were really there when it happened, with a focus on the heroic men and women who dealt with the cleanup.

Watch Chernobyl here.

Catch-22
Catch-22
04 Jun 2019

Catch-22

The satirical six-part war miniseries welcomes Hollywood megastar George Clooney back to the small screen two decades after his departure from ER, with him at the helm as executive producer as well.

The title comes from an absurd military rule in the show which states that if you’re willing to fly dangerous combat missions, you’re insane and can request not to fly them, but if you do ask not to fly them, you’re considered sane and can’t request not to fly them (we totally understand if you find that sentence confusing). In any case, with bosses like that, who needs enemies?

Watch Catch-22 here.

Westworld
Westworld
04 Jun 2019

Westworld

Cowboys and robots collide in this science fiction thriller, which takes place within a futuristic theme park called Westworld that lets its guests play dress-up while living out their most twisted fantasies on the residents (without any of those bothersome real-world consequences, because they can be patched up again anyway).

But what happens when the supposedly mindless, soulless, and emotionless androids start to develop an awareness about their real purpose and place in the world? Well, if you’ve seen enough cyborg flicks, you might be able to guess.

Watch Westworld here.

Gentleman Jack
Gentleman Jack
04 Jun 2019

Gentleman Jack

Based on a true story as deciphered from the coded diaries of no-nonsense landowner - and “the first modern lesbian” - Anne Lister in 1800s England, Gentleman Jack takes a look at her efforts to transform the fate of her ancestral home, as well as her relationship with the people around her, especially the woman who would become her wife.

The series was so well-received (it was the most successful BBC drama launch of the year so far) that a second season was commissioned almost immediately.

Watch Gentleman Jack here.

Warrior
Warrior
04 Jun 2019

Warrior

Almost 50 years ago, kung fu legend Bruce Lee penned a script about a Chinese martial arts prodigy called Ah Sahm that never made it to production. Fast forward to 2019, and his original idea has finally gotten its screen adaptation, thanks to his daughter’s discovery of his notes.

Warrior follows Ah Sahm’s adventures in 19th century San Francisco, where he gets caught up in the violent Tong Wars between Chinatown’s most powerful organised crime families. Naturally, viewers can expect a hefty dose of butt-kicking. Loads of it.

Watch Warrior here.

Sex and the City
Sex and the City
04 Jun 2019

Sex and the City

Not only did the 90s-to-early-2000s classic propel its four leading ladies to stardom and set all kinds of fashion trends, it also broke boundaries in a time where portrayals of strong women and female friendships - and explicit discussions or displays of sexual activity, which isn’t that surprising considering the title - were almost unheard of.

While the show has faced its fair share of criticism for certain themes and scenes that haven’t aged well, one can’t deny its status as a firm TV icon and guilty pleasure watch to this day.

Watch Sex and the City here.

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