Here’s a reason to add SonyLIV to your growing list of streaming subscriptions: it’s got Seinfeld, The Handmaid’s Tale and a bunch of other excellent international shows. We put together a handy list.
It’s always a good idea to watch Seinfeld. In this iconic American sitcom, Jerry Seinfeld plays a fictionalised version of himself. The show follows his life in New York and his relationships with friends George, Elaine and Kramer.
Creators: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
Seasons: 9 (1989-1998)
‘The Good Doctor’
This drama series follows a young autistic surgeon with savant syndrome. Shaun Murphy makes his way from the quiet countryside of Casper, Wyoming to a prestigious hospital surgical unit in San Jose, California. Shaun had a difficult childhood, and he now finds it tough to connect with the people around him. He focuses on his job, using his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.
Creator: David Shore
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Hill Harper
Seasons: 4 (2017-2020)
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Based on Margaret Atwood’s eponymous dystopian novel (1985) set in the future, The Handmaid’s Tale (pictured above) is about Offred, woman who’s main job is to bear children. A totalitarian government is in power and women are treated brutally. Flashbacks reveal Offred’s past, her affair with a married man, her best friend, her daughter.
Creator: Bruce Miller
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer
Seasons: 4 (2017-2020)
The show’s story is about broken but good people trying to make each other whole. It features seven individuals who enrol in community college after their lives don’t go as planned. This is an excellent, charming comedy that leaves you with lessons in life, relationships, friendship and teamwork.
Creators: Dan Harmon
Cast: Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover
Season: 6 (2009-2015)
This gripping TV series is all about the life of the rich and famous, and the underworld of the international drug trade. James “Ghost” St Patrick has it all, a gorgeous wife, a penthouse in downtown Manhattan, a roaring business at the nightclub that he owns. But there’s more to him, something deep and dark that viewers find out as the series unravels.
Creators: Courtney A Kemp
Cast: Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton
Seasons: 6 (2014-2020)
Jack Taylor is an Irish mystery television drama about a detective who loses his job with the Irish police force for assaulting a politician during a routine traffic stop. He then decides to work as a private investigator, and chooses cases that the police overlook or avoid. Along with a partner and a useful network of contacts, Taylor unearths things that lie forgotten in Galway.
Creators: Stuart Orme
Cast: Iain Glen, Nora-Jane Noone, Killian Scott
Seasons: 3 (2010)
This sci-fi thriller is about a hidden world that’s very much a part of our daily existence. Howard Silk is a nondescript employee at a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. He then discovers an organisation secret, one which involves crossing into a parallel dimension. Thrust into a world of intrigue, danger and double cross, he can only trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world.
Creators: Justin Marks
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd
Seasons: 2 (2017-2019)
Based on the early life of Queen Victoria, this show captures her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Creators: Daisy Goodwin
Cast: Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller
Seasons: 3 (2016-2019)