Hotstar has always been one of India’s top streaming services. Besides being famous for hosting big-ticket sporting events such as the Indian Premier League, it’s a hot repository of some of the best English TV series you can stream in India. With its takeover by Disney earlier this year, Hotstar was rebranded to Disney Plus Hotstar and became even more appealing with the addition of new Disney TV shows and movies.
Apart from hosting a massive collection of Disney content, Hotstar also houses the biggest, most popular TV shows from the likes of HBO, Showtime, ABC, and more. So in this curated list, we’ve compiled all the best TV shows you can watch on Hotstar right now.
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Best English TV shows on Hotstar:
The Plot Against America
City On A Hill
The White Lotus
Big Little Lies
The Night Of
Game of Thrones
I May Destroy you
I Know This Much Is True
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Here are some
The Plot Against America
This six-episode HBO miniseries on Hotstar presents an alternate American history, one in which the nation is turns towards fascism by Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh, who happens to become President instead of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The story imagines through the eyes of a Jewish family living in New Jersey as they wade through a violent social and political change in the country. It’s made by David Simon and Ed Burns, co-creator of the popular crime drama The Wire. The cast of this TV series is also quite renowned, with names like Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Kazan, and Morgan Spector in the lead roles.
2. City On A Hill (Hotstar)
This slow-burn crime drama on Hotstar is a Showtime original based on an idea by Ben Affleck and screenwriter Chuck MacLean. The series follows a joint investigation by an assistant district attorney (Aldis Hodge) and a corrupt FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) in an early 1990’s Boston – a city rife with crime. Together, they chase up on a series of violent armed car robberies, in the meantime exposing the criminal underbelly as well as rampant corruption in the city. You can stream two whole seasons of the show right now.
3. Billions (Hotstar)
Billions is a long-running Showtime TV series on Hotstar. As the name suggests, the show is central to the age-old power struggle between socialism and capitalism. It depicts how the lines between the two opposing concepts are blur as a US Attorney (Paul Giamatti) goes after a hedge fund billionaire (Damian Lewis). They are two of New York’s most powerful and influential figures, and their lives are deeply intertwined. What happens when the titans clash? Watch Billions to find out.
4. The Outsider (Hotstar)
This HBO original TV series might feel like a drag for some, but it’s definitely worth going through all the 10 episodes of the crime drama. Adapted from a Stephen King novel, The Outsider follows the murder investigation of a young boy in Cherokee City, Georgia. All the evidence points to the boy’s little league coach (Jason Bateman) being the murderer, but he’s able to prove he was out of town when the incident took place. Meanwhile, a lookalike of the coach is spotted going around town. The mystery deepens when even the lead investigator on the case (Ben Mendelsohn) starts believing that something more sinister is at play.
5. Chernobyl (Hotstar)
Another HBO TV series on Hotstar, Chernobyl is perhaps the most important streaming show from 2019. It traces all the missteps that led to the disastrous 1986 nuclear power plant explosion at Chernobyl, Ukraine. It also tells the story of the huge and heroic clean-up effort that followed the tragic incident. The show boasts a stellar star cast, including Jared Harris, Emily Watson, and Stellan Skarsgard. The TV series took home 19 Emmy nominations in 2019 and won for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing. If you haven’t seen Chernobyl yet, we strongly recommend adding it to your watchlist.
6. The White Lotus (Hotstar)
What can happen in an Edenic beach hotel? A lot more than relaxing and drinking margaritas by the beach. The White Lotus follows the story of visitors and staff during a week at the all-inclusive resort. The six-episode mini-series adds a touch of darkness to an otherwise cheerful place. It’s a very interesting show that won’t take over your life, as it has very few episodes. And you can watch it all on Hotstar.
7. The Mandalorian
One of the most anticipated Disney Plus series — The Mandalorian release with much fanfare in 2019. This Star Wars story created by Jon Favreau doesn’t just appeal to Star Wars fans but also ropes those who aren’t invested in the popular franchise. Thanks to Disney Plus’ takeover of Hotstar, the TV series is now available to watch in India. It’s a space western that follows the trails of the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. One of the biggest pulls of the show is Baby Yoda, the 2019 meme sensation and now a Funko Pop toy. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on great entertainment. The show has completed two seasons, so go give it a watch.
8. Black Monday
Showtime’s Black Monday offers an irreverent look at the world of investments. Taking place in the 1980s, it follows a group of outsider investors. The rag-tag group takes on the establishment to eventually cause Black Monday. The worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. Don Cheadle is at the top of his game as Maurice “Mo” Monroe. Mo is a ruthless stock trader who’s in it for himself (but, hey, it’s Wall Street, who isn’t?). He’s joined by a terrific cast including Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Casey Wilson, and more. Black Monday is one of the best original streaming shows around and certainly one of the best shows on Hotstar.
A superhero adventure based on the DC comic book series of the same name. Watchmen is an HBO original TV series that you can watch on Hotstar. It’s one of the few superheroes shows that’s not in your face with the usual over-the-top lore. However, we promise that the show will amp you up with some great action, an invigorating script. And one of the best background scores you’ve ever heard on a TV series. The story follows racial attacks by a white supremacist organization called the Seventh Cavalry in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To conceal their identities from the group and ensure their safety. The Tulsa police have to wear masks that hide their faces. Where are the DC superheroes in this mix? Well, you’ll have to watch the series and find out.
10. Big Little Lies (Hotstar)
Based on a novel by the same name, Big Little Lies is center around one crime that involves a group of mothers whose kids go to the same school. The biggest appeal of this HBO original TV series on Hotstar is its star cast. Including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and other top actors. The story is equally gripping and will have you on the edge of your seat throughout its two seasons