8 Dramas That Are Totally Worth Binge-Watching While You Stay At Home

Jom, let's binge-watch these shows!

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Looking for exciting TV shows to binge at home?

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You're in luck, 'cause Astro is bringing you a variety of dramas for you to watch all day, err day with their new campaign, Astro Bingeathon!

From Western dramas, to Korean thrillers and Malaysian comedies, there's just soooo many shows for you to binge-watch from nearly 200 channels available on Astro. So, grab a bucket of popcorn, and get the whole family together for a total binge-athon!

Here are our top picks on what to watch while you stay at home:

1. Ahli Bapak Bapak Club

Tune in to Astro Ria to watch the story of three best friends, Joe, Bob and Nick, as they try to navigate through the conflicts of life when it comes to their friendships, careers, and family.

Starring Aiman Hakim Ridza, Luqman Hafidz, and Steve Yap, this 10-episode romantic comedy series focuses on subjects that haven't been addressed much on local television, such as the challenges faced by these men as husbands and fathers. 

Fun fact: One of the stars, Luqman Hafidz, had a lil' trouble when it came to shooting a particular scene: riding his bicycle. The bicycle chain kept coming off during filming. Nonetheless, Luqman focused on acting while cycling with a broken chain. That's dedication right there!

Watch it if you like:
- Comedy 
- Romance
- Fatherhood themes

2. Pretty Little Liars

Based on the popular American television series, this Indonesian teen drama is about a group of five young female students, which falls apart when their leader, Alissa, suddenly disappears on the night of their high school graduation.

After one year, Aria, Ema, Hanna, and Sabrina are reunited when a mysterious figure, only known as A, threatens to expose their deepest, darkest secrets.

Fun fact: Did you know that one of the actresses in the Indonesian adaptation is Malaysian? That's right, Eyka Farhana plays the character Ema in the show!

Watch it if you like: 
- Indonesian dramas
- Mystery 
- Chick-flicks

3. Penthouse 3

The Penthouse: War Of Life returns for a third season, as it picks up with Su Ryeon finally taking revenge on the residents of Hera Palace. However, despite finally getting her revenge on Dan Tae who tried to kill her, and the greedy residents of Hera Palace having to stand trial for covering up Seol Ah's death, Logan is killed before her very eyes.

Will there ever be enough satisfaction even after revenge is sought? The struggles, betrayals, and revenge continue... on a whole new level.

Fun fact: A 14-second teaser for the third season features symbolic items from the show, including the apple necklace belonging to Min Seol Ah. Does this mean she'll be making an epic comeback from her death this season? :O

Watch it if you like:
- Korean dramas
- Suspense
- Murder

4. Voice 4

Another Korean thriller is known as Voice 4, which focuses on the lives of 112 emergency call center employees, as they fight against crimes using the sounds that they hear.

In the fourth season, the suspense is heightened, as the team searches for a vicious serial family killer, who also has exceptional hearing abilities. Can the team outsmart the killer?

Fun fact: The reason why the show is successful, according to the team behind Voice, is due to the show's ability to represent detailed fear and shock to amaze the viewers. By composing numerous sounds of the crime scenes, this was controversial enough for the makers to up the ratings to 19 and above.

Watch it if you like:
- Korean dramas
- Crime
- Thriller

5. DC Legends of Tomorrow

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Catch the latest season of DC Legends of Tomorrow, which is a spin-off show from The Flash and Arrow, and is set in the Arrowverse. After having dealt with dinosaurs, monsters, and villains from Hell, this time around our heroes are faced with something even more bizarre – aliens!

When one of their own is kidnapped, the Legends have to recruit Esperanza "Spooner" Cruz, a woman who was supposedly imbued with powers to help the team defeat their intergalactic foes. 

Fun fact: Caity Lotz, who plays Sara Lance in the show, was given the opportunity to direct one of the episodes of DC Legends of Tomorrow

Watch it if you like:
- Superheroes
- Action
- Fantasy

6. Gossip Girl

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With the show's finale broadcasting in 2012, the reboot focuses on a new cast and story, with recurring characters such as Kristen Bell as the narrator. The reimagined drama finds a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance eight years after the original blogger's website went dark.

Fun fact: When the 100th episode of the original Gossip Girl series aired, the then New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg declared that 26 January was 'Gossip Girl' day.

Watch it if you like:
- High-school drama
- Chick-flicks
- Mystery

7. The Devil Judge

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As the head judge in a dystopian version of Korea, Kang Yo Han conducts trials like a reality show, and punishes the evil wrongdoers mercilessly and publicly. However, a rivalry develops between the 'Devil' judge and the executive director of the Social Responsibility Foundation, Jung-Sun A.

Fun fact: Jin Young, who plays the rookie judge Kim Ga-On in the show, is a real softie when it comes to kids! He comforts the child actress, Kim Soo Ha, when she starts crying after being surprised by the unexpected fires by offering her chocolate and wiping her tears. Awww, so sweet <3

Watch it if you like:
- Mystery
- Crime
- Drama

8. Mare of Easttown

This limited drama series stars Kate Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town detective from Pennsylvania investigating a local murder. The series explores the dark side of a close community, and provides an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.

Fun fact: Evan Peters also stars in Mare of Easttown, and he was also shooting for another big show, WandaVision, at the same time! He had to travel from Atlanta to Philadelphia to fulfil both acting obligations.

Watch it if you like:
- Murder
- Mystery
- Crime

Whether you enjoy watching Indonesian, Korean, or local dramas, Astro has got you covered with the Astro Bingeathon!

The best part is, even if you've missed an episode or an entire season of a show you've been wanting to watch, you can easily stream and binge-watch anytime you want via your Ultra Box, PVR Box and Astro GO app.

Hurry, check out all these TV shows while you're at home! Find out more on Astro's website.

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