TV & Movies

20 Of The Best Shows On Binge

By Morgan Reardon
19th Jul 2021

The cast of Gossip Girl reboot sits on the steps of the MET.

We guarantee you’ve seamlessly worked your way through nearly every Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ show by now, but fear not, Foxtel's streaming service Binge is here to save the day.

Home to some of the best series from HBO Max, Warner Bros, Sony, NBCU, FX and BBC content you can now work your way through the likes of The Office, Seinfeld, The Wire, The Walking Dead and True Detective. On top of that, it’ll only cost you $10 per month.

With over10,000 glorious hours of content we've hand-picked the best new TV shows to watch on Binge.

Gossip Girl

Eight years after the original blog went dark, a new generation of private school teens are introduced to Gossip Girl. The reboot centres around popular teen Julien Calloway and her close knit group of genetically blessed mates at Constance Billard. But Julien’s perfect life takes a nose dive when her estranged half-sister Zoya turns up catching the eye of her boyfriend and Gossip Girl. 

The White Lotus

Taking place at a swanky Hawiian resort, The White Lotus follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week. Despite everyone’s happy exteriors, there’s a simmering tension waiting to explode. There’s a newly married couple on their honeymoon, a widower who comes to spread her late mother’s ashes and a young family with a famous mother and angsty teens. The cast is stacked featuring the likes of Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge

Lovecraft Country

Based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. This series get’s our pick as one of the best shows on Binge right now. 

Pose

This amazing series follows the underground ball culture in New York. While witnessing the evolution of dance and the rise of the Trump-era, an LGBTQ ball fixture, Blanca, starts her own house and turns mother to a gifted dancer and a sex worker. Celebratting the gay and trans community, the cast of Pose is seriously stacked feautring Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Billy Porter. 

The Nevers

Historical drama fans, The Nevers is for you. Set in 1896, Victorian London is rocked to its core when a supernatural event gives certain people—mostly women—abnormal abilities. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted "orphans".

American Horror Stories 

Warning: watching this show may cause you to keep the lights on at night. The oh so talented Ryan Murphy returns with a terrifying spin-off from his award-winning show American Horror Story. This anthology series will feature a different horror story each episode, delving into myths, legends and lore. This is absolutely one of the best shows on Binge right now.

Kung Fu

When Nicky Shen drops out of college to go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China, her family are shocked. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption she has no choice but to draw on her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to deliver justice. This is the modern day superhero series you need in your life. 

Betty

This series is a spin-off of Crystal Moselle’s amazing 2018 film Skate Kitchen. It features much of the original cast, including Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg, and follows a diverse group of Gen Z women as they navigate their lives through the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City. Witty, smart and serving up a serious dose of feminist power—you’ll love Betty. 

Mare Of Eastown

If you only watch one show from this list, make it Mare Of Eastown. It stars the incredible Kate Winslet as detective Mare Sheehan, whose life crumbles around her when investigating a shocking murder in small-town Pennsylvania. When the dark side of the close community is exposed through the course of the investigation, long held secrets will be revealed, changing the course of people’s lives—and Mare's—forever. 

Succession

This award-winning series has three juicy seasons for you to binge watch and trust us, once you start, you won’t stop. Succession follows the uber-wealthy Roy family, known for controlling the biggest media and entertainment company in the world. However, their world changes when their father steps down from the company and the fight for power begins. It stars Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin

Too Close

This psychological thriller will have your mind spinning long after the credits roll. Too Close is a limited miniseries based on a popular book of the same name. It follows dedicated forensic psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, who is assigned to assess the sanity of Connie Mortensen who has been accused of a despicable crime. Although on the surface the two appear wildly different,  they soon realise they have more in common than either thought possible

The Flight Attendant

Set in the world of travel and highend airlines, this dark comedic thriller series follows Cassie Bowden (The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco), a flight attendant whose life takes a terrifying turn when a one night stand turns deadly. Waking up in the wrong bed, with a dead man—and no idea what happened, Cassie flees back to the US but it’s not long before the police come knocking and Cassie needs to figure out fast, who she can really trust. 


The Undoing

From writer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies), this limited series is the binge-worthy show you’ve been looking for. It centres around Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), a successful therapist, her devoted husband, Jonathan (Hugh Grant), and their young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. But the plot twist occurs when a cheating scandal, a violent death and a missing spouse comes to life. 

I May Destroy You 

This drama series has gained worldwide praise, and for good reason—it’s incredible. Set in London, the series centers on Arabella (played by Michaela Coel, who also penned the script), a carefree, self-assured Londoner who is working on her second, highly anticipated book. But when her drink is spiked and she is subjected to a harrowing sexual assault she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

Mrs. America

Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly. Through the perspective of Schlafly (played by Cate Blanchett) and second-wave feminists, this series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s forever shifted the political landscape.

Run

Written and produced by Vicky Jones, half-hour dark comedy series Run follows a woman whose humdrum life is thrown upside down when she receives a text from her college sweetheart inviting her to drop everything and meet him in New York to fulfill the pact they made 17 years previously.

The Plot Against America

A working-class Jewish family in New Jersey watches the political rise of aviator-hero and xenophobic populist Charles Lindbergh, as he becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. This six-part re-imagining of history is based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name. This one also has a stellar cast too with Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector and Winona Ryder.

Belgravia

Belgravia is a story of secrets and scandals amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th Century and that’s exactly why we love it. When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the fateful eve of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion a series of events that will have consequences for decades to come. Say it with us: drama, drama, drama.

Devs

This series is all about a young software engineer named Lily Chan who works for Amaya, a cutting-edge tech company based in Silicon Valley. After her boyfriend’s apparent suicide, Lily suspects foul play and begins to investigate. She quickly realizes that all signs lead to Forest, Amaya's bigshot CEO, and “Devs”, the company's secret development division. 

The Outsider

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Outsider begins with a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. But when a supernatural force somehow edges its way into the case, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.

Euphoria

Euphoria follows the troubled life of 17-year-old Rue, a drug addict fresh from rehab with no plans to stay clean. Circling in Rue's orbit is Jules, a transgender girl searching for where she belongs; Nate, a jock whose anger issues mask sexual insecurities; Cassie, whose sexual history continues to dog her; and Kat, a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality. As the classmates struggle to make sense of their futures, the series tackles the teenage landscape of partying and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life.

Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl is a dramatisation of this accident which has gone down as one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the disaster. 

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