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30 Of The Best New Shows On Stan Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
9th Jul 2021

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The hunt for the next Stan binge never ends so with that in mind, here’s a sling of the best shows to watch on Stan right now.

In the mix, you’ll find all the complex drama and true crime to get stuck into, plus a buch of newbies worth a solid binge. 

Here are the best shows on Stan.

Dr. Death

Based on Wondery’s hit podcast, Dr. Death is inspired by the terrifying true crime story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater) set out to stop him. Dr. Death drops 16 July. 

Raising Kanan

Set in South Jamaica, Queens in 1991, Power Book III: Raising Kanan is a prequel to the original Power. It revolves around the coming of age of Kanan Stark, Ghost and Tommy’s mentor, partner and adversary (who was played by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in Power). The third book in the Power universe stars Mekai Curtis in the titular role as Kanan Stark chronicling him as a teengar, showing off his family dynamic and the crucial experiences that shaped him into the man he would eventually become. Raising Kanan drops 18 July. 

Blindspotting

Blindspotting picks up six months after the film and centres on Ashley, who is nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she is forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister. With an all star cast including Cephas Jones (Hamilton), Candace Nicholas-Lippman (Good Trouble), and Helen Hunt, this is absolutely one of the best shows on Stan right now. 

The Nest

When a chance encounter brings 18-year-old Kaya into Emily's life, it seems that fate may have brought them together. Desperate for a child, Emily will do just about anything to have a baby—including entrusting Kaya, a total stranger, to be her surrogate. From the other side of town, Kaya is determined to make a life for herself. In the luxurious interior of Emily's Range Rover, she quickly starts to get a taste for how the other half live. But not all is what it seems, and soon Kaya’s past begins to come to the surface. 

Hitmen

This six-part comedy about two best friends trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on is a must-see. Sweet and funny, they also just happen to kill people for a living. Having stumbled into a career in contract killing, misfits Fran and Jamie are not your typical killers for hire. Working out of their scruffy van, each episode follows the hapless duo as they try to carry out their latest hit, inevitably derailed by incompetence, bickering, and inane antics. As each hit goes south, the (anti)heroes are thrown into one bizarre misadventure after another, each full of oddball characters and unexpected dilemmas. 

Eden 

From the creators of Skins and written by an all-female creative team, Eden is a must watch. The mystery of Eden unfolds over eight thrilling episodes and follows high-achieving 20-year-old Scout (Sophie Wilde), who returns home to the beach community of Eden after her first year at Juilliard, the prestigious New York performing arts school, to find her enigmatic best friend Hedwig (BeBe Bettencourt) indefinably changed. Across the series, we track backwards through Hedwig’s summer and forwards to Scout’s desperate investigation into her friend’s disappearance—triggering revelation after revelation about the lives of Eden’s inhabitants that will change the town forever.

We Are Lady Parts

If you’re looking for a series that is all about girl power then We Are Lady Parts is your new favourite series. The series is written, created and directed by Nida Manzoor, who has drawn on her own experiences; and takes inspiration from the rich and diverse cultural collectives and artists in London while boasting an exciting ensemble cast of new British acting talent. We Are Lady Parts shows the highs and lows of a punk band—called Lady Parts—as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussain (Anjana Vasan)—a geeky microbiology PhD student, who’s on the lookout for love and romance.

The Pact

When a young brewery boss is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws four of his employees; Anna (Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser), Nancy, Louie and Cat into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever. Anna's police officer husband Max investigates Jack’s unexpected death alongside his fierce superior DS Holland, unaware that his own wife and her best friends are at the heart of a conspiracy. While brewery worker Tish becomes increasingly suspicious of her co-workers, Jack's estranged father Arwel struggles to conceal dark family secrets. 

Run The World

If you loved Sex and The City, then Run the World is right up your alley. The series follows a group of four vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends– writer Ella, advertising exec Renee, PHD student Sondi and corporate hotshot Whitney—who work, live and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. At its core, it's an unapologetically female show about enviable friendship and not only surviving—but thriving together. Oh and the incredible fashion on this show rivals that of Gossip Girl and Sex and The City combined. 

The Republic Of Sarah

The bucolic tranquility of Greylock, New Hampshire is upended when a massive vein of coltan—an incredibly valuable mineral used in tech—is discovered under the town. State-backed mining company Lydon Industries swoops in with plans to extract the mineral... plans that include wiping Greylock off the map. With her friends and family in danger of losing their homes, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper vows to stop Lydon’s bulldozers. It won’t be easy. Leading Lydon’s efforts is Sarah’s estranged brother, Danny Cooper (Australia's Luke Mitchell).

Domina

Led by Kasia Smutniak, Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones) and Isabella Rossellini , this eight-episode landmark series follows Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress, driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her sons. Livia and her peers navigate their way through a brutal society by means of strategy, conspiracy, seduction and murder. It’s the perfect historial drama that you’ll absolutely binge the hell out of. 

Girls5eva

Executive produced by Tina Fey (so you already know it’s going to be hilarious) and starring Grammy Award-winner singer Sara Bareilles, Girls5eva follows a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s, who when sampled by a young rapper, reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, ageing parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5eva? The series also stars Grammy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Saturday Night Live alum and comedy icon Paula Pell, and the amazing Busy Philipps.

Ru Paul’s Drag Race Down Under

This eight-part Stan Original Series is the first time there has been a local version of the hit franchise here in Australia. RuPaul himself hosts, with drag icon Michelle Visage and Australian comedian Rhys Nicholson by his side on the main judging panel. Special celebrity guest stars Taika Waititi, Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue and many more also join in on the fun. Expect fabulous fashion, sassy one-liners and a little bit of drama from the contestants as they fight it out to be crowned the ultimate queen. 

Bloods

This show has been getting major praise worldwide, and for good reason—it’s hilarious. When tough-acting loner and paramedic Maleek (Samson Kayo) is paired with over-friendly divorcee Wendy (Jane Horrocks), their partnership looks dead on arrival. But pretty soon they’re giving each other life support. The six-part comedy series centres on two mismatched paramedics and their fellow ambulance station colleagues, all working for a south London emergency service. An ensemble comedy, set within the fast-paced, never-ending rush of 999 call outs, Bloods charts Maleek and Wendy’s struggle to gain the respect of their fellow paramedics.

The Girlfriend Experience: Desire Decoded

The third instalment of The Girlfriend Experience from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Contagion) is set amidst the London tech scene and focuses on Iris, a neuroscience major. As she begins to explore the transactional world of 'The Girlfriend Experience', Iris quickly learns that her client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world and vice versa. She then begins to question whether her actions are driven by free will, or something else altogether, and heads down a deep path of exploration.

Younger

For those who aren’t familiar with this epic show, Younger comes from the creator of Sex and the City, and follows Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a talented editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing while juggling the complications of mixing business with pleasure and facing the lie she created about her age to land her dream job—in short she’s 40 but is claiming to be 26. As the seventh and final season drops on Stan, we finally saw Liza's big secret revealed with her forced to finally choose, is she Team Josh or Team Charles?

Made For Love

Starring Ray Romano, Made for Love is a dark, absurd, and cynically poignant story of divorce and revenge, which follows Hazel Green, a thirty-something woman on the run, taking refuge with her ageing widower father Herbert (Romano) after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), a controlling tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband has implanted a monitoring device – the Made for Love chip – in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her “emotional data” as she tries to regain her independence. Through the chip, Byron’s able to watch Hazel’s every move as she flees to her desert hometown under the protection of her ageing widower father and his synthetic partner, Diane. 

Godfather Of Harlem

The Emmy Award Winning series is back with another season finding Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) battling the New York Crime families for control of the lucrative and murderous "French Connection," the pipeline for heroin that runs from Marseilles to New York Harbor. With a distribution syndicate that includes black crime bosses from other major U.S. cities, Bumpy takes a cue from his friend Malcolm X's message of black economic nationalism. His ambitious plan will face challenges from not only the Italians, but his wife Mayme, daughter Elise, rival Adam Clayton Powell, prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, and even Malcolm himself. 

Everything’s Gonna Be Ok

Created by and starring Australian comedian Josh Thomas, the second season of this hit series sees the Moss family and Nicholas’ boyfriend, Alex, trying their best to move forward. With everyone back home, Matilda is rethinking her life goals, Genevieve starts putting herself out there—even dating—and Nicholas is working out how to balance being a brother, parental figure, boyfriend and cute entomologist. This season also welcomes new eccentric friends, unexpected hookups and a lot more bugs. 

City On A Hill

Starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, and executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, the second season of City on a Hill centres on a federal housing project in  Boston that is plagued with drug violence and a rightful distrust in local law enforcement. As coalition leader Grace Campbell works tirelessly on behalf of the community, her efforts are undermined by gang activity happening right under her nose. Enter irreverent FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Bacon), who is here to exploit Boston's defective criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) is onto his adversary’s latest misstep. In time, the personal antagonism between these two escalates to an all-out war between the offices and no one is safe from the collateral damage.

This Way Up

This uber-sharp and poignant new six-part comedy series about the social, mental and personal obstacles that just get in the way of happiness is a much-watch. Aisling Bea plays Aine, a woman trying to pull her life back together after a 'teeny little nervous breakdown', as her fretful sister Shona (Sharon Horgan) worries, not only about her sibling, but also about her own life choices. And after you binge season one, you can breathe easy because the second season of this laugh out loud comedy is also coming later this year to Stan, the same day as the UK.

Supervillain: The Making Of Tekashi 6IX9INE

This is the unauthorised documentary series on the most notorious rapper of all time, Tekashi 6ix9ine. The journey begins with a first-gen Mexican and Puerto Rican kid from Bushwick, Brooklyn named Daniel Hernandez. Deep childhood trauma, a broken education system and a gentrifying neighbourhood set the stage for his bizarre transformation into hip hop’s greatest villain, propelling him to global fame, and a terrifying downfall. Emotionally charged interviews and never before heard audio unveil a story that could only be told in the digital era.

Safe House

Led by Emmy Award-winner Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), this compelling thriller delivers a fresh take on the investigative crime genre. Safe House tells the story of a married couple—Robert, a former police detective and Katy, a school teacher—who turn their guest house, set in a remote and idyllic part of the Lake District, into a police safe house. As a consequence, Robert begins to question the events and the people around him, including his friend and trusted former boss, Mark. Soon it transpires that nothing is what it seems, and that everybody has something to hide.

Manhunt Deadly Games

This scripted true-crime anthology series chronicles one of the most complex manhunts on U.S. soil following the deadly terrorist attack at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Security guard Richard Jewell is lauded as a national hero after he discovers a massive bomb at the Games and saves hundreds of lives by clearing the area. However, his public identity as a brave citizen quickly erodes when the FBI and the news media, led by driven crime reporter Kathy Scruggs, falsely accuse him of being the bomber. As Jewell and his mother Bobi fight to clear Jewell’s name, the real perpetrator, Eric Rudolph, remains at large and undetected as he carries out a series of bombings.

Head High

Set in the home of a struggling but hopeful working-class family, this drama series charts the rise of high school rugby stars, Mana and Tai. Under the guidance of their step-father coach Vince and police officer mum Renee, the boys fight to achieve the 'Kiwi' dream of the black jersey. But will the game of rugby bring this whanau together or tear them apart forever? In short, it’s a feel-good drama that will make you want to pack your bags and head to NZ (if only) immediately. 

Close To The Enemy

This drama by multi-award-winning writer and director Stephen Poliakoff, follows the aftermath of World War II and features an all-star cast, including Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore and Alfie Allen. Set during the onset of the Cold War, intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson is tasked with convincing a captured German scientist, Dieter, to share technical information. With national security at risk, the British RAF are keen on developing the jet engine as a matter of urgency and only the enemy can help.

Clarice

Starring Australia's own Rebecca Breeds in the title role, Clarice will deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life. 

The First Team

From the creators of The Inbetweeners and starring Will Arnett (BoJack Horseman), this outrageous British comedy follows the lives of a group of young players from a fictional Premiere League football team. According to his teammates, new American signing Mattie is a snob—because he went to university. Benji is a self-professed ladies’ man. Who still lives with his mum. Jack is so neurotic he won’t buy toilet paper, because he’s embarrassed about people knowing he excretes. And they all live in fear of Olivia, the team’s press manager who can make or break them.

It’s A Sin

Set in the 1980s, It’s A Sin is the brand new five-part drama series from award-winning writer Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk). Starring Olly Alexander, Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Fry, the series explores the lives of Ritchie (Alexander), Roscoe (Omari Douglas) and Colin (Callum Scott Howells) as they embark on a new life in London at the beginning of the decade. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill (Lydia West), find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other’s adventures. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever. 

The Drowning

If British crime series are your vibe (honestly, same) then The Drowning should shoot to the top of your must-watch list. It goes like this: Jodie’s son has been missing for nine years. When she sees a boy who looks just like him, she becomes convinced he is her missing child—leading her on a dangerous journey that takes her to the edge of reason. Filled with twists and turns, this series will have you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll. 

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