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.
Brave New World
Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel of the same name, this nine-part series is absolutely one of the best shows on Stan. It follows a utopian society set 600 years in the future, which has achieved absolute peace and stability through banning monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard and Lenina have only ever known a rigid social order, so the two naturally become curious about life beyond the structure of their lives and the two ‘New Worlders’ set off on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become part of a violent rebellion.
We’re just a little bit obsessed with this new Stan show and we reckon you will be too. It goes like this: DI John Major (White Lines’ Daniel Mays) is living his best life: he’s got an amazing wife Kelly, best mate and police partner Carver, and a glittering career in the police force. But it all comes crashing down when his cover is blown on the job and he’s brutally murdered. Fast forward one year, John is miraculously brought back from the dead, so now he’s part man, part A.I and full of techy glitches. Together with Kelly and Carver, John fights to stay alive, hold onto his job and track down the person who killed him.
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The Good Lord Bird
Starring and executive produced by Ethan Hawke, pop this seven-episode series based on the award-winning novel by James McBride, on your must watch list. The Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion, an enslaved boy who becomes a member of controversial abolitionist John Brown’s (Ethan Hawke) motley family of soldiers during Bleeding Kansas—a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and antislavery forces—and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S.Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War.
The Comedy Store
Sometimes you just need a good LOL and as the name of this Stan show suggests, you’re in for some knee-slapping goodness. The Comedy Store brings to life the legends, heartbreak and history created at the iconic club on the Sunset Strip in LA, weaving never-before-seen footage of trailblazers like Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze with interviews of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Joe Rogan, Whitney Cummings, Jim Carey, Whoopi Goldberg and many more. Pour yourself a vino and bring on the nostalgia and good vibes.
I Hate Suzie
Suzie Pickles (Billie Piper), a star on the wane, has her whole life upended when her phone is hacked and a photo of her in an extremely compromising position is released for the whole world to see. This excruciatingly honest show follows the various stages Suzie’s trauma episode by episode through shock, denial, fear, shame, bargaining, guilt, anger and finally acceptance as Suzie and her best friend and manager Naomi, try to hold her life, career and marriage together in the face being exposed for who she truly is. But who the hell even is that? You’ll absolutely devour this epic Stan show.
The hunt for our next binge-worthy show never stops so we’ll cut straight to the chase—Des will no doubt take control of your life. The miniseries is based on material from a book called Killing For Company by Brian Masters, which focuses on one of the most infamous cases in UK criminal history, that of serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Told through the eyes of three men—Dennis Nilsen played by David Tennant, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay played by Daniel Mays (Line of Duty, Temple) and biographer Brian Masters played by Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies), the series basically looks at the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like Nilsen.
Strap yourself in for this eccentric, Gatsby-inspired series that has everyone talking. Based on Anaïs Nin’s famously risque short stories, Little Birds is a six-part series that goes back in time to the glitz and glamour of the 1950s. The show follows heiress Lucy Savage (Juno Temple) who flees her dysfunctional family home in New York for intoxicating Tangier in Morocco. As she falls down a decadent rabbit hole of romance and erotica she embarks on a journey of self discovery away from her loveless marriage. Along the way she finds herself mixing with some of Tangier’s most colourful characters like dominatrix Cherifa Lamour. Bursting with colour and excitement, the Wes Anderson-like cinematography in this show alone make this an absolute must-watch.
If you’ve been yearning for a solid crime show, then you’ve found it with The Deceived. The four part show is packed with sex, lust and illicit affiars (we know what you wanted to know about first) but there’s also murder, manipulation and betrayal aplenty. In short, it’s absolutely epic and will leave you thinking about it long after the credits roll. Filmed in Northern Ireland, it follows English student Ophelia, who falls in love with her married lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan (played by Peaky Blinders’ Emmett J. Scanlan). In him she sees all the answers to her needs—plus electric chemistry. But when their affair is interrupted by a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind. Spiralling out of control she turns to local builder Sean McKeough (Normal People’s Paul Mescal) for some friendly support...or so she thinks. We could say more, but really, you should just tune in.
Warning: you might want to leave the lights on for this one. The plot goes like this: Dr. Kristen Bouchard, is a respected and tough psychologist employed by the Queens DA's office to assess the mental state of people on trial. But when she’s fired after a particularly difficult case and left without an income, she reluctantly accepts a job offer from David Acosta (Luke Cage’s Mike Colter). A former journalist turned Catholic priest in training, David wants Kristen to determine whether or not a man currently standing trial for murder—and claiming to be insane—is actually deomically possessed. For her entire career Kristen has dealt with facts and science but when strange things start happening that she can’t explain, Kristen begins to wonder if the supernatural world really does exist.
Search Party can best be summed up like this: Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars with a heavy dose of sass and screams. Yep, it’s amazing. The series follows a group of four privileged, self-absorbed twenty-somethings—Dory, her boyfriend Drew and her hilarious pals Elliott and Portia—who after taking it upon themselves to solve the case of a missing woman in New York, unwittingly become involved in a death and are forced to cover it up. Juicy right? Even better, the cast is seriously stacked featuring Arrested Development legend Alia Shawkat (who is also a producer on the series), Stranger Things’ John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner (Younger), as well as Ron Livingston and Rosie Perez.
It launched the careers of Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel and Daniel Kaluuya and spawned a US remake (don’t bother) and now you can binge all seven seasons of the cult classic Skins on Stan. For those who aren’t familiar with the teen noir, it follows a group of highschool mates in Bristol, England. But before you think this is just some teen rom com, you’d be incorrect. While there are absolutely laughs, the show also tackles a bunch of controversial subjects like substance abuse, sexuality, teenage pregnancy, personality and eating disorders, and mental illness. This show was breaking moulds and tackling important issues long before others and remains a relevant (and uber entertaining) watch to this day.
It’s a big call but we reckon Outcry is one of the best docu-series we’ve ever binged (seriously we devoured the entire five eps in a single sitting). The doco follows Greg Kelley, who was living the dream in a small Texas town in 2014—he was popular, had a loving girlfriend and family and was the star football player with a college scholarship to boot. But then he was convicted of child sexual assault and everything changed. What followed was rather than outrage, an outpouring of support from his community who banded together to prove his innocence and rectify a crime that ruined many lives. We don’t want to give anymore away but seriously, just go watch it.
This show makes it to the best shows on Stan list for it’s banging soundtrack alone! Fortunately the story is just as epic. Based on the play of the same name by Katori Hill, P-Valley follows the lives of a group of men and women who work and frequent a strip club in Mississippi Delta. There’s broken dreams, infighting, dark secrets and a whole lot of drama. But more than that it gives a raw and real look at the women away from the pole. If you liked Hustlers, then you’ll love this.
There are few shows we’ve been as obsessed with lately as Love Life. The 10-part series comes from director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, A Simple Favour) and it’s the perfect rom-com with serious heart. The show, in which Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick stars as Darby, (in her first-ever scripted tv show appearance) is about the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we're with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. Each half-hour ep will tell the story of one of Darby’s important relationships. It’s a hilarious, heart-warming ride and you’re going to want to jump on board.
Stan just dropped the second season of this truly epic show and basically, your weekend binge is sorted. For those who are new to the show it follows Ramy, a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighbourhood. It’s been credited for bringing a much-needed new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it’s like being caught between a Muslim community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences. Season two is even better with the arrival of two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali who plays a Sufi sheikh leading a mixed congregation at an adapted church picketed by Islamophobic locals.
This incredible series is an absolute must-watch, especially given how Australia is finally starting to acknowledge and educate themselves on Aboriginal rights (something thats long overdue). This moving, thought-provoking drama is set in Sydney's inner city suburb of Redfern. Over six one-hour episodes (you’ve got two seasons to binge) you’ll explore the dynamics and relationships of six different families whose lives are irrevocably changed by one event. Directed by Rachel Perkins (Mabo and Bran Nue Dae) it stars a host of amazing talent including Deborah Mailman, Meyne Wyatt, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell.
Say hello to your next crime binge! Set in the beautiful but bleak town of Cape Cod, Hightown follows one woman’s journey to sobriety, overshadowed by an unfolding murder investigation. Meet Jackie Quiñones, a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent, who has her life turned upside down when she discovers a body on a beach—another casualty of the town’s opioid epidemic. Becoming obsessed with solving the murder as a way to tackle her own addiction issues, Jackie clashes with the lead detective on the case, Ray Abruzzo. As the unlikely duo plunge deeper into the case, they begin to cross lines they never dreamt of.
You would have to be living under a rock to have not heard the buzz about this show, and for good reason, it’s seriously good. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Normal People follows the tender but oh-so-complicated relationship between Marianne and Connell from the end of their high school days in a small Irish town to their university days in Dublin. While they couldn’t be more different from each other, they are also imperfectly perfect together. Going from friends to lovers to friends again, their intoxicating relationship will have you hooked from start to finish.
From Australian Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tony McNamara (AKA the guy behind The Favourite) comes this anti-historic comedy through 18th Century Russia. The show follows Elle Fanning as Catherine The Great and her rise to becoming the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. It starts with Catherine’s arranged marriage to Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult) which turns out to be brutal and loveless. To escape it, all she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, outwit the military and get the court onside. Simple! This beauty drops 16 May, so consider your weekend sorted.
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