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25 Of The Best New Shows On Stan Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
14th May 2021

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.

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. 

Diary Of An Uber Driver

You'll laugh and cry in Aussie series Diary Of An Uber Driver, so keep the tissues close. The plot goes like this: Against the ticking clock of impending fatherhood, Ben (played by the hilarious Sam Cotton) must figure out what he should be doing while helping others get where they’re going—as yep, you guessed it, an uber driver. Fortunately for Ben, he has a revolving car door of quirky human behaviour to trawl through for clues. 

The Virtues

The Virtues is a complex, moving and powerful story of love and redemption shot through with heart and humour. It follows Joseph, a moral yet troubled man who’s lost everything he ever held dear. Joseph finds himself compelled to travel to Ireland to confront the demons that continue to haunt him from a childhood spent in the care system, a journey that will have savage and brutal consequences. His path soon crosses with that of Dinah—fiery and more than able to stand up for herself but, like Joseph, she’s also deeply guarded, holding close a secret she’s hiding from all those around her.

All American Season Three 

Based on the real life high school years of former NFL star Spencer Paysinger, the last season of All American saw star wide receiver Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) facing a huge moral decision: turn his back on his success and return to his family or stay at the affluent Beverly Hills High School that can help further his football dream? Season three promises even more high-octane drama, following Spencer's decision to leave Beverly Hills High behind to return to Crenshaw and play for his late father's team—with his longtime coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) coming along for the ride with him. 

Bridge And Tunnel

Bring on all the nostalgia feels with this binge-worthy dramedy set in the 1980s. Starring Australia’s own Caitlin Stasey, the series revolves around a group of college students out to pursue their dreams in Manhattan all the while clinging to the familiarity of their working-class Long Island home town. Expect romance, heartbreak and growing pains. 

Search Party Season Four

Search Party can best be summed up like this: Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars with a heavy dose of sass and screams. In the latest season, Dory (Alia Shawkat) is held prisoner by a psychotic stalker, who is determined to make Dory believe that they are best friends. Meanwhile, Portia is starring in a film about the trial; Elliott has switched party lines to become a far-right conservative talk show host; and Drew is trying to escape his dark past by working at a theme park. As the friends begin to connect the dots that Dory might not be touring Europe as her faked social media posts suggest, they must decide whether or not to put their traumatic pasts behind them and once again become a search party—but this time, for Dory.

Bump 

We love an Aussie drama and Bump is absolutely one of the best we've seen in recent times. The 10-part original series centres around Oly, an ambitious and high-achieving teenage girl who has a surprise baby; and the complications that ensue for two families. Set in and around a high school in contemporary inner Sydney, Bump explores unexpected motherhood, unwelcome new relatives, and unintended consequences with humour and emotional honesty. It stars the amazing Claudia Karvan and is directed by another amazing Aussie, Gracie Otto. Strap yourself in for LOLs and heartfelt moments. Even better? Season two has already been confirmed. 

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