TV & Movies

20 Of The Best New Shows On Stan Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
15th Jan 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.

Search Party

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 and season four has just dropped (Stan has seasons one to three, so go back and binge if you need). In the new 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 as a costumed cast member in 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. 

The Watch

This genre-busting series, inspired by Terry Pratchett’s fantasy novels, is the perfect binge. Set in fictional Discworld's principal city of Ankh-Morpork, The Watch follows a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. Expect amazing special effects, epic fight scenes and keep you on the edge of your seat action—plus dragons, giants made of stone and some serious LOLs. Strap yourself, The Watch is a wild ride. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Everyone needs a little more glitter and sass in their life and what better way to inject that than with RuPaul's Drag Race UK which you can very much do because season two has just dropped on Stan. RuPaul will be joined once again by Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton, with Vicar of Dibley icon Dawn French and infamous gamer Gemma Collins, also confirmed to guest star. Expect all the fabulousness you know and know and love. Sashay away and get your binge on. 

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Spoiler warning: if you haven’t yet watched season one of this feel-good singalong romantic comedy, then go back and start there. For those who have already discovered this gem, season two picks up seven weeks after season one; where we find Zoey living at home—and she hasn't heard a heart song since her father's (Peter Gallagher) death. In Zoey's absence, Mo has befriended Zoey's love triangle Max and Simon. Both men are still vying for Zoey's attention and love; while also becoming friends. With everything Zoey is dealing with, she's still faced with the dilemma of choosing between the "handsome one or the more handsome one". The second season also explores how people move on after losing someone, with Zoey's mum Maggie struggling to cope with the loss of her husband. Keep the tissues close. 

Four Weddings And A Funeral

Created and written by Mindy Kaling, Four Weddings and A Funeral is a 10-part new series adapted from the 1994 iconic film—and yes it’s an absolute must watch. The new series follows Maya (Game Of Thrones' Nathalie Emmanuel), the young communications director for a New York senatorial campaign, who receives a wedding invitation from her college schoolmate now living in London. She leaves her professional and personal life behind, in favour of traveling to England and reconnecting with old friends and ends up in the midst of their personal crises. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course there are four weddings… and a funeral.

Dom And Adrian: 2020

Created by Nick Boshier and Christiaan Van Vuuren, AKA the Bondi Hipsters, Dom and Adrian: 2020 is a mockumentary special that chronicles their journey through the garbage fire that was 2020. Having been billed to play at a premier bush doof, Dom and Adrian’s USBJ’ing (DJing with pre-loaded USBs) career was on the precipice of taking off... when the bushfires hit. They were next booked to play a bushfire fundraiser when the floods washed through. Then they were going to headline a flood-relief show when the hail storms came down. And now, the night before their biggest gig yet, raising money for the #PanelBeatBondiAiD movement, the whole country was thrown into lockdown because of one little global pandemic. Join their LOL-worthy journey.

Your Honor 

It’s a big call, but this newbie starring the incredible Bryan Cranston is the best show on Stan right now. The 10-episode legal thriller stars Cranston as Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a tragic hit-and-run. While initially encouraging Adam to give himself up, things quickly change when Michael realises the victim is in fact the son of New Orleans' most notorious and dangerous crime boss. What follows is a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Your Honor will have you on the edge of your seat, from start to finish. New eps drop every Sunday, the same day as U.S so there will be no spoilers.

After The Night

True crime buffs listen up, this Aussie docu-series will chill you to your core. After The Night explores the life and crimes of one of Australia’s most infamous serial killers—Eric Edgar Cooke. In the early 1960s, Perth was a peaceful city, the kind of place where residents would go on holiday and leave their doors unlocked. But everything changed when a spate of horrific, seemingly senseless killings started to occur. We’re talking horror-movie-like stuff, like a young woman tied up and mutilated with scissors in her sleep. While police were left baffled, the deadly reign continued, resulting in lost lives and innocent people being locked up. After The Night offers unprecedented access to the key figures in the story, including Sally Cooke (Cooke’s wife), John Button (the second man to be wrongfully convicted), and Estelle Blackburn, the journalist who helped overturn his conviction.

House Of Ho

We love a bit of reality TV and House Of Ho seriously hits the spot. It follows the lives of the Ho family, a wealthy Vietnamese-American clan living the dream in Houston, Texas. This family loves the luxe life, think: jumping on a private jet for a few hours of shopping in Dallas, dining on lobster and caviar every day and throwing lavish parties. There’s also relatable moments like the hilarious, ongoing sibling rivalry between Judy and big brother Washington (who can do no wrong when it comes to their parents). And it wouldn’t be a reality show without a bit of romance which comes in the form of newly divorced Judy’s dating life—the hot gossip amongst her overbearing family. It’s a bit nuts and totally addictive. 

Saved By The Bell

It doesn’t matter if you were a fan of the OG or are checking it out for the first time, this reboot of cult classic Saved By The Bell is one of the best watches on Stan right now. In this present day version, California governor Zack Morris (yes, played by an adult Mark Paul Gosselaar), gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, proposing they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state—including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who have never had a problem that can’t be solved in 22 minutes) a much needed dose of reality. As well as boasting a cast of talented newbies, Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley are also reprising their roles as A.C Slater and Jessie Sparo. 

Gangs Of London

This show has been blowing up in the UK and we have (not so) patiently waited for it to hit our screens. Well, praise be it’s finally here. It’s absolutely one of the best shows on Stan and the plot goes like this: For 20 years, Finn Wallace was the most powerful criminal in London. But now he’s dead—and nobody knows who ordered the hit. With rivals everywhere, it’s up to the impulsive Sean Wallace to take his father’s place—no matter how bloody the cost. Prepare yourself for some truly incredible (and at times, tough to watch) fight scenes. 

Dark Heart 

If you're a fan of a good crime show with a gritty edge, then you’ll love Dark Heart. Based on the novels by Adam Creed, the show follows Detective Inspector William Wagstaffe, a workaholic whose personal life is just as complex as his day job. Haunted by the unsolved double murder of his parents when he was just 16, Wagstaffe takes pleasure in taking down the city’s most violent predators. But it seems like he might have met his match when a string of horrifyingly brutal murders during an August heatwave turn personal. 

Seduced 

True crime junkies listen up, this four-part documentary will send shivers down your spine. Offering never-before-seen footage and unprecedented insight, Seduced chronicles the extraordinary and harrowing journey of India Oxenberg. In 2011, a then 19-year-old Oxenberg along with her mother Catherine, a famous actress, attended a seminar run by an organisation called NXIVM. What they didn’t know then was the NXIVM was a front for a modern day sex-slave cult that Oxenberg would soon be sucked into, eventually becoming a slave for actress Alison Mack of Smallville fame. It’s wild stuff and definitely worth a watch. 

Condor

This fast-paced spy drama starring Max Irons has just dropped season two on Stan so say goodbye to your social life. Warning: potential spoilers for those who haven’t watched Condor before. In that latest season, Joe Turner (Irons) is still wandering around Europe, careful not to stay in one place for too long or put down any roots. But soon enough his past catches up with him in the form of a mysterious Russian intelligence officer who claims to be working for Turner’s Uncle Bob. The officer’s life is in danger and he’s willing to trade the identity of a Russian mole in the CIA in exchange for safe passage. What will he decide to do? 

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.

Code 404

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. 

Power Book II: Ghost 

If you, like us, shed a tear (ok, we balled our eyes out) when Power wrapped up earlier this year after six blockbuster seasons, then we have the show for you. Taking off where Power left off Power Book II: Ghost is all about telling the next chapter, this time making Ghost’s son Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) the star. With his family well and truly broken and his mum Tasha in jail, Tariq is looking to create his own empire just like his dad—through drugs and violence. We don’t want to give too much away but this action packed season, which is once again executive producered by Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp, features a bunch of familiar faces plus some exciting newbies like Cliff 'Method Man' Smith and Mary J. Blige.
 

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. 

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. 

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