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 14 of the best shows on Stan.
First Wives Club
If you haven’t seen the classic feminist flick First Wives Club–go and do that right now—and after that, check out the TV reboot. The small screen version might got have Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, but it boasts a new trio of boss babes and you’re going to love them. Set in New York City the show follows three besties, Ari, a lawyer, Hazel, a singing legend and Bree, a doctor, who reunite after drifting apart to help navigate Hazel’s messy nd very public divorce. Sassy, witty and packed with a whole lot of LOLs, this is absolutely one of the best shows to check on Stan right now.
This spinoff from the hugely popular drama The Fosters, is a must watch. In Good Trouble, we follow foster sisters Callie (Australia’s own Maia Mitchell) and Mariana as they embark on the next phase of their adult life in LA where Callie has scored a job as a clerk to a big-time judge while Mariana is an engineer at a cool tech start up. But the real fun happens at their new digs, a communal living space in an old theatre called The Coterie where their new roommates provide lots of good trouble.
Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga
Whether you’re a fan of their music or not, this amazing new series based is on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan, is an absolute must-see. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories. Even better? We just heard it’s already been renewed for a second season.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
This feelgood musical dramedy (yes that’s a genre) will have you singing along and dancing in your lounge room. The plot goes like this: When Zoey, a coder in San Francisco finally gets an MRI to find out the source of her headaches, an earthquake strikes, trapping her in the machine. While she eventually escapes unscathed, something really weird keeps happening—Zoey can read people’s thoughts and even weirder, they’re played in the form of a musical. The new power has positives, it allows her to communicate with her previously nonresponsive father and to connect with the co-worker she’s crushing on.
True History Of The Kelly Gang
This epic fictionalised re-telling of the life and upbringing of legendary Australian
bushranger Ned Kelly will get you thinking. Spanning the younger years of Ned Kelly’s life leading up to the time of his death, the film explores the blurred boundaries between good and evil and the motivations behind the demise of the infamous outlaw – with a fractured love story between mother and son resting at the beating heart of this tragic tale. It features and all-star cast including Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult and Charlie Hunnam.
We couldn’t be more obsessed with this creepy Aussie thriller if we tried. Serving up serious True Detective vibes, The Gloaming takes place in Tasmania providing the perfect eerie backdrop. The storyline centres around the brutal murder of 62-year-old Dorothy Moxley and the unlikely connection to a 20-year-old unsolved crime of local teen girl. As the investigation delves deeper, detectives (and former teenage lovers) Molly McGee (Emma Booth) and Alex O’Connell uncover everything from political corruption, sinister crimes and even occult practices. You may or may not end up sleeping with the lights on...
Everything’s Gonna Be Ok
Aussie comedic gem Josh Thomas, who brought us Emmy-nominated series Please Like Me, is back with another epic offering. Set in the US, Everything’s Gonna Be Ok is about Nicholas (Thomas), a neurotic 20-something-year-old visiting his dad and teenage half-sisters. But his visit becomes a little more permanent when his father suddenly passes away, and Nicholas become the sole caregiver of his siblings. This quirky show is equal parts heart-warming as it is heartbreaking peppered with loads of classic Thomas wit and humour. It’s a must watch.
The Bold Type
If you, like us, have been counting down the months until The Bold Type dropped their latest season, the wait is over. Put 24 January in your diary and start hoarding the snacks now. For those who haven’t had the joy of watching this great show, it’s basically a sassy mash up of The Devil Wears Prada and Gossip Girl. In it you’ll delve deep into the lives of three best friends working for the fictitious magazine Scarlet and how they navigate through the struggles and successes of living in Manhattan. In season four we find our favourite girl gang dealing with the magazine going digital, cheating partners, failed political campaigns—yep this season is going to be a goodie. New eps drop every Friday (same day as the US so no spoilers).
With all that’s happening in the world with climate change, this Stan original hits very close to home. Set in the not-so-distant future, The Commons tells the story of Eadie (Downtown Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt) a brain doctor who is desperate to have a child with her last remaining hope a radical IVF technique that sits in the greyest of ethical terrain. In exchange for the treatment, Eadie volunteers at a resettlement centre set up to provide relief for people displaced bushfires, raging storms and years of unbroken drought (sound familiar?). At the same time her scientist husband (David Lyons) is working on the front lines of biology, battling diseases which have thrived as the world gets hotter. Will it make you cry for the world? Yes. Should you watch it? Absolutely.
The L Word: Generation Q
After a 10 year hiatus, the ladies of the L Word are back and they've brought their sass and wit with them. The L Word: Generation Q picks up where it left off, following the lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) and Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig), along with newbies Micha Lee (Leo Sheng) and Gigi (Sepideh Moafi) as they experience love, heartbreak, setbacks and success in LA. If you're new to the show, Stan also just dropped the OG series so do yourself a favour and watch that first.
The Other Guy
If you haven’t had the pleasure of devouring this epic Aussie show’s first season, turn around and do that! Fans of the show will be pleased to know season two will pick up exactly where it left off, with AJ (Matt Okine) trying his best to bounce back from epic break down which saw him lose his lucrative gig as a brekky radio host, his on-again off-again girlfriend Liv and pretty much all of his mates. This time around AJ is determined to win at life— with the help of his hilarious alcoholic sidekick Stevie (Harriet Dyer)—by turning his depressing life into a tv show. Special shout out to guest star Claudia Karven who stars as AJ's take-no-shit producer.
Looking For Alaska
Named after the YA novel of the same name, this teen drama is set to become your latest obsession. Inspired by author John Green’s (The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns) own high school experiences, the series follows awkward teen Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter who leaves his hometown of Florida and begins high school in Alabama at a sort of boarding school meets lakeside summer camp. There he befriends a bunch of loveable misfits including the beautiful but troubled Alaska. The show is produced by Josh Schwartz who was behind Gossip Girl and The O.C so you know you’ve hit the broody teen jackpot. The series premiers 19 October.
Warning: this 50 Cent-produced show is seriously addictive. With a banging sound track, all-star cast and some seriously steamy scenes, you’ll want to binge this one stat. Power tells the story of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a high-flying New York nightclub owner who has it all: the looks, a beautiful wife and family but there’s a catch—he’s also a ruthless drug kingpin. Things get messy when Ghost bumps into his high school sweetheart Angela, who just happens to work for the FBI drug taskforce…
If Riverdale and Friday Night Lights had a baby, this would be it. This sports drama is inspired by the real-life story of retired NFL player Spencer Paysinger. In short, Spencer is an African American football star who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and is surrounded by a life of drugs and gang violence. But his life changes when he’s scouted by another football team is and transferred to swanky Beverly Hills High where it’s all about glitz, glamour and girls. It’s teenage drama at its best. Even better, season two just dropped so you've got plenty to binge.
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