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 to get stuck into, plus a buch of newbies worth a solid binge.
Here are 14 of the best shows on Stan.
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.
Desus & Mero
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, aka The Bodega Boys, having taken their uber popular podcast to the small screen. In their late-night talk show, the hilarious duo have raw, off the cuff chats with some of the biggest names in pop culture, sports and politics. Guests include US congresswoman of the moment, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 2 Chainz, John Legend, Spike Lee, Carmelo Anthony and Zendaya to name a few. New eps drop Tuesdays and Fridays.
This epic psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the closing credits. The six-part mini-series, set in a seaside British town, follows the lives of teacher Laura (Joanne Froggatt) and doctor Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), who both have vastly different accounts of how their date went down. The sheer amount of twists will have you constantly questioning who is telling the truth, and who the real liar is.
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…
Absolutely one for foodies, Sweetbitter is based on the Stephanie Danler novel of the same name. Set in New York, the series follows small town gal Tess, whose innocent eyes are well and truly opened when she begins working at one of the city’s best restaurants. She quickly becomes intoxicated by her new life, and is drawn into a world of decadent food, bad boys and of course drama!
Murder In The Bayou
If you’re looking for an epic true crime show to devour, this is it. Based on a best-selling book, this five-part series investigates the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were discovered in drainage canals on the desolate back roads of Jennings, Louisiana. As the series digs into the lives of the victims, dark and twisted secrets about this troubled town come to the surface and suddenly nothing is as it seems.
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.
Head into the ever untangling lie that Liza has spun in Younger. This 40-year-old divorcée heads back into the world of publishing, with limited experience and to nab the role, she pretends to be the ripe young age of 26. Filled with the ups and downs of typical twenty-somethings and extremely-close calls, you’ll be hanging onto the edge of your seat each week. Live your best Stan life and watch Younger right here.
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