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.
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.
Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels
Set 50 years after the original Penny Dreadful, spin-off series City of Angels explores the supernatural in LA in the 1930s—a time and place infused with Mexican-American folklore and political tension. But when a grisly murder rocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega and his partner Lewis Michener are thrown into a dark world of magic and fantasy. They soon realise they’re up against something more than human, in particular a leather-clad demoness called Magda (Game Of Thrones Natalie Dormer).
Line Of Duty Season Five
If you haven’t watched this epic British crime show before then do yourself a solid and binge seasons one through four first. In the latest season, we return to London’s anti-corruption unit where D.I Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and D.S Steve Arnott are back on the case, this time investigating a missing undercover officer D.S John Cornett, who looks to have gotten himself too deep in a well-known sex and drug trafficking group he was supposed to be investigating. Pretty soon it becomes obvious he’s gone to the dark side, leaving Fleming and Arnott in a race against time to pull him out before it’s too late.
Bloom Season Two
We’re obsessed with Aussie drama and Bloom, a Stan original, is one of the best we’ve seen. It goes like this: the residents of a small, country town in Australia are left reeling when a “fountain of youth” magically appears in the wake of a devastating flood. Just one bite of a berry from this mysterious plant will return you to your prime, causing all kind of problems for the town’s people. In season two, time has passed, and the news of the fountain has spread, but this time the plant itself has transformed and the experience and its side effects are far more severe.
The Baker And The Beauty
If you just want a feel good rom com series, this one is for you. Set in Miami, Florida, it follows relatable everyman Daniel Garcia, who spends his days working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But everything changes when one night, after getting into a fight with his girlfriend (after she proposes, and he says no), he meets international superstar Noa Hamilton (Australia’s Nathalie Kelley). Helping him escape an awkward situation, Noa takes Daniel on a wild Miami night, moving his life into the spotlight bringing the highs and lows of fame with it. Warning: you will want to smash cakes when watching this show.
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.
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—the midseason return is finally here. 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 latest season we find our favourite girl gang dealing with cheating partners, lost jobs, live-changing surgery and marriage—yep this season is going to be a goodie.
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.
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