Are you tired of Netflix and want to fire up Stan instead? If so, you’re in luck, because Stan is home to some of the best TV shows and new movies currently available in Australia. Stan is Australia’s homegrown answer to Netflix, and in many cases has an edge over its US rival:
- It starts at $10 and its top-tier plan is cheaper than Netflix’s top tier plan
- It has hot programs like Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Seinfeld and Friends
- It has a plethora of popular Aussie and UK shows and films
- Perhaps best of all, it’s just bagged the streaming rights to Disney content in Australia
In fact, there’s so much content on Stan that it can be overwhelming and you could easily spend hours trawling through the library deciding what to watch. So we’ve narrowed down some of the best shows and films to cure your boredom and streaming addiction, trying to include something for everyone.
Best TV shows on Stan
The Loudest Voice
The Loudest Voice is based on the rise and fall of the founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes. From shaping the Republican Party into what you know today, to the long line of sexual misconduct that brought down his career, the eight-part series is sure to get you hooked. The highly anticipated drama includes Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Seth McFarlane, Simon McBurney and Annabelle Wallis.
Welcome back to Mars Investigations HQ, Marshmallows. Hulu’s revival of Veronica Mars, starring Kristen Bell, will be available in Australia when it premieres on July 26, 2019. This time, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune and it seems it’s all part of a campaign to bring down the seaside town’s tourist industry.
Expect to see the same old familiar faces such as Mars’ dad, Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) as well as Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III) and Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen). Although the new episodes are expected to be much darker compared to previous seasons and the crowdfunded movie in 2014.
Ulysses, played by Avan Jogia, is just like any ordinary millennial teen trying to figure out how to survive the crazy roller coaster called life. But between all his romance fueled adventures, he starts to worry whether his premonitory dreams are a sign of something dark – or whether his drug habit is just catching up to him.
NOW APOCALYPSE is a sexy comedy set in a hyper-stylised universe, an appropriate background to showcase the wild pursuits of love, sex and fame of different characters. The series is created by Gregg Araki, who also joins Steven Soderbergh and Gregory Jacobs as executive producers. Some of the stars of the show include Beau Mirchoff, Roxane Mesquida and Kelli Berglund.
Dust off your cassette mixtapes and get out your old flare jeans. Stan is bringing us back to October 19, 1987 – otherwise known as Black Monday. It marks the day of the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, with the cause of it a total mystery. Well, “until now”.
Watch a bunch of misfit traders from The Jammer Group, a ragtag Wall Street firm led by Maurice “Mo” Monroe (Don Cheadle), live a life of excess and take on the blueblood, old-boys club of New York finance. Then see how it all comes crumbling down in this new comedy created by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan. Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the Black Monday cast includes Andrew Rannells, Regina Hall, Yassir Lester, Paul Scheer, Kadeem Hardison, Horatio Sanz and Casey Wilson.
I Am The Night
Aptly called I Am The Night, Chris Pine and India Eisley’s latest series is something you will want to binge and re-watch into the late hours. The weekly series on Stan is loosely inspired by a memoir of Fauna Hodel, a woman who was born after her grandfather allegedly raped his then 14-year-old daughter.
The incredible story starring Eisley tells how Fauna’s search for her birth parents quickly leads her on a path towards Dr George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), who turns out to be a Hollywood gynaecologist involved in multiple sex crimes and a prime suspect in the brutal murder of actress Elizabeth Short.
As Fauna digs further, she meets Jay Singletary. Played by Pine, Singletary is a disgraced reporter who quit his time doing hard news after unsuccessfully chasing down the infamous doctor. However, meeting Fauna may be his ticket back. The noir drama is created by executive producers Patty Jenkins, Sam Sheridan, Michael Sugar, and Chris Pine.
60 Days In
If there’s anywhere you wouldn’t want to be labelled a snitch, it would probably be behind bars. But that hasn’t stopped seven innocent citizens from going undercover to spill the truth on how their fellow inmates escape through the highly secure but flawed cracks of two American jail facilities.
Rules seem harder to follow for the law-abiding volunteers who each take up a false identity and get booked under a fake charge at either Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, or Fulton County Jail in Atlanta. Two months might seem like a short sentence, but it’s more than enough time to learn the ins-and-outs of perp life.
The documentary series shows what happens when participants accept different missions ultimately designed to expose problems in the facility and resolve them as best as possible – but without getting caught. Watch how the group try to survive in their new temporary home amidst suspicions, threats, and a participant willing to blow it all. You won’t regret it.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
While his latest role is no Mr. McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey’s new show might just be the perfect cure to help you get out of a streaming rut. Based on Joël Dicker’s bestselling novel of the same name, the 10-part series follows the indictment of literary figure Harry Quebert after the body of a missing young girl is discovered on his property – along with a manuscript of his most popular love story, The Origin of Evil. The show then begins to become a nail-biting page turner as we find out the book was inspired by a secret affair with Nola Kellergan, the girl found dead in his backyard.
The majority of the story is narrated through the eyes of Ben Schnetzer’s character, Marcus Goldman. Schnetzer is one of the stars in the show, playing a successful young writer mentored by Quebert and the only person willing to prove Quebert’s innocence.
‘Bloom’ is a gripping Australian mystery drama series which looks at the aftermath of a small country town devastated by a massive flood. But while the disaster killed five locals, the event also sprouted a mysterious new plant that can apparently restore youth.
The show is making big waves as the cast list includes some of the nation’s greatest on-screen legends, as well as a few talented actors new to the scene. Some of the cast members include Jacki Weaver, Terri Norris, Ryan Corr and Phoebe Tonkin. Bloom is similarly created by the critically acclaimed Glen Dolman, produced by Sue Seeary and shot by AACTA-winning cinematographer Geoff Hall. Mat Kat has also been confirmed to direct the final episodes of the series.
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The popular new series All American may be categorised as a teen drama, but it won’t even take five minutes into the first episode before you’ll realise it’s no Riverdale. Inspired by various tragic events and social tensions in the United States, the first few moments show a high school football game being cut short after a young African-American man is shot dead. Recent times have proven this scene isn’t far from fiction and one that’s unfortunately too common.
The story follows Spencer James, an African-American who gets recruited to play at a prestigious school in Beverly Hills. But students aren’t exactly welcoming towards this inner-city kid, with issues like race, class, and privilege common themes tackled throughout the show.
Some of the All American stars include Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs and Michael Evans Behling.
From movies like The Mask and Dumb and Dumber, comedic Legend Jim Carrey has kept the jokes coming for years. But his latest attempt at a dark comedy-drama in the new series Kidding is something long-time fans might not expect. Carrey plays Jeff Pickles – otherwise known as Mr Pickles – a hugely successful entertainment personality admired by many American children as the most stand up guy on television.
But life quickly begins to be less funny when family tragedies prove to be no laughing matter. When you look behind the fun and childlike persona of Mr Pickles you’ll see how Carrey delivers what many critics consider to be a truly poignant performance that has redefined the actor’s career for the better.
Escape at Dannemora
When it comes to true stories, this is a hard one to beat. Escape at Dannemora is inspired by a real-life prison break involving two convicted murderers, which was made possible with the help of a married female prison employee who became romantically involved with both men during their time behind bars. The 2015 escape also quickly sparked at 23-day manhunt apparently costing taxpayers $23 million. And if you’re one for facts, the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York is totally real.
The show looks at events surrounding Richard Matt and David Sweat, who are played by Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano under the same name. Patricia Arquette also appears as the accomplice, Joyce “Tilly” Mitchell. Prior to breaking out, the pair were serving life sentences for a murder involving a very detailed plan where the two inmates would literally dig their way out.
Better Call Saul
As of August 7, the latest season is here, and many pundits are calling Saul better than the show it spun off – Breaking Bad. So, catch up on the first few seasons before you see spoilers for the next season.
Fans and addicts of Breaking Bad will rejoice at the fact that Better Call Saul hits Aussie screens through Stan pretty much at the same time as in America. Better Call Saul is a Breaking Bad spinoff prequel series and you don’t even need to have watched Breaking Bad to enjoy it. Better Call Saul follows the life of Saul Goodman… or shall we say ‘Jimmy McGill’. Jimmy was his name before he turned into Saul (a play on the words ‘It’s all good, man’).
Jimmy is played by Bob Odenkirk and details his rise from affable if downtrodden Jimmy to charismatic, slick and slimy Saul – a shopping mall lawyer who will do anything for a buck. After all, you don’t want a criminal lawyer – you need a CRIMINAL lawyer. Better Call Saul is a great show in its own right, but one wonders how long exactly the creators are going to drag it out for to meet the start of the Breaking Bad timeline.
Who Is America?
That guy from Borat and Bruno is back – Sacha Baron Cohen. You would have thought the American populace had have caught on it was him by now, but clearly nope. Cohen stars as various made-up people, interviewing celebrities, politicians and more. It’s a new show but it’s sent shockwaves through the streaming community already. From playing far-right conspiracy theorists to YouTube stars to a billionaire playboy, Cohen can do it all. Each episode is like a mini version of Borat – you’ll be cringing and laughing at the same time. Politicians interviewed include Bernie Sanders, Republican senate candidate Roy Moore, Republican representative from Georgia Jason Spencer and many more. Each episode is under wraps until it airs, so who knows how ridiculous this could get…
If you’re wondering what happened to Nicolas Brody in Homeland, here he is… just kidding. Damien Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers) essentially plays rich tosser Robert Axelrod, a billionaire manager of a hedge fund called Axe Capital. Despite being a bit of an ass, publicly he is generous and charitable, himself being a survivor of the 9/11 attacks, funding college tuitions of the children of his colleagues who died in the attacks. However, insider trading and bribery in the hedge fund catches up to him. His nemesis is Paul Giamatti, who plays Chuck Rhoades, a US Attorney who essentially makes Axelrod’s life as hard as possible. Billions is a slick and sexy show with intense dialogue, brought to life by Giamatti’s attack dog-esque approach to every character he portrays and the “love to hate” nature of Axe. The new season has just been released to great fanfare so let’s see what all the fuss is about…
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, 11.22.63 is a date etched in many peoples’ minds as the day that US President John F Kennedy was assassinated. On November 22 1963, at around midday, JFK was riding in an open-top motorcade throughout the streets of Dallas, Texas, when sniper shots rang out, leaving the beloved president dead and some Secret Service agents wounded. It was a watershed moment in American history… and also made future Presidents ride in non-convertible cars.
11.22.63 follows Jake Epping (James Franco), a high school teacher from Maine who learns about a rabbit hole that sends him back in time to the very early 1960s. His mission is to change the course of history forever and prevent the assassination of JFK. Though, saving JFK isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and history doesn’t want to be messed with. It’s a thrilling period piece that doesn’t stray from the nostalgic and sanguine portrayal of life in the 60s, but readers of the book may be a bit disappointed with certain glaring differences in the show. Nevertheless, it’s an easy-to-watch eight-part miniseries with a stellar portrayal of Lee Harvey Oswald by Aussie Daniel Webber that will send chills down your spine. It’s a great blend of Sci-Fi, history and thriller cinema.
Best movies on Stan
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers, assemble! Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War starts to close the chapter on a major era in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing ten years worth of films together for “the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time”. Who will make it out alive? Who will turn to dust? Thanos is already powerful enough to destroy the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. So, it’s no wonder the Avengers and their Super Hero allies are willing to sacrifice everything to make sure the supervillain doesn’t get his hands on the Infinity Stones and kill half of the universe with just one click of his fingers.
Some of the epic Marvel cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Tom Hiddleston, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Danai Gurira and Karen Gillan.
Warning: this 2018 remake of Death Wish is not for the faint hearted and contains high impact violence.
Based on the classic Brian Garfields’ novel of the same name, the story follows Dr. Paul Kersey’s revenge spree as he hunts down the home intruders who violently attacked his wife (Elizabeth Shue) and daughter (Camila Morrone). But as a surgeon who is regularly faced with the consequences of the city’s violence, his motivations to bring vigilante justice quickly expands to the streets. When his deeds catch the media’s attention, the public begins to question whether Kersey is a “guardian angel or a grim reaper”.
This action-thriller is directed by Eli Roth and produced by Robert Birnbaum, Roger Birnbaum and Sylvester Stallone. Bruce leads the pack as Paul Kersey, starring alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Jack Kesy, Mike Epps, Len Cariou, Kimberly Elise, Beau Knapp and Ronnie Gene Blevins.
Veronica Mars: The Movie
Mystery solved, Marshmallows! If you’ve managed to binge-watch every episode of Veronica Mars and don’t have a clue what to do next, Veronica Mars: The Movie is also available to watch on Stan. The crowd-funded flick sees the young sassy detective forced to return to Neptune after her ex-boyfriend becomes tangled up in a murder. Despite running away from her double life as a high-school student and amateur sleuth, the soon-to-be law school graduate can’t help but get pulled back into the game as a private eye. And unfortunately for the young detective, this case also coincides with the date of her high school reunion. The cast features Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra and Percy Daggs III.
Tomb Raider (2018)
Angelina Jolie may have been the face of the Tomb Raider franchise for almost two decades, but now it’s up to Alicia Vikander to take the reigns as the newly adopted heroine. In the hopes of solving the very mysterious disappearance of her father, Lara Croft bravely embarks on the unknown as she ventures to his last-known destination ‒ a legendary tomb located on a mythical island somewhere near Japan. See how Croft became a global hero by using sharp intellect, blind faith and determination to push beyond her limits and overcome the unknown.
Me Before You
In the midst of slaying her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the Game of Thrones, Emilie Clarke was also busy pulling heart strings as Louisa Clark in Me Before You. This touching love story is based on Jojo Moyes’ bestseller of the same name in which Lou, a charming yet ordinary girl from a working-class family, accepts a job as the caretaker for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin). Will is a young wealthy corporate raider who became wheelchair bound after a speeding motorcycle crushed his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down.
Grab a box of tissues, open a tub of ice cream, and prepare to feel every single emotion as the film explores the meaning of love and sacrifice, and dives deep into the tough topic of euthanasia. The cast of Me Before You also features Janet McTeer, Steve Peacocke, Jenna Coleman and Charles Dance.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Scrolling for a movie that’s out of this world? Board the Millennium Falcon and travel to a galaxy far, far away and check out Solo: A Star Wars Story. Watch Han Solo conquer daring obstacles as he journeys through the dark and dangerous criminal underworld, before meeting his trusty wookie copilot Chewbacca and encountering the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian in an epic adventure which reveals the origins of one of the Star Wars saga’s most iconic heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Ron Howard and written by father-and-son duo, Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. And with a massive franchise comes an appropriate big-name cast, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrselson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Linda Hunt.
If you’re looking for a funny crime drama, you might be in luck with Logan Lucky. The movie starts with brothers Jimmy and Clyde’s mission to reverse a family curse by carrying out a big robbery during the Coca-Cola race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. And lucky for the duo, the heist is successful. Even one half of the duo, Jimmy, makes it to his daughter’s local beauty pageant on time. But this is just the beginning.
The movie really begins when Jimmy, played by Channing Tatum, has a moral revelation and returns the money by leaving it for authorities to see in a stolen pickup truck. But unlucky for him, the FBI agent on the case realises the speedway doesn’t know how much cash it actually lost. Turns out their credit system went bust and its employees just accepted money without keeping a close eye.
The movie includes a few big names alongside Channing Tatum, including Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver.
Based on the best-selling novel, Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, the movie gives an insight into the journey of a group of US Special Forces sent to Afghanistan during the recent wake of 9/11. With eyes set on claiming a win, the group must persuade the Northern Alliance General Dostrum to join and fight against the Taliban. This is no easy task when resources are scarce and where cultural differences create a bigger barrier than they bargained for. Unlike many war-based movies, 12 Strong also shows the soldiers battle enemy tanks on horseback.
Some of the cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban, Michael Shannon, Ben O’Toole, Said Taghmaoui and Fahim Fazli.
Wonder is a must-see family movie which explores the meaning of kindness, acceptance and friendship. It follows the inspiring tale of August Pullman (“Auggie”), a boy with a facial deformity resulting from Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS), and his experience with entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Wonder is based on R J Palacio’s critically acclaimed best-selling novel of the same name. The creators of the major motion picture didn’t just want it to be like any ordinary movie. They wanted the film to ask adults and children to #ChooseKind, a movement now embraced by audiences around the world.
Wonder stars Jacob Tremblay, with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson acting alongside him as Auggie’s parents.
If you want your dose of ‘Murca’, this could be it, but Deepwater Horizon is also a lot more than that. The film details the true events of the explosion of the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, labelled ‘Deepwater Horizon’, in 2010. Mark Wahlberg is the central good guy in this film, with some characters portraying various BP Executives tabled as the bad – or ignorant – guys. Look, this rig is gonna blow, and it’s gonna blow fast; let’s make sure Marky Mark gets everyone off safely.
Deepwater Horizon is listed as a disaster film, and is probably best watched with a good TV, good speakers and popcorn in hand. It’s not the most thought-provoking of films, but does shed a light on a literal dark stain in the drilling industry and the consequences that followed it. It’s just under two hours of fire-soaked mayhem and big Ford F150 trucks, and is suitable for a Friday night in with the kids put to bed and you want to shut your brain off for a while.
Best Shows on Stan
The best shows on Stan featured in this page are:
- The Loudest Voice
- Veronica Mars
- NOW APOCOLYPSE
- Black Monday
- I am The Night
- 60 Days In
- The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
- All American
- Escape at Dannemora
- Better Call Saul
- Who is America?
Best Movies on Stan
The best movies on Stan featured in this page are:
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Death Wish
- Veronica Mars: The Movie
- Tomb Raider
- Me Before You
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Logan Lucky
- 12 Strong
- Deepwater Horizon
Don’t just stop at these 15 shows and 10 movies listed above. Stan has a pretty wide range of both shows and movies, and particularly stands out for its Australian content. If you’re tired of scrolling through Stan’s huge library then we hope we’ve sparked some interest with this list. In any case, these lists are always heavily subjective, so the next time you’re ready for a Stan binge, make sure to rate stuff you like and add things to your list so Stan helps you find other things you may want to watch. Grab the popcorn, your pyjamas and blanket, and set yourself up for a night in.