The best shows to ‘binge’ on BINGE

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Looking for a binge? Look no further than the newest addition to the Aussie streaming market, BINGE. You may be unfamiliar with the name (for now), but it’s essentially the brainchild of Foxtel with the affordability of Netflix and Stan, meaning that BINGE may just be the next big thing in streaming. Its tagline is content so good that it’s ‘unturnoffable’ and we’re beginning to see why, with a massive range of our favourite shows (550 shows, to be in fact) from Foxtel, American cables such as HBO, as well as the BBC.

So, if you’re looking to settle in for a binge with BINGE, you’ve come to right place, with Canstar Blue looking at the top picks for shows available on the new streaming service.

Watching Binge TV

BINGE – Top Shows to… binge

Below are, in this author’s opinion, the top shows currently streaming on BINGE, with more no doubt set to come to a screen near you. Or if you’re still not convinced, check out our top reasons to give BINGE a chance.

Succession

This egotistical, money-hungry drama that is definitely not based on the Murdoch’s is a must-watch. Originally from HBO and created by Jesse Armstrong (co-creator of Peep Show), Succession tells the story of the Roy family, a dysfunctional American dynasty in charge of the multi-billion-dollar media empire Waystar Royco. Brian Cox stars as Logan Roy, the patriarch whose deteriorating health begins a family war as he struggles to divide his empire among his eccentric and power-starved children, each of whom would sacrifice everything to be in charge.

The Flight Attendant

If you miss Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco or Grey’s Anatomy’s T.R. Knight (the wound for George’s death is still very much raw), then you’re in for a treat with the new miniseries The Flight Attendant. Cuoco stars as Cassie, a flight attendant who also happens to be a reckless alcoholic who spends her time between flights sleeping with men she picks up on flights. After one particularly rough night, Cassie wakes up in a hotel room in Bangkok, hungover and completely unaware of the previous night’s events. To make matters (a lot) worse, she is accompanied by the dead body of a passenger from her last flight. With the FBI hot on her trails and a blank memory, Cassie sets out to uncover the truth.

The Undoing

No one does wealthy-mother-caught-in-a-murder-mystery better than Nicole Kidman. Throw in Hugh Grant and the writer of Big Little Lies to the mix, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a hit. The Undoing, BINGE’s latest miniseries, has been making waves recently for its psychological whodunit plot and the big names attached. Kidman plays a psychiatrist and Grant an oncologist, and together they are part of New York’s elite — well, they are, until a mysterious woman named Elena (Matilda De Angelis) enters their lives and a chain of horrifying events and revelations occur. Based on the novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, this six-part thriller is not one to miss.

Euphoria

Zendaya’s angsty teen drama, Euphoria, was one of 2020’s break-out television shows, and it’s easy to see why, with the show so wild it makes the British X-rated Skins look tame. Zendaya and Hunter Schafer have sizzling chemistry, and it successfully tackles issues that are facing the kids of Gen Z today. A loose adaptation of the Israeli show of the same name, Euphoria follows Emmy-winner Zendaya as Rue, who struggles with drug addiction, and the other troubled teens that circle around her, including The Kissing Booth’s Jacob Elordi.

Sign up to BINGE

If BINGE’s huge library of quality shows sounds like the perfect streaming service for you, there are three plans to choose from, with different inclusions on each plan tier. Prices start at $10 per month for a basic package and go up to $18 per month. Check out the plan inclusions in the below table. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
Binge logo

BINGE Basic Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 1 screens at the same time
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $10 over one month

1No. of Screens /same time viewing $10
Advertised Cost/month
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Standard Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $14 over one month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $14
Advertised Cost/year
Go To Site
Binge logo

BINGE Premium Plan

  • Stream over 10,000+ hours of shows and movies
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • HD available
  • 2 week free trial

min. cost $18 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $18
Advertised Cost/year
Go To Site

Back to Binge shows

The West Wing

The political drama may be 20 years old, but it couldn’t be more timeless. Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing was once the King of television, and now you can see why as all seven seasons have become available to stream on BINGE. The show begins as the fictional Democratic Josiah “Jed” Bartlett is made President of the Unites States (played by Martin Sheen), and moves himself and his administration into the White House. The Presidential advisors, along with the President himself, must deal with the scandals, threats, and demands of a country that come with living and working in the West Wing of the White House — all whilst their messy personal lives intertwine.

Game of Thrones

GoT may officially be over (what an ending), but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to watch all eight agonising seasons once again. The fantasy drama – based on George R. R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire – was previously hard to track down (it’s only ever been available on Foxtel in Oz) but now the entire world of Game of Thrones is at your fingertips. Re-live every death, every time Jon Snow broke your heart, and every questionable relationship in the almighty fight for the throne.

Big Little Lies

Just like GoT, The Queen of HBO Big Little Lies is finally going to be available for Aussies to access easily – and both seasons, too. The Reese Witherspoon-produced mummy murder show gained a massive cult following after the release of season one in 2017, which followed the toxic ‘mother’ culture at the wealthy Monterey Bay, California. Alongside Witherspoon, the show stars Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgård, with season two stepping it up further with the casting of Meryl Streep as Kidman’s mother-in-law. If you do anything this year, you have to watch the courtroom showdown between the two – trust us.

Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses is one of BINGE’s first exclusive television dramas, and it’ll stop you in your tracks and get you thinking. Based on a YA series of the same name by Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses is set in an alternative 21st Century Britain – named ‘Albion’ – whereby history saw native African people colonising Europe, rather than the other way around. Although slavery has been abolished, segregation drives a social and political divide between the ‘Crosses’, the black ruling class who rule the country, and the ‘Noughts’, the underclass white. Amongst this interesting dynamic, forbidden love forms between a Nought, Callum (Jack Rowan), and a Cross, Sephy (Masali Baduza), which threatens to lead them both into danger.

American Horror Story

All nine seasons of the Ryan Murphy anthology show are available to stream on BINGE. Yes, you heard that right – catch up (or start) on Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, Roanoke, Cult, Apocalypse and 1984. It’ll take you some time, so better clear your schedule. Each season follows a different set of characters and storyline (it’s pretty much impossible to explain the plot, soz) however many are based loosely on true events or the current climate of the world. Murphy is also famous for casting the same actors in multiple seasons but as different characters, just to throw you off even more. If you’re in the mood to be freaked out, an AHS binge is in order.

Westworld

With the third season finally hitting our screens in March 2020 (after a gruelling 16-month wait), we’re pretty damn pleased to see that Westworld is on BINGE. Based on the 1973 film of the same name, the three-season show follows robotic cowboys in a Wild-West-themed amusement park called ‘Westworld’. The park caters to guests who can afford tickets, and within the park are ‘hosts’ (aka robots) programmed to look and act like humans and lose their memory each time they ‘die’. Season three also stars Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and focuses on life outside the park, so what better time to start the Inception inspired show?

The Office

The name Michael Scott is almost more famous than that of Steve Carell thanks to the insane success of the one greatest sitcoms of all time. An adaption of the UK BBC series of the same, The Office is a mocumentary-style sitcom which follows the lives of ordinary office employees on that 9-5 grind. What sounds like a pretty basic concept turned into something so much more after the nine seasons – alongside 42 Emmy nominations – with The Office making us laugh, cry, and got most of us wishing for a job at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

Atlanta

Donald Glover has got to be one of the most talented people of all time. When he’s not winning Grammy’s as ‘Childish Gambino’, winning Writer Guild Awards on 30 Rock, cracking jokes as a stand-up comedian or starring in Community, Glover is creating, directing and starring in his award-winning show Atlanta (phew). It follows Earn (Glover), a 30-year-old Princeton University drop-out with no money, nowhere to live, and no longer dating his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child. Desperate to earn her respect and get his life on track, Earn decides to take on a manager role for his amateur rapper cousin ‘Paper Boi’ and kickstart his rap career in the Atlanta scene.

The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln was just Simon the teacher from Teachers – until he became Rick Grimes, badass sheriff deputy and zombie fighter of The Walking Dead. The post-apocalyptic zombie horror show follows Grimes as he attempts to locate his wife and their son, alongside a cast of survivors all just trying to stay alive under the constant threat of humans-turned-zombies, aka ‘walkers’. The show is up to its 10th season, with an 11th confirmed for later in 2020/21, and all are available on BINGE.

What should I binge on BINGE?

It’s looking like BINGE is going to live up to its name with so many iconic shows available – you’re absolutely spoilt for choice. Whether you’re after classic sitcoms, dramas old and new, or reality TV, BINGE has you covered, with plenty of movies also streaming if you’re looking for something else to settle down on the couch with.

Sign up to Disney+

There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $11.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $11.99
Advertised Cost/month
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *
Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic & Star
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $119.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $119.99
Advertised Cost/year
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *

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