The best TV shows and movies on Stan

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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 home grown answer to Netflix, and in many cases has an edge over its US rival:

  • It starts at just $10 per month and its top-tier plan is cheaper than Netflix’s top tier plan
  • It has hot programs like Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, plus classics such as Seinfeld and Friends
  • It has a plethora of popular Aussie and UK shows and films

In fact, there’s so much great content on Stan that 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

It’s a Sin

If you’re in the mood to ugly cry, It’s a Sin is for you. Created by Russell T Davis (Queer as Folk), the five-part series explores the lives of a group of young gay men who move to London in the early 1980s — and the beginning of the AIDs epidemic that is sweeping the world. The lives of Richie (Olly Alexander from Years & Years), Roscoe (Omari Douglas), Colin (newcomer Callum Scott Howells) and their best friend Jill (Lydia West) are tested by the new virus on the rise — one which that no one, not even themselves, believes is a real threat.

Bump

This Australian 10-part miniseries is the embodiment of good Aussie comedy drama. Created by national treasure Claudia Karvan (Doctor Doctor, Puberty Blues) and Kelsey Munro, Bump follows the life of Oly (newcomer Nathalie Morris), an ambitious and high-achieving 16-year-old girl attending high school in Sydney’s inner west, and her family (her mother played by Karvan). Their lives are transformed when Oly and her classmate Santi (Carlos Sanson Jr) become unexpected parents overnight — the pregnancy and birth a total surprise to everyone — and both families are forced to come together. Bump is a story of unplanned motherhood, family collision, and getting through high school with a baby strapped to your back.

Your Honor

Bryan Cranston is back to his old tricks, seven years after the conclusion of the Emmy-award winning and beloved Breaking Bad. But this time, instead of cooking meth inside an RV and running away from the law, Cranston is a highly regarded judge abusing the law from the inside. Named Michael, he is a New Orleans judge who goes to extreme lengths to protect his son Adam (Hunter Doohan) from jail after he discovers he was responsible for a hit-and-run. Things begin to spiral out of control when its revealed that the hit-and-run victim was the son of a crime boss (played by Michael Stuhlburg). The family wants revenge, and as Michael vows to keep Adam safe, the line between protection and illegal begins to blur. Your Honour asks the question, how far would a parent go for their child?

Gangs of London

Now we know where John Shelby went — he left Peaky Blinders to become Sean Wallace in the UK’s latest hit, Gangs of London. Joe Cole, who starred as Tommy Shelby’s younger brother, has made the impressive switch to leading man in Gangs of London, playing an impulsive young man who is forced to take over the family business when his father, the most powerful criminal in London, is assassinated. Sean, a hothead who is smarter than he looks, is forced to adjust to life as the new head of the powerful Wallace crime family and find his feet among criminal organisations, gang rivals and undercover police officers in present-day London.

Grey’s Anatomy

It’s the show that will literally never end — yet we’re still scrubbing up to catch the latest drama at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Grey’s Anatomy is officially entering its 17th season (yes, you read that right) and even though McDreamy and McSteamy are no longer in the OR, there’s still plenty of action inside Meredith Grey’s anatomy to keep you entertained (and crying). If you’re not familiar with the show (you’ve got approximately 363 hours of tragedy to catch up on), Grey’s Anatomy was created by Shonda Rhimes back in 2005 and follows titular character Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) as she walks in the footsteps of her famous mother and begins a surgical internship at Seattle Grace (later Grey Sloan Memorial) Hospital.

Condor

If you liked Bodyguard, you’ll love Stan’s exclusive thriller spy series Condor. Based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady and its 1975 film adaptation, Condor follows young CIA analyst Joe Turner (played by Max Irons) who secretly joins the company to reform from the inside. However, when everyone in his office is massacred by professional killers, the brilliant mind is forced to leave the computer and walk into battle with some of the most dangerous people in the world. With no field experience, Joe has to do everything in his power to stay alive long enough to get to the bottom of the conspiracy that killed (almost) everyone he knew. Season two premieres in November, 2020, so you better get started.

The Flash

The Flash is a rare example of a spin-off show doing just as well as its predecessor. From the ever-popular Arrow came The Flash­­ — the show all about Barry Allen, or The Flash (played by Grant Gustin from Glee). After a devastating accident in the S.T.A.R. Labs, police forensic investigator Barry is struck by lightning and finds himself stuck in a coma for nine months. After he (eventually) awakens, he realises that he’s gained superhuman speed as a result of the chemicals in the explosion, and now lives to fight off criminals and supervillains in the Arrowverse.

Love Life

This Anna Kendrick anthropology series is a fresh spin on the classic rom-com. Each season of Love Life, in which Kendrick stars in the first as Darby Carter, charts the main character’s journey across their love life, from first love to ‘forever soulmate’. In season one we see Darby as she arrives in New York, fresh out of college as an art history graduate, and follow her throughout her life as she navigates dating in the Big Apple. She also shares an apartment with two friends Sara (Zoe Chao) and Mallory (Sasha Compere), whose lives and romantic conquests weave in with Darby’s. Love Life is a fluffy, easy watch on a Sunday afternoon with the gals.

Killing Eve

What happens when you combine a highly skilled spy and one of the world’s most psychotic and skilled assassins? The answer is no normal cat-and-mouse chase, but one full of mutual lust and obsession between two women — and one of the most exciting relationships on television right now. Sandra Oh stars as Eve Polastri, who is recruited for an off-the-books assignment with MI6 to track down the Russian assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) – and she tracks her down all right. Season one and two are available to stream on Stan now, and season three should be on its way soon.

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Normal People

This show has made us want to move to Ireland, enrol in English at Trinity, and find an Irish boyfriend who wears silver chains. Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel by the same name, Normal People follows the ever-complicated relationship and friendship of the on-again, off-again Connell and Marianne (played by newcomers Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones) over time as the two attend high school and later Trinity College together. Despite the glaringly obvious fact the two belong together, social and economic factors are constantly driving them apart. Normal People is one to watch (preferably all in once if you’re in the mood for a good cry), Connell and Marianne are the best will-they, won’t-they since Justin and Selena.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Ever get a song stuck in your head? Imagine only hearing songs. That’s the life that Zoey now lives after a freak-accident in an MRI machine leaves her hearing the internal thoughts of those around her in song-form. Crazy? Yes. Catch? Also yes. Starring Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Zoey, Alex Newell (Glee) as her genderfluid neighbour Mo and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) as Zoey’s boss, the cast is almost as strong as the show’s soundtrack. Catch weekly episodes as Zoey tries to navigate her newfound powers, plus the repercussions of hearing everyone’s internal thoughts.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

When Josh Thomas’s Please Like Me came to a (incredibly depressing) close, there was a hole in our heart. Thankfully, the Australian comedian is making a comeback with his new American show, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. The show stars Thomas as leading man Nicholas, a 25-year-old (slightly) narcissistic Aussie who is visiting his Dad and his teenage half-sisters in Los Angeles. Things take a turn for the worse when his Dad suddenly passes away, and Nicholas is left to be the official guardian of his two teenage sisters (played brilliantly by Maeve Press and Kayla Cromer), one of whom has autism (Cromer also has autism in real life). The three are forced to lean on each other to cope with the devastating loss, whilst navigating life as one of the most dysfunctional families in Los Angeles (and that’s saying something). Hilariously awkward and dangerously clever, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay is already a smash hit.

The Bold Type

The show inspired by the life of the former editor-in-chief of ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine has a new season, and critics are already calling it the best so far. For those unfamiliar, The Bold Type is a millennial Sex and the City as it follows three friends living in New York City working at fashion magazine ‘Scarlet’. Sutton (Meghann Fahy) has worked her way up to a fashion assistant, Jane (Katie Stevens) fights for her voice to be heard as an investigative journalist and Kat (Aussie Aisha Dee) fights for equality as a queer, black women running the magazine’s social media department. The show is known for effectively intertwining entertainment and education, with bold storylines exploring controversial issues such as women’s reproductive rights, abortion, gun control and the #MeToo movement.

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.

Veronica Mars

Welcome back to Mars Investigations HQ, Marshmallows. Hulu’s revival of Veronica Mars, starring Kristen Bell, is available here in Australia on Stan. 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 new episodes are expected to be much darker compared to previous seasons and the crowdfunded movie in 2014.

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Best movies on Stan

Olympic Dreams

This romantic newcomer is a bizarre but wholesome crossover between comedian Nick Kroll, the Olympic athlete and long-distance runner Alexi Pappas and her husband, filmmaker Jeremy Teicher. Olympic Dreams follows the lives of Penelope (Pappas), a young cross-country skier who meets an older volunteer doctor named Ezra (Kroll) in the Athlete’s Village at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The two bond over mutual loneliness and isolation, and embark on an unexpected, awkward and tender relationship. Olympic Dreams was the first movie to ever film on location at the Olympic Athlete’s Village, and the cast includes winter Olympic royalty Gus Kenworthy. If you’re looking for something a bit different — Olympic Dreams is it.

I am Woman

The long-awaited Helen Reddy biopic is the ultimate female empowerment film. Chronicling the life of the Australian feminist icon and superstar Helen Reddy, I Am Woman stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy, who arrives in New York from Melbourne in 1966 with her three-year-old daughter, a suitcase and $230 to her name. The film follows her rise to fame, her release of ‘I Am Woman’, which becomes the anthem for the second wave feminist movement in the 1970s, and her troubled relationships with rock journalist Lilian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald) and husband/manager Jeff Wald (Evan Peters, American Horror Story). Caught up in a life of fame and dependence on other people, I Am Woman sees Helen Reddy persevere in a world dominated by men and an industry constantly trying to tear you down.

As It Was

If you’re an Oasis fan (or even if you’re not), Liam Gallagher’s As It Was doco will get you feeling some kind of way (can someone please bring those brothers back together, this is getting too emotional). The documentary follows the rock’n’roll front man like you’ve never seen him before — ostracised, tied up in divorces, engaged in legal battles with his brother, and defeated from the failed post-Oasis Beady Eye. No longer riding the high of the Oasis years, Liam Gallagher takes matters into his own hands and sets out to make the greatest solo career comeback.

Parasite

Easily one of the most-talked about movies of 2019, Parasite was the undisputed cinema darling of last year. Universally celebrated by awards shows, critics and audiences alike, the film became the first foreign language film to take home the Oscar for Best Picture, sparking its return to the top 10 of the Australian Box Office over six months after its debut. The story of class wars in South Korea follows an impoverished family who slowly infiltrate a wealthy family home by posing as unrelated professionals, which soon sours. The film is best gone into blind, so stop reading right there and start streaming!

Jirga

Telling the powerful tale of redemption, Jirga follows an Australian soldier looking to make things right after accidentally killing a civilian while on tour in Afghanistan. Written and directed by Aussie Benjamin Gilmour, Jirga was filmed in Afghanistan – going against the recommendations of both the Afghanistan and Australian governments – with Gilmour wanting to showcase the beautiful landscape, as well as provide viewers with an authentic experience of modern life in the Middle East.

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The True History of the Kelly Gang

Whist we aren’t short of movie adaptations of Ned Kelly’s life, Stan’s new original film True History of the Kelly Gang takes a grittier direction as we see the famous bushranger and his family in their darkest hours yet. In fact, this movie adaption of Peter Carey’s Booker Prize winning fictional novel of the same name makes Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom’s 2003 Ned Kelly look like a romantic comedy. George MacKay’s (Captain Fantastic) Ned is unhinged, slightly unlikeable, and certainly not a hero – but he is a man with a troubled past who will fight for his family. Big names also star alongside MacKay, including Russel Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam and Essie Davis.

Creed II

Adonis Creed (Michael B Jordan) is back for another round, reviving the Rocky franchise with Creed II — a movie co-written by Juel Taylor and Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone (who also jumps back in the role as Creed’s trainer and mentor). The film also sees the return of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lungren), the Russian boxer who killed Adonis’ father in a devastating match that shocked the world. But this time the spotlight is on Adonis and Drago’s son Viktor (Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu), who challenges Adonis for the title in an epic showdown that forces both men to confront their shared legacy, as well as question what’s really worth fighting for and realise that nothing is more important than family. The knock-out cast also includes Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russel Hornsby, Andre Ward and Phylicia Rashad.

Steven Universe: The Movie

Steven, the “half-gem hero with a magical belly button”, is back home hoping to return to normal life with the Crystal Gems Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl. Unfortunately, someone else has other plans. The movie takes place two years after the epic events of the series’ last season, with Steven returning as a teenager in a movie musical that celebrates the series with big name artists like Chance the Rapper, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann.

Death Wish

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 cool cast features Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra and Percy Daggs III.

Best Shows on Stan

The best shows on Stan featured in this page are:

  • It’s a Sin
  • Bump
  • Your Honor
  • Gangs of London
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Condor
  • The Flash
  • Love Life
  • Killing Eve
  • Normal People
  • Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
  • Everything’s Gonna be OK
  • The Bold Type
  • The Loudest Voice
  • Veronica Mars

Best Movies on Stan

The best movies on Stan featured in this page are:

  • Olympic Dreams
  • I am Woman
  • As It Was
  • Parasite
  • Jirga
  • The True History of the Kelly Gang
  • Creed II
  • Steve Universe: The Movie
  • Death Wish
  • Veronica Mars: The Movie

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.

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