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 and Breaking Bad and classics such as Seinfeld and Friends
- It has a plethora of popular Aussie and UK shows and films
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
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.
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.
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.
The Baker and the Beauty
If you’re a fan of rom-coms or musicals or – better yet – a combo of both, you’ll want to check out Baker and the Beauty pronto! The television series, which is an American adaptation of an Israeli cult favourite, explores the relationship between a family-orientated baker and an international model and socialite after a chance encounter in a Miami restaurant. What follows is a clash of cultures and endless obstacles for the unlikely couple, cue the drama!
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 as strong as the show’s soundtrack. Catch weekly episodes as Zoey tries to navigate her newfound powers, as well as 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Best movies on Stan
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Best Shows on Stan
The best shows on Stan featured in this page are:
- Love Life
- Killing Eve
- Normal People
- The Baker and the Beauty
- Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
- Everything’s Gonna be OK
- The Bold Type
- The Loudest Voice
- Veronica Mars
- NOW APOCOLYPSE
- Black Monday
- I am The Night
- 60 Days In
- The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Best Movies on Stan
The best movies on Stan featured in this page are:
- As It Was
- The True History of the Kelly Gang
- Creed II
- Steve Universe: The Movie
- Death Wish
- Veronica Mars: The Movie
- Tomb Raider
- Me Before You
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.