Stan adds new shows to Iconic Series, including Family Guy, Buffy & Grey’s Anatomy

It’s the age-old question that sparks debate amongst many: when was the Golden Era of Television? Say what you want but for me it has, and always will be, the noughties. There was just something about everyone’s hair back then. And the way they all talked to each other on their little flip phones (why didn’t anyone say goodbye before hanging up?) Every girl I knew had one boy from each show they would take a bullet for (mine was Jess from Gilmore Girls).

Basically, noughties television was the best relationship I’ve ever had – and like any great love story, I fell hard and fast, and wanted it to last forever. Unfortunately, sometimes love just doesn’t work out. Things get in the way – like limited access to full seasons of the noughties classics pre-streaming services.

Just as I was about to give up, in 2015 a new streaming service called Stan decided to step in and play Cupid. The service quickly made a name for itself as it accumulated great content – Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, and of course, their Iconic Series category (which included some impressive noughties television such as Friends, The O.C. and The Office).

However, the service suffered a massive blow in 2019, as the arrival of Disney+ resulted in Stan losing a large chunk of their movie content. They needed to step it up, stat. And step it up they did – with the Iconic Series category. The streaming service recently announced they had added five cult classics from the noughties – Grey’s Anatomy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Family Guy, Sons of Anarchy and How I Met Your Mother.

Stan really did that. Summer is here, and I’m going to spend all my free time in front of a television. The love story continues. Yours can too (or, it can begin). Read on to check out everything available in Stan’s Iconic Series.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Before Harry Potter, the original “chosen one” was Buffy Summers. The latest in a line of young women known as “Slayers”, Buffy moves to Sunnyvale to try and live a normal teenage life away from her Slaying responsibilities. But, no matter how hard she tries to be a ‘normal girl’, she cannot escape her destiny as the one with the ability to fight vampires and evil darkness. Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the ultimate blend of high school, pop culture, horror and camp, and eventually paved the way for modern teen shows like Riverdale and Teen Wolf – and it did it in such a way that none of us will ever forget.

  • Every episode available to stream on Stan.

Grey’s Anatomy

It’s a beautiful day to save lives – and it’s also a beautiful day to stay inside and begin another binge of the iconic medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. For those living under a tragic rock, the show follows Meredith Grey, an aspiring surgeon and daughter of a world-famous surgeon, as she embarks on an internship at Seattle Grace Hospital. Meredith and her fellow interns must learn to juggle their (ever dramatic) personal lives with their (usually heart-wrenching) professional lives as doctors. To be completely honest, Grey’s is worth watching solely to see McDreamy in scrubs. We’ll always love you, Derek.

  • Seasons one to 13 available to stream on Stan.

Family Guy

For the first time in Australian streaming history, Family Guy has become available to stream. Seth MacFarlane’s universally beloved animated comedy follows a family, The Griffins, as they struggle through their dysfunctional lives. The household in Rhode Island consists of parents Peter (he’s trying his best), housewife Lois and their three children – social outcast Meg, unintelligent but kind Chris, and of course Stewie, the sociopathic villainous baby (because, why not?). The family also own a dog, Brian, who can speak and is arguably the smartest Griffin. Weird? Yes. Loveable? Definitely.

  • Seasons one to 16 available to stream on Stan.

How I Met Your Mother

The elusive ‘Mother’ on How I Met Your Mother kept audiences addicted and obsessed with the popular show that began in the noughties for its entire nine season run – but were you happy with the ending? Throughout the entire series, we follow Ted Mosby as he recounts to his children how he met their mother, and the impact his friends Lily, Marshall, Robin and Barney have on his journey to her. In 2014 when Ted finally reveals to his children who the Mother is, and her fate, fans around the world were outraged – but hey, now you’ve got all the seasons at your fingertips and you can really psychoanalyse every moment between those two characters.

  • Every episode available to stream on Stan.

Sons of Anarchy

This show is quite intense, but bad boy bikie hottie Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam) makes me feel safe. Sons of Anarchy follows new dad Jax as he struggles to separate his family with his involvement as vice president and later president in an outlaw motorcycle gang, SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original). The club operates both legal and illegal businesses and run-in constantly with the law, but that’s the way Jax’s ‘brother bikers’ have always wanted it. But when Jax receives a journal from his dead father detailing his vision for a cleaner and safer SAMCRO, he sets out on a personal pursuit to do just that – but not without some bloodshed first.

  • Every episode available to stream on Stan.

What other Iconic Series are on Stan?

You didn’t think these were Stan’s first iconic additions, did you? The streaming service is well-known for its extensive library under its Iconic Series category, including:

  • Friends
  • The Office
  • Seinfeld
  • Scrubs
  • Supernatural
  • Broad City
  • Breaking Bad
  • Twin Peaks
  • The O.C.
  • Will & Grace
  • Veronica Mars
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Nashville
  • Dexter
  • Community
  • The West Wing
  • Frasier
  • The Golden Girls
  • McLeod’s Daughters
  • Stargate
  • Lost
  • The Nanny
  • Charmed
  • South Park

If you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane, check out how much a Stan subscription will set you back in our Stan Review & Guide.

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