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Shows You Can Binge Watch in a Weekend

 

 

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Streaming has fundamentally changed the way we consume TV – the days where we wait anxiously each week for the next installment are now an exception rather than the rule.

With streaming networks like Netflix, Stan and even Foxtel Now jumping onboard and releasing whole seasons for us to watch at a time, life is good for those who love nothing more than watching TV on the couch for hours. Own it, live it, watch one episode immediately after another without a break. It’s the way life should be.


Stranger Things

Where to watch: Netflix

Stranger Things captivated its audience with its 80s nostalgia, charming child actors, and fantastic storyline. Fans were immediately drawn into the ‘Upside Down’ and could hardly wait to see how beloved characters like Eleven, Hopper, Will, and eventually, Steve would fare while creatures like the Demagorgon and the Shadow Monster stalked them. With only two seasons, this show can easily be fit into a weekend.



Big Little Lies

Where to watch: Foxtel Now Drama pack

Big Little Lies first started out as a bestselling novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty, and eventually grew into a multiple Emmy award-winning series starring big names like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodsey, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. The short series explores these women’s relationships as well as the secrets that eventually lead to a murder and unravelling of their perfect-seeming lives.



The Good Place

Where to watch: Netflix

Shows like The Good Place are hard to describe, because any little slip might give something away. The show stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, a not-so-good person who ends up at the good place when she passes. The show follows her misadventures as she schemes to keep her place in the afterlife and tries to keep others from finding out her secret, unaware that things nothing is really as it seems. It’s an incredibly creative and surprising show that’s doing really great things with how it tells a story.



Wolf Creek

Where to watch: Stan

The Australian horror movie comes to the small screen with a two-season run on Stan. John Jarrat returns to the franchise as the serial killer Mick Taylor, wreaking bloody havoc in the Outback. The first season followed a woman who plots revenge after her whole family was murdered by Mick Taylor, while the second season promises gruesome results after the killer encounters a bus full of international tourists.



Rick and Morty

Where to watch: Netflix

People might easily dismiss Rick and Morty as a dumb animated show with weird inside jokes and annoying characters, but that would be missing the point of the intelligent, irreverent show that seems to be embraced by a whole generation of Millennials. Following the adventures of a selfish, alcoholic, brilliant mad scientist and grandson travelling the universe, meeting all kinds of troubling and gross characters, and getting into disasters, it’s a show that deeply surprises and where the results are never quite what you expect.



Hannibal

Where to watch: Stan

Hannibal is not for the squeamish. That warning aside, it’s beautifully shot, with compelling characters and a storyline that still surprises despite audiences knowing the broad strokes of what’s going to happen, considering the impact of The Silence of the Lambs. Follow Will Graham as he helps the FBI capture notorious serial killers while unknowingly playing a cat-and-mouse game with his close friend Hannibal Lecter. It’s a show that keeps you guessing til the last second.



GLOW

Where to watch: Netflix

GLOW (which stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is a comedy drama that celebrates the 80s in all its spandex, neon, and shoulder-padded glory. Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin drive the plot as the show gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create an all-women wrestling federation while providing a glimpse of the different motivations of different women as they try to figure out how to make wrestling work for them.



Twin Peaks

Where to watch: Stan

David Lynch’s weird and wonderful world of Twin Peaks originally began in 1990, included a prequel film, and was brought back in 2017 for a limited series, which should tell you a lot about the quality of the show’s storytelling. Dearly beloved by fans, the show’s premise is this: a woman’s body washes up near the town of Twin Peaks, a second woman is injured and an FBI agent is sent in to investigate.



Master of None

Where to watch: Netflix

Emmy Award-winning Master of None stars Aziz Ansari (and is loosely based on his own experiences) as Dev, who’s trying to figure out life in New York City (later in Italy) and explores his relationships with women and with his friends. The show is a comedy drama that also tackles issues about family, sexuality and race. It’s smart without taking itself too seriously, and is extremely relatable especially to young adults who are also just trying to figure the world out.

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