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The 25 best shows to stream on Paramount Plus Australia
Paramount Plus promises a mountain of entertainment. Here's what's on top of the summit.
Paramount Plus hosts original series, exclusive shows, movies and live football matches – all for $9.99 a month with a 7-day free trial.
There is a lot of content, including a vast amount of reality TV and crime shows by the bucketload – multiple versions of CSI, for example. Plus animations, children's content, 80s sitcoms, old-school favourites and some of the latest buzz-worthy shows.
Want a head start? Add these best shows on Paramount Plus to your watchlist ASAP.
1. South Park
Meet the boys and their outrageous friends and neighbours in the strange mountain town of South Park and relive their wildest adventures with the supernatural, the extraordinary and the insane.
It started out as mainly toilet humour and horrible animation, but over the years, South Park grew to offer a funny and insightful view of huge issues in society. Even better? The toilet humour never went away.
A team of wildly talented high school footballers become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness.
Part horror story, part coming-of-age drama, Yellowjackets is all around amazing. With a terrific cast, killer soundtrack and immersive storyline, it's the kind of show that keeps you engaged from start to finish.
3. Tulsa King
Following his release from prison, mafia capo Dwight "The General" Manfredi is exiled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he builds a new criminal empire with a group of unlikely characters.
Tulsa King is funny and engaging. Add a strong lead performance from Sylvester Stallone into the mix and you've got yourself a hit.
A scientist creates enhanced super-soldiers to battle the aliens. We mainly follow one of them, Master Chief, who begins to question himself after he makes contact with a Covenant relic.
If you're into sci-fi, Halo should be right up your alley. With plenty of action and great visuals, it will pull you in from episode 1.
5. 1883 (2021)
A Yellowstone prequel, 1883 follows the Dutton family in, you guessed it, 1883, as they embark on a journey through America to escape poverty and build a better life for themselves. We know from the original that they become the owners of the Yellowstone Ranch – but how did they manage to do that?
The fantastic performances and polished visuals will hook you right from the very start.
6. Last King of the Cross
Inspired by John Ibrahim’s bestselling autobiography of the same name, this elevated serialised drama tracks John’s rise from a poverty-stricken immigrant with no education, no money and no prospects, to Australia’s most infamous nightclub mogul in Sydney’s Kings Cross – a mini-Atlantic City, barely half a mile long with every form of criminality on offer.
Gritty and captivating, Last King of the Cross will keep you coming back for more.
7. Dexter: New Blood
Dexter Morgan is back and living a quiet life, but can he keep his secret double life from re-emerging?
Set 10 years after the original series wrapped up, Dexter: New Blood updates viewers on what everyone's favourite serial killer is up to in the present. A quick and fascinating binge, the series will give long-time fans plenty to talk about. This reboot rights the wrongs of the original's divisive finale.
8. Star Trek: Discovery
Follow the voyages of Starfleet on its missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.
With a mesmerising lead performance from Sonequa Martin-Green, Star Trek: Discovery is a solid starting point for viewers new to this universe. At the same time, it provides plenty of goodies for those who have been following the franchise for a while.
Alison and Mike are determined to get the best reviews from their guests after transforming Button House – a crumbling, haunted stately home – into a luxury B&B. However, buried secrets, booking mix-ups and open war with neighbours all collide to create a chaotic series of events which threatens to derail their dreams.
Clever and witty, the US version of Ghosts is a delicious comedy that will make you laugh out loud.
The Duttons face a new set of challenges in the early 20th century, including the rise of Western expansion, Prohibition and the Great Depression.
Anchored by a marvellous cast led by Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, 1923 can be grim at times – but is very much worth it. Another stellar show in the Yellowstone universe.
11. Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan is the one man called upon by Los Angeles celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls to make their most complicated and combustible problems disappear.
You're certain to have someone in your life who has seen every episode of Ray Donovan. Now ask that person if you should tune in for the first time. We'll wait.
12. The Bridge Australia
Deep in Tasmania's untamed wilderness, 12 strangers meet in their quest to build a bridge. But how will the $250,000 cash prize tempt them and as they get closer, how will the bridge change them forever?
Featuring plenty of drama and mind games, reality competition show The Bridge Australia is a whole lot of fun.
13. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
When one of Pike's officers goes missing while on a secret mission for Starfleet, Pike has to come out of self-imposed exile.
Propelled by a sense of discovery, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds does the Star Trek name justice. It helps too that the cast is top-notch.
14. The Secrets She Keeps
Heavily pregnant supermarket shelf-stacker Agatha is obsessed with Meghan Shaughnessy's seemingly perfect life. But is there more to her covetous gaze than simply admiration?
If you love psychological thrillers, buckle up for a wild ride on The Secrets She Keeps.
A group of strangers gather at a remote motel with ulterior motives – seeking to bargain. An unexpected earthquake traps them inside the building. With no one to trust, they must find a way to survive.
The plot takes a few sharp turns before you realise what’s going on, but stick with it and you will be rewarded. The episodes are fairly short in length too, which makes it easy to get through.
16. Evil (2019)
A sceptical clinical psychologist joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there's a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
For those who like their entertainment spooky, Evil is a brilliant supernatural drama. Clever and well-written, the show is the best kind of unsettling.
17. Couples Therapy Australia
Doug feels constantly compared to Cat's dead husband. Scott reveals he's triggered by Brendon's drinking because his father was also a heavy drinker, but Brendon is unmoved. Polly and Stef clash over parenting styles.
Once you give it a shot, Couples Therapy Australia will have you hooked for good. Who knows? You might even become a better communicator in the process.
18. Five Bedrooms
5 singles meet at a wedding, find they have common relationship and real estate problems and arrive at a solution – they could pitch in and get a house together.
Five Bedrooms is heartwarming and funny, with appealing characters and an engaging plot. Trust us: you don't want to miss a thing.
16 average Americans board the Mata Hari only to later salvage supplies, jump overboard and be marooned on the small uncharted deserted island of Pulau Tiga in the South China Sea off the Malaysian Coast of Borneo.
Reality show Survivor laid the groundwork for everything that has entered the genre since. That probably means plenty of people can't stomach Survivor, but it retains an enormous, loyal fanbase. While dedicated fans can likely recall each act of physical strength and all the horrendous food, the social game-playing is really what Survivor is all about.
20. Awkwafina is Nora From Queens
Nora's winding road to maturity takes her to the streets of Queens, an Atlantic City casino and a haunted, condemned building.
While Awkwafina's comedy chops are well established, it's often the supporting cast that steals the show, especially Lori Tan Chinn as the outspoken grandma. Trying to do adulting right has never been funnier.
21. The Family Stallone
Meet the Stallone Family: Sylvester, wife Jen and their 3 daughters Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet. Sly rejoins his family after months on the road shooting his new TV series. The girls plan to prank Sly on his birthday.
Definitely one to add to your list if you like observational reality shows involving celebrities.
22. The Gold (2023)
On 26 November 1983, 6 armed men steal £26 million worth of gold from the Brink’s-Mat security depot and set about trying to dispose of the bullion.
Rather than focus on just the action of a heist, The Gold has a strong cast with some well-developed characters. If you're in the mood for a well-written drama, then check this out.
23. The Betoota Advocate Presents
Fronted by editor-at-large Errol Parker and editor Clancy Overall, the pair dig deep into the controversies that shaped our nation. Across 4 episodes, corruption, money, religion and tribalism are key themes, with no stone left unturned to get to the crux of the headline.
Already a common name on your social media feeds, the team are spot on with their satirical take on the news and with The Betoota Advocate Presents, you'll know what to expect and love.
24. The Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers
This hidden-camera series follows 4 lifelong friends – Brian "Q"' Quinn, James "Murr"' Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano – who take dares to an outrageous level. To find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks with the loser performing what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet.
A hidden camera prank show sounds very passé, but The Inspired Unemployed (Impractical) Jokers offers big, dumb laughs. And sometimes, that's all you want. Switch off your brain and enjoy the hilarity.
25. Special Ops: Lioness
Joe attempts to balance her personal and professional life as the tip of the spear in the CIA's war on terror. She enlists Cruz, a Marine Raider, as an undercover operative in the Lioness Program.
Prolific creator Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone, Tulsa King) adds another show to his arsenal with Special Ops: Lioness. While fans of his work will no doubt tune in, if you enjoy a tense spy drama, then this will be up your alley.
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