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The 25 best shows to stream on Paramount Plus Australia

Paramount Plus promises a mountain of entertainment. Here's a sneak peek.

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10 All Access officially became Paramount Plus in August 2021. That instantly meant more content for existing subscribers, as well as an extra incentive for new users to give the fresh platform a go. The service hosts original series, exclusive shows, movies and live football matches – all for $8.99/month with a 7-day free trial.

On the TV front, Paramount Plus offers everything you may be familiar with from 10 All Access, as well as a whole bunch of new titles. You can binge-watch your way through NCIS, Blue Bloods or every episode of The Big Bang Theory. Additionally, you can stream original series courtesy of Showtime, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Smithsonian Channel and Network 10.

There is a lot of content, including a vast amount of reality TV, crime shows by the bucketload - multiple versions of CSI, with an exciting Sydney spin-off coming in 2023! - plus animations, children's content, 80s sitcoms and old-school favourites. Want a head start? Add these Paramount Plus series to your watchlist ASAP.

Deal

Try Paramount+ free for 7 days

Watch series and films from Paramount, Showtime, MTV, CBS, Nickelodeon and more. Once the free trial is completed Paramount Plus costs $8.99 per month.

1. Halo


Year: 2022

Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Jen Taylor, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine

Based on the popular video game, Halo is set in the future, when humanity is facing an alien threat known as the Covenant.

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 one.

2. Yellowjackets


Year: 2021

Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Sophie Nélisse, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress

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. The plot revolves around a team of teen girl soccer players who crash in the wilderness in the 90s and have to survive with limited resources for months. They're eventually rescued – and we catch up with the survivors in present day. Riveting stuff.

3. 1883


Year: 2022

Cast: Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Isabel May

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? Tune in to find out. Fantastic performances and polished visuals will hook you from episode one.

4. The Gilded Age


Year: 2022

Cast: Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Taissa Farmiga, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski

The Gilded Age is a sumptuous period drama that will enthrall genre enthusiasts. Set in the US in 1882, it centres on a rural girl who moves in with her rich aunts after her father's death. But as she tries to get used to her new reality, she gets caught up in a social war between old and new money. Can she forge a path of her own in a world on the brink of the modern age? Watching her try is a lot of fun.

5. Dexter: New Blood


Year: 2021

Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jack Alcott, Julia Jones, Johnny Sequoyah

Set 10 years after the original series wrapped up, Dexter: New Blood updates viewers on what everyone's favourite serial killer in up to in in present day. Turns out, he's living a quiet life in a small town. When his son unexpectedly shows up, however, Dexter has to come head-to-head with the demons of his past. A quick and fascinating binge, the series will give long-time fans plenty to talk about. The original is streaming on Paramount Plus as well.

6. Star Trek: Discovery


Year: 2017

Cast: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman

Initially set 10 years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, this Star Trek series revolves around the crew aboard the USS Discovery as they set off to explore new planets. With a mesmerising lead performance from Sonequa Martin-Green, it's a solid starting point for viewers new to this universe. At the same time, it provides plenty of goodies for who those who have been following the franchise for a while.

7. Mayor of Kingstown


Year: 2021

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Hugh Dillon, Tobi Bamtefa

Mayor of Kingstown centres on a family of power brokers from a Michigan town where the prison industry is flourishing. They act like middle men between police, criminals, inmates and politicians. The show tackles thought-provoking themes and doesn't shy away from violence. Stream it when you're in the mood for a dark and gritty binge.

8. Ghosts


Year: 2021

Cast: Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Asher Grodman

The US version of the British series of the same name, Ghosts is a delicious comedy about an eclectic group of ghosts who haunt a country estate. When a freelance journalist moves in to convert the house into a bed and breakfast, she realises that she can hear and interacts with the spirits. Clever and witty, the show will make you laugh out loud.

9. Spreadsheet


Year: 2021

Cast: Katherine Parkinson, Rowan Witt, Zahra Newman, Maila Latukefu

In Spreadsheet, Katherine Parkinson plays Lauren, a divorced mum looking for sex without commitment. As she's about to find out, that's easier said than done. In fact, her escapades lead to all sorts of complications. The show is outrageous and very binge-able, to the point where you'll probably want to watch the whole thing in one go.

Ray Donovan

10. Ray Donovan


Year: 2013

Cast: Liev Schreiber, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok

You are 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. The series centres on the titular character, a fixer who tries to juggle family life with a career intrinsically linked to organised crime. You can stream Ray Donovan: The Movie on Paramount Plus too.

11. Two Weeks to Live


Year: 2020

Cast: Maisie Williams, Sian Clifford, Mawaan Rizwan, Taheen Modak

In Two Weeks to Live, Maisie Williams stars as Kim, a misfit who was raised in isolation. When she becomes convinced that everyone will die in a couple of weeks, Kim sets off on a revenge mission meant to honour her late father. A dark comedy, this 6-part series has a killer sense of humour and enough thrills to keep you glued to the screen.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

12. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds


Year: 2022

Cast: Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, Rebecca Romijn

A charming entry in the Star Trek universe, Strange New Worlds follows Captain Christopher Pike and the crew of the USS Enterprise in the years before Star Trek: The Original Series. Propelled by a sense of discovery, the show does the Star Trek name justice. It helps that the cast is top-notch.

13. Why Women Kill


Year: 2019

Cast: Allison Tolman, Lana Parrilla, Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin

A dark anthology series, Why Women Kill is… all about women and why they kill. The first season follows 3 women in different time periods who are experiencing issues in their marriages. Season 2, meanwhile, revolves around a housewife in 1949 who is desperate to join an exclusive garden club. The show is impeccably cast and very stylish. You'll be addicted in no time.

14. The Bite


Year: 2021

Cast: Audra McDonald, Taylor Schilling, Steven Pasquale

Content inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic has been mixed, but The Bite is wacky enough to work. Created by Robert and Michelle King, the same team behind The Good Wife, this miniseries follows 2 neighbours who have to deal with day-to-day problems while also facing a new strain of a deadly virus that turns people into zombies. It's a mix of satire, horror, comedy and drama – and we're here for it.

15. iCarly


Year: 2021

Cast: Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, Laci Mosley, Jaidyn Triplett

She's back! Based on Nickelodeon's original hit sitcom, the new iCarly picks up nearly 10 years later. It still follows Carly Shay, the original influencer, as she navigates love and work in her twenties alongside her friends. For those who grew up with iCarly, the reboot will feel like reuniting with an old friend. For everyone else, it's a relaxing comedy.

16. Evil


Year: 2021

Cast: Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Michael Emerson, Aasif Mandvi

For those who like their entertainment spooky, Evil is a brilliant supernatural drama about a skeptical psychologist who teams up with a priest in training to investigate the church's backlog of unexplained mysteries. That includes demonic possessions, miracles, the likes. Clever and well-written, the show is the best kind of unsettling.

17. The Offer


Year: 2022

Cast: Miles Teller, Juno Temple, Matthew Goode, Dan Fogler

A drama about how one of the most influential movies of all time got made? Yes, please! The Offer revolves around producer Albert S. Ruddy, who struggles to get The Godfather off the ground in the 70s. It's a fascinating tale of big egos, the mob, difficult choices and perseverance. If you're a movie buff, this one's not to miss.

18. Everyone Is Doing Great


Year: 2018

Cast: Stephen Colletti, James Lafferty, Alexandra Park, Cariba Heine

A delightful comedy, Everyone Is Doing Great follows a couple of guys who were on a hit television vampire drama. But, 5 years after their show has ended, they still refuse to grow up. Instead, they lean on each other to navigate life's ups and downs. It's awkwardly relatable at times. Plus, it's created by One Tree Hill alums Stephen Colletti and James Lafferty, who used crowd-funding to get the show made.

19. The First Lady


Year: 2022

Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson

Get ready to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. This anthology drama showcases various moments from their lives, both before and after their husbands became presidents. With such a talented cast, you'll be in for a treat.

20. Leonardo


Year: 2021

Cast: Aidan Turner, Matilda De Angelis, James D'Arcy, Alessandro Sperduti

To call Leonardo da Vinci a fascinating figure would be an understatement – and seeing him portrayed by Poldark fave Aidan Turner is a real treat. A historical drama, Leonardo invites viewers to unlock the enigma of this extraordinary man, recounting his life, work and personal struggles. We highly recommend you RSVP yes.

21. Five Bedrooms


Year: 2019

Cast: Kat Stewart, Stephen Peacocke, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson, Roy Joseph

Five Bedrooms revolves around 5 people who decide to buy a house together. What could possibly go wrong? After the first season aired on free-to-air TV, the series moved to Paramount Plus for subsequent instalments, with season 3 debuting in early 2022. Trust us: you don't want to miss a thing.

South Park

22. South Park


Year: 1997

Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

Every episode from this classic animation can be found on Paramount Plus, along with several exclusive specials. While you may want to go back to season 1 to see how it all started, a warning is in order: it's mainly toilet humour and horrible animation. Over the years, however, South Park grew to offer a funny and insightful view at huge issues in society. Even better? The toilet humour never went away.

Deal

Try Paramount+ free for 7 days

Watch series and films from Paramount, Showtime, MTV, CBS, Nickelodeon and more. Once the free trial is completed Paramount Plus costs $8.99 per month.

Survivor

23. Survivor


Year: 2000

Cast: Jeff Probst, Lillian Morris, Jon Dalton

The reality show that 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 in the US, Australia and around the world. 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.

My Life Is Murder

24. My Life Is Murder


Year: 2019

Cast: Lucy Lawless, Bernard Curry, Ebony Vagulans, Todd River

A whodunnit crime show with a lighter, silly edge, My Life Is Murder follows Alexa Crowe, a former detective lured from retirement to help with a particularly tough case. The show focuses more on comedy than blood-splattered bedrooms, which makes it the perfect watch for cosy mystery lovers. Feel free to indulge.

Cheers

25. Cheers


Year: 1982

Cast: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, Shelley Long

A highly influential sitcom, Cheers led the way for the likes of Roseanne, Home Improvement, Seinfeld and direct spinoff Frasier. Danson is superb as a washed up baseball player running a bar and the support cast is memorable across the board. Throw in a truly wonderful theme song and you have one of the greatest TV shows of all-time.

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