The best shows you can stream on 10 All Access

Alexandra Plesa 5 December 2018 NEWS

The new platform offers a fun mix of classic shows and procedurals, with over 7,000 episodes available to stream.

10 All Access, the brand-new streaming service from Network Ten and CBS, has hit the ground running. Launched just ahead of the holiday season, the platform costs $9.99/month and comes with a one-month free trial, a whole bunch of classic series in its catalogue and a limited selection of intriguing original productions, including The Good Fight, Tell Me A Story, Strange Angel and One Dollar.

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So far, 10 All Access seems to be specialising in comfort TV, offering mostly 90s dramas and crime procedurals. Nostalgic subscribers will love the new streaming service, as it enables them to watch or re-watch some classic gems. Series available on 10 All Access include Melrose Place, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Beverly Hills 90210, Frasier, Cheers, 7th Heaven and The Twilight Zone. As for crime procedurals, there are a bunch of CSI shows available to stream, as well as Blue Bloods, NCIS, Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver. Subscribers can also binge-watch The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and Neighbours.

10 All Access will also offer some fresh CBS shows express from the US in the future. You can already watch Happy Together and The Neighborhood, two sitcoms that premiered during the autumn TV season in the US. Until newer content is made available, we’ve rounded up the best shows currently on the platform, so you can enjoy a head start if you decide to give 10 All Access a spin.

Top 10 shows on 10 All Access

  1. Charmed
  2. Cheers
  3. BrainDead
  4. The Good Fight
  5. Medium
  6. Madam Secretary
  7. Numb3rs
  8. Strange Angel
  9. Tell Me a Story
  10. One Dollar

1. Charmed (1998)


Charmed premiered back in 1998 and lasted for 8 delightful seasons. The show follows a trio of sisters, all powerful witches, as they use their gifts to protect innocent people from dark forces like demons, warlocks and all things evil. They are known as The Charmed Ones – each sister possesses a unique magical power, but together they are as strong as covens come. Meanwhile, they struggle to lead normal lives outside their extracurricular Wicca activities, which isn’t an easy feat.

The series spun a reboot this year, but the original is still worthy of your attention. It was way ahead of its time when it comes to feminism and promoted some strong themes like sisterhood. Its quirky sense of humour and well-choreographed action sequences also helped it become a cult hit. If you missed out when Charmed was still on the air, you can finally catch up.

Cast:

  • Holly Marie Combs as Piper
  • Alyssa Milano as Phoebe
  • Shannen Doherty as Prue
  • Rose McGowan as Paige

2. Cheers (1982)


Another classic, Cheers was on the air from 1982 to 1993. The series is set at a Boston bar where everybody knows your name and follows a group of locals as they meet to drink and socialise. While the premise is pretty simple, the execution is what makes Cheers one of the most popular shows of all time. The series represents a pinnacle of American pop culture and widely influenced the television we get to watch today, from the friends as family storyline to the cinematic style the series is shot in.

The novelty of the sitcom came from the fact that is was ridiculously relatable. Cheers is a combo of family sitcom and workplace comedy. The characters aren’t related, but they often feel like they are because they enjoy each other’s company so much. It depicted the kind of family you choose rather the one you’re born into. Who can’t relate to that? If you’re looking for pure TV comfort, this one is a must.

Cast:

  • Ted Danson as Sam Malone
  • Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli
  • George Wendt as Norm Peterson
  • Shelley Long as Diane Chambers

3. BrainDead (2016)


A short-lived and underrated series, BrainDead was created by the same people behind The Good Wife. The show, an SF political satire, centres on a documentarian who takes a job working for her brother, a US Senator, when she discovers that Washington has been invaded by extraterrestrial insects. They are slowly eating the brains and taking control of people in Congress. But, surprisingly, almost no one seems to notice any change.

While the premise is wacky, BrainDead wins bonus points for allowing the satire to be subtle instead of turning into a parody of the news. The series premiered in 2016, an election year in the US, and focused on how unprecedented political behaviour could suddenly be treated as acceptable. The parallels are there, but the alien invasion storyline feels way more satisfying than what was going on in real life. At only 13 episodes, BrainDead ensures a quick and fulfilling binge.

Cast:

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Laurel Healy
  • Danny Pino as Luke Healy
  • Aaron Tveit as Gareth Ritter
  • Tony Shalhoub as Red Wheatus

4. The Good Fight (2017)


A CBS All Access original, The Good Fight is a spin-off of successful series The Good Wife (also available to stream on 10 All Access). This time, viewers follow successful lawyer Diane Lockhart, who is forced out of her job following a disastrous financial scam that affects both her savings and her reputation. As a result, she joins Lucca Quinn at a new firm, where she has to deal with fresh cases while also coming to terms with the current state of the American political scene.

A clever and thought-provoking series, The Good Fight takes one of the best characters from the original and challenges her in new and unexpected ways, to viewers’ delight. At the same time, the show has a lot to say about several hot-button topics, including politics and racism. All in all, it’s a compelling and well-acted legal drama that benefits from a tight script and great direction. Plus, this is only available on streaming, so the creators were able to take some liberties that aren’t allowed on network TV. If you ever wanted to hear Diane Lockhart swear, now’s your chance.

Cast:

  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
  • Rose Leslie as Maia Rindell
  • Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn
  • Delroy Lindo as Robert Boseman

5. Medium (2005)


Patricia Arquette shines in this show about a medium who consults on cases for the district attorney's office. Medium ran for 7 seasons from 2005 to 2011 and follows Allison DuBois, housewife and mother, who can talk to dead people, as well as foresee events or witness the past in her dreams. Her gift comes in handy to the district attorney's office, but she has a tough time generally convincing people that her psychic abilities can actually lead to solving crimes.

The premise of the show was quite unique when Medium first went on the air and we’re happy to report that the series successfully stands the test of time, especially thanks to the strong cast. Arquette gives a nuanced performance as Allison, a woman you’ll be cheering for immediately. Finally, the show may disguise as a regular crime procedural, but it’s also about a middle-aged woman who is still searching for meaning outside of her happy family life, which is not fun to watch.

Cast:

  • Patricia Arquette as Allison Dubois
  • Miguel Sandoval as D.A. Manuel Devalos
  • Sofia Vassilieva as Ariel Dubois
  • Maria Lark as Bridgette Dubois

6. Madam Secretary (2014)


Madam Secretary stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who becomes the US Secretary of State. Per the job description, McCord has to deal with international diplomacy and negotiate worldwide issues, while also battling office politics on a smaller scale. The show is still on the air, with five seasons under its belt so far.

If you’re into political dramas in the vein of The West Wing or The Good Wife, this is one of the best. It doesn’t bring anything particularly new to the table, but Leoni’s strong performance should be enough to keep you glued to the screen. The show is great when it comes to juggling multiple storylines at the same time; plus, Madam Secretary makes it a point to focus on the personal lives of the characters as well, which makes it more compelling.

Cast:

    • Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord
    • Tim Daly as Henry McCord
    • Patina Miller as Daisy Grant

7. Numb3rs (2005)


Ignore the awkward stylisation of the title, Numb3rs is actually a solid procedural. As the name suggests, the show focuses on the confluence of police work and mathematics when it comes to solving crime. It all starts when an FBI agent recruits his genius brother to offer a fresh perspective to how agents approach some of their more challenging cases. It’s a fresh spin on a familiar concept and it works well.

Maths may not be the sexiest reason to tune into a show, but Numb3rs appeals to viewers thanks to the fun dynamic between the brothers and the clever way in which the team solves a wide variety of crimes using formulas and logic. Even better, you don’t have to be a maths whiz yourself to enjoy it.

Cast:

  • David Krumholtz as Charlie Eppes
  • Rob Morrow as Don Eppes
  • Judd Hirsch as Alan Eppes
  • Alimi Ballard as David Sinclair

8. Strange Angel (2018)


A CBS All Access original production, Strange Angel is based on the biography Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle. The series centres on a rocket scientist in 1940s Los Angeles, Jack Parsons, who also happens to secretly be the disciple of occultist Aleister Crowley. The official description says Strange Angel explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.

Would it be too on the nose to say that this period drama shoots for the stars? Strange Angel is an ambitious series, a slow burn that rewards your patience with a mesmerising story about ambition and experimentation. One thing’s for sure, this show is just as strange as the man that inspired it, hard to categorise but very exciting. Tune in and experience it in all its glory.

Cast:

  • Jack Reynor as Jack Parsons
  • Bella Heathcote as Susan Parsons
  • Peter Mark Kendall as Richard Onsted
  • Greg Wise as Alfred Miller

9. Tell Me a Story (2018)


Tell Me a Story is a convoluted drama with a promising cast and an exciting premise. Based on the Mexican television series Érase una vez, the show takes popular fairytales and re-imagines them as a twisted psychological thriller. In Season 1, the series delivers an addictive tale of greed and revenge using elements from The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.

Unlike the fairytales it draws inspiration from, this CBS All Access original is grim, to say the least. It boasts plenty of metaphors (some less subtle than others) and isn’t afraid to push boundaries in order to shock viewers. This is a show about bad things happening to people who do bad things, so it’s not particularly recommended for the faint of heart. But if you have the stomach for it, Tell Me a Story might prove to be a pleasant surprise.

Cast:

  • James Wolk as Jordan Evans
  • Billy Magnussen as Nick Sullivan
  • Paul Wesley as Eddie Longo
  • Kim Cattrall as Colleen Powell

10. One Dollar (2018)


CBS All Access likes to experiment with different formats and One Dollar is no exception. Another original production, the series is set in a small town and follows a group of strangers connected by a one dollar bill. As the bill changes hands, so does the point of view from which the story is told. The fact that the strangers are involved in a shocking multiple murder is just the icing on the cake.

Riveting and compelling, One Dollar fascinates from episode one, so much so that you’ll find yourself still watching hours later. The mystery delivers a lot of exciting twists, but the show also offers some smart commentary on class, giving it a bit of an edge. Plus, the characters are simply delicious. Each of them has secrets and each of them can be considered a suspect. In our book, this should be more than enough information to gauge your interest.

Cast:

  • Nathaniel Martello-White as Jake Noveer
  • Philip Ettinger as Garrett Drimmer
  • Kirrilee Berger as Danielle "Dannie" Furlbee
  • Joshua Bitton as Chewy

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