The best TV shows you can stream on Stan

In over three years, Stan has considerably expanded its catalogue, which now includes thousands of hours of content. Here are the best series available to stream right now.

Australia’s home-grown streaming service has a lot going for it. From a generous roster of shows fast-tracked from the US, to original content like No Activity, horror spin-off Wolf Creek, raucous comedy The Other Guy and the grim drama Romper Stomper, Stan has proven itself a force to be reckoned with.

Here are the best TV shows you can currently stream on Stan.

1. Ramy

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer, Dave Merheje, Stephen Way

Ramy centers on Ramy Hassan, a first-generation Egyptian-American who is caught between his Muslim community and the frivolous Millennial generation. At the same time, he tries to do all the typical things expected of a twenty-something, like party and date. What could possibly go wrong?

Hilarious and insightful, the series explores themes that manage to come off as revolutionary by simply highlighting the American Muslim experience. Thanks to complex characters and clever writing, Ramy stands out from the crowd and ends up being more than your typical comedy. It’s a real treat.

2. Tracey Ullman's Show

Year of release: 2016
Cast: Tracey Ullman, Zahra Ahmadi, Ben Ashenden, Emily Atack, Elizabeth Berrington

This brilliant sketch comedy show starring, as you might have already guessed, Tracey Ullman, features the comedian offering her unique take on some extraordinary characters living in, or visiting, the busy global hub that is the UK. Each episode offers a glimpse of British life, from dusk till dawn, as well as including an original song penned by Ullman and composer Richard Thomas.

Topical and hilarious, the sketch show is a must-see for everyone who enjoys quality comedy. Three seasons are now streaming on Stan.

3. The Loudest Voice

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Russell Crowe, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Naomi Watts

Based on the book of the same name by Gabriel Sherman, this Showtime miniseries stars Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes, the controversial figure who turned Fox News into a phenomenon over the past decade. The series aims to shed light on how one of the US media's most infamous players arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader, chronicling defining events in his personal and professional life.

Crowe’s portrayal of the media mogul is the main reason why this show is a must-watch - he offers a nuanced performance, managing to convey everything that made Ailes both charismatic and repellant. Plus, The Loudest Voice is more about the man than the politics, so it’s likely to appeal to a wide range of viewers, regardless of how little they actually know about Fox News.

4. City on a Hill

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Jill Hennessy

Starring Kevin Bacon, City on a Hill is set in the early ‘90s in Boston, when violent criminals and racism are part of the norm. The series revolves around a hardened FBI veteran and a District Attorney who form an unexpected alliance that will eventually lead to altering the city's criminal justice system.

Ambitious and riveting, the show boasts an impressive cast and highly benefits from great performances and engaging dialogue. While the plot can get somewhat convoluted, these fascinating characters will surely keep you coming back for more.

5. Catch-22

Year of release: 2019
Cast: George Clooney, Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler

Based on the classic novel of the same name, Catch-22 centres on Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who gets frustrated with the fact that his own army keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.

Thanks to a stellar cast and a sharp script, Catch-22 is a hilariously horrifying exploration of war. It’s almost impossible to pull off a perfect adaptation of Joseph Heller’s seminal book, but this miniseries comes very close.

6. The Last O.G.

Year of release: 2018
Cast: Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Allen Maldonado, Ryan Gaul

Foul-mouthed, yet surprisingly sweet, The Last O.G. follows Tray, a man who has just been released from prison after 15 years. He returns to his former life only to discover that everything has changed - not only is his neighborhood now affluent, but he’s also the father or twin sons born to his former girlfriend, who is currently married to someone else. Tray wants to connect with his kids, but finds it particularly hard to make ends meet in this new reality.

Morgan and Haddish are both excellent in this addictive sitcom, and the story itself is one that doesn’t get to be told often, so it has tons of potential. If you were looking for a hilarious new binge, you’re in the right place.

7. Nashville

Year of release: 2012
Cast: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten

A musical drama series, Nashville follows two country singers. After two decades as the reigning queen of country music, Rayna is faced with pressure to adapt and reinvent herself to stay relevant. Meanwhile, Juliette is a sassy up-and-comer with a troubled past who is determined to steal Rayna's place at the top.

With catchy tunes and compelling storylines, Nashville is so much more than a melodrama, providing its characters with enough depth to win over the audience from episode one. Plus, the occasional over-the-top twist never hurt anyone. This is best enjoyed as a binge, so add it to your watch list immediately.

8. Now Apocalypse

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Avan Jogia, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, Roxane Mesquida

Now Apocalypse is a zany and sexy series that centres on Ulysses, a young man struggling to balance hookups with forging a successful life for himself. Things get complicated when he is plagued with foreboding dreams that suggest that a horrible conspiracy might be going on and that the end of the world is just around the corner. Or, maybe he’s just smoking too much weed.

Quirky and fun, Now Apocalypse is sometimes silly, other times poetic, always beautiful to look at. Fair warning - the show might be too wild for the casual viewer. But, if you’re looking for something out of the box, you’ll likely fall head over heels for this one.

9. Pen15

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, Mutsuko Erskine, Richard Karn

Depicting the ups and downs of middle school life, Pen15 stars comics Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle playing versions of themselves as teenage outcasts in the year 2000. Surrounded by actual teenagers, the two navigate the awkwardness of adolescence, when the best day of your life can easily turn into the worst day of your life in a manner of seconds.

Quirky and hilarious, Pen15 sneaks up on you. Don’t dismiss it based solely on its ridiculous title - the series is zany and earnest, perfectly depicting both the awesomeness and awfulness of middle school. We bet the show will catch you by surprise.

10. The Golden Girls

Year of release: 1985
Cast: Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

The Golden Girls follows four women who live together in Miami as they experience the angst and joy of their golden years. The group, who has delicious chemistry, includes strong-willed Dorothy, spacey Rose, lusty Southern belle Blanche, and matriarch Sophia.

A classic for a reason, The Golden Girls features a tremendously talented cast and consistently delivers when it comes to laughs. More importantly, the show has a lot of heart, so it always makes for a fun re-watch. You’ll be in for a treat.

11. I Am the Night

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays, Leland Orser

I Am the Night is a limited series centering on Fauna Hodel, a young woman who finds out that she has been adopted. Set out to discover more about her past with the help of a troubled reported, Fauna ends up following a sinister trail that swirls closer to a gynecologist involved in the legendary Black Dahlia murder.

The two lead performances in I Am the Night are incredibly strong and the story itself is both fascinating and creepy. Helmed by Patty Jenkins, the series is riveting, interesting, and stylish, offering a fresh angle on a legendary murder. If you’re into noir, you can’t miss this one.

12. Scrubs

Year of release: 2001
Cast: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, John C. McGinley

Scrubs follows a group of goofy doctors as they start their medical careers at Sacred Heart Hospital, learning to cope with the unusual challenges that come with the job. The main character is JD, an intern with a passion for daydreaming who will soon learn that the life of a doctor isn’t quite as he expected.

This iconic comedy is a mix of social commentary, hilarious jokes, and heartfelt moments, which makes it the perfect binge for when you’re feeling a bit low and want something to lift you up. Well-written and emotionally honest, Scrubs never disappoints.

13. Lost

Year of release: 2004
Cast: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway

Lost follows the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, who crash into a mysterious island. They have no idea if or when they will be saved, so they get to know each other and explore their surroundings to increase their chances of making it off the island alive. Too bad the island has other plans.

The show was a hit for its first episode, offering compelling mysteries, a memorable setting, and intriguing characters. Addictive and mind-bending, Lost will grip you from the very first scene, pulling you into its universe with no chance of escape until you’ve binged all episodes. Consider yourself warned.

14. The Handmaid’s Tale

Year of release: 2017
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society that used to be part of the US. Due to a plummeting birth rate, the remaining fertile women are forced to serve families in order to help them conceive. The series centres on Offred, who is determined to survive the harsh life she’s leading and find the daughter that was taken away from her.

Grimm and powerful, The Handmaid’s Tale is the kind of show that makes you both uncomfortable and unable to look away. Elisabeth Moss gives a riveting performance in the lead role, backed up by a terrific supporting cast. As difficult to watch as it may be at times, the series is masterfully made, so you should definitely give it a go.

15. Bloom

Year of release: 2019
Cast: Phoebe Tonkin, Jacki Weaver, Bryan Brown, Ryan Corr

A Stan original series, Bloom takes place a year after a devastating flood kills five people. When a new plant is discovered with the power to restore youth, some locals are prepared to kill for it. It’s a show about regrets, living in the past, and the lengths some people are willing to go to be young again.

With an intriguing premise and some great performances from everyone involved, Bloom is a quick binge that will capture your attention from episode one. Stylish and engaging, this enthralling series should definitely earn a spot on your watch list.

16. The Bold Type

Year of release: 2017
Cast: Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy, Melora Hardin

Inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, The Bold Type follows three young, outspoken women as they navigate life and love in New York. They work together at a glamorous magazine - Jane is a writer, Kat handles social media, and Sutton starts as an assistant but dream about a career in fashion. They are often mentored by their fierce boss, Jacqueline.

Despite revolving around the world of fashion magazines, The Bold Type’s main focus is the strong friendship between the three main characters, who have each other’s backs no matter what. Smart and bubbly, the show doesn’t shy away from tackling hot-button themes like gun control or sexual assault, but it does so in a thoughtful manner, ultimately offering a message of courage and hope. It’s refreshing to watch women supporting women instead of working to tear each other down.

17. Escape at Dannemora

Year of release: 2018
Cast: Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano

Based on true events, Escape at Dannemora is a docu-drama revolving around two convicted murderers who pull off a prison break with the help of a female prison employee they get romantically involved with. The series, directed and produced by Ben Stiller, is a dramatization of the infamous 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape.

Escape at Dannemora doesn’t limit its scope to showing you the prison break. Instead, the series takes its time to put things in context by looking at each character’s life in detail. It’s slow-moving at times, but keeping up with it will reward you with a memorable tale and some fine acting from everyone involved. More character-driven than action-packed, the show is dark and intense, so it’s best to pace yourself with this one instead of binge-watching multiple episodes in one go.

18. All American

Year of release: 2018
Cast: Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Bre-Z, Michael Evans Behling

All American centres on Spencer, a talented football player who catches a break when a coach from a team in Beverly Hills recruits him. He decides to seize the opportunity and leave his violence-ridden neighbourhood behind, but soon finds out that life among the rich and privileged isn’t quite as rosy as he initially imagined.

The show is a thoughtful mix of classroom drama and class struggles, boasts an appealing cast, and offer enough soapy material to keep you invested in the story. A star in the making, Ezra manages a nuanced performance in the lead role, with the supporting players pulling their weight as well. The best part? You don’t need to be familiar with football to stay glued to the screen.

19. Kidding

Year of release: 2018
Cast: Jim Carrey, Judy Greer, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella

Starring Jim Carrey, Kidding follows Jeff Pickles, famous kids TV personality. But while he’s trying to make the little ones smile and teach them things on television, Jeff is dealing with a lot behind closed doors. The TV star is coping with the death of one of his children, which results in his sanity slowly leaking, causing trouble in both his personal and professional lives.

Although technically a comedy, Kidding is a very sad show. However, it tremendously benefits from a tight script and a fabulous performance from Jim Carrey. Bleak, yet still riveting, the series is highly recommended for when you’re craving something raw, honest, and beautiful.

20. Hannibal

Year of release: 2013
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Now here's a crime-procedural thriller you should definitely sink your teeth into (possibly with some fava beans and a nice chianti.) Hannibal introduces us to gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, an investigator who can empathise with anyone, including the worst psychos out there. Sadly, his unique methods aren't flawless. When an un-trackable serial killer crosses Graham's path he enlists the help of brilliant shrink Hannibal Lecter who, at this point in his career, is very much an under-the-radar cannibal. Snacks at this stage, not banquets.

In due (main) course the two form an effective criminal profiler partnership but it slowly becomes apparent that Lecter's brilliant mind has gone to the dark side. The good news is that as the seasons progress each course is more delicious than the last. Go in expecting polished presentation, plenty of gore and even the rare sprinkling of twisted humour. Bon appétit.

21. Dexter

Year of release: 2006
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King

Rare is the show that can make you root for a cold-blooded serial killer, but that's basically Dexter's modus operandi. By day Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who helps the good guys solve murders; by night (and sometimes during the day, too) he commits a few of his own. Don't worry though, he only offs the guilty, so it's ok. Sort of.

Seeing dirtbags get their comeuppance is only part of this show's appeal – it's the episode to episode cover up of Dexter's double life that's the most riveting element. Because staying off the psycho radar isn't easy when your co-workers are cops and your own sister is in law-enforcement as well. Even if you're usually squeamish, prepare to be hooked on this character, what with his twisted code of honour and a growing desire for true, compulsion-free happiness.

22. Deadwood

Year of release: 2004
Cast: Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Robin Weigert

This is the quintessential Western TV series, a based-on-records drama that focuses on the titular, almost-lawless gold-mining town. Though Deadwood does cameo some of the greatest gunslingers the frontier ever knew, at the centre of the action is Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). He's a hot-headed lawman-turned-merchant who's forced to rethink his vocation when it becomes apparent that he's basically the only honest man in town.

Although his up-and-up character is instinctively repulsed by local “entertainment entrepreneur” Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) a jagged alliance between the two men is formed, even though the dislike is more than mutual. Together they resolve to try and defend their fledgling civilisation against greedy outside interests, including territorial government, the Pinkertons and other mining consortiums. Other things to expect: gratuitous swearing, in-your-face violence and a feeling outrage when you reach the end of season three and realise this is where HBO chose to end it.

23. Sherlock

Year of release: 2010
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Watson, this acclaimed BBC series is a contemporary spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved series. We follow the legendary detective as he prowls the streets of modern-day London, cracking oddball cases and solving difficult mysteries with the assistance of his helpful sidekick.

The BBC series has received tons of praise ever since it first launched, and for good reason. Sherlock is slick, smart, witty and visually stunning. Both Cumberbatch and Freeman deliver amazing performances. The twists and turns are thrilling and unpredictable. Moreover, despite allowing Sherlock to use technology to solve crimes, the series stays true to its classic characters, so even purists will be utterly delighted. A must-watch for mystery lovers and Sherlock enthusiasts alike. Four seasons are on Stan.

24. Justified

Year of release: 2010
Cast:Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Based on a rootin' tootin' character seen in Elmore Leonard's books and short stories, Deputy Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is a modern lawman who shoots from the hip like the West is still wild. Basically, he's that classic police maverick chestnut: a loose cannon with the John Wayne strut who gets results, while also being a thorn in the side of his U.S. Marshals Service bosses.

In his crosshairs are scumbags of all shapes and sizes – moonshiners, grifters, white supremacists, the Dixie mafia – you name it, he offers them the same cold-blooded logic. If you're a criminal armed with a gun around him, he's justified in filling you full of lead when the action kicks off. Admittedly, this sort of cowboy law-enforcement character hasn't aged well since 2010, but we challenge you not to get hooked on Raylan's adventures anyway.

25. No Activity

Year of release: 2015
Cast: Patrick Brammall, Daniel Wyllie, Tim Minchin, Harriet Dyer

Stan’s first original series follows the peripheral players in a major police sting. The characters are involved in a stake-out where not much happens, so all that’s left to do is for them to enjoy each other’s company and relish in idiotic conversations. It’s a dark comedy centred on mundane human interactions, but that doesn’t make it any less watchable. Neither does the fact that the dialogue features a lot of improvisation, which leads to some hilarious bits.

Thanks to No Activity, Stan became the first streaming series ever to be in the running for the Logies, season one of the series scoring three nominations. Two seasons are currently available to binge, as well as season one of the US version.

26. Romper Stomper

Year of release: 2018
Cast: Toby Wallace, Jacqueline McKenzie, Dan Wyllie, John Brumpton

Romper Stomper is a sequel to the 1992 movie with the same name, set 25 years after the events in the film. This time we follow a new generation of far-right activists and anti-fascists. It’s a bold and ambitious production starring Jacqueline McKenzie, Dan Wyllie, Lachy Hulme, Sophie Lowe, David Wenham and Toby Wallace. It’s also the series that helped a lot of us nurse hangovers on New Year’s Day.

At only six episodes, Romper Stomper makes for compelling and invigorating television. You’ll be completely mesmerised from the opening moments of the first episode, when you meet most of the main players, until the explosive finale. Plus, it’s not the kind of series you binge and then forget about. It will stay with you, at least for a few days. Fair warning.

27. Wolf Creek

Year of release: 2016
Cast: John Jarratt, Lucy Fry, Dustin Clare, Tess Haubrich and Matt Day

A spin-off of the movies Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2, this Stan original sees John Jarratt reprising the role of deranged killer Mick Taylor. In season one we follow college student Eve, the lone survivor after Taylor attacks her family and kills her parents and brother. Determined to avenge the deaths of her loved ones, Eve turns from prey to predator and sets out to hunt down the notorious psychopath.

As far as revenge-driven TV series go, this is one of the best. Mick Taylor is a fascinating character audiences will be happy to get reacquainted with, while the series as a whole is gripping enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Two seasons are currently on Stan.

28. Billions

Year of release: 2016
Cast: Maggie Siff, Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Malin Akerman

This Showtime series stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, which should be enough information to convince you to add it to your watch list. Need more? It’s all about the high-stakes world of Wall Street, as the show tracks the approaching collision between a US attorney and a leading hedge-fund manager whose hobbies include insider trading and other illegal proclivities. Fun!

While season one of Billions received mixed reviews, there’s been nothing but praise for the show since its sophomore effort forward. The writing is sharp, the performances are great, and the fast-paced story doesn’t disappoint. If you’re into shows that explore themes related to greed and power, Billions will be right up your alley. Four seasons are currently on Stan.

29. The Other Guy

Year of release: 2017
Cast: Matt Okine, Valene Kane, Harriet Dyer and Luke Ford.

For a poignant portrayal of modern dating, look no further than Stan’s The Other Guy. The show stars Matt Okine as a radio host who finds himself back in the dating pool after a tough break-up. But while the series does bring on the laughs, its more serious moments aren’t too shabby either. That’s because The Other Guy is more of a dramedy, highlighting how difficult getting over a break-up can be. Also, #adulting.

The show largely benefits from Okine’s natural charisma, with Harriet Dyer also pulling off an amazing performance as the main character’s no-filter BFF. All in all, if you’re looking for a pleasant way to spend a weekend, watching the first season of The Other Guy is a safe bet.

30. Better Call Saul

Year of release: 2015
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael McKean

Spin-off series can either go very well (hello, Frasier), or they can be total disasters (we’re looking at you, Joey). We’re happy to report that Better Call Saul falls into the first category. We’re not going to argue that it’s better than Breaking Bad, but we strongly advise you give it a go, regardless of whether you’ve seen the original or not. The spin-off is an engaging and stunning drama that successfully stands on its own.

Better Call Saul follows small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman. As the series progresses, viewers see the events that shaped the lawyer’s life prior to his Breaking Bad appearance. Four seasons are available on Stan.

31. Preacher

Year of release: 2016
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joe Gilgun, Ian Colletti

There’s no shortage of comic-book adaptations gracing our TV screens nowadays, but Preacher is something special. Visually stunning and ridiculously addictive, the series doesn’t shy away from shocking viewers with gory scenes then immediately delighting them with some witty banter. The drama follows an unconventional minister who teams up with his ex and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and goes on a quest to find God.

Preacher is outrageous and disgusting, hilarious and bizarre. It promises a crazy ride and delivers, constantly crossing the line and pushing the boundaries of the genre in a delightful fashion. If you were looking for an unusual series, look no more. Three seasons are on Stan.

32. iZombie

Year of release: 2015
Cast: Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Rahul Kohli

Speaking of excellent comic-book adaptations, iZombie is another underrated show that should be on everyone’s radar. This fascinating series is a fresh take on the horror genre, proving that not everything zombie-related has to be gloomy and apocalyptic. In fact, iZombie is fun and charming, and yet the creators excel when it’s time to pull off darker or more thought-provoking storylines.

The series follows Liv Moore, a former medical resident who becomes a zombie after being scratched at a boat party. She takes a job at the morgue where she snacks on brains, absorbs the memories of those she feeds on, and then helps the police solve murders. The premise is exciting enough, but the execution is what makes iZombie a delight. The show expertly combines procedural and serialised elements. As a result, it delivers both compelling "case of the week" episodes as well as thrilling season-long story arcs. Also, seeing the main character adopt different personalities every episode never gets old. Four seasons are available to binge on Stan.

33. Ash vs Evil Dead

Year of release: 2015
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago

Evil is always waiting in the shadows. So when a plague threatens mankind, a hero reluctantly embarks on a journey to save the world. That’s the premise of this glorious series that acts as a sequel to the Evil Dead films. Ash, the titular hero, gets help from two trusty sidekicks: his friend Pablo and Kelly, whose family was wiped out by the evil dead.

The show works well for Evil Dead fans and newbies alike, being both gory and hilarious. It’s over the top and twisted, sure, but that’s part of what makes the series so much fun. Three seasons are available to stream on Stan.

34. Veronica Mars

Year of release: 2004
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III

Marshmallows, rejoice! Veronica Mars is available to stream on Stan, so fans of the series have reason to cheer. As for those who haven’t seen this marvellous cult show yet, what are you waiting for?

The series follows a teen private eye who deals with typical high school problems while also tracking down bad guys. A noir mystery drama like no other, Veronica Mars greatly benefits from sharp writing, heavy subject matter and a nuanced performance from Kristen Bell. The teen sleuth solves a different stand-alone case every episode while working to crack a more complex mystery over the course of a season. It’s fun, it’s addictive, it’s compelling and it's smart. More importantly, despite being released in 2004, the show stands the test of time, so you’ll enjoy it just as much today.

All three seasons are on Stan. Plus the fresh fourth installment, which landed earlier in 2019. This one follows a present-day Veronica as a full-fledged private investigator who is trying to figure out who is behind a series of bombings which occur during spring break.

35. The Office

Year of release: 2005
Cast: Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

Based on the acclaimed British series of the same name, this quirky mockumentary follows the mundane adventures of a bunch of employees working at a paper company in Pennsylvania. Their boss, portrayed by Steve Carell, is well-intentioned, yet his attempts at humour usually fail miserably, making everyone uncomfortable.

The Office gave us memorable pranks, hilarious moments and a Jim/Pam romance worth rooting for. The first season is a mixed bag, but later instalments are worthy of praise and multiple re-watch sessions. With all nine seasons available on Stan, now’s the perfect time to revisit the show or tune in for the first time. Especially if you had a particularly crappy day at work.

36. Breaking Bad

Year of release: 2008
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris

What would happen if you quit your job and became an outlaw? Meet Walter White, the antihero living this ultimate fantasy. A school chemistry teacher who barely makes ends meet, White is diagnosed with terminal cancer. To avoid financial ruin, he resorts to turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels.

Over the course of five seasons, White goes from awkward to ruthless, but viewers keep rooting for him nonetheless. Because herein lies the power of this influential series: its characters. Sure, the action sequences and plot twists are great, but the depth and complexity of the characters is what ultimately makes Breaking Bad so compelling. The show remains a pop culture phenomenon even a decade after it first aired, and it’s available to binge in its entirety on Stan.

37. Community

Year of release: 2009
Cast: Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale

Meet the freshman class of Glendale Community College. They’re a bunch of oddballs who form a study group to help each other survive. They have very little in common, but their chemistry is the stuff of dreams. As a result, the show is funny, fresh and packed with pop culture references and meta-humour.

Here’s the thing about Community: you either love it or hate it. There’s no in-between. It’s unlike any other comedy you’ve seen before and its humour won’t appeal to everyone. But if it’s your kind of fun, you’ll become obsessed after only a couple of episodes. Six seasons are available on Stan. We’re still waiting for the movie.

38. Supernatural

Year of release: 2005
Cast: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard

When they were little, Sam and Dean lost their mother to a demonic force. To avenge her death, their father became a hunter, going after supernatural beings. Now the brothers are following in his footsteps, saving people, hunting things. The family business. Over the course of the series they deal with all sorts of threats, from witches and demons to fancier monsters like djinns and ghouls. Constantly struggling to save the world, their unique bond is what keeps them moving forward.

Despite being on the air for 13 years, Supernatural is still going strong, with fresh storylines and a loyal fan base. With episodes varying from thrilling to heartfelt, the show is highly entertaining, and its meta instalments always manage to stand out from the crowd. Thirteen seasons of Supernatural goodness are on Stan.

39. Twin Peaks

Year of release: 2017
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn

Something very strange is happening in Twin Peaks, so viewers should gear up for a crazy ride. At its core a crime drama, the cult series toys with the audience via odd dream sequences, creepy visuals and bizarre characters. It follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he travels to a small town to solve the murder of Laura Palmer, a high school student. He soon realises that in Twin Peaks, nothing is what it seems.

The show originally aired in the early 90s but was revived last year. Twin Peaks is dark, stunning, surreal and breathtaking. In other words, it’s more of an experience than a TV show. Both the original and the revival are available on Stan.

40. Friends

Year of release: 1994
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow

What is there to say about one of television's top-ranked series? Could it be more iconic? Friends follows the lives of six buddies living in New York and experiencing relationship dramas, work problems and family trouble. It’s fun, it’s classic, it will make you giggle repeatedly, despite watching it for the seventh time. It’s just that good.

Considering that Friends is still being talked about 14 years after it aired its last episode, the show’s legacy is intact. Comfort TV at its finest, the series will always be there for you, just like the theme song suggests. All 10 seasons are available on Stan, so Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Joey, Ross and Phoebe are only a few clicks away.

41. Parks and Recreation

Year of release: 2009
Cast: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman

Parks and Recreation is the perfect example of how a rough start doesn’t have to prevent a series from becoming a low-key phenomenon. Despite an uneven first season, the show reinvents spectacularly in season two, defying all expectations thanks to clever writing and a wonderful ensemble cast.

The series follows the employees in the Parks Department of Pawnee, a fictional Indiana town. They’re led by Leslie Knope, the inspirational and hard-working hero we all need in our lives. Charming and funny, Parks and Recreation will grow on you. It’s an uplifting series that isn’t afraid to give its characters room to evolve. Treat yourself and watch all seven seasons on Stan.

42. Seinfeld

Year of release: 1989
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards

The show about nothing revolutionised the sitcom and rightly deserves a spot among the best series of all time. It stars Jerry Seinfeld as a fictionalised version of himself and revolves around him and his friends – most notably Elaine, George and Kramer – as they deal with the minutiae of daily life. The fact that they happen to be horrible people is just the cherry on top.

Seinfeld offers no growth or reconciliation to its characters. And yet it’s beloved and influential, even today. The Bubble Boy. Festivus. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. No soup for you! It’s such a huge part of pop culture that you’re familiar with these elements and catchphrases even if you’ve never binged the series in its entirety. Which you can totally do now – all seasons are available on Stan.

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    RobJuly 6, 2019

    Does STAN show the latest PRESS series ?

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      NikkiJuly 6, 2019Staff

      Hi Rob,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Upon checking the tv series, Press is not on Stan. It looks like there are no channels or stream sites showing the Press TV series in Australia at the moment.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of much help to you today. Should you need further help, don’t hesitate to chat with us again.


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