This week in streaming: Winter finally descends upon the Game of Thrones

Matt Sayer 15 April 2019 NEWS

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In the game of streaming TV, you win – but your free time dies.

It's finally here. After eight years of beheadings, betrayals and bloody betrothals, the Game of Thrones is set to crown its victor in its climactic eighth season, kicking off this week on Foxtel. Given how cataclysmic the premiere episode is sure to be, you may well spend the rest of the week recovering from whatever bombshells the show drops.

Should you need something a little less brutal to wind down with, you'll find plenty of fresh entertainment over on the other Aussie streaming services.

Netflix, for instance, is bringing irreverent humour to the fore with Lunatics, a comedy series from Australia's very own Chris Lilley. Like Lilley's other popular series Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes, Lunatics sees Lilley play a series of oddball characters with ambitions unshackled by reality. This time around, those characters include a retail worker romantically attached to his cash register, a real estate agent wanting to become a world-famous DJ and an ex-porn star with a hoarding problem.

More home-grown entertainment blossoms over on Stan this week. In this case it's Nowhere Boys, a young adult drama series centred on a group of four teenage boys with supernatural powers who must battle all sorts of malevolent creatures hell-bent on sending humanity to its grave. Along with the first three seasons of the show, Stan is also getting the feature-length film Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows.

Not a fan of the paranormal? Then you might want to turn your digital dials to hayu where the ninth season of Love & Hip Hop steps up to the mic. For folks unfamiliar with the show, it focuses in on the personal lives of stars from the hip hop and R&B music scenes, exploring the challenges they face maintaining relationships alongside their hectic careers.

Binge-watchers who prefer a more scripted approach to drama may want to tune into Amazon Prime Video instead, as one of the platform's most popular original shows makes its return. The crime thriller series Bosch enters its fifth season, with suspicion cast upon the titular detective as fresh evidence from an old case comes to light.

If that's not enough gritty drama for you, SBS On Demand has you covered. The German mini-series 54 Hours arrives on the free streaming service this week, retelling the disastrous events of a 1988 hostage situation in which both the police and the media nearly cause as much harm as the criminals they're trying to catch.

Take a look at the highlights of this week's new streaming releases below. For a complete schedule of upcoming programming, check out our list of everything coming to Aussie streaming services in April 2019.


netflix

Monday 15 April

No Good Nick Season 1

Genre
Comedy, Family
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A

Friday 19 April

Lunatics Season 1

Genre
Comedy
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A

Samantha! Season 2

Genre
Comedy
Runtime
27min episodes
IMDb
6.6

Someone Great

Genre
Comedy, Romance
Runtime
1hr 32mins
IMDb
N/A

stan

Wednesday 17 April

Overboard

Genre
Comedy, Romance
Runtime
1hr 52mins
IMDb
5.9

Thursday 18 April

Nowhere Boys Seasons 1 to 3

Genre
Adventure, Drama
Runtime
26min episodes
IMDb
7.4

foxtel-on-demand

Monday 15 April

Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere

Genre
Animation, Action
Runtime
1hr 15mins
IMDb
6.7


hayu

Monday 15 April

Love & Hip Hop: New York Season 9 premiere

Genre
Reality TV
Runtime
21min episodes
IMDb
5.1
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Friday 19 April

Bosch Season 5

Genre
Crime, Drama
Runtime
51min episodes
IMDb
8.4

The Upside

Genre
Comedy, Drama
Runtime
2hrs 6mins
IMDb
6.5

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sbs-on-demand

Tuesday 16 April

Slutever Season 2

Genre
Documentary, Comedy
Runtime
22min episodes
IMDb
5.4

Thursday 18 April

54 Hours

Genre
Crime, Drama
Runtime
Four-episode mini-series
IMDb
7.7

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