This week in streaming: Fantastic beasts and deadly islands

Posted: 9 September 2019 7:57 am
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Looking to set aside the stress of reality and lose yourself in worlds of magic and mystery? Then you're in for a treat this week, as there are plenty of fantastical new releases coming to all Aussie streaming platforms.

For the magically-inclined, the latest addition to the Harry Potter movie universe hits both Netflix and Foxtel this week. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald continues the adventures of the eclectic Newt Scamander, this time seeing him team up with none other than Albus Dumbledore to hunt down the infamous villain Gellert Grindelwald.

More mystery abounds on Netflix with the arrival of The I-Land, a fresh series that follows ten strangers who wake up on an uncharted island with no clue of how they got there or even who they are. However, that's just the start of their troubles, as the island itself seems to want them dead.

A different sort of fantasy unfolds on Amazon Prime Video with Undone, a trippy animated series with a striking rotoscoped art style. The show centres on Alma, a young woman who discovers she can bend the very fabric of space and time and potentially alter the past. Visions of her late father press upon her the importance of preventing his death, but the stress of her newfound abilities threatens to destroy both Alma's mind and her relationships with those around her.

Even if you're not in the mood for fantasy, there's no shortage of fresh TV shows and movies hitting streaming platforms this week. Take a look below for all our top picks.

For a complete schedule of upcoming programming, check out our list of everything coming to Aussie streaming services in September 2019.


netflix

Tuesday 10 September

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019 - 2020

Genre
Reality TV
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
7.6

Netflix synopsis

Six strangers share a fabulous house in Tokyo, looking for love while living under the same roof. With no script, what happens next is all up to them.


Our Godfather

Genre
Documentary
Runtime
1hr 32mins
IMDb
8.0

Netflix synopsis

A feature-length documentary about Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking Italian mafia boss ever to turn against Cosa Nostra. Buscetta helped convict more than 400 Mafiosi and became the Mob's most wanted man in the world.


Thursday 12 September

The I-Land Season 1

Genre
Adventure, Mystery
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A

Netflix synopsis

Wiped clean of memories and thrown together, a group of strangers fight to survive harsh realities – and the island that traps them.


Friday 13 September

The Ranch Part 7

Genre
Comedy, Drama
Runtime
30min episodes
IMDb
7.6

Netflix synopsis

While Colt tries to reconcile with Abby, Beau navigates the challenges of aging and Luke seeks his family's forgiveness.


Unbelievable Season 1

Genre
Drama
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A

Netflix synopsis

Based on real events, a teen reports and eventually recants her reported rape, while two female detectives, states away, investigate evidence that could reveal the truth.


The Chef Show Volume 2

Genre
Documentary
Runtime
30min episodes
IMDb
8.2

Netflix synopsis

Actor/director Jon Favreau and award-winning Chef Roy Choi reunite after their critically acclaimed film Chef to embark on a new adventure. The two friends experiment with their favourite recipes and techniques, baking, cooking, exploring and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and culinary world.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Genre
Adventure, Fantasy
Runtime
2hrs 14mins
IMDb
6.6

Netflix synopsis

The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.


stan

Thursday 5 September

Gameface Season 1

Genre
Comedy
Runtime
24min episodes
IMDb
7.7

IMDb synopsis

Marcella is an aspiring actress recovering from a relationship break up. Despite her optimistic attempts, and with help from her friends, therapist and driving instructor, she is unable to get her life back on track.


Friday 13 September

Ramy Season 1

Genre
Comedy
Runtime
30min episodes
IMDb
8.1

Stan synopsis

Ramy Hassan is a first-generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighbourhood.


Saturday 14 September

Murder in the Bayou Season 1 premiere

Genre
Documentary, Crime
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A

IMDb synopsis

This five-part docu-series investigates the unsolved murders of eight women in and around Jennings, Louisiana. In examining the violent sex and drug trade the young victims were a part of, the series uncovers secrets of this troubled town.


foxtel-on-demand

Tuesday 10 September

The Deuce Season 3 premiere

Genre
Drama
Runtime
1hr episodes
IMDb
8.1

HBO synopsis

Trace the beginnings of the billion-dollar pornography industry from its start in 1970s Times Square, in the gritty drama from creators George Pelecanos and David Simon (The Wire).


Thursday 12 September

Mr Mercedes Season 3 premiere

Genre
Mystery, Thriller
Runtime
1hr episodes
IMDb
7.9

AT&T synopsis

When beloved local author John Rothstein is found murdered, Hodges, Holly, and Jerome, along with local police, must track down his killer. But this case is more complex than the cold-blooded killing of an American icon.


Mr Inbetween Season 2 premiere

Genre
Crime, Drama
Runtime
30min episodes
IMDb
7.9

Fox Showcase synopsis

Ray Shoesmith 'takes care of people' – collecting debts, relieving them of drugs and guns, and often taking care of them on a permanent basis. Ray demands respect and does not tolerate anyone who doesn't live up to his very strong and very clear code of ethics.



hayu

Monday 9 September

Keeping up with the Kardashians Season 17 premiere

Genre
Reality TV
Runtime
44min episodes
IMDb
2.7

hayu synopsis

In the aftermath of a devastating betrayal that left her and her family shaken, this season Khloe sets out on a quest for healing as she navigates unfamiliar co-parenting territory and faces some setbacks along the way.


Married to Medicine Season 7 premiere

Genre
Reality TV
Runtime
1hr episodes
IMDb
4.9

hayu synopsis

Follow the lives of seven women in the Atlanta medical community, with three of the women being doctors themselves, while the others are doctors' wives.


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amazon-prime-video

Friday 13 September

Undone Season 1

Genre
Fantasy, Drama
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A

IMDb synopsis

From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes the Amazon Original Undone, a ground-breaking and genre-bending animated series about a young woman's journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father's death.


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sbs-on-demand

Wednesday 11 September

The Looming Tower Season 1 premiere

Genre
Drama, History
Runtime
50min episodes
IMDb
8.0

SBS synopsis

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11.


Thursday 12 September

Spiral Season 7

Genre
Crime, Drama
Runtime
52min episodes
IMDb
8.5

SBS synopsis

After six thrilling seasons, Spiral is back for a new season of criminal investigations in Paris, as it embraces the various perspectives of those involved in the criminal justice system: the police and the judicial authorities.


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