Top 10 TV shows in Australia and where to watch them
Catch up with the shows everyone seems to be talking about.
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With plenty of streaming services fighting for your attention and new shows being released literally every week, figuring out what to watch can be a struggle. Yet some titles manage to stand out from the crowd and become instant pop culture staples.
If you're looking to join in the conversation, we've got you covered. Below are 10 series that are enjoying quite the hype in 2021. We've come up with this list using both trends and our own expert preferences and it will be updated each week. You can't go wrong with adding any of these titles to your watchlist.
1. Gossip Girl
Cast: Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Tavi Gevinson, Thomas Doherty, Emily Alyn Lind
The new Gossip Girl is finally out, catapulting a new generation of privileged teens into the spotlight. They're led by Julien, a popular influencer who has a close group of friends and basically rules Constance Billard, the same private school Blair and Serena attended back in the day.
However, alliances shift when Zoya, Julien's half-sister, arrives at the school on a scholarship. And when the anonymous blogger Gossip Girl is revived in the form of an Instagram account, these kids need to start watching their backs. Someone is always spying.
With an attractive cast and great production values, this Gossip Girl reboot has potential to succeed as a worthy successor to the original. The Internet, at least, is already obsessed with these new characters. Episodes are released on a weekly basis.
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2. Ted Lasso
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster
The Internet’s favourite comfort show is back with Season 2, with episodes arriving weekly on Apple TV+.
Ted Lasso revolves around the titular character, an optimistic coach of college-level American football. He is unexpectedly recruited to coach AFC Richmond, a struggling team in the English Premier League, despite having no previous experience with soccer. Still, he makes the move to Richmond and tries to connect with his new compatriots, while also working on getting his players into shape.
After a fabulous first season, Ted Lasso shows no signs of slowing down in season 2. It remains an uplifting, heart-warming and endearing watch. The premiere episode takes a few risks but maintains the same feel-good tone, which is especially soothing in these troubled times. If you haven’t been won over by Ted’s many charms yet, there’s no time like the present to give in.
3. Never Have I Ever
Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Jaren Lewison, Darren Barnet, Richa Moorjani
A captivating coming-of-age comedy about an Indian American teen girl, Never Have I Ever is back with season 2. We're happy to report that the series is just as funny, honest and clever as you remember.
The show follows Devi, who is navigating high school while recovering from a family tragedy. She has 2 close friends, a loving mother, an ambitious cousin and a whole new set of problems to deal with. Especially now that she's caught in a fiery love triangle.
Created by Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever has a tremendous cast and enough laugh-out-loud moments to satisfy both teens and older viewers. Plus, the series doesn't shy away from tackling complex themes, balancing serious issues with high school shenanigans in an alluring manner. Stream it on Netflix.
4. Dr. Death
Cast: Joshua Jackson, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Grace Gummer, AnnaSophia Robb
If you're after a fresh show to give you nightmares, look no further than Dr. Death. It may not technically fall into the horror genre, but the fact that it's based on true events makes it absolutely terrifying.
Dr. Death stars Joshua Jackson as Christopher Duntsch, an arrogant doctor who doesn't pay particular regard to the Hippocratic Oath. Charismatic yet sinister, Duntsch is seen as a rising star in the Dallas medical community until several patients who go in for procedures unexpectedly end up dead or seriously injured. As it becomes apparent that the doctor is a sociopath, it's up to two fellow surgeons and a prosecutor to stop him.
The series boasts an unsettling performance from Jackson, who is perfectly cast in the lead role. Even if you know how the story ends, getting there is worth the time investment. Just don't binge it if you have any doctor's appointments coming up. Watch it on Stan.
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku
After using the Tesseract to escape his fate, Loki is captured and brought in to face the Time Variance Authority, a bureaucratic organisation in charge of monitoring the sacred timeline. Once there, he's given a no-brainer of a choice: help them face a bigger threat or face extinction.
Loki is a highly enjoyable and imaginative series that draws inspiration from the Marvel comics to expand the MCU in new and exciting ways. Tom Hiddleston is as charming as ever as the lovable antihero, but the supporting cast is just as talented. All season 1 episodes are available to stream now.
6. Virgin River
Cast: Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Colin Lawrence, Tim Matheson
Netflix's beloved romantic drama is back with season 3, which is set to feature all sorts of trouble – including death, a fire, custody arguments, breakups and more.
For those unfamiliar with the premise, Virgin River revolves around a nurse practitioner who relocates from Los Angeles to a small town in Northern California. Hoping for a fresh start, she discovers that small-town living isn't quite as easy as she expected. Thankfully, the local bartender is a sight for sore eyes.
Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger, so there's no wonder fans are eager to find out what happens next. Charming and emotional, the show is a solid fit for viewers in search of something cosy to warm their winter nights.
7. Luxe Listings Sydney
Cast: D'Leanne Lewis, Simon Cohen, Gavin Rubinstein
A series in the vein of Million Dollar Listing, but set in Sydney? Yes, please! That's the idea behind Luxe Listings Sydney, a lifestyle show about 3 elite real estate agents who regularly negotiate multi-million-dollar sales in one of the most competitive markets in the world.
The series centres on D'Leanne Lewis, Simon Cohen and Gavin Rubinstein as they hustle to get great deals for their clients. If you want to see some gorgeous Sydney properties, as well as learn more about the glamorous lives of these busy people, Luxe Listings Sydney is must-watch TV.
8. The White Lotus
Cast: Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario
Coming from Mike White, the creator of HBO's Enlightened, The White Lotus is a dramedy that centres on the guests and employees at a luxury resort over the course of a week.
Each of the guests has dark secrets – and we even find out that someone dies by the time the week is up. But who? And why? You'll need to tune in to find out.
The White Lotus is a satire about rich people being miserable in an idyllic setting. If you find that premise appealing, there's plenty here to love; including the star-studded cast, with everyone offering top-notch performances.
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9. Turner & Hooch
Cast: Josh Peck, Reginald VelJohnson, Becca Tobin, Paul Campbell
A continuation of the late 80s movie of the same name, Turner & Hooch is the kind of reboot you wouldn't have particularly asked for but don't mind having around.
The action follows Scott Turner (son of the character Tom Hanks played in the original), a US Marshal who inherits a big dog from his late father. He doesn't want the dog, but eventually realises that he makes for a solid partner and may actually help him solve crimes.
The premise is silly but winning, the dog is loveable, the show offers an intriguing mix of action, humour and drama. All in all, Turner & Hooch is a fitting and fun watch for the entire family. Episodes arrive weekly on Disney+.
10. Rick and Morty
Cast: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke
The beloved animated show is back with season 5, with episodes arriving weekly on Netflix. If you're unfamiliar with the premise, we follow mad scientist Rick, who drags his dorky grandson Morty on crazy adventures through the multiverse.
Rick and Morty is known for its hilarity, slight tendency towards meta-commentary and overall wackiness. What started as a cult animated series evolved into a mainstream phenomenon, with fans all over the world.
Now's the perfect time to catch up with one of the Internet's most talked-about shows and see where the adventurers will travel to next. Season 5 will consist of 10 episodes.
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