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Top 10 TV shows in Australia this week and where to watch them

Posted: 30 June 2022 5:00 pm
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Catch up with the shows everyone seems to be talking about.

With plenty of streaming services fighting for your attention and new shows 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 at the moment. We made this list using both trends and our own expert preferences and it will be updated weekly. You can't go wrong with adding any of these titles to your watchlist.

Editor's note: You can catch a bunch of these shows using streaming free trials – check them out here.

1. Stranger Things


Year: 2016

Cast: Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp

The international hit is once again Running Up That Hill to reach Netflix's number 1 spot worldwide. The 2-part season finale of Stranger Things 4 drops 1 July – and it's shaping up to be quite the TV event.

Following a gripping first batch of episodes, the Hawkins kids are scattered and facing a frightening future. Episode 7 ended with a cliffhanger, packing a big reveal regarding villain Vecna. What happens next is anybody's guess, but we doubt that all your faves will make it out of season 4 alive.

Just because Volume 2 only consists of 2 episodes doesn't mean that viewers don't have to set aside a big chunk of time to catch up with the show. Chapter Eight: Papa clocks in at around 1 hour and 25 minutes, while Chapter Nine: The Piggyback has a runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Buckle up for an epic binge.

  • Watch Stranger Things on Netflix

2. The Boys


Year: 2019

Cast: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty

The Boys returns on Prime Video with a dazzling season 3, proving that the long wait for new episodes was worth it.

It has been a year of calm since the events of the season 2 finale. Homelander has been on an apology tour to regain the public's sympathy after dating a Nazi, Butcher is working for the government and Hughie is shadowing Victoria Neuman, whom we know has a dirty secret of her own. When The Boys learn of a mysterious weapon that might end Homelander, they begin to look into iconic superhero Soldier Boy.

With plenty of gore, just enough humour and wonderful performances from everyone involved, The Boys is better than ever. The new season premieres with 3 episodes on 3 June. After that, episodes come out weekly until 8 July.

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3. Only Murders in the Building


Year: 2021

Cast: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez

Eager to solve a new puzzle along with Arconia's charming amateur detective trio? You're in luck – Only Murders in the Building is back with season 2.

Last time we saw them, neighbours and true crime podcasters Charles, Oliver and Mabel were celebrating after finally figuring out who killed Tim Kono. Their joy was short-lived: someone murdered their building's Board President and the 3 of them are discovered right next to the body, prompting the police to bring them in for questioning.

Season 2 picks up in the immediate aftermath, as the neighbours have to figure out whether someone is trying to frame them. Should they once again put themselves at risk by investigating the fresh crime? Tune in to find out. Episodes come out weekly on Disney Plus.

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4. The Summer I Turned Pretty


Year: 2022

Cast: Lola Tung, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno, Rachel Blanchard, Jackie Chung

A charming teen romance, The Summer I Turned Pretty is based on Jenny Han's popular novel series of the same name. The author also created the show, so fans of the books can expect an adaptation that does the source material justice.

The plot centres on Belly, a young girl who has been summering in a beach house with her family ever since she was little. Once she turns 16, she finds herself caught between 2 brothers she's known for most of her life. Turns out, this particular summer might be more eventful than anything that came before.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a sweet show for viewers of all ages. The performances are delightful and the soundtrack is excellent. Stream it when you're in the mood for a breezy, heartwarming watch. All season 1 episodes are on Prime Video.

5. Ms. Marvel


Year: 2022

Cast: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff

A Marvel series featuring a high school protagonist? That sounds like entertaining escapism in our book.

Ms. Marvel is all about Kamala, a teenage girl who is very into superheroes, especially Captain Marvel. When she gets superpowers of her own, she has to figure out how to make the best of the situation.

At the same time, Kamala deals with typical teen issues like fitting in, crushes, family issues and so on. She also has a vivid imagination – something the show illustrates with playful visual cues.

You can watch Ms. Marvel episodes weekly on Disney Plus. If you loved Hawkeye or any of the Spider-Man movies, there's a good chance you'll fall for this new Marvel hit as well.

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6. The Twelve


Year: 2022

Cast: Sam Neill, Kate Mulvany, Marta Dusseldorp, Brendan Cowell

An original Aussie series, The Twelve revolves around a complex and intriguing murder case. Kate Mulvany plays a woman on trial for allegedly killing her niece, a teenage girl.

The courtroom drama focuses on the jury – 12 ordinary people who must decide whether the accused is guilty. But as their personal demons affect their judgement, can they be truly impartial as they attempt to reach a verdict?

With an A-list cast and great production values, The Twelve has a good chance of becoming your next TV obsession. Catch episodes weekly on Foxtel and BINGE.

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7. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds


Year: 2022

Cast: Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, Rebecca Romijn, Celia Rose Gooding

This new Star Trek series centres on characters introduced in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. It's a spin-off for that series, but also a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series.

Strange New Worlds follows Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One as they travel the galaxy aboard the USS Enterprise in the years before Captain James T. Kirk. As the name suggests, the team explores various planets and civilisations, which turns out to be a whole lot of fun.

While Strange New Worlds is tied to the larger Star Trek universe, it's a good entry point for franchise newbies. As long as you're into sci-fi, there's plenty here to love. Catch episodes weekly on Paramount Plus.

8. The Staircase


Year: 2022

Cast: Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Olivia DeJonge, Sophie Turner

A true crime drama, The Staircase explores the life of Michael Peterson. If you're unfamiliar with the case, his wife died under mysterious circumstances. He was accused of murdering her and a lengthy legal battle followed.

The Staircase delivers a fresh perspective on the events, even for viewers who already know what went down. While it may not offer any definite answers, the show takes its time exploring the characters – including Peterson's wife and their children. With terrific performances and enough drama to keep you glued to the screen, it's a compelling binge. All episodes are now available.

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9. Under the Banner of Heaven


Year: 2022

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Wyatt Russell

Inspired by true events, Under the Banner of Heaven stars Andrew Garfield as a detective investigating a double murder in the 80s. As he uncovers more details about the crime, he begins to question his own faith.

A well-written exploration of religion and violence with brilliant performances from everyone involved, this is the kind of thought-provoking series you'll text your friends about.

Under the Banner of Heaven premiered with a double episode on Disney Plus. The remaining ones come out weekly on Wednesdays.

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10. Everything I Know About Love


Year: 2022

Cast: Emma Appleton, Bel Powley, Marli Siu, Aliyah Odoffin

Based on Dolly Alderton's popular memoir of the same name, Everything I Know About Love is a poignant series about surviving your 20s.

We zoom in on a group of girlfriends who share a place in London in 2012 and dive headfirst into everything the big city has to offer. The list includes bad dates, parties, heartache, humiliations and love.

Well-written and engaging, the show isn't afraid to expose the messiness associated with stepping into adulthood for the first time. If you're a millennial, you need to watch this ASAP. All episodes are streaming.

  • Watch Everything I Know About Love on Stan

What changed on our list?

New additions

  • Stranger Things
  • Only Murders in the Building

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    ArtyOctober 5, 2015

    If I get the iTunes downloads of Rick and Morty, do I end up with the censored or un-censored versions?

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      BrodieOctober 6, 2015

      Hi there!

      As far as I can tell, the Rick and Morty episodes you purchase through iTunes are censored. The only way to get an uncensored copy is to wait for the DVD/Bluray release.

      Cheers,

      Brodie

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