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 TV wonders to your watchlist.
1. The Nevers
Cast: James Norton, Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly, Olivia Williams, Tom Riley
Oh, yet another show about people with superpowers? Yes, but this time it's set in Victorian England!
The Nevers takes place in a London where a few people, mostly women, suddenly manifest abnormal abilities. Some powers are charming, others disturbing. Amalia, played by Laura Donnelly, oversees an orphanage for these special people, whom the upper class seems to fear. There are a lot of villains and combat scenes. The witty humour works well and the show is visually striking.
Based on the premiere, The Nevers has a lot of promise. It also has a lot going on, so there's a good chance it will take a few episodes for the show to find its footing. But if you're looking for a high-concept sci-fi series set in the past, this should be a whole lot of fun.
2. The Serpent
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Billy Howle, Jenna Coleman
Inspired by real events, The Serpent is a stylish drama based on the crimes of Charles Sobhraj, charming conman and murderer, and the attempts to bring him to justice.
Back in the late '70s, Sobhraj posed as a gem dealer as he travelled with his girlfriend across Asia, carrying out a series of crimes. Eventually, a Dutch diplomat began an investigation that uncovered clues leading to Sobhraj. If you want to learn more, this series is a good place to start.
The Serpent is a bit confusing at first - the timeline jumps around, which takes a bit of getting used to. However, it's a sleek and thrilling crime drama, with excellent costumes and a great performance from Tahar Rahim in the lead role. If you're unfamiliar with Sobhraj and his many crimes, even better.
The Serpent is available to stream on Netflix.
3. Made for Love
Cast: Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Ray Romano, Dan Bakkedahl
A dark comedy, Made for Love follows a woman on the run after years of marriage to a tech billionaire. Once she realises that her husband wants to use her as a guinea pig for a revolutionary monitoring device, she takes refuge at her father's place and attempts to regain some sort of independence.
Made for Love is timely and entertaining, with a top-notch cast and plenty to say about relationships and technology. The first three installments dropped all at once, with subsequent episodes scheduled to arrive on Stan on a weekly basis.
4. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl
Following the success of WandaVision, Disney+ is bringing fans more Marvel TV content with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a new show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This time around, we follow Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier to see what they've been up to in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.
Turns out, the world is still pretty bleak, even if all the people who disappeared for five years (including the two titular characters) are back amongst the living. While Falcon is going on dangerous missions and doing his best to help his sister stay afloat money-wise, Bucky is lonely and struggling to make amends for his troubled past.
Based on the first episode, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be action-packed and thought provoking, which is a very good sign. Despite the fact Captain America left his shield to Falcon, he's reluctant to pick it up, leaving the US Government to take matters into its own hands. We're sure their brilliant plan won't have any dire repercussions in the long run.
Sharon Carter and Helmut Zemo are also set to appear in this new series. Episodes air weekly, with the finale scheduled for 23 April.
5. The Irregulars
Cast: McKell David, Thaddea Graham, Jojo Macari, Harrison Osterfield, Darci Shaw
Ready for a fresh and supernatural spin on the classic Sherlock Holmes? Enter The Irregulars, Netflix's buzzy original series about a group of misfits who help Sherlock and Watson solve cases in Victorian London.
Don't be fooled by this basic description though, as this isn't your average feel-good teen drama. These young men and women battle dark, supernatural forces, with horror elements prevalent as episodes go by.
The Irregulars is also different from most Sherlock adaptations, moving the focus from the infamous detective and his sidekick to these resourceful, yet tormented teens. Thankfully, the charming cast is up for the challenge, so you'll be in for a memorable ride.
6. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
Cast: Emilio Estevez, Lauren Graham, Brady Noon
Based on the popular '90s movies, this new series is set in present day and revolves around a young boy who fails to make the Mighty Ducks junior hockey team. As a result, his mum encourages him to start his own squad and they reach out to the Ducks' original coach, Gordon Bombay, for assistance.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is an enjoyable sports series, with a solid cast and enough heart to keep both kids and adults coming back for more. It's also funny and inspirational. We wonder if we'll get to see even more familiar faces before season one wraps up.
Cast: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh, J. K. Simmons
An adult animated series with an impressive cast, Invincible is based on the popular comic books created by Robert Kirkman.
The action follows a teen boy who begins to develop superpowers and gets ready to follow into his father's, Earth's strongest hero, footsteps. But as he learns more about what it's like to live with abilities, he also begins to suspect that his father's legacy may not be quite as heroic as everyone thinks.
Bloody, nuanced and addictive, this show is a delight for any serious superhero fan. The genre may be oversaturated, but Invincible proves there's still space for inventive, compelling stories.
Cast: Justice Smith, Chloe East, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez
Remember when Lena Dunham's character Hannah from Girls proudly said – "I think I might be the voice of my generation. Or, at least, a voice of a generation." Fast-forward a few years and we've got a new show that aims to portray a new generation in an honest light.
Produced by Dunham and created by an actual teenager, Zelda Barnz, Genera+ion is all about Gen Z and their trials and tribulations. An HBO Max original, the show follows a group of high school students who explore their sexuality in the modern world.
Genera+tion features an ensemble cast led by Justice Smith and tells stories about love, family and other major themes that should resonate with today's teens. Plus it's dark, edgy and intense. This makes it particularly appealing to Euphoria fans.
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9. The Walking Dead
Cast: Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Everyone's favourite zombie show is back with 6 bonus season 10 episodes. This is great news if you were wondering how Daryl, Negan, Maggie and everyone else are spending their time.
As the official description reads, the survivors are "trying to pick themselves up by their bootstraps following the destruction the Whisperers left in their wake". That's not a lot to go on, so you might want to tune in and witness all the twists and sorrow for yourself.
Or, if you haven't watched this long-running series yet, there's no time like the present to see what all the fuss is about. All episodes are streaming in Australia. The action is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where danger lurks at every turn. Season 11 will be the show's last, so you have more than enough time to catch up.
10. Ginny & Georgia
Cast: Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry, Diesel La Torraca, Jennifer Robertson
In the mood for a (much) darker Gilmore Girls? Then Ginny & Georgia will be right up your alley.
A Netflix original, the series revolves around the relationship between a teen girl and her young mother. After years on the run, the family settles in a New England town where they hope to put down roots for good. Unfortunately, the past always catches up with you.
Entertaining, fast-paced and soapy, Ginny & Georgia makes for an excellent binge, with solid performances and intriguing twists. After that finale, we really hope the show will eventually return for season two.
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