Top 10 TV shows in Australia and where to watch them

Catch up with the shows everyone seems to be talking about.

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

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


Year: 2021

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

1 seasons 1 seasons

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

2. Ted Lasso


Year: 2020

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

3. Never Have I Ever


Year: 2020

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

2 seasons

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

4. Dr. Death


Year: 2021

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

1 seasons

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

5. Loki


Year: 2021

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku

A new TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki follows the God of Mischief as he embarks on a spectacular adventure through time set in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

1 seasons

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

6. Virgin River


Year: 2019

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

3 seasons

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

7. Luxe Listings Sydney


Year: 2021

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

1 seasons

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

8. The White Lotus


Year: 2021

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

1 seasons 1 seasons

RENT/BUY

Sorry, we've found no buying or renting options for this title.

9. Turner & Hooch


Year: 2021

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


Year: 2013

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.

WATCH NOW

SUBSCRIBE

5 seasons

RENT/BUY

4 seasons 5 seasons

Try before you buy with these free trials

Latest streaming guides

[/single_call_shortcode]

More guides on Finder

Stream the best and save

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.

2 Responses

    Default Gravatar
    ArtyOctober 5, 2015

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

      Default Gravatar
      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

Go to site