Top 10 TV shows in Australia and where to watch them

Should you head to Netflix, Stan, Presto, Foxtel or Quickflix to watch your favourite TV show?

Here's where to find where to watch the top TV shows in 2016.

Want all the TV shows and movies? You can get a free trial with each of the streaming internet tv providers below:

1. Game of Thrones (IMDb rating: 9.5)

Watch it on: Foxtel (Seasons 1–5)
Download it on: iTunes

Season 5 of television phenomenon Game of Thrones will be available on Foxtel and Foxtel Now. HBO will simulcast the show round the world, so come April 13 you can watch it from 11am, AEST.

Cost: $90 minimum

($15 per month for Foxtel Now subscription with either the Pop or Drama package, both of which contain the Showcase channel, Foxtel's home for HBO content like Game of Thrones.)

Game of Thrones

2. Sherlock (IMDb rating: 9.3)

Watch it on: Stan
Download it on: iTunes

Get your Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman fix on Stan, which currently has the back catalog of seasons 1–3. Fans of the show are used to waiting a while for new seasons; showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have promised a special in 2016, followed by a fourth series of three episodes later in the year.

Sherlock is currently available on Netflix US, so we'll have to wait and see if the show's home stays on Stan.

Cost: $10 per month


3. True Detective (IMDb rating: 9.3)

Watch it on: Foxtel (Seasons 1–2)
Download it on: iTunes

The HBO drama's second season will be screened express from the US in mid-2016, starring Collin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. In the meantime, catch up on the critically acclaimed season 1, which boasted Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as its leads.

Cost: $25 per month subscription (Available in "Drama")

True Detective

4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (IMDb rating: 9.3)

Watch it on: Foxtel (Seasons 1–2)
Download it on: iTunes

Comedian John Oliver is changing the way Americans watch news, and Australians are loving it. Catch up on the first season of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on Foxtel, and get new episodes of the second season at the same time as the US.

Cost: $25 per month subscription + $10 per month Entertainment Plus Pack

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

5. Better Call Saul (IMDb rating: 9.2)

Download it on: iTunes

The spin off to Breaking Bad is being hosted exclusively on Stan. Catch the first season on there now, and – we can guess – every future season, too.

Cost: $10 per month

Better Call Saul

6. Rick and Morty (IMDb rating: 9.2)

Download it on: iTunes

Make no mistake – Rick and Morty might be a cartoon, but its humour is adult. And off balance. It's one of those shows you'll either love or you'll hate, but that's a pretty solid IMDb rating to at least give one episode a go. Forgo all your new streaming options and catch it on iTunes instead. Season 2 is predicted to come out mid-2016.

Cost: $3.49 per episode, or $26.99 for Season 1.

Rick and Morty

7. Arrested Development (IMDb rating: 9.1)

Download it on: iTunes

After Netflix resurrected season 4 of Arrested Development, seven years after the last season aired, there was speculation if the comedy would come back for a fifth. Right now, it's looking likely. Catch up on old episodes (starring Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett and Portia de Rossi, amongst others) on Netflix. Quickflix also has seasons 1–4 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Cost: $8.99 per month for Netflix, $12.99 per month for Quickflix's DVD and Blu-Ray membership.

Arrested Development

8. Hunter x Hunter (IMDb rating: 9.1)

Watch it on: unavailable

At the moment, anime Hunter x Hunter is unavailable anywhere in Australia, but it is on Netflix US. Hopefully this means it'll be coming across to Netflix Australia soon, but in the meantime I have Very Poor kNowledge on how you can access it.

Hunter x Hunter

9. House of Cards (IMDb rating: 9.1)

Download it on: iTunes

Considering House of Cards is Netflix commissioned AND a huge success, it makes sense to find it front and centre of their Australian content lineup. Stream the entirety of season 3 on Netflix now (as well as catch up on 1–2), or get seasons 1–2 through Quickflix.

*Ed's note: You expected this to be higher on the list, didn't you? Surprise, surprise.

Cost: $8.99 per month on Netflix, or starting from $9.99 per month on Quickflix

house of cards

10. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (IMDb rating: 9.1)

Watch it on: Netflix
Download it on: iTunes

Another anime offering, all five seasons of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood are available on Netflix Australia.

Cost: $8.99 per month.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Honourable Mention: Orange Is The New Black (IMDb rating: 8.5)

Watch it on: Foxtel (Seasons 1–3)

C'mon, you were wondering where Orange Is The New Black was on this list, right? Didn't even make the top 100 on IMDb. Ouch.

OITNB is another Netflix original, so you can safely bet all future seasons will be available on Netflix Australia. Currently you can binge seasons 1–3 on Netflix or Foxtel, or catch up with season 1–2 on Quickflix

Cost: $8.99 per month on Netflix, $9.99 per month on Quickflix,

orange is the new black

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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, 2015Staff

      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.



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