Your guide to streaming

The best movies and TV shows to watch on Australia’s streaming services.

Stuck inside for a prolonged period or unsure of what’s good in the never-ending abyss of content? Follow our streaming guide and start your next binge off right. 

Netflix

Action:

Bodyguard 

Set in London, Bodyguard follows Police Sergeant David Budd who, after thwarting a terrorist attack, is assigned to protect Britain’s Home Secretary.

  • Honourable mention: Altered Carbon, Manhunt: Unabomber, Daredevil. 

Comedy:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police comedy following the lives and whacky adventures of the detectives in the fictional 99th Precinct.

  • Honourable mention:The Good Place, Russian Doll, Bojack Horseman. 

Drama:

Mindhunter 

Set in the 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with creating criminal profiling by interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

  • Honourable mention: Unbelievable, Ozark, When They See Us. 

Horror:

The Haunting of Hill House 

Flashing between past and present, a family must confront haunting memories and spirits from their old home and the events that drove them from it. 

  • Honourable mention: Stranger Things, Kingdom, Black Summer.  

Documentary:

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes 

A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row and those around him during his crimes.

  • Honourable mention: The Toys That Made Us, Making A Murderer, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

Stan

Action:

Preacher

Based on a long-running comic book series, Preacher follows an alcoholic, chain-smoking man of faith who becomes infused with power and embarks on a mission to find god with his trigger-happy ex-girlfriend and a vampire. 

  • Honourable mention: Sons of Anarchy, Power, Justified. 

Comedy:

The Office (US)

A mockumentary about a group of office workers, whose egos, inappropriate behaviour and romances lead to hilarious results.

  • Honourable mention: Friends, Seinfeld, Parks and Recreation. 

Drama:

Billions

Set in the world of corporate greed and espionage on Wall Street, Billions pits two titans of industry – US Attorney Chuck Rhoades and hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod – against each other.

  • Honourable mention: Better Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale, Breaking Bad.

Horror:

Hannibal

Set before hit movie The Silence of the Lambs, explore the relationship between Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Will Graham. 

  • Honourable mention: Dexter, Ash vs Evil Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Documentary:

Louis Theroux 

A series of documentaries by renowned documentary filmmaker, journalist and broadcaster Louis Theroux.

  • Honourable mention: Leaving Neverland, SuperSize Me, Love the Beast 

Disney +

Action:

The Mandalorian 

The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the Star Wars galaxy. 

  • Honourable mention: Marvel’s Runaways, Agent Carter and any Marvel superhero film.

Comedy: 

The Simpsons 

The hilarious adventures of the world’s favourite yellow family and their friends in the misfit city of Springfield.

  • Honourable mention: 10 Things I Hate About You, The Parent Trap, Newsies.

Drama:

Remember the Titans

The true story of an African-American coach who must unite his team during the first season of racially integrated high school football.

  • Honourable mention: Invincible, The Finest Hours, Dan in Real Life

Horror:

Hocus Pocus

A young man moves to Salem where he unwittingly awakens a trio of witches who were executed in the 17th century. 

  • Honourable mention: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Return to Oz.

Documentary:

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy. 

An in-depth making-of documentary focusing on the original Star Wars trilogy and its impact on popular culture and modern cinema. 

  • Honourable mention: Frank & Ollie, The Pixar Story, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe. 

Amazon

Action:

The Boys
A group of vigilantes set out to take down a corrupt contingent of superheroes who began abusing their powers. 

  • Honourable mention: Jack Ryan, Star Trek: Picard, The Expanse.

Comedy:

Fleabag 
Adapted from an award-winning play, Fleabag follows the life of a young woman trying to cope with life in London after a tragedy. 

  • Honourable mention: The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, Veep, The Tick.

Drama:

Hunters

A troubled Jewish man sets out for revenge and is recruited by a secret group of Nazi hunters in 1970s America.

  • Honourable mention: The Man in the High Castle, The Widow, American Gods.

Horror:

Lore

Based on a renowned podcast, Lore is an anthology series focusing on nightmare mythologies and how they’re rooted in real-life horror stories.

  • Honourable mention: NOOS4A2, Good Omens, Carnival Row.

Documentary:

The Grand Tour

Follow former Top Gear hosts Jeremy, Richard and James as they drive new vehicles and undertake challenges across the globe. 

  • Honourable mention: The Central Park Five, The Test, City of Ghosts.

Apple TV+

Action:

For All Mankind

Explore how the world would have reacted if the global space race had never ended. 

  • Honourable mention: See, Amazing Stories.

Comedy:

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet 

The owner of a successful video game company and his troubled staff work to keep their hit game, Mythic Quest, on top of the charts.

  • Honourable mention: Dickinson.

Drama: 

The Morning Show

An inside look at the lives of early morning television hosts in America and how they carry out their unique televised ritual. 

  • Honourable mention: Truth Be Told, Little America.

Horror:

Servant

A couple is in mourning after they lose their baby, which causes a rift in their marriage and opens a gateway for a mysterious force to enter their home. 

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Documentary:

Visible: Out on Television

Explore the importance of TV and how the LGBTQ movement influenced what we watch.

  • Honourable mention: The Elephant Queen, Helpsters, Oprah’s Book Club.

Foxtel Now

Action:

Watchmen
Set in an alternate history, Watchmen follows the lives of police officers who have been forced to wear masks to protect their identities against domestic terrorists. 

  • Honourable mention: His Dark Materials, Barry, Future Man.

Comedy:

Avenue 5

The troubled crew of a space cruise ship must try to keep passengers calm after their ship is thrown off course into deep space. 

  • Honourable mention: The Righteous Gemstones, Succession, Silicon Valley. 

Drama:

Big Little Lies

The picture-perfect lives of upper-class mothers begin to unravel after a murder at a prestigious elementary school.

  • Honourable mention: The Leftovers, Euphoria, Chernobyl.

Horror:

The Outsider

Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, The Outsider follows the investigation of a gruesome murder where a supernatural force has edged its way into the case.

  • Honourable mention: The Walking Dead, American Horror Story: 1984, Castle Rock.

Documentary:

Crimes that Shook Australia

A true-crime documentary series exploring some of Australia’s most famous crimes and criminals. 

  • Honourable mention: LAWLESS: The Real Bushrangers, Beware the Slenderman and Undercover High.

Note: There is also a wealth of free content available on 7plus, 9Now, 10play, ABC iView and SBS ON Demand streaming services. The content is free to watch but does contain ads.