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The must-see Netflix and Stan shows to have on your radar

Category: entertainment

To binge, or not to binge, that is the question. With so many brilliant series announced every day, it can be hard to decide what’s worth parking on the couch for. There’s no need to get bogged down in the reviews – we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best streaming shows you need to have on your radar!  

NETFLIX

For the fantasy fan: Umbrella Academy 

Combine superheroes, a dysfunctional family, and a mysterious disappearance, and you have Umbrella Academy – the ultimate family-friendly fantasy series. The plotline revolves around the adopted Hargreeves siblings who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death, all in the wake of an apocalypse.

For the hopeless romantic: Sweet Magnolias 
If it’s a feel-good series you’re in search of, then Sweet Magnolias ticks all the boxes. Set in a small, tight-knit town in the US, it’s a story of three friends who each face some relatable life challenges, but lean on each other for help over a few refreshing margaritas each week. The series ends on quite the cliff-hanger though, leaving us eager for season two!

For those in the mood for mystery: Outer Banks 

Aptly named Outer Banks due to its location in the outer banks of North Carolina, this mystery thriller follows a group of teenagers who dub themselves ‘Pogues’. The surfy teens find themselves entangled in crime after discovering treasure on an abandoned boat, which becomes more mysterious when they find out that it’s linked to lead character John B’s missing father. It’s a sun-drenched mystery series that deserves its place on the must-watch list for 2020.  

For a coming-of-age tale: Atypical 
Atypical follows Sam, an 18-year-old who happens to be on the autism spectrum, and faces challenges of gaining his independence, navigating love and coming to terms with his autism. Parallel to Sam’s story, the relatability of his mum’s life-changing journey watching her son grow up, certainly pulls on the heartstrings of the audience. It’s a coming-of-age tale fit for the whole family. 

DISNEY+

For the musically inclined: Hamilton 

A real-life recording of the award-winning Broadway production, Hamilton is for all the lovers of musical theatre – and even features the original cast! It tells the story of the ‘forgotten founding father of the U.S’, Alexander Hamilton, an orphan immigrant from the Caribbean who became George Washington's right-hand man during the American Revolutionary War. How did he find himself in this enormous place of power? You’ll have to watch to find out. 

For the sci-fi buff: Star Wars: The Mandalorian 

The iconic Star Wars series is a favourite for sci-fi buffs everywhere and The Mandalorian series certainly lives up to the hype. The story revolves around a lone bounty hunter and his exploits in the outer reaches of the galaxy. There is also a very cute baby Yoda character who, despite his size, has much power. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, and if you consider yourself a Star Wars fan, should definitely be on your binge list. 

AMAZON PRIME

For the lover of drama: Dead To Me (seasons 1 & 2)
Having met each other during their grief counselling sessions, characters Jen and Judy – despite their stark differences – become fast friends. Bonding over their mutual loss of spouses, the friendship between the pair is both heart-warming and hilarious. That is until one of the many big twists of the series! 

For the action-packed adventurers: Jack Ryan 

This action-packed plotline follows an up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, who discovers a pattern in terrorist communication that leaves him in an unexpected and incredibly dangerous position. A brilliant watch for any lovers of political crime thrillers and with John Krasinski as the lead, it’s hard to turn off.  

STAN

For the class clown: Hamish & Andy's Caravan of Courage – Australia v New Zealand

Okay, this may not be a new series but if you haven’t seen Hamish and Andy’s caravan road trip across Oz and NZ then you’re missing out! The pseudo-doco follows Australian comedic duo Hamish and Andy, their trusty caravan, and some seriously funny stops on their epic road trip. Expect challenges, quick-wit and many, many laughs for the whole family. It also showcases our amazing country and that of our neighbours across the ditch. Bonus!
BINGE 

For the nature lover: Wildest Places 

Take a deep dive into the wildly beautiful and mysterious Pacific Ocean with this visually stunning documentary. Showcasing an extraordinary range of wildlife and habitats beneath the surface of the ocean that’s right on our doorstep, Wildest Places also includes never-before-seen footage that was filmed over the course of 10 years!  

So, pop on your cosiest track-pants and get comfy because these TV series will have you hooked! And if you’re looking for snack inspiration, we’ve got you covered for that too. View our complete recipe guide for easy to make movie night snacks.

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