Queens of comedy and true-crime dramas – the best series to watch this month
“The weather has never been better” – said no one, ever. The recent and incessant downpour has put a halt on all of our outdoor plans, and will most likely see a lot of us spend our free time indoors. If you’re keen to snuggle up on the couch and binge your way through a new TV series, then we have some good news for you – we have rounded up some of the best series gracing our screens this month. Whether you’re into true-crime stories, celebrity-centric reality shows or heart-warming coming-of-age tales, we have got a streaming gem for you.
The Staircase – Binge
If you’re seeking a show that will have you questioning “surely this didn’t actually happen?” after each episode, then let us introduce you to The Staircase. The thrilling series tells the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the high-profile murder trial that follows. You might already be familiar with the story, as it was the centre of a 2005 documentary called Death on the Staircase, but if you’re not, all we can tell you is expect many twists and turns, because, boy, there are plenty of them. Oh, and did we mention the star-studded cast? Colin Firth plays Michael Peterson, Aussie icon Toni Collette stars as Kathleen and the rest of the cast is made up of Parker Posey, Olivia DeJonge, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Turner, Odessa Young and Dane DeHaan. You can catch the first three episodes of The Staircase on Binge, with new episodes dropping weekly.
The Kardashians – Disney+
They’reeeeee baaaaack. It’s time to once again keep up with Momager Kris and the Kardashian/Jenner family as they celebrate new ventures and navigate motherhood, relationships and career goals. While we thought that the family was done with reality TV after finishing up their E! Network show in 2021, it was not even a year before they were back on our screens. Like any toxic relationship, we miss the drama – which in this case is good, as this new show has bucketloads of it. The Kardashians is available to stream now on Disney+ in Australia, with new episodes dropping on Thursdays.
Heartstopper – Netflix
A coming-of-age story told in eight chapters, Netflix’s Heartstopper has well and truly tugged on our heart strings. This uplifting LGBTQI+ drama is based on the graphic novel by YA fiction writer Alice Oseman and follows teens Charlie and Nick, who discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love. If you’re looking for something to cheer you up, stop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and head on over to Netflix to binge the whole series.
Severance – Apple TV+
Directed by Ben Stiller and starring Adam Scott, Severance is a sci-fi psychological thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat. It follows Mark, who leads a team of office workers whose memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives – now that’s one way of achieving work/life balance. But all is not what appears in this fantastical workplace tale, and things get even murkier when a mysterious colleague appears outside of work, which kicks off a journey to discover the truth about their jobs. Also jam-packed with seasoned actors like John Turturro, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Walken, Severance proves itself to be one of the most binge-worthy – and original – shows to watch this year. Catch the whole series on Apple TV+.
Hacks season 2 – Stan
Those who watched the first season of Hacks can attest to what a delight the show is. Starring Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder and Paul W. Downs (who also created the show), Hacks follows the mentorship that forms between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance and her newly hired 25-year-old joke writer. Season two will see the pair hit the road in Deborah’s tour bus and the ensuing road trip is guaranteed to be full of gags. You can catch up on season one on Stan, while season two drops on Friday May 13.