Murder mysteries, rib-tickling rom coms and mischievous villains – the best tv shows to binge in lockdown
Well, well, well. Another lockdown, another opportunity to kick up our feet and binge some sweet, sweet content. The forecasted dreary weather coupled with stay-at-home restrictions are perfect conditions for a solid sofa session, if you ask us! Thankfully, our favourite streaming services have just released a heap of exciting new shows. From romantic comedies that will transport you to cities afar to edge-of-your-seat thrillers with Oscar winners, here are a few streaming gems that are worth binging during lockdown.
Starstruck – ABC iview
Easily the most easy-to-binge television series on this list, Starstruck is six episodes of hilarious antics from the brilliant mind of New Zealand comedian, writer and actor Rose Matafeo. Coined as a modern-day Notting Hill, the show follows Jessie (played by Matafeo), whose drunken New Year’s eve hook-up becomes somewhat complicated when she finds out her one night stand is actually a mega movie star. From there, you’ll fall in love with the affable characters, Richard Curtis rom-com references and the undeniable chemistry between Jessie and leading man Tom (played by Nikesh Patel). With the episodes clocking around 22 minutes each, you’ll be able to gobble this one up in one sitting – with popcorn, of course. Find Starstruck series one on ABC iview.
Loki – Disney+
If you’re missing your annual dose of Avengers goodness then fear not, superhero seekers, as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded onto the small screen this year thanks to new streaming service Disney+. Everyone’s favourite villain Loki is back as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Also starring Owen Wilson (wow), Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sasha Lane, Loki requires some previous watching (at minimum, the last two Avengers movies) but is well worth the tv time for fans, both new and old. You’ll find this time-travelling gem on Disney+.
Mare of Eastown – Binge
A murder mystery. A gloomy Pennsylvania town. A vaping Kate Winslet. Mare of Eastown has all of the makings of a sensational crime drama and, suffice to say, it hits it out of the park. The show centres around Mare Sheehan (played by Winslet), a police investigator in a small Pennsylvania town who is investigating a brutal murder. Also starring American Horror Story alum Evan Peters as well as Australia’s Guy Pearce and Angourie Rice, this one will keep you guessing until the very end. Seriously, you will be glued to your screen in anticipation. Binge Mare of Eastown on, well, Binge.
Puberty Blues – Netflix
A golden oldie in comparison to the other hits on this list, Puberty Blues originally flashed across television screens in 2012. Now, the show is finding a whole new audience (and in this writer’s case, the same audience again) on Netflix, where you can stream the entire series. With a killer 70s soundtrack (if this kick-ass Dragon hit doesn’t get you grooving, we don’t know what will), a jam-packed homegrown cast and ocker lines like “Rack off mole!”, how could you not love this iconic Aussie hit? Oh, and did we mention that it has been confirmed by Puberty Blues star Ed Oxenbould (who played guinea pig-trading rugrat David in the hit series) that season three is on its way? Find Puberty Blues on Netflix. We’re heating up the Chiko Rolls right now.
Girls5eva – Stan
Fans of 90s pop will froth the Tina Fey-produced show Girls5eva, which stars ‘Love Song’ (still a banger in our books) singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles alongside Busy Philipps, Paula Pell and Renée Elise Goldsberry. The series follows a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 1990s who decide to reunite to give their pop-star dreams one more crack, after their once-famous hit gets sampled by a young rapper. With some seriously catchy songs, hysterical jokes and quality cameos — Stephen Colbert, Vanessa Williams and Jimmy Fallon all make an appearance – Girls5eva is just what the doctor ordered. Sing along to Girls5eva on Stan.
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