The 30 Best TV Shows on Stan
Stan is a treasure trove of comfort television you’ll keep coming back to.
Netflix might be the master of original television shows but local streaming service Stan is more concerned with quality over quantity. Sure, Stan is also in the biz of creating original content, and it’s had its fair share of successes too such as the breakout comedy No Activity, but the true value of Stan is measured by its back catalogue of binge-worthy classics. The type of comfort food television that you return to time and time again. So without further hesitation, here are the best TV shows on Stan in no particular order.
1. Veronica Mars
If you’ve fallen in love with Kristen Bell thanks to The Good Place, head back to where it all began for Bell: Her cult-favourite role as high-school detective Veronica Mars.
Veronica Mars could be easily dismissed as just another high-school genre piece but its cracking dialogue and clever mystery arcs make it well worth your time.
2. Twin Peaks
How do you describe a show like Twin Peaks when there is nothing else quite like Twin Peaks. The inciting mystery of Laura Palmer’s death sets up this mind-bending clash of enigmatic, otherworldy characters and quaint small-town traditions.
Not only is Stan home to the original series from 1991, it also has exclusive streaming rights to the the 2017 revival season.
3. The West Wing
If you’re first contact with Aarron Sorkin was with the more contemporary, The Newsroom, then forget everything you know and head back to the late 90s/early 2000s for this feelgood political drama about the President of the United States (Martin Sheen) and the staffers, advisers and family that support him.
4. The Office (US/UK)
The debate over which version of The Office is best (the US reboot or UK original) continues over 6 years after the final US episode aired.
Whether you’re more Dunder-Mifflin than Wernham-Hogg, more Tim than Jim, or despise Dwight more than you do Gareth, both versions are available to stream on Stan.
5. The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwoood’s timely vision of a totalitarian US future has made one of the most successful transitions to the small screen since Game of Thrones.
Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss plays the lead role as June Osborne, a Handmaid to two of the biggest political figures in the facist, theonomic political party that’s taken power.
The best remedy for the lingering migraine left by Scrubs Season 9 is a heavy dose of Seasons 1 to 8.
There’s simply no placebo that can replace the potent chemistry between Sacred Heart’s most lovable personalities: JD, Elliot, Carla, Turk, Dr. Cox, Kelso, and, of course, The Todd.
7. Ru Paul’s Drag Race
One of the most entertaining reality/competition television shows in history.
A lesson in reading, lip-syncing and hustling , RPDR has amassed a momumental following in its 11-season run, as well as a number of spin-offs (all available on Stan).
8. Regular Show
Best Kids Show
Regular Show sits alongside Adventure Time as the kind of kids show that’s perfectly acceptable for all ages but particularly enjoyed by adults thanks to some truly top-notch comedy.
If you can’t possibly handle another episode of Paw Patrol, give Regular Show a whirl.
9. Penny Dreadful
It’s a mystery to me how this Showtime horror series starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Bille Piper didn’t have the same cult following as The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones.
It’s essentially the Avengers of 19th Century Gothic Horror with a killer cast and thrilling throughline.
10. Peep Show
Channel 4’s POV-shot comedy Peep Show is quite possibly the funniest thing to come out of the UK, it’s a surprise the US hasn’t… oh nevermind.
Peep Show is one of the most quotable comedies in history and introduced most people to the wonderful David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
11. Party Down
Back in 2009 and 2010, Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas penned Party Down; a short-lived comedy about a group of aspiring actors making a living at a catering company.
It stars Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan and Ken Marino, and the fact that it managed to fly under the radar for the most is one of the greatest tragedies in television.
12. Parks and Recreation
When Parks and Recreation first released back in 2009, it seemed like an attempt to replicate the success of The Office.
What we actually got was one of the most rewatchable comedies of all time. Michael Shur folllowed Parks and Rec up with two more bangers: Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place proving he can do no wrong.
13. No Activity
Best Stan Original
Stan’s stakeout sitcom starring Patty Brammal is the streaming service’s greatest success story when it comes to original content. It’s a top-shelf comedy that caught the attention of Will Ferrell who remade it in the US before the second season even aired.
The US remake, which features Tim Meadows, Suniti Mani and Jason Mantzoukas, is also available to stream on Stan.
14. Mozart in the Jungle
Based on the memoirs Blair Tindall, Mozart in the Jungle follows Hailey Rutledge (Lola Kirke), a fledgling oboist who joins the New York Symphony as an eccentric conductor, Rodrdrigo, (Gael Garcia Bernal) takes control of an uninspired orchestra.
Rodrigo and Hailey form a passionate working relationship as they navigate the orchestra’s in-fighting an burning sexual tension.
15. Miracle Workers
Creator Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman) imagines heaven as an industrial factory, with an impulsive and naive God (Steve Buscemi) leading the show.
When God loses all hope for his creation, he decides to open a restaurant and it’s up to the worker drones responsible for answering prayers (Daniel Radcliffe and Geraldine Viswanathan) to help God see that Earth is worth saving.
Radcliffe, Viswanathan and Karan Soni (Deadpool) are magnetic as the series’ leads but Steve Buscemi absolutely steals the show with the limited screen time he has.
Most folks first witness the imposing on-screen power of Idris Elba in The Wire but BBC One’s Luther is where he really got the chance to flex.
Everything you know about the action superstar can be tracked back to his performance as the hard-nosed detective John Luther.
If, like us, you devoured the first few seasons of Lost before falling off the grid, struggling to keep track of all the loose threads, the entire series is now available on Stan.
So you can watch it at your own pace and just Google every unanswered question as you go.
18. Line of Duty
The Brits have got crime dramas falling out of their pockets but believe us when we say Line of Duty isn’t your average crime drama, even if the title and thumbnail suggest otherwise.
This award-winning procedural revolves around an Anti-Corruption unit responsible for investigating an unlawful shooting from a fellow officer.
20. Killing Eve
BBC has exported its brand of crime drama with the breakout hit, Killing Eve. This spy thriller weaves a gripping tale of obsession as MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh in fine form) attempts to track down an elusive assassin, Villanelle (Jodie Comer).
A mutual obession and admiration for each other’s methods push the two professionals closer together.
21. Inside No. 9
The creative team behind The League of Gentlemen (Reece Sheersmith and Steve Pemberton) know how to make you wince. Inside No. 9 is a sketch show that twos a blurry line between offbeat comedy and abject horror.
Like any sketch show, Inside No. 9 can be a little hit and miss but when it lands, ho boy, it lands. We recommend starting with episode 2 “A Quiet Night In”.
When Hannibal was unceremoniously sacrificed by the monsters at NBC, hungry fans lashed out at the pure injustice of it. It’s a testament to Bryan Fuller’s vision (essentially a TV universe of serial killers from the mind of Thomas Harris) and the magnetic charm of Mads Mikkelsen.
Like Kiling Eve, it’s a story of mutual obsession between cat (FBI profiler Will Graham) and mouse (forensic scientist Dr. Hannibal Lecter).
23. Doctor Who
The good doctor has been an elusive chap since streaming services launched in Australia.
The latest Jodie Whittaker run (seasons 11 and 12) aren’t available to binge yet, but Stan will sort you out with seasons 1 to 10 of the Doctor Who revival series.
Detroiters stars Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson (I Think You Should Leave) play two best friends in charge of a once successful advertising empire. Their attempts to breathe new life into their campaigns are absurd and, mostly, disasterous.
Detrioters is a comedy for folks who are partial to comedies like Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.
Best of the best
If you never had the pleasure of visiting Deadwood when before the series bit the dust back in 2006, you’re one of the lucky ones. This suprisingly heartwarming Western recently picked up where the series left off over 10 years ago with Deadwood: The Movie.
You can only catch the movie on Foxtel at the moment but at least you won’t be waiting a lifetime for the thrilling conclusion.
Sharing the same stable as other infinitely rewatchable comedies like Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development and Brooklyn-Nine-Nine is Community.
Dan Harmon’s fish-out-of-water comedy follows a disgraced lawyer (Joel McHale) who is forced to attend a community college in order to obtain his degree. What starts as a study group fabricated to woo social activist Britta Perry quickly becomes a tightknit family of students.
Whether you’re the sun, you’re the moon, or you’re simply human and need tobeloved, Charmed is trash-tier television at its finest.
Before there were a seemingly infinite number of witches and vampires on our TV screens, Alysia Milano, Shannon Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan showed us how the power of three can set you free.
28. Super Mario World
One of the best-worst animated TV shows of all time comes from Nintendo. The Super Mario World and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 are two bizarre lesons in cashing in.
Oh they’re bad but they’re also jet fuel for nostalgia.
29. Broad City
If you liked Detroiters you’re going to love Broad City.
Hands-down one of the funniest original comediies of recent memory, Broad City introduces us the unrivalled talents of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as two best friends scheming to survive life in New York City.
30. Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is the kind of show that’s been hyped beyond belief since it wrapped in 2013 but there’s no denying that Vince Gilligan’s script, and the lead performances by Bryan Cranston as Walt, Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman and Anna Gunn as Skyler, make for some of the most gripping television ever made.
It’s perfect time to get hooked too, as Netflix recently released the follow-up movie El Camino.