How do I watch Smiling Friends in Australia?

The easiest way to watch Smiling Friends in Australia is to buy or rent it through digital stores like Apple TV and Google Play. Now get out there and make someone smile. 

Brodie Fogg
Jun 21, 2024
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If you live in Australia and haven't heard of Smiling Friends you could be excused but there's not a single living soul in the country who isn't familiar with creator Michael Cusack's previous work on YouTube. If you've spent the better part of a decade quoting Damo and Darren, Smiling Friends should be right up your alley. It's an absurd animated series from Adult Swim in the spirit of Rick and Morty that follows the deeds of the Smiling Friends, an organisation tasked with making people smile. Episodes are short and sharp and absolutely not for children, despite the colourful cartoon style. 

How to watch Smiling Friends online in Australia

Only available to rent or buy.

Frustratingly, no subscription service in Australia is streaming Smiling Friends or almost any other Adult Swim series for that matter. At most, you'll find Michael Cusack's other animated show YOLO: Crystal Fantasy and Silver Fantasy streaming on Stan.

Thankfully, you can buy or rent both Season 1 and Season 2 of Smiling Friends through digital platforms like Apple TV and the Microsoft Store. If you're willing to go one step further, you could use a VPN to sign up to the US service Max (previously HBO Max) in order to stream Smiling Friends. But that would involve paying for a VPN. 

Here's where you can buy or rent Smiling Friends in Australia and how much it will cost you: 

More info
Season 1
Season 2
Episodes from
Season 1

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Looking for something new to stream tonight? These services offer free trials so you won’t pay a cent unless you decide to keep subscribed once your trial’s up.

What is Smiling Friends about?

Smiling Friends

Smiling Friends is an animated television series from Adult Swim (emphasis on adult) from the writing-animating duo of Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel (who also happen to voice many of the show's characters.) 

Primarily following two employees of the titular Smiling Friends, Pim and Charlie, each episode begins with a simple objective: to make someone smile. Where it goes from there is... complicated. One thing each episode of Smiling Friends has in common is that you'll never be able to predict the trajectory of each episode. Pim and Charlie are often joined by their colleagues Allan Red, Glep and their mysterious manager Mr. Boss— there also seems to be a fifth Smiling Friend always teased but explicitly revealed. 

Smiling Friends episodes are short (typically around 10-15 minutes each) and littered with various animators lending both their voice and art (Joel Haver fans can't miss him in Season 2.)

Compare streaming services

Smiling Friends might not be streaming in Australia but there are still plenty of free trials out there if you're sussing out something to stream tonight. Check out the table below for a comprehensive side-by-side comparison of the various streaming services available. 

Monthly price
More info
Binge LogoBinge Standard plan
4K streaming
2 streams
Deal: 7-day free trial
Apple TV+Apple TV+ plan
4K streaming
6 streams (Family Sharing)
Deal: 7-day free trial
Disney PlusDisney+ Standard plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Deal: $139.99 for 12mths
Disney PlusDisney+ Premium plan
4K streaming
4 streams
Deal: $179.99 for 12mths
NetflixNetflix Standard + Ads
HD streaming
2 streams
StanStan Basic plan
SD streaming
1 stream
Kayo SportsKayo One Plan
HD streaming
1 stream
Deal: 7-day free trial
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Brodie Fogg
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Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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