Between Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now, SBS On Demand, and more, it’s kind of hard to know what shows you should be watching right now. How do you Netflix & Chill when you can't even pick a dang show because you're so stressed out?
We've seen the endless tweets and rave reviews about all of those blockbuster TV shows (*cough* Game Of Thrones *cough*) but what about the others? How do you know which shows are worth your time?
Fortunately for you, I have no life and spend a tonne of time watching television... So I’m here to help. Here are 10 shows to binge the next time you're craving some 'me' time with the television.
The Leftovers (Drama)
Season 1 - 3, Foxtel Now
The Leftovers starts three years after a global event known as the "Sudden Departure" AKA the unexplained disappearance of 140 million people. It focuses on a group of people from New York, who struggle to continue their lives as they cope with the tragedy of the nature of the event. Justin Theroux stars as chief-of-police Kevin Garvey, with his family at the centre of the series' plot. The third and final series of the mysterious drama certainly lived up to the hype when it was released earlier this year, and all episodes are available on the streaming service now.
Season 1 - 2, Netflix
I'm going to tell you the plot of this beloved British show, but you have to promise not to let the weirdness talk you out of watching. Did you promise? Good.
Lovesick - formerly known as Scrotal Recall - follows a gang of lovable 20-something friends who navigate the dating scene and it's many pitfalls. The plot centers around Dylan (Johnny Flynn), who has to retrace his steps and contact all of his previous partners when he finds out he has chlamydia.
"JUST TRUST ME IT'S REALLY GOOD OKAY" - real words spoken by every Lovesick fan as they force their friends to watch the first episode. In all honesty, you really should give it a go, especially considering it's been renewed for a third season that will premiere later this year.
The Handmaid's Tale (Drama)
Season 1, SBS On Demand
By now you've no doubt heard of the series, which is based on the 1985 bestselling novel by Margaret Atwood. The dystopian drama follows the tribulations of Offred (Elizabeth Moss), who is forced to live as a concubine—called a Handmaid—under the fundamentalist Christian government. With an incredible cast, timeless themes and important messages about reproductive rights and sexual politics, it's more relevant than ever. Find out more about the series here.
Younger (Comedy, Drama)
Season 1 - 4, Stan
If you're a Sex and the City fan, it won't take you long to notice that Younger is the brain child of the iconic show's creator, Darren Star. With high-fashion, complicated love triangles, an enviable group of BFFs and a to-die-for life in New York City, there are a number of similarities between the two.
The plot centres around Liza Miller, a woman in her 40s who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job at a major publishing house. Much like Carrie Bradshaw, our leading lady is incredibly flawed in her journey to find friends and love, but that's what makes television fun, right? And, yes, that is Hilary Duff you spy with your little eye...
Dear White People (Comedy, Drama)
Season 1, Netflix
With a whopping 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this show is a smash hit success. The series - which was originally an indie film - follows a group of black students at a predominantly white Ivy League college. Things come to a head when one of the school's 'humorous' magazines throws a blackface party, in protest of student Sam White's controversial campus radio show 'Dear White People.'
The show initially faced backlash from some Netflix viewers... though they never actually watched it or gave the series the time of day.
Dear White People delves into the very ideas that were used to slam it eg. "this is racism against white people," or that horrible "get over it already" argument some people use. Exploring a wide variety of important issues from police brutality, to the stigma of 'natural' hair for black women, this series covers a vast array of topics with it's own insightful, witty take.
You won't be able to stop watching, we guarantee it.
Broad City (Comedy)
Season 1 - 3, Stan
If you haven't heard of the Kweens of comedy by now, you're doing something wrong. This hilarious and groundbreaking series follows Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) as they live out their early-twenties life in New York City. However, unlike shows such as Girls or Younger, it's real about issues facing young women out there in the world.
They live in horrible apartments, with worse roomates, and work crummy jobs just so they can afford to be poor. They struggle with the rules of dating nowadays, and live out some of your most cringe-worthy nightmares. They're loud, sometimes obnoxious, hilarious gal pal's who are truly just living their best lives. Season 4 is set to drop in the US in August, so now is the perfect time to catch up.
Atlanta (Comedy, Drama)
Season 1, SBS On Demand
Donald Glover AKA talented muso Childish Gambino is not only the star of this critically acclaimed drama, but he's also the creator, co-writer and producer. It follows the lives of Earn Marks, a young Princeton dropout who has a two-year-old daughter, and his rapper cousin Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), who try to break into the Atlanta rap industry.
C'mon, it won multiple Golden Globes and boasts a brilliant cast. What's not to love? Plus, you have a while to catch up before Season 2 airs in 2018. Just do it.
Master Of None (Comedy)
Season 1 - 2, Netflix
Funnyman Aziz Ansari dropped his very own TV show on the world like the hottest mix tape of 2016.
Master of None follows Dev Shah, a commercial actor struggling to get decent work, who goes through the same mundane romantic, professional and personal experiences as the rest of us... just in a more entertaining way. Bonus points go out to Aziz, who cast his own hilarious parents to play his on-screen mum and dad.
Season 2 was released in May this year, and further wowed viewers with on-point comedy and tense cliffhangers. Witty, timely, and unlike anything else on your screen right now. An absolute must if you enjoy being entertained and/or laughing. Hey, maybe that's not your thing? Move along, then!
Friends From College (Comedy, Drama)
Season 1, Netflix
This series only hit the air earlier this month, but it's already receiving rave reviews. It follows the lives and misadventures of a close-knit group of Harvard alumni, who face everyday struggles from horrible workplaces to adultery.
The epic cast is one of the main drawcards to this show, with stars like Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), and Nat Faxon (The Way Way Back) playing the lead characters.
Schitt's Creek (Comedy)
Season 1 - 3, Netflix
The brainchild of Eugene Levy and his equally brow-heavy son, Daniel Levy, is comedic gold. You've never loved to hate the main characters of a TV series as much as you will the Rose family.
A wealthy family are forced to move to a "white trash" town in America - which they once bought as a joke - because their crooked business manager has stolen all of their money. They're spoiled, vapid and completely unprepared for their new life in 'Schitt's Creek' and it is truly glorious. The show was just picked up for a fourth season, and you've got a healthy 39 episodes to last you until then.