Aussie streaming service Binge really lives up to its name – there is no better place to binge some of the best TV shows ever made. We’ve put together a list of the best TV shows streaming on Binge right now
Why you should watch: Before Gordon and Jamie, there was Julia Child. Sarah Lancashire and David Hyde Pierce are wonderful as Julia and Paul Child. This excellent series about food, glorious food, is inspired by Child’s extraordinary life and her show The French Chef, which essentially pioneered the cooking shows we have in abundance today.
Director: JENEE LAMARQUE, MELANIE MAYRON, CHARLES MCDOUGALL, ERICA DUNTON, SCOTT ELLIS
Cast: SARAH LANCASHIRE, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, BEBE NEUWIRTH, FRAN KRANZ, BRITTANY BRADFORD, FIONA GLASCOTT
THIS IS GOING TO HURT
Why you should watch: This is Going to Hurt is based on Adam Kay’s diaries from when he worked as a junior doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The incredibly talented Ben Whishaw stars as Adam Kay. Set on labour ward with all its hilarity and heart-lifting highs but also its gut-wrenching lows, the show delivers a brutally honest depiction of life as a junior doctor on the wards, and the toll the job can take back home. Well worth viewing.
Director: LUCY FORBES, TOM KINGSLEY
Cast: BEN WHISHAW, AMBIKA MOD, RORY FLECK BYRNE, MICHELE AUSTIN, ALEX JENNINGS, HARRIET WALTER, ASHLEY MCGUIRE
RULES OF THE GAME
Why you should watch: Creator Ruth Fowler has said that she was inspired by the real-life experiences of many women and the #MeToo movement when writing this thriller series. When new HR Director Maya begins her job at Fly, she tries to shake up the old-fashioned lads’ culture and begins investigating historic cases of misconduct. The critics weren’t a fan of this one, but it is an accurate take on a situation that is rife in many workplaces.
Director: JENNIFER SHERIDAN
Cast: MAXINE PEAKE, SUSAN WOKOMA, RAKHEE THAKRAR, KIERAN BEW, BEN BATT, MEGAN PARKINSON, KATHERINE PEARCE, ZOE TAPPER
WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY
Why you should watch: Even if one is not a fan of basketball, the Lakers and players Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are widely known in sport. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the #1 overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities lined the court and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them. Jerry West was very upset of his portrayal in the series, threatening to take HBO to the Supreme Court.
Director: PAYMAN BENZ, TANYA HAMILTON, DAMIAN MARCANO, SALLI RICHARDSON-WHITFIELD, JONAH HILL, ADAM MCKAY
Cast: JOHN C. REILLY, QUINCY ISAIAH, HADLEY ROBINSON, GABY HOFFMANN, JASON CLARKE, ADRIEN BRODY, SOLOMON HUGHES
Why you should watch: There are three seasons of this black comedy series, which is very popular with viewers and critics. Disillusioned at the thought of taking down another “mark,” depressed, low-level hit man Barry Berkman seeks a way out. When the Midwesterner reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an actor who is bedding a mobster’s wife, little does Barry know that the City of Angels may be his sanctuary. He follows his target into acting class and ends up instantly drawn to the community of eager hopefuls, especially dedicated student Sally, who becomes the object of his affection. While Barry wants to start a new life as an actor, his handler, Fuches, has other ideas, and the hit man’s criminal past won’t let him walk away so easily. It is certainly an unusual concept as far as comedy goes. And it does have Henry Winkler as acting coach, Gene Cousineau.
Director: BILL HADER, ALEC BERG, HIRO MURAI, MAGGIE CAREY
Cast: BILL HADER, SARAH GOLDBERG, STEPHEN ROOT, ANTHONY CARRIGAN, HENRY WINKLER, DARRELL BRITT-GIBSON
Why you should watch: Scott & Baileys Suranne Jones is seen in a totally different light in this dramatisation of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer, voracious learner, and cryptic diarist Anne Lister. Lister never followed convention and stunned society’s expectations whenever possible. The series examines her relationship with family, servants and all who came into contact with her. She dressed head to toe in black before it ever became fashionable. An excellent ensemble cast is attached. Season 2 has just been released.
Director: SALLY WAINWRIGHT, SARAH HARDING, JENNIFER PERROTT
Cast: SURANNE JONES, SOPNIE RUNDLE, GEMMA WHELAN, AMELIA BULLMORE, JOE ARMSTRONG, TIMOTHY WEST
Why you should watch: This crime series has been compared to Breaking Bad. It does have a few similarities, one being that it’s about drugs and its ramifications. The story takes a look at the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 1980s through the eyes of Franklin Saint who decides he’s going to be a player. There’s a lot going on here and lots of different cartels involved so it requires one to pay attention. As it involves the manufacture and dealing of drugs, there is, as always, quite a lot of violence with this one. There are five seasons to binge watch.
Director: ALONSO ALVAREZ, LOGAN KIBENS, CARL SEATON, DANIEL ATTISA, MICHAEL LEHMANN, JOHN SINGLETON, SUNU GONERA
Cast: DAMSON IDRIS, ANGELA LEWIS, ISAIAH JOHN, AMIN JOSEPH, MICHAEL HYATT, EMILY RIOS, FILIPE VALLE COSTA, DERAY DAVIS
WE OWN THIS CITY
Why you should watch: We Own This City is based on the true story told in the journalist Justin Fenton’s nonfiction book of the same name. Set in Baltimore 2015, riots are erupting across the city as citizens demand justice for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man who has died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody. Drugs and violent crime are surging, and the city is reaching its highest murder count in more than two decades. Facing pressure from the mayor’s office, as well as a federal investigation of the department over Gray’s death, Baltimore police commanders turn to a rank-and-file hero, Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, and his elite plainclothes unit, the Gun Trace Task Force, to help get guns and drugs off the street. However, behind these new efforts, a criminal conspiracy of unprecedented scale was unfolding within the police department. This is excellent, albeit confronting, viewing.
Director: REINALDO MARCUS
Cast: JOHN BERNTHAL, JAMIE HECTOR, JOSH CHARLES, WUNMI MOSAKU, DELANEY WILLIAMS, NATHAN CORBETT, TREAT WILLIAMS
OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH
Why you should watch: This comedy series would have to be one of the funniest and most refreshing around, although it will possibly not appeal to everyone’s taste. Taika Waititi’s Blackbeard is one of the best portrayals of this character, but if you like your pirates conventional, this is not for you. The story is based on the true adventures of 18th century would-be pirate, Stede Bonnet. After trading in the seemingly charmed life of a gentleman for one of a swashbuckling buccaneer, he becomes captain of the pirate ship Revenge. Struggling to earn the respect of his potentially mutinous crew, Stede’s fortunes change after a fateful run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard. Life becomes very exciting with this encounter. An excellent ensemble cast is attached with many familiar faces from the British acting fraternity.
Director: FERNANDO FRIAS, NACHO VIGALONDO, ANDREW DEYOUNG
Cast: TAIKA WAITITI, RHYS DARBY, VICO ORTIZ, JOEL FRY, EWEN BREMNER, CON O’NEILL, RORY KINNEAR, MATTHEW MAHER
Why you should watch: Sanditon is an unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen, written only months prior to her death in 1817, which has been adapted by the immensely talented and award-winning Andrew Davies. I think Jane would have been quite happy with how it turned out. The story tells of Charlotte who moves to the quiet fishing village of Sanditon for a fresh start, staying with Tom Park and his family, a charming man who has ambitions to turn the tranquil seaside residence into a luxury resort. Charlotte also meets his brother Sidney, a dark, brooding, Mr Darcy type. Sanditon has all the prerequisites for an Austen drama. A must for anyone who is a fan of this genre.
Director: TAIKA WAITITI
Cast: ROSE WILLIAMS, KRIS MARSHALL, THEO JAMES, KATE ASHFIELD, CRYSTAL CLARKE, JACK FOX, CHARLOTTE SPENCER, ANNE REID