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It took a few years, but now we have an overabundance of streaming services in Australia. Each may have their pros and cons, but they all have good content and keeping up with what to watch each week can be a challenge.
That’s where we come in. Each week we will highlight the most popular movies and TV shows on Australian streaming services to help you plan your weekend binge.
This weekend, those in NSW, QLD, SA and the ACT will be blessed with a holiday, and with the weather looking dangerous, there has never been a better time to binge.
This is what catches our attention this week:
What to watch on Netflix Australia
It took a minute but everyone is talking about Squid on Netflix right now and it’s actually on its way to becoming the most popular series the streaming service has ever released.
Squid is a series from South Korea that follows a group of cash-strapped people who sign up to compete in a series of deadly games for money. Has vibrations of The Hunger Games and Saw and it’s what everyone is talking about right now.
Elsewhere, Diana: the musical (yes, you read that right) and all the seasons of Seinfeld hits Netflix today.
If you missed it last week, there is also a new season of Sex educationBy Mike Flanagan Midnight mass as well as the last season of Lucifer. Get binge-eared!
Things to do in Stan
Stan recently became home to BMF (Black Mafia Family) which follows the story of two brothers in Detroit who become powerful figures in a money and drug laundering organization.
Other than that, it’s a bit slow on Stan this weekend, however the streaming service seems to be gearing us up for the holiday season by releasing a ton of holiday movies starting today.
What to see at Disney +
Star Wars fans are enjoying Disney + this week with a new Lego star wars Halloween special. Not to mention the recent launch of Star Wars Visions to add to the list.
There is also a new episode of Marvel What if…? and Only murders in the building.
What to see in Binge
You will often find superhero movies on Binge and the last one to be added to the service is Wonder Woman 1984. If you missed it during its theatrical release earlier in the year, now is the time to catch up.
Binge is also home to new episodes of some very addictive dramas every week.
Indictment: American Crime Story it’s one that has everyone talking right now, but there’s also the post-apocalyptic drama Y: the last man and the British procedure Vigil, who investigates a death aboard a nuclear submarine.
What to watch on Amazon Prime Video
If you’re not sick of living in the apocalypse yet, you should tune in to season 2 of The Walking Dead: World Beyond. The spin-off follows a younger group of characters surviving the zombie-infested world.
Amazon also recently launched the highly anticipated comeback of the hit Australian TV show. Back to the rafters. Check it out if you haven’t already!
What to watch on Apple TV +
Apple TV + has taken a bit longer to get up and running than other streaming services, but this month it’s going full steam ahead.
Weekly we now receive episodes of season 2 of Morning wars and the new Emmy award winner Ted lasso. Plus there’s the recent sci-fi series debut. Foundation, which is shaping up to be something really important.
Foundation is an adaptation of the classic science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov. Follow a band of rebels seeking to rebuild civilization after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
What to see in Paramount +
The new entrant in the streaming market is Paramount + and it is constantly increasing its content offering.
This week, Paramount + wins a new hit movie in Queenpins starring Kristen Bell and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as two friends hatching an illegal coupon club scheme that scams millions of mega-corporations and delivers deals to legions of fellow coupon clippers.
Paramount + is also home to the television adaptation of Dan Brown’s hit novel. The lost symbol. The series stars Ashley Zukerman as Robert Langdon, who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to thwart a chilling conspiracy.
For a list of everything that’s streaming this month, you can check out our full list here.
What to see in Australian cinemas
If you’re lucky enough to be in a state with open cinemas, you’ll be happy to know that there are great things to see on the big screen.
The biggest thing in theaters right now is Marvel’s new kung-fu superhero movie. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings.
Much movies have been delayed in Australia due to the closure of theaters in NSW and VIC. With a date set for theaters to reopen (in New South Wales at least), hopefully we’ll be able to see a lot more on the big screen soon.
You can also see these movies in theaters:
- Suicide squad
- the candy man
- Free boy
- Paw Patrol: The Movie
- Don’t breathe 2
What haunts us?
This is what keeps the Lifehacker Australia team busy!
Mel: Glasses box actually put me on this great doco series on SBS – Speechless follows a group of adults trying to learn to read. These people have spent much of their lives going the extra mile to cover up the fact that they can’t read, which seems incredibly stressful. You can watch the first two episodes on SBS OnDemand now, and maybe have some tissues on hand.
Lauren: I checked Foundation on Apple TV + this past weekend and I’m happy to say it’s fulfilling all of my sci-fi dreams. The show has such a large budget that it results in an incredibly interesting sci-fi world of great size and scope. While it is a bit derivative to compare everything with game of ThronesI definitely get some of the same vibes from Foundation.
Steph: I’ve been getting into Morning Wars / Morning Show this week (again, late for the party) and I’m hooked. The show is about the MeToo movement and the nuanced way it looks at this important topic is truly impressive. The characters are complex, the performances are powerful, and in a way the show has made me hate Steve Carell, so you know they’ve done a solid job.
Feel free to let us know what you’re seeing right now in the comments.
See you next week!