Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream into October on Telstra TV.
The Politician (Netflix)
From award-winning creator Ryan Murphy comes a brilliantly dark new comedy series, THE POLITICIAN – streaming this Friday 27 September on Netflix. Ben Platt stars as Payton Hobart, a ruthless overachiever campaigning for Student Body President at Saint Sebastian High School. One day he hopes to become the leader of the free world – and he’ll stop at nothing until he reaches his goal, including choosing a fellow student with cancer as his potential VP. But the road to the Whitehouse won’t be easy, with fierce competition from his fellow students – and the interference of parents, including his own mother played by Gwyneth Paltrow – and the conniving grandmother of his running mate, played hilariously by Jessica Lange. Also created by Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, all eight episodes of THE POLITICIAN are available to stream from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 27 November on Netflix.
Yesterday (Telstra TV Box Office)
If you love singing along to The Beatles, then YESTERDAY is the date-night romantic comedy you’ve been waiting for. Meet Jack. He’s a down-on-his-luck musician, who just can’t seem to catch a break – even with the loyal support of his manager and best friend, Ellie. On his way home one night, there’s a blackout – and poor Jack is knocked off his bike by an oncoming bus, only to wake up with a busted guitar and a few missing teeth. To help lift his spirits, Ellie buys him a new guitar – but when he takes it for a spin and sings ‘Yesterday’, he soon discovers his friends – and everyone else in the world – have never heard of The Beatles. And suddenly he’s the greatest singer-songwriter who ever lived. YESTERDAY is available from Wednesday October 2 on Telstra TV Box Office.
American stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef offers a fresh new take on the millennial experience in Stan’s acclaimed new series, RAMY. As the twenty-something Ramy searches for answers to life’s big questions, he struggles to find a balance between his traditional Muslim faith, the expectations of his family and the carefree lifestyle of his friends. The mixing and clashing of cultures leads to plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, especially among Ramy and his parents – as they push for him to settle down and find a wife. You’ll fall in love with the series Rolling Stone are calling “funny, moving and a flat-out triumph”. All ten episodes of RAMY are available to stream now on Stan.
The Walking Dead (Foxtel Now)
It’s been six long months, but THE WALKING DEAD is back for an intensely satisfying tenth season on Foxtel Now. Following the campaign of terror unleashed last season by Alpha and her merciless army of Whisperers, we now find the remaining communities gearing up for the inevitable war to come. With Rick now out of the picture, Negan out of jail and Carol out for revenge, our survivors unite to trigger an epic, action-packed battle to bring the threat of the Whisperers to a stunning conclusion. Stream THE WALKING DEAD, express from the US from 1pm (AEDT) 7 October on Foxtel Now.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 13th September:
Men In Black: International (Telstra TV Box Office)
The universe’s most secretive secret agents are back with MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Chris Hemsworth stars as the experienced and revered Agent H, who pairs up with the relentless apprentice Agent M (played by Tessa Thompson) to take on the agency’s biggest threat yet – an infiltrator within the MIB. When the extraterrestrial villains they’re chasing can shapeshift into the likeness of any human on the planet, it’s going to be a tricky mission. Let’s hope the new duo are up to the task – because the universe isn’t going to save itself. Packed with action, laughs and some impressively creative CGI – including a super cool new hoverbike – MIB: International is a whole lot of fun to watch. Also starring Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and Kumail Nanjiani as an adorable teeny little alien soldier. And Frank the Pug returns too!
Murder in the Bayou (Stan)
If you’re a fan of true crime stories, check out Stan’s new five-part documentary series MURDER IN THE BAYOU – streaming from 1pm this Saturday 14 September, same day as the US. Set in the American deep south, the series delves into the still-unsolved murders of eight young women whose bodies were found hidden in various drainage ditches around the town of Jennings, Indiana between 2005 and 2009. Based on the book ‘Jeff Davis 8’ by investigative journalist Ethan Brown, the series explores how the biases of police towards the lifestyle of the victims may have hindered the investigation into their deaths – as well as the implication that corruption may have played a part in intentionally derailing the open cases. Talking to friends, family members and locals in a town that is still reeling from the tragedies, the filmmakers gain greater insight into the lives of those who lost their lives in an effort to uncover the truth of what really happened and why.
Mr Inbetween (Foxtel Now)
Back for its second season this week is the Logie Award-winning Australian series MR INBETWEEN, streaming from Friday 13 September on Foxtel Now. Created, written by and starring Scott Ryan in the lead, this tension-filled series centres on the life of dry-witted contract killer Ray Shoesmith as he juggles his underworld job with the duties of a devoted family man, a loving partner and a loyal friend. Although he’s determined to change his ways, especially for the benefit of his daughter Brittany (Chika Yasumura), Ray continues to be as quick-tempered as ever – easily agitated by almost everyone, even the fellow members of his anger management group. And while violent tendencies are generally useful to a hired hitman, they can really get in the way of everything else in life – as he finds out when more than a few people close to him challenge him on his outbursts. Brooke Satchwell reprises her role as Ray’s girlfriend Ally, Damon Herriman returns as Ray’s protective boss Freddy, while Rose Riley joins the cast this season as Freddy’s girlfriend, Michele.
And for the history buff who loves a bit of adventure, the new season of fan-favourite sci-fi series TIMELESS is out now – with all ten episodes available to stream on 9Now. When an experimental time machine is stolen by a former special forces soldier said to be plotting against the United States, the Government are forced to assemble a team of specialists to put a stop to his seemingly nefarious scheme. Using a prototype of the device, a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), a soldier (Matt Lanter) and a history professor (Abigail Spencer) travel back in time to capture the rogue operative, while avoiding making any changes themselves that could alter the course of history. This season, our courageous trio are back – this time to bring down the underground organisation, Rittenhouse, who is out to change the past to improve their own standing. Passing through eras including the forties, sixties and eighties, our time travellers get to meet some of history’s most influential people – while racing against the clock to save the world as we know it.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 6th September:
Aladdin (Telstra TV Box Office)
Grab the family and set off on a magic carpet ride with Disney’s ALADDIN, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. This enchanting live-action adaptation from director Guy Ritchie follows the much-loved story of Aladdin (played by Mena Massoud) – a warmhearted pickpocket who falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Convinced by the Sultan’s scheming advisor Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) that he needs to impress the Princess with riches, Aladdin agrees to retrieve a precious lamp for Jafar in return for the wealth he so desperately needs. He soon discovers it’s all part of a plot to overthrow the princess’s father – and when he accidentally conjures the wish-granting Genie within (Will Smith), the pair quickly become friends and team up to defeat the evil Jafar. Staying true to the story of the 1992 original, albeit with some minor modern updates, fans of Disney’s animated classic are sure to fall in love all over again.
Shrill (SBS On Demand)
Just added to SBS On Demand this week is SHRILL, an intelligent new comedy series that explores body positivity and self-confidence in the millennial era. Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, an ambitious young journalist working for an online magazine in Portland. When her dismissive, sharp-tongued editor won’t take her article pitches seriously, she takes matters into her own hands and publishes anyway. Her first article, titled “Hello, I’m Fat”, is a massive hit – striking a chord with women around the country, but quickly attracting the attention of internet trolls. The confidence boost of her newfound success leads Annie to re-examine other elements of her life – including whether her man respects her enough to become a serious boyfriend, or if he’s just taking advantage of her sweet nature for casual hookups. Based on the novel ‘Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman’ by Lindy West, this delightfully witty series from Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks has all six episodes available to stream now.
The Spy (Netflix)
Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his comedy characters ‘Borat’ and ‘Ali G’, tries his hand at drama in the thrilling new Netflix limited series, THE SPY – with all six episodes streaming from this Friday 6 September. Based on the gripping true story of former Israeli spy Eli Cohen, the series is set in the 1960s and follows Cohen as he transforms from a lowly office worker into an undercover Mossad agent. Embedded in Damascus, Cohen poses as a cashed-up industrialist – throwing lavish parties and gaining powerful friends, in order to collect intelligence from the highest levels of the Syrian government. Leaving his family behind, he slowly begins to shed more and more of his own identity as he delves deeper into his secretive double life as Kamal Amin Thabet. His handler, Dan Peleg (played by Noah Emmerich) keeps him in the game with assurances that he’s saving lives. But his wife Nadia (Hadar Ratzon Rotem) struggles with her husband’s mysterious and off-putting behaviour, and being left alone to raise their young family by herself. From the Executive Producer of ‘Homeland’, this compelling tale of espionage and intrigue is one you won’t want to miss.
Get ready for a whole new season of drama as the world’s most watched family returns for the seventeenth season of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS – streaming Mondays from 9 September on hayu. With Kim and Kanye preparing for the birth of their fourth child, Khloé is still coming to terms with co-parenting after breaking up with her cheating ex. Kourtney celebrates her fortieth in style – with a rather cheeky birthday cake – and Kendall, Kylie, Kim and Kris all fly to New York for the most fabulous of all Met Balls. Momager Kris plans a family trip to Wyoming to help resolve some tensions among the group, while Kim and Khloé voice their concerns that some family members aren’t helping to carry the load when it comes to sharing their personal lives on camera. But no matter what comes their way – and you know it could be literally anything – be prepared for explosive arguments, tearful moments and riotous fun and laughter as America’s first family live out their best lives before your very eyes.