Whether you just signed up to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race, or the sheer amount of Louis Theroux on the platform, there’s a lot to love (and binge) on Stan. But, uhh, where do you even begin? Are you gonna do that thing where you refuse to eat your food until you pick something to watch and then your dinner gets cold and you feel the crushing weight of regret? If you’d rather keep your dins warm, your good friends at Syzz have compiled some hot watches to love. From a sci-fi anthology featuring Janelle Monae as a robot to a satirical comedy about Catherine the Great, these are the best shows you can watch only on Stan.
Search Party is a dark comedy turned thriller about a group of narcissistic 20-something socialites in New York who come together to search for a university acquaintance who’s gone missing. Dripping in suspense, horrible characters you love-to-hate then hate-to-love, and incredible writing that leaves you in a constant state of anxiety and stress at the end of every episode (in the best way possible), Search Party is hands down one of the best things I’ve seen this year.
The Other Two
The Other Two follows a 20-something gay struggling actor (Drew Tarver), his older directionless sister (Heléne Yorke) and mother turner momager (Molly Shannon) as they piggyback off the success of their younger brother and son (Chase Walker), after he becomes a Justin Bieber-like internet teen sensation called Chase Dreams.
Based on the best selling novel by Sally Rooney, Normal People follows the compulsive and sensitive modern love story of Marianne (Daisy Edgar Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), a pair from Dublin, from high school to college and beyond. Or, as Syrup‘s own Monisha Rudhran has officially called it, the tv show about being “sad and horny.” If you’re looking for something to rekindle all those memories of a high school romance, including all that teen angst, innocent passion and dread, Normal People has it in spades.
From the Academy Award nominated writer of The Favourite comes The Great, a satirical comedy about the dysfunctional, deranged and chaotic lives of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and her husband Russian Emperor and official power hungry jerk Peter III (Nicholas Hoult).
Miracle Workers is an anthology dark comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni. In its first season, the series asks, “what if Heaven was run by a corporation?” Buscemi plays a very bored and irresponsible man-child God, Soni plays his frustrated secretary, Radcliffe is a disenfranchised office worker choosing who goes to Heaven or Hell, and Viswanathan is the rookie who wants to fix the system.
“Do you think god stays in heaven because he too lives in fear of what he’s created”—Steve Buscemi in Spy Kids 2, seemingly predicting his own rise to God-status in this new comedy.
And then, in season two, the cast’s roles are changed completely and the show is all of a sudden set in the medieval times—Buscemi and Viswanathan are peasants and father and daughter of the town’s local poop shovelling family business, Radcliffe plays a manchild son of a king who wants to prove himself and Soni is his father’s right hand man.
Kidding is a psychological drama about a beloved host on a children’s program played by Jim Carey who tries to maintain his kindness and optimism as his world and family life starts to fall apart.
Pen15 is a coming-of-age adult comedy about the awkward stages of adolescence, from the perspective of two adult comedians—Maya Erskine and Anna Kondle—playing their 13-year-old selves.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
In the spirit of Rebecca Bunch’s imaginary musical numbers in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is a musical comedy about a girl who after an MRI scan, discovers she can hear people’s most inner thoughts in song. Oh and it features singing legends Alex Newell and Ben Platt (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) so you know the soundtrack slaps.
Penny Dreadful is a supernatural thriller set during the Victorian period and retelling of a number of classic crime and supernatural origins, like Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and an original character inspired by the femme fatales of Bram Stoker’s Dracula named Vanessa Ives. If you’re looking for something to tickle that Victorian slash supernatural slash brooding tall yt men in suits, this one’s for you.
Electric Dreams is a ten episode anthology series set in the universe of famed sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick (y’know of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? fame). Oh and it has a superb A+ cast: Dirty Computer creator and singer Janelle Monae as a literal android, Richard Madden, Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin and Steve Buscemi.
Infinity Train is a sci-fi cartoon about a young girl travelling on an infinitely-long train where every carriage is a realm to another universe.
Drag Race Thailand
Drag Race Thailand is a spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race but incredibly worth your time. Not only does it feature trans drag performers, but the runways are extra af, the lip-sync performances are insane and the show’s co-hosts, stylists Art-Arya and Pangina Heals, deliver elegance and opulence for days and aren’t afraid to make three queens lip-sync for their life. It’s quality drag reality TV that never feels hyper-produced, just like OG RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Werq the World
Werq the World is a documentary series about some of the most prolific and famous queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race on the Werq The World tour, including Aquaria, Naomi Smalls, Kim Chi and Vanessa Vanjie Matteo.
Steven Universe is a fun campy cartoon about a ragtag family of gender-fluid gem-like beings as they defend Earth from fellow gem creatures and try their best to raise a half-human-half-gem child. It’s rich in queer representation, anime references and musical theatre—so yes, it’s very appropriately and lovingly gay.
Orphan Black is a sci-fi thriller about a girl who one day witnesses someone who looks identical to her commit suicide. As she digs deeper, she soon discovers she’s part of a government experiment and one of hundreds of clones in the world. The best bit? Each of these completely different and varied clones are played all by one actress: the super talented Tatiana Maslany.
Hannibal is a v homoerotic and beautifully shot crime thriller about Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist and secret cannibal as he works and torments an FBI profiler named Will Graham.