Entertainment

The Best TV Shows on Binge

Binge really lives up to its name—the Australian streaming service has some of the best tv shows ever made, thanks to a deal with television giant HBO.

The Roy family from Succession, one of the best shows on Binge.
Photo: Succession

Binge really lives up to its name—the Australian streaming service has some of the best tv shows ever made, thanks to a deal with television giant HBO. The platform has a blend of classic tv hits like Grand Designs, with fourteen full seasons for your viewing pleasure, through to new and hyped shows like Barry and Sanditon

There are truly too many great tv shows to cover in one article on Binge, so instead, we’ve selected the best of the best—television series we think you’ll love. From some of the greatest television ever made that demands a viewing session, through to more recent and highly acclaimed tv shows everyone will be talking about over the next year, here is your guide to what you should be streaming on Binge next.

The Walking Dead (2010 – 2022)

With eleven seasons, The Walking Dead is one of the longest-running dramas on television. Its final season is just about to wrap up on Binge, so this is the perfect time to start watching the drama, which sees survivors in America adjusting to a new world after a virus turns the majority of humans into zombies. Far more than just a zombie series, The Walking Dead looks at human relationships and morality in a dystopian future.

Sex And The City (1998 – 2004)

Bingeing Sex And The City never gets old, and all six seasons of the original 90s/00s series are on Binge. Follow Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristen Davis) as they navigate the singles scene of New York City, from makeups to breakups, engagements to scandals, and of course plenty of sex.

Game Of Thrones (2011 – 2019)

Arguably one of the greatest tv shows ever made, the entirety of Game Of Thrones streams on Binge, so plan a weekend and settle in for a viewing. In case you missed the hype the first time around, Game Of Thrones is a sweeping fantasy series about power struggles in Westeros, as kings and queens vie for the Iron Throne. 

Mare Of Easttown (2021)

One of Binge’s most-watched series for 2021, Mare Of Easttown stars Kate Winslet as a Pennsylvanian detective investigating a murder in her small town, where everyone knows everyone – and many harbour dark secrets. Winslet is compelling as Mare, and the episodic plot twists will keep you gripped through the seven-episode limited series.

The Flight Attendant (2020 – )

Imagine waking up in a hotel, having no idea how you made it there… next to a dead man with his throat slashed. That’s the premise of The Flight Attendant, which sees a reckless alcoholic flight attendant (played by Kaley Cuoco) suddenly caught up in a murder mystery. A blend of thriller and dark comedy, the series’ second season just started streaming on Binge.

Euphoria (2019 – )

One of the most controversial tv shows in recent memory, Euphoria is a teen series that’s copped a lot of criticism for its depiction of drug addiction and teenage sex. The show follows Rue (Zendaya) and her wider friendship group as they come of age and work out who they are. This is definitely a heavy series, but it’s worth watching for the stellar acting and stunning cinematography teamed with composer Labrinth’s famous soundtrack.

The Sopranos (1999 – 2007)

Considered one of the best television series of all time, The Sopranos is a must-watch, and all six seasons of the critically-acclaimed show are streaming on Binge. Diving deep into a New Jersey-based mob family helmed by Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), it’s a lengthy series and one where you really need to focus – but with a whopping 21 Emmy awards under its belt, it’s one you won’t regret starting.

This Is Going To Hurt (2022)

Based on the memoir of the same name, This Is Going To Hurt is an eye-opening drama centred around an obstetrics and gynaecology ward within a public hospital. Adam Kay (Ben Whishaw) is an overworked, cynical junior doctor who is ambitious but also grappling with the sheer lack of funding and workplace care within the public health sector. We won’t tell you any more about the series as some of the shocking twists are what make the gripping drama so great, but be prepared for major heartbreak and a show that will sit with you for days afterwards.

Succession (2018 – )

Succession quietly dropped in 2018, but really gained its fanbase from season two. When season three landed last year, the hype reached fever pitch—you’ve definitely heard about this show, but have you watched it yet? It can be slow to start if you’re accustomed to fast-paced dramas, but believe us when we say that once you’re hooked, you won’t be able to stop watching as the Roy family battle it out for power and wealth in America.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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