UPDATED: The 25 best shows on Stan


Best Stan TV shows: 25 great Stan TV series

The 25 best shows on Stan

UPDATE: The hilarious sketch comedy series Key and Peele has made its way to Stan and on to our list of the service’s best shows – details below!

Anyone who’s used the streaming service Stan knows that there’s a veritable smorgasbord of great content available to stream at any given moment, which can make the decision of what to watch an overwhelming prospect.

This is why we’ve created the TechRadar guide to the greatest TV shows on Stan right now (in no particular order). We’ll keep this best TV show list constantly updated with the latest television shows that you should be watching and also tell you why.

1. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad on Stan

One of the most successful and critically-acclaimed shows of all time, Breaking Bad follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high-school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer. With death on the horizon, Walter assumes the alter-ego Heisenberg and puts his chemistry knowledge to use in the production of crystal meth, with help from his drug dealing ex-student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). How far will Walter go to provide for his family, and will they even be around when all is said and done? Truly, one of the most riveting television shows to ever hit the small screen, Breaking Bad is essential viewing.

Seasons on Stan: 5

2. Hannibal

Hannibal on Stan

Possibly the most gorgeously grotesque show on television (American Horror Story doesn’t even come close), Hannibal follows the world’s most famous cannibal psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), as he attempts to evade discovery by his friends, FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and FBI director Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne). Fans of serial killer thrillers owe it to themselves to check out Hannibal, as the show manages to be even more horrifying than the Thomas Harris novels and films it’s based on. It also happens to be the best-looking show currently on the air, with an operatic flair that puts most films to shame.

Seasons on Stan: 2

3. Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul on Stan

Due to the immense success of his previous show, Breaking Bad, creator Vince Gilligan was given the opportunity to create this prequel spin-off series set six years prior. The show follows the fan favourite character Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and the events of his life which led him to become the delightfully crooked lawyer we know and love. Similar in style and tone to Breaking Bad (though not quite as grim), Better Call Saul is a welcome continuation of a beloved franchise. Expect to see lots of familiar faces as the show progresses.

Seasons on Stan: 2

4. Community

Community on Stan

Following the exploits of a particularly low-rent community college, Community is a geeky, pop-culture obsessed delight. Community’s homaging of all things movies, television and video games is spot on and incredibly realised, due to top notch direction, writing and performances. Best of all, the entire series is available on Stan, with new episodes appearing on the service as soon as they air in the United States.

Seasons on Stan: 6

5. 11.22.63

best shows on Stan

Based on the terrific Stephen King novel of the same name, 11.22.63 is the story of Jake (James Franco), a high school teacher who is tasked with travelling back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK, thus preventing the Vietnam War from ever happening. Jake arrives 3 years before that fateful day and he’ll need all that time to unravel the mystery and make sure he takes out the right target. Produced by JJ Abrams and with heavy involvement from King, 11.22.63 is a riveting thriller that will have you counting the days between each fast-tracked episode.

Seasons on Stan: 1

6. Justified

Justified on Stan

A western series set in the modern day, Justified sees tough-as-nails U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) return to his hometown of Kentucky to dole out some seriously old-school justice. He’ll also have to deal with his old acquaintance Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), a petty criminal posing as a white supremacist who may or may not get a chance to turn his life around. Seriously good stuff.

Seasons on Stan: 6

7. Friends


We all fell in love with Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe during the ’90s, and now we can revisit every single one of their hilarious antics exclusively on Stan! Completely remastered in HD and presented in widescreen, this is the definitive way to watch all 10 seasons of Friends – quite frankly, the fact that we’re able to watch a ’90s sitcom in this kind of quality is astounding. We wish all our favourite shows from yesteryear were treated with this kind of loving attention. Your move, Seinfeld!

Seasons on Stan: 10

8. Spartacus


Before he was the showrunner for Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven DeKnight worked on the gratuitously violent and sexual series Spartacus. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to the show than meat-headed beefcakes fighting and screwing in a 300-aping manner, but there’s so much more going on – we follow Spartacus (the late Andy Whitfield and his replacement, Liam McIntyre) as he is taken into slavery and forced to do cruel and unimaginable things in the gladiatorial arena, just waiting for the day that he can finally get his revenge on slave-owners Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless). All of this culminates in one of the most satisfying season finales in recent memory. Be warned – this show is filled with grotesque violence and an immense amount of sex and nudity. It’s like Game of Thrones times ten.

Series on Stan: 4

9. Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead on Stan

If you’re a devoted fan of the Evil Dead series of films, then Ash vs Evil Dead is enough to warrant a Stan subscription all on its own. Bruce Campbell returns as Ash, the heroic jackass who keeps letting ‘Deadite’ demons into the world, only to have to violently dispatch them with his trusty boomstick and chainsaw hand. Director Sam Raimi also returns, directing the visually spectacular pilot and producing with his partner since the beginning, Robert Tapert. Just as hilarious and gory as the movies that preceded it, Ash vs Evil Dead does not disappoint in the slightest.

Series on Stan: 1

10. Magic City

Magic City on Stan

Magic City is a show that struggled to find an audience while it was on television, though this should not reflect its quality – this show is seriously cool. Playing like a cross between Mad Men and The Sopranos, Magic City gives us an inside look at the glitzy and volatile happenings surrounding the famous Miramar hotel in Miami at the tail end of the 1950s. Ike Evens (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) wants to run a legitimate business, but he’s forced to contend with the violent and psychotic mob boss Ben ‘The Butcher’ Diamond (Danny Huston). This incredibly sexy (and sex-filled) show also stars Jessica Marais (of Packed to the Rafters fame) and Olga Kurylenko. What better way to give Magic City a second chance than to stream it right now on Stan?

Seasons on Stan: 2

11. Masters of Horror

Masters of Horror

True to its name, the anthology-style series Masters of Horror gives some of the genre’s biggest directors an hour-long episode to produce the creepiest, most horrific stories they can come up with. Sure, some are better than others, but you’re guaranteed to experience shivers up your spine with at least a few of these mini-movies. Master horror directors include Dario Argento (Suspiria), John Carpenter (Halloween), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Takashi Miike (Audition) and more!

Seasons on Stan 2

12. Life on Mars

Life on Mars on Stan

DCI Sam Tyler is cop on the trail of a killer in 2006. His partner’s been taken captive, and the pressure is on to find her before it’s too late. But when Tyler gets hit by a car on the way to a crime scene, he awakens in the year 1973, with no idea of what he’s doing there, or how to get back. He quickly finds out that being a cop in Manchester during the ’70s is like being on a different planet – things are not quite as progressive, to say the least. A wonderful drama with a comedic edge, Life on Mars recalls old UK cop-show favourites like The Sweeney, albeit with a knowing satirical wink.

Seasons on Stan: 2

13. Frasier

The 25 best shows on Stan

Finished all ten seasons of Friends and need another sitcom to dive into? Look no further than Frasier, the hilarious and witty Cheers spinoff that sees Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) move to Seattle to become a radio therapist. He’s joined by his high-strung therapist brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce), his retired ex-cop father Martin (John Mahoney), his producer Roz (Peri Gilpin) and his housekeeper Daphne (Jane Leeves). A truly brilliant comedy which holds up magnificently after all these years.

Seasons on Stan: 11

14. Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks on Stan

One of the most classic and mind-blowing television shows of all time, Twin Peaks redefined the general public’s perception of what a television drama was supposed to be like. Creator David Lynch presented the world with a standard murder mystery scenario, which would go on to become more bizarre and out there with every episode. When popular high school student Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) is found murdered, FBI agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) arrives in the town of Twin Peaks with two agendas – to find out who killed her, and to eat some damn fine cherry pie. Peppered with a range of eccentric characters, Twin Peaks is one-of-a-kind. Also, with the upcoming Twin Peaks reboot coming exclusively to Stan, now’s as good a time as any to get yourself caught up.

Seasons on Stan: 2

15. Flesh and Bone

Flesh and Bone

Those who’ve seen the Oscar-winning film Black Swan know just how cutthroat the world of professional ballet can be, with the immense pressure placed on dancers and the constant backstabbing that takes place. Flesh and Bone explores similar territory, following an incredibly talented ballerina named Claire (Sarah Hay) who at first seems uptight and sexually repressed, but is actually hiding some seriously dark secrets some deep emotional problems. Created by Moira Walley-Beckett (producer of Breaking Bad) and with direction from David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), Flesh and Bone is a beautiful, tragic and shocking show that is worth your time.

Seasons on Stan: 1

16. Deadwood

Deadwood on Stan

HBO’s western series Deadwood was devastatingly cancelled before its time, but thankfully we can relive the show’s harsh and brutal world on Stan in its entirety. Ex-lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant, clearly loving his status as a modern day western hero) arrives in the lawless town of Deadwood to start a hardware business and provide for his dead brother’s family. Before long, the crime and corruption of this town, headed by bar owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), forces Bullock back into the life he tried so desperately to leave behind. Deadwood is an utterly fantastic show.

Seasons on Stan: 3

17. The Shield

The Shield on Stan

A cop show with a difference, The Shield follows a tactical strike team headed by Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) that is as violent and corrupt as the street gangs it faces on a daily basis. Set in the fictional Los Angeles district of Farmington, Mackey and his crew (which includes Justified’s Walton Goggins) must cover their tracks so that their ghastly exploits aren’t discovered by detectives Claudette (CCH Pounder) and Dutch (Jay Karnes). Somewhat of a precursor to the show Sons of Anarchy, which also deals with gangs in a fictional Californian town, stars many of the same people and is also written by Kurt Sutter, The Shield is hard-hitting drama at its finest.

Seasons on Stan: 7

18. Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek on Stan

If you were ever worried that a TV version of the hit Australian slasher series Wolf Creek would pull its punches, you can take those fears and bury them in the desert – within its opening minutes, Mick Taylor (menacingly played to perfection by John Jarratt) has already decimated a vacationing family (including a child). The incident leaves a survivor in Eve (Lucy Fry), sending her on an ill-advised quest for vengeance. Featuring gloriously high production values and a great cast of supporting characters, Wolf Creek is sure to take horror fans on a spine-tingling trip through the darkest reaches of the Australian Outback. Just make sure to turn around and head in the opposite direction if you see Mick coming your way…

Seasons on Stan: 1

19. The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd

It’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this website, you’re quite tech-savvy, so you’d probably have an intimate knowledge of what it’s like to deal with computer illiterate people. The IT Crowd understands this frustration in a way that only those who’ve actually lived it can – and it’s absolutely bloody hilarious. The show follows the misadventures of tech support officers Jen (Katherine Parkinson), Roy (Chris O’Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade), both in the office and out in the real world – spurred on in part by their eccentric boss, Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry). It’s like a geeky, British version of Seinfeld.

Seasons on Stan: 4

20. Key and Peele

Key and Peele

With a hilarious partnership that began on the old sketch comedy series Mad TV, bi-racial comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele shot to superstardom with their own Comedy Central series, Key and Peele. Tackling a range of issues including relationships, race and celebrity, Key and Peele will leave no stone unturned in their quest to make you laugh uncontrollably. Featuring brilliant impersonations, observations and characterisations, Key and Peele is essential viewing for fans of sketch comedy.

Seasons on Stan: 1

21. Dawson’s Creek

Dawson s Creek on Stan

If you’re in your early thirties, chances are that Dawson’s Creek played a significant part in your high school years. Whether you identified with these impossibly good-looking and verbose supposed teenagers, or you just had the hots for Dawson (James Van Der Beek), Joey (Katie Holmes), Jen (Michelle Williams) or Pacey (Joshua Jackson), Dawson’s Creek was surprisingly compelling viewing for a teenage melodrama. Relive your youth by watching Dawson’s Creek in its entirety on Stan.

Seasons on Stan: 6

22. Fargo

Fargo on Stan

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by the Coen Bros., Fargo is a show which has no right being as great as it is. Simultaneously expanding the world introduced in the film and creating a new story of its own, Fargo is a beautifully self-contained season of television that features terrific performances from Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo and Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard. Season 2 is also on the way, and will concern itself with a completely different story set during The Reagan Administration.

Seasons on Stan: 1

23. Party Down

Party Down on Stan

Another show that was taken from us far too soon, Party Down is a comedy about group of out-of-work actors (and one hard science fiction writer) who are forced to take on jobs at a catering service. Each episode takes place at a different party, furthering the characters’ relationships in the process. Featuring hilarious turns from Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Ken Marino and Jane Lynch, Party Down is most certainly the kind of show that deserves to be rediscovered on Stan.

Seasons on Stan: 2

24. Top Gear

Top Gear

Okay, so the show may be in limbo at the moment due to Jeremy Clarkson’s offscreen bad behaviour, but there’s no denying that Top Gear is a remarkably entertaining programme. It’s easy to get swept up in the show’s various car challenges, test drives, stunts and celebrity appearances, even if you aren’t a car enthusiast. This is all due to the infectious camaraderie between the show’s three hosts – Richard Hammond, James May and the aforementioned Clarkson are a cheeky trio and are completely responsible for making a show about cars absolutely addicting.

Seasons on Stan: 8

25. No Activity

No Activity on Stan

Taking a page out of Netflix’s successful playbook, Stan opted to produce its own original series this year in No Activity, a hilarious improvisational cop show in which almost nothing at all happens. Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan play two detectives on stakeout who pass the time with oddball observations and banter. That’s pretty much the entire gist of the series, though there is an overarching story in there, too. Highly recommended, Stan’s first original series is a wonderfully inventive and funny show.

Seasons on Stan: 1


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