Australian viewers are still captivated by romantic comedies and exciting mysteries, while The Other Two and The Sinner put recommended and most viewed lists at the top Stan and Netflix for the past month.
Critics of Finder ranked the best series currently available for Stream on Stan, featuring Kevin Costner’s new western drama Yellowstone in the second and The big, a parody of the defunct royal dynasty of Russia, completing the top three.
On Netflix, the third season of crime drama The Sinner topped the ratings, followed by reality show Floor Is Lava and Will Ferrell’s musical comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
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STAN – THE TOP 10 CHOICES OF CRITICISM
At the top of the critics’ pick was The Other Two, a feel-good comedy starring Broadway sensation Helene Yorke and comedian Drew Tarver who follows two struggling siblings whose lives are messed up when their younger brother overnight internet sensation.
Kevin Costner’s new western drama Yellowstone was followed second by The big, a comedy series starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, parodying Catherine the Great, the longest-reigning queen in Russian history.
Stan’s top 10 according to critics
In the sixth was Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a sci-fi thriller starring Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones.
The TV adaptation of the feminist classic from 1996 First Wives Club finished seventh, while Extravaganza Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist finished eighth.
Sincere comedy Everything will be fine came ninth thanks to the sensitive but erratic navigation of difficult themes such as autism, consent and sadness.
The top 10 of recommended titles was completed with iconic paranormal series Vampire Diaries, who follows teenage Elena (Nina Dobrev), caught between two vampire brothers and a macabre world of supernatural mystery.
NETFLIX – THE 10 MOST LOOKING TITLES
On Netflix, the latest installment of the crime drama The Sinner, which aired on June 19, was at the top of the ratings.
In the third season of the series, Bill Pullman stars as ‘Detective Harry Ambrose’ and Matt Bomer as a mysterious man named ‘Jamie’ who expects a child with his partner when dark figures from the past reappear.
The American reality game show Floor Is Lava was the second most watched title, followed by the David Dobkin-directed Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, which parodies the screaming global entertainment event.
The comedy follows the hapless Icelandic hopers at the Eurovision Song Contest Lars Erikssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Eriksdottir (Rachel McAdams), who want to represent their country when all other contenders are killed in an unexplained explosion.
The top 10 of Netflix Australia right now
1. The Sinner (season three)
2. Floor is lava
3. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
5. Feel the beat
6. The order
8. Athlete A
9.13 reasons why
10. Lost Bullet
Will Ferrell (as Lars Erickssong) and Rachel McAdams (as Sigrit Ericksdottir) at the Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Brand new Netflix originals entered the top 10, with feel-good comedy Feel the Beat in fifth place and compelling documentary Athlete A in eighth place just one week after its debut on June 24.
Athlete A tells the story of how investigative reporters for the Indianapolis Star USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar, the Michigan State University physician, uncovered sexual assault on girls and young women for more than two decades.
The title refers to gymnast Maggie Nichols, an Olympic hopeful who reported Nassar’s abuse to coaches and senior figures in the organization in 2015, leaving the 2016 Olympic team shortly thereafter.
Foreign language movies were also widely watched, with Polish erotic drama 365 Days – in which a beautiful young woman is kidnapped and locked up by a devilishly good-looking mob boss who gives her a year to fall in love with him – in fifth place.
Matt Bomer as the mysterious ‘Jamie’ in the recently released third season of The Sinner
The second season of The Order, created by acclaimed Canadian screenwriter Dennis Heaton, was sixth.
The American horror series describes the journey of college student Jack Morton (Jake Manley) who is out to avenge the death of his mother, but is distorted and discovered macabre family secrets along the way.
Seventh most watched was Replicas, an American sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve and Thomas Middleditch, which tells the story of a man who loses his family in a tragic accident and the neuroscientist who tries to bring them to life in a controversial cloning experiment.
American gymnasts Jamie Dantzscher (left) Jessica Howard (center) and Rachael Denhollander (left) who told the Indy Star about Larry Nassar’s abuse in 2016
Ninth was the long-awaited new season of 13 Reasons Why, the fourth installment of the cult teen mystery first aired in 2017.
Starring Dylan Minnette, Alisha Boe and newcomer Katherine Langford as ‘Hannah’, the young woman in the middle of the plot who takes her own life.
Rounding out the top 10 was French action thriller Lost Bullet (Balle Perdue), who follows a gifted mechanic charged with murder and searches for a missing car to prove his innocence.
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