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Best shows and movies to see out the last days of lockdown

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Another month, another slew of TV shows to keep you entertained across your platform of choice.

While the options can seem daunting, imagine if someone had waded through all the platforms and come up with a best-of list that covers all the major providers? That’s what streams are made of.

A mix of old, new, funny and true; our ‘what to watch’ list for September is guaranteed to offer something for everyone. Let us know what you think here in the comments section and don’t forget to tell us what you’re watching.

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Netflix

Clockwide from main: David Morse and Sandra Oh in The Chair, Adrian Grenier in Clickbait and guilty pleasure Sex/Life.

Clockwide from main: David Morse and Sandra Oh in The Chair, Adrian Grenier in Clickbait and guilty pleasure Sex/Life.Credit:Eliza Morse, Amanda Matlovich, Netflix

Our top recommendation on Netflix is The Chair which we’ve given ★★★★.

Killing Eve star Sandra Oh sticks it to the (old) man and flexes her funny bone in this campus comedy. She plays Dr Ji-Yoon Kim, a literature professor at the fictional Pembroke University and the first female person of colour to chair the English department. Facing an uphill battle at work and an unravelling situation at home, The Chair is full of heart, laughs and just the right amount of literary references. Read our review.

What else to watch on Netflix:

If you want a thriller …Clickbait sees Entourage star Adrian Grenier return to the small screen for this meta-thriller that spotlights social media in a seductive cat and mouse game. Despite being set in California, the show was shot in Melbourne last year and features plenty of Aussies (playing Americans).

If you want a sports fix … Untold is a five-part documentary series that tells the (untold) story behind some of sports most famous faces, farces and moments. Particularly gripping is the episode featuring Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic Gold medallist opening up about her lifelong battle with gender dysmorphia.

If you want a guilty pleasure … Sex/Life will have you feeling all kinds of something, and while the dialogue is groan-inducing (not that kind of groan), it’s hard not to get sucked in. Oh, and the plot? Bored housewife seeks hot affair with hunky Australian.

Binge

Clockwise from main: The White Lotus, Reservation Dogs and Matt LeBlanc embraces Courteney Cox in the Friends reunion special.

Clockwise from main: The White Lotus, Reservation Dogs and Matt LeBlanc embraces Courteney Cox in the Friends reunion special.Credit:Mario Perez/HBO, Shane Brown/FX, Terence Patrick/HBO Max

Our top recommendation for Binge watchers is The White Lotus which we’ve given ★★★★.

There is something strangely satisfying about watching horrible rich people on holidays; even in Hawaii, it seems money can’t buy happiness. Spanning one tumultuous week at a five-star resort, The White Lotus is HBO’s surprise packet drama of the year, featuring an all-star cast including Jennifer Coolidge, Steve Zahn and Connie Britton. Read our review.

What else to watch on Binge:

If you want a thoughtful laugh … Reservation Dogs is co-created by Academy Award winner Taika Waititi and features plenty of his off-beat humour. It tells the story of four Native American teens trying to escape their boring lives in rural Oklahoma.

If you want something heavy and historical … Chernobyl is must-see TV, even if it leaves you feeling drained. The HBO drama painstakingly recreates the events that led to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

If you want background noise … why not catch up with the cast of Friends by reliving all 236 episodes? At the very least, it’ll kill some time. The much-hyped Friends: The Reunion special is also available on Binge if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic.

Stan*

Clockwise from main: Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan in This Way Up, Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.

Clockwise from main: Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan in This Way Up, Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult.

Our top recommendation for Stan watchers is This Way Up, which we’ve given ★★★½.

If you’re a fan of Fleabag (which you should be), then This Way Up is a sadcom in the same vein. Like Fleabag, it’s a story about a girl (tick), living in London (tick), who has a habit of talking to herself (tick!). Similar to Fleabags′ Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Aisling Bea is the creator, writer and star of This Way Up. The comparisons don’t end there because, like Fleabag, it is equal parts heartwarming and heart-wrenching.

What else to watch on Stan:

If you want escapism … RuPaul’s Drag Race will whisk you away to a better place, a world full of glitz, glamour and so-much-glitter. Aside from being one of the most fun reality programs on television, it features some serious talent, including Australian Courtney Act (season six).

If you want cult TV (literally) … Seduced is one of several documentaries focused on the NXIVM cult to hit screens in the past few years. Seduced tells the story of India Oxenberg, the daughter of a famous actress who was drafted into the sex slave cult.

If you want something odd … The Mighty Boosh is suitably absurd. Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt play Vince and Howard, a pair of zookeepers who find themselves in increasingly bizarre situations while working at a local zoo.

Amazon Prime

Clockwise from main: Kevin Can F**k Himself, Nicole Kidman in Nine Perfect Strangers and Luxe Listings Sydney.

Clockwise from main: Kevin Can F**k Himself, Nicole Kidman in Nine Perfect Strangers and Luxe Listings Sydney.Credit:Jojo Whilden/AMC, Vince Valitutti/Hulu

Our top recommendation for Prime watchers is Kevin Can F**k Himself, which we’ve given ★★★½.

Essentially two shows for the price of one, Kevin Can F**k himself sees Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy trapped in a hell of her own making. When she’s on-screen with her slovenly husband Kevin (Eric Petersen), Annie lives in a multi-camera sitcom, complete with a ubiquitous laugh track. But when she’s alone, Annie is the leading lady of a dark and sinister drama. Read our review.

What else to watch on Amazon Prime:

If you want a little mystery … Nine Perfect Strangers will have you scratching your head, not least because of Nicole Kidman’s slightly hard-to-place accent. From the team that brought you Big Little Lies, this is a big-budget drama.

If you want to feel sad about the property market ... Luxe Listings Sydney is Australia’s answer to Selling Sunsets, and it features the most drool-worthy properties imaginable. Much like the actual property market, Luxe Listings Sydney is hard to buy into but fun to appreciate from afar, while the manufactured drama between agents is wonderfully cringe.

If you’re missing Christopher Meloni … then lock down with Law & Order: SVU featuring dream team crime-stoppers, Detectives Elliot Stabler (Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay).

Apple TV+

Clockwise from main: Rose Byrne takes a journey of self discovery in Physical, Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso and Prince Harry in The Me You Can’t See.

Clockwise from main: Rose Byrne takes a journey of self discovery in Physical, Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso and Prince Harry in The Me You Can’t See.Credit:Apple TV+

Our top recommendation for Apple TV+ watchers is Physical, which we’ve given ★★★★.

Created by Annie Weisman, whose previous credits include a stint on Desperate Housewives, Physical is just as high octane as Housewives but includes noticeably more leotards. Set in 1980s San Diego, Physical is a dark comedy following Sheila (Rose Byrne) through her “journey of self-discovery via aerobics”. In Byrne’s capable hands, Sheila’s transformation is spellbinding as he goes from suburban dreamer to Jane Fonda-like cult figure. Read our review.

What else to watch on Apple TV+:

If you want feel-good TV … Ted Lasso sees Jason Sudeikis play an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team. Despite being a fish out of water, Ted manages to charm his new charges through his always-on optimism.

If you want to get real ... The Me You Can’t See is a six-part documentary led by dual powerhouses, Oprah and Prince Harry. If you can push past the star wattage, the series offers some real insight into our generations battle with mental health.

If you want famous faces Morning Wars is heavy on celebrity and satire. Set in the cut-throat world of breakfast TV, the line-up…

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