The 5 best new series to binge on

The 5 best new series to binge on

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From the newbies to the emerging cult classics – these are the series currently taking up your next water cooler conversation

With summer fast approaching, The Bachelor/ette done for 2016 and free-to-air offering nothing but reruns of Will Ferrell flicks and The Block/X Factor, you've no doubt already turned your short attention spans to what's happening on your favourite streaming and subscription channels. While we know you're probably all over The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Roanoke right now (or maybe just hate-watching the US Presidential election), but here we've summarised five of our current favourite shows screening or about-to-screen now. And before you ask, no, Gilmore Girls is not part of this list - for reasons that should be obvious.

1. The Crown

Netflix's ridiculously hyped drama about the current reigning Queen Elizabeth II might be its most expensive series yet, but that's not why it's worth watching. While it's true that monarchists will probably dig this the most, the intriguing push-pull between Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip is worth watching, as are the historical lessons you'll probably learn along the way. On Netflix now.

2. Westworld

One of HBO's buzziest hits since Game of Thrones, Westworld is an adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel. The sci-fi series is based around a creepy premise - rich tourists pay to inhabit a giant amusement park set in the Wild West, which is populated by human-looking androids. While the scenery is stunning enough, the show digs deeper into the existential questions that plague us all, leading many to compare it to Lost. With a prestige cast including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Luke Hemsworth, plus a now-HBO-standard orgy scene and pop-culture savvy soundtrack - no wonder it's grabbed audiences by the balls.

3. The Fall

If you haven't yet tapped into the first two seasons of this BBC crime series, do it immediately. Season 3 is just airing on US Netflix now, so we expect it to hit Australian Netflix any day now. With the finale of Season 2 ending on a massive cliffhanger, we can't wait to jump into the tense, psychosexual relationship between serial killer Paul Spektor and Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson. On Netflix soon (hopefully).

4. Stranger Things

When a second season (due 2017) was swiftly ordered for this Netflix original, you just know that the viewing numbers were good. Rich in period-specific detail (the fashion! The music!), if you haven't already jumped into this love letter to '80s sci-fi films, we suggest you catch up on the seven episodes before Season 2 airs. A small town mystery starring Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine and a cast of incredibly talented kids, it has just the right balance of thrills and nostalgia to hook you from the first episode. On Netflix now.

5. The Young Pope

Jude Law as a young American pope hitting the Vatican City and Diane Keaton as his close confidante nun friend? Sign us up. Based on the exploits of the first American Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo), this fictional tale is brought to you by acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino. Due to hit America's HBO on January 15 and already airing in the UK, this is peak TV at its controversial best.

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