From a couple of highly anticipated blockbuster series to the return of some favourites, it’s a busy, busy month at home. Well, at least it’s cold now so it’s not like you have anything better to do, right?
Loki (Disney+, June 9): Ever since Avengers: Endgame, when Tom Hiddleston’s mischievous Loki grabbed the tesseract and disappeared, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have been wondering what trouble he’s been getting into. Well, we’re about the find out and it’s going to involve Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and the possibility that Loki is D.B. Cooper. Wild.
Lupin Part 2 (Netflix, June 11): The extremely compulsive French series starring Omar Sy as a modern-day gentleman thief modelled on Maurice Leblanc’s Arsene Lupin books returns after that “whaaaaaaaat” cliffhanger. We’ve only been waiting five months, but it feels like a lifetime.
In Treatment S4 (Foxtel Now and Binge, June 3): In the 11 years since In Treatment, the series starring Gabriel Byrne as a therapist, wrapped, Uzo Aduba became a veritable star. So, it’s a no-brainer to have her take over the chair (literally) in this new 24-episode series that also features Anthony Ramos, Charlayne Woodard and John Benjamin Hickey as patients.
Chopsticks or Fork? (iview, June 11): Across six 15-minute episodes, presenter Jennifer Wong explores the many Chinese restaurants in Australian towns, from Moree to Gawler, and why these institutions have become so intrinsic to local communities. Plus, what makes dishes such as sweet and sour pork and deep-fried ice cream such cross-cultural gems.
Sex/Life (Netflix, June 25): Before you get excited at the prospect of a reboot of the 1990s Tottie Goldsmith-fronted Sex/Life, this isn’t that. It stars Sarah Shahi as a newlywed who’s just moved to the suburbs and her husband (Adam Demos) decides to reinvigorate things in the bedroom by drawing from the wild-child past she’s documented in her journals.
Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries S2 (Acorn TV, June 7): This Miss Fisher spin-off, set in the mod 1960s and centred on her niece Peregrine, makes the jump from free-to-air to streaming with Acorn TV nabbing the rights. The murder mysteries are in abundance, as is Peregrine’s unconventional approach to solving them. Stars Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson and Catherine McClements.
The Unusual Suspects (SBS On Demand, June 3): With a huge Australian cast including Miranda Otto, Michelle Vergara Moore, Aina Dumlao and Heather Mitchell, this four-part series is a bold and wacky heist dramedy set in Sydney’s glitzy eastern suburbs that also happens to showcase Filipino-Australian culture in a way that’s not been captured on TV before. Also, there’s a $16 million diamond necklace, so that’s pretty nifty.
Breeders S2 (Binge, June 3): Inspired by Martin Freeman’s own experiences as a parent, the series about parenthood is one of those comedies that makes you cry in terror as much as it makes you laugh. And it’s probably one of the most effective forms of birth control you can encounter while scrolling through a streaming service on a Tuesday night. Jeepers.
Luca (Disney+, June 18): A Pixar movie that was originally slated for cinema release, this bright and colourful animation is set on the coast of Italy and tells the story of Luca, a young sea monster who explores on-land adventures with new friend Alberto. But can they keep their secret from the monster-fearing humans? It’s an ode to childhood friendships.
Sweet Tooth (Netflix, June 4): The word sweet is literally in the title so it shouldn’t surprise you to know that this fantasy series adapted from a comic book has that vibe. It’s set in a world in which an event caused the emergence of babies that are human-animal hybrids. The main characters is the part-boy, part-deer Gus who pairs up with a loner named Jepperd in search for answers. The series was filmed in New Zealand.
Dave S2 (Binge and Foxtel Now, June 17): Starring rapper and comedian Lil Dicky as a fictionalised version of himself, the series is about an aspiring musician who thinks it’s his destiny to be the greatest of all time (or, at least one of). The first season had mostly favourable reviews, especially for the lead character.
Head Above Water (Amazon Prime Video, June 4): As a companion piece to the Olympics qualifier Australian Swimming Trials, this docuseries will follow the journey of four high-profile swimmers – Ian Thorpe, Cody Simpson, Bronte Campbell and Kyle Chalmers – as they make sacrifices and promises.
Physical (Apple TV+, June 18): What’s more 1980s than teased-out hair, high-cut leotards and aerobics? Rose Byrne stars as a woman whose life revolves around her husband’s run for office, until she finds self-empowerment and a potentially lucrative career through the burgeoning trend of callisthenics with fluoro colours and dazzling smiles.
Eden (Stan, June 11): Billed as a sexy mystery thriller set in a coastal community not unlike Byron Bay, where the series was filmed, Eden centres on Scout, a young woman who returns home after a stint in New York. She finds her best friend Hedwig a changed person. After a charged night when Scout blacks out and Hedwig disappears, Scout must unravel the mystery of what’s happened in the year she was away.
Oslo (Binge, June 2): Now might seem like an odd time to premiere a movie about the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, a landmark deal between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, but there is something in this drama, starring Ruth Wilson, that gives insight into why there was hope of peace almost three decades ago while also giving some context as to why that peace, and every other peace brokered since then, has never lasted.
Who Do You Think You Are? S12 (SBS On Demand, June 8): Not just for the genealogy obsessed, the 12th season of this series continues to ask us to examine our family’s past to understand our present. Those taking part include Malcolm Turnbull, Celia Pacquola, Uncle Jack Charles, (Wake Up) Jeff Fatt and Chris Bath.
Betty S2 (Binge, June 12 and Foxtel Now, June 25): Skateboarders aren’t just those people your dog goes nuts at every time they roll past but are in fact a rich community of enthusiasts with their own subculture. But that community isn’t always inclusive of young women, so this group forms their own, as seen in this loosely fictionalised HBO series that’s as much an anthropological mood piece as it is anything else.
Elite S4 (Netflix, June 18): The ultimate guilty pleasure for those so inclined, the Spanish teen soap returns for a fourth season. Set at a wealthy private school, the melodrama follows a group of students from different backgrounds as they swap partners, insults and schemes while also sneaking in socially progressive storylines.
Generation S1 Part 2 (Binge, June 17): Following on from the eight-episode first part, this Lena Dunham-produced series about very cool school kids was co-created by an actual teenager – which is why it feels authentic to young people’s experiences. It’s as dynamic and optimistic as it is angsty, a combination that captures the headiness of youth without judgment.
Central Park (Apple TV+, June 25): Adult animations are really having a moment – well, probably for the past 10 years or so – and Central Park takes the success of the genre and adds a musical element to it. The series is about a family that lives in Central Park and must save it from a developer, and the second season marks the debut of Emmy Raver-Lampman (Hamilton, The Umbrella Academy) as the voice of biracial Molly after Kristen Bell stepped back over criticism of whitewashing voice casting.
Kung Fu S1 (Foxtel Now and Binge, June 3): A re-imagining of the 1970s TV series starring David Carradine, the 2021 version is about an Asian-American woman who trains in martial arts and shaolin values in China before returning to protect her community in San Francisco from criminal gangs. The series features a predominantly Asian-American cast including lead Olivia Liang.
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Australia Talks (iview, June 21): Australians love to compare themselves to others, especially if that means we can either feel smug or slighted. And there’s no better way to see where you fit in on issues including taxation, climate change, racism, happiness, sex and social values than in the ABC’s Australia Talks survey, which will be broken down by Annabel Crabb and Nazeem Hussain in a special event.
Us Again (Disney+, June 4): This is only a short film, like the ones you get before Pixar movies, but in just a few minutes, this sweet story will have you reaching for the tissues and drive you to rediscover long-forgotten joys because you’re never too old to do what you love.
Deputy (Foxtel Now, June 1): Stephen Dorff is having something of a comeback moment, which, for those counting at home, is his third. The series stars Dorff as the new deputy sheriff in LA County, with ambitions to restore “honour” to the job. But don’t get too attached to the 13-episode series because it’s already been canned in the US.
Home Before Dark S2 (Apple TV+, June 11): Starring The Florida Project’s breakout actor Brooklynn Prince, this family drama is based on Hilde Lisko, a real-life young journalist who got the scoop on a murder in her hometown at the age of 10. After solving a cold case kidnapping in the first season, Hilde will dive into an explosion at a nearby farm.
Hitmen (Stan, June 25): If you look at former Go! hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, assassin is not the first thing that comes to mind. And yet, that’s probably why their fictional characters in Hitmen are so suited to the job. Or are they? Their mark – still alive – would attest that maybe they still have some kinks to iron out.
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Originally published as Bumper month for new streaming shows