Best free TV shows to stream online in Australia


The brainchild of Donald Glover (Community, Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Hiro Murai (director of the phenomenal This is America music video for Glover's musical alter-ego, Childish Gambino), Atlanta is a devastatingly funny look at Atlanta's booming rap/trap music scene. Earn (Glover) is a down-on-his-luck new father who sees a money making opportunity in his cousin Alfred 'Paper Boi' Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), an up-and-coming rapper. Together with Paper Boi's right hand man, Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), the trio embark on a series of misadventures as they attempt to achieve success. At times playing like an absurdist, urban version of Curb Your Enthusiasm –one which also has time to explore real social and economic issues – Atlanta is one the best shows currently on television. 

Available on SBS On Demand

South Park

Episodes of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's classic animated comedy series South Park are regularly featured on the SBS On Demand streaming catchup service, and while you won't find entire seasons there, the episodes are changed out fairly often. Join Stan, Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and the rest of their schoolyard friends as they go on a series of misadventures in the small Colorado town of South Park. 

Available on SBS On Demand

Wellington Paranormal

A spin-off of New Zealand director Taika Waititi's brilliant comedy film What We Do in the Shadows, Wellington Paranormal follows Wellington's police force as they deal with vampires, werewolves, demons and other assorted ghouls. Absurdly funny in a uniquely Kiwi way, Wellington Paranormal takes the mockumentary approach of the film that inspired it, mining clever laughs from familiar situations that play out in a heightened manner. 

Available on SBS On Demand

Diff'rent Strokes

When the African American housekeeper of a wealthy Manhattan widower (Conrad Bain) suddenly dies, the man decides to adopts his late employee's two orphaned children. As 8-year-old Arnold (Gary Coleman) and his big brother Willis (Todd Bridges) make the move from the Harlem projects to their new home in a lavish penthouse, the pair must adjust to living with a new sister (Dana Plato) at the other end of New York society. While the show is primarily a comedy, it never shied away from dark and dramatic subject matter, such as drugs and child predators. A stunning time capsule of New York in the late '70s and early '80s, Diff'rent Strokes is one of the finest family sitcoms of its time.

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Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.