What to stream this weekend: The Expanse: Season 5, The Mandalorian: Season 2 finale and more highlights

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With so many shows and movies to choose from on Australia's major streaming services, it can often be difficult to find the best new stuff to entertain yourself with each end of week. 

In an effort to make things easier, every weekend we'll be highlighting the best new shows and movies to watch on Aussie streaming platforms, covering the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Binge, Foxtel Now, Stan and Amazon Prime Video.

Below, you'll find a list of this weekend's highlights, separated by streaming service, with binge-worthy new shows sitting alongside some great big-budget new movie arrivals – and a couple of oddball left-of-field entries, just for some variety.

Thankfully, there's a nice selection of new shows and great movies landing on Australia's streaming services for watching this Friday through Sunday. Here are our streaming picks for the week of December 18-20, 2020. 

Disney Plus

The Mandalorian: season finale (TV Series – 18/12/2020)

Season 2 of The Mandalorian comes to a close this week. Mando (Pedro Pascal) and his crew are one step closer to reaching Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and rescuing Grogu from the Empire and its nefarious plans. With so much on the line, we expect this episode to be tense and thrilling.

On Pointe (TV Series – 18/12/2020)

In this six-part documentary series, we get a glimpse into the lives of the hard-working students who attend the School of American Ballet in New York City. Watch older students maintain their professional careers while younger students are put through their paces for a new production.

Amazon Prime Video

The Expanse: Season 5 premiere (TV – available now)

Rejoice, Expanse fans: season 5 of the cult favourite series arrives on Amazon Prime Video this week, with the crew of the Rocinante continuing its quest confront the sins of their past. Meanwhile, Marco Inaros (Keon Alexander) unleashes a devastating attack that "will alter the future of Earth, Mars, the Belt, and the worlds beyond the Ring."


Sweet Home (TV Series – available 18/12/2020)

As far as Netflix is concerned, it's a great month for Asian horror. Take that, Christmas! This week, we get Sweet Home, an epic looking series from South Korea which sees monsters wreak havoc on an apartment complex. Now, it's up to a recently orphaned teenager (Song Kang) and his neighbours to fight them off. Check out the wild trailer above.

Binge / Foxtel Now

Small Axe (TV Series – available 19/12/2020)

John Boyega stars in Small Axe, a new anthology series from director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) which offers five stories set at various points in the history of London’s West Indian community.


Four Weddings and a Funeral: Season 1 (TV Series – available 18/12/2020)

Created by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), this updated version of Four Weddings and a Funeral sees a young professional (Nathalie Emmanuel) travel to London to catch up with old friends, only to find herself right in the middle of their problems. 

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.