Lockdown TV: Andrew Mercado’s plea – Stay home and watch, guilt free

• Your comprehensive list of what to watch when at home

For the sake of the nation, please stay at home and watch as much TV as you like, guilt-free! Here is your ultimate and underrated lockdown list:

10 Play (Free)

The Secret Life Of Us and Love My WayClaudia Karvan might or might not win Dancing With The Stars’ hastily convened Grand Final (Sunday on 10), but viewers are definitely winners getting two of her best Aussie dramas. How about her TV version of Puberty Blues next, please?

BREAKING NEWS: Series two of How To Stay Married has just dropped here too, ahead of broadcast. Nice one Pete Helliar!

SBS On Demand (Free)

Australia In Colour, Robbie Hood and The Family Law – Three Aussie beauties here, starting with our colourised history, before moving into two must-see comedy. Afterwards, check out NZ comedy flick The Breaker Upperers.

7plus (Free)

A Country Practice and Spirited – Has there ever been a better time to go back to Wandin Valley? And how many of you saw The Ghost and Mrs Muir-inspired drama comedy Claudia Karvan made for Foxtel?

9Now (Free)

McLeod’s Daughters and Metro Sexual – There are several Nine classics to re-watch, but the newest is online only and about a sexual health clinic … fingers crossed.

ABC iview (Free)

Frayed and Black Comedy – More Aussie comedy, and when you can take something darker, don’t miss Stateless and Revelation (where its second episode, pre-empted last week, will now air Tuesday on ABC).

Amazon Prime

The Marvellous Mrs Maisel and Fleabag – These two are my absolute must-sees, but horror and daytime soap fans will also love the original Dark Shadows (1966 – 1971). And sports fans, ABC Breakfast sports guy Paul Kennedy has given a huge thumbs up to Aussie cricket doco The Test.

Apple TV+

Morning Wars and Visible – Two looks at American TV, with the first about a fictional breakfast show, and the second being LGBT history as seen through the lens of television.


Plenty for the kids, but also some great nostalgia for parents who remember Disneyland on Sunday nights – there’s old school movies like Swiss Family Robinson, The Ugly Dachshund and The Parent Trap (the original with Hayley Mills, before Lindsay Lohan).


Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Outsider Larry David has just wound up his 10th season and it was fantastically funny. Then check out the creepy Stephen King HBO thriller with Ben Mendelsohn.


Mother and Son and Frontline – The two greatest Aussie sitcoms of all time. Don’t miss Bloom, the superb Aussie mini-series given there are new episodes coming for Easter. And The L Word: Generation Q, is one of the best (and sexiest) reboots of recent times.


Where do we begin … OK, right now everyone is watching the insane true crime doco Tiger King, but for a laugh I reckon Sex Education, Derry Girls, Friends From College and After Life (new episodes in April). And it would appear that a whole new generation has just discovered Kath and Kim. Noice! So, self-isolate now, and stay safe everyone x

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