Craig Mathieson


71 ENTRIES Craig Mathieson is a television critic for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, an author, and the creator of the Binge-r streaming newsletter.


Image of Nathan Fielder in The Rehearsal. Image supplied/HBO


When art imitates life: ‘The Rehearsal’

Nathan Fielder’s unhinged new series, probing what would happen if there really was a dress rehearsal for life, leads this month’s streaming highlights

‘The Old Man’ and the CIA


‘The Old Man’ and the CIA

Jeff Bridges faces his spycraft past in this Disney+ espionage thriller

Still from ‘Irma Vep’


‘Irma Vep’

Olivier Assayas revisits his 1996 film in a delicious palindromic limited series, in which a frazzled director remakes his ‘Irma Vep’ film into a TV series

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App trap: ‘Chloe’

‘Sex Education’ writer Alice Seabright’s new psychological thriller probing social media leads this month’s streaming highlights

Image of Claire Danes in The Essex Serpent. Image via Apple TV+


Snake charmer: ‘The Essex Serpent’

Claire Danes is electric in this atmospheric period drama, topping this month’s streaming highlights

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Temporal probe: ‘Shining Girls’

Elisabeth Moss is exceptional in time-travelling drama ‘Shining Girls’, while absurd comedy ‘Killing It’ reveals Australian Claudia O’Doherty as a comic force

Still from ‘We Own This City’


‘We Own This City’

David Simon, creator of ‘The Wire’, returns to Baltimore for a present-day examination of rapacious police corruption

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A great American grifter: ‘The Dropout’

A nuanced and exacting portrayal of the Theranos scam leads this month’s streaming highlights

Still from ‘Slow Horses’


‘Slow Horses’

A sardonic Gary Oldman heads a misfit branch of MI5 in Apple TV+’s thrilling exploration of personal motivation and political expedience

Image of Bridget Everett as Sam in ‘Somebody Somewhere’. Image courtesy HBO/Binge


Hit the right note: ‘Somebody Somewhere’

A distinctive comedy about grief, friendship and the joy of singing leads this month’s streaming highlights

Still from ‘Severance’



Apple TV+’s darkly comic satire takes the pursuit of a desirable work-life balance literally

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Raising the stakes: ‘Firebite’

Warwick Thornton’s magnificently pulpy Indigenous vampire-hunter drama leads the pack of December streaming highlights

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Candid camera: ‘How To with John Wilson’

Both delightfully droll and genuinely moving, John Wilson’s idiosyncratic documentary series is this month’s streaming standout

Still from ‘Yellowjackets’



The US drama about teen plane-crash survivors is a heady mix of folk horror and high-school betrayal

Image of Steve Coogan and Susannah Fielding starring in ‘This Time with Alan Partridge’


The host with the most failings: ‘This Time with Alan Partridge’ season two

Steve Coogan’s hapless TV host remains an absurdist joy, while Bilal Baig’s comedy series ‘Sort Of’ and Margaret Qualley’s performance in ‘Maid’ are among the latest streaming highlights