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.


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Processing trauma: ‘I May Destroy You’

Michaela Coel’s inventive series charting sexual assault and creativity is this month’s streaming standout

Image of Courtney B. Vance, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett in Lovecraft Country.


Look back in horror: ‘Lovecraft Country’

The monsters are both supernatural and human in HBO’s recasting of the horror genre

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Pole position

Eschewing clichés and reflecting inclusiveness on both sides of the camera, ‘P-Valley’ tops this month’s streaming highlights

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Deep cover: ‘The Bureau’

The fifth season of the understated French spy thriller leads the pack of June streaming highlights

A lot to be desired: ‘Normal People’


A lot to be desired: ‘Normal People’

The screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel is a piercing portrayal of young lovers

A nation’s convulsions: ‘The Plot Against America’


A nation’s convulsions: ‘The Plot Against America’

HBO’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel is a contemporary allegory with a terrifying slow burn

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‘Stateless’: ABC

A probing drama about Australia’s mandatory detention regime focuses on the dehumanisation experienced on both sides of the razor wire

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Party of three: ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’

Australian comedian Josh Thomas brings his unique brand of comedy to the classic American sitcom format

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Streaming highlights: November 2019

‘The Crown’, ‘For All Mankind’ and ‘Dickinson’ offer new perspectives on history, and pragmatism meets pyramid schemes in ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’

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War for attention

The launch of Apple TV+ and Disney+ raises the stakes in the streaming wars

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Streaming highlights: October 2019

The anthology makes a comeback with ‘Modern Love’ and ‘Criminal’; new ‘Harlots’; and ‘Living with Yourself’ delivers low-key high-tech farce

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Streaming highlights: September 2019

‘Unbelievable’ and ‘Murder in the Bayou’ expose cultures that devalue women; ‘Shrill’ warmly challenges prejudice; and ‘The Politician’ takes student politics to another level

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Streaming highlights: August 2019

Heroes and villains take many forms in ‘Mindhunter’, ‘The Boys’ and ‘Bosch’, and the Obamas make their Netflix debut with ‘American Factory’

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‘Lambs of God’

Director Jeffrey Walker blends ripe melodrama and Gothic thriller in his TV series about three wayward nuns

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‘The Loudest Voice’: a nightmarish portrait of a monster

The sheer scale of Roger Ailes’s wrongs defies the medium of television