Take it from someone with chronic illness, there's never been a better time to stay in.
Stephanie Anderson

16 Mar 2020 - 6:13 PM  UPDATED 31 Mar 2020 - 4:24 PM

Last year, I watched all 39 seasons of Survivor during periods of being bedridden, as well as just any time I was too sick or fatigued to leave the house. It was great!

If you’re new to the self-isolation game, you may find yourself at a loose end, bored, climbing up the walls at the thought of not being able to leave the house. Trust me, you’ve got this! The key to a good self-isolation is distracting yourself. Look at this time as a little challenge to watch as many shows on your list as possible, to branch out of your entertainment comfort zone and dive into a series you’re unfamiliar with! 

It’s the golden age of television, and there’s something out there for us all. Below is a list of shows you can stream for free right now at SBS On Demand to help distract you. If you’re feeling brave, check out my list of survival tales, which will really help you lean into the whole experience. Either way, I’ve got your back. From a distance, with a face mask on, just in case. Enjoy! 

On Becoming a God in Central Florida

First, I should tell you that I am extremely biased because Kirsten Dunst is my queen and I think she deserves at least four Oscars for her various works. That said, this weird, wacky, wonderful show about pyramid schemes will suck you into its dark, funny world and help you forget your woes.

On Becoming A God In Central Florida is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


New Girl

All seven seasons of New Girl are streaming right now, and if there’s ever been a time to lean into a show that is lighthearted, fun and – yes, adorkable – it’s now. 

Seasons 1–7 of New Girl are now binge-ready at SBS On Demand.

The X-Files

Okay, there are nine seasons of The X-Files streaming online at the moment. Would I be able to get through all of them in two weeks? I’d like to think so, but it would be a stretch. Still, nothing wrong with continuing a TV binge after you’re done with isolation, right?

Seasons 1–9 of The X-Files are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

The Young Pope / The New Pope

Jude Law is a hot pope. Honestly, that should be enough to sell you on it, but just in case, I’ll add that John Malkovich is in the second season.

The Young Pope and follow-up The New Pope are both now at SBS On Demand.

The Young Pope:

The New Pope:



Based on Lindy West’s hit book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, this comedy follows Annie Easton (Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live) as she attempts to better her life without having to change her body. If you need a self-esteem booster, Shrill will remind you that you’re just as good and worthy as anyone else, even if you can’t leave the house right now.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Shrill are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

You’re the Worst

If dark humour and cynicism is what gets you through tough times, look no further than You’re the Worst. With all five seasons streaming, now’s the perfect time to dive in, or kick off a rewatch, as Gretchen and Jimmy tackle fear, heartbreak, romance, sex, food, Los Angeles, Sunday Funday and friendship.

Seasons 1–5 of You’re The Worst are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

Back To Life

Wondering what life will be like when you can finally leave the house again? Back To Life will offer some perspective. A dark comedy, Daisy Haggard (from TV’s Episodes) stars as Miri Matteson, who’s trying to fit back into her old life in a small coastal town after spending the past 18 years in prison. 

Six-part series Back To Life is now at SBS On Demand.

The Family Law

In the mood for something homegrown? Look no further than our Aussie comedy The Family Law, based on Benjamin Law’s bestselling novel. There are rules, and then there’s the Laws, and there’s never been a better time to follow them.

Season 3 of The Family Law is now streaming at SBS On Demand

The Twelve

If you’re like me and you’ve watched every crime series on [redacted] and [redacted], it’s time to branch out! The Twelve is a tense, Flemish crime drama about the 12 jurors on a controversial murder case. While attempting to decide on the guilt or innocence of respected headmistress Frie Palmers – who stands accused of two murders – the jurors also have to face questions about their own lives and secrets.

The compelling The Twelve is now streaming at SBS On Demand.


Another crime series you can settle into is Broadchurch. David Tennant and Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman play detectives called to investigate the death of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, after his body is found on the beach. What they discover will change the small Dorset community forever.

Seasons 1–3 of Broadchurch are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

Dublin Murders

Based on the bestselling Tana French novels 'In the Woods' and 'The Likeness', Dublin Murders is a pyschological thriller that follows detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox as they investigate the murder of a young girl on the outskirts of – you guessed it – Dublin, Ireland. 

Four-part series Dublin Murders is now streaming at SBS On Demand.

The Hunting 

Another homegrown series, The Hunting follows four teenagers, their teachers and families  after a nude teen photo scandal rocks the school. Starring Asher Keddie and Richard Roxburgh, The Hunting tackles themes of misogyny, online exploitation, sexuality and sexualisation.

All 4 episodes of The Hunting are now streaming at SBS On Demand.

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