Starstruck is the best show you're not watching yet. But you should be.

You know when you watch something great, and all you want to do is talk to precisely everyone you know about how much you love it?

I feel that way about Starstruck, a fun little comedy that streams here in Australia on ABC iview. The problem is that most people in my life have not watched. And that is a travesty.

I would consider it one of my favourite comedies of the past few years – so it hurts that it is criminally underrated, and I am here right now to change that.

The series, which has just returned for a third season, was created by and stars New Zealand comedian and actor Rose Matafeo. 

She plays Jessie, a painfully millennial Kiwi in London who is a bit of a hot mess. She works dead-end jobs to make ends meet and spends time with her very funny, very chaotic group of friends. If you've ever done the classic Aussie expat thing (or heard all about it from your mate who went to London for a year and came back saying 'innit'), you'll definitely recognise the archetypes.

One night, she goes home with a man named Tom (Nikesh Patel) who she meets in the bathroom of a nightclub. It's not until the next morning that she realises that he's *actually* really famous. Like, imagine waking up and realising... 'Oh, s**t, that's Liam Hemsworth.'

Image: BBC.


Each episode takes place in a different season, as Jessie and Tom try to figure out their relationship and fit into each other's very different lives. It's got all the hallmarks of a good 'will-they-won't-they?' romance, while also being laugh-out-loud funny and anchored by Matafeo's incredibly fun, relatable and charismatic performance.

The humour is both oddball and incredibly clever and surprising – never quite going in the direction you think it will.

The first season was released in 2021, but one of its greatest strengths is that Starstruck remains as delightful throughout its second season, and now its third, released in its entirety on September 6.

One of the greatest treats was popping on season three and realising that, once again, I've been surprised. Jessie is now in her 30s, and the series goes on to explore how love – romantic and platonic – can evolve or look different as you age, and how that is all the things: bittersweet, exciting, scary, fun.

All three seasons include just six 20-minute episodes, so you can absolutely get through them in one evening, or during a Sunday on the couch. Be prepared for that little 'Are you still there?' message to pop up, reminding you that you have not moved in hours.

Also, just in case I haven't sold you yet? Season three heavily features a Scottish accent.


All three seasons of Starstruck are streaming now on ABC iview.

Chelsea McLaughlin is Mamamia's Senior Entertainment Writer and co-host of The Spill. For more pop culture takes, recommendations and sarcasm, you can follow her on Instagram

Feature image: BBC.

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