While we’re still feeling the chill of winter, the heat is turning up in the Northern Hemisphere, with California remaining one of the most popular summer travel destinations in the world.
No travel plans? No worries. The land of sun, surf and superstars is still very much attainable.
Instead of schlepping it on a 15-hour plane ride, there is a way you can experience the warmth of the Golden State without even leaving your own home.
So turn up the heater, mix up a jug of margaritas and live vicariously through the streamable lives of legendary Californians such as Seth Cohen, Lauren Conrad and Veronica Mars.
Here are our top TV series to get lost in this winter, all available to watch on Stan.
The O.C. – the show with the most iconic theme song and early 00s fashion inspo – is available to stream in full on Stan. That’s four seasons of sun-kissed teenage drama coupled with that endless summer vibe just waiting for you to press play.
The epic coming-of-age series about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks taken in by a wealthy family introduced us to the opulence of Orange Country and its fascinating rich kid residents.
Almost all visitors to Los Angeles report an exciting celebrity sighting, and it’s no different in Californication where David Duchovny’s Hank Moody runs into famous folk every day… much to his chagrin.
A hedonistic and cynical novelist living in sunny Venice Beach, his is a world of fame and misfortune, washed up rock stars and seedy dive bars.
Created by former Dawson’s Creek writer Tom Kapinos, Californication paints a gritty and unique picture of a city that’s often romanticised in popular culture… with hilarious results.
The hit teen detective series Veronica Mars takes place in the scenic, fictional town of Neptune, California.
Even if you could book a flight here, this is one place you’d maybe limit to a day trip – while the long stretches of beach seem perfect, the small coastal town is rife with crime, corruption and murder.
While much of the show was filmed in San Diego, it’s based on the ultra-affluent Orange County, emulating wealthy beachside suburbs such as Newport and Laguna Beach.
The latest season of Veronica Mars has just hit Stan, so now is the perfect time to get wrapped up in a neo-noir palm tree fantasy and kick it with the marshmallows.
The Hills may be back with a new reboot, but every true fan will know that the original is truly the best.
Discover Los Angeles along with a gang of spoiled, wealthy twenty-somethings and their petty but fascinating drama back-dropped by a constant summer setting.
While their ultra-rich and famous daily lives involving lying by the pool and hanging out in the VIP section might not be so relatable, the interpersonal conflict certainly is.
Getting mixed messages from dates, breaking up with a best friend, trying to impress your boss… it’s all part and parcel of a great reality show.
If you’re yet to jump on the UnREAL train, you’re missing out on an illuminating ride into the seedy underbelly of reality television.
The hit Stan drama mocks reality dating shows like The Bachelor as it follows the production team behind fictional reality show Everlasting, set on a ranch mansion in Southern California.
Starring Constance Zimmer as a ruthless showrunner and Shiri Appleby as an unhinged producer with extreme manipulation skills, UnREAL provides an augmented peak behind the curtain of those selling “true love” under the Californian sunshine.
For an alternate take on Los Angeles, escape the bikini blondes, movie-makers and palm trees and head East to the Latina neighbourhood of Boyle Heights, where sisters Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) have returned to run their deceased mother’s dive bar.
Portraying a more textured view of the city, VIDA provides an authentic look at a neighbourhood suffering from poverty, gentrification and homophobia within a heart-warming and honest story about a reunited family.
But don’t worry – there’s still plenty of sunshine to soak up. Summer is omnipresent in VIDA, from festive backyard barbecues to local street vendors serving raspados (shaved ice), the neighbourhood knows how to cool down with flair.
Famous in Love
The idealistic world of Hollywood’s film industry is exposed through the eyes of emerging actress Paige (Bella Thorne) as she navigates the ups and downs of newfound fame and the politics of a film set.
From ruthless “momagers” to puppet-master producers hiding a multitude of secrets, Famous in Love has got it all.
The show has also been praised for an abundance of establishing shots so spectacular that the Los Angeles Tourism Board could use them in their next campaign.
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