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20 Of The Best Shows On Netflix Australia Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
8th Apr 2021

We all know the hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends. To make decision paralysis a little easier, we've rounded up a slew of the best shows to watch on Netflix right now.

Grab the snacks and get comfy, here are 20 of the best shows on Netflix.

The Wedding Coach

Bridesmaids and in-laws and mason jars, oh my! Weddings are a beautiful cause for celebration, but despite what the bridal magazines say, planning one is far from a party. After barely making it down the aisle of her own wedding, comedian Jamie Lee is on a hilarious, heartwarming mission to help couples survive the stressful, and sometimes ridiculous, expectations of “Big Bridal.” With a different comedian “plus one” by her side each episode, Jamie intervenes before and on the wedding day, serving up her refreshing, real-talk perspective on the Bridal Industry, squashing the couple’s drama to help them focus on the big picture.

This Is A Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist

True crime buffs ensemble, this one's for you! It was the biggest art heist in history: Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 1990, legendary works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others worth over half a billion dollars today were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This four-part documentary series from director Colin Barnicle covers the leads, dead ends, lucky breaks and speculations that characterized the investigation of this still unsolved mystery.

The Irregulars

Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it'll be up to the Irregulars to come together to save not only London but the entire world.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive—Season 3

In the most dramatic season to date, fans will once again be taken behind the scenes, to witness first-hand how the drivers and teams battle it out for victory in a year like no other. Fans will be given unprecedented behind the scenes access to the 2020 season which saw the sport dramatically halted in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic and make a thrilling restart in Austria later that year. Intense battles, fierce rivalries, unexpected podiums and Lewis Hamilton’s incredible seventh world title will ensure the series is one of the most action packed yet.

Sky Rojo

From the creators of Money Heist comes this new action-packed series complete with dark humour and adrenaline-filled moments. Coral, Wendy and Gina go on the run in search of freedom while being chased by Moisés and Christian, henchmen of Romeo, pimp and owner of Club Las Novias. Together, the women embark on a frenetic race during which they will have to face many dangers. 

Last Chance U: Basketball

From Greg Whiteley (Cheer) and the team behind Emmy-winning Last Chance U comes this new spin-off, an honest, gritty look inside the world of community college basketball. Over the course of eight episodes, viewers will follow the East Los Angeles College Huskies (ELAC) in their high stakes chase to an unprecedented California state basketball championship. Led by passionate head coach John Mosley, the ELAC team is made up of former D1 recruits and powerhouse athletes hustling to prove themselves for a last chance to fulfill their dreams of playing at the next level. But the team is tested as the players battle adversity, inner demons, and emotions on and off the court. It drops 10 March.

 

Ginny & Georgia

Angsty and awkward 15-year-old Ginny Miller often feels more mature than her thirty year old mother, the irresistible and dynamic Georgia Miller. After years on the run, Georgia desperately wants to put down roots in picturesque New England and give her family something they've never had... a normal life. But it's not all carpool and Kombucha as Georgia's past threatens her and her family's new way of life... and Georgia will do anything to protect her family. Ginny & Georgia = all the feels. 

Behind Her Eyes

Based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Pinborough, this crime thriller, with a fantastical twist (that you’ll never see coming) is one of the best shows on Netflix right now. It follows Louise, a single mother who has an affair with her psychiatrist boss David (Tom Bateman). Her life takes a strange turn when she later befriends his wife Adele (Eve Hewson), and finds herself caught in a web of secrets and lies where nothing is what it seems. Behind Her Eyes will keep you thinking long after the credits roll.

Firefly Lane

Based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name by Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane will grab you by the heart. It tells the sweeping story of two inseparable best friends—Tully (Katherine Heigl ) and Hannah (Sarah Chalke)—who meet in their early teens while both living in small town America on a sweet suburban street called Firefly Lane. The series follows their enduring, complicated bond, spanning four tumultuous decades that sees heartbreak, loss, triumphs, and marriage breakdowns. 

Superstore

This LOL-inducing series centres around a big-box megastore in St. Louis where a group of employees with larger-than-life personalities put up with customers, day-to-day duties and each other. It stars legends like America Ferrera, Ben Feldman and Nico Santos. The best bit? Netflix has five hilarious seasons for you to binge your way through. If you needed something to fill the Schitt’s Creek-shaped hole in your life, Superstore is it. 

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel is the first season in a new docu-series that deconstructs the mythology and mystery surrounding infamous locations in contemporary crime. For nearly a century the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has been linked to some of the city’s most notorious activity, from untimely deaths to housing serial killers. In 2013 college student Elisa Lam was staying at the Cecil when she vanished, igniting a media frenzy and mobilizing a global community of internet sleuths eager to solve the case. Lam’s disappearance, the latest chapter in the hotel’s complex history, offers a chilling and captivating lens into one of LA’s most nefarious settings.

Fate: The Winx Saga

For a supernatural fantasy fix with a genetically blessed cast, pop Fate: The Winx Saga to the top of your must-watch list. From the creator of The Vampire Diaries, the series is a live-action reimagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club from Iginio Straffi. It follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.

Lupin

This Netflix original series is getting heaps of hype for a very good reason—it’s seriously addictive. The plot goes like this: As a teenager, Assane Diop's life was turned upside down when his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Fast forward 25 years later and Assane decides to use "Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar"—world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise—as his inspiration to avenge his father. You may recognise lead actor Omar Sy from the glorious 2011 French film The Intouchables.

Bling Empire

If Crazy Rich Asians was a reality show we reckon it would be something like Netflix newbie, Bling Empire. Binge-worthy series follows a wildly wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends (and frenemies) in Los Angeles. While their days and nights are filled with fabulous parties and expensive shopping sprees, don’t let the glitz and glamour fool you. Between running multi-billion dollar businesses and traveling the world, these friends are as good at keeping secrets as they are at spilling them. And there is certainly no shortage of secrets.

Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

In the sweltering summer of 1985, a record-breaking heatwave hit Los Angeles, along with a series of murders and sexual assaults that at first seemed disconnected. The victims were men, women, and children. They ranged in age from six to 82 and came from different neighborhoods and racial backgrounds. Racing against the clock to stop this nocturnal monster were a young detective named Gil Carrillo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the legendary homicide investigator Frank Salerno. As they worked tirelessly to solve the case, the media hounded their tracks, and panic gripped California. This chilling docu-series tells the spellbinding true story of how one of the most notorious serial killers in American history was hunted down and brought to justice.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part Four

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Part Four—the final season in the saga—has just dropped and finds Sabrina reeling as an all-consuming darkness trickles into her mortal town. Feeling like the odd witch out, Sabrina must make a risky plan in an effort to save her loved ones which involves reconnecting with an enemy from her past. 

Bridgerton 

From Shondaland, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings, committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits.

Vikings

If you haven’t yet watched this cult classic then now is your chance. Netflix has all six seasons of this binge-worthy historical drama for you to devour. Without giving away any spoilers (do not Google this show) it follows Ragnar Lothbrok who goes from poor farmer to a warrior and commander of a ferocious Viking tribe after overthrowing the current king. He then leads his tribe on a voyage to discover and claim unknown lands (like England). Expect gorey fight scenes, intense romantic drama and just like Game Of Thrones, it’s best not to get too attached to any characters in this series—many meet a gruesome death. Catch Vikings here.

Tiny Pretty Things

Based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. As Chicago’s only elite dance school, the Archer School of Ballet serves as the company school for the city’s renowned professional company: City Works Ballet.  The Archer School is an oasis for an array of dancers: rich and poor, from north and south, and a range of backgrounds. Yet they all share a rare talent and passion for dance, a loyal sense of community and when it comes to their dreams, no Plan B.

The Ripper

For five years, between 1975 to 1980, the Yorkshire Ripper murders cast a dark shadow over the lives of women in the North of England. It was a time of national hysteria. 13 women were dead and the police seemed incapable of catching the killer. No one felt safe – and every man was a suspect. Chronicling the twists and turns of the largest police manhunt in British police history, this evocative four part series re-examines the crimes within the context of England in the late 1970s: a time of radical change, de-industrialisation, poverty, masculinity and misogyny, all of which contributed to the Ripper evading capture for so long. True crime buffs, this docu-series is for you.

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