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25 Of The Best Shows On Netflix Australia Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
24th Nov 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 25 of the best shows on Netflix.

True Story

From the team behind Narcos, comes True Story, an epic drama starring Kevin Hart as you’ve never seen him before. It follows Kid (Hart), a recovering addict who is fast on his way to becoming the world’s most famous comedian—his new superhero movie is nearing a billion dollars at the box office and he’s about to kick off a sold-out stand-up tour in his hometown, Philadelphia. But things take a seriously dark turn when he wakes up after a night of partying next to a dead woman. His older brother Carlton (Wesley Snipes) promises to help Kid out but where Carlton goes, trouble always follows. 

Selling Sunset

Luxe real estate. Major drama. The top real estate brokers at The Oppenheim Group are back with season four! Selling Sunset, a Netflix reality series set in the world of LA’s high-end real estate, follows seven of the city's most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the #1 agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. They work hard and play harder, as they compete with the cutthroat LA market and each other. These ladies will do what it takes to make it to the top of their game, all while trying to keep their personal lives intact. This season, the crew deal with even more mind-blowing mansions, shocking new romances, a baby and explosive truths that will change their lives, relationships and careers forever. 

Tiger King 2

With Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, the Emmy-nominated saga continues its twisted course with Tiger King 2 as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners. Old enemies and frenemies, including Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson return for another season of murder, mayhem, and madness. Thought you knew the whole story? Just you wait.

Cowboy Bebop

Based on the beloved anime series Cowboy Bebop is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals—for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.

Hellbound

Unbelievable demonstrations of hell take place in the middle of Seoul right in front of crowds. Mysterious beings condemn individuals to be Hellbound, and otherworldly beings appear exactly at the specified time to kill the condemned in a brutal burning. Rising above the utter chaos resulting from these inexplicable supernatural occurrences is the commanding voice of Jung Jinsu, the leader of an up-and-coming religious organization, The New Truth. He claims that only sinners are marked for condemnation and that these occurrences represent divine will to make humans righteous. A group of his followers with blind faith, the Arrowhead, take into their own hands the punishment of those who go against the divine will. 

Colin In Black & White

From co-creators Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick comes Colin in Black & White, a bold new dramatic limited series that chronicles Kaepernick’s coming of age story, tackling the obstacles of race, class and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family. It stars Jaden Michael as Young Colin before reaching the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback and becoming a cultural icon and activist; Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his well-meaning parents Rick and Teresa; and Colin Kaepernick himself, who appears as the present-day narrator of his own story. 

Narcos: Mexico

Set in the 90s, when the globalization of the drug business ignites, Season three examines the war that breaks out after Felix’s arrest. As newly independent cartels struggle to survive political upheaval and escalating violence, a new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge. But in this war, truth is the first casualty - and every arrest, murder and take-done only pushes real victory further away…

Frayed

Set in the 80s, Frayed follows Sammy Cooper, a London housewife who is left bankrupt when her wealthy husband suddenly dies. With nowhere else to turn, Sammy and her two teenage children are forced to return home to Newcastle, Australia. The biggest problem? She’s been gone for 20 years and left behind a string of lies and relationship breakdowns—all of which she must begin to repair. The result? A heart-warming and hilarious Aussie drama. 

My Name

My Name is further proof that Korean drama is where it’s at! When Jiwoo witnesses her father’s brutal murder, she turns to “The Organisation", the violent drug cartel he worked for. Seeking justice, they let her join their lethal fight club, training her to become an assassin. But when The Organisation find out the gun used to murder Jiwoo's father was police-issued, she joins the police force as a mole to garner information. It’s fast-paced, thrilling and oh so binge-worthy.

Locke & Key

After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens—and will stop at nothing to steal them. In season two of Locke & Key we finally see the siblings taking time out to enjoy their magic, but of course that doesn’t last long. The demon they battled in season one makes its return and things take a seriously dark turn. 

sex, love, & goop

Gwyneth Paltrow and the goop team are back to bring us sex, love & goop. If you loved Gywnnie’s first Netflix original then put this to the top of your must watch list. In this new series you’ll follow courageous couples who, with the help of experts, learn lessons and methods to enhance their relationships through more pleasurable sex and deeper intimacy. It’s raw, honest and at times, emotional—we love it! 

YOU

Season three is finally here and we find Joe and Love, now married and raising their baby in the balmy Northern California enclave of Madre Linda. Surrounded by privileged tech entrepreneurs, judgmental mommy bloggers, and Insta-famous biohackers, Joe is committed to his new role as a husband and dad but fears Love’s lethal impulsiveness. And then there’s the matter of his heart. Could the woman he’s been searching for all this time live right next door? Breaking out of a cage in a basement is one thing. But the prison of a picture-perfect marriage to a woman who’s wise to your tricks? Well, that’ll prove a much more complicated escape.

MAID

Inspired by the New York Times best-selling memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, MAID follows the story of Alex, a single mother who turns to housecleaning to—barely—make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy. Seen through the emotional yet humorous lens of a desperate but determined woman, this series is a raw and inspiring exploration of a mother’s resilience.

On My Block

On My Block is a coming of age comedy about a group of bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through high-school in the rough suburbs of Los Angeles. In the fourth and final season we find our friends two years later, all grown up and having gone their separate ways. But when a secret is unburied, they quickly learn you can’t run from the past and they will need to stick together to survive.

Bad Sport

Bad Sport looks at six unbelievable stories at the intersection of sports and crime, as told by the athletes, coaches and law enforcement officials at the center of the controversies. Episodes include the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic figure skating scandal; superstar Indycar driver Randy Lanier’s marijuana-smuggling operation; the Arizona State University basketball point-shaving scheme; the horse hitman at the center of an insurance fraud ring; Calciopoli, the biggest match-fixing scandal in Italian football history; and South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje’s tragic fall from grace.

The Hunting

This thought-provoking Australian drama is one of the best shows on Netflix right now. The Hunting centres around a highschool where teachers discover students are sharing nude photos of their underage friends and peers online. The consequence this has on the teens and their families is devastating, creating a ripple effect that will irrevocably change their lives. The all-star cast includes Asher Keddie, Jessica De Gouw and Richard Roxburgh. 

Squid Game

It’s the twisted and dark K-drama that is absolutely ruining the internet right now and if you can handle some serious gore and brutality (like, a lot of it), this epic show is for you. The premise of Squid Game is a battle royale-type situation, the ‘Hunger Games’ for hundreds of people in mass debt. Contestants basically compete in various rounds of mysterious and deadly survival games, which are actually sick twists on childhood games (like Redlight, Greenlight, tug-o-war and marbles) to win 45.6 billion won prize money to pull them out of their massive debt. The only thing is, when you lose a game, you die.

The Chestnut Man

From the creator of The Killing now comes The Chestnut Man, a psychological thriller based on the debut novel by award winning writer Søren Sveistrup. Set in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, the police make a terrible discovery one blustery October morning—a young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Next to her lies a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man—evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead.

Midnight Mass

From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan, Midnight Mass tells the tale of a small, isolated island community whose existing divisions are amplified by the return of a disgraced young man (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of a charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater). When Father Paul’s appearance on Crockett Island coincides with unexplained and seemingly miraculous events, a renewed religious fervour takes hold of the community—but do these miracles come at a price?

Dear White People

Set against the backdrop of senior year at Winchester as well as a not-so-distant, post-pandemic future, Dear White People Vol. 4 finds our favourite characters—Samantha, Troy, Lionel and Joelle—looking back at the most formative (and theatrical) year of their lives. Both an Afro-futuristic and 90s-inspired musical event, if you haven’t yet dived into the beauty that is Dear White People cancel your weekend plans. Volume four is a can't-miss, farewell experience with one pitch-perfect promise: sometimes the only way to move forward is to throw it back.

Sex Education

Sex Education is about Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean. Season three just dropped and it’s a brand new year—Otis is living his best life, Eric and Adam are official, and Jean has a baby on the way. Meanwhile, new headteacher Hope tries to return Moordale to a pillar of excellence, Aimee discovers feminism, Jackson gets a crush and a lost voicemail still looms. Prepare for commitment animals, alien phenomena, vulva cupcakes and much more of Madam Groff.

Money Heist

High octane Spanish Emmy-award winning show Money Heist is back for the first release of part five (the second is to come in December) and we discover the professor is for once out of a plan. For the uninitiated (where have you been?) arguably the most popular Netflix show in the world goes like this. Eight thieves specifically selected for their individual criminal smarts take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan. Best watched with subtitles, expect plenty of action interspersed with flashbacks and character revelations along the way that’ll soon have you rooting for the ‘bad guys’. 

Lucifer

This is it, the final season of Lucifer. For real this time. The devil himself has become God… almost. But why is he hesitating? And as the world starts to unravel without a God, what will he do in response? Get comfy on the couch and prepare to say a bittersweet goodbye to Lucifer, Chloe, Amenadiel, Maze, Linda, Ella and Dan. Make sure you keep the tissues close.

On the Verge

Written in the heartwarming words of Julie Delpy (2 Day In Paris, Before Sunrise) On the Verge tells the story of four women—a chef, a single mum, an heiress and a job seeker—as they dig into love and work, with a generous side of midlife crises, in pre-pandemic LA. There’s tears, LOLs and many learnings. It’s already being touted as the grown-up, but still equally awesome, version of Girls so you know it's going to be good!

Clickbait

Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier) is a loving father, husband, and brother, who one day suddenly and mysteriously disappears. A video appears on the internet of the badly beaten Nick holding a card that says "I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die". Is this a threat or confession? Or both? As his sister and wife rush to find and save him, they uncover a side of Nick they didn't know existed. An eight-episode limited series told from revolving points of view, Clickbait is a compelling, high stakes thriller that explores the ways in which our most dangerous and uncontrolled impulses are fueled in the age of social media, revealing the ever-widening fractures we find between our virtual and real-life personas.

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