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20 Of The Best Shows On Netflix Australia Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
15th Jan 2021

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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.

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.

Disenchantment

From the mind of Matt Groening comes Disenchantment, the adult animated comedy fantasy series that follows the medieval misadventures of hard-drinking young Princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the oddball trio encounter ogres, mermaids, walruses, and lots of human fools all while uncovering the deeper mystery of Dreamland. The excitement builds in Disenchantment Part 3 as Bean continues to grow into her power and own her destiny. As the fearless friends venture out to discover new worlds, they might just find there really is no place like home.

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. 

Surviving Death

Based on best-selling author and journalist Leslie Kean’s book, Surviving Death is an in-depth investigative series exploring the possibility of an afterlife. Over six episodes, Surviving Death explores questions that have been contemplated throughout time: What does it mean to die, and is death the end of our existence? Weaving together innovative new research with firsthand accounts from those who’ve been close to—and even experienced—death, the series takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into a world beyond human existence as we know it.

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.

Selena: The Series 

If you’ve seen Selena the movie, which starred Jennifer Lopez, then you’ll know this incredible yet tragic story deserves a bigger stage—which is where this series comes in, delving deep into the life of a star that was sadly cut short.  It goes like this: before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. Selena: The Series explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time—and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together. 

Virgin River

We’ve waited a whole damn year for season two of this addictive show to drop and thankfully, it’s finally here. For the newbies out there, Virgin River centres around Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge),  a nurse who flees her home in LA when her husband tragically dies. In need of a fresh start she finds herself in the picture perfect small town of Virgin River. There she finds herself a job as the remote village’s only nurse (working for a grumpy doctor) and a potential love interest. In season two, Mel’s finally settling into small town life, which means dealing with nosy neighbours who want to know everything about her complicated, burgeoning romance with local hunk Jack (Martin Henderson). 

The Crown

The binge-worthy historical drama is back for an epic fourth season. As the 70s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by finding a bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.

Wrong Kind Of Black

Put this epic series straight to the top of your must watch list—we devoured it in a single sitting. Based on the extraordinary life of Boori Monty Pryor, Wrong Kind Of Black will make you laugh and then cry your eyes out. Flipping between the 60s, it shows Pryor growing up with his tight knit family in Palm Island, to the glittering 70s in Melbourne where he worked as one of the hottest DJs. Dubbed “The Black Superman”, Pyror and his younger brother Paul rubbed shoulders on the dance floor with everyone from Russian mobsters to Aussie yobbos. But despite his success, Pyror is constantly told he’s the “wrong kind of black” and the ripple effect has a devastating impact on his family. Tip: keep the tissues close for the final two eps. 

Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun

Prepare for serious, stomach-crunching LOLs as Australian comedy group Aunty Donna invites you into their Big Ol' House of Fun. In their new Netflix original six-part sketch series, the comedy trio of Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly, and Zachary Ruane, will take you along for an absurdist adventure through their everyday lives. Come on inside if you’re prepared to handle satire, parody, clever wordplay, breakout musical numbers, and much more. Oh and it’s just casually produced by equally hilarious Ed Helms so you know you’re in for a good time. 

The Alienist 

The Alienist, an unflinching psychological thriller set amidst the underbelly of New York City’s “Gilded Age”, is back for a gripping second season. For those who are new to this brilliant Netflix show based on the award-winning, fan-favorite novel, it follows Laszlo Kreizler a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. It boasts an all-star cast including Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning and is absolutely one of the best shows on Netflix.

Wanted

We love a homegrown drama and it doesn’t get much better than Wanted. Netflix just dropped the third and latest season of the crime thriller so you have a lot of goodness to binge. We don’t want to give away any spoilers so if you’re starting from season one this is what you need to know: Lola (Rebecca Gibney) and Chelsea (Geraldine Hakewill) are total strangers who just happen to catch the same early bus every morning from the same suburban stop. But everything changes when the duo witness a deadly car-jacking and get swept up in a dangerous criminal conspiracy. Racing across Australia on the run from the bad guys and corrupt cops, they must outwit them all. It’s fast-paced stuff and we absolutely dig it. 

The Queen’s Gambit

Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, this Netflix limited series drama is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius—and yes, it’s an absolute must watch. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy)  discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. 

The Haunting Of Bly Manor

From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan comes the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. The Haunting of Bly Manor goes like this: After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose. But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.


Emily In Paris

From the creator of Sex and The City, come this totally binge-worthy new romance series set in stunning Paris. The plot goes like this: Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company—and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily's new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances with gorgeous young Frenchmen. Yep, we're obsessed.
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