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24 Of The Best Shows On Netflix Australia Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
4th Jun 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.

Feel Good

The semi-autobiographical comedy series Feel Good—which follows Mae (played by Mae Martin, the show’s creator), a Canadian stand-up comic and recovering addict living in London with her partner George—is back for a new season. In season two, Mae and George’s complicated love story continues as Mae struggles to come to terms with the ghosts from her past and George tries to reinvent her present. Can they grow together or will they grow apart? Not that the show needs it, but for some added comedy, the always enjoyable Lisa Kudrow, who stars as Linda, Mae’s mother, is back again. 

Sweet Tooth

Ten years ago “The Great Crumble” wreaked havoc on the world and led to the mysterious emergence of hybrids—babies born part human, part animal. Unsure if hybrids are the cause or result of the virus, many humans fear and hunt them. After a decade of living safely in his secluded forest home, a sheltered hybrid deer-boy named Gus unexpectedly befriends a wandering loner named Jepperd. Together they set out on an adventure across what’s left of America in search of answers—about Gus' origins, Jepperd's past, and the true meaning of home.

The Kominsky Method: Season 3 

Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen seasons one and two. Sandy Kominsky ( Michael Douglas) has to navigate what aging looks like without his longtime friend Norman Newlander by his side in the final season of The Kominsky Method. Life only becomes more complicated with the arrival of Sandy's ex-wife Roz Volander. The pair's famously volatile relationship is further inflamed when she comes to LA to spend time with their daughter Mindy and her boyfriend Martin. This season of The Kominsky Method deals with money, death, love, murder, and dreams coming true. In other words, the usual. 

Master of None: Season 3 

The Emmy Award-winning Master of None returns with a new season that chronicles the relationship of Denise (Lena Waithe) and her partner Alicia. Directed by series co-creator and Emmy winner Aziz Ansari, and scripted by Ansari and Waithe, this new season is a modern love story that intimately illustrates the ups and downs of marriage, struggles with fertility, and personal growth both together and apart. Fleeting romantic highs meet crushing personal losses while existential questions of love and living are raised. Season three delivers an evolution of the series that remains tethered to previous seasons while breaking new storytelling ground of its own.

Ragnarok

Ragnarok is a coming-of-age drama building on and contributing to a new and surprising angle on Norse mythology. The series is set in the small, fictitious town of Edda, situated in the grand, breathtaking Norwegian nature. The story revolves around the inhabitants of Edda, who are perhaps not all who they claim to be. With them, we experience a drastically changing world: melting poles, warm winters, violent downpours. Some might say we’re headed for yet another Ragnarok. Unless someone intervenes in time...

Halston

The limited series Halston follows the legendary fashion designer (played by Ewan McGregor), as he leverages his single, invented name into a worldwide fashion empire that’s synonymous with luxury, sex, status and fame, literally defining the era he lives in, 1970’s and ‘80’s New York—until a hostile takeover forces him to battle for control of his most precious asset… the name Halston itself. Executive produced by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, this series' incredible wardrobe alone is enough of a reason to binge it this weekend.

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In season two of this epic series Ryan really needs to get his shit together. It's been two months and he still hasn't spoken to Karen since their fight and he has a gnarly case of writer's block that's getting him in hot water with Olivia. Enter Tanner, a flirty dance instructor who charms Ryan despite not being totally available. When his writer's block eventually lifts, he's inspired to write a longform piece about disability. From there, he begins a journey of self-discovery that creates unexpected complications in his relationship with Tanner. Meanwhile, Kim lets her guard down when she meets Harrison, a sensitive tech mogul with a humble background—but her insecurities and jealous tendencies continue to hamper her personal life and threaten to push Harrison away. 

StartUp

Netflix just dropped all three seasons of this gritty tech crime thriller and we reckon it’s an underrated gem you need to get familiar with. Set in Miami, the series centres on Izzy, a hacker who created a revolutionary, unregulated digital currency called GenCoin which basically allows anyone with a cell phone to have a bank account—amazing for some but also a goldmine for organised crime to launder cash. Izzy teams up with young banker Nick (Adam Brody) who funds her project with his father’s dirty money—which really belongs to a crook called Ronald. Soon the unlikely trio join forces and themselves in business with a corrupt FBI agent (Martin Freeman) and a Miami gang.

Haunted 

This series, which comes from the producers of The Purge and Lore, is back for season three and trust us when we say it’s even more messed up than ever before. For those who are unfamiliar with the show, it shares truly chilling first-person accounts of supernatural events. We’re talking about people who have lived to tell that tale about paranormal experiences that have changed the course of their lives. enacing mansion. This season has a haunted mansion and a demonic cat. 

Jupiter's Legacy

After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world's first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents' legendary public reputations—and exacting personal standards. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter's Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty. It has an all-star cast including Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels and Matt Lanter.

The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

The hunt for the “Son of Sam” captivated the world in the late 1970s, but the story behind one of America’s most notorious serial murderers is all but forgotten—until now. While the arrest and conviction of David Berkowitz brought the nightmare to an end for many New Yorkers, for journalist Maury Terry, the real mystery was just beginning. Terry, convinced Berkowitz had not acted alone, would go on to spend decades attempting to prove that the web of darkness behind the murders went deeper than anyone imagined. In this series filmmaker Joshua Zeman draws on archival news footage, conversations with the people closest to the investigation, and Terry’s own words and case files.

Shadow And Bone

Based on Leigh Bardugo's bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow And Bone follows the story of a war-torn world where soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an epic power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the threat of the Shadow Fold on the horizon, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. You can watch the action here.

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. 

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.

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.

 
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