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25 Of The Best Shows On Netflix Australia Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
22nd Oct 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.

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.

The Chair

From the producers of Game Of Thrones comes The Chair—easily one of the best shows on Netflix right now. The modern drama follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she navigates her new role as the Chair of the English department at prestigious Pembroke University. The series follows Ji-Yoon as she deals with a unique set of challenges—as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of colour at the university. It also has an all-star cast including Jay Duplass and Holland Taylor. 

Titletown High

In the south Georgia town of Valdosta, also known as TitleTown, football rules and winning is paramount—but The Wildcats are a long way from their glory days. This docu-series follows the nation’s winningest high school football team as they tackle age-old rivalries, teenage romance and real-life drama while vying for a championship title under infamous head coach Rush Propst. With unprecedented access both on and off the field, the series delivers an honest and complex portrait of the most unique football culture in America. Friday Night Lights fans, this one's for you.

Gone For Good

From crime writer Harlan Corben comes this binge-worthy thriller. Guillaume Lucchesi thought he had drawn a line under the terrible tragedy which saw the two people he loved the most die: Sonia, his first love, and Fred, his brother. 10 years later, Judith, whose love has made his life worth living again, suddenly disappears during his mother’s funeral. To find her, Guillaume will have to face all the truths that were hidden from him by his family and friends, as well as those that he’d long decided to ignore.

Animal Kingdom

The fifth and final season of Animal Kingdom is here and no, we’re not sure if we’re ready to say goodbye. If you’re not familiar with the series, it goes like this: a group of brothers and their nephew J, live together in a seaside house in California with the family matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin). Together the Cody family orchestrate robberies on banks, drug lords and gangsters to fund their lifestyle of partying and debauchery. In season five the dysfunctional family and their criminal ways finally come to a head. 

Bake Squad

In each episode of Bake Squad, four individually brilliant bakers will battle it out to see whose dessert will be chosen for someone’s extra special big day. These bakers have been personally selected by Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi, who built an empire on delicious cookie dough. For her next sweet trick, Tosi has built this squad of bakers who have one mission and one mission only: Make dessert dreams come true! Think: high hopes, high temperatures, high stakes...all courtesy of the Bake Squad.

Glow Up

The latest season of Glow Up just dropped on Netflix and we're pumped because it’s one of the best shows on Netflix right now. In the creative world of professional make up, this reality show pits aspiring makeup artists against each other as they navigate colourful challenges to win a career-making opportunity in the beauty industry. Expect to see loads of famous faces stepping in as guest judges and challenges taking place on the set of some of your favourite shows like Pose

Cooking With Paris

Paris Hilton can cook...kind of. And she’s turning the traditional cooking show upside down. She’s not a trained chef and she’s not trying to be. With the help of her celebrity friends, she navigates new ingredients, new recipes and exotic kitchen appliances. Inspired by her viral YouTube video, Paris will take us from the grocery store to the finished table spread—and she might actually learn her way around the kitchen. Her sous chef line up includes Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato and Saweetie. 

 

Outer Banks

This coming of age series follows a tight-knit group of local teens (known as the “Pogues”) in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After their near-death escape, Season two finds John B and Sarah on the run—and in over their heads—in the Bahamas. New friends also bring new foes as they’re back on the trail of the gold, while the stakes for Kiara, Pope, and JJ rapidly escalate at home. The $400M is still in the game, but will the uncovering of a new-found secret reunite the group for a fresh mission? The adventure of a lifetime awaits, but uncharted waters ahead mean our Pogues must do all they can to make it out alive.

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