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Get Your Binge On With 14 Of The Best New Shows On Netflix Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
31st Jul 2020

A woman emerges from the water with a sword in her hand.

With most of us staying indoors for the foreseeable future, the hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends. To make that isolation life 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 14 of the best shows on Netflix.

Cursed

Based on the upcoming book of the same name, Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother's death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther.

The Umbrella Academy

We've been hanging for The Umbrella Academy to drop a second season and it’s finally here. Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched season one yet! In S2 we find the siblings scattered in time all around Dallas, Texas. Starting in 1960—some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday. Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything.
 

Stateless

There’s nothing we love more than a thought-provoking Australian-made drama and Stateless does not disappoint—it’s absolutely one of the best shows on Netflix right now. The powerful and timely series follows four complete strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention center in the middle of the Australian desert. There’s an airline hostess on the run from a dangerous cult, an Afghan refugee and his family fleeing persecution, a young father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat running out of time to contain a national scandal. The cast is A-list, including the likes of The Handmaid’s Tale Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie and Cate Blanchett. 

Down To Earth With Zac Efron

When we last saw Efron he was scaring the shit out of us in the Ted Bundy flick, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Now, he’s back with Down To Earth and it’s an eye opening watch. In this series Efron joins wellness expert Darin Olien as the duo travels around the world to investigate the way people are taking action towards a sustainable future. Efron takes the opportunity of learning how to live a greener lifestyle very seriously—even eating a meal smoked in animal poo (nope, not a typo) and checking out communal village fart bag (again, not a typo). And yes, before you ask, he does take his shirt off. 

Kingdom

If you’re after action, grit and drama then plug into Kingdom which just dropped all three seasons on Netflix. The show follows Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo), a former MMA legend who is struggling to keep his training center in Venice Beach, afloat. But the real action happens outside the fighting cage, as Frank struggles to manage a complicated family dynamic. We’re talking—an alcoholic son, a former criminal who he's training to be a professional fighter (and happens to be his wife's ex), and the resurgence of his drug addict, sex-worker ex-wife. With a banging soundtrack and stellar cast, this show is seriously binge-worthy. 

Unsolved Mysteries

The iconic series Unsolved Mysteries is back! Fusing signature elements from the original series with contemporary immersive, character-driven storytelling, the 12 new episodes are rooted in the experiences of ordinary people who have lived the unthinkable—from the trauma of a loved one’s unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter. Alongside detectives and journalists, family members offer clues, present theories, and identify suspects, hoping one viewer holds the key to solving the mystery. Yep, put your detective hat on, its up to you to crack the case.

Marcella

If you’re after something a little darker, then plug into Marcella an epic British take on the Nordic Noir genre. Netflix just dropped the highly-anticipated third series but if you haven’t seen the others then lucky you because you’re in for an epic binge. Without giving away any spoilers, the show follows Marcella (played by the brilliant Anna Friel), a former London detective who returns to work to investigate an 11-year-old cold case involving a serial killer who appears to be hunting again. As well as dealing with a custody battle with her cruel ex, Marcella is drawn deep into these terrifying cases and soon, she finds herself going down a path of no return. 

The Sinner

We have been waiting for this beauty for what feels like an age and it's finally here. The third instalment (more appropriately known as The Sinner: Jamie) follows Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) as he begins a routine investigation of a car accident in upstate New York. At the centre of the investigation is local teacher and all-around nice guy Jamie (Matt Bomer). But of course, this is The Sinner so nothing is as it seems, especially when Jamie’s old college pal Nick (Chris Messina) turns up and starts dredging up some disturbing secrets of the past.

The Politician

Warning: spoilers ahead so if you haven’t seen season one, turn around and binge that first. Ok, now we’re all caught up, season two picks up right where season one left off: Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is fighting to unseat Dede Standish (Judith Light) in the New York State Senate race. As a long-time incumbent and greatly admired Senate Majority Leader with no-nonsense Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler) at her side, Dede’s re-election was supposed to be easy, but Payton—who sees this as the next step on his path to the Presidency—must decide what kind of politician he ultimately wants to be in order to succeed, even if that means exposing secrets, lies, and a throuple. Oh yea, it’s going to be juicy. 

The Woods

Set in two time spans: 1994 and 2019 The Woods tells the story of a Warsaw prosecutor, Pawel Kopiński, who is still grieving the loss of his sister from twenty five years ago—the night she walked into the woods at a summer camp and was never seen again. But now, the discovery of a boy who vanished along with Pawel's sister reveals evidence that links him to her disappearance. As hope rises that his sister could still be alive, dangerous secrets from his family's past threaten to tear apart everything that Pawel has been trying to hold together. If you’re into a solid crime drama, then this one is for you.

Selling Sunset

Picture this: The Hills meets Million Dollar Listing to create this truly outrageous reality show. Selling Sunset (which is back for season two so catch up) follows all the drama at top real estate firm The Oppenheim Group, where seven of the city's most successful female realtors work under the same roof selling multi-million-dollar properties to Hollywood’s elite. 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. Grab a vino, this is one of the best (and easiest) shows to binge on Netflix right now.

White Lines

If a debauched murder mystery is your vibe, then White Lines is absolutely for you. It goes like this: When the body of a legendary Manchester DJ is discovered twenty years after his mysterious disappearance from Ibiza, his sister returns to the beautiful Spanish island to find out what happened. Her investigation will lead her through a thrilling world of dance clubs, lies and cover-ups, forcing her to confront the darker sides of her own character in a place where people live life on the edge.

Dead To Me

Jen (Christina Applegate), Judy (Linda Cardellini) and the lies that entwine them are back for a very juicy season two and this time, the stakes are higher, the friendship is deeper and the traumas that bond loom larger than ever before. Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t devoured season one yet. Picking up in the aftermath of that bloody backyard reveal, the duo once again struggles to keep their secrets buried. With a surprising new visitor in town and Detective Perez hot on their heels, Jen and Judy take drastic measures to protect their loved ones and each other… no matter the cost. than ever before. 

Never Have I Ever

This beauty of a show was created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, so you know it’s the goods. Never Have I Ever seriously binge-worthy coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations. It’s the feel-good show we need right now and eps run for around 25 minutes so you’ll devour this one in a single sitting. 

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