We all know the hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends. To make your search 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 NZ.
Never Have I Ever
This beauty of a show was created by the hilarious Mindy Kaling, so you know it’s the goods. Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl called Devi. In season two (which we have been not so patiently waiting for) she continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships.
If you haven’t binged this romantic drama series yet—put it at the top of your must-watch list immediately. It follows LA nurse Mel, who after a marriage breakdown seeks a fresh start in the picturesque country town of Virgin River. Whilst there she meets and falls for local bar owner Jack and finds herself becoming part of the charming town… and all of its drama. In season three, expect more of that drama including a funeral, a fire, a divorce, a hurricane and a new romance, in a twist-packed season that'll keep fans on the edge of their seats.
From Dirty Robber—the producers behind 2021’s Oscar-winning Best Short Film Two Distant Strangers—comes Heist, a docu-series chronicling three of the biggest heists in modern American history, as explained by the people who pulled them off. They include a 21-year-old woman who steals millions in Vegas casino cash, an aspiring father who swipes a fortune from the Miami airport and a Kentucky dad who is accused of one of the biggest bourbon burglaries in history.
It’s the guilty pleasure everyone is talking about and for good reason—it’s absolutely binge-worthy. Sex/Life goes like this: Billie wasn’t always a stay-at-home wife living in the ‘burbs. Before she married Cooper, she was a free-spirited wild child living in New York City. Exhausted from taking care of her two young kids and feeling nostalgic for her past, Billie starts journaling and fantasising about her passionate exploits with sexy ex-boyfriend Brad, the big heartbreak she never got over. But the more Billie remembers, the more she wonders how she got here—and then her husband finds her journal. Will the truth about Billie’s past start a sexual revolution in her marriage, or lead her down a path back to the life she thought she left behind?
Sophie: A Murder In West Cork
True crime buffs this one's for you. Based on the extremely popular podcast, West Cork, this three-part docu-series follows the 1996 grisly murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier. When Toscan du Plantier's battered body was discovered outside her home in rural Ireland on Christmas morning, the whole town put on their detective hats with a local journalist becoming the number one suspect. Follow along as the series deep dives on the case, uncovering potential police cover-ups and new information that has since come to light in a case that baffled an entire country.
Too Hot To Handle
The world's hottest no dating dating show is back for season two with 10, brand new genetically blessed singles. In case you missed the first season, the rules in Too Hot To Handle are pretty simple: anyone who dares to break the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind will see the $100,000 prize drop faster than our contestants’ libido in the least sexy vacation getaway of their lives. Yes, it’s terrible but it’s so damn addictive we just had to add it to the list.
This Netflix original series just dropped part two and yes it’s absolutely amazing. Our favourite French thief Assane Diop is back and he’s seriously pissed off. In the latest instalment, the plot goes like this: Assane's quest for revenge against Hubert Pellegrini has torn his family to pieces. With his back to the wall, he now has to think of a new plan, even if it means putting himself in danger. Prepare for epic fight scenes and lots of twists and turns.
Puberty Blues hit free-to-air TV back in 2014 and honestly, we don’t think it got the love it deserved. Based on author Kathy Lette’s book of the same name, this coming of age drama takes place in the late 70s in the seaside town of Cronulla, Sydney. It follows best mates, Debbie and Sue, as they encounter first love, heartbreak, high school and the highs and lows of puberty.
Inspired by true events, The Serpent goes like this: posing as a gem dealer, Charles Sobhraj and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc travel across Thailand, Nepal and India in the 70s, carrying out a spree of crimes becoming the chief suspects in a series of murders of young Western travellers. When Herman Knippenberg, a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok, unwittingly walks into this intricate web of crime, he—with the help of his spouse and police around the world, sets off an extraordinary chain of events that will see Sobhraj become Interpol’s most wanted man, with arrest warrants in multiple continents.
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 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.
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 ageing 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 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...
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.
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 long form 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.
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.
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. This season has a haunted mansion and a demonic cat.
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.
The Wedding Coach
Bridesmaids and in-laws and mason jars, oh my! Weddings are a beautiful cause for celebration, but despite what the bridal magazines say, planning one is far from a party. After barely making it down the aisle of her own wedding, comedian Jamie Lee is on a hilarious, heartwarming mission to help couples survive the stressful, and sometimes ridiculous, expectations of “Big Bridal.” With a different comedian “plus one” by her side each episode, Jamie intervenes before and on the wedding day, serving up her refreshing, real-talk perspective on the Bridal Industry, squashing the couple’s drama to help them focus on the big picture.
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.
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.
The One is set five minutes in the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner – the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. No matter how good your relationship, which one of us can honestly say we haven’t thought about whether there is someone better out there? What if a hair sample is all it takes to find them? The idea is simple, but the implications are explosive. We will never think of love and relationships in the same way again.
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