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

By Morgan Reardon
27th Mar 2020

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

The hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends so with that in mind, here’s a sling of the best shows to watch on Netflix right now.

In the mix, you’ll find a good batch of thrillers, true crime, anthologies and some insanely good historical drama.

Here are 14 of the best shows on Netflix.

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African American haircare entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Inspired by the book, On Her Own Ground written by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles, this series shows how, against all odds, Walker overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground-breaking brand that revolutionized black haircare, as she simultaneously fought for social change. If you want an uplifting show, then this is the one for you

Tiger King

You’ve probably seen every celebrity practising physical distancing talking about this docu-series and how seriously crazy it is—well, they’re not wrong and it’s very binge-worthy. It goes like this: Joe Exotic is a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous zoos garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot. Yep—it’s wild! 


If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of watching this epic show, then stop, go back and watch season one and two, because there are spoilers ahead. The latest season picks up six month later with the casino up and running. But things aren’t going smoothly with Marty and Wendy fighting for control of the family's destiny. Marty preaches keeping the status quo.  Aided by an alliance with Helen and drug cartel leader Omar Navarro, Wendy plots for expansion. But when Wendy's brother Ben comes into town, everyone's lives are thrown into chaos.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Ok even if you’re not into cars, stick with us because this epic series is seriously worth a watch. Back for season two (because everybody was obsessed with the first one) Formula 1: Drive to Survive is serving up 10 new eps following the high-stakes and adrenaline fuelled action of the fastest sport in the world. Only 20 drivers get to compete in Formula 1 and with some of the sport’s top names racing for new teams, 2019 proved to be a season of broken alliances and renewed rivalries. This year for the first time, all 10 teams, including Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari, gave Netflix insider access as they battled it out for victory in the greatest racing series in the world.

Dirty Money

Bring on the shock, the chills and flat out disgust—Netflix’s critically-acclaimed investigative series Dirty Money, from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, returns for a second season, and things are getting juicy. Dirty Money provides an up-close and personal view into untold stories of scandal, financial malfeasance and corruption in the world of business. The latest season doesn't dissapoint, offering a look inside Jared Kushner’s seedy real estate empire, the Wells Fargo banking scandal and Malaysia’s 1MDB corruption case. 

I Am Not Okay With This

I Am Not Okay With This follows a teenage girl who's navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken deep within her. From the director of The End of the F***ing World Jonathan Entwistle and the producers of Stranger Things comes a new series based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel and it’s on the top of our must-watch Netflix list. 

Narcos: Mexico

This epic show continues the story of Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, now the Godfather of the first Mexican cartel as he struggles to maintain control, grow his empire, and reconcile the betrayals and sacrifices he had to make on his way to becoming El Padrino. As friction between the different “plazas” of his cartel rises, Fé lix’s control over the situation slips. Meanwhile, the death of DEA agent Kiki Camarena at the hands of the cartel and corrupt politicians brings a hailstorm of retribution to Mexico. Yep, it’s about to get seriously messy. 

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

In 2013, eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez died as a result of horrific and prolonged abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. In the wake of the tragedy, a demand for justice and accountability exploded in Los Angeles County. This six-part documentary series from award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger offers an inside look at the trial as well as an eye-opening investigation into the government systems that failed to protect Gabriel, despite multiple reports and warning signs. It's a chilling but important watch. 

Locke & Key

This supernatural thriller was born to be binged. From the makers of Lost, Bates Motel and The Haunting of Hill House, this coming-of-age mystery was adaptated from the best-selling comic book series of the same name. The plot goes like this: 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.

The Pharmacist 

The four-part doco-series follows small town pharmacist Dan Schneider, who after losing his son in a 1999 drug-related shooting in New Orleans embarks on a dogged pursuit to find and bring his son's killer to justice. But as Dan digs deeper, the ripple effect of his son’s addiction and tragic death find him coming face to face with something much more sinister—a troubling number of young, seemingly healthy people begin visiting his pharmacy with high dose prescriptions for OxyContin. Sensing a crisis long before the opioid epidemic had gained nationwide attention, Dan stakes a mission: to save the lives of other sons and daughters within his community, then take the fight to Big Pharma itself.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

We’ve been waiting a whole year for the latest instalment of Sabrina and it’s finally here. For those who haven’t had a chance to binge this creepy series, here’s the back story. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a modern and far darker take on naughties hit show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In the latest season we find Sabrina reeling from the harrowing events of season. Though she defeated her father Lucifer, the Dark Lord remains trapped within the human prison of her beloved boyfriend, Nicholas. Sabrina can't live with herself, knowing that Nick made the ultimate sacrifice so with help from her mortal friends, “The Fright Club” Sabrina makes it her mission to free him from eternal damnation and bring him back into her arms.

Next In Fashion

If you were a fan of Project Runway, you’re going to love this high-stakes competition series. In Next In Fashion the world’s best and quietly innovative designers will compete for a chance to become, you guessed it, the next big name in fashion and win a cool $250,000 as well as an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. Hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and global style icon Alexa Chung, the show begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centering on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses. 

The Goop Lab With Gwyneth Paltrow

Of all the weird and wacky things Gwyneth has delivered us (her recent vagina-smelling candle topping the list), this might just be our favourite. In this series, the Oscar winner turned wellness guru goes on a curiosity-driven exploration of boundary-pushing wellness topics. In each episode, Paltrow and her Goop colleagues explore a range of alternative and to be honest, sometimes crazy, health practices. There’s magic mushrooms, orgasm workshops and exorcisms, and that’s just the tip of the Goop iceberg. While we probably won’t be trying any of these suggestions at home, it’s still an interesting watch. 

Sex Education

If you haven’t already binged this hilarious show, we’re actually jealous of you. Sex Education follows the life of Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mum, Jean. In an effort to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set-up a sex clinic at school. In season two, which just dropped, Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve. Hilarious and heart-warming, you’ll devour this one. 


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