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40 Of The Best Shows On Netflix NZ Right Now

By Jessica Best

We all know the hunt for the next Netflix binge never ends. To make your search a little easier, we at Urban List have rounded up a slew of the best Netflix Series available in NZ right now.

Grab the snacks and get comfy, here are the best shows on Netflix NZ.

A Man In Full

There's something about the fall of the big baller that we love to see, especially when Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, American Rust, Dumb and Dumber) is the baddie. When Atlanta real estate king Charlie Croker suddenly finds himself in bankruptcy, underground political interests collide creating a heart-thumping limited series we've thrown straight to the top of our binge list. From writer David E. Kelley and directed by Hollywood queen Regina King, this new release is giving Succession vibes for sure.

The Roast Of Tom Brady

You've probably seen snippets plastered all across your socials already. Hosted by Kevin Hart, this star-studded line up sees plenty of offensive one-liners and full contact comedy taking a swing at the life and times of NFL legend, Tom Brady. It's raunchy, irreverant and an easy weekend watch that won't require all of your brain power after a long hard week.

Baby Reindeer

If your group chats have completely been taken over by Baby Reindeer chat, rest easy that you're not alone. This complex and somewhat controversial new release follows a seemingly sweet, struggling comedian as he shows an act of kindness to a vulnerable woman, sparkling a suffocating obsession which threatens to wreak havoc on both their lives. Raising big questions around stalking and consent, it gets dark real quick, so make sure you're in the mood.

Together: Treble Winners

It feels like every sports team is hopping on the Netflix doco bandwagon lately, but Together: Treble Winners is a short, snappy six part docuseries that's grabbed our attention this week. Following the tale of Mancester City's record-breaking 2022/2023 season, you're sure to jump on the Man City bandwagon as you fall in love with the players of this boisterous but charming team.

Griselda

Racy, gritty and super fast-paced, Griselda showcases beloved Modern Family star Sofia Vegara like you've never seen her before. Inspired by true events, this six part limited series delves into the dirty underbelly of Griselda Blanco's plight from the streets of Medellín to rolling the high life in Miami as the so-called 'Godmother' of the drug scene.You'll need to put your phone down and pay attention to keep up with this one.

3 Body Problem

The smash show that everyone's talking about right now, 3 Body Problem is a big-budget Netflix adaptation of Liu Cixin’s novel from the creators of “Game of Thrones”. In a nutshell, a young woman’s fateful decision in 1960s China reverberates across space and time into the present day.

When the laws of nature inexplicably unravel before their eyes, a close-knit group of brilliant scientists join forces with an unorthodox detective to confront the greatest threat in humanity’s history. Binge the whole thing here.

The Gentlemen

White Lotus' bad boy Theo James leads an all-star cast in this dark, sexy new series from Guy Ritchie. When British aristocratic Eddie inherits his family escape, he discovers the dark drug-fuelled secrets hidden behind. Brimming with drama, suspense and a ton of charm, we've got a feeling everyone will be jumping on this bandwagon. Watch it here.

Young Royals: Season 3

In its third and final season, this highly anticipated next instalment promises more sexual tension and drama than ever before. The Swedish coming-of-age romantic drama series follows the privileged students of Hillerska boarding school trying to navigate their relationships, sexual identities and deepest urges. We suggest heading back to the start so you can really take it all in.

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One Day

If you swooned over Leo Woodall in the latest season of White Lotus, prepare to fall in love all over again with Netflix's latest limited series, One Day. Spanning the lives of Dex and Em after their chance meeting on their graduation night in 1988, each episode follows another year in their journey of love, heartbreak and missed connections. Based on the beloved novel from David Nicholls, you'll need to keep the tissues handy for this one.

Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton's famed Boy Swallows Universe is an epic coming-of-age story set in 1980s Brisbane where Eli Bell is just trying to understand what it means to become a good man, but the adult world serves up many a brutal reality. This one also stars a few familiar faces including Simon Baker, Anthony LaPaglia, Travis Fimmel and Phoebe Tonkin. Watch it here.

Bridgerton

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From the dazzling world of Shondaland and under the fresh guidance of showrunner Jess Brownell, Bridgerton is making a bold return for its third season. This time around, the spotlight is on Penelope Featherington (played by the brilliant Nicola Coughlan), who's finally kicked her long-standing crush on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) to the curb. Why, you ask? Well, after catching wind of Colin's less-than-flattering remarks about her in the previous season, Penelope's had enough.

Now, Penelope's got her sights set on a new quest—landing herself a husband. Not just any husband, though. She's on the lookout for someone who'll let her maintain her secret life as the mysterious Lady Whistledown, far away from the prying eyes of her mother and sisters. But here's the catch: Penelope's confidence is on shaky ground, and her attempts in the marriage market are anything but smooth. As to when we can expect season three to drop, Netflix has announced it will be split into two four-episode parts, with part one premiering on May 16, 2024, followed by part two on June 13, 2024. 

The Crown

Season six of The Crown is here so settle in. This controversial iteration of episodes is all about the relationship between Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed before a horrendous car crash. Prince William also tries to integrate back into life at Eton in the wake of his mother’s death as the monarchy has to ride the wave of public opinion. Watch it here.

Bodies

To be honest, we'd watch anything with Stephen Graham, which is just as well as the Netflix show Bodies is an absolute must-watch. Based on the mind-bending graphic novel by Si Spencer, Bodies is a police procedural with a twist. When a body—the same body—is found on Longharvest Lane in London's East End in 1890, 1941, 2023 and 2053, one detective from each period must investigate. Prepare for a mind bend of epic proportions.

Top Boy

If you're new to the cultural phenomenon that is Top Boy, firstly, where have you been? but secondly, lucky you because you're in for an absolute treat. Start with two seasons of Top Boy: Summerhouse for an intro to the main players including Dushane (Ashley Walters) and Sully (Kane Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival for the throne in a highly lucrative drug market.

Follow up with three seasons of Top Boy—now in its fifth and final season—for the gritty and highly addictive finale that will stay with you long after the credits roll. Easily one of the best shows on Netflix NZ.

Sex Education

Following the closure of Moordale Secondary, Otis and Eric now face a new frontier, their first day at Cavendish Sixth Form College. Otis is nervous about setting up his new clinic, while Eric is praying they won’t be 'losers' again.

But Cavendish is a culture shock for all the Moordale students. There’s daily yoga in the communal garden, a strong sustainability vibe and a group of kids who are popular for being… kind. Watch it here.

Love Is Blind

The fifth season of the cultural hit reality series returns with a new group of Houston singles ready to hit the pods and find love. In the most shocking season yet, the singles face new challenges, unexpected twists, and surprising turns that will test their personal resolve, and the strength of their connections, more than ever before. Watch it here.

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Black Mirror

Enter the long-awaited return of Charlie Brooker’s dark, satirical anthology series which reinvents itself with each new episode. The sixth season of Black Mirror is the most unpredictable, unclassifiable and unexpected yet. 

Bloodhounds

In Bloodhounds two youngun's mired in a ruthlessly cutthroat money-lending business risk their lives to bring down an evil loan shark.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Indeed—we have a Bridgerton-verse prequel. It's all about Queen Charlotte's rise to power and how her marriage to King George sets off a chain of events that transformed society, laying the foundation for the Ton world of Bridgerton. Watch it here.

Queer Eye

From beignets to ben-yays, we couldn't be more excited for the seventh season of the Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye Grab your beads and let the good times roll as The Fab Five bring some sparkle and sass to New Orleans and transform the lives of residents who are in need of a fresh start. 

Selling Sunset

A fresh season of Selling Sunset  means new agents which also means new drama. The realtors of The Oppenheim Group are back with sleek penthouse listings and personality clashes. Just the way we like it. 

BEEF

BEEF follows the aftermath of a road rage incident between two strangers. Danny Cho (Steven Yeun), a failing contractor with a chip on his shoulder, goes head-to-head with Amy Lau (Ali Wong), a self-made entrepreneur with a picture-perfect life. 

Peaky Blinders

Don your best tweed suits, Peaky Blinders season six is here. If you haven’t watched this one yet, firstly—shame on you. Secondly, it’s basically about a notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, led by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost. Season six kicks off at Norfolk Prison where Michael is released and obviously, wants some hardcore revenge on ol’ TShelby. We’re also due to see whether Lizzie and Tommy and stick it out after last season’s scandalous reveal. Watch it here.

Formula 1: Drive To Survive

No doubt you'll have heard someone raving about Drive To Survive. This docuseries (which now spans five seasons) is a gripping, high-octane insight into one of the biggest racing comps in the world (which is a mammoth multi-billion dollar industry). It goes into the world of Formula 1 driving, behind the families, the teams and the drivers in the ultimate fight to be number one. The best part? There are five big energy seasons to binge. Wet your whistle, here.

YOU

For those still playing at home, season five of Netflix's famed psychological thriller about a bookstore manager who becomes unconscionably infatuated with a multitude of women is here. You needs no introduction, starring Penn Badgley as the aforementioned stalker with a toxic obsession for pursuing all-in-or-nothing relationships, binge it here.

Wednesday

From acclaimed director Tim Burton, Wednesday follows a sarcastic, smart and a little dead inside Wednesday Addams as she investigates a supernaturally-infused murder spree at her new school Nevermore. Expect an unexpectedly wild ride. Binge it here.

DAHMER

Okay, not to be confused with Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes which (you can find more info on that one in our best Netflix documentaries)—DAHMER is the series-take on one of America's most notorious serial killers. Watch it here.

Heartbreak High

The reimagining of the 90s Australian YA series, which ran for seven seasons, follows Amerie who forges a mysterious and very public rift with her ride-or-die Harper at Hartley High. With her new friends, outsiders Quinni and Darren, Amerie tries to repair her reputation, while navigating love, sex, and heartbreak. We are swooning hard. Watch it here.

Cobra Kai​​

Following the shocking results of the All Valley Tournament, season five finds Terry Silver expanding the Cobra Kai empire and trying to make his "No Mercy" style of karate the only game in town. With Kreese behind bars and Johnny Lawrence setting karate aside to focus on repairing the damage he’s caused, Daniel LaRusso must call on an old friend for help. Watch it here.

Stranger Things 

It's been a hot minute since we binged the entirety of Stranger Things season four, volume one but fear not—volume two is close. In case you haven't caught up (you'll want to get on that, stat), we won't drop any spoilers from the end of volume two however, we did have some tissues nearby. The quest to end Vecna's curse however continues. Binge the whole series here.

Love, Death & Robots

In our eyes, Love Death & Robots is quite possibly one of the best TV series around. If you’ve been watching since season one, you’ll know exactly why. If you’ve never been into animation, LDR is the one show that will change your mind. This gem brings us a compilation of animated short stories, spanning across multiple genres such as, fantasy, fiction, horror and comedy. Each episode was produced with the intention of being easy to watch, but hard to forget and range from five to 17-minute stories. Watch it here.

Love On The Spectrum US

For a show guaranteed to deliver the warm fuzzies, this insightful docu-reality series follows people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships. Following the success of the multi-award-winning Australian series, this US-based series tells the stories of a unique and diverse cast of characters searching for something we all hope to find, love. Simply delightful. Binge it here.

Anatomy Of A Scandal

A psychological thriller and gripping courtroom drama, the series infiltrates Britain's elite through a personal and political scandal. This is a juicy series you can't afford to miss. Watch it here.

Vikings: Valhalla

Set over a hundred years after the end of the original Vikings series (you’re all over that, right?), this spinoff chronicles heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived—the legendary explorer Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), his fiery and headstrong sister Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson) and the ever-ambitious Nordic prince, Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter). At this point in history, tensions between the Vikings and English royals are at breaking point. Watch it here. 

All Of Us Are Dead

We hate to make parallels to Squid Game but let's just say All Of Us Are Dead is the new K-series that will fill that void. A group of students trapped in a high school find themselves in dire situations as they seek to be rescued from a zombie invasion of their school. It’s heinous, it’s messy and it’s damn amazing.

The Sinner  

The Sinner season four is here and look, regardless of your season three thoughts—you’re going to watch it. As always, Detective Harry Ambrose finds himself investigating atrocious murder cases, this time, within the mysterious happenings of a small fishing town.

Cheer 

Season two is here and this time there’s buzz around Navarro’s newfound stardom that threatens to alter the dynamic of the cheer team, COVID-19 upends the 2020 cheer season and a serious criminal accusation is levied at one of the teammates. Against that dramatic backdrop, the new nine-episode season expands to showcase Navarro’s fiercest rival as well—Trinity Valley Community College. 

The Witcher

Season two of The Witcher is finally here. Convinced Yennefer’s life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen. While the Continent’s kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.

Money Heist

High octane Spanish Emmy-award-winning show Money Heist is intense. 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’. Strap in.

Narcos: Mexico

Set in the 90s, when the globalization of the drug business ignites, Season three examines the war that breaks out after Felix’s arrest. As newly independent cartels struggle to survive political upheaval and escalating violence, a new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge. But in this war, truth is the first casualty - and every arrest, murder and take-done only pushes real victory further away…

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