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 the best shows on Netflix NZ.
Okay—what if a secret society of five men has been working to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347? As this new series begins, one unlikely Canadian journalist finds himself embroiled in a mission to uncover the truth and just possibly save the world himself. Pretty timely off the back of a global pandemic? We think so. It’s like Austin Powers and The Day After Tomorrow had a baby. Watch it here.
Fictional drama series Clark follows the man behind the expression “The Stockholm syndrome” on his life journey as he fooled all of Sweden to fall in love with him, despite several counts of drug trafficking, attempted murder, assault, theft and dozens of bank robberies. Based on the truths and lies revealed in Clark Olofsson’s autobiography and directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the series provides a fictional take on one of the most controversial personalities in contemporary Swedish history. Watch it right here.
The Sound Of Magic
Netflix’s latest fantasy K-drama is a non-negotiable on your binge list. The Sound Of Magic tells of a magician living in an abandoned theme park who makes troubles disappear for a disenchanted teen enduring some pretty harsh realities of debt and academic success. Watch it from May 6.
Selling Sunset Season 5
All the details for Selling Sunset season five have been dropped so strap yourselves in for some next-level reality TV. The show follows seven of the city's most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the number one agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip—The Oppenheim Group. Naturally, the crew work hard and play harder, as they compete with the cutthroat LA market and each other (what's a reality show without some friendly drama, right?). Season five will pick up right where season four left off, Christine has essentially been ostracised from the group thanks to an alleged cheating scandal with the 'love of her life'. Watch it here.
Anatomy Of A Scandal
If you’ve read the bestselling novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughn, you’ll know this is a big deal. A psychological thriller and gripping courtroom drama, the series infiltrates Britain's elite through a personal and political scandal. James and Sophie Whitehouse live in a blissful world. A Minister in Parliament, a loving family at home, James' trajectory appears without limits. Until a scandalous secret suddenly comes to light. Barrister Kate Woodcroft has a trajectory of her own, and her prosecution threatens to tear into Westminster and the Whitehouse marriage. This is a juicy series you can't afford to miss. Watch it here.
The Ultimatum: Marry Or Move On
Six different couples, on the verge of marriage. One partner is ready to get married, the other isn’t quite as sure. An ultimatum is issued—and in just over eight weeks, the two has to commit to marriage, or move on. In the meantime, each will choose a new potential partner from one of the other couples. It's as whacky as it is wonderful. Watch it here.
While most high school series these days delve into sex and drugs (and rock 'n' roll?), Heartstopper is a new-age show bound to bring some heartwarming scenes to a weekend Netflix binge. The show, an adaptation of Alice Oseman's webcomic and graphic novel of the same name, spans eight episodes whereby teenagers Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something a little bit more as they navigate their way through the cesspit of highschool drama and young love. Watch Heartstopper from April 22.
Russian Doll Season 2
Set four years after Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett) escaped mortality’s time loop together, season two of Russian Doll will continue its humorous and sci-fi take. This season finds Nadia and Alan delving deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations. At first, they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure. Watch it here.
Bridgerton Season 2
From Shondaland and Creator Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. While the end of season one (warning: spoiler alert) saw Daphne Bridgerton and Simon AKA the Duke Of Hastings in wedded bliss, welcoming their first child together, season two will centre around big brother Lord Anthony. In particular, the series will focus on his quest for true love—perhaps he might take some tips from his younger sister Daphne. Watch Bridgerton season two here.
From the inventive minds that brought us the award-winning adult animation, Big Mouth comes the even edgier and adult-ier Human Resources. The spin-off pulls back the curtain on the daily lives of the creatures—Hormone Monsters, Depression Kitties, Shame Wizards and many more, helping humans journey through every aspect of life from puberty to parenthood to the twilight years. Featuring an all-star voice cast—including Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph and David Thewlis reprising their Big Mouth roles. Watch Human Resources here.
It's the controversial reality TV show splitting audiences everywhere but hey, if you like a good dose of drama and switching off your brain for a bit—you're probably going to dig Byron Baes. Set in one of Australia's most famous coastal towns, this show reels in a bunch of influencers (will you recognise them, unsure) who are all on a mission to make their big break. Watch Byron Baes here.
Pieces Of Her
The last time we saw Toni Collete grace our screens in a Netflix series was when Unbelievable dropped and we all lost our collective marbles. It was great, no? So it goes without saying her next show, Pieces Of Her, is an unmissable piece of content you need in your life. In a sleepy Georgia town, a random act of violence sets off an unexpected chain of events for 30-year-old Andy Oliver and her mother Laura. Desperate for answers, Andy embarks on a dangerous journey across America, drawing her towards the dark, hidden heart of her family. Watch Pieces Of Her here.
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.
The Cuphead Show!
Based on the award-winning video game of 2017 that smashed onto the scene with a stunning retro animation style (inspired by the likes of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Fleischer Studios), The Cuphead Show! is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his easily swayed brother Mugman. The two spend their days exploring their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles and getting up to all sorts of mayhem. And yes, this Netflix show is indeed made for adults.
If you haven’t heard the story of convicted fraudster Anna Delvey (more notably known as the ‘Soho grifter’), you’re in for a treat. Inventing Anna, written by Shonda Rhimes, is based on the real-life events of the aforementioned con-woman who basically went out and convinced all of New York’s high society and socialite scene that she was a German heiress. The truth? Her name was Anna Sorokin and was a con artist from Russia. In Inventing Anna, a journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who worked her way up the social ranks of New York and scammed hotels, banks, art dealers—the lot. Anna and the reporter form a dark, funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial and our reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey?
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.
Murderville is comedy meets crime and we’re absolutely here for it. Meet Senior Detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett), Homicide Division. For Terry, every day means a new murder case and a new celebrity guest star as his partner. But here’s the catch: each episode's guest star isn’t being given the script. They have no idea what’s about to happen to them. Together, the guest star and Terry Seattle will have to improvise their way through the case and we guarantee you’ll be rolling on the floor with actual laughter.
The Sinner S4
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.
Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness is a quirky exploration of topics and questions that make the iconic JVN curious. From skyscrapers to bugs, or from gender identity to snacks, each episode follows Jonathan as he meets with experts in various fields to uncover complexities in a wide range of subjects.
Get ready to sink your teeth into Netflix's new must-watch Japanese thriller. An adaptation of the 2019 hit theatrical feature film of the same name, this show is a mega bucket of Japanese political crimes and scandals, all of which have actually happened in recent years.
We’re calling it, 2022 is the year animation will truly shine so set your sights on Netflix’s fresh animated dark comedy, The House. This series is, unsurprisingly, about a house and the three wacky tales of the individuals that made it their home. The stop-motion anthology has been making big headlines so make sure you don’t miss it.
Cheer Season 2
It feels like an eternity since we first set our sights on the nationally-ranked Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team from Corsicana, Texas. The docuseries was an Emmy-winning breakout sensation and our non-athletic souls were privy to learning all things mat talk, the difference between spotters and flyers and every intricate detail of the cheer-lebrity world.
Now, season two is here (January 12) 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.
Emily In Paris
Now more entrenched in her life in Paris, Emily’s getting better at navigating the city but still struggling with the idiosyncrasies of French life. After stumbling into a love triangle with her neighbour and her first real French friend, Emily is determined to focus on her work — which is getting more complicated by the day. In French class, she meets a fellow ex-pat who both infuriates and intrigues her. Emily In Paris season two drops 22 December.
With trademark thrills, gripping suspense and secrets of past crimes beginning to unravel, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone. Four people each conceal dark secrets from those closest to them; Megan (Jumbo) a working mother of three, Ray (Armitage), a once-promising documentary photographer, Broome (Nesbitt) a detective unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case, and Lorraine (Parish), an old friend of Megan's. As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move? This one drops 31 December.
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.
If you loved Selling Sunset, then say hello to your new favourite, Selling Tampa. It goes like this: Along the Florida coast, Allure Realty stands out among the crowd. Owned by military vet Sharelle Rosado, this all-black, all-female real estate firm has its eyes set on dominating the Suncoast. These ladies are equally as fun as they are fiercely ambitious, with all of them vying to be on top of the lavish world of luxury waterfront real estate. Sharelle has big plans for her brokerage and won't let anyone or anything get in the way of making her dreams a reality.
High octane Spanish Emmy-award winning show Money Heist is back for the second release of part five 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’. Strap in.
In this new reality series (set to become your new binge fave), eight twenty-somethings set out to find success in life and love in Austin, Texas while learning to navigate the 'new normal' of 2020's America. Living together and leaning on each other, they experience the highs and lows that come with being an adult. After all, your twenties are a crazy, weird, and special time in your life, and you only get to live them once.
Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story
A lifelong showman, Doc Antle has built his various careers on theatrics, attracting a slew of admirers along the way. But beneath the eccentric, animal-loving facade lies a predator far more dangerous than his beloved big cats and a man shadier than any of his Tiger King counterparts. Over three episodes, Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story unpacks the truth about Doc, as witnesses come forward to share their troubling stories of abuse and intimidation that set him at the top of the food chain.
Lost In Space
In the third and final season of Lost in Space, the stakes are higher than ever and the Robinson family's survival instincts will be put to the ultimate test. After a year of being trapped on a mysterious planet, Judy, Penny, Will and the Robot must lead the 97 young Colonists in a harrowing evacuation—but not before secrets are unearthed that will change their lives forever. Meanwhile, John and Maureen must battle overwhelming odds as they try to reunite with their kids. The Robinsons will have to grapple with the emotional challenge of not just being lost—but being separated from the ones they love... as they face the greatest alien threat yet.
School Of Chocolate
Eight top pastry and chocolate professionals are coming to School of Chocolate to take their skills and careers to the next level. Their teacher is world-renowned chocolatier, Amaury Guichon, known globally for creating mind-blowing chocolate showpieces and unbelievable pastries. One lucky student who manages to prove themselves ‘Best in Class' after eight episodes will win a prize package that includes a career-changing opportunity. Pro tip: keep the sweet snacks close for this one.
From the team behind Narcos, comes True Story, an epic drama starring Kevin Hart as you’ve never seen him before. It follows Kid (Hart), a recovering addict who is fast on his way to becoming the world’s most famous comedian—his new superhero movie is nearing a billion dollars at the box office and he’s about to kick off a sold-out stand-up tour in his hometown, Philadelphia. But things take a seriously dark turn when he wakes up after a night of partying next to a dead woman. His older brother Carlton (Wesley Snipes) promises to help Kid out but where Carlton goes, trouble always follows.
Tiger King 2
With Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, the Emmy-nominated saga continues its twisted course with Tiger King 2 as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners. Old enemies and frenemies, including Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson return for another season of murder, mayhem, and madness. Thought you knew the whole story? Just you wait.
Based on the beloved anime series Cowboy Bebop is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals—for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.
Unbelievable demonstrations of hell take place in the middle of Seoul right in front of crowds. Mysterious beings condemn individuals to be Hellbound, and otherworldly beings appear exactly at the specified time to kill the condemned in a brutal burning. Rising above the utter chaos resulting from these inexplicable supernatural occurrences is the commanding voice of Jung Jinsu, the leader of an up-and-coming religious organisation, The New Truth. He claims that only sinners are marked for condemnation and that these occurrences represent divine will to make humans righteous. A group of his followers with blind faith, the Arrowhead, take into their own hands the punishment of those who go against the divine will.
Colin In Black & White
From co-creators Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick comes Colin in Black & White, a bold new dramatic limited series that chronicles Kaepernick’s coming of age story, tackling the obstacles of race, class and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family. It stars Jaden Michael as Young Colin before reaching the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback and becoming a cultural icon and activist; Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his well-meaning parents Rick and Teresa; and Colin Kaepernick himself, who appears as the present-day narrator of his own story.
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…
Set in the 80s, Frayed follows Sammy Cooper, a London housewife who is left bankrupt when her wealthy husband suddenly dies. With nowhere else to turn, Sammy and her two teenage children are forced to return home to Newcastle, Australia. The biggest problem? She’s been gone for 20 years and left behind a string of lies and relationship breakdowns—all of which she must begin to repair. The result? A heart-warming and hilarious Aussie drama.
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!
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.
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 house cleaning 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.
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