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20 Of The Best Shows On Netflix NZ Right Now

By Morgan Reardon
7th May 2021

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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 20 of the best shows on Netflix NZ.

Jupiter's Legacy

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.

The Irregulars

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

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.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive—Season 3

In the most dramatic season to date, fans will once again be taken behind the scenes, to witness first-hand how the drivers and teams battle it out for victory in a year like no other. Fans will be given unprecedented behind the scenes access to the 2020 season which saw the sport dramatically halted in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic and make a thrilling restart in Austria later that year. Intense battles, fierce rivalries, unexpected podiums and Lewis Hamilton’s incredible seventh world title will ensure the series is one of the most action packed yet.

Sky Rojo

From the creators of Money Heist comes this new action-packed series complete with dark humour and adrenaline-filled moments. Coral, Wendy and Gina go on the run in search of freedom while being chased by Moisés and Christian, henchmen of Romeo, pimp and owner of Club Las Novias. Together, the women embark on a frenetic race during which they will have to face many dangers. 

Last Chance U: Basketball

From Greg Whiteley (Cheer) and the team behind Emmy-winning Last Chance U comes this new spin-off, an honest, gritty look inside the world of community college basketball. Over the course of eight episodes, viewers will follow the East Los Angeles College Huskies (ELAC) in their high stakes chase to an unprecedented California state basketball championship. Led by passionate head coach John Mosley, the ELAC team is made up of former D1 recruits and powerhouse athletes hustling to prove themselves for a last chance to fulfill their dreams of playing at the next level. But the team is tested as the players battle adversity, inner demons, and emotions on and off the court. 

Marriage Or Mortgage

Married or single, we've all heard it. "You could buy a house for the price of that wedding!" But have you ever stopped to think, what if you actually did? Nashville-based wedding planner Sarah Miller and real estate agent Nichole Holmes are here to help couples make this decision. Sarah, a hopeless romantic who spared no expense planning her own wedding, evidently shares the same sentiment as many of her brides and grooms...your wedding day is the most important and happiest day of your life. But when you ask twice-divorced Nichole, if it doesn’t make dollars it doesn’t make sense! Nichole will tell you that a set of sparkling new house keys is the most romantic (and practical!) decision any couple can make. This show is available now.

Ginny & Georgia

Angsty and awkward 15-year-old Ginny Miller often feels more mature than her thirty year old mother, the irresistible and dynamic Georgia Miller. After years on the run, Georgia desperately wants to put down roots in picturesque New England and give her family something they've never had... a normal life. But it's not all carpool and Kombucha as Georgia's past threatens her and her family's new way of life... and Georgia will do anything to protect her family. Ginny & Georgia = all the feels. 

Behind Her Eyes

Based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Pinborough, this crime thriller, with a fantastical twist (that you’ll never see coming) is one of the best shows on Netflix right now. It follows Louise, a single mother who has an affair with her psychiatrist boss David (Tom Bateman). Her life takes a strange turn when she later befriends his wife Adele (Eve Hewson), and finds herself caught in a web of secrets and lies where nothing is what it seems. Behind Her Eyes will keep you thinking long after the credits roll.

Amend: The Fight for America

Executive produced and hosted by Will Smith, this six-part docu-series explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution—which, in 1868, promised liberty and equal protection for all persons. Amend deploys a groundbreaking narrative format featuring a number of luminaries (Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Pedro Pascal, Yara Shahidi) breathing life into speeches and writings by the Fourteenth Amendment’s most ardent advocates and foes (including Martin Luther King Jr. and Ruth Bader Ginsburg) with insights from an array of thought leaders and experts. 

Firefly Lane

Based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name by Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane will grab you by the heart. It tells the sweeping story of two inseparable best friends—Tully (Katherine Heigl ) and Hannah (Sarah Chalke)—who meet in their early teens while both living in small town America on a sweet suburban street called Firefly Lane. The series follows their enduring, complicated bond, spanning four tumultuous decades that sees heartbreak, loss, triumphs, and marriage breakdowns. 

Superstore

This LOL-inducing series centres around a big-box megastore in St. Louis where a group of employees with larger-than-life personalities put up with customers, day-to-day duties and each other. It stars legends like America Ferrera, Ben Feldman and Nico Santos. The best bit? Netflix has five hilarious seasons for you to binge your way through. If you needed something to fill the Schitt’s Creek-shaped hole in your life, Superstore is it. 

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel is the first season in a new docu-series that deconstructs the mythology and mystery surrounding infamous locations in contemporary crime. For nearly a century the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has been linked to some of the city’s most notorious activity, from untimely deaths to housing serial killers. In 2013 college student Elisa Lam was staying at the Cecil when she vanished, igniting a media frenzy and mobilizing a global community of internet sleuths eager to solve the case. Lam’s disappearance, the latest chapter in the hotel’s complex history, offers a chilling and captivating lens into one of LA’s most nefarious settings.

Nadiya Bakes

2020 was the year many of us turned into at-home bakers, whipping up batch after batch of banana bread. If you’ve since hung up your oven gloves, you can still get your sweet baking hit thanks to Nadiya Bakes. After taking out the top spot on The Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain MBE garnered a legion of fans thanks to her decadent creations and now you can invite her into your own kitchen with this tasty show. Baking everything from scones and scrolls to cakes and pies, you’ll absolutely start drooling when you pop this show on. 

Fate: The Winx Saga

For a supernatural fantasy fix with a genetically blessed cast, pop Fate: The Winx Saga to the top of your must-watch list. From the creator of The Vampire Diaries, the series is a live-action reimagining of the Italian cartoon Winx Club from Iginio Straffi. It follows the coming-of-age journey of five fairies attending Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld where they must learn to master their powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.

Lupin

This Netflix original series is getting heaps of hype for a very good reason—it’s seriously addictive. The plot goes like this: As a teenager, Assane Diop's life was turned upside down when his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Fast forward 25 years later and Assane decides to use "Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar"—world-famous gentleman thief and master of disguise—as his inspiration to avenge his father. You may recognise lead actor Omar Sy from the glorious 2011 French film The Intouchables.

 

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