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TVNZ Guide | 15 Of The Best Shows To Watch On TVNZ On Demand

By Lauren Sanderson
21st Mar 2022

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TVNZ on Demand is home to some of the best series around and the clincher is it's absolutely free. Get your comfies on, curl up on the couch and press play... before you know it you’ll be eight episodes in and the day is almost over. No hard graft is needed from you here as we've hand-picked some of the best new shows to binge on TVNZ on Demand right now.

These are the best shows on TVNZ right now.

Creamerie

Escape the woes of everyday life with Creamerie, an NZ dark comedy dystopian drama, that offers the escapism that we're all craving right now. Putting a much-needed comedic twist on the pandemic, Creamerie is set in the not-so-distant future in a post-pandemic world after a virus kills off 99.9% of men. So, if you're in need of a good laugh then grab the popcorn and get comfy as this binge-worthy show is going to take over your life. 

Screw

Prison dramas never disappoint, in fact, we think they're possibly the most binge-worthy shows out there. Watching life behind bars is just highly addictive. Lucky for us there's a new prison series on the block called Screw—a new comedy-drama written by BAFTA-nominated writer Rob Williams (one of the masterminds behind Killing Eve). Set in a men's prison, Screw follows veteran prison guard Leigh as she keeps the inmates in line alongside rookie officer Rose—but the task is easier said than done. With fellow officers and inmates to contend with, there’s never a dull moment for Leigh and Rose. So, if you're wanting a glimpse of prison life as you’ve never seen it before, add Screw to your must-watch list, this one drops from 29 March.  

Vigil 

It’s official, we’re straight-up obsessed with crime shows. It has to be up there with one of our fave genres, we just live for the suspense. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a detective, unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes and join Suranne Jones as she investigates a mysterious death on board a nuclear submarine. Vigil is the show that you didn’t realise you needed in your life. Think twists and turns, intense characters, and a plot that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

Killing Eve S4

If you haven’t seen seasons one to three of Killing Eve, do yourself a favour and binge-watch them here before carrying on with your life and this paragraph. Season three is jam-packed with heaps of twists, turns and three major fatalities. Who? Now that would be telling—you'll just have to watch it for yourselves to find out, but one thing we can tell you is that it's absolutely riveting and with Season 4 already out, you've got some catching up to do. The cat and mouse dance across Europe between a psychopathic assassin and the MI5 agent tasked with tracking her down continues, leaving a deadly trail of new episodes coming each Sunday. 

Trigger Point

We don’t know about you but we love a good crime series and one that had us hook line and sinker is British drama Line of Duty and The Bodyguard—we couldn’t get enough? An explosive new series, made by the same creators as LOD and The Bodyguard has landed on TVNZ on Demand. Trigger Point follows an elite bomb disposal unit during a terrorist campaign in London, fighting against time in high-pressure situations that will have you hooked from the first ep guaranteed. 

Joe VS Carol

Hey all you cool cats and kittens. If you, like everyone else, fell into the insanely crazy web that is Netflix’s docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, then we have some very good news—there’s a spin-off series on TVNZ On Demand for you to get lost in all over again. The hilarious Kate McKinnon takes on the role of Carole Baskin and much like Netflix’s offering, Joe vs Carol follows America’s wildest feud between Baskin and her arch-enemy Joe Exotic as they battle it out for the crown of tiger king or queen. 

RuPaul's Drag Race VS The World

Start your engines! If you’re obsessed with RuPaul's Drag Race, then prepare to have your mind blown with this extra-special series, RuPaul's Drag Race VS The World. Nine legendary drag race queens from around the world battle for the title of Queen of the Motherf***ing world. It’s fabulous, fierce, and fiery AF, so If you’re looking for something fierce to liven up your weeknights then look no further.

Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

The Olympics may have kept us entertained and feeling ready to smash our sporting goals. If like us, you didn’t want it to end then never fear because TVNZ on Demand has got you covered with all of the action at the recent Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. With 78 different events across six sports, sit back, relax and get ready to be truly inspired.

Bel-Air

Now, this is a story all about how Will Smith's life got flipped-turned upside down, so take a minute and just sit right there to find out how he became the prince of a town called Bel-Air. That's right, you've guessed it, our fave 90s sitcom has had a reboot and follows Will (not Will Smith), a working-class teen who is trying to navigate life going from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. The best part is that the show, now called Bel-Air, has been produced by the one and only OG, Will Smith, alongside original producers Benny Medina and Quincy Jones, plus the show’s original creators Andy and Susan Borowitz as executive producers. It's a gooden. 

Friends: The Reunion

Okay so when we heard there was going to be a reunion, we thought we’d be getting the next chapter of our favourite on-screen mates, but when Ross said they were on a break, he didn’t realise there was no coming back. Instead, Friends: The Reunion is exactly what it says on the tin—a get-together of the cast as they reminisce on their time on the show, 15 years since it went off the air. Not quite the same, but we'll take it. Be warned, it's an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish so be sure to have some tissues handy. If you fancy a trip down memory lane while you're at it, then stop by the gang at Central Perk. Phoebe is performing ‘Smelly Cat’. Life is good. Catch all 10 seasons here. 

The Green Planet 

Who doesn’t love a good plant, after all, they're not only helping our planet but our mental health too. For all you crazed plant people out there, we've found a plant-astic series for you to watch presented by Planet Earth’s most beloved human, David Attenborough. Just when you thought you'd watched everything there is to know about our wonderful planet, Sir David Attenborough steps up to the mark again in The Green Planet to teach us about our planet's most beautiful and exotic plant life. Prepare to be amazed. 

Temptation Island 

Reality TV is our kryptonite. Guilty as charged. We just can't get enough of the stuff, so when we heard that a new season of Temptation Island was coming to TVNZ on Demand, we couldn't contain our excitement. Let's give you the low down, four couples who are at a crossroads in their relationship arrive on a tropical island to be tempted by singles in order to see if there is someone better suited for them. At the end of the season, the couples will decide if they want to stay together, leave alone, or leave with one of the singles. It's absolutely scandalous and we're here for it. 

Sabrina The Teenage Witch 

If you're after nostalgic 90s vibes, then take a step back in time to when Melissa Joan Hart ruled our TV screens as Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Those were the good days, hours spent engrossed in the whimsical world of talking cats, crazy aunts, and heartthrob bae Harvey Kinkle. For those of you that didn't spend every evening after school obsessing over this show, here's a recap—Sabrina, a 16-year-old girl discovers that she is a witch, her two aunts guide her through the journey and teach her how to use her magical powers. 

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds Australia

Prepare to melt your heart as you’re taken behind the scenes of what a four-year-old gets up to when the adults aren’t looking. Life on the playground isn’t all sandpits and monkey bars: you’ll be quite surprised to see how much of a four-year-old’s world mimics our boring, grown-up one. There are high-pressure stakes, politics, friendship drama and power struggles as these tiny humans give us a glimpse of their adorable, day-to-day lives. Click here to activate ‘awww’ mode.

Extant

For all your sci-fi lovers out there, boy have we got a show that's out of this world for you. Tune into TVNZ on Demand's latest sci-fi addition, Extant, which is set to be on our screens on 31 March. Halle Berry takes on the role of astronaut Molly Woods, who has returned from a 13-month solo mission in outer space—only to discover that, inexplicably, she is pregnant. She reunites with her husband and son but must dig for answers to what actually happened on her mission as her secrets could change the course of human history. 

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