Time for a serious binge-watch!
Whether you love drama, crime or comedy, Netflix is buzzing with all your favourite genres right now! Grab your takeout, popcorn and treats and start streaming some of the most iconic shows available. In no particular order, here are 17 of the most binge-worthy Netflix TV shows to watch in New Zealand right now.
1. The Chair
This brand new comedy drama series is arguably one of the best shows on Netflix right now. It follows Emmy award-winning Killing Eve star Sandra Oh as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim. Ji-Yoon has a new job as the first-ever woman Chair of the English department at Pembroke University. However, it comes with a unique set of challenges, especially the fact she is one of the few staff members of colour at the university. Definitely, one for your watch-list.
Viewers are absolutely absorbing this compelling Netflix series in one sitting. It follows the perfect father and husband, Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier), who mysteriously goes missing. Suddenly, a video appears online of Nick beaten and holding a card stating: ”I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die”. As his loved ones scramble to find him, they uncover dark secrets about Nick. We don’t want to spoil anything else, so get the popcorn out, and start watching this fantastic Netflix show now.
3. Shadow And Bone
Game Of Thrones fans will adore this new Netflix fantasy series. Based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo, the storyline follows a powerful young witch, Alina played by Jessie Mei Li, who is sought after because she reveals magical powers that may unite the world from darkness. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest new Netflix shows to watch right now if you love a bit of fantasy.
4. You Season 3
This American psychological thriller first hit screens back in 2018. For season three, you can expect ex New York bookstore manager, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), running from his murderous past, living in a Californian suburb with his new wife, Love (Victoria Pedretti) and newborn son. But Joe is unable to keep his toxic obsessions and infatuations at bay, and becomes interested in their next door neighbour. Get ready because you can binge-watch this iconic show on October 15.
5. Sex Education Season 3
Season three has just been released. This sex comedy drama series follows a teenage boy, Otis (Asa Butterfield) with an embarrassing sex therapist mother (Gillian Anderson). Otis, with help from a classmate, secretly and mistakenly sets up a sex therapy clinic at school in exchange for money which leads the storyline to follow. Indeed, the roll-off-the-couch-laughing type of humour you need this weekend.
6. Squid Game
This disturbing but clever new Korean drama series tells the story of a group of people who are plucked from society, as a result of their debt, and thrown into a prison-like camp to take part in survival games. The grand prize is $40 million and a chance to have a clean slate afterward. However, contestants must be tough and selfish in order to be the last one standing. Prepare for a lot of death, gore and graphic images. With many A-list Korean actors, you will not want to miss this one.
7. The Serpent
This surreal series is based on true events that took place in the 1970s along the hippie trail in South East Asia. Charles Sobhraj was a master murderer and con artist who posed as a gem dealer, committed an array of crimes, and preyed on innocent travellers, along with the help of his girlfriend and sidekick. Tahar Rahim gives a breathtaking performance as Charles, who is eventually brought to justice. Certainly, the true crime show you cannot miss this month.
8. Outer Banks 2
When season one hit our screens in 2020, we just couldn’t get enough. And now, season two has just dropped on Netflix. This series follows a group of teens in Outer Banks in North Carolina, who uncover secrets along with hidden gold in their hometown, which leads to devastating consequences. In Season two, you’ll find John B (Chase Stokes) and Sarah (Madelyn Cline) hiding out in the Bahamas with everyone at home believing they are dead. We don’t want to spoil much more, so go watch this unbeatable series.
This gripping drama series follows Billie Connelly (Sarah Shahi), a New York City suburban wife and mother, who has the perfect little family. However, Billie was once wild child, and she pines for that freedom again after taking a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane. Of course, this sets the storyline to follow. With intense sex scenes like something from 50 Shades Of Grey, we hope you won’t get too uncomfortable. Indeed, the best newest Netflix binge-watch.
10. Never Have I Ever Season 2
This comedy drama series is hugely popular on Netflix. Catch up on season one before attempting season two. The story follows Devi Vishwakumar, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, a 15-year-old Indian American teenager from Los Angeles. After the death of her father, Devi loses the power in her legs for three months, so she returns to high school motivated to change her classmates views of her. Indeed, a fantastic Netflix TV show to watch now.
11. Virgin River Season 3
This romantic drama show is totally relatable and the escape we need from pandemic news. In Season one, we saw Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), uprooting her city life to become a midwife and nurse in a tiny California town, Virgin River. She quickly learns that she gets more than she bargained for, which leads the way for an epic storyline for three seasons to follow. Prepare for the biggest cliffhanger yet, you don’t want to miss it.
12. Too Hot To Handle Season 2
After a massively successful season one, season two has returned with 10 hot new singles, from across the world, ready to find love but not break Lana’s rules at the same time. This show comes with a twist, there will be no kissing or any kind of funny business, including sex, unless the contestants want to see the prize money of $100,000 have a few 0’s knocked off the price tag. Indeed, one of the most addictive TV shows on Netflix right now.
13. Sweet Tooth
This 2021 fantasy Netflix series is based on the comic by Jeff Lemire. It follows the story of a boy named Gus, who is part deer and part human, in a post-apocalyptic world. He ventures on a quest to find his mother in a virus-plagued society, meeting other humans and animal-children hybrids along the way. Eager watchers are already saying online that they are desperate for season two so prepare to go on a Netflix binge because you’ll be pining for more. This one will take you by surprise if fantasy isn’t your thing because you will totally enjoy it.
14. Money Heist
This crime-drama series is one of the most popular shows in the world right now. Set in Spain, watch as the criminal mastermind, The Professor (Alvaro Morte), plans a heist robbery on the Royal Mint of Spain and the Bank of Spain. He enlists eight thieves, who have nothing to lose, to carry out his plans. Feel the tension through some epic performances by iconic Spanish actors. With plenty of plot twists and cliffhangers, you will be left on the edge of your seat. Indeed, you need to binge-watch all five seasons on Netflix New Zealand.
Another wonderful Spanish Netflix series that is adored by fans globally. Catch up on season one to three before taking on the newest part four. In season one, watch as three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school. Though, a clash of differences between them and the richer students leads to the murder of Marina. Certainly, this leads the way for an epic storyline to follow spanning four seasons.
16. Ginny & Georgia
One of the greatest Netflix shows of the year where an awkward 15-year-old Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her 30-year-old free-spirited mother, Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey) yearn to settle down in New England, after years on the run. Though, Georgia’s past threatens any sort of possibility of a normal life, but Georgia is determined to protect her family from any harm. This treasured series showcases the complicated bond of mother daughter relationships and the strength of family. Certainly, one of the most addictive TV shows in New Zealand right now.
This binge-worthy series tells the untold story of famed American fashion designer, Roy Halston, played by Ewan McGregor. Watch as he rises through the ranks in a 1970s and 1980s New York using his name to build a fashion empire. Explore a world of epic wardrobes, sex, luxury, cost of fame, homosexuality and plenty more surprises. Though, Halston quickly starts losing control which is the prime focus of the story. Indeed, one of the most enlightening Netflix shows to watch this month.