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The 50 best Netflix Australia TV shows

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of TV shows available on Netflix? Here are our top picks to get you started.

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Netflix has undoubtedly been the game-changer in the world of streaming entertainment. With an enormous volume of original and classic content, including Netflix's library of television shows, there is literally something for everyone.

From political drama to 80s-inspired sci-fi to the best superhero TV shows and everything in between, Netflix has been consistently knocking it out of the park. What's not always quite so easy is determining what to watch.

From classics you may have missed through to some brand new entries, here are our 50 top Netflix TV shows in Australia (in no particular order). They have been determined by a mix of critic reviews, audience responses and the expertise and opinion of our writer.

1. Squid Game

Year of release: 2021

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon

A South Korean survival drama, Squid Game took the world by storm and is on track to becoming the most popular Netflix series of all time.

The plot follows a group of people struggling with debt who accept to play a set of children's games with deadly consequences. If they win, they have a chance to walk away with an impressive sum of money. If they lose, they won't walk away at all.

The series is inventive, gory and thought-provoking. It's also quite addictive, so you might want to clear your schedule before tuning in. Once you've finished it all, check out our guide on shows like Squid Game.

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2. The Chair

Year of release: 2021

Cast: Sandra Oh, Jay Duplass, Bob Balaban, Holland Taylor, Nana Mensah

The Chair centres on the English department chair at a major university, played flawlessly by Sandra Oh. As the first woman of colour to hold the position, she has to navigate a tricky landscape of low enrollment rates, teacher scandals and other issues related to the competitive world of academics.

An engaging comedy-drama, The Chair has a fun cast and tackles timely themes. At only 6 episodes, it's quick and enjoyable.

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3. Shadow and Bone

Year of release: 2021

Cast: Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, Kit Young, Freddy Carter

Based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone is a fantasy series set in a war-torn country where a huge piece of land is covered in darkness. When a mapmaker unleashes the tremendous power to summon light, the people have hope once again. Unfortunately, ruthless forces conspire to maintain the status quo.

Sumptuous and immersive, the show has an exceptional ensemble cast and welcomes viewers to a world filled with magic and political intrigue. You'll be hooked in no time. In excellent news, the series has been renewed for a second season!

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4. Ginny & Georgia

Year of release: 2021

Cast: Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry, Diesel La Torraca

Ginny & Georgia revolves around a teen daughter and her young mother, who move to a new town to start fresh. Soon, the mother's dark past catches up with them, leading to unexpected developments.

Quirky and fun, Ginny & Georgia successfully juggles multiple storylines, managing to make you care for these characters almost instantly. It's like a darker Gilmore Girls. The pop culture references are there, but dark secrets constantly loom just under the surface.

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5. Lupin

Year of release: 2021

Cast: Omar Sy, Vincent Londez, Ludivine Sagnier

A thrilling addition to Netflix's ever-expanding catalogue of international TV series, Lupin is pure joy from start to finish. The action revolves around gentleman thief Assane Diop who, inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, sets out to right a past wrong and avenge his father.

Lupin is a quick binge, boasting a memorable performance from Omar Sy in the lead role. Plus, it's a roller-coaster of action, thievery and human drama. The plot twists will have you engrossed in no time.

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6. Sweet Tooth

Year of release: 2021

Cast: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Stefania LaVie Owen, Dania Ramirez

Sweet Tooth is set in a post-apocalyptic world where hybrids – which are a mix of two species - exist.

The action centres on one such hybrid, a young boy who is half deer, half human. Hybrids are feared and hunted, so the boy lived in isolation for most of his life. Until one day, when he forms an unexpected bond with a loner and the two embark on a memorable adventure as they search for safety.

Based on that description alone, Sweet Tooth might sound depressing. Rest assured, it's not. The series has a lot of heart and is surprisingly entertaining, making it a treat for fantasy fans of all ages. It will return with a second season, so there's plenty more excitement to come.

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7. Bridgerton

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Nicola Coughlan, Jonathan Bailey

Bridgerton's main themes? Love, lust and betrayal. Based on the popular Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn, the series is set in Regency London and centres on the eldest daughter of the Bridgerton family, who enters the competitive marriage market. When all her suitors are deemed not worthy, a rebellious duke is there to sweep her off her feet.

Produced by Shonda Rhimes, Bridgerton is an addictive and charming series which is sure to appeal to romance enthusiasts. Add wonderful performances and gorgeous sets into the mix and we've got a winner.

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8. The Crown

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Emma Corrin, Gillian Anderson

Now with 4 seasons under its belt, The Crown remains one of Netflix's most acclaimed original shows. A dramatisation about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the series chronicles the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

The Crown has a tremendous cast and excellent production values. While it may take some historical liberties, it also delivers an engaging narrative. Plus, seeing Emma Corrin flawlessly portray Princess Diana in season 4 is a real treat.

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9. The Queen's Gambit

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp, Marielle Heller

A polished and magnetic miniseries, The Queen's Gambit centres on prodigious introvert Beth Harmon. Orphaned at 9, she discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. Too bad child stardom comes at a steep price.

If you like period dramas, this is a must. The Queen's Gambit is not only beautifully shot and rich in detail, but it boasts a nuanced performance from Anya Taylor-Joy and tells a complex, spell-binding story. Believe the hype – it really is that good.

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10. Lucifer

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside

Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and proceeds to spend time on Earth to better understand humanity. He runs a club in Los Angeles and soon gets involved with the local police, assisting them in solving tricky criminal cases.

Lucifer initially aired on Fox in the US before being cancelled after 3 seasons. Shortly after, Netflix picked it up, to fans' delight. All episodes are now available to stream.

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11. Cobra Kai

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Xolo Maridueña, Courtney Henggeler

Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, now middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals once again! When Johnny seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai dojo, he comes head-to-head with Daniel, now successful but struggling after the loss of mentor Mr Miyagi.

Cobra Kai is set 34 years after the original Karate Kid film and used to stream on YouTube Premium before it was acquired by Netflix. Funny, compelling and thoughtful, the show doesn't disappoint, even in a world saturated with revivals. Whether or not you're a fan of the original film, you'll be hooked in no time.

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12. Snowpiercer

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Sheila Vand

Set years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centres on what's left of humanity – a group of people who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. The series is based on Bong Joon-ho's gripping film of the same name.

A dystopian thriller, Snowpiercer was a long time in the making. Now that it's finally here, we're happy to report that the series is stylish and perfectly cast. If you're in the mood for an immersive and well-crafted sci-fi story, the show is a great ride, no pun intended.

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13. Never Have I Ever

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Jaren Lewison, Darren Barnet, Poorna Jagannathan

This charming comedy co-created by Mindy Kaling follows the complicated life of a first-generation Indian-American teenager. That's putting things simply, as the series has so much heart you'll likely fall in love with it from the very first scene.

Never Have I Ever is inspired by Kaling's own early life and stars newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as an overachieving high school sophomore. She's perfect in the lead role, supported by a tremendous ensemble cast. Tune in immediately. Two seasons are available, with a third one on the way.

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14. After Life

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Tony Way, Diane Morgan

Created, produced and directed by Ricky Gervais, who also stars, After Life follows a man who decides to do and say whatever he wants following his wife's death. As you might expect, this ends up being trickier than he envisioned.

The series seamlessly switches from dark comedy to moving drama at a moment's notice, offering a thoughtful exploration of grief, depression and resilience. It also boasts some wonderful performances, especially from Gervais himself. All three seasons are now streaming.

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15. Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Bhagavan Antle, Howard Baskin, John Finlay

This true-crime documentary, which took the Internet by storm, is an exploration of big cat breeding and its bizarre underworld. The series centres on Joe Exotic, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Things take a dark turn when Joe gets arrested for an unbelievable murder-for-hire plot following a rivalry with an animal activist, Carole Baskin.

The story is bonkers and bizarre – so if you're looking for an entertaining binge, you can't go wrong with Tiger King. Then, you might be able to answer the question that's been on everyone's mind. Did Carole feed her husband to the tigers? We need answers ASAP. Tiger King season 2 is now streaming.

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16. Ozark

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner

Ozark is a compelling Netflix drama with a fairly straightforward premise: it follows a married couple forced to relocate their family to the Ozarks to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. But while the plot is intriguing on its own, what really makes the series stand out is the excellent performances from Bateman and Linney, who only get better with each episode.

The show goes from dark to darker, making it an addictive watch. If you can stand the tension, following the pair as they struggle to get away with crime-related endeavours is highly satisfying. Part 1 of season 4 is now available.

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17. Locke & Key

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, Laysla De Oliveira

Based on the graphic novels from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, this inventive show revolves around 3 siblings who move into a house filled with reality-bending keys following their father's murder. However, it's not all fun and games, especially when it turns out that a demonic entity is on the lookout for the keys as well.

Spooky and entertaining, Locke & Key will prove a worthy binge for fantasy lovers. Regardless of whether you've read the source material or not, the series is dark, full of twists and intriguing. Season 2 is now streaming.

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18. The Witcher

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan

Based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, this ambitious Netflix original stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, a lonely Witcher or monster hunter who roams the Continent slaying beasts. But when his path intertwines with a powerful sorceress and a mysterious princess, he'll have to finally embrace his fate.

Epic in scale and boasting some truly excellent fight scenes, The Witcher is a treat for fantasy lovers. Cavill offers a memorable performance, there's a catchy song you won't be able to get out of your head after episode 2 and the visuals are mesmerising. If you're looking for a show full of magic and gore, you just stumbled upon the perfect binge. Season 2 is now streaming.

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19. Unbelievable

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever

Based on true events, this powerful and unflinching show revolves around a series of sexual assaults which took place in Washington and Colorado in the US. After a teen reports a rape and then recants her story, her life changes forever. 3 years later, 2 detectives join forces to follow the evidence that might finally lead to some answers.

This critically acclaimed miniseries is based on the 2015 news article An Unbelievable Story of Rape. Sometimes heartbreaking, other times infuriating, but ultimately just a tiny bit hopeful, Unbelievable tells the stories of survivors with care and gravity. In the era of peak TV, it's easy to overlook this initially bleak offering. We strongly advise you give it a stream.

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20. Mindhunter

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

This thrilling Netflix series, based on true events, follows FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench, who start interviewing dangerous killers in order to better understand what goes on in their heads. Based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, the show basically shows us the early days of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, which was just coming together in the 70s.

Slick and chilling, Mindhunter is one of Netflix's most addictive original shows, featuring a tremendous cast and showing us how now common terms like "serial killer" first came to life. If you're into crime shows, you don't want to miss this.

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21. La Casa de Papel/Money Heist

Year of release: 2017

Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte, Miguel Herrán, Paco Tous, Pedro Alonso

Known in English as Money Heist, this Spanish Netflix original revolves around an elaborate heist that takes place over several days at the Royal Mint of Spain. A group of thieves take hostages and lock themselves into the facility, all part of an elaborate plan to escape with millions of euros.

Melodramatic and highly addictive, this drama is the kind of show best enjoyed binged, so there's no wonder it made its way onto Netflix's generous library of foreign content. Soon after, it even became the most-watched foreign series on the service. If you don't mind subtitles, you'll be in for a delicious tale full of twists, manipulation and revolt. The final season of La Casa de Papel is now available.

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22. Dark

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Daan Lennard Liebrenz, Ella Lee, Angela Winkler

An intricate mystery-drama, this German series is sure to appeal to Stranger Things fans. The disappearance of 2 children from a small town leads to the exploration of the sinful past of the establishment, alongside with the reveal of the fractured relationship between 4 families as they struggle to figure out what happened to the kids.

Tense and beautifully crafted, this tale reveals itself slowly, keeping the viewer engaged every step of the way. You'll be glued to the screen, eager to discover all the secrets this deeply troubled town worked so hard to bury. In the end, your patience will be rewarded. And then some.

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23. When They See Us

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Jharrel Jerome, Marquis Rodriguez

Created, co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay, this powerful miniseries exposes the breakdown of the US criminal justice system during the infamous Central Park Five case. It follows 5 teens from Harlem who become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack.

Stirring and immersive, When They See Us puts a lot on emphasis on what the boys and their families endured over their decades-long ordeal, shining light on all the ways in which the system failed them. Turns out, justice truly can be blind.

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24. Dead to Me

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

A darkly funny exploration of grief, Dead to Me follows Jen, a sardonic widow who recently lost her husband and is determined to solve the crime. She meets Judy, an optimistic free spirit, at a support group, and they become unlikely friends. As the pair bond, Judy tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life.

Dead to Me is a terrific character study of 2 complex women with a complicated relationship, with both Applegate and Cardellini delivering nuanced performances. It's an unpredictable and absorbing show, with occasional humour and tons of suspense meant to keep you on the edge of your seat. In short – it's a story best enjoyed binged.

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25. The Umbrella Academy

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J. Blige

Funny and compulsively watchable, The Umbrella Academy was one of the most anticipated Netflix shows of 2019. Thankfully, it delivers. On 1 day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women. 7 of them are adopted by a billionaire who creates the Umbrella Academy and prepares his kids to save the world, but the team disbands in their teen years.

Fast-forward to the present and the band reunites to solve a mystery surrounding their adoptive father's death, with a global apocalypse also looming. Talk about responsibilities! The Umbrella Academy is the perfect blend of comedy and drama, offering a memorable soundtrack and a compelling ensemble cast. You won't regret spending a weekend in the show's delightful company.

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26. Russian Doll

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley

Russian Doll follows a woman who gets caught in a strange time loop, forced to relive the same day. She dies at the end of every night only to wake up unharmed and go through the process all over again.

This series may seem repetitive at first glance, but rest assured – Russian Doll is so inventive that it's impossible to get bored, whether you choose to binge it in one session or pace yourself. It only gets more ambitious and complex as it goes on, so we can pretty much bet you'll be on the edge of your seat. As a nice bonus, Natasha Lyonne is extremely compelling in the main role.

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27. Sex Education

Year of release: 2019

Cast: Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells

Sex Education centres on Otis, a socially awkward and inexperienced high school student who has a sex therapist for a mum. After growing up surrounded by manuals and videos about sex, as well as having to endure multiple tedious conversations with his mum, Otis became a reluctant expert on the subject. To gain status at school, he decides to team up with a whip-smart girl and set up an underground sex therapy clinic for fellow students.

One of the most informative and sweetest teen comedies about sex, Sex Education is an often hilarious, always exciting series that feels fresh and honest. You can enjoy it regardless of age. Season 3 is now streaming.

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28. You

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell

You follows Joe, a brilliant bookstore clerk who one day crosses paths with Beck, an aspiring young writer. He develops an unhealthy crush and proceeds to use his Internet and real-life stalking skills to make Beck fall for him. Not only that, but he's willing to go to great lengths to make sure that the girl he fancies only has eyes for him.

The best kind of unsettling, You is a highly addictive TV show, so make sure you set aside enough time to devour this delicious offering. Both thrilling and trashy, the series will definitely make you think about how you can better protect your privacy, especially online. Season 3 is now streaming. The series has been renewed for season 4.

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29. Riverdale

Year of release: 2017

Cast: KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse

Based on the classic Archie comics, Riverdale follows a group of teens who have a tendency to get into all sorts of trouble. Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead navigate teen life while also dealing with larger than life murders and scandals. Turns out, the small town they live in isn't quite as peaceful as one might assume at first glance.

Atmospheric and fun, Riverdale is highly addictive, proving once again that well-crafted teen shows will never lose their charm. Rest assured – adults will be mesmerised as well. If the relationship drama doesn't get to you, the odd mysteries certainly will. Season 6 is now streaming.

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30. The Haunting of Hill House

Year of release: 2018

Cast: Michiel Huisman, Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Craving some horror? The Haunting of Hill House will be right up your alley. A reimagining of the classic Shirley Jackson novel, this spooky Netflix original show centres on 5 siblings who grew up in what became the most famous haunted house in the country. They left it long ago, but the memories of what went down there continue to haunt them. Facing a tragedy, they need to reunite and finally confront their past.

Dark and terrifying, The Haunting of Hill House is a smooth blend of family drama and horror thrills, all delivered to you in an incredibly stylish package. Caution – you might end up sleeping with the lights on.

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31. Stranger Things

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin

It's rare to see a show so lovingly dedicated to the 80s. Often TV shows, movies and books lean on nostalgia without weaving them into the narrative in any meaningful way. That's far from the case in Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers' sci-fi/thriller/horror isn't just a love letter, it stands alone as one of the greatest television shows today, thanks to its talented and diverse cast and its gripping season arc.

When a young Dungeons & Dragons nerd Will Byers vanishes from a quiet, rural town, his family, friends and community band together to bring him back from a mysterious and terrifying world. Each character has a hand to play in finding Will, but their individual journeys are just as important and entertaining to watch. Stranger Things Season 4 will premiere in 2022.

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32. Master of None

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe, Noël Wells

Master of None is the kind of show that might turn people off in its first few episodes. In place of a traditional, run-of-the-mill season arc, Aziz Ansari's comedy/drama often runs off in tangents focused on minor characters (and sometimes characters that aren't even part of the recurring cast). While this might seem a little off-track to begin with, some of these episodes are Master of None's best. Ansari's Dev runs the gamut of work and relationship troubles many have experienced firsthand with hilarious and sometimes devastating accuracy. But where Master of None truly shines is during the episodes that are less about the characters and more about an issue, place or celebration.

If you haven't checked it out yet (or tried and put it down) we wholeheartedly recommend sticking it out. Ansari's musings on love, work and life in the city are hilarious, poetic and brimming with heart.

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33. Black Mirror

Year of release: 2011

Cast: Hannah John-Kamen, Jon Hamm, Hayley Atwell, Daniel Kaluuya

The fact that a third season of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror series wasn't picked up sooner is criminal. Thankfully, Netflix is in the business of righting the entertainment industry's wrongs and worked with Brooker to create season 3, 4 and 5 of Black Mirror. Brooker's clever writing and biting satire are complemented by Netflix's fat stacks of cash, which has helped bring on some huge talent, like Bryce Dallas Howard and Jerome Flynn in leading roles as well as big-name directors such as Joe Wright and Dan Trachtenberg.

Season 3 wasn't just a revival. It brought us some of the best episodes the show has ever seen (San Junipero is some of the best television out there, hands down). What followed was just as good.

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34. Rick and Morty

Year of release: 2013

Cast: Justin Roiland, Spencer Grammer, Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke

While it's not a Netflix original, Rick and Morty more or less calls Netflix home in Australia. It is without a doubt the most popular animation on television at the moment (and for good reason). Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's Rick and Morty is an absurd, offbeat comedy that follows the misadventures of the shy youngster Morty and his diabolical and perpetually drunk grandfather, Rick Sanchez.

Rick and Morty rockets between risky and gut-busting hilarity to some surprisingly meaningful and touching life lessons (though Rick has a habit of shooting down anything hopeful).

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35. Orange Is the New Black

Year of release: 2013

Cast: Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks

OITNB, as it's affectionately called, is loosely based on the real-life prison experiences of Piper Kerman. Basically, the show can be summarised as follows: A woman goes to prison, thinks it will be fine because she's white and middle class, turns out she was very much mistaken. The exceptional ensemble cast is what really drives this show, which has attracted praise for telling the stories of African-American and Hispanic women, while at the same time criticism for needing a white woman leading the show to do it.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll vaguely wonder about committing a minor crime so you too can go to prison and write about it.

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36. BoJack Horseman

Year of release: 2014

Cast: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris

Imagine every live-action character Will Arnett has ever played blended together into an anthropomorphic horse and you have BoJack Horseman. This story of a washed-up equine actor seemed at first to be Netflix's Family Guy or American Dad. However, it's so much more than that. BoJack is eternally chauvinistic and narcissistic, but unlike most sitcoms or cartoons, Bojack's character actually goes through a lot of growth and characterisation. Thanks to a strong cast of supporting characters like Alison Brie's Diane, Lisa Kudrow's Wanda and Paul F. Tompkins's Mr. Peanutbutter.

It's not exactly what you would expect from a bizarre comedy about talking animals, but that's what you get with BoJack.

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37. Sense8

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Jamie Clayton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith

Vale Sense8. One of Netflix's first victims (we're not really counting Marco Polo here), Sense8's compelling story of 8 mentally connected individuals from across the globe was cancelled after its second season, despite growing a large cult following.

It seems as popular as it was, Netflix just couldn't keep up with globetrotting sensates and cancelled the series in 2017. Still, if you're looking for an immersive and compelling show to binge, you can't go wrong with this.

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38. Narcos

Year of release: 2015

Cast: Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann, Paulina Gaitan

Raw and gritty, this acclaimed series chronicles the real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s. At the same time, it focuses on the efforts of law enforcement to meet them head-on in brutal, bloody conflict. The first 2 seasons follow the infamous Pablo Escobar, who made billions from the production and sale of cocaine. Season 3, meanwhile, picks up after the fall of the kingpin and sees the DEA take on the Cali Cartel.

Narcos doesn't give you too many characters to root for, but it's definitely addictive and illuminating, even if you're already familiar with much of Escobar's life. The series is stylish and action-packed, with top-notch performances and intense storytelling. Not recommended for the faint of heart.

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39. The Good Place

Year of release: 2016

Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto

Once in a blue moon, a show so whimsical comes along that you have to drop everything and tune in immediately. The Good Place is just that kind of show. Hilarious, original and fun. The premise? Eleanor wakes up and finds out that she has died and ended up in an afterlife called the Good Place. Problem is she wasn't what you'd call a good person, so she was probably sent there by mistake. As a result, she has to hide her naturally bad habits from those around in order to avoid being kicked out.

The Good Place is a charming comedy about the afterlife. It's hilarious and lively, it's weird and subversive, it's well-written and brilliantly casted. You'll be hooked from episode 1.

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40. Outer Banks

Year of release: 2020

Cast: Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathan Daviss

A series that took the Internet by storm in 2020, Outer Banks shows no signs of slowing down in its sophomore season. The action revolves around a group of teens who are looking into the disappearance of their ringleader's dad, while also hunting for treasure.

If that premise sounds like fun, we're happy to report that it is. Outer Banks has an appealing cast and enough sense of adventure to keep viewers engaged, especially when it dials up the melodrama. If you're looking for a relaxing binge, this one delivers.

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41. Maid

Year of release: 2021

Cast: Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Andie MacDowell

Maid centres on a young mother who escapes an abusive relationship. Struggling to make ends meet, she begins to work as a maid while battling to keep custody of her daughter. All in order to leave poverty behind and build a better future for her child.

Compelling and well-acted, Maid is a drama that will stay with you for a long time. Not only does it gracefully showcase the damaging effects of emotional abuse, it also gives you a resilient heroine worth cheering for.

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42. Cowboy Bebop

Year of release: 2021

Cast: John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda

A live-action adaptation of the popular anime of the same name, Cowboy Bebop follows a team of bounty hunters as they chase criminals across the galaxy. At the same time, we learn more about these space cowboys and their troubled past.

With exciting visuals and a top-notch cast, the show is a welcome sci-fi escape that will have you hooked in no time. Plus, the soundtrack is the stuff of dreams.

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43. All of Us Are Dead

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Byung-chul, Lee Kyu-hyung, Jeon Bae-soo

Like high school isn't hard enough to navigate as it is, imagine if zombies were involved! That's the premise behind this new series from South Korea, which centres on students who become trapped in their school during a zombie outbreak.

Dizzying and violent, All of Us Are Dead is a fresh entry in the zombie genre – one that horror enthusiasts will love. For everyone else, brace yourselves for a horrifying, yet entertaining binge.

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44. Archive 81

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Mamoudou Athie, Dina Shihabi, Evan Jonigkeit, Julia Chan

In the mood for something unsettling? Archive 81 revolves around an archivist who takes a job restoring damaged videotapes. He soon gets pulled into a dark mystery involving a missing director and a dangerous cult.

Thrilling and haunting, the show is a slow burn, so set your expectations accordingly. And once it grabs you, you'll be unable to look away.

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45. Inventing Anna

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Arian Moayed, Katie Lowes

A provocative and fun series, Inventing Anna tells the story of Anna Delvey, who convinced New York's elite that she was a German heiress. Is she an audacious entrepreneur or a con artist? It's up to you to figure it out.

Created and produced by Shonda Rhimes, the show is based on salacious true events. You might know how the story ends, but you will still be glued to the screen, eager to see what happens next.


46. Vikings: Valhalla

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Sam Corlett, Frida Gustavsson, Leo Suter, Bradley Freegard

A follow-up to Vikings, this new show takes place roughly a century after the events in the original.

We follow a new group of legendary heroes - Leif Erikson, Freydís Eiríksdóttir and Harald Hardrada - eager to forge their own destiny, one bloody battle at a time.

With great production values and intriguing characters, Vikings: Valhalla is incredibly binge-able. Consider yourself warned.


47. Pieces of Her

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Toni Collette, Bella Heathcote, Omari Hardwick, David Wenham

In Pieces of Her, Aussie actress Bella Heathcote plays Andy, a woman who begins to piece her mother's dark past together in the aftermath of a brutal attack. As she does so, she realises that there are plenty of secrets surrounding her mum she had no idea about.

Based on Karin Slaughter's novel of the same name, Pieces of Her is a thriller that keeps you guessing, so buckle up for a captivating binge. Toni Collette can do no wrong.

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48. Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Sarma Melngailis, Allen Salkin, Ilze Melngailis

Netflix excels when it comes to bonkers true crime docu-series – and Bad Vegan is no exception.

Told in 4 parts, the show centres on a vegan restaurateur whose life goes off the rails after she marries a man who claims that he can make her dog immortal. You've read that right. Do you really need extra incentive to give it a stream?

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49. Heartstopper

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Joe Locke, Kit Connor, William Gao, Yasmin Finney

In the mood for a wholesome coming-of-age romance? Heartstopper, based on the popular graphic novels of the same name by Alice Oseman, chronicles the blossoming love story between two young boys. One of them has already been outed, while the other is just discovering who he really is.

The show is unbearably cute and incredibly uplifting, to the point where it may even restore your faith in humanity. At only 8 episodes, season 1 is a quick and delightful escape from reality.

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50. The Lincoln Lawyer

Year of release: 2022

Cast: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycol

An entertaining legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer is inspired by Michael Connelly's popular novels revolving around Mickey Haller.

The action follows an idealistic lawyer who runs his practice in Los Angeles, in the back of his town car. When he takes on a tricky case involving a double murder, things get complicated - and Mickey's life is put at risk.

With an attractive cast and fun plot, The Lincoln Lawyer is an easy binge that will keep you busy during a lazy weekend. Feel free to indulge.

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