Netflix Australia’s best TV shows: 90+ must-watch series to stream in 2022

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Aussie’s have been delighted with the smorgasbord of shows Netflix has to offer since its inception here on our shores. This month is no different, with some of Netflix’s favourites getting new seasons, along with a huge variety of new series for everyone to enjoy.

There’s nothing better than putting your feet up, flicking on the TV, and scrolling through what Netflix has to offer. Though, this ritual can sometimes get a bit overwhelming – that’s what we’re here for. We’ve broken down the best shows so you know exactly what you’re getting into.

Of course, Netflix also has more than just a few trending shows on offer, and we’ve conveniently amassed a collection of what you can find on the streaming site right here. Has nothing on the trending page caught your fancy? We’ve kept best shows in convenient genre lists to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

The best new TV series on Netflix Australia

We’ve selected more than 80 great series worth watching over the following pages, but if you've watched 'em all already you can also find out what's new on Netflix this month right here (opens in new tab), or cut to the chase with our quick picks for the top trending shows on Netflix right now.

The following list charts the best shows that are currently trending right now on Netflix Australia. For our complete list of shows, which has been separated into genre, continue on to the next page or select your preferred genre from the drop-down list above!

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty has new episodes coming to Netflix every Monday from September 4. That means there’s still time to catch up on the previous 5 seasons before all the new episodes have been released.

Rick and Morty are a dysfunctional grandfather and grandson duo who go on universe bending adventures through space and, on occasion, time. Their travels take them all across multiple galaxies and dimensions, often causing havoc and mayhem to not only themselves, but to everyone around them.

To put it simply, Rick is a scientist who rejects the rules and is often on the run from himself – literally, there’s an infinite number of Ricks from an infinite amount of dimensions, all of whom have (or had) their own Morty. It gets a little hard to keep track of sometimes, but the quirky animation and quick humour make it very entertaining. This is a sci-fi adventure that has both monster of the week type episodes, and an overarching story to keep viewers coming back for more chaos.

Be warned: despite its appearance, Rick and Morty is not a show for children! In fact, season 5 has considerably upped the ante when it comes to uncensored f-bombs and other adults only material.

Details: 6 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 22 minutes per episode

Cobra Kai

What started as a YouTube series has now hit its fifth season, coming out on Friday September 9. Cobra Kai is the sequel to the Karate Kid movie franchise, and continues to follow the rivalry between Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). 

Following Terry Silver’s (Thomas Ian Griffith) take over of Cobra Kai at the end of season four, Johnny and Daniel must join forces to combat this growing threat to the local karate scene. The adults aren’t the only ones competing, as tensions between Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) and Robby (Tanner Buchana) continue to inflate, and Sam (Mary Mouser) deals with the aftermath of her loss to Tory (Peyton List) at the All Valley Karate Tournament. Tory herself has refused to switch teams, and continues to push through under Silver’s extreme training regime. 

There’s also the return of fan favourites – John Kreese (Martin Kove) is back, albeit currently incarcerated, Chozen Toguchi (Yiji Okumoto) has joined Johnny and Daniel in their battle against Cobra Kai, and the entire supporting cast of kids return to showcase their skills in their respective Dojos. It’s a fun call back to a beloved franchise, with lots of fanservice to keep die hard Karate Kid fans happy, but a new, fesh story and cast to entertain any newcomer as well.

Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 30 minutes per episode

The Sandman

A faithful adaptation to Neil Gaiman’s comics, The Sandman TV series was long overdue. 33 years and many attempted adaptations later, this series features a fantastic cast, and the first episode lays a great foundation so both fans of the comics and newcomers to the series can get into the action.

The premise is simple – Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), the King of Dreams, wants to restore his powers and reclaim his kingdom. While searching for the Corinthian on Earth in 1916, he is captured by an occultist, Sir Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance). During his imprisonment, the Dream Dimension falls to ruin and is abandoned by its inhabitants. 106 years later, Morpheus is free and the adventure to reclaim what he’s lost begins.

His journey introduces us to an array of characters, from loyal follower and librarian Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong) to Lucifer Morningstar (Gwendoline Christie) and Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman), fans of the comics can finally see their favourite characters come to life in a live-action adaptation. 

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes, 48 minutes per episode

Stranger Things

After three long years, Stranger Things has returned for its highly anticipated fourth season, which sees the kids of Hawkins, Indiana come face to face with yet another otherworldly threat. For those who haven't watched it, Stranger Things plays like a cross between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, and is a nostalgic and somewhat scary throwback to the classic Amblin films of the '80s. It follows a group of kids who must protect their small town from the monsters that emerge from the Upside Down, a dark and evil mirror dimension that looks just like their town. Boasting a blockbuster budget, Stranger Things 4 picks up in 1986, with most of the the gang either new in high school or preparing to leave for college. So far, it's easily the most ambitious season of the show to date, with some episodes reaching movie-length.

Details: 4 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 60-98 minutes per episode

Echoes

Leni and Gina (both played by Michelle Monaghan) are identical twin sisters, who interchange between each other’s lives – one who lives in the quiet town of Mt. Echo, the other who lives a fast paced life in LA. The series starts with Gina in LA, attempting to call Leni several times, but to no success. We learn that Leni’s gone missing, something that throws their lives into chaos, and causes Gina to travel out to Mt. Echo to help find her. If you’re a fan of mystery thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Echoes is one that will have you constantly questioning what’s going on, and who’s who.

Details: 1 season, 7 episodes, 48 minutes per episode

Never Have I Ever

Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) is now in its third season, and this time her and Paxton (Darren Barnet) are the hot topic at school. Now officially together, they must navigate the highs and lows of their relationship – from Devi dealing with the judgemental glares of other girls at school, to being forced to hang out with her mum’s friend’s supposedly ‘dorky’ son. Never Have I Ever is an entertaining teen comedy that showcases both the challenges Devi faces as an Indian teenager navigating through high school in the US, and the bonds she shares with her friends and family.

Details: 3 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 30 minutes per episode

Heartstopper

Heartstopper originated as a webcomic on Tumblr by Alice Osman. Since then it has become a well loved graphic novel series, which has now been adapted into a Netflix show. Follow Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Conner) as they go from sitting next to each other in class, to navigating through their feelings for one another. Heartstopper is an uplifting teen LGBT story that dives deep into young love and identity, with a cast of characters all deserving of love and acceptance.

Details: 1 season, 8 episodes, 30 minutes per episode

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

It’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s final season, and the 99th precinct is back for one last time. The last season of this cop comedy has all the action, laughs and adventures from the colourful  characters lead by Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg). The ensemble cast also features comedy legends such as Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Andre Braugher and more, ensuring quick wit and humour in  otherwise tense situations. Join the Nine-Nine one last time as they fight crime on the streets of Brooklyn, deal with office shenanigans, and figure out how to move forward as the series wraps up.

Details: 8 seasons, 10-23 episodes per season, 22 minutes per episode

Partner Track

Partner Track was written by Helen Wan in 2013, and is now a legal drama series following Ingrid Yun (Arden Cho), a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in New York. She is attempting to become a partner at Parsons Valentine & Hunt, the law firm she currently works for, but this task is made much more difficult due to the arrival of a colleague from London. Ingrid is also faced with juggling her moral compass against her passions, causing her great conflict on the path to becoming a partner. If you’ve enjoyed other legal dramas such as How to Get Away with Murder or Suits, Partner Track is a new offering in that space that will give you a glimpse into the life of a New York lawyer trying to climb up the professional ladder. 

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes, 45 minutes per episode

Devil in Ohio

Based on Daria Polatin’s book of the same name, the Devil in Ohio is a limited series filled with thrills, suspense and cultic themes. After being brought to the hospital where Dr Suzanne Mathis (Emily Deschanel) works, Mae Dodd (Madeleine Arthur), a teenaged girl who has escaped from the cult, Silocht an Diabhail (or The Devil’s Own), is taken into the the Mathis family home while they try to find a suitable foster family for her. However, the dangerous cult is close by, and the Mathis family struggles to handle Mae’s changing behaviour as the show progresses. With only eight 45 minute long episodes, if you’re after a short series that will send chills down your spine, this one is definitely a good one to watch.

Details: 1 season, 8 episodes, 45 minutes per episode

Ozark

Though Netflix's new crime drama Ozark has understandably been compared to Breaking Bad, the show approaches similar themes in an entirely different and uniquely intense way. Chicago businessman Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman, who also directs some of the episodes) seems like a standup guy, but has actually spent years laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel. When it's revealed that his friend and business partner has been skimming money off the top, Marty finds himself in debt to a trigger-happy drug lord who has no qualms about murdering Marty's entire family, including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two young children. Now, Marty's only chance at keeping his family alive is to move them to the Ozarks, a long coastline in Missouri that Marty believes is potential a goldmine, so that he can pay back the money that's owed. Gripping and very adult, Ozark will surely appeal to fans of shows like Fargo and the aforementioned Breaking Bad. 

Details: 4 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 


He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.

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