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Netflix Australia’s best TV shows: 80+ must-watch series to stream in 2020

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UPDATE: The classic 80s/90s true crime series Unsolved Mysteries has been rebooted by Netflix with a new season available to stream in its entirety right now – find out more about the show below!

Since its arrival on Australian shores, we've enjoyed unfettered access to all of Netflix's critically-lauded original shows. Not only that, users also have access to a wealth of other licensed material.

If you're like us, you spend a good deal of your time Netflixing. Sure, Netflix also streams movies, but its television output is perhaps the reason most people have signed up for an account. There's nothing quite like firing up Netflix and binge-watching a series at your own pace. Getting instant access to entire seasons of Stranger Things from day one is half the appeal.

This is why we've created the TechRadar guide to the best shows on Netflix Australia right now (in no particular order). We'll keep this best TV show list constantly updated with the latest television shows that you should be watching on Netflix in Australia and also tell you why.

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, 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!

1. Unsolved Mysteries

A reboot of the classic 80s/90s series of the same name, Netflix's version of Unsolved Mysteries has received a modern day makeover to bring it stylistically in line with the likes of Making a Murderer. For those not familiar with the show, Unsolved Mysteries presents a series of real-life cold cases which have left authorities baffled in the hopes that someone watching may have information that will help bring the truth to light. In this first volume of Netflix's series, six cases are presented which are truly unusual. They involve missing persons, murder and even UFO sightings. Bizarre and unnerving, the new Unsolved Mysteries may become a new obsession for true crime-junkies. Oh, and the classic theme music has returned, also, which should delight fans of the old series.

Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 39-52 minutes per episode

2. The Last Dance

Missing sports at the moment? Well, Netflix's new sports documentary series The Last Dance should offer some respite from the monotony of a sports-free world. In this candid 10-part weekly series, you'll get to witness never-before-seen footage chronicling Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the most pivotal season in its history, namely the 1997-98 NBA season which saw the greatest team lineup in basketball history come to an end. You'll also get an inside-look at the tensions within the dynasty that caused the team's management to clash with its players and head coach, eventually leading to the end of an era. Not just for basketball fans, The Last Dance is a must-watch for anyone who's ever been invested in a sports team.

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 50 minutes per episode

3. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

In this four-part docuseries, survivors of the billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein come forward to tell their stories. Exposing a disgusting international sex trafficking operation with ties to the highest levels of society, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich is a harrowing and emotionally devastating true story, but one that absolutely needs to be heard. 

Details: 1 season, 4 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode

4. Tiger King

The latest documentary series on Netflix to make you ask, "how is this real?", Tiger King takes you behind the scenes of big cat tourism in the United States, and it's eye-opening to say the least. At the centre of all this is Joe Exotic – a gun-toting, gay polygamist country singer and aspiring politician who runs a roadside zoo showcasing hundreds of tigers, lions and other big cats. Things take a dark turn when a war breaks out between Joe and Carole Baskin, a so-called animal rights activist and big cat sanctuary owner who may have had a hand in her millionaire husband's disappearance and presumed death. What starts as a documentary about an eccentric with a lot of big cats in cages and a hunger for fame quickly escalates into darker and more serious territory involving cult leaders, drugs and murder-for-hire. A story that almost seems too crazy to be true, Tiger King is bound to be your next reality obsession.

Details: 1 season, 7 episodes per season, 41-48 minutes per episode

5. Floor is Lava

A game show concept that is as silly as it sounds, Floor is Lava takes the classic childhood activity of navigating your living room without touching the ground and throws a Netflix budget behind it. With elaborate themed rooms and pulsing red ooze to avoid, contestants must navigate a series of slippery obstacles in order to reach a goal area. In each episode, three teams compete against each other for the chance to win $10,000. The team with the most members who make it to the end (or with the fastest completion time) takes home the cash prize along with a $15 lava lamp trophy. Sure, it isn't rocket science, but it's a great deal of fun and possibly the perfect show to watch as you unwind after a stressful day. 

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 25-37 minutes per episode

6. Locke & Key

Based on the beloved comic book series of the same name by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, Locke & Key follows three siblings who move into their ancestral home following the murder of their father. Soon after arriving, the kids discover that the house is filled with magical keys which not only grant them powers, but could also bring them closer to solving their father's murder. Of course, their discovery also awakens a mysterious demon who also wants the keys, so they'll have to keep their wits sharp to stay alive.

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 40-48 minutes per episode

7. I Am Not Okay With This

From the producers of Stranger Things, and the creative team behind The End of the F***ing World, comes I Am Not Okay With This – a new show about a troubled teenager named Sydney (IT's Sophia Lillis) who discovers she has super powers and must juggle these newfound abilities with her complicated home and school life. You can also expect these powers to wreak havoc on her budding sexuality. With episodes lasting roughly 20 minutes each, I Am Not Okay With This is perfect for those looking for something short and punchy to watch. Also stars Lillis' IT co-star, Wyatt Oleff.

Details: 1 season, 7 episodes per season, 19-24 minutes per episode

8. The Witcher

Grand in scale and epic in scope, Netflix's The Witcher series may very well end up being the Game of Thrones-sized hit the service has been looking for all these years. Though The Witcher is a property that's well-known in the gaming world, Netflix's series actually hews closer to the original book series by Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski. Lending significant muscle and star-power to the series is Henry Cavill, who's clearly having the time of his life as the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. But it isn't just Geralt's adventure, here – throughout the first season of the season, he'll also cross paths with Ciri (Freya Allan), a princess who's lost her parents and kingdom, and Yennefer, a sorceress whose journey has forced her to overcome many obstacles, including her own deformity. While The Witcher is initially slow out of the gate, the show rewards the viewer with a great amount of depth and fantastic action sequences. We think Netflix is on to a winner here.

Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode

9. Sex Education

Meek teenager Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) can't catch a break at school, with kids constantly teasing him about his mother (Gillian Anderson) and her profession as a sex therapist. Of course, teens are more vulnerable and inexperienced than most when it comes to sexual matters, so when Otis inadvertently deals out some of the useful advice he'd overheard from his mother to a sexually-frustrated bully, he soon garners an unwanted reputation as the school's unofficial sex therapist. Sensing a potential to make money, Maeve (Emma Mackey) teams up with Otis to help find paying customers amongst their classmates. Now back for season 2, Netflix's Sex Education is a frank and funny series that never shies away from embarrassing truths.

Details: 2 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 47-52 minutes per episode

10. The End of the F***ing World

This darkly funny British series feels like a cross between Thelma and Louise and True Romance, with its two young protagonists on the lam after running away from home and accidentally killing someone. James (Alex Lawther) is a prospective teenage psychopath looking for his first person to kill. Enter Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a girl from his class who wants out of her horrible home life. With the two now a couple and on the run, will James satisfy his bloodlust by killing his new girlfriend? Or will she warm his black heart? The first season ended on a huge cliffhanger that left everything up in the air - particularly the fate of one of the show's main characters. With season two, we definitely hope to see that person return, or else we riot! Pitch-black in its humour and surprisingly sweet, The End of the F***ing World is one for those who like their entertainment with an edge.

Details: 2 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode

Want to know more about Netflix's take on binging? Watch our very own Jon Porter live on the couch discussing his time at Netflix HQ!

The best way to approach BoJack Horseman is to let it slowly grow on you. Chances are you won't be blown away by it from the first episode, but once you get hip to its rhythm, you'll likely find it to be one of the best animated comedy shows since Bob's Burgers (only with a lot more depth). Will Arnett voices BoJack, a washed-up '90s sitcom star who spends his days being bitter about his failures alongside his perpetual houseguest, Todd (Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul). Things get complicated when his cat girlfriend and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) hires ghost writer Diane (Alison Brie) to pen BoJack's memoir. Filled with hilarious characters that could only exist in drawing-form, BoJack Horseman is a real winner. Now back for its sixth and final season, BoJack finds himself at a crossroads on his road to recovery. Meanwhile, Diane moves to Chicago with her new boyfriend as Mr. Peanutbutter struggles to keep his relationship with Pickles from falling apart.

Details: 6 seasons, 12 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode