Netflix Australia’s best TV shows: 90+ must-watch series to stream in 2024

Cooking With Paris

Netflix's hilarious new show Cooking With Paris showcases Paris Hilton at her best: on the knife's edge between supreme confidence and self-deprecation. Now that Paris Hilton as we've come to know her over the years has been revealed as an act of sorts, it's time to recognise the entrepreneur as somewhat of a comedic genius in the Andy Kaufman-vein. It's hard to tell where the real Paris begins and ends, or whether she really is as clueless in the kitchen as she makes out. Nevertheless, it's incredibly fun to see Paris own her culinary mistakes in good spirits, and her new Netflix show perfectly captures the tongue-in-cheek humour that made her YouTube cooking video such a viral sensation.

Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode

Queer Eye

Queer Eye is back! Taking over from where the original Fab Five left off, the new team has been put together with the same ultimate mission: to remodel individuals into the best possible version of themselves, whether it be their wardrobe, living arrangements, grooming, diet or even their confidence. We know, makeover shows are usually pretty lame, but this one is fantastic in the way that the guys really get to the emotional heart of each subject they undertake. Often, there's a reason the men and women featured in each episode have let themselves go or have put up defensive walls against the outside world, and it's up to the Fab Five to reignite their inner spark and show them their own potential. Because the Fab Five really seem to care about them, it becomes incredibly rewarding to watch them go from unhappy to full of life. Chances are you'll cry at least once per episode.

Details: 6 seasons, 4-8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode

Car Masters: Rust to Riches

If you love classic cars, particularly of the American muscle variety, you're going to love the Netflix Original series Car Masters: Rust to Riches. Join the loveable misfits of the Temecula-based auto shop Gotham Garage as they recover rusted-out car bodies from junkyards all over California and restore them way beyond their former glory — with some additional Gotham-style, to boot. From post-apocalyptic Kombi vans to beautifully restored concept cars (like the never officially released Lincoln Futura), the team at Gotham Garage will blow your mind with what they're able to accomplish. As an added twist to the car restoration format, each restored vehicle is eventually traded upwards in an attempt to land a huge six-figure payday that can split amongst the Gotham crew. One episode and you'll be hooked!

Details: 3 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 40 minutes per episode

Murder Among the Mormons

Netflix's wave of true crime content continues with Murder Among the Mormons, a three-part documentary series which offers a deep dive into a shocking crime that took place in the Mormon community during the 1980s. 

The series lifts the lid on a trio of bombings in 1985 which rocked Salt Lake City and resulted in multiple deaths. Things start to come together when a number of Mormon letters and diaries are found destroyed in the vehicle of the third victim, including portions of an infamous letter with the capacity to "shake the very foundations of Mormonism." 

Details: 1 season, 3 episodes per season, 45-58 minutes per episode

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

In the mid-1980s, a serial killer stalked the city of Los Angeles, routinely breaking into people's homes to rape, kill or abduct them in the middle of the night. Victims appeared to be chosen at random, and the nature of each crime varied with each incident. Before long, the media dubbed this monster the Night Stalker, and it would take a team of dedicated detectives to bring him down. 

In this four-part documentary series, we hear directly from the people involved in the case, along with some of the victims who survived. True crime junkies will lap this series up, even if it is a little too slickly produced for a show about a horrific spree of murders.

Details: 1 season, 4 episodes per season, 48 minutes per episode

The Ripper

In the late '70s and early '80s, Northern England was held in a vice or fear by a new serial killer whose methods brought back memories of the famous Jack the Ripper killings of the late 1880s. 

Dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, this killer targeted vulnerable women in the working class city of Leeds, with occasional trips to nearby Manchester. Disturbingly, the killer went uncaught for several years due to a severe mishandling of the case by authorities who put all their chips on a fake voice recording, along with a misguided belief that only prostitutes were being targeted. 

Despite being strongly upsetting, this four-part series is an excellently crafted piece of true crime filmmaking that explores how systemic sexism helped prolong a killer's murder spree.

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

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. Now back for its second volume, the Netflix's series has presented six more cases which are not only heartbreaking, but truly unusual. 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: 2 seasons, 6 episodes per season, 37-52 minutes per episode

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

Tiger King

Tiger King

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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

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

Floor is Lava

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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

Next in Fashion

Unlike many other competitive reality shows, Next in Fashion succeeds by celebrating the work of its talented artists and designers rather than resorting to the usual cattiness and forced drama that makes similar shows unbearable. Join Queer Eye's fashion guru Tan France and model/designer Alexa Chung as they set out to find the world's next big name in fashion. It's worth noting that none of the show's contestants are amateurs – each one has dressed some of the world's biggest celebrities and is just waiting for the opportunity that will turn them into a household name. Now, if only Netflix would greenlight additional reality shows for the other members of the Fab 5! Just imagine a home renovation show hosted by Bobby Berk, or a cooking show starring Antoni Porowski...

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 45-55 minutes per episode

Ugly Delicious

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A documentary series that simultaneously celebrates food while asking why we like it in the first place, Ugly Delicious is a must-watch for any food lover. World-renowned chef David Chang takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the foods we cherish, from pizza to barbecue and everything in between. Rather than just show us the best forms of each dish, Chang's approach is entirely different, looking back at the history and ethnography of each meal and asking us to do away with our food elitism. It's only then that we can open our minds up to the endless possibilities of what food can actually be. 

Details: 2 seasons, 4-8 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode

The Chef Show

The Chef Show

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If you loved Jon Favreau's delightful comedy Chef, you're going to adore The Chef Show, which sees the actor/director reunite with the film's leading food advisor, Chef Roy Choi, to embark on new cooking adventures, like sharing a meal with the Avengers cast in Atlanta, or cooking keto-friendly pizza with director Robert Rodriguez. During the first season, most episodes saw the duo cook one of the signature dishes that made mouths water in the film Chef, allowing you at home to see exactly how they're made. For season 2, the scope of the show has expanded, with Choi and Favreau embarking on cooking adventures that have nothing to do with the original film – which is great, because now we're likely to get even more seasons in the future!

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

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

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A global sensation, the new Netflix Original series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is inspiring people from all walks of life to de-clutter their home environments. Each episode, Japanese 'tidy guru' Mari Kondo is invites home owners to go through all of their belongings, keeping only those which "spark joy" within them. Kondo then teaches everyone in the home how to more efficiently store their clothes and possessions, drastically reducing the amount of space they take up in the process. If you fear that you're becoming a bit of a hoarder, this show should steer you back on track. 

Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 35-44 minutes per episode

The Innocent Man

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Based on John Grisham's book 'The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town', Netflix's latest Original docu-series is sure to become a new obsession for true crime aficionados. The Innocent Man tells the gripping (and baffling) story of Ron Williamson, a man who has been imprisoned since 1988 and has sat on Oklahoma's death row for 11 years for a heinous murder that experts believe he couldn't possibly have committed. The problem is, his taped confession is impossible to ignore. Has Williamson been thrown under the bus by dodgy police and prosecutors?

Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 48 minutes per episode

Making a Murderer

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True crime stories are so hot right now, evidenced by the immense popularity of the podcast Serial and HBO's The Jinx. Netflix's original series Making A Murderer however, is probably the hottest of them all, documenting and recounting the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two working-class Americans accused of the murder of 23-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Over the first season's 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail. Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach's murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing (and possibly planted) evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved. Years later, as Avery and Dassey continue to sit in prison, the appeals process continues in Making A Murderer: Part 2, which covers each attempt to free the pair in great detail. Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won't be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you've started.

Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode

Dark Tourist

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While there's no shortage of traditional travel shows on television these days, the Netflix Original series Dark Tourist takes an entirely different approach by setting its sights on unconventional destinations and frightening, morally-questionable itinerary activities. NZ journalist and documentarian Daniel Farrier embarks a journey across the globe, exploring the world's most confronting tourist spots and larks. From a narco tourism experience that sees him travel around Colombia with Pablo Escobar's number one hitman, to a tour through radioactive Fukushima, Farrier visits the world's most ill-advised tourist attractions so that you don't have to. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

American Vandal

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A note-perfect spoof of the 'true crime docu-series' model that's become all the rage following the success of Making a Murderer and Serial, American Vandal follows the investigation of a fictional crime in which an underachieving high school student is accused of spray painting dicks on every car in his high school's faculty car park. In its second season, which looks to be just as good as the first, the teen-aged documentarians find themselves on a new case, investigating a school-wide pooping-spree masterminded by someone who goes by the name 'The Turd Burglar'. Like any good true crime investigation series, American Vandal is filled with conflicting testimonies, unreliable witnesses, compelling evidence, huge revelations and, of course, moody cinematography. Hilarious and constantly surprising, American Vandal is a must-see for any true crime aficionado. 

Seasons on Netflix: 2

Wild Wild Country

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This six-part documentary series tells the almost-unbelievable story of a utopian cult that was founded by a charismatic Indian guru and went on to build its own city in the Oregon desert. Told using news stories and archival footage from the city’s heyday in combination with present-day interviews with those who were there, the slowly-escalating series jumps from free love to stoushes between cult members and local Oregonians and culminates in attempted assassinations, legal battles, bombings and mass poisonings. It’ll leave you wondering who’s really in the right — and pondering what rules people are willing to break as they attempt to hold on to power. Wild Wild Country is one wild, wild ride.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Stay Here

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A renovation series with a twist, Netflix's Stay Here sees underwhelming Airbnb and short-stay vacation properties transformed by a team of professionals in an effort to maximise their potential and profitability. Over the course of each half hour episode, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter help turn each lacklustre property into a five star experience. Eye opening and addictive, you'll like blow through Stay Here's whole eight episode season in a single weekend. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

The Defiant Ones

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Charting the rise of one of the world's most successful business partnerships, The Defiant Ones delves into the lives of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre — two men who not only conquered the music industry, but whose famous Beats Electronics brand went on to become a $3 billion player in the tech world with its sale to Apple in 2014. Featuring a huge number of candid interviews from major music industry titans, including Bono, Eminem, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springstein, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor and more, this three-part documentary series (which is considered a Netflix Original in Australia despite being made by HBO) is a must-watch for music lovers and people fascinated by those who display an incredible business acumen. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Rapture

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Fans of hip-hop will definitely want to check out Rapture, the new Netflix Original documentary series which spends each episode with a different major player in the rap game, kicking off with Logic and featuring T.I., Just Blaze, 2 Chainz and more over the course of its entire run. in Rapture, the artists themselves are tasked with describing their careers, how they got to where they are, and what kind of cultural legacy they think they'll leave behind. Candid interviews with the artists and the people around them provide an eye-opening insight into a world that's not quite as it seems on the surface. 

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Flint Town

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Shot over a two-year period, this gripping Netflix Original documentary series follows police in Flint, Michigan, shining a light on a town that has been crippled by dwindling resources, crumbling infrastructure, violence and a contaminated water supply. A harrowing look at an American city that's been failed by its government, Flint Town shows that many of the issues plaguing communities, and the law enforcement departments tasked with serving and protecting them, aren't as cut-and-dried as they appear on the surface. Flint Town is an eye-opening series that's bound to change the way you look at police and impoverished communities who can't find a way out of their struggles.

Seasons on Netflix: 1 

The Toys That Made Us

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For people of a certain age, the toys they grew up with would come to define their childhoods. In this 8-part documentary series (only 4 eps are currently available), we get to see how our favourite toys came to be, while also meeting the people responsible for them. Kicking off with Star Wars toys, the show them gives us a glimpse at the surprising origins of Barbie, G.I. Joe and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Now, the second season has arrived, bring new 1-hour episodes about Transformers, Star Trek, Lego and Hello Kitty toys. It's hard to imagine anyone who grew up in the 70s/80s/90s not getting a massive kick out of this. 

Seasons on Netflix: 2

The Staircase

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A harrowing true crime series that's as binge-worthy as Making A Murderer (but was actually released long before it), The Staircase follows the real-life murder trial of noted author Michael Peterson for the mysterious death of his second wife Kathleen, who violently lost her life at the bottom of the family home's staircase. While the accused vehemently protests his innocence and (most of) his family stands by him, it isn't the first staircase-based death of a loved one that's taken place in his orbit. Though it appears to be an open and shut case at first, various factors surrounding this second death seem to defy explanation. Was it an accident or was it murder? We promise that your opinion on the matter will flip frequently throughout the original eight-part series, and will continue to do so in the three brand new episodes accompanying it on Netflix.  

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Hip Hop Evolution

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An incredibly fascinating four-part docu-series charting the birth of hip hop music, Hip Hop Evolution takes us on a trip back to New York City's South Bronx area during the tumultuous early '70s. Beginning with the famous DJ Kool Herc block party that started it all and continuing on to the early days of gangsta rap music in the late '80s, Hip Hop Evolution is an eye-opening examination of all the elements that led to rap music becoming the global phenomenon it is today. Featuring countless interviews with hip hop pioneers, including Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, this Netflix Original series is one of the most entertaining cultural lessons you're ever likely to see. Once you're finished watching this, keep the beat going with Netflix's other brilliant hip hop show, The Get Down.

Seasons on Netflix: 1

Chef's Table

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From the makers of the incredible documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi comes this Netflix Original series that takes us into the lives (and kitchens) of six of the world's most celebrated chefs each season. Get an inside look at the artistry behind the creation of some of the most breathtaking dishes imaginable, and then start to wish you had the unlimited resources required to travel around the world, visiting each of these incredible restaurants. Mouth-watering and awe-inspiring.

Seasons on Netflix: 3

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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