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Netflix Australia’s best TV series: over 60 great shows to stream in 2019

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UPDATE: The brilliant Netflix Original series The Chef Show is back for its second delectable season – find out more about it 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

Of course, the list includes Netflix Australia classics like Stranger Things, House of Cards, Making a Murderer, Black Mirror, Narcos and BoJack Horseman, but there's so much more to binge on the service than the well-known titles. 

We’ve selected more than 60 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. Mindhunter

Mindhunter: season 2

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From David Fincher, director of such serial killer classics as Se7en and Zodiac, comes Mindhunter – a Netflix Original series that details how the FBI's profiling practices came into fruition. Academic and detail-oriented, the series sees its agents stare deep into the heart of darkness in order to better understand this new breed of demented killer that they've been tasked with chasing. Based on autobiographical accounts by FBI Agent John Douglas, who inspired the fictional character of Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris' seminal Hannibal books, Mindhunter is a gripping series that applies an analytical approach to a well-worn subject. Now back for season 2, the team will face the likes of Charles Manson and David 'Son of Sam' Berkowitz.

Details: 2 seasons, 9-10 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode

2. Stranger Things

Following up its successful first two seasons, Stranger Things season 3 is now streaming on Netflix. Playing like a cross between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things is a nostalgic and somewhat scary throwback to the classic Amblin films of the '80s. In the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, young boy Will (Noah Schnapp) disappears in the middle of the night without a trace. The very next day, a young girl in a hospital gown appears in town, scared and unable to speak. In true Goonies/Stand By Me-fashion, the girl joins up with Will's buddies in an attempt to track down their missing friend. Also embroiled in the mystery is the young boy's mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder) – a woman who must confront terrifying forces if she has any hope of seeing her son again. Without spoiling seasons 1 and 2 for newcomers, Stranger Things 3 picks up in 1985 and not only introduces some new characters and threats, but a flashy new location in the Starcourt mall, which is about as '80s as it gets.

Details: 3 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode


GLOW Season 3

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From the makers of Orange is the New Black comes GLOW, a show based on a real-life all-women wrestling league that existed in the '80s. Why's it called GLOW? It stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, that's why! The show stars Alison Brie (Community) as an aspiring actress who auditions for the wrestling gig after being fed up with the lack of meaty female roles in Hollywood. Here, she can be a fierce warrior, one who is in charge of her own destiny and gets to play opposite other strong women. Like Orange is the New Black, GLOW is a show that masterfully balances comedy and drama. In its third season, we follow the ladies as the show moves to Las Vegas for live performances, leading to new set of problems for everyone involved. We can only hope that Netflix's GLOW gets as many seasons as its real-life counterpart.  

Details: 3 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 30 minutes per episode

4. 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. Season 4 sees the crew take on an even more diverse group of makeover recipients this time around, starting with a teacher at Jonathan Van Ness' own former high school. 

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

5. Unbelievable

Inspired by real events and based on a Pulitzer prize-winning article, Unbelievable tells the harrowing and mysterious story of a teen girl (Kaitlyn Dever) who reports a rape to the police, only to eventually recant said report. States away from the incident, two female detectives (Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) hear about it and become determinded to investigate the matter and reveal the truth behind the claim. While the show deals in difficult subject matter, it is tastefully handed and immaculately acted and directed. One of Netflix's best new shows of the year.

Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 43-58 minutes per episode

6. Dead to Me

In Netflix's pitch black comedy Dead to Me, Christina Applegate (Anchorman, Married... with Children) plays Jen, a recently widowed woman who sets out to find the truth about her husband's death by hit and run. Of course, Jen has her own way of grieving and the outpouring of sympathy from those around her to be utterly insufferable. However, by a twist of fate, Jen starts to loosen up when she meets and befriends Judy (Linda Cardellini), a free-spirited woman who also lost someone. A dark and acerbic comedy from the makers of 2 Broke Girls and Hot in Cleveland, Dead to Me may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is destined to find a devoted audience who are willing to go to some uncomfortable places. 

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 30 minutes per episode

7. The Chef Show

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 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

8. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Forget the '90s TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, because aside from sharing character names, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an entirely different beast. Darker and scarier than that family-friendly take, Netflix's version of the classic Archie Comics character owes a lot more to creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's recent comic series of the same name. Dealing head on with Satanism, demons and other dark subject matter, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina makes for a perfect companion to Riverdale (also from Aguirre-Sacasa), which tends to dabble in death and mystery, too. Of course, the show is quite fun, too, with a terrific performances from Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as Sabrina, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Aunt Hilda and Australia's own Miranda Otto (Return of the King) as Aunt Zelda. Spooky and clever, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina positively ghoulish fun. 

Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season (plus one holiday special), 60 minutes per episode

9. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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A beloved fantasy film from the 1980s, Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal has returned as a brand new Netflix Original series! Delightfully, the original's staggeringly masterful puppetry has been retained and looks better and more elaborate than ever. Following on from the events of the original film, the new series once again takes place in the fantastical world of Thra, where the Gelfling clans are still in rebellion against the Skeksis – a reptilian bird-like race that rules over the world and causes much suffering for its people. A must-watch for '80s kids who grew up on the original film.

Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 45-50 minutes per episode

10. Love, Death & Robots

From the twisted minds of David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) comes Love, Death & Robots – a violence and sex-filled animated anthology series that's strictly for adults. For years, the two visionaries attempted to bring a new adaptation of the classic Heavy Metal comics to screens, only to eventually leave the project behind due to lack of interest from all the major studios. Now, the project has been resuscitated in a new form thanks to Netflix, allowing the filmmakers to produce 18 self-contained short films, many of which are adapted from classic sci-fi and fantasy stories from authors such as Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, John Scalzi and more. If you're into genre fiction involving robots, monsters and heady sci-fi themes, you're going to adore Love, Death & Robots.

Details: 1 collection, 18 episodes, 6-17 minutes per episode

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