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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.

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 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. We've watched the early classics you may have missed and some brand new titles, to come up with the 50 best Netflix TV shows in Australia.

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1. Squid Game

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits – with deadly high stakes.

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The series is inventive, gory and thought-provoking. It's also quite addictive, so you might want to clear your schedule before tuning in.

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1 seasons

2. Fisk

When Helen Tudor-Fisk's life falls apart, she takes a job in a small suburban firm specialising in wills and probate assuming that, because the clients are dead, she won't have to deal with people.

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This fast-paced comedy has some of the tightest scripts around and is easily one of the best (and funniest) Australian shows of the past few years.

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2 seasons

3. Lupin

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.

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Lupin boasts 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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3 seasons

4. Sweet Tooth

A boy who is half-human and half-deer survives in a post-apocalyptic world with other hybrids.

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Sweet Tooth might sound depressing based on its synopsis. 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.

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2 seasons

5. Beef (2023)

2 people let a road rage incident burrow into their minds and slowly consume their every thought and action.

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The dark comedy sees things spiral out of control as each tries to get back at the other. The high-quality cast and gripping story will make you want to binge immediately.

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1 seasons

6. Bridgerton

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.

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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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2 seasons

7. The Crown

The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of 2 of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. 2 houses, 2 courts, 1 crown.

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The Crown has a tremendous cast and excellent production values. While it may take some historical liberties, it also delivers an engaging narrative.

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6 seasons

8. Lucifer

Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. But the longer he's away from the underworld, the greater the threat that the worst of humanity could escape.

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Lucifer puts a fun twist on the buddy cop and crime procedural formats.

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6 seasons

9. Cobra Kai

The arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the original. Daniel LaRusso leads an enviable life with his family. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence, whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, with the next generation of “karate kids”.

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Funny, compelling and thoughtful, the show doesn't disappoint, even in a world saturated with revivals. Whether you're a fan of the original film or not, you'll be hooked in no time.

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5 seasons

10. Russian Doll

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.

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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 a single 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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2 seasons

11. Never Have I Ever

After a traumatic year, a first generation Indian-American teen just wants to spruce up her social status – but friends, family and feelings won’t make it easy on her. Getting the grades? Too easy. Getting through grief? Too hard. There’s just one goal on her mind: getting the guy.

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Charming comedy Never Have I Ever is inspired by creator Mindy 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. The series has so much heart you'll likely fall in love with it from the very first scene.

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4 seasons

12. Ozark

Desperate times call for family unity. Now family night means stacking millions in drug cash inside a cabin's walls.

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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.

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4 seasons

13. Mindhunter

Set in the late 1970s, 2 FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases. They'll journey inside the deviant minds of maximum security inmates and formulate a frightening new term: serial killer.

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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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2 seasons

14. The Witcher

A sword-wielding slayer, scorned by society, following a moral compass all his own. But not even a Witcher can fight destiny.

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Epic in scale and boasting some truly excellent fight scenes, The Witcher is a treat for fantasy lovers. Henry Cavill offers a memorable performance and the visuals are mesmerising. If you're looking for a show full of magic and gore, you just stumbled upon the perfect binge.

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3 seasons

15. The Queen's Gambit

Orphaned at the tender age of 9, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But child stardom comes at a price.

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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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1 seasons

16. Money Heist

With millions of euros and their lives on the line, 9 robbers attempt to pull off the greatest heist of all time.

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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.

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5 seasons

17. Dark (2018)

The disappearance of 2 children from a small town leads to the exploration of the sinful past of the establishment, alongside the reveal of the fractured relationship between 4 families as they struggle to figure out what happened to the kids.

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An intricate mystery-drama, this German series is sure to appeal to Stranger Things fans. 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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3 seasons

18. When They See Us

5 teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. They were boys, but the world saw them as monsters. The case against them would divide a city. And it was built on lies. Based on the true story.

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Stirring and immersive, powerful miniseries When They See Us puts a lot of 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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19. The Umbrella Academy

On the same 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.

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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 time in the show's delightful company. It's funny and compulsively watchable.

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3 seasons

20. Sex Education

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 set up an underground sex therapy clinic for students.

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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.

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4 seasons

21. You (2018)

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.

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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.

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4 seasons

22. The Haunting of Hill House

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.

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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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23. Stranger Things

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

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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 story arc.

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4 seasons

24. Black Mirror

Black Mirror is an anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

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Black Mirror episodes are often mind-bending and even terrifying, showcasing situations where technology goes too far. This may not be a show that's particularly fun to watch, but it's gripping and provocative, which should be enough to keep you glued to the screen.

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25. Bodies (2023)

4 detectives. 4 timelines. 1 body. To save Britain's future, they'll need to solve the murder that altered the course of history first.

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With all its twisty time-travel narrative, Bodies can be hard to keep track of, but if you stick with it, the pay-off is worth it.

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26. Rick and Morty

Rick is a mentally unbalanced but scientifically gifted old man who has recently reconnected with his family. He spends most of his time involving his young grandson Morty in dangerous, outlandish adventures throughout space and alternate universes. Compounded with Morty's already unstable family life, these events cause Morty much distress at home and school.

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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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7 seasons

27. Orange Is the New Black

Based on the bestselling memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black centres on Piper Chapman, an upper middle class woman who is sentenced to a minimum security prison for a crime she committed while younger. Kerman quickly makes friends and foes as we see the diverse range of inmates and lives inside the prison.

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It is a thought-provoking, funny and evocative show about life in a women's prison. 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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7 seasons

28. BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman focuses on the most beloved sitcom humanoid horse of the 90s, 20 years later. He's a curmudgeon with a heart of...not quite gold...but something like gold.

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Imagine every live-action character Will Arnett has ever played blended together in 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. Unlike most sitcoms or cartoons, Bojack's character actually goes through a lot of growth. 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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6 seasons

29. Scott Pilgrim Takes Off

Scott Pilgrim meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, only to find out her 7 evil exes stand in the way of their love.

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While the twist at the start might confuse fans of the comic and the movie, stick with this anime version, as this new path it travels is well worth following.

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30. After Life

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.

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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.

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3 seasons

31. Boy Swallows Universe

Based on the bestselling novel and set in 1980s Brisbane, a precocious boy and his selectively mute brother embark on a suburban odyssey of love, redemption and retribution after their family is torn apart by a drug lord.

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An epic coming-of-age story, Boy Swallows Universe blends the magic and innocence of youth with the brutal reality of the adult world.

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32. Narcos

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.

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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 the real life stories. 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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33. The Good Place

Eleanor Shellstrop is an average woman who awakens to the shocking realisation that her life on Earth has ended. Now in the afterlife, Eleanor begins to recognise that her behaviour in life wasn't particularly great. But what exactly does it mean to be a "good" or "bad" person?

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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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4 seasons

34. Heartstopper

Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.

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In the mood for a wholesome romance? Heartstopper is unbearably cute and incredibly uplifting, to the point where it may even restore your faith in humanity.

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2 seasons

35. Peaky Blinders

A notorious gang in 1919 Birmingham, England, is led by the fierce Tommy Shelby, a crime boss set on moving up in the world no matter the cost. A veteran Irish lawman is called in to bring them down. As a result, blood will be shed.

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With excellent production values, solid acting and an intriguing plot, Peaky Blinders is a period drama you don't want to miss.

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6 seasons

36. The Sandman

After years of imprisonment, Morpheus – the King of Dreams – embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power.

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An adaptation of the comic book series written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman is gorgeous to look at, with excellent visual effects and committed performances. It's the perfect fantasy series to get lost in.

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37. Top Boy

2 London drug dealers ply their lucrative trade at a public housing estate in East London.

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Top Boy is thrilling, tense and it works as not only a taut drama, but accurate social commentary as well.

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3 seasons

38. Heartbreak High (2022)

A fresh look at Hartley High over 20 years on. With her new friends – outsiders Quinni and Darren – Amerie must repair her reputation, while navigating love, sex and heartbreak.

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Reboots are all the rage nowadays, but we're happy to report that Heartbreak High is a good one. Vibrant and funny, the series will quickly make its way into viewers' hearts. If you're a fan of Sex Education, even better.

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39. Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities

Bizarre nightmares unfold in 8 tales of terror in this visually stunning, spine-tingling horror collection curated by Guillermo del Toro.

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The anthology is visually dazzling, with each episode standing on its own. You can binge them over the course of a long weekend, but we recommend spacing them out for maximum enjoyment.

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1 seasons

40. Wednesday

Smart, sarcastic and a little dead inside, Wednesday Addams investigates a murder spree while making new friends – and foes – at Nevermore Academy.

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Coming from Tim Burton, horror comedy Wednesday is a whole lot of fun, mainly thanks to Jenna Ortega's flawless performance. The visuals are also top-notch.

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41. The Fall of the House of Usher (2023)

To secure their fortune – and future – a pair of ruthless siblings build a family dynasty that begins to crumble when their heirs mysteriously die, one by one.

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If you’re up for a Succession-like story but with added horror, The Fall of the House of Usher is just the show for you.

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42. The Brothers Sun

The Brothers Sun follows Charles Sun, a Taipei gangster who's settled into his life as a ruthless killer, but must go to LA to protect his mother and younger brother after his father was shot by a mysterious assassin.

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A mix of comedy, action and drama, at the heart of The Brothers Sun is the dilemma of duty to family vs following your personal dreams. Michelle Yeoh’s presence lights up every scene she is in, plus the series has unearthed some fresh talent too.

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43. The Lying Life of Adults

Based on the novel by Elena Ferrante and set in 1990s Naples, brash and bold Aunt Vittoria helps her sheltered niece experience a different side of the city, upsetting the teen's strict parents.

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The Lying Life of Adults is a compelling adaptation that does the source material justice. Melancholic and absorbing, this beautiful coming-of-age series will sweep you off your feet.

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44. Red Rose

A ragtag crew of teens must survive a summer of terror after downloading an app that makes dangerous demands with deadly consequences.

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Inventive and unsettling, this thriller/horror series delivers both scares and social commentary. It's a hidden gem well worth your time.

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45. Wellmania

When a health crisis forces a successful food writer to rethink her hard-partying ways, she jumps into a journey to get well – even if it kills her.

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With a dynamite performance from Celeste Barber, this is the perfect show to unwind with after a long week. Short and breezy, it will make you experience a rollercoaster of emotions.

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46. The Diplomat (2023)

In the midst of an international crisis, a career diplomat lands in a high-profile job she’s unsuited for, with tectonic implications for her marriage and her political future.

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If you loved Keri Russell in The Americans, there's no doubt you'll love her in this political drama too.

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47. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Young Queen Charlotte's marriage to King George of England sparks an epic love story and transforms high society in this Bridgerton universe prequel.

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If you're a fan of the bodice-ripping Bridgerton, you'll adore this as its world expands with this prequel of Regency romance.

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48. The Night Agent

While monitoring an emergency line, a vigilant FBI agent answers a call that plunges him into a deadly conspiracy involving a mole at the White House.

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Based on a novel by Matthew Quirk, The Night Agent is a fast-paced and binge-worthy series that will keep you glued to the screen. It's best enjoyed with a big bowl of popcorn.

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49. The Lincoln Lawyer (2022)

Sidelined after an accident, hotshot Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller restarts his career – and his trademark Lincoln – when he takes on a murder case.

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With an attractive cast and fun plot, The Lincoln Lawyer is an easy binge.

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2 seasons

50. One Piece (2023)

With his straw hat and ragtag crew, young pirate Monkey D. Luffy goes on an epic voyage for treasure in this live-action adaptation of the popular manga.

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One Piece already is a favourite anime series and a bestselling manga, so with this live-action adaptation you can fall in love with the story all over again.

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What changed on our list?

New additions

  • The Brothers Sun
  • Boy Swallows Universe

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  • Shadow and Bone
  • From Scratch
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