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10 Of The Best Shows To Binge-Watch In New Zealand Now

By Megan Zara Walsh

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Time for a serious binge-watch!

Whether you love drama, crime or comedy, Netflix, Neon and Sky Go are buzzing with all your favourite genres right now! Grab your takeout, popcorn and treats and start streaming some of the most iconic shows available. In no particular order, here are the 10 most binge-worthy TV shows to watch in New Zealand right now.

1. Behind Her Eyes

This crime thriller is one of the most viewed shows on Netflix currently. Shockingly, it delivers a weird and thought-provoking twist which will leave you begging for more. Based on the best-selling novel by Sarah Pinborough, it tells the tale of Louise (Simona Brown), a single mum, who finds herself caught in a web of secrets and lies, after having an affair with her psychiatrist boss. To make matters worse, she befriends his strange wife Adele (Eve Hewson), who brings a whole lot of drama and oddity to the plot. This mind-blowing series is the psychological thriller you need from Netflix right now.

2. Your Honor

The world is currently binging this five-star special so it needs to be on top of your must-watch list. It’s a fast-moving mystery anchored by a respected New Orleans judge, Michael Desiato played by Bryan Lee Cranston. Desiato is forced to embark on a high-stakes game of lies, deception and impossible decisions after his son Hunter commits a hit-and-run involving an organised crime family member. We highly recommend this gritty crime drama which is available to stream on Neon or Sky Go.

3. Bling Empire

Did you like Crazy Rich Asians? Well this binge-worthy series is the show for you! It follows a wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends and frenemies based in LA. Spectators may get jealous of the expensive shopping sprees, OTT parties, multi-million dollar businesses and all the travel in the world. But you’ll quickly snap back to reality when you see the crisis that comes with the glitz and glamour, and how nobody is good at keeping secrets in this gang.

4. Firefly Lane

If you love something a little more sentimental, this special series follows two inseparable childhood besties—Kate (Sarah Chalke) and Tully (Katherine Heigl)—who met while living on a suburban street called Firefly Lane. This show gives you total Big Little Lies vibes, spanning four hectic decades, and will bring you on an extraordinary journey of heartbreak, loss, unbreakable bonds, and much more. Binge Season 1 on Netflix right now!

5. Surviving Death

Do you believe in the afterlife? Ever wonder what happens after you die? Well this incredible make, based on the best-selling book by author and journalist Leslie Kean, will answer all your burning questions. Over six episodes, the series investigates, questions past life experiences and explores the possibility of life after death. The keenest of spectators will enjoy the innovative research presented and the first-hand accounts of those who had near-death experiences. Watch this Netflix favourite for insight into a world beyond what we know as humans.

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6. Ginny & Georgia

Currently this show sits in Netflix’s top 10 rankings and is a refreshing treat for all of you who love fun television. An awkward 15-year-old Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her thirty-year-old free-spirited mother, Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey) yearn to settle down in New England, after years on the run. Though, Georgia’s past threatens any sort of possibility of a normal life, but Georgia is determined to protect her family from any harm. This treasured series showcases the complicated bond of mother daughter relationships and the strength of family. You need to add this to your list!

7. The Flight Attendant

A Golden Globe nominated series from HBO Max. Watch The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco plunge into this dark comedy thriller as Cassie, a first-class flight attendant and party girl who wonders into a world of crime after spending the night with a handsome passenger she met on route to Bangkok. The lunacy begins when she wakes up in bed with a dead man and no idea what happened. Yikes! This irresistible watch with a twist is the perfect fix for all you mystery fans. Available on HBO Max. Sky Network has collaborated with Warner Media to provide access to HBO Max content in New Zealand.

8. Bridgerton

This one broke records around the world at Christmas when it became the most-watched Netflix TV show EVER. It led the way for Bridgerton signing up for 8 incredible seasons. Consequently, if you haven’t seen it, get your game on! Think Gossip Girl, but in the 18th century! Season one follows the exquisite Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) as she makes her debut onto London’s competitive marriage market. The real fun begins when she meets the rebellious catch of the season the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). But nothing runs smoothly in this town with the mysterious Lady Whistledown causing chaos with frequent news letters that tend to provoke jealously, rage, clashes and lifts the lid on scandals and secrets among locals.

9. The Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

This insightful must-see true story will give you chills down your spine. After an array of murders and sexual assaults happen in 1985, young detective Gil Carrillo from the LA County Sheriff’s Department, and homicide investigator, Frank Salerno, team up to catch one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. Police are left baffled with little case clues and each one being disconnected because victims were men, women and children, of different neighbourhoods, backgrounds and ages. Watch this interesting docu-series on Netflix now to find out how this monster was brought to justice in a panic-stricken California.

10. Friends

This iconic 90s sitcom is the show that just NEVER gets old. And if you’re one of the few people on the planet who hasn’t seen it yet, now is your time to stream all ten seasons on Netflix. And if you’re like me and you have seen all 236 episodes over and over again, clear your schedule because it’s time for a serious re-watch. Through comedy, historic characters and laughter, our love for Friends will never end. It’s the therapy you need at the end of a stressful day. Join the rest of us fans and become invested in Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross and Joey as they embark on obstacles, romance, various marriages and endless laughter.

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