27 Gripping New Netflix Shows To Stream In New Zealand This January

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

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Whether you love drama, crime or comedy, Netflix is buzzing with all your favourite genres right now. Grab your takeout, popcorn and treats and start streaming some of the most iconic shows available. Here are 27 of the most binge-worthy Netflix shows to watch in New Zealand this month ahead.

1. The Witcher

If you liked Game Of Thrones, you’ll love this show which just released its second season. It follows the story of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), who is a monster hunter with special powers. In a world full of wicked people, season two examines life after the Battle of Sodden when Geralt takes Princess Cirilla (Freya Allan) to a safehouse, away from evil kings, elves, wicked humans and demons who battle for power outside.

2. Selling Sunset

Watch season one to four of this dramatic reality series. It follows seven top real estate brokers in LA at the luxurious The Oppenheim Group. Certainly, these powerful women will do what it takes to reach the top, no matter who or what gets in the way. Prepare for dreamy scenes of Hollywood Hills, iconic houses, shocking relationships, and much more.

3. Cheer

Season two of this gripping docuseries drops on January 12. It follows the highs and lows of the Navarro College cheer team in Texas. The release of season one brought the team worldwide fame. Therefore, you’ll get insight into the aftermath of this. Equally, fans will get to see the teams take on Jerry Harris, who played a key role in season one. In September 2020, Harris was accused of child sexual exploitation and abuse, he remains in prison, and could face up to 30 years in jail.

4. Hype House

This new reality series follows the real-life TikTok megastars based in the Hype House mansion in Los Angeles. See the crazy world of content creation, fame and members relationships with one another. Featuring Nikita Dragun, Chase Hudson, Thomas Petrou and many more. Certainly, you need to binge-watch this Netflix show on January 7.

5. Emily In Paris

If you haven’t jumped on the Emily In Paris hype, time to binge-watch Season one and two of this Emmy-nominated series. Chicago marketing executive, Emily Cooper (Lily Collins), works for her company’s team in Paris. From fashion to travel, feminism and romance…it has all the ingredients to make us totally jealous as we pine for an international escape.

6. Hellbound

This new supernatural series illustrates a cult with twisted beliefs called The New Truth. They recruit people for a broadcasted trip to hell. Meanwhile, mysterious hellish angels that take the form of gorillas tend to appear out of nowhere to kill condemned individuals. If Squid Game didn’t sweep you off your feet, with plenty of  horrific turns, this k-drama should do the trick.

7. Narcos: Mexico

This is the third and final season installment of the Narcos spin-off. Set in the 1990s, season three follows the Mexican drug war that breaks out after Miguel Angel Felix’s imprisonment. It showcases the brutality of murder, the emergence of new drug cartels in a flawed political environment, escalating violence, and a new generation of Mexican drug key players. Definitely, one of the best new Netflix shows.

8. Tiger King 2

Time to watch season two of this iconic true crime docuseries. The documentary follows a real-life zoo owner, the famous Joe Exotic, as he battles with his enemy Carole Baskin, an animal rights campaigner in America. Unfortunately, Joe is currently serving 22 years in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to murder Baskin, and other violations involving animals. Season two examines what happens next after Joe’s imprisonment.

9. The Chestnut Man

From the creators of The Killing, comes this spine chilling crime thriller series. Set in Copenhagen, it follows a vicious murderer who leaves clues of a doll, matchsticks and chestnuts at each crime scene. Two detectives race against the clock to try and stop this killer, whose victims seem to be mothers only. Definitely, a must-watch on Netflix New Zealand.

10. Money Heist 5B

The world’s greatest heist has come to an end with five seasons. Set in Spain, watch as the criminal mastermind, The Professor (Alvaro Morte) plans a robbery on the Royal Mint of Spain and the Bank of Spain. Certainly, you’ll feel the tension through epic performances by iconic Spanish actors. Undeniably, you’ll be left on the edge of your seat with the plot twists. Indeed, you need to binge-watch all episodes on Netflix New Zealand.

11. Locke & Key

In season one, after defeating darkness and awakening their magic powers in their ancestral home, Keyhouse. The Locke siblings are seen enjoying their time, until the demon they defeated in season one makes a comeback. Certianly, their free time quickly takes a dark twist. Starring Conor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, and more.

12. Squid Game

This disturbing but clever Korean drama series has just become the most watched Netflix show ever. It tells the tale of a group of people who compete in survival games, as a result of their debt. The grand prize is $55 million and a chance to have a clean slate afterward. However, contestants must be tough and selfish in order to be the last one standing. Prepare for a lot of death, gore and graphic images.

13. Maid

The world is absorbing this new Netflix show that follows a young mother, Alex (Margaret Qualley), after she flees an abusive relationship. To support herself and her 3-year old daughter, Maddy, she takes on a cleaning job. Based on true events, this Netflix shows story is insightful, thought-provoking and relatable.

14. Dynasty

Binge season one to four on Netflix now, because season five is coming in 2022. Escape to the madness of the rich Carrington world, with Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies), Blake (Grant Show), and more, as things get hectic, from family rivalries to vicious schemes and murders. Things are not want they seem at Carrington Mansion. Indeed, it’s just the show to get you laughing your head off this month.


15. The Chair

This new comedy drama series is arguably one of the best shows on Netflix right now. Emmy award-winning Killing Eve star Sandra Oh plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim. Ji-Yoon. She has a new job as the first-ever woman Chair of the English department at Pembroke University. However, it comes with a unique set of challenges, especially the fact she is one of the few staff members of colour at the university. Definitely, one for your watch-list.

16. Clickbait

Viewers are absorbing this compelling Netflix series in one sitting. It follows the perfect father and husband, Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier), who mysteriously goes missing. Suddenly, a video appears online of Nick beaten and holding a card stating: ”I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die”. As his loved ones scramble to find him, they uncover dark secrets about Nick. We don’t want to spoil anything else, so get the popcorn out, and start watching this fantastic Netflix show now.

17. Shadow And Bone

Game Of Thrones fans will adore this Netflix fantasy series. Based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo, the storyline follows a powerful young witch, Alina played by Jessie Mei Li, who is sought after because she reveals magical powers that may unite the world from darkness. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest new Netflix shows to watch right now if you love a bit of fantasy.

18. You Season 3

This American psychological thriller first hit screens back in 2018. Expect ex New York bookstore manager, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), running from his murderous past, living in a Californian suburb with his new wife, Love (Victoria Pedretti) and newborn son. But Joe is unable to keep his toxic obsessions and infatuations at bay, and becomes interested in their next door neighbour. Believe me, Season 3 is even more brutal than the first two seasons. Indeed, a must-watch.

19. Sex Education

This sex comedy drama series follows a teenage boy, Otis (Asa Butterfield) with an embarrassing sex therapist mother (Gillian Anderson). Otis, with help from a classmate, secretly and mistakenly sets up a sex therapy clinic at school in exchange for money which leads the storyline to follow. Indeed, the roll-off-the-couch-laughing type of humour you need this weekend.

20. The Serpent

This surreal series is based on true events that took place in the 1970s along the hippie trail in South East Asia. Indeed, Charles Sobhraj was a master murderer and con artist who posed as a gem dealer. Sadly, he committed an array of crimes, and preyed on innocent travellers, along with the help of his girlfriend. Tahar Rahim gives a breathtaking performance as Charles, who is eventually brought to justice.

21. Outer Banks 2

This series follows a group of teens in Outer Banks in North Carolina, who uncover secrets along with hidden gold in their hometown, which leads to devastating consequences. In Season two, you’ll find John B (Chase Stokes) and Sarah (Madelyn Cline) hiding out in the Bahamas with everyone at home believing they are dead. We don’t want to spoil much more. Therefore, you should watch this unbeatable series.

22. Sex/Life

This gripping drama series follows Billie Connelly (Sarah Shahi), a New York City suburban wife and mother, who has the perfect little family. However, Billie was once wild child, and she pines for that freedom again after taking a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane. Of course, this sets the storyline to follow. With intense sex scenes like something from 50 Shades Of Grey, we hope you won’t get too uncomfortable. Indeed, one of the best Netflix shows to binge-watch.

23. Never Have I Ever Season 2

This comedy drama show is hugely popular on Netflix. Interestingly, it follows Devi Vishwakumar, played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, a 15-year-old Indian American teenager from Los Angeles. After the death of her father, Devi loses the power in her legs for three months, so she returns to high school motivated to change her classmates views of her. Catch up on season one before attempting season two.

24. Virgin River Season 3

This romantic drama show is totally relatable. In Season one, we saw Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge), uprooting her city life to become a midwife and nurse in a tiny California town, Virgin River. She quickly learns that she gets more than she bargained for, which leads the way for an epic storyline for three seasons to follow. Consequently, prepare for the biggest cliffhanger yet.

25. Sweet Tooth

This 2021 fantasy Netflix series is based on the comic by Jeff Lemire. It follows the story of a boy named Gus, who is part deer and part human, in a post-apocalyptic world. He ventures on a quest to find his mother in a virus-plagued society, meeting other humans and animal-children hybrids along the way. In fact, viewers are begging for a season two already.

26. Elite

Catch up on season one to four because season five of this Spanish show is coming in 2022. In season one, watch as three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school. Though, a clash of differences between them and the richer students leads to the murder of Marina. Certainly, this leads the way for an epic storyline to follow spanning five seasons.

27. Ginny & Georgia

One of the greatest Netflix shows where an awkward 15-year-old Ginny Miller (Antonia Gentry) and her 30-year-old free-spirited mother, Georgia Miller (Brianne Howey) yearn to settle down after years on the run. However, Georgia’s past threatens any sort of possibility of a normal life. Though, Georgia is determined to protect her family from any harm. Indeed, one of the most addictive Netflix shows in New Zealand right now.

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