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The Top 5 Best New Shows on Netflix Australia Right Now

After spending so much time at home this year, our already dangerously high reliance on Netflix for entertainment has only deepened. Thankfully, the number of great new shows released onto the platform can just about keep up with the rate that we watch them.

Instead of falling back on old comfort shows that Netflix has available, like Friends or How I Met Your Mother, take a chance on some of the best new shows on Netflix Australia right now.

In no particular order, here are five recently released Netflix shows that we can’t get enough of.

The Queen’s Gambit

This compelling coming-of-age story centres around a young and singularly talented chess player, Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy). Beth grows up in an orphanage in 1950s Kentucky where she not only discovers her gift for chess but develops an addiction to tranquilisers supplied by the orphanage as sedatives for the children.

Beth carries herself through the male-dominated chess world with a detached, aloof and composed demeanour that masks her true fragility and the beginnings of substance abuse. A carefully directed and brilliantly performed drama, there is something captivating about the tale of a glamorous outcast in The Queen’s Gambit.

The Crown

The introduction of the soon-to-be Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and the formidable Margaret Thatcher brings new and captivating tension to the fourth season of this binge-worthy historical drama. This season is The Crown at its best: incorrigibly grand, witty and simply addicting.

The backdrop of beautiful locations and powerful performances from a delightful, mostly female cast transport you from your couch right into the rich drama of the 1980’s royal family. The icy and composed struggle for power between the brilliant Olivia Colman, as Queen Elizabeth, and Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher makes this season of The Crown a must-watch.

Virgin River

For those learning about this show upon the anticipated release of its second season, Virgin River is a moving and human story about learning to love after loss. Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) looks for a fresh start in the small town of Virgin River after the tragic and recent death of her husband. Her fresh start leads to a complicated, burgeoning romance that becomes the interest of what feels like the entire town. Jack (Martin Henderson) and Mel’s complex yet genuine romance makes Virgin River feel like a warm and comfortable escape from reality.

Schitt’s Creek

If you’re about to ask then the answer is yes, Schitt’s Creek really is that good. The newly released final season has cemented Schitt’s Creek as a mainstream success after six seasons with the show’s eccentric, charming and loopy characters. The show centres around the Rose family who we met as a disdainful, spoilt and manipulative band of people and can’t help but grow to love. The comic timing and impeccable delivery of the cast along with sharp scriptwriting has seen the show’s rise in popularity season after season. And it’s never too late to join the band wagon.

Deaf U

Deaf U is a series that breaks the mould of Netflix shows in more ways than one. It is even part of the invention of a new genre – the ‘docusoap’. It follows a tightknit group of friends studying at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C, a renowned university for the deaf and hard of hearing. The familiar experiences and dramas of college students are rendered wholly unique by the unfiltered and honest insight the show gives us into the deaf community. It deftly weaves deaf culture into bingeable reality TV, which means it is equal parts affecting and addictive.

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Sally Writes 16 Dec 2020