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Windows 10 April 2019 Update release date, news and features

Windows 10 April 2019 Update release date, news and features

The Windows 10 April 2019 Update will be the first major update for Microsoft’s constantly-evolving Windows 10 operating system this year.Also known as Windows 10 version 1903, or 19H1, the Windows 10 April 2019 Update continues Microsoft’s habit of releasing major updates that bring new features, tools and apps to Windows 10.The Windows 10 April 2019 Update follows the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Both of these updates brought a number of helpful new features to Windows 10, but they were also had their fair share of controversy and issues as well – but at least it looks like Paint will no longer be ‘deprecated’, if a recent insider build is anything to go by.We’re hoping that the Windows 10 April 2019 Update will manage to arrive, as the name suggests, in April, avoiding some of the problems that plagued earlier updates. However, the April 2018 Update was infamous for missing its April launch date, as was the October 2018 Update, so we’ll have to wait and see.With the launch of the Windows 10 April 2019 Update approaching, Microsoft has begun releasing early versions to Windows Insiders – who are customers who have signed up to try out the latest version of Windows 10.Because of this, we’ve got a good idea of what sort of new features are coming with the Windows 10 April 2019 Update. So, read on to find out all the latest news, rumors, features and release date details about the Windows 10 April 2019 Update.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The next major update for Windows 10When is it out? The Windows 10 April 2019 Update should be released in AprilWhat does it cost? As with previous major Windows 10 updates, it is freeWindows 10 April 2019 Update release date
We don’t have an official release date for the Windows 10 April 2019 Update, but going by the name, we can have a good guess.So, it’s very likely that it will be ready to download at some point during April 2019. However, we won’t say that’s a complete certainty.That’s because last year’s April 2018 update only just released in April. After a few delays, it emerged on April 30, which is cutting it a bit fine.Meanwhile, the October 2018 Update was even more tardy, finally releasing on November 13 – and that’s not counting the times the update rollout was paused while Microsoft fixed numerous Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems.With any major update to an operating system, delays and problems can arise, so the April 2019 release date isn’t guaranteed.But, given that Microsoft has called given it the April 2019 Update title could mean that it’s finally confident that it will release the update during that month, as it won’t want the embarrassment of releasing a Windows 10 update with an outdated name again.
Windows 10 April 2019 Update name
We’ve known about the Windows 10 April 2019 Update for a while now, though it was mainly referred to as Windows 10 version 1903 and by its codename Windows 19H1.The 19H1 codename gave us a clue to the release date and possible name, as it suggests the update will be released in the first half of 2019.Rumours had been swirling that Microsoft would choose April 2019 Update as the name, following on from its April 2018 Update last year.Another recent rumor all-but confirms the name of the update as the Windows 10 April 2019 Update, as a reference to the April 2019 Update was spotted in the Windows Powershell tool when the “Get-VMHostSupportedVersion” command is run.This reference, which was found by Twitter user Tero Alhonen, is the strongest evidence so far that it will be called the Windows 10 April 2019 Update.
Of course, Microsoft could always change the name of the update before it’s released, especially if it looks like it will be delayed until later in the year. However, considering the evidence, including Microsoft’s past naming conventions and the fact it wants it out in the first half of 2019, we’re pretty confident it will be called the Windows 10 April 2019 Update.
Windows 10 April 2019 Update confirmed features
Because an early version of Windows 10 April 2019 Update is available for Windows Insiders (like ourselves) to try, we’ve got a good idea of some of the new features that will be heading to Windows 10 with this update.As always with early versions of these Windows 10 updates, this list doesn’t have every new feature, but we’ll update it when major new features are announced.Also, bear in mind that some of these features may be removed from the final version of the Windows 10 April 2019 Update for various reasons.
A new Light theme
Image Credit: MicrosoftThe Windows 10 April 2019 Update will bring a new Light desktop theme, making a nice contrast to the Dark theme that we’re used to with Windows 10.Not only does it make the taskbar and Start Menu lighter, but new icons have been created that better suits the new Light theme.Best of all, you can mix and match parts of the Light and Dark theme to get a look that best suits your tastes.
A better Start menu
Image Credit: MicrosoftMicrosoft has continued to tweak the Start Menu, and the changes it’s made in the Windows 10 April 2019 are definitely welcome.First of all, the Start menu when you first use the update is much less cluttered, with tiles and shortcuts for pre-installed apps not taking up as much space.However, there are still a number of apps and games that come pre-installed, and there are probably some that you don’t want to use. With the Windows 10 April 2019 Update, you can now uninstall more pre-installed apps that you used to.Another notable change comes in the form of switching the Start menu to have its own dedicated process – StartMenuExperienceHost.exe rather than it being hosted by ShellExperienceHost.exe.That might sound like a complex change under the bonnet, but the only noticeable ramification for the user will be that the Start menu runs more smoothly, and is protected from potential issues which might be caused by other areas of the OS.The end result is a more reliable Start menu, according to Microsoft, and a more responsive one too, because Start doesn’t suspend itself any longer, so that makes for a slightly quicker launch time.
Cortana is no longer integrated into the search box
Image Credit: MicrosoftIn the Windows 10 April 2019 Update, Cortana will be separated from the search box in the taskbar.As well as splitting search and Cortana on the taskbar, settings for these two have also been split up in Windows 10, along with group policies. So now when you click search, you get a straightforward operating system search. And if you want to summon Cortana, you have to use her separate icon. 
You can now pause updates
Image Credit: MicrosoftThe Windows 10 April 2019 Update will allow people using Windows 10 Home edition to pause Windows updates for a set number of days.This is a very handy feature that allows you a bit of breathing room when an update is released. It gives you time to check out to make sure that the update is working correctly, and if there are issues, you can pause the update until they’ve been fixed.In a perfect world, a new Windows update would arrive without any problems, but as we’ve seen in the past, that rarely happens. This features has been available to Enterprise and professional Windows 10 users, so it’s good to see it come to the Home version as well.
Reserved space for updates
Image Credit: MicrosoftOne of the more controversial features that the Windows 10 April 2019 Update brings is that it will now reserve 7GB of space on your hard drive which will be used to store temporary files.While some people may not like Windows 10 helping itself to yet more storage space on your hard drive, the idea is that this will make downloading Windows 10 updates easier in the future, and will prevent people experiencing an error where an update fails to install due to lack of space.
Windows Sandbox lets you experiment
If you’re running Windows 10 Professional, then the new Windows Sandbox tool could be of interest. It allows you to easily run a virtualized version of Windows 10 in a window, allowing you to run software and test out settings and code without it affecting your main Windows 10 installation.This is only a taste of the new features that are coming to Windows 10 with the April 2019 Update. We’ll continue to update this list as we discover more.
Image Credit: TechRadarHelpful error messages 
The Blue Screen of Death is infamous at this point, popping up whenever Windows runs into a critical error, but they’ve never been very useful to average users. But, it looks like that might be changing with the Windows 10 April 2019 Update.Microsoft is finally changing error messages to be more helpful – they’ll now tell you how to fix the problems. The error message will pop up when a problem is encountered, and users should see options to try and fix it. The error messages will also have a link to a knowledge base, rather than forcing users to rely on Google for answers. 
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Here’s how to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S10 in Australia

Here’s how to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S10 in Australia

The launch of Samsung’s highly-anticipated Galaxy S10 series is almost upon us, with the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e expected to be unveiled at the South Korean tech giant’s upcoming Unpacked event on February 20. 
Buying the Galaxy S10 outright
While the flagship phones haven’t been officially revealed yet, you can already pre-register your interest in the devices on Samsung Australia’s website – this will notify you when the handsets are ready to be pre-ordered, essentially giving you a head start if you’re planning to purchase the phones from Samsung outright.Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S10 will also be available to buy elsewhere – so those who are planning to buy the phone outright would do well to keep an eye on the likes of Amazon Australia and other leading retailers, as they’re likely to have some great deals on offer next week. 
Planning on a plan?
Of course, if you aren’t looking to drop thousands of dollars on a new smartphone in one go, you could opt to pick the Galaxy S10 up on a contract through one of Australia’s major carriers – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are all expected to offer a variety of plans when the Galaxy S10 pre-orders officially open.As the Galaxy S10 has yet to be announced, none of the carriers have revealed their information regarding available models, colours and storage sizes yet, but we’ll be bringing you that information as soon as it’s available. 
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India saw 142.3 million smartphone shipments in 2018: IDC

India saw 142.3 million smartphone shipments in 2018: IDC

India has become a major point of attraction for smartphone companies be it China or South Korea. There’s no dearth of phones in the country and it is only expected to grow with every passing year. While 2019 has just begun, International Data Corporation (IDC) in its Asia Pacific quarterly mobile tracker reported that last year, India saw the highest ever smartphone shipments clocking in at 142.3 million units. This translated to a good 14.5% year-on-year (YoY) growth in the sales of smartphones in India in 2018 in comparison to 2017.According to IDC, brands like Honor, Asus, Realme and Xiaomi to some extent, which focused on online sales contributed to a 38.4% share of the market. Due to the several sales hosted by e-tailers Amazon and Flipkart with cashback offers and discounts, online smartphone shipments grew by 47.3% YoY in Q4 2018.The offline channels still remain the largest and preferred mode of purchasing a smartphone in India and saw a growth of 6.7% annually last year. Further, it was able to maintain a 5% sequential growth by the end of the year. IDC report states that for the long-term success of any brand in India, offline sales play a very important part. This is something that Xiaomi has been closely working on, strengthening its offline presence by opening partner stores in Tier-2, Tier-3 cities while it led the online sales with 47.2% share of the market.
Few interesting takeaways
On average, buyers spent $158 on a smartphone in the year 2018 wherein more than half of the smartphones that were shipped constituted of phones priced between $100-$200. A whopping 181.3 million (around 56% of the total market share) units of feature phones were shipped in India last year. The JioPhone contributed around 36.1% of the total feature phone sales which also resulted in a staggering 23% decline in 2G and 2.5G cellular coverage in the country.The premium smartphone segment which comprises of phones priced above $500 saw a 43.9% YoY growth which was the highest among the different price brackets in India. While premium smartphones only contributed to 3% of the market, it was OnePlus that stood out as the numero uno player in the $500-$700 price range with the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. Furthermore, Samsung took the crown from Apple in the super premium smartphone segment which ranges upwards of $700, thanks to its flagship Galaxy S-series.This year, we expect a lot of these online-exclusive smartphones to make their way to brick and mortar stores which means buyers are going to be spoilt for choices.
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The best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix

The best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix

UPDATE: Jennifer Aniston’s new film Dumplin’ has been added to our list of the best upcoming movies on Netflix, along with a trailer and release date. Watch it and find out more about the film on the next slide!Netflix has changed the way we engage with television shows and movies forever, giving us the most convenient way to experience both from the comfort of our living rooms, laptop screens or smartphones. With a rapidly growing library of shows on the service and a huge lineup of projects in the works, we’ve put together a list of the best upcoming TV shows and movies on Netflix for 2018 and beyond. The shows and films on this list have been hand-picked based on how excited we are for them, meaning that it’s not intended to be a complete release schedule. Instead, consider it our curated list of the coolest looking Netflix Originals currently in the works. We’ve also included upcoming seasons of already established shows which we’re really eager to see. So without further ado, these are the best TV shows and movies coming soon to Netflix.
How to become a Netflix masterWanting to watch from abroad? Then you need the best Netflix VPN A rare film about a heinous serial killer that’s told from a survivor’s point of view, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is guaranteed to cause a stir when it’s released later in the year. Picked up by Netflix with an eye on awards contention, the film stars the handsome and charismatic Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, the disgusting and reprehensible real-life serial killer who raped and murdered at least 30 women in the mid-to-late seventies. With Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, director Joe Berlinger (The Ted Bundy Tapes) attempts to show how a man like Bundy could possibly have convinced his girlfriend (Lily Collins) of his innocence despite the overwhelming evidence against him. Check out the film’s first trailer below.Release date: Late 2019

Featuring an all-star cast that includes Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund, Triple Frontier is set to be one of Netflix’s most action-packed films of the year. Looking a bit like Narcos meets Sicario, the film sees a group of former US Special Forces operatives attempt to pull a heist one one of the most dangerous drug cartels in South America. Needless to say, things do not go according to plan, and the crew find themselves vastly outnumbered and in a fight for their lives. Find out more about Triple Frontier and check out its trailer right here.
From Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) comes the brand new Netflix Original animated GitS series, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Not much else is known about the new series, other than it marks the return of Major Motoko Kusanagi (whose new look for the show can be seen above) and that it will debut sometime in 2020. Release date: 2020
Saddle up, space cowboys, because Spike Spiegel and crew will return in a brand new, live action Cowboy Bebop series from Netflix! We don’t know much about it as yet, though it has been confirmed that series creator Shinichiro Watanabe will be involved as a consultant on the show. The original show followed a band of misfit bounty hunters, each haunted by their own past, as they travelled the galaxy trying to keep food in their bellies. Packed with incredibly action, amazing style and lovable characters, Cowboy Bebop is ripe for further adventures – provided Netflix can stick the landing. Christopher L. Yost (Thor: Ragnarok) will write the new series, while Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will act as showrunners.Release date: TBA
Jim Henson’s classic family film The Dark Crystal is getting an official follow up from Netflix, and not only that, it will forgo CGI and feature puppets exclusively – just as Henson would’ve intended. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will see a returns to the world of Thra, and will follow three Gelfling as they start a rebellion against the evil Skeksis in an effort to save their home. You can watch the first behind the scenes teaser below. Release date: TBA

Arguably the hottest actor in martial arts cinema right now thanks to his starring turns in The Raid films, not to mention his supporting turn in the upcoming Mark Wahlberg actioner Mile 22, Iko Uwais has signed with Netflix for a 10-part series that takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown district. Uwais plays an aspiring chef who becomes an assassin tasked with restoring balance among the ancient triads that rule city. In case you need more convincing, Uwais will also act as the lead fight choreographer and stunt co-ordinator on the show, which also stars Byron Mann (Altered Carbon), with John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Falling Skies) acting as showrunner. Release date: TBA
Exciting news for fans of Martin Scorsese’s classic gangster films – the director is bringing The Irishman to Netflix in 2018, and Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino (working with the filmmaker for the very first time) are all along for the ride. The Irishman follows a mob hitman (De Niro) as he recalls his possible involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, and is based on the best-selling book by Charles Brandt. If you’re a film buff and aren’t excited about this, you may need to check your pulse. Release date: 2019

Best movies on Amazon Prime Video: top films to watch in Australia right now

Best movies on Amazon Prime Video: top films to watch in Australia right now

When it comes to streaming media, Australians now have access to an incredible wealth of video content that can be instantly viewed with only a few screen taps or button presses. Much like Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now, Amazon Prime Video has a huge selection of movies on offer, with something for absolutely everybody. The problem is, the sheer amount of titles in the service’s content library can be a little overwhelming for those who want to jump in and start watching immediately. If you’re sick of browsing endlessly, you’ve come to the right place – we’ve done the job for you, selecting a number of fantastic films (as well as some delightfully trashy ones) for every occasion, so all you have to do is sit back and start your viewing odyssey.
The best movies on StanThe best movies on Netflix AustraliaMost of the films on this list, which has been curated by TechRadar editors, are backed up with ratings from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes – so that you don’t have to sift through the muck. That said, if you want to switch your brain off and get stuck into some cheesy, low-brow entertainment, we’ve got that stuff, too. We’ll keep this best-of list up to date with the latest movies that are must-watch, so make sure you keep checking back to see all the great stuff that’s been added. 
The best VPN for Amazon Prime Video 2019We’re obsessed with science fiction and high tech futuristic worlds here at TechRadar. Here are our picks for the best science fiction movies currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. 
Serenity
Credit: UniversalThe theatrical conclusion to the beloved (yet short-lived) television series Firefly, Serenity tied off the various loose ends left behind after Joss Whedon’s space cowboy show was axed. Led by Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), the crew of the Serenity cargo ship are known for engaging various smuggling adventures and shady dealings across the galaxy. However, trouble comes looking for them in the form of an assassin (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who’s after River (Summer Glau), a gifted telepath and one of the crew’s members. Like a cross between Star Wars (particularly the Han Solo parts) and Cowboy Bebop, Serenity is a crowd-pleasing sci-fi actioner with plenty of heart. IMDB Rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
War of the Worlds
Credit: Paramount Pictures Tom Cruise will do anything to protect his family from a full-scale alien invasion in War of the Worlds, director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel. Spielberg, known to be a master of suspense, ratchets up the tension to near unbearable levels in the film, with numerous dread-filled set pieces on offer that rival anything from his illustrious filmography (that includes Jaws, Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan). Using imagery inspired by the 9/11 attacks (the invading Tripods blast humans into white ashes) and Hurricane Katrina (desperate people turn violent against each other in an attempt to survive their horrific circumstances), War of the Worlds is a far cry from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.IMDB Rating: 6.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Men in Black
Credit: Sony PicturesFresh off the success of the global phenomenon Independence Day, Will Smith went straight back to work on another sci-fi film about aliens, albeit one with a much lighter tone and an emphasis on comedy. Starring alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Smith led Men in Black to huge dollars at the box office, leading to two more films and an upcoming reboot starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. The original film, however, is still the best, offering great mix of comedy and genre-based hijinx, similar to the likes of Ghostbusters. Now go and watch it, lest Big Willy let his noisy cricket get wicked on ya.IMDB Rating: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Need some kid-friendly entertainment that will keep the young ones entertained? Here are some of the best family movies that Amazon Prime Video is currently streaming. Don’t worry – all of these picks are child friendly. 
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Credit: Sony PicturesBefore Phil Lord and Chris Miller hit it big directing The LEGO Movie, the duo released Cloudy wth a Chance of Meatballs, a surprisingly hilarious, clever and visually inventive animated kids film that even grown-ups can enjoy. In an effort to save his struggling community, wacky scientist Flint (Bill Hader) invents a machine that can turn water into food. While the machine is initially a success, it somehow ends up in the atmosphere, causing endless amounts of food to rain down on the city, causing all sorts of chaos in the process. IMDB Rating: 7.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Despicable Me
Credit: UniversalLove them or hate them, kids (and possibly your mum) can’t get enough of these crazy Minions, so why get the family together to watch the first movie in the enormously successful Despicable Me franchise? This animated film stars Steve Carrell as the voice of Gru, a criminal mastermind with an army of Minions to do his bidding for him (if only he could get them to pay attention). Things change, however, when Gru meets three orphaned girls who see him as a father figure. Will the girls (and the Minions) be able to melt this grump’s miserable heart?IMDB Rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
How to Train Your Dragon
Credit: Dreamworks AnimationOne of the best animated films of the last decade, How to Train Your Dragon surprised everyone with its tale of a young Viking boy who defies his village’s dragon hunting ways to become the very first dragon rider. When Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) stumbles upon an injured Night Fury, the rarest and most-feared dragon in existence, he manages to befriend the creature (which he adorably names ‘Toothless’), eventually teaching his family a valuable lesson in the process. Packed with incredible action and adventure, How to Train Your Dragon is a classic that can be enjoyed by both young and old. IMDB Rating: 81%, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
From suspenseful scares to gruesome gore flicks, Amazon Prime Video has an excellent selection of horror films. Easily eclipsing its streaming competition when it comes to classic fright flicks, browsing Prime’s selection is like stepping back in time and into the horror section of your local video store. On top of this, you also have access to some great recent scary movies. Here are some of the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video. 
A Quiet Place
Credit: Paramount PicturesOne of the best scary movies of the last few years, A Quiet Place sees its characters pursued by blind creatures that hunt solely by sound. The only way this young family, led by John Krasinski (Jack Ryan) and Emily Blunt (Sicario), will have any hope for survival is to remain completely silent at all times. Krasinski, who also writes and directs the film, builds tension with a masterful sense of suspense – every tiny creak or noise could lead to the characters’ deaths, forcing the audience to also sit in silence and play close attention. A Quiet Place is the kind of horror film that will have you on the edge of your seat for its entire running time.IMDB Rating: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
The House on Sorority Row
Credit: ShockOne of the more highly-regarded slasher movies from the sub-genre’s golden era (1978-1984), The House on Sorority Row sees a group of sorority sisters stalked by a murderous maniac in a court jester’s outfit after one of their pranks goes horribly wrong. Delivering everything you’d expect from a good slasher, including a high body count, shocking kills and a sexed-up young cast, The House on Sorority Row still manages to keep you guessing about the killer’s identity until the very end. Just make sure you steer clear of the mediocre 2009 remake. IMDB Rating: 6.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 56%
Society
Credit: Umbrella EntertainmentLikely to be the most bizarre horror movie to grace this list, Society is a body-horror / melt film unlike any other. California teenager Bill (Billy Warlock) senses that something is not quite right with his wealthy family, and he’s right: it turns out they’re actually part of an orgy cult for the rich elite in Beverly Hills, and we wish that were the most shocking discovery made by Bill throughout Society’s running time! With some truly disgusting (and mind-blowing) practical gore effects from the great Screaming Mad George (Re-Animator 2, Predator), Society is the kind of horror film that has to be seen to be believed. Not for the squeamish!IMDB Rating: 6.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Credit: Sony PicturesWhile celebrating their high school graduation, a group of teenagers (including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe) accidentally run over a man in the middle of the night. Convinced their lives will be over if anyone finds out about this incident, most of the group makes a pact to dump the body and pretend it never happened. Of course, this is a slasher movie, so that’s easier said than done! Exactly one year after that fateful night, a hook-wielding killer shows up and begins to terrorise each member of the group, and now it’s up to Julie (Love Hewitt) to uncover the killer’s identity before it’s too late. Like most teen horror movies, critics weren’t so kind to I Know What You Did Last Summer upon initial release (it was unfavourably compared to Scream, which shared the same screenwriter), but it remains a favourite for ’90s kids to this day thanks to its potent scares and intriguing mystery. IMDB Rating: 5.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
We love a good thriller, which is why we’ve narrowed down some of the best ones that are now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. These films will have you on the edge of your seat in suspense, so sit back, try to relax, and enjoy.
No Country For Old Men
Credit: Paramount PicturesJavier Bardem won an Oscar for essentially playing the human personification of death in No Country For Old Men, a taut thriller from the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski, Fargo). Every single moment that Bardem is on-screen is filled with dread, as he leaves a trail of bodies across Texas in search of a missing bag of cartel money, which is in the possession of Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin). Can the local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) catch up to Llewelyn before his pursuer reaches him? A film that’s as bleak and unsettling as the Cormac McCarthy novel that it’s based on, No Country For Old Men will surely haunt you for years to come. IMDB Rating: 8.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Switchback
Credit: Paramount PicturesWithout question, the ’90s was a true golden era for serial killer thrillers, with films like The Silence of the Lambs, Se7en and Copycat being particularly memorable. However, there were a number of worthwhile gems released during this time that managed to slip through the cracks, with Switchback being one film that’s particularly underrated (especially by critics). Frank LaCrosse (Dennis Quaid) is an FBI agent on the trail of a vicious serial killer. Things become personal for LaCrosse when the killer kidnaps his son. Meanwhile, a young medical school dropout (Jared Leto) hitches a ride with a local drifter (Danny Glover) across the American Southwest. As they travel across snowy Colorado, more dead bodies seem to pile up in their wake. How long before they pair crosses paths with LaCrosse? And will he find his boy before it’s too late? Also stars R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket), Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) and William Fichtner (The Dark Knight). IMDB Rating: 6.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Munich
Credit: UniversalThough he’s established a rabid fan base due to the success of blockbuster films like Jurassic Park, Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark, director Steven Spielberg is arguably at his best when tackling more grown up fare – films like Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan can attest to that. However, there is one film in particular that is arguably the most complex and adult of his entire career, and that film is Munich. Based on the real-life tragedy that occurred during the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, in which the entire Israeli team was taken hostage and then massacred by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, the film sheds light on Israel’s secret retaliation missions. Allegedly, these black ops saw undercover Mossad agents (played here by the likes of Eric Bana, Daniel Craig and Ciarán Hinds) track down and assassinate the men believed responsible in a rather public manner. Rather than take sides in the still ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, Spielberg questions the cost of vengeance on the conscience and soul of an entire country, asking whether it ultimately achieves anything other than more bloodshed. A riveting film that does not shy away from the story’s more harrowing aspects. IMDB Rating: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Collateral
Credit: Paramount PicturesTom Cruise plays totally against type in Collateral, a fantastic thriller from visionary director Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice). Cruise plays Vincent, a ruthless hitman with silver hair who forces cabbie Max (Jamie Foxx) to be his personal chauffeur for the night as he travels around Los Angeles taking out targets. Can Max make it out of this situation alive? Or will he end up as Vincent’s final victim? Using special digital cameras to capture LA at night in all its gritty glory, Mann achieves a sense of realism that makes you feel like you’re right there with the characters. Packed with action and suspense, Collateral is an immaculately crafted thriller which shows a much scarier side of Cruise than we’re used to seeing. IMDB Rating: 7.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
We’re serious cinephiles here at at TechRadar. It’s not all about Marvel around here – we enjoy a good tear-jerker, too. There are many serious drama films streaming on Amazon Prime Video right now – here are some of the best ones. 
The Godfather & The Godfather Part II
Credit: Paramount PicturesTwo of the greatest films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. The first film charts the rise of Micheal Corleone (Al Pacino), a war hero who takes control of his family’s crime dynasty following an attempt on the life of his father, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). Its follow-up, The Godfather Part II, simultaneously acts as a prequel and sequel, showing us how a young Vito (Robert De Niro) came into power, while also continuing Michael’s story from the first film. Both films swept the Oscars in their respective years, and it’s not hard to see why – The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are undisputed masterpieces, each telling grand, ambitious stories that deal with big themes on an epic canvas. You’d be hard-pressed to find two finer examples of the power of cinema. The Godfather: IMDB Rating: 9.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
The Godfather Part II: IMDB Rating: 9.0, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
The Social Network
Credit: Sony PicturesPerhaps the best film ever made about the tech industry, The Social Network tells the story of the early days of Facebook, with a mesmerising Jesse Eisenberg playing the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and Andrew Garfield starring as its co-founder, Eduardo Saverin. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) is known for his fast-talking, witty characters, and he truly outdoes himself here, providing Eisenberg with more snappy verbal barbs than the real Zuckerberg is likely capable of (no Sweet Baby Ray’s or smoked brisket discussions to be found here). That said, it all adds up to an immensely gripping film directed with clockwork-like precision by visionary auteur, David Fincher (Zodiac, Fight Club). Throw in some impressive supporting turns from Justin Timberlake (as Napster founder Sean Parker) and Armie Hammer (playing both of the Winklevoss twins), and you have an honest-to-goodness classic. IMDB Rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Taxi Driver
Credit: Sony PicturesFew films in the history of cinema are as powerful as Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, Taxi Driver. Made in the mid ’70s, back when New York was a rougher, dirtier place, the film practically oozes a scuzzy, neon-bathed atmosphere all of its own. Robert De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a troubled, lonely Vietnam vet who takes a gig driving a cab because he just can’t sleep at night. Though he’s disgusted with the Big Apple’s sleazy, vice-filled ways, Travis can’t seem to stay away from its seedier areas, picking up questionable fares in bad neighbourhoods and frequenting scummy porno theatres in an effort to cure his insomnia. After a failed attempt to start a normal relationship with political campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), Travis meets a 12-year-old prostitute named Iris (Jodie Foster) as she attempts to run away from her despicable pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel). With his revulsion pushed over the edge, Travis stocks up on firearms and channels his immense anger and hatred into a mission to save Iris from her tragic circumstances. Fantastically directed and acted, and featuring the late, great Bernard Hermann’s haunting final score, Taxi Driver is a film that every lover of cinema needs to see. IMDB Rating: 8.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Need a good laugh? Amazon Prime Video has some wonderful comedies on offer, with a bit of something for everyone. From the light-hearted, to the pitch black, you’re guaranteed to find some laughs below.
Hot Rod
Credit: Paramount PicturesBefore they exploded onto the scene with their comedic hip-hop group The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer released Hot Rod, a hilarious comedy starring Samberg as a talentless stuntman named Rod who believes his birth father was Evel Knievel’s back-up. In order to raise money for his stepfather’s operation, Rod teams up with his stepbrother (Taccone) and friends (Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Isla Fisher) to host a huge stunt that would see him attempt to jump over 12 buses on a moped. Quirky, quotable and filled with off-the-wall moments (including an incredible montage set to John Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’), Hot Rod is a comedy cult classic that was completely misunderstood by critics at the time of its release, but will only grow in popularity as the years tick over. Cool beans? Cool beans.IMDB Rating: 6.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
The Big Lebowski
Credit: Universal One of the Coen Brothers’ finest (and funniest) films, The Big Lebowski has continued to grow in popularity since its 1998 release. Jeff Bridges stars as ‘The Dude’, a laid-back hippie who lives his life without a care in the world – that is, until a case of mistaken identity finds him embroiled noirish mystery involving a rich guy’s missing trophy wife, misplaced money, shady pornographers, scissor-happy nihilists and a stolen rug (it really tied the room together). On top of this, The Dude’s crazy bowling partner Walter (John Goodman) forces himself into the situation, making everything worse as a result. Surprising and endlessly quotable, The Big Lebowski is a bonafide classic – but that’s just, like, our opinion, man. IMDB Rating: 8.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Hot Fuzz
Credit: UniversalFollowing the success of their classic rom-zom-com, Shaun of the Dead, director Edgar Wright, star and writer Simon Pegg and co-star Nick Frost teamed up once again to bring their hilarious sensibilities to the buddy-cop movie genre with Hot Fuzz. London super-cop Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is involuntarily transferred to a village in the English countryside for making his superiors look bad by comparison. There, he teams up with dim-witted (but well-meaning) cop Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) and together, the pair uncover a murder conspiracy. If films like Point Break and Bad Boys II are in constant rotation at your place, you absolutely owe it to yourself to grab a Cornetto and watch Hot Fuzz.IMDB Rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Airplane!
Credit: Paramount PicturesThe spoof comedy that started it all, Airplane! is the kind of film that throws out so many gags per minute, that you won’t even notice when one falls flat. A pitch-perfect send-up of the Airport disaster movies of the 1970s, Airplane! works because its performers play their roles completely seriously, as if they’re oblivious to the immense silliness all around them. If you love deadpan comedy of The Naked Gun and Top Secret!, which were both made by the same people, you’ll love Airplane!IMDB Rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
In the mood for some high-octane entertainment? These are some of the most action-packed movies now streaming on Amazon Prime Video in Australia. Adrenaline junkies will get a kick out of every one of the brawny movies listed below. 
Mission: Impossible (1-4)
Credit: Paramount PicturesYour mission, should you choose to accept it, is to binge watch the first four Mission: Impossible movies in an effort to witness the escalating lunacy of Tom Cruise as he undertakes death-defying stunts for our amusement! This spy series has gone from strength to strength over the years (well, so long as you don’t include M:I-2), with the series’ fourth entry, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (pictured) being a particular highlight. We recommend starting with the fantastic first entry, which shows just how much the franchise has changed over the last 20 years.Watch Mission: Impossible 1-4 now on Amazon Prime Video
The Bourne Saga (1-4)
Credit: UniversalProving there’s no shortage of intense spy action on Amazon Prime Video, the first four Bourne films are now available to stream. Starting with The Bourne Identity, the film tells the story of an amnesiac named Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) who quickly discovers that he’s a lethal government assassin before setting off on a quest to discover his true identity. Over the next two instalments, Bourne will take the fight to this creators even further, in an effort to holds those responsible accountable for all the deaths they’ve caused. In the series fourth entry, The Bourne Legacy, we meet a new superspy named Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) and learn more about the Black Ops program that creates machine-like killers for the government. Watch The Bourne Saga (1-4) now on Amazon Prime Video
Bay Boys I & II
Credit: Sony PicturesBad Boys, notable for kicking off the cinematic careers of both Michael Bay and Will Smith, is a stylish, action-packed buddy cop movie in which a pair of detectives (Smith and co-star Martin Lawrence) must take down a murderous drug kingpin. Bad Boys II is like the first film times ten, with Bay dialling up the action scenes, style and running time to ludicrous new heights. Violent, profane and legitimately funny, Bad Boys I & II are must-see films for action fans, even if they were absolutely hated by critics.Bad Boys: IMDB Rating: 6.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Bad Boys II: IMDB Rating: 6.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 22%
Top Gun
Credit: Paramount PicturesIf you feel the need, the need for speed, then look no further than Top Gun, the classic fighter pilot action film that made Tom Cruise a megastar. Cruise plays the hotshot pilot Maverick, who must remove the chip from his shoulder that’s holding him back from being the ace pilot he’s destined to be. Featuring an amazing ’80s soundtrack and incredible jet fighter scenes, Top Gun is adrenaline-junkie’s dream. Watch it before the upcoming sequel, which is in production right now!IMDB Rating: 6.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 54%

Italy vs Wales live stream: how to watch Six Nations rugby online from anywhere

Italy vs Wales live stream: how to watch Six Nations rugby online from anywhere

Update: Wales were able to continue their impressive winning run by beating their hosts in Rome 26-15. If you’re hoping to watch any other game in the fantastic rugby union tournament, then head to our general guide for getting a Six Nations live stream. The Six Nations 2019 is here with the Rugby World Cup to follow later in the year. That means this competition is high stakes and so the action is bound to be high-octane stuff. Wales continue their illustrious winning streak if they can defeat bottom–of–the–pack Italy in Rome. You can catch all the action watching a Six Nations 2019 live stream by using this guide. Learn everything you need to know about this game and how to watch it, below. 
Wales are off to a great start after beating the impressive-looking French side (24–19) last week. Now the Welsh dragons are set to take on Italy in an away game after the team’s opening loss to Scotland (33–20).
Wales have made centre Jonathan Davies their captain, which will be a first for him. There are also going to be a selection of rookies in the back row based on coach Warren Gatland’s choices with Aled Davies starting as scrum-half. Also, 26–year–old Thomas Young and Aaron Wainwright will make their Six Nations debuts alongside Josh Navidi, who starts at number eight. It shows the confience the Wlesh have in their fringe players.
If Wales can defeat Italy in Rome it will mean the side has managed a winning streak of 11 consecutive victories.So keep reading to see how to get an Italy vs Wales live stream in the Six Nations from where you are. The great news is that the game itself is free to air in the UK.
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If you’re away from your country of residence – whether that be the UK or anywhere else – and try to start watching the rugby via your usual home broadcaster, you’ll likely soon discover that you can’t as it is location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it’s back home. That way you can enjoy your domestic coverage (assuming that’s allowed in their Ts&Cs) without delving into the dangers of an illegal stream.

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Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in New York

Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in New York

After facing opposition from lawmakers and residents, Amazon might not built its second headquarters in New York after all.Sources who are “familiar with the company’s thinking” spoke to The Washington Post on Friday, and said the e-commerce giant might reconsider its deal in the face of vocal opposition to the deal. Even if the deal falls through with New York, the deal with Virginia would still stand. 
Trump could ban Chinese 5G technology on US networksMicrosoft just signed Internet Explorer’s death sentenceFacebook told to limit data collection on its users“The question is whether it’s worth it if the politicians in New York don’t want the project, especially with how people in Virginia have been so welcoming,” a source familiar with the matter told the Post.The blowback began after an anti-Amazon rally that was held the day after the deal was announced and has been a point of contention at local town halls, according to Vox.  
Don’t celebrate / mourn the loss of Amazon just yet 
While the Post’s report cited two people who were familiar with the matter, a third has spoken to The New York Times’ City Hall reporter and said that there were no plans to abandon ship just yet.To that end, Amazon has been issuing statements to media outlets telling them that the company has no plans to remove themselves from the deal and said “Whether it’s building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be.”Amazon is set to start construction on its second headquarters in 2020… as long as the company decides to stick with its original plans.
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Netflix finally brings its smart downloads feature to iOS devices

Netflix finally brings its smart downloads feature to iOS devices

Back in July of 2018, Netflix unveiled a ‘smart downloads’ feature for its Android and Windows 10 apps to help manage the downloaded episodes on your device. Now, that very same functionality has made its way over to Netflix’s iOS app, ensuring that your ‘downloads’ list is automatically populated with the next unwatched episode and cleared of the ones you’ve already binged through. With the smart downloads feature switched on, the Netflix app will wait until your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network before deleting watched episodes and downloading the next available one.
Credit: NetflixAs the feature automatically deletes an episode for each one it downloads, this should ensure that there is always space available on your device. Of course, if you happen to download every episode of a series at once, the app will not delete or replace any of them once watched. To enable the smart downloads feature on your iOS device, you must first visit the App Store to make sure you’ve installed the latest version of the Netflix app. Once you’ve done that, simply head over to the ‘downloads’ section of the app and you’ll find the ‘smart downloads’ toggle at the very top.
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Best shows on Amazon Prime US (February 2019): what you should watch

Best shows on Amazon Prime US (February 2019): what you should watch

Looking for the best shows on Amazon Prime? You’ve come to the right place! Each week Amazon Prime Video adds exclusive TV shows and fresh new episodes to its library – which is great – but it can be difficult to choose just one to binge on next.  That’s why we’re here to help you make that all important decision about which TV series you should binge watch this weekend and what we recommend you should skip. We’ve collected together a big selection of TV shows for you to choose from, including shiny new series through to Amazon’s own original shows. In our guide you’ll discover our pick of the best Amazon Prime TV shows that are currently on offer. We have options for fans of thrillers, comedy lovers and those who enjoy nothing more than a fantasy police drama. So, what’s the best Amazon TV show to get sucked into without regretting it by the end of season 2? Read our Prime Video recommendations to find out.
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2)Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel tracks Midge on her rise to the top of the comedy scene in the 1950s. The basic premise of the show is that Midge, a perfect stay-at-home wife, never quite gets the recognition she deserves from her drunk, deadbeat comedian husband. She picks up the mic herself and, as it turns out, is actually funnier than her lesser half. The monologues Midge delivers feel as appropriate for today’s audiences as they were for the fictional crowd in the ’50s, if not moreso. The result is genuinely funny, inspirational and, above all, human. The first season aired last year and now Midge is back and better than ever in season two. 
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Absentia If you’ve had a Stana Katic shaped hole in your life since Castle ended in 2016, you’ll be glad to know she’s starring in a brand new series on Amazon Prime. Katic takes up the role of FBI agent Emily Byrne who, six years after being declared dead, returns to the world and has to try and piece her life and memory back together. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

Animal KingdomLooking for a new crime drama to get stuck into? Animal Kingdom could be what you’re looking for. The show follows teenager J Cody who moves in with extended relatives in Southern California after the death of his mother. Far from being boring, Cody finds his relatives live a wild life of excess and it’s all funded by crime.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2 

BoschWith 20-something novels to mine for source material, Bosch is a character that was always destined for the small screen. Created by Michael Connelly but brilliantly brought to life by actor Titus Welliver, the series follows the exploits of LA Homicide detective Harry Bosch and features enough grit to pave the longest of driveways.This is no surprise – the series has been created by Eric Overmyer, who was part of the alumni that created The Wire. Bosch is another show that has been put together by Amazon Studios – proving that streaming services are becoming just as powerful as the HBOs of the world when it comes to producing compelling drama.Bosch Season 4 has now landed on Amazon Prime, continuing the saga of Harry Bosch and it comes with a nice uplift in quality too, building season upon season to become one of our favourite shows on Prime at the moment. Number of seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

GoliathBilly Bob Thornton stars as a washed-up lawyer looking for a big break who stumbles on to a big case that may well give him the solace he needs. Made by David E Kelly who loves a bit of courtroom drama, having already created Boston Legal, The Practice and Ally McBeal, the show works well as a standalone series but there’s talk that it may get a second season. Goliath is part of Amazon’s Original series of TV shows.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

Good Girls RevoltLet me set the stage for this one: It’s 1969, and there’s a war going on in America. The war is being fought in business offices around the country and the group leading the charge are women in the workforce, fighting for equal rights and equal acknowledgement for the work they’ve performed for years. Good Girls Revolt is set in this backdrop, at a fictional news outlet where the women have for too long been swept under the rug.The show scores major points for its poignant subject matter – both in the way that it covers the struggles of women in the workplace pre-1970, but also in the way it handles talking about the American history that the women in question are tasked with covering. Part raunchy history lesson, part stellar drama, Good Girls Revolt is a smart interpretation of a still-ongoing issue.Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 1

Hand of GodLast seen in Sons of Anarchy, Ron Perlman has moved from the mad world of biker gangs into the stranger world of law. Perlman plays a vice-riddled barrister who, after suffering a breakdown, starts to believe he is a messenger from god.The full first season for Hand of God arrived on Amazon Prime, after a successful pilot. A second season is also available, which will sadly be the last as Amazon has decided to not renew the show. This is a shame as it may not be a light-hearted ride – but it is one drama that takes dark turn after dark turn and is all the better for it.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

The Last TycoonF Scott Fitzgerald may be known for The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night but The Last Tycoon – his last and unfinished novel – is perhaps his most ambitious piece of work. It peels away the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in the ’30s to show a time when backstabbing was the norm, fascism was on the rise and everyone had an unbelievable amount of money. Kelsey Grammer is superb as movie mogul Pat Brady, while Matt Bomer is also great as Monroe Stahr, the up and coming film exec who wants to make it big. The Last Tycoon is occasionally flawed but it’s a sumptuous watch.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Downton AbbeyLike watching fictional posh people live their lives in early-twentieth century opulence? You’re not alone – millions of people tuned in to Downton Abbey during its TV run, and it’s now available to stream in its entirety on Amazon Prime Video.Following the trials and tribulations of the Crawley family on the titular Downton Abbey estate, it’s a kitchen sink drama of sorts – except all the cutlery is made of silver, and it’s an army of servants doing the washing up. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 7

Sneaky PeteSneaky Pete’s plot maybe a little cliche – a con man assumes the identity of someone else to try and make a new break in the world – but Giovanni Ribisi is superb as Marius, the titular character and there’s plenty of intrigue to keep you glued to this new Amazon Original. Interestingly, the show is co-created by Bryan Cranston which makes him the streaming king, given he’s done so well with Breaking Bad on Netflix. Don’t expect Sneaky Pete to be as intense as Breaking Bad – it’s a crime caper, yes, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. As of March 2018, the second season of Sneaky Pete has landed on Amazon. The premise is that Marius is on the cusp of starting fresh and leaving all of his mess behind. But that’d hardly make a compelling second season, would it? Luckily for fans he’s dragged back into the drama kicking and screaming.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

TransparentAnything Netflix can do, Amazon Prime can do better it seems, especially when it comes to winning a Golden Globe. Netflix may have made history by being the first streaming service to win a Golden Globe, courtesy of the acting talents of Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, but Amazon went and topped this by winning the Best TV Show prize in 2014 for Transparent.It was much deserved. Transparent is everything you want in a TV show. It’s heartwarming, funny and packs a real punch about a subject that doesn’t get enough attention: transgenderism. Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman is a television character we hope will be around for a long time.The fourth season will be available to stream from 22 September.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4
Comedy

CatastropheFrom the minds of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney comes one of the funniest, most well-written sitcom in years. The plot is slight: a one-night stand turns into a relationship once Sharon announces she is pregnant. But the series contains some of the most cut-to-the-bone humour seen on TV. Combine this with a nice slab of pathos – nestled among many a sex joke – and what you have is a modern classic.The third series, which recently aired on Channel 4, is now available on Amazon Prime Video – it features the last ever performance from the imitable Carrie Fisher.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

Comrade DetectiveComrade Detective is a weird gem on Amazon. Starring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the show is a parody of gritty American buddy cop shows and Communist Propaganda from the Cold War.It’s an unusual combination, but it works. Each episode is presented as though it’s a remastered real episode of a lost Romanian Communist Propaganda series from the 80s which was used to entertain and promote Communist ideals. The entire show was filmed in Romania with Romanian actors and then dubbed over by Tatum and Gordon-Levitt.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

The Grand TourClarkson, Hammond and the other one are back for Grand Tour: Season 3. Well, we kind of knew that they would be as they all have massive contracts that mean we will be seeing quite a few seasons of the Definitely Not Top Gear But Quite A Bit Like Top Gear show. This season sees Clarkson drive a fast car, Hammond drive a faster car and nearly die, and the other one drive a fast car considerably slower than the rest. If you enjoy watching middle aged men burn rubber in the middle of the desert, like a scene out of Mad Max: Fury Road, then this is for you. And if we haven’t quite convinced you yet – Gizmodo offered up this quote about the show: “Some men doing stuff for no clearly defined reason.” Lovely stuff. Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3 (new episodes weekly)

I Love DickRecently graduating from Amazon Originals pilot to fully fledged TV show, I Love Dick is a great subversive watch. The show stars Kevin Bacon and is based on the celebrated book that looks at a married couple who are having marriage issues and their relationship with college professor, Dick. Bacon is on top form as the charismatic Dick and the show’s multiple POV storytelling (Rashomon style) works well.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video TV: 1

The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselA new series from Gilmore Girls creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel tells the story of 1950s Jewish housewife Miriam Maisel. After her husband confesses he’s been having an affair, Midge drunkenly gets on stage at a comedy club and discovers that she’s utterly hilarious. In a time when women aren’t encouraged to be publicly funny, Midge pursues her new-found comedic talent in the male-dominated stand up comedy world. Check out season two of the show on Amazon Prime now! Seasons to watch on Amazon Prime: 2

Mad DogsThe UK version of Mad Dogs was a breath of fresh air when it first aired. Well, the first season was then it all went a little too strange. This remake – green-lit from Amazon’s burgeoning Originals series – takes the best from the UK version and mixes it with a plot that’s a little easier to follow and humour that’s more laugh out loud than pitch black.The premise is the same: a bunch of mates go and visit one friend at his luxury villa to celebrate his early retirement, only for murder, mayhem and mind-boggling plot developments to ensue. A touch of genius is the recasting of Ben Chaplin. While he played the rich, retiring Alvo in the UK version here he gets to try his luck in a bigger and better role.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Mozart in the JungleNow into its fourth series, Mozart in the Jungle was this surprise winner at the 2015 Golden Globes, where it won Best Comedy Series. The show is a comedy set in the strange world of classical music. Gael García Bernal plays young conductor Rodrigo who replaces a retiring conductor played by Malcolm McDowell. Based loosely on a true story and created by the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, it’s well worth a watch.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

Parks and RecreationParks and Rec is a joy of a show. Originally seen as a quasi spin-off of the Office – using the same documentary style camerawork, awkward pauses, asides to camera – it soon grew from an amusing first season, about the goings on in the parks department of Pawnee, to a comedy phenomenon that spanned a fantastic seven seasons. It’s not just the script that makes it great, it’s also the characters – headed up by the ever-brilliant Amy Poehler.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 7

Red OaksThe ’80s is the en vogue decade when it comes to nostalgia. Not only are Seth Gordon and Adam Goldberg mining the era for their superb prime-time sitcom The Goldbergs, Red Oaks has appeared to prove that it is respectable to set shows in the ’80s. Amazon-exclusive Red Oaks – made by another Green, this time David Gordon – focuses on David, a tennis player at the Red Oaks country club and his summer shenanigans. Great casting – Jennifer Grey! – some brilliant nods to ’80s films, a short run time means this is a series you can eat up in one neon-fuelled sitting.The third and final season is now available to stream in its entirety on Amazon Prime and is a fitting end to one of the best shows around at the moment. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3
Thrillers

The AmericansThe Americans was cruelly mishandled when it originally came to UK TV, so we are glad it has finally found a decent place to reside. The show is a cracking crime period thriller that follows the exploits of a couple of KGB agents posing as US citizens around the time Ronald Reagan became US president.It may occasionally flit between the ridiculous and the sublime but you would expect nothing more from a show that’s main conceit comprises characters duelling with duality. The ’80s setting is fantastic, too, though there aren’t enough shell suits for our liking.The final sixth season of The Americans has now landed on Amazon (but you have to pay for it), but the fifth season is now available to stream for free with Amazon Prime Video.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5

Mr RobotThe popularity of Mr. Robot meant that there was something of a bidding war to see who would show it. Amazon, Netflix and other more traditional broadcasters fought for it, proving that even bean counters can see the worth in counter culture.Amazon won in the end and is the perfect place for a show that focuses on the exploits of hacker Elliot (a superb Rami Malek). Mr Robot is Fight Club for the Tor generation, lifting a lid on a world where what Linux kernel you use is not just a badge of honour but a way of life.Now in its third season, Mr Robot is proving to be one of the most addictive things on television right now.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3

Man In The High CastleThere have been a number of successful Amazon pilots that have made it to a full series but none have the epic potential that Man In The High Castle has. This Philip K Dick adaptation is finally available to stream – with all episodes ready for your consumption. High Castle imagines what the world would be like if Germany had won World War II and the Nazis had taken global control. Turns out it’s a bit worse than us all driving around in VW Beetles and wearing Hugo Boss coats.Season 2 is now available and expands on the mythos. Given this is a cautionary tale about what could happen when the hard right takes over America, things suddenly don’t feel too far fetched.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3

True BloodOne of the biggest advantages Amazon Prime Instant Video has over Netflix is its massive back-library of HBO programming that will make anyone with a monthly subscription salivate over. While each show could have its own entry on this list we instead chose to highlight the best of the bunch, starting with The Wire. A close, though vastly different second is True Blood, a show about the preternatural, social issues and sex. Lots and lots of sex. And if that  tag line doesn’t sell you, nothing will.Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 6

VikingsIf you have any interest in Norse mythology then the name Ragnar Lothbrok will mean a whole lot to you. Basically he was a king and powerful ruler that was a right git to the English and the French.Vikings is a series that traces his Norse-based goings on with enough charm and scope to take on Game of Thrones in the sword and sandals stakes. Yes it takes a number of liberties with its source material but the acting is top class, as is the cinematography in a historical romp that’s now deservedly in its fourth season – the second half of which is now available.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5

You Are WantedThe first season of this German cybercrime thriller has been on Amazon Prime for just over a year, but now the second season is available too. Set in Berlin, the TV show is about a man called Lukas who has all of his online accounts hacked and gets accused of being involved in criminal, terrorist activity. In the age where it feels like big companies know more about our data than we do, it’s a compelling contemporary tale that might leave you feeling like you really go and tweak your privacy settings or delete your online presence altogether.Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

Tom Clancy’s Jack RyanWhile the hype overblew the final product, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is still worth a watch. Starring John Krasinski (a.k.a. Jim from The Office) as the titular character who is “just a mere analyst”. (Pro tip: He’s not just an analyst.) Ryan’s adventures are thrilling and entertaining, pure Tom Clancy incarnate. If action is your scene, check out the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, now on Amazon Prime. Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1
Sports, the best of the rest, and coming soon

Tomorrow’s WorldTomorrow’s World was a ground-breaking BBC documentary series that ran for 38 years from 1965 to 2003. In 2017 the brand was ‘revived’ as part of a new series that explores the same themes of technology, science and the future as an umbrella brand for BBC’s science programming. The latest season has recently landed on Amazon Prime and it covers artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biometrics, the quest for immortality and how researchers, big corporations, doctors, scientists and inventors are shaping the future. Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

All Or NothingAnyone who wants something to fill their Friday Nights Lights hole need to look no further. This documentary is a superb look at how gruelling a season of American football is. It gives the viewer unprecedented access to the coaches, the staff and, most importantly, the players and it’s a fantastic watch. Tying the whole thing together is also some superb narration from Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.Not keen on the American version of the sport? You can watch whole seasons of Manchester City play in the Premier League or watch the infamous New Zealand All Blacks tear it up on the rugby pitch. Whatever your sport, All or Nothing has you covered.Seasons on Amazon: 5

Thursday Night FootballSpeaking of the old gridiron, Fox and Amazon have teamed up to stream Thursday Night Football to Amazon Prime members. There aren’t a ton of regular season games left in the season, but if you’re a cord-cutter it’s well worth tuning in for what’s left. Expect to see this return in 2019, too.

Grand Prix DriverThis new Amazon Original documentary takes viewers underneath the glitz and glamour that is the surface of Formula 1, to explore the inner-workings of the 2017 McLaren team. Narrated by Michael Douglas, this documentary follows  rookie driver Stoffel Vandoorne over four episodes, as he and his team prepare for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship. Season on Amazon Prime Video: 1

GrimmMerge a fairy tale fantasy with a police drama and you get Grimm. It’s all about Nick Burkhardt, a detective based in Portland in the US who discovers he’s a Grimm. Which basically means he’s a kind of mystical guardian who must keep the peace between humans and creatures called Wesen. As you might expect, a lot of the characters are inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales, but the show draws from many other sources too to create a story that’s a little like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but with fairy tale creatures.Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 6

Coming soon to Amazon Prime: OasisThe works of Michel Faber nearly always translate well to the big and small screen. The Crimson Petal and the White was given a great mini series adaptation by the Beeb in 2001. And Under The Skin is one of the most inventive films ever made. Another one of his works, The Book of Strange Things, has been given the Amazon Originals Pilot treatment. Called Oasis, the show is a twisty opaque look at a priest who is living in a human colony on another planet.  Richard Madden, last seen in Game of Thrones, stars. 

Coming eventually to Amazon Prime: The Lord of the RingsThe biggest project Amazon has in the books is its insanely expensive interpretation of The Lord of the Rings. The latest incarnation of Tolkien’s classic fantasy tale will reach Game of Thrones heights… and budgets… with some $250 million set aside for production. Amazon has apparently already signed a five-season contract with the crew and production should start in the near future. Hold onto your hobbit holes! 

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

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

UPDATE: Marvel’s The Punisher has been added to our list of the top trending shows on Netflix Australia – 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.
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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. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
A global sensation, the new Netflix Original series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is inspiring people from all walks of life to de-clutter their home environments. Each episode, Japanese ‘tidy guru’ Mari Kondo is invites home owners to go through all of their belongings, keeping only those which “spark joy” within them. Kondo then teaches everyone in the home how to more efficiently store their clothes and possessions, drastically reducing the amount of space they take up in the process. If you fear that you’re becoming a bit of a hoarder, this show should steer you back on track. Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 35-44 minutes per episode

2. Marvel’s The Punisher
After a polarising first season, The Punisher is back his second (and possibly final) outing. Having already killed everyone involved in his family’s death, Frank’s attempts to lay low in season one are interrupted when he is dragged into a military conspiracy that he may or may not have been involved in. For season two, Frank is set to deal his own brand of justice in an all new adventure. Unfortunately, it appears the ghost of last season’s big villain is back to haunt him. Though it can be slow-paced at times (please Netflix/Marvel, look up the phrase ‘cut to the chase’), it is nonetheless a powerful and violent show that isn’t afraid to deal with some heavy topics. As a study on the effects of PTSD, The Punisher is surprisingly poignant. It may not hit the heights of Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but The Punisher still makes for a welcome addition to Marvel’s television landscape.Details: 2 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 55 minutes per episode

3. The Innocent Man
Based on John Grisham’s book ‘The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town’, Netflix’s latest Original docu-series is sure to become a new obsession for true crime aficionados. The Innocent Man tells the gripping (and baffling) story of Ron Williamson, a man who has been imprisoned since 1988 and has sat on Oklahoma’s death row for 11 years for a heinous murder that experts believe he couldn’t possibly have committed. The problem is, his taped confession is impossible to ignore. Has Williamson been thrown under the bus by dodgy police and prosecutors? Check out the trailer below.Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 48 minutes per episode

4. Narcos: Mexico
With its latest season, Netflix’s hit series Narcos has left Colombia behind and spun off into a different story exploring the Mexican drug trade. While it occasionally crosses over into the world of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel, Narcos: Mexico is its own story, following the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna). Meanwhile, American DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena (Michael Peña) relocates his family to the city in order to track the cartel, expecting to investigate a bunch of disorganised traffickers. Unfortunately, he gets more than he bargained for with Gallardo, whose ambition sees him build an unrivalled Mexican drug empire. Once again based on a true story, Narco: Mexico is just as riveting as the show’s previous seasons, only with an entirely different Mexican flavour. Also, you don’t need to have seen the previous seasons to enjoy this one. Check out the trailer below.Details: 4 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode

5. The Haunting of Hill House
Loosely based on the 1959 gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House follows seven members of the Crain family who are forever traumatised by their brief time living at an old mansion in 1992. From the show’s title, you’ve probably surmised that the house is haunted, however, these particular ghosts will continue to haunt the Crain children well into adulthood – no matter where they live. Regularly flicking back and forth between the present and past, The Haunting of Hill House gets under your skin slowly, gradually revealing the escalation of horror that led the family to be as fractured as it is today. As chilling as The Haunting of Hill House is, it’s the family drama aspect that resonates most. That said, you’ll probably want to sleep with the lights on after binging this is one. If you’re a fan of films like The Conjuring, It and Hereditary, you’re going to love this. Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode

6. 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: 1 season, 10 episodes per season (plus one holiday special), 60 minutes per episode

7. Marvel’s Daredevil
When Marvel revealed that it would be creating several Netflix shows tied directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fanboys (like me) were over the moon. The fact that it would start by bringing Daredevil back to life (Evanescence pun completely intentional) after the much-maligned Ben Affleck film was more than we could have ever hoped for. This isn’t some low-level player – Daredevil is a genuine fan favourite. And if you ask us, ‘The Man Without Fear’ is probably better suited to being the star of a series rather than another movie – especially as he’ll eventually team up with Netflix’s other Marvel heroes Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage in the Netflix miniseries, The Defenders. Though the series kicked off with a bang in the first season, Marvel matched it with its second season, which also included The Punisher and Elektra. In season 3, Matt Murdock has gone back to basics, returning to his old black costume and devoting himself entirely to being Daredevil. He’ll have to take on Kingpin once again, as well as his comic arch-nemesis, Bullseye. Details: 3 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 50 minutes per episode

8. Riverdale
Set aside any pre-conceived notions that you might have about a ‘sexy Archie’ series and get ready for one of the most addictive new shows of the moment with Riverdale. First things first — this ain’t your grandpappy’s Archie show. A modern day re-imagining of the beloved comics franchise that has spanned almost eight decades, this Twin Peaks-inspired version of Riverdale is fraught with murder, deception and small town scandal. Famous characters like Jughead, Veronica, Betty and even Josie and the Pussycats are all present and accounted for, only with a decidedly millennial twist. The first season followed the murder of star quarterback (and most popular kid in school) Jason Blossom, and the mystery surrounding it. This was followed by the arrival of a Zodiac-style serial killer who terrorised Riverdale from behind a black hood. Now, Archie must prove his innocence after last season’s shocking cliffhanger ending. With new episodes fast-tracked from the US every Thursday, your only problem will the seven day wait between episodes. Check out the season 2 recap below. Details: 3 seasons, 13-22 episodes per season, 42 minutes per episode

9. 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 these men (and for the first time, a woman) have let themselves go or have put up defensive walls against the outside world. 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. Details: 2 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode

10. Bodyguard
War veteran David Budd (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) works for the London’s Metropolitan Police. While travelling on a train with his kids, Budd is forced to lead police negotiations with a suicide bomber. He then gets assigned as the principal protection officer to UK’s Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes) and the twists and turns in this six-part series begin to unfurl. Each minute keeps you at the edge of your seat – every time you think you’ve figured something out, you’re proven wrong. Not only is the show gripping, it portrays today’s tense times extremely well. The Brits do police procedurals better than most, and this drama is no exception – in fact we think it’s the best BBC production in a while. The script shines through in the cast’s perfectly restraint acting, and the plot is full of intrigue and suspense that will probably make your brain hurt – a must-watch in our books.Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 60-75 minutes per episode

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The best way to approach BoJack Horseman is to let it slowly grow on you. Chances are you won’t be blown away by it from the first episode, but once you get hip to its rhythm, you’ll likely find it to be one of the best animated comedy shows since Bob’s Burgers (only with a lot more depth). Will Arnett voices BoJack, a washed-up ’90s sitcom star who spends his days being bitter about his failures alongside his perpetual houseguest, Todd (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul). Things get complicated when his cat girlfriend and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) hires ghost writer Diane (Alison Brie) to pen BoJack’s memoir. Filled with hilarious characters that could only exist in drawing-form, BoJack Horseman is a real winner. Now back for its fifth season, BoJack finds himself leading a terrible new cop show for a television channel that shouldn’t exist. Meanwhile, Diane finds herself on a spiritual journey after her break up with Mr. Peanutbutter. Details: 5 seasons, 12 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode
GLOW

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 second season, we follow the ladies as they try to keep the show on the air — we can only hope that Netflix’s GLOW gets as many seasons as its real-life counterpart.  Seasons on Netflix: 2
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Someone escaping from a Domesday cult shouldn’t be a recipe for comedy but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt manages to squeeze the funny out of this premise. Created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper as the title character, the show sparkles with wit and lands on the right side of kooky. Best of all, the first half of the show’s 4th (and unfortunately final) season has just landed and is fizzing with the same energy of the three seasons (we especially love the ‘Making a Murderer’ parody episode). If you’re a fan of shows like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, you’re pretty much guaranteed to love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.Seasons on Netflix: 4
Santa Clarita Diet

Like a cross between Modern Family and The Walking Dead (with a spattering of Dexter thrown in for good measure), Santa Clarita Diet is a hilariously gory Netflix Original series that sees suburban mum Sheila (Drew Barrymore) suddenly acquire an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Though shocked at first, Sheila’s loyal husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) are determined to keep this family together, even if it means covering up a number of murders…Seasons on Netflix: 2
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

Rising to prominence with the hilarious clip show The Soup before hitting it big as an actor on Community, Joel McHale has returned to the green screen once again to offer his unique brand of biting, sarcastic commentary on the ridiculous world of reality television. Featuring plenty of celebrity guest stars and more one liners than any reasonable person could possibly keep track of, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is the perfect way to cap off the week. Originally presented as a weekly series (unusual for a proper Netflix Original), The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is returning shortly with a whole batch of binge-worthy episodes. We can’t wait!Seasons on Netflix: 1
Everything Sucks!

Don’t be put off by its twee trailers and the 1990s nostalgia-bait that lies therein — Everything Sucks! is actually a very endearing series that follows a group of young high schoolers (and their parents) as they struggle with new found feelings of love. It’s the first day of high school for Luke (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) and his geeky friends, and the boys immediately meet Kate (Peyton Kennedy), the principal’s daughter, in AV Club. Luke falls for her right away, but there’s one problem — Kate is starting to realise that she actually likes girls. Meanwhile, Kate’s widower dad (Patch Darragh) and Luke’s single mother (Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako) have started a secret relationship, and it’s only a matter of time before everything blows up in their faces.  Funny and surprisingly heartfelt, Everything Sucks! is much more than a ’90s-set Freaks and Geeks clone. Seasons on Netflix: 1
The End of the F***ing World

This eight-part British series feels like a cross between Thelma and Louise and True Romance, with its two young protagonists on the lam after running away from home and accidentally killing someone. James (Alex Lawther) is a prospective teenage psychopath looking for his first person to kill. Enter Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a girl from his class who wants out of her horrible home life. With the two now a couple and on the run, will James satisfy his bloodlust by killing his new girlfriend? Or will she warm his black heart? Pitch-black in its humour and surprisingly sweet, The End of the F***ing World is one for those who like their entertainment with an edge.Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Good Place

A hilarious and refreshing comedy series, The Good Place sees Eleanor (Kristen Bell) arrive in a Heaven-like afterlife only to be greeted by Michael (Ted Danson), architect of what is known as ‘The Good Place’. This beautiful neighbourhood is meant to be a reward for living an upstanding life. The problem is, she totally doesn’t belong there, and now Eleanor must hide her wrongdoings, lest she be sent to The Bad Place instead. Witty and full of terrific one-liners, The Good Place is a delightful show with some unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes.Seasons on Netflix: 2
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Reviled on initial release and then rediscovered as a cult classic, the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer is the kind of satirical comedy that leaves most people scratching their heads. Those in the know, however, see it as an absolutely pitch-perfect, gobsmackingly hilarious spoof of the summer camp movies of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Many of the actors in the original film went on to become huge stars (Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler), so it should be considered a minor miracle that all of these people were wrangled back almost 15 years later to star in a prequel series for Netflix. If you haven’t seen the original movie, you might want to stream it on Netflix before watching the show, but if you have seen it and love it like we do, you’ll be over the moon with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later

If you’ve seen and are a fan of David Wain and Michael Showalter’s hilarious film Wet Hot American Summer (WHAS), then you’ve surely watched its Netflix Original prequel series, WHAS: First Day of Camp (also on our list of the best shows on Netflix Australia). Hilariously taking place during the same summer of 1981 (despite a cast that’s obviously aged by 15 years), the series hit every comedic note that made the film a cult favourite. Now, a sequel series has been made that sees our beloved characters return to Camp Firewood ten years after the events of the film and first series. Set in 1991, the show gets a lot of comedic mileage out of its new era, and sees most of its original cast return in some form or another (Bradley Cooper is unfortunately absent, though Adam Scott does a good job of filling his shoes). If you’ve ever wondered what these ridiculous characters might be like as adults, this is a series you must watch. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Mystery Science Theater 3000

Ever spent an evening with friends watching bad movies and cracking jokes at their expense? If that’s you, you’re going to love Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). Based on a flimsy premise involving a scientific experiment by Gizmonic Institute, the show’s lovably homemade sci-fi angle is just an excuse to have comedian Jonah Ray hang out with a bunch of wise-cracking robots named Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow as they relentlessly mock utterly terrible movies. The new Netflix version is actually a remake of an American cult favourite from the ’80s and ’90s and each episode will actually give you an entire movie to cringe and laugh through. A second season has now arrived on the service, dubbed The Gauntlet, which challenges viewers to sit through six more terrible movies in one sitting! Charming, funny and endlessly entertaining, MST3K is bound to capture a whole new generation of fans.Seasons on Netflix: 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

One of the funniest shows to hit TV in years, Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as an immature goofball who also happens to also be a brilliant NYPD detective. The show revolves around the many cases (and shenanigans) that Samberg and his equally hilarious co-stars get wrapped up in under the watchful eye of their stern Captain. Quick-witted and full of heart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new comedy classic.Seasons on Netflix: 4
Master of None

One of the freshest and most enjoyable shows Netflix has put out to date, the semi-autobiographical Master of None sees comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) play Dev, a character much like himself who is trying to navigate his family, friends, acting career and love life in New York City. Hilarious and thoughtful, Master of None gives Dev the opportunity to reflect on difficult subjects like like racism and misogyny in a way that’s warm, funny and eye-opening – no easy feat! Master of None also has an amazing soundtrack, and some wonderful supporting turns from Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu and Ansari’s own scene-stealing parents, Shoukath and Fatima.Seasons available on Netflix: 2
Toast of London

One of the funniest comedians to come out of Britain in years, Matt Berry (The Might Boosh, The IT Crowd, Snuff Box) is back with another pompous blowhard character that’s entirely in his much-perfected wheelhouse. In Toast of London, Berry plays Steven Toast, an eccentric, washed-up actor whose antics off the stage are almost as insufferable as the ones on it (when he can actually find a worthwhile gig, that is). To make matters worse, Toast is surrounded by a number of comically-named characters who are just as aberrant as he is. Will Toast ever catch a break? A single episode of the show will probably be enough to answer that one…Seasons on Netflix: 3
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Before he was a global superstar, Will Smith was the frontman for the late ’80s/early ’90s hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. With a winning sense of personality and infectious hits like ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’, Smith took his performing talents and turned to acting by starring in the family sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Playing a fictionalised version of himself, Smith moves in with his stuffy high society Aunt and Uncle’s family in the posh suburb of Bel-Air. Before long, his crazy persona turns the entire family’s dynamic on its head, bringing a sense of much needed humour into their lives. A classic series with one of the best and most memorable theme songs of all time, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is as fresh and funny now as it was 20-odd years ago. Now, sing it with us: “In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days…”Seasons on Netflix: 6
Making a Murderer
Image courtesy of NetflixTrue crime stories are so hot right now, evidenced by the immense popularity of the podcast Serial and HBO’s The Jinx. Netflix’s original series Making A Murderer however, is probably the hottest of them all, documenting and recounting the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two working-class Americans accused of the murder of 23-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Over the first season’s 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail. Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach’s murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing (and possibly planted) evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved. Years later, as Avery and Dassey continue to sit in prison, the appeals process continues in Making A Murderer: Part 2, which covers each attempt to free the pair in great detail. Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won’t be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you’ve started.Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode
Dark Tourist

While there’s no shortage of traditional travel shows on television these days, the Netflix Original series Dark Tourist takes an entirely different approach by setting its sights on unconventional destinations and frightening, morally-questionable itinerary activities. NZ journalist and documentarian Daniel Farrier embarks a journey across the globe, exploring the world’s most confronting tourist spots and larks. From a narco tourism experience that sees him travel around Colombia with Pablo Escobar’s number one hitman, to a tour through radioactive Fukushima, Farrier visits the world’s most ill-advised tourist attractions so that you don’t have to. Seasons on Netflix: 1
American Vandal

A note-perfect spoof of the ‘true crime docu-series’ model that’s become all the rage following the success of Making a Murderer and Serial, American Vandal follows the investigation of a fictional crime in which an underachieving high school student is accused of spray painting dicks on every car in his high school’s faculty car park. In its second season, which looks to be just as good as the first, the teen-aged documentarians find themselves on a new case, investigating a school-wide pooping-spree masterminded by someone who goes by the name ‘The Turd Burglar’. Like any good true crime investigation series, American Vandal is filled with conflicting testimonies, unreliable witnesses, compelling evidence, huge revelations and, of course, moody cinematography. Hilarious and constantly surprising, American Vandal is a must-see for any true crime aficionado. Seasons on Netflix: 2
Car Masters: Rust to Riches

If you love classic cars, particularly of the American muscle variety, you’re going to love the Netflix Original series Car Masters: Rust to Riches. Join the loveable misfits of the Temecula-based auto shop Gotham Garage as they recover rusted-out car bodies from junkyards all over California and restore them way beyond their former glory — with some additional Gotham-style, to boot. From post-apocalyptic Kombi vans to beautifully restored concept cars (like the never officially released Lincoln Futura), the team at Gotham Garage will blow your mind with what they’re able to accomplish. As an added twist to the car restoration format, each restored vehicle is eventually traded upwards in an attempt to land a huge six-figure payday that can split amongst the Gotham crew. One episode and you’ll be hooked!Seasons on Netflix: 1
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Following his sudden and tragic death, now might be the perfect time to watch Anthony Bourdain’s most recent series, Parts Unknown, which has been recently added to Australian Netflix. They say that chefs are like the new rock stars of our time, and if that’s the case, the lovably-outspoken celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain was the culinary equivalent of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins rolled into one charming yet thoughtful dish. In his show Parts Unknown, Bourdain travelled further than ever before, exploring cultures and cuisines that are underrepresented on Television. Unlike most other travel/food programs, Bourdain spends an equal amount of time exploring communities and meeting the locals in an effort to understand their cultures and political landscapes. Witty, eye-opening and extremely thought-provoking, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is the most accomplished series the late writer and celebrity chef ever made. Seasons on Netflix: 6
Wild Wild Country

This six-part documentary series tells the almost-unbelievable story of a utopian cult that was founded by a charismatic Indian guru and went on to build its own city in the Oregon desert. Told using news stories and archival footage from the city’s heyday in combination with present-day interviews with those who were there, the slowly-escalating series jumps from free love to stoushes between cult members and local Oregonians and culminates in attempted assassinations, legal battles, bombings and mass poisonings. It’ll leave you wondering who’s really in the right — and pondering what rules people are willing to break as they attempt to hold on to power. Wild Wild Country is one wild, wild ride.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Stay Here

A renovation series with a twist, Netflix’s Stay Here sees underwhelming Airbnb and short-stay vacation properties transformed by a team of professionals in an effort to maximise their potential and profitability. Over the course of each half hour episode, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter help turn each lacklustre property into a five star experience. Eye opening and addictive, you’ll like blow through Stay Here’s whole eight episode season in a single weekend. Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Defiant Ones

Charting the rise of one of the world’s most successful business partnerships, The Defiant Ones delves into the lives of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre — two men who not only conquered the music industry, but whose famous Beats Electronics brand went on to become a $3 billion player in the tech world with its sale to Apple in 2014. Featuring a huge number of candid interviews from major music industry titans, including Bono, Eminem, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springstein, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor and more, this three-part documentary series (which is considered a Netflix Original in Australia despite being made by HBO) is a must-watch for music lovers and people fascinated by those who display an incredible business acumen. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Rapture

Fans of hip-hop will definitely want to check out Rapture, the new Netflix Original documentary series which spends each episode with a different major player in the rap game, kicking off with Logic and featuring T.I., Just Blaze, 2 Chainz and more over the course of its entire run. in Rapture, the artists themselves are tasked with describing their careers, how they got to where they are, and what kind of cultural legacy they think they’ll leave behind. Candid interviews with the artists and the people around them provide an eye-opening insight into a world that’s not quite as it seems on the surface. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Ugly Delicious

A documentary series that simultaneously celebrates food while asking why we like it in the first place, Ugly Delicious is a must-watch for any food lover. World-renowned chef David Chang takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the foods we cherish, from pizza to barbecue and everything in between. Rather than just show us the best forms of each dish, Chang’s approach is entirely different, looking back at the history and ethnography of each meal and asking us to do away with our food elitism. It’s only then that we can open our minds up to the endless possibilities of what food can actually be. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Flint Town

Shot over a two-year period, this gripping Netflix Original documentary series follows police in Flint, Michigan, shining a light on a town that has been crippled by dwindling resources, crumbling infrastructure, violence and a contaminated water supply. A harrowing look at an American city that’s been failed by its government, Flint Town shows that many of the issues plaguing communities, and the law enforcement departments tasked with serving and protecting them, aren’t as cut-and-dried as they appear on the surface. Flint Town is an eye-opening series that’s bound to change the way you look at police and impoverished communities who can’t find a way out of their struggles.Seasons on Netflix: 1 
The Toys That Made Us

For people of a certain age, the toys they grew up with would come to define their childhoods. In this 8-part documentary series (only 4 eps are currently available), we get to see how our favourite toys came to be, while also meeting the people responsible for them. Kicking off with Star Wars toys, the show them gives us a glimpse at the surprising origins of Barbie, G.I. Joe and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Now, the second season has arrived, bring new 1-hour episodes about Transformers, Star Trek, Lego and Hello Kitty toys. It’s hard to imagine anyone who grew up in the 70s/80s/90s not getting a massive kick out of this. Seasons on Netflix: 2
Making a Murderer

A harrowing true crime series that’s as binge-worthy as Making A Murderer (but was actually released long before it), The Staircase follows the real-life murder trial of noted author Michael Peterson for the mysterious death of his second wife Kathleen, who violently lost her life at the bottom of the family home’s staircase. While the accused vehemently protests his innocence and (most of) his family stands by him, it isn’t the first staircase-based death of a loved one that’s taken place in his orbit. Though it appears to be an open and shut case at first, various factors surrounding this second death seem to defy explanation. Was it an accident or was it murder? We promise that your opinion on the matter will flip frequently throughout the original eight-part series, and will continue to do so in the three brand new episodes accompanying it on Netflix.  Seasons on Netflix: 1
Hip Hop Evolution

An incredibly fascinating four-part docu-series charting the birth of hip hop music, Hip Hop Evolution takes us on a trip back to New York City’s South Bronx area during the tumultuous early ’70s. Beginning with the famous DJ Kool Herc block party that started it all and continuing on to the early days of gangsta rap music in the late ’80s, Hip Hop Evolution is an eye-opening examination of all the elements that led to rap music becoming the global phenomenon it is today. Featuring countless interviews with hip hop pioneers, including Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, this Netflix Original series is one of the most entertaining cultural lessons you’re ever likely to see. Once you’re finished watching this, keep the beat going with Netflix’s other brilliant hip hop show, The Get Down.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Chef’s Table

From the makers of the incredible documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi comes this Netflix Original series that takes us into the lives (and kitchens) of six of the world’s most celebrated chefs each season. Get an inside look at the artistry behind the creation of some of the most breathtaking dishes imaginable, and then start to wish you had the unlimited resources required to travel around the world, visiting each of these incredible restaurants. Mouth-watering and awe-inspiring.Seasons on Netflix: 3
Skin Wars

Did you know that competitive body painting was a thing? Well, if you didn’t, Skin Wars is here to show you what you’ve been missing out on! Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and featuring RuPaul Charles, Skin Wars pits the world’s best body painters against each other for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000. Contestants are given weekly tasks that involve painting naked models. Need more convincing? Well, the tasks will put their skills for painting and storytelling to the test, with a panel of judges handing out verdicts at the end of each episode. The person who presents the least skin-tillating artwork will be sent packing. Brutal, but hey, war is Hell. Seasons on Netflix: 3
Maniac

From director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) comes Maniac, a sci-fi dramedy that’s almost impossible to describe (we’ll try our best, though). Set it a retro-futuristic version of New York City (think ‘Big Apple’ by way of Blade Runner), Maniac follows two troubled individuals (played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) who sign up for a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that promises to improve their lives exponentially. Placed in a series of dream-like states, the pair somehow find themselves repeatedly drawn to each other in their shared delusion. Do the two characters share a destiny, or is this just a side-effect of the trial? Featuring beautiful visuals and incredible performances, Maniac is the kind of mind-bending miniseries that deserves your time. Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 26-47 minutes per episode
Lost in Space

Based on the classic 1960s television series (and rather forgettable 1990s film) of the same name, Lost in Space is the latest show to get its own Netflix makeover. The space colonist family Robinson has found itself stranded on a mysterious planet once again, and it’s up to them to find a way off that rock and back on course to its actual destination. Darker and more serious in tone than the original series, the new Lost in Space still offers the same sense of wonder, albeit with a new emphasis on survival in a harsh new realm. Visually spectacular.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Altered Carbon

Based on the science fiction novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon explores a futuristic world where death has become an inconvenience rather than a permanent state. A human’s entire life can be backed up onto a chip in their neck, so when they die, they can move onto to a different body and continue on in another form. But when a wealthy man’s chip is destroyed by a would-be assassin (lucky he’s rich enough to have a 24-hour satellite backup), he brings Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) out of digital prison after 250 years to solve his murder. Kovacs is the last remaining Envoy, a super soldier who is now tasked with working for the very people he fought a war against. With an epic scope and a visual style influenced by the cyberpunk classic Blade Runner, Altered Carbon is the most epic show that Netflix has produced to date. Seasons of Netflix: 1
Stranger Things

Following up its instant-classic first season, Stranger Things season 2 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 the first season for newcomers, Stranger Things 2 picks up a year later and not only introduces some new characters, but also an even bigger and more terrifying threat that must be stopped at all costs!Seasons on Netflix: 2
Star Trek: Discovery

It may take an episode or so to truly get off the ground, but the newest Star Trek TV series delivers all the intergalactic adventuring we could possibly hope for. There’s no shortage of action or spectacular visuals here, though the show’s creators have balanced it with the series’ trademark smarts to provide a truly compelling new entry in the Star Trek canon. The cast, which is led by Sonequa Martin-Green and features the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Jason Isaacs, is extraordinary. We can’t wait to see where Star Trek: Discovery takes us in the future. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Scream

Many scoffed when it was announced that MTV would be making its own Scream show based on the hit Wes Craven-directed film series of the same name, but that initial cynicism bleeds away once the show sinks its hooks into you. Inspired by the films but in no way connected to them, the show maintains the meta-commentary and slashing action that the Scream name is known for while creating a whole new mythos of its own. Featuring a (mostly) likeable cast, buckets of blood and a central mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end, fans will definitely get a kick out of Scream’s small-screen slashing mayhem. The first iteration of the show is done and dusted after two seasons, however, a brand new story will kick off later this year that follows a completely different group of characters. It’s also been promised that the classic Ghostface mask will return!Seasons on Netflix: 2
The Expanse

Fans of brainy, politically-minded science fiction, like the incredible Battlestar Galactica reboot series, would do well to check out The Expanse, a futuristic series that sees our Solar System colonised by humans. Initially presented in the guise of a cop procedural about a missing person, The Expanse’s stakes are quickly raised when a vast political conspiracy becomes apparent that threatens the fate of our galaxy. Starring Thomas Jane, Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Expanse is a show that takes a little while to warm up to, but once you’re hooked, you won’t be able to look away. Seasons on Netflix: 2
Black Mirror

As far as dystopian fiction goes, Black Mirror is up there with the very best. Penned by Charlie Brooker, who before this was disassembling and decimating the news in his show NewsWipe, Black Mirror consists of a handful of caustic tales about the perils of technology, shady governments and human nature as a whole.Not only has Netflix nabbed the original seven episodes of the show to stream, comprising two series and a Christmas special, but it also funded two new seasons. Each standalone episode holds a mirror up to our society in extreme satire, with themes that are not too far from issues facing us all today: social media highs and embarrassing lows, technology going awry and new games that start to feel all-too real. Pitch-black comedy at its absolute darkest, Black Mirror is a must for tech-heads with a wicked sense of humour. Seasons on Netflix: 4
Firefly

After he had produced the perfect female lead in Buffy and before he was Hulk smashing with The Avengers, Joss Whedon created a short-run sci-fi series that has spawned not only a massive cult following but, quite astonishingly, a movie. The reason it was such an underground success was because Firefly takes the Star Wars framework of making space messy, where everything is a little rough around the edges – including the crew. It even has its own Han Solo in the form of Nathan Fillion’s Malcolm Reynolds. Whedon’s witty words permeate the whole of Firefly, which is not so much a space opera but a space rock opera.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Marvel’s Iron FIst

While many Marvel fans found the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist underwhelming, steps have been taken to address the show’s issues (the fight scenes, the lead character’s personality), leading to a vastly superior second season overall. Danny Rand (Finn Jones), heir to the Rand Industries fortune, returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years. During that time, Danny was being trained by monks, earning himself the title of the Immortal Iron Fist — protector of the mystical (and eternal) hidden city of K’un-Lun. Upon his return, Danny discovers that his company is secretly being controlled by The Hand, an order that has been at war with K’un-Lun for centuries. With the help of martial arts teacher Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Danny must use his extremely powerful glowing fist to take down The Hand once and for all. In season 2, must taken down an old compatriot from K’un-Lun who embarks on a murderous rampage across New York.Seasons on Netflix: 2
Marvel’s Luke Cage

Netflix has been killing it with its Marvel shows so far, having already launched a number of top-tier shows including Daredevil and Jessica Jones. With Luke Cage, we got a new kind of hero — one who’s proud to use to his powers in an effort to represent and protect his community. If you’ve watched Jessica Jones, you’ll already be familiar with this literally unbreakable character, as he played a pivotal role in that show’s first season. HIs own series, however, picks up some time after that, with Cage relocating from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, and finding himself coming to blows with local gangsters. And, now that Luke Cage’s second season has arrived on Netflix, it’s time for Harlem’s hero to once again re-enter our list of trending shows. Expect plenty of intense action with a real hip-hop flair. Unfortunately, Netflix has since cancelled the series after season 2, meaning fans will have to hope for more Luke Cage appearances in Netflix’s other Marvel shows.Series on Netflix: 2
Marvel’s Jessica Jones

In retrospect, it would seem impossible for Marvel to surpass its first Netflix Original series, Daredevil, with a show about a hard drinking ex-superhero that’s little known outside of comic book circles, but that’s pretty much what it’s done with Jessica Jones. Though the show doesn’t quite reach the action heights of Daredevil, Jessica Jones manages to be even more compelling in terms of story and character. Based on the comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, the first season of the show sees private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), bar owner Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and celebrity Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) do battle with a mind-controlling creep named Kilgrave (David Tennant), whose incredible obsession with Jessica is causing everyone around her to die. The second season follows on from the events of Marvel’s The Defenders, and finds Jones delving into her past in order to make sense of her latest case. Dark, violent and quite sexual for a Marvel show, Jessica Jones is required viewing for fans of the MCU.Seasons on Netflix: 2
Black Lightning

Tackling issues of race, crime and violence in his community, the DC Comics character Black Lightning makes an electrifying debut on television. Unlike most other superhero vigilantes, Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is a school principal and family man during the day, juggling a rocky marriage and two free-spirited daughters in the process. In this TV version, Black Lightning returns to the streets to fight crime after a forced retirement period. Using stories ripped from the headlines, Black Lightning feels more current than every other television show in DC’s Arrowverse. While Arrow, Flash and Supergirl won’t be making an appearance in the first season of Black Lightning, we can certainly expect a team-up somewhere down the line. Black Lightning is also considered a Netflix Original in Australia, so you can expected new episodes to be fast-tracked as they’re aired in the States. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Marvel’s The Punisher

Marvel’s most polarising Netflix series to date, The Punisher seems the return of Frank Castle (Joe Bernthal) after the events of Daredevil: Season 2. Having already killed everyone involved in his family’s death, Frank’s attempts to lay low are interrupted when he is dragged into a military conspiracy that he may or may not have been involved in. Though it can be slow-paced at times (please Netflix/Marvel, look up the phrase ‘cut to the chase’ for me), it is nonetheless a powerful and violent show that isn’t afraid to deal with some heavy topics. As a study on the effects of PTSD, The Punisher is surprisingly poignant. It may not hit the heights of Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but The Punisher still makes for a welcome addition to Marvel’s television landscape.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Arrow

Though the show has had its ups and downs over the years, Arrow has probably remained the most consistently-watchable of all the DC Arrowverse shows to date. Missing for five years and presumed dead, rich-kid Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to find his beloved Starling City overrun by crime and corruption. In an effort to fulfil a promise made to his dying father, Queen dons a hood, grabs a bow and arrow and becomes a deadly vigilante with one mission — to save his city. Of course, he can’t do it alone, which is why Oliver recruits a team that includes John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) among others. Feeling a bit more like Batman than the Green Arrow comics it’s based on, Arrow is nevertheless an action-packed superhero series worth watching.Seasons on Netflix: 5
Marvel’s The Defenders

Everything has been leading to this – Marvel’s insanely popular Netflix shows, each set in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, are finally colliding in The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all the lead heroes of their own respective shows, must now come together to stop a threat that aims to watch New York City fall. Think of them like the television equivalent of The Avengers, only more street-level. Will they be able to put aside their differences to fight as a team? Or will The Hand, the shadowy, ancient criminal organisation that featured in both Daredevil and Iron Fist, take one more step towards global domination? You’ll have to binge-through this 8-episode special event to find out!Seasons on Netflix: 1
Orange is the New Black

Back for its sixth season, Orange is the New Black is showing no signs of slowing down, with the women of Litchfield now experiencing some new problems after having been moved into a maximum security prison following last season’s riot. It may have never reached the heady heights of House Of Cards, but Orange Is The New Black is another show that proves Netflix is now up there with HBO when it comes to offering decent programming. As per its prison setting, Orange doesn’t shirk the big issues of violence and rape but manages to mix these with a heady dose of black humour and some occasional romance. If you haven’t gotten onboard the OITNB train, now’s the time to start your binge! For those who are up to date, check out the trailer for season 6 below. Seasons on Netflix: 6
The Alienist

Set at the turn of the 20th century, The Alienist finds New York City gripped by the heinous serial murders of young male prostitutes. With the city in a panic, police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) appoints a team to track and apprehend the killer. This includes the unorthodox criminal psychologist, Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), New York Times illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and aspiring detective Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). A harrowing mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat, The Alienist is a grisly crime thriller in the vein of Mindhunter and From Hell. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Sons of Anarchy

From the makers of the gritty award-winning series The Shield comes Sons of Anarchy, a crime drama that follows a bikie gang as its wreaks havoc across the small (and fictional) Californian town of Charming. Led by Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam in his star-making role), the Sons must deal with cops, rival gangs and drug cartels, as well as inner turmoil from within the motorcycle club itself. Adding fuel to the fire is Jax’s devious mother, Gemma (Katey Segal), who has a way of manipulating everyone around her — including her own son. With betrayals, bullets and bloodshed being a daily occurrence in Charming, there’s never a dull moment across Sons of Anarchy’s seven seasons. Be warned, the show can get extremely violent and occasionally deals with some very heavy subjects — if you’re easily offended, you may want to steer your bike far away from this one.Seasons on Netflix: 7
Manhunt: Unabomber

With true crime stories being all the rage these days, the creative people in TV land have turned their attentions to story of the US domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, better known to most as the Unabomber. This dramatic retelling of the real-life events stars Paul Bettany as the Unabomber and Australia’s own Sam Worthington as the FBI profiler who helped track him down. A gripping and sometimes harrowing series, Manhunt: Unabomber is consistent in its high level of quality throughout its entire run. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Godless

Need a badass western series to tide you over until Westworld returns next year? Well, saddle up pardner, because Netflix’s new limited series Godless should keep your spurs from jingling and jangling. From Scott Frank, director of The Lookout and A Walk Among the Tombstones, comes Godless, a show that sees an outlaw chase his ex-partner into a New Mexico town populated entirely by women. Starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scott McNairy, Godless is a gripping western that will shock and surprise you. Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Sinner

What causes a seemingly normal woman to violently murder a random person while out at the beach with her husband and newborn child? That is the premise behind The Sinner, a show which sees Jessica Biel take on a darker character than she ever has before. Bull Pullman also stars as an investigator who becomes obsessed with finding out where these violent fits of rage come from. Is there something hidden deep in her past that even she doesn’t know about? Thrillingly told and terrifically acted, The Sinner is compelling viewing. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Mindhunter

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.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Narcos

While the first two seasons of Narcos recounted the true story of the world’s most infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and the DEA agents (Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal) tasked that brought him down, the third season shows us what happened after the end of Escobar’s reign. This time, the focus in on the Cali Cartel, a drug empire so powerful, that its wealth rivalled that of Fortune 500 companies. This riveting crime drama plays like a cross between City of God and Goodfellas, employing a voiceover-based narrative that gives you an unprecedented look at the ins and outs of Colombia’s drug trade. Violent, sexy, well-written and immaculately acted, Narcos is truly one of the best shows on Netflix, and we’re glad to see it continue even though Pablo’s story is over. We expect things to get even hairier from this point on. Seasons on Netflix: 3
Ozark

Though Netflix’s new crime drama Ozark has understandably been compared to Breaking Bad, the show approaches similar themes in an entirely different and uniquely intense way. Chicago businessman Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman, who also directs some of the episodes) seems like a standup guy, but has actually spent years laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel. When it’s revealed that his friend and business partner has been skimming money off the top, Marty finds himself in debt to a trigger-happy drug lord who has no qualms about murdering Marty’s entire family, including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two young children. Now, Marty’s only chance at keeping his family alive is to move them to the Ozarks, a long coastline in Missouri that Marty believes is potential a goldmine, so that he can pay back the money that’s owed. Gripping and very adult, Ozark will surely appeal to fans of shows like Fargo and the aforementioned Breaking Bad. Seasons on Netflix: 1
The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

True crime fans, get ready for your newest obsession. The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recounts the 1994-1995 murder trial involving all-star NFL legend O.J. Simpson, in which he was accused of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman. The first in a series of one-off stories, American Crime Story season one is an engrossing and terrifically-acted retelling of the infamous trial told from the perspectives of both the prosecution and the defence. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a fantastic performance as O.J., while Sarah Paulson (as Marcia Clark), David Schwimmer (as Robert Kardashian) and John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro) provide exceptional support. Seasons on Netflix: 1
Mad Men

Arguably one of the finest shows ever made, Mad Men is a brilliant time capsule that takes us on a journey through the ever-changing landscape that was 1960s America. Over the years, we get to see the country evolve through the eyes of the people who work at a swanky New York advertising agency – most notably our lead character Don Draper (John Hamm), a damaged individual with a hidden past and a drinking problem who is constantly engaging in infidelity. Through the show, we get some insight into the slow rise of power for women in the workplace while facing overt sexism, race relations and the evolution of the American family during the most tumultuous period in American history. Truly an outstanding, must-watch show.Seasons on Netflix: 6
Suits

You’ve never seen a lawyer show like this before. Suits mostly avoids the ‘courtroom drama’ angle that law shows usually take, and instead focuses on the dealings behind the scenes. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant man with a photographic memory who is wasting his life away as a petty drug dealer, until lawyer-extraordinaire Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires him to work at the most prestigious law firm in New York. Let’s hope no one finds out about his lack of a law degree. Absolutely addictive.Seasons on Netflix: 6
House of Cards

Funded completely by Netflix, House of Cards is an addictive series that sees a terrible man and his equally duplicitous wife manipulate their way into the Oval Office. It also boasts a visual style crafted by director David Fincher and immense acting by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. With allegations about Spacey coming to light recently, Netflix has dropped the actor from the show entirely, opting instead to put Wright front and centre for the show’s final season.  With five seasons currently available, Netflix’s Card trick is still impressive and shows just how far Netflix has come, bringing the service worldwide critical acclaim and awards attention. With the world as focused on US politics as it is now, House of Cards is downright therapeutic entertainment. We can’t wait to see how show fares without its former star. Seasons on Netflix: 5
The Get Down

Reportedly Netflix’s most expensive show ever, The Get Down is an absolutely dazzling look into the birth of hip hop music in the South Bronx during the late 1970s. The show effortlessly blends real life footage from the period with scenes from the show, mixing them together like a good DJ. Created by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!), The Get Down is bursting with style, drama, colourful characters and fantastic music. If you have even the slightest interest in hip hop music, consider The Get Down required viewing. Unfortunately, the show was too big for Netflix to handle, which is why we only have a single two-part season to enjoy. Though we wish we could’ve followed these characters further, we’re glad we got to spend time with them regardless.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Sure, It’s easy to disregard Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s a Star Wars kids show set during the prequel trilogy (you know, the trilogy that everyone hates), so obviously it doesn’t seem like something any self-respecting adult would want to watch. How wrong you would be to assume that, as Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best the series has been since the original trilogy. Each episode is like an epic mini-movie, with immense scope, fantastic production values, brilliant art design and tight direction. The entire series is available in HD on the service, including a Netflix-exclusive 13 episode season entitled ‘The Lost Missions’.Seasons on Netflix: 6
Castlevania

Inspired by the beloved video game franchise of the same name and modelled after Japanese anime, the Netflix Original series Castlevania isn’t shy about packing its short four-episode season with as much blood and guts as possible. Produced by noted geek Adi Shankar (Dredd) with animation by the renowned Frederator Studios (Adventure Time), Castlevania sees Dracula (Graham McTavish) wage war on mankind after the senseless killing of the one human he loved. Now, it’s up to whip-cracking hero Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) to stop him. With comparisons to Game of Thrones, Castlevania is definitely a series made with adults in mind. If you like brutal medieval stories that are willing to explore some seriously dark territory, you’re going to love Castlevania. Seasons on Netflix: 1
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Finished watching Netflix’s new Voltron reboot series and crave even more intergalactic action? Well, you’re in luck – Netflix has seen fit to drop a whole bunch of classic Voltron episodes from the original series on its service! Rather than just posting them in the order they were released, the episodes have been handpicked by members of the creative team behind the new series. Not only that, each episode is prefaced by a short introduction from the person who picked it detailing why it’s important to them. A must-watch for Voltron fans who want to take a stroll down memory lane.Seasons on Netflix: 1
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

One of the greatest cartoons of the ’80s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has finally made its way to Netflix Australia! Set on the magical world of Eternia, the show follows Prince Adam, a young man who becomes the superhero He-Man whenever he holds aloft his magic sword and speaks the words: “by the power of Greyskull!” Together with his friends, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Battlecat and Orco, He-Man regularly faces off against the dastardly (and deliciously campy) villain known as Skeletor, who will stop at nothing in his attempts to take over the realm. If you’re after a mad rush of nostalgia, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe should do the trick!Seasons on Netflix: 1
She-Ra: Princess of Power

A spin-off of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power was originally aimed at girls but works well for just about everyone. She-Ra, or Princess Adora, is He-Man/Prince Adam’s sister, and is tasked with protecting the realm of Etheria from the evil tyrant Hordak. With the help of her talking steed, Swift Wind, who turns into a winged unicorn named Spirit, She-Ra leads a rebellion to take back Etheria once and for all. A terrific cartoon with amazing ’80s visuals, She-Ra: Princess of Power is as powerful a blast of nostalgia as He-Man before it.Seasons on Netflix: 1
Rick and Morty

Playing like a hilariously twisted version of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows a whiny high schooler and his alcoholic scientist grandfather as they set out on crazy adventures across the Universe. From Dan Harmon, creator of Community, and Justin Roiland, who voices both the titular characters, Rick and Morty is an endlessly clever show that never ceases to come up with mind-blowing stories to tell. This isn’t just the best animated sci-fi comedy since Futurama – it’s even better. So, grab your Plumbus and strap in, because the second season of Rick and Morty is now available to stream on Netflix Australia!Seasons on Netflix: 3
The Crown

A truly opulent historical epic, The Crown is a majestic Netflix Original series that deals with Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her rise to the throne, starting in the 1940s and moving on to modern times. With a reported budget of £100 million, Netflix and Left Bank Pictures spared no expense to tell this story of royalty with as much detail and historical accuracy as possible. Though it might seem like a stuffy costume drama, the brilliant photography and incredibly sense of scale will leave you flabbergasted. Featuring terrific acting and wonderful direction from Peter Morgan (who directed the Oscar winning film, The Queen), The Crown is the perfect show for Downton Abbey fans who are looking for their next big fix. Seasons on Netflix: 2
Peaky Blinders

This British gangster epic is set almost a century ago and charts the rise of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his gang in Birmingham. ‘Peaky Blinders’ refers to the gang’s tendency to sew razor blades into the into the peaks of their caps — not exactly the warmest of welcomes, if you ask us. With incredible production value, acting, writing, costumes, sets and cinematography, Peaky Blinders is the kind of show that screams quality from every angle. To make the show even more of a ‘must-watch’, Tom Hardy lends his star power by playing the villain in the show’s second season. Well c’mon then guv’nor, start watching!Seasons on Netflix: 3
Spartacus

Before he was the showrunner for Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven DeKnight worked on the gratuitously violent and sexual series Spartacus. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to the show than meat-headed beefcakes fighting and screwing in a 300-aping manner, but there’s so much more going on – we follow Spartacus (the late Andy Whitfield and his replacement, Liam McIntyre) as he is taken into slavery and forced to do cruel and unimaginable things in the gladiatorial arena, just waiting for the day that he can finally get his revenge on slave-owners Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless). All of this culminates in one of the most satisfying season finales in recent memory. Be warned – this show is filled with grotesque violence and an immense amount of sex and nudity. It’s like Game of Thrones times ten.Seasons on Netflix: 4
Vikings

Praise Odin! We finally have a brutal and (mostly) historically-accurate show about Norse culture that would make Thor proud. Vikings takes us on a journey through Scandinavian/European history as Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a man who may or may not be a direct descendent of Odin himself, rises up the viking ranks and searches for new civilisations alongside his band of viking brothers. Best watched with a pint of mead in your hand.Seasons on Netflix: 4
Marco Polo

Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones, Marco Polo is the most epic and expensive Netflix original series to date. With a budget of $US90 million for the first season alone, the show is packed with big scale battles, thousands of extras, incredible locations and lavish sets. Set during Marco Polo’s time in Mongolia under Kublai Khan, the series follows the famed Venetian’s adventures as he navigates through Khan’s Imperial City. You can guarantee that there will be blood, betrayal, intrigue and heaping helpings of sex and nudity. Hey, we told you it was like Game of Thrones!Seasons on Netflix: 2