If you ask my honest opinion, series is far better than movies. Why? Because the story gets more time to develop, the characters get more time on the screen and directors don’t have to rush the plot in a 2 hours time frame.
Moreover, watching a series on Netflix is way better because you get the WHOLE season at once on a fixed date of release rather than having to wait for a new episode each week.
You can properly binge-watch your favorite series and latest seasons on the date of their release.
Unlike other platforms that release one episode per week and that too end badly (not throwing shade at any famous series that ended badly).
Anyways, to add fire to the fuel, we have prepared the list of the best shows that you can watch on Australian Netflix while living in lockdown, (yup, those things still exist).
With an IMDb rating of 9.4 (the longest any series has ever retained and not diminishing with time) Breaking Bad is a neo-Western crime drama that revolves around drugs, specifically crystal meth.
The series explores the story of Walter White, an overqualified but underpaid high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer.
In order to pay for his treatment and leave money behind for his family in case of his death, Walter decides to use his knowledge of chemistry to use and synthesize crystal meth, which in turn drags him into the barbaric world of crime and drug lords.
The show has a Guinness World Record for the most critically acclaimed show of all time.
Bagging a number of awards like Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Satellite Awards, Peabody Awards to name a few.
The series has been so successful that another spin-off series Better Call Saul and a movie El-Camino have been made that are a success of their own.
Shadow and Bone
Based on the Grishaverse novels series by Leigh Bardugo, the sci-fi fantasy series revolves around 2 orphans that find themselves in a war-ravaged world.
But everything changes when one of them is discovered to have legendary powers, which was only heard of in stories and could tilt the power dynamics of the world.
The series was watched by over 55 million people in the first month of its release. The series is nominated for IFTA Film and Drama Awards for Best VFX.
The Last Dance
An IMDb rating of 9.1 The Last Dance is a sports documentary that is based on the sporting career of world-renowned basketball player Michael Jordan and his career with the Chicago Bulls.
The series also contains exclusive and unseen footage of Jordan from Bull’s film crew, along with interviews including Jordan’s own.
The series has won the 72nd Primetime Emmy Award and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, NAACP Awards, and TCA Awards to name a few.
A cyberpunk television series based on the novel by the same name, the series is about a world where people have found a way of cheating death by transferring their consciousness on a device called ‘DHF’ that can be transferred to different bodies.
Takeshi Kovacs, a mercenary, is revived by the most powerful man in the world, in order to solve a murder, his own.
This series is reported to be the most expensive series produced by Netflix to date, surpassing the budget of the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones.
A post-apocalyptic sci-fi series, showing earth almost a century after a nuclear breakout that allegedly wipes out life on earth.
Mankind survives on ‘Ark’, a space station orbiting the earth. When Ark shows signs of failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are sent to earth to see if it is habitable.
But soon it becomes a race for survival as the juveniles realize that they are not alone on the planet.
The 100 has got numerous nominations for its 7 seasons and won many awards like Saturn Awards for Best Youth-Oriented Series and MTV Fandom Awards for Fan Freakout of the Year.
The Umbrella Academy
The superhero series revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted siblings with extraordinary abilities that get rusted as soon as they grow up.
Eventually, they all come together to solve their father’s mysterious death. Learning on the way about the imminent threat of the apocalypse and how they must reunite once again to save the world.
Based on the comic book series of the same name, the series was watched in more than 45 million households in its first month of release, making it the most-watched series for the year 2019.
The Queen’s Gambit
Based on Walter Tevis’s novel by the same name, the time period is set in 1950s and the story revolves around a young orphaned chess prodigy, Beth Harmon.
In her adoptive parent’s home, Beth finds the independence to pursue chess and soon starts to make ripples in the chess world; which allows her an invite to USSR (amidst the cold war) where the world chess championship is played.
The Queen’s Gambit became Netflix’s most-watched mini-series, ranking no. 1 in 63 countries.
The series has received 18 nominations in 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards and has also won 2 Golden Globe for Best Limited Series and Best Actress (Anya Taylor-Joy).
Sequel to the legendary ‘The Karate Kid’ films, Cobra Kai is a martial arts comedy-drama.
Set 34 years later, the series is based on Johnny’s (antagonist in the Karate Kid film and now almost 50 years old) point of view and his decision to reopen Karate dojo along with his rivalry with Daniel (the protagonist in the Karate Kid films).
The series was originally produced by YouTube Red but Netflix acquired its rights/ the series has an astounding 100% rating on rotten tomatoes. The series also features small snippets from the original films.
An animated dark comedy sitcom, BoJack Horseman is a story about an anthropomorphic horse, once a highly decorated actor, who has now been long forgotten and is struggling to make it back to the limelight by writing his autobiography.
The series ran for a total of 6 seasons, bagging numerous nominations and awards in the way. Including 3 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Anime. 4 Critics Choice Television Awards for Best Anime Series and 3 Annie Awards.
Rick and Morty
Everybody loves a family story, where grandson and grandpa are best friends and spend all of their time together.
But wait, what if the grandpa is a cynical and mad scientist and he and his grandson go on unimaginable adventures across multiple dimensions? Then you have Rick and Morty.
The series since its release has become a cult classic with universal acclaim.
It has won many nominations including Best TV Animated Series, TV Series of the Year, Best Comedy Series. Along with Primetime Emmy Awards for 2018 and 2020.
A mystery thriller series, it tells the story of a con man, Assane Diop, inspired by the adventures of Arsene Lupin. Assane is a son of an immigrant who works as a servant in one of the most influential families of France.
But everything changes when Assane’s father is accused of a robbery of a diamond necklace. 25 years later, Assane steals the necklace to find that it was never robbed in the first place, leaving his father’s accusation in question.
The series was watched by 70 million households and became the most-watched non-English series on Netflix.
The devil, Lucifer Morning Star, abandons hell as he becomes bored and unhappy from his job, to live on earth and opens his own nightclub.
Soon he becomes a constant in LAPD and helps the police solve the crime. Crazy plot line right? This is exactly what Lucifer is based on.
The series has some of the most devilish actions and snappy writing. Because of which seasons 2,3 and 4 have a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Also being nominated for prestigious awards like Best Fantasy Television Series, Best Superhero series, Best Villain in a Series to name a few.
A police procedural sitcom series, famous for its unique cinematography i.e. single camera follows everyone around.
Set in the fictional 99th precinct in NYPD in Brooklyn, the series revolves around Jake Peraita, an NYPD detective, who has one of the highest rates of solving cases, despite his childish behavior.
Season 2,4,5 and 6 have a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Moreover, the series has bagged a number of awards including Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Critics Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in Comedy Series, and GLAAD media award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The series has also been nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
A classic series that aired from 1990 to 1996, the series stars Will Smith, a street smart teenager born in West Philadelphia but soon after a fight in a local playground is sent to Bel-Air mansion to live with his uncle.
The series focuses on Will Smith’s lifestyle as it clashes with his street past and the elite lifestyle of his relatives.
The series has nominations from Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and NAACP Awards.
With 10 seasons and 236 episodes, Friends is considered to be THE most famous Television series to date.
The show revolves around 6 friends in their 20s living in New York City and their journey of finding their way in the big city. The series explores the group’s everyday lives’ adventures.
The series was nominated for a total of 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, also winning Outstanding Comedy Series Awards.
The show has also ranked on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Times, TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Times, and 101 Best Written TV Series of All Times.
Netflix acquired the streaming right of friends for $100 million, so that’s another reason for you to watch the series.
The Big Bang Theory
The series features a versatile friend group consisting of 2 physicists, an aerospace engineer, an astrophysicist, and a waitress (and aspiring actress).
Now doesn’t this makeup for a killer storyline? The series has very clever comic writing, blending in physics, star trek, comic book superheroes, and other ‘nerd’ references.
TV Guide ranked the series on the list of 60 Best Series of all Times. From seasons 6 – 12, the series has ranked in top 3, with it reaching 1st on viewership ranking for the 11th season.
The show has gathered a number of awards along the way including Best Comedy Series TCA, Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series, Golden Globe Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and UK’s National Television Awards.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem & Madness
Of all the shows around the world you can watch on Netflix, this one has the record of being the most successful release on Netflix, TILL DATE.
Watched by more than 34.3 million people in the first 10 days of its release, Tiger King is a true-crime documentary based on the life of a zookeeper and convicted felon Joe Exotic.
It explores the small but adventurous world of big cat conservationists, animal sanctuaries, and private zoos.
The series has won a number of nominations including Primetime Emmy Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, MTV movie, and TV Awards to name a few.
The Office (US)
What if someone decided to make a series on everyday lives of people working in a typical American office? You would think that it would be extremely boring, right?
But what if Saturday Night Live and The Simpson’s writer decided to write this particular show?
Then you get a show that wins Peabody Awards, Golden Globe Awards, 5 Primetime Emmy Awards (with 42 nominations) including one of Outstanding Comedy Series and is included in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest TV Shows of all times.
The mockumentary sitcom is filmed in single-camera setup to depict a documentary and has been acclaimed more than its British origins.
For all the D&D lovers out there, this series is specifically for you. When their friend goes missing, the group of 12-year-old decides to find it out themselves.
Stumbling upon Eleven, a girl with no information about her past who is being actively chased by the US military and government.
Stranger Things is the most-watched original Netflix series with viewership in 64 million households.
And along the way has acquired a vast amount of awards and nominations including 39 Primetime Emmy Awards and winning 6 of them, 4 Golden Globe nominations, a nomination for British Academy TV Award, 3 Grammy Awards nominations, Critic’s Choice Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.
La Casa De Papel or more commonly known as Money Heist is a Spanish crime drama series that became a renowned name worldwide.
The series is one of the most popular on IMDb, tending occasionally on Twitter, and has made Bella Ciao an Italian anti-fascist song a cult classic song.
The series has a narrative style that incorporates flashbacks, time jumps, and hidden character motivations that are shown at the most crucial point in time of the story.
Professor, the mastermind behind the heist gathers a group of individuals all having a specific set of unique skills that will help in the heist.
He comes up with a foolproof plan of robbing the Royal Mint of Spain and trains the group for months.
Everyone is given a code name according to famous cities along with red jumpsuits and masks that resemble the mask from V from Vendetta.
The professor’s plan is so detailed that he includes all the possible hiccups and their solutions. Making it the perfect robbery ever executed.