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Shake up your screen with these TV shows

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When the iiNet team were preparing for the launch of Netflix down under, there was definitely a lot of excitement in the air… Netflix was finally here! A massive rotating catalogue of TV shows and movies available cheaply over the internet, on demand!

That was a couple of years ago now. Today, we are much more spoiled for choice, whether it’s iTunes music, Spotify, Stan or Netflix… streaming is the new black for movies, TV and music.

Nevertheless, every now and then I’ve found myself suffering from ‘streamers fatigue’. Once I’ve watched all the shows I know I like, it can be difficult to find new and interesting ones in the massive back-catalogues of TV series and original content being delivered by the competing networks.

So you don’t have to do the digging, here are some great discoveries I’ve made recently for you to add to your ‘must watch’ list.

 

Ultimate Beastmaster

Ultimate Beastmaster

Found on: Netflix

 A more recent piece of Netflix Original programming; from the promotional artwork, Ultimate Beastmaster looked like some kind of cross between Power Rangers and Transformers. The series is actually a competition reality show in a similar vein to American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout.

Hosted by Terry Crews and Sylvester Stallone, this adrenaline-fest pits competitors from Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico South Korea and the United States against one another in a giant multi-stage, knockout obstacle course in the shape of a gigantic beast. Only 1 of the 16 original competitors will be crowned Ultimate Beastmaster at the end of the season.

Its over-the-top reality TV, but the international competition element in particular makes Ultimate Beastmaster stand out from its contemporaries.

 

Black Books

 

Black Books

Found on: Netflix

This comedy series out of the UK stars Dylan Moran as a grumpy, drunken bookshop owner Bernard Black. There are only a handful of things Bernard has time for in life, namely drinking, smoking, despising the outside world and tormenting his hapless assistant Manny Bianco (Bill Bailey). This 18-episode series launched the comedic careers of both Moran and Bailey in the early 00’s and is without a doubt one of the funniest TV series I have ever seen. It’s a shame they didn’t create more than 3 seasons!

 

 

Abstract The Art of Design

 

Abstract: The Art of Design 

Found on: Netflix

I’ll admit that being a web designer myself, I’m inherently biased towards anything design related, but I found this Netflix docu-series super creative and really informative. Abstract tells the story of design icons from many different disciplines, whether its graphic design, architecture, photography, or even footwear! Abstract takes a look at the artists in each field and how they became so iconic. This is one for the creative types, or anyone interested in design in general.

 

 

 

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

Found on: Stan

 A good one for the kids (or those ‘big kids’ out there looking for a bit of early 90’s nostalgia) Sonic the Hedgehog is a cartoon series based loosely on the now well-known SEGA video game character. Sonic and his trusty sidekick Tales must stop the evil Dr. Robotnik and his array of robots from taking over the planet Mobius. Will they be successful in their mission? You’ll have to watch to find out!

 

 

 

 

Human Planet

Human Planet

Found on: Netflix

This mini-series has all the great cinematography you’d expect from a good documentary, but with a bit of a twist. Narrated by John Hurt, Human Planet takes the focus away from wildlife and takes a look at people. Humans have adapted to survive in every environment on earth, whether it’s the oceans, deserts, jungles, cities or even the arctic. For those who like nature documentaries, you’ll be hooked on each episode as it covers a different habitat and how humans have managed to survive there.

 

 

 

 

Billions

 

Billions

Found on: Stan

This great TV series brings a ‘cat and mouse’ thrill as you follow the ambitious and morally ambiguous hedge-fund manager Bobby Axelrod as he grows his power, wealth and influence through insider trading and bribery. Hot on his heels is Charles “Chuck” Rhoades, a District attorney with a particular distaste for wealthy criminals. This series was particularly good viewing given today’s post-GFC financial climate and the chase will have you hooked!

 

 

Fargo

 

Fargo 

Found on: Stan / Netflix

This true-crime anthology series is based on the Coen brothers film of the same name. The first season follows Lorne Malvo as he passes through Bemidji, Minnesota and influences the small town with his malice, violence and deception. This black comedy can be particularly dark, violent and surreal at times, and it stars some big names like Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman.

 

 

 

Wonders of the Universe

 

Wonders of the Universe

Found on: Stan

Everyone’s favourite rockstar-scientist Brian Cox travels to the wonders of the world while explaining a fundamental scientific principle in each episode. This series features great cinematography paired with Brian Cox’s great narration and presentation style, making this a true joy to watch. For the science nerds out there, this is a must see, even if the subject matter is already familiar.

 

 

 

 

If you‘ve found a hidden gem in the depths of your streaming services, let us know in the comments!

 

Image credits:

  • IMDb

15 comments

  1. Suits is very good, found on Netflix.

  2. Jazrah says:

    Not all movies adapt well into series. I found myself watching one and wondering why I would invest 8 hours when I could just watch the movie for less than 2hours. Fargo is definitely the exception
    Another gem is Frequency on netflix. The movie was good but the series was brilliant and very complex. A definite recommend

  3. leonie davies says:

    These shows mostly appeal to young males…do you have any females involved in program selection?e.g more documentaries on climate change,world social problems,movies on human relationships,ageing,dealing with the aftermath of the GFC,strong female leads,etc

  4. Mark Schuster says:

    How mush download do I need to stream shows and how much extra does it cost on my current subscription. I pay $39.99 per month. Please advise.

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Mark,

      It does depend on how much you want to watch! Allow around 1Gb for an average length TV show or movie. So, if you watched 3 shows a day, over the course of a month, you’d need around 90Gb per month to start off with. All of our plans cover this data amount, so you should be ok!

      – Leo

  5. Craig Black says:

    you have left out Designated Survivor, on Netflix.

    What a series, it just gets better

  6. Matilda Betty Wasley says:

    Thanks for the update. My needs are basic, however would love to access more movies but do not know how to access Netflix. Can this be done on line and how much does it cost. Look forward to your reply.
    Regards
    Matilda

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Matlida,

      You can access Netflix via your web browser at Netflix.com! Plans start at $8.99 per month.

      – Leo

  7. Zita says:

    How tO set up netflix in My house?

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Zita,

      You can access Netflix via your Smart TV, FetchTV Set Top Box, your computer, web browser or even your tablet or mobile phone. You can browse to Netflix.com to learn more.

      – Leo

  8. keith thornton says:

    I had one 20 years ago, trouble was you have still got to pay for the purchases!

  9. Stuart says:

    I’d like to see more Westerns on Netflix, both modern and classic. I still think there’s a big divide between content availability in Australia and overseas. I hope that will improve.

  10. Kirsty says:

    Shows on Netflix with strong female leads:
    Offspring
    Grace and Frankie

  11. gAI LEHN says:

    would LOVE TO SEE SOME FRENCH, DANISH SERIES
    LIKE ‘THE BRIDGE’ ETC. I
    LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IN THE FUTURE.

  12. Helen Sanders says:

    gAI LEHN .. Checkout SBS ON DEMAND for European series and movies.

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