The best Netflix Australia shows of 2017

From their hot in-house productions to their unrivalled range of content – from the gripping to the quirky – Netflix has you covered. It’s one of the most popular streaming services in Australia as people move away from traditional free-to-air TV, sick of all the ads and mindless programming. The beauty of Netflix is that they are constantly updating and expanding their library to deliver more exciting content – both original and licensed. Netflix is set to be even more popular in 2017, and there’s much anticipation about just what they’ll be adding to our screens over the coming months. Keep reading to find out about the top new shows coming to Netflix Australia during 2017, and the returning favourites that have left us desperate for more.

What new shows are coming to Netflix Australia in 2017?

There is much speculation about what shows could be coming to Netflix in 2017, but there are a handful of confirmed ones coming on board – including to Australian Netflix, thankfully.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

First there were the books, then came the 2004 movie. Now it’s come to Netflix as a TV show. Originally penned by Lemony Snicket – a pen name of the decidedly less exciting Daniel Handler – the Unfortunate series follows the villainous Count Olaf. He adopts three siblings from an orphan village in an attempt to cash in on their late parents’ vast fortune. The capers – Count Olaf is played by Jim Carrey in the film – are both twisted and darkly hilarious. If the show is anything similar, it’ll be a riot.

There are several huge names to come on board for the Netflix collaboration series. Neil Patrick Harris is on board as Count Olaf, and Patrick Warburton is Lemony Snicket, which will provide the deep voice everyone loves for entertaining voiceovers. Joan Cusack is also on-board as Justice Strauss. It’s one of the first shows to kick-off in 2017 – set to be released January 13. It’s a worldwide release, and Australia will be one of the first to receive it. That makes a nice change!

Iron Fist – A Marvel Series

Iron Fist is a continuation of Netflix’s collaboration with Marvel. In 2015 and 16 came Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. All three proved hugely popular, and Netflix’s prowess for collaborations came up stumps again.

This time, Iron Fist follows Danny Rand – or Iron Fist – who is a martial arts expert, and whose superpower is – you guessed it – an iron fist. Finn Jones has come on board to play Iron Fist. Jones is best known as Loras Tyrell from the Game of Thrones series. In this series, Iron Fist returns to New York City to reclaim his family’s company, but there’s a threat he must first deal with. It’s set for release on March 17, and if it’s anything like the other Netflix-Marvel productions, it’ll be a hugely popular, one-season miniseries.

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What shows are returning to Netflix Australia in 2017?

Beyond the speculation of new shows coming to Netflix in 2017, the streaming giant has commissioned a few hugely popular shows for another season. The top three set for release in Australia are Making a Murderer, Stranger Things and Narcos.

Making a Murderer

The much anticipated and most famous Netflix ‘Whodunnit’ series Making a Murderer will return in 2017 after a riveting first season. If you’re not caught up with the series, watching season one is a must-do before commencing with season two. No doubt you’ve heard your friends talking about it!

The series follows Stephen Avery – a labourer from small-town Wisconsin who constantly has the odds stacked against him. The biggest odds come when he’s accused of the murder of photojournalist Teresa Halbach. There seems to be equal evidence for and against his conviction, as the prosecution and defence attorneys trade jabs. Each episode will have you toing and froing as to whether Avery really is guilty or not. Add to the mix some police bungles and general ineptitude, and you have yourself an exciting docu-series. While the series is confirmed for renewal, it’s unsure exactly when it will air. There’s a strong case for it being in 2017, however, so keep your eyes peeled and your Netflix account open.

Stranger Things

If you have previously dismissed Stranger Things, then you might want to reconsider your choice. Stranger Things follows a group of four friends, one of whom goes missing from the get-go. It’s a classic ‘kids on bikes’ adventure and mystery series, and has 1980s nostalgia written all over it. Oh, and some rather creepy themes. The show is written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, who pay homage to 1980s sci-fi aesthetics and cinematography. Stranger Things is inspired by the works of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and author Stephen King. However, all the references and nostalgia are worked in subtly to not interfere with the main storyline.

If you haven’t caught up on season one, it’s fairly undemanding viewing – it’s only eight episodes. The cast consisting primarily of children’s acting is superb, and the first season proved immensely popular. Netflix announced in August 2016 that there will be a second season to be aired sometime in 2017. If you want a superb ode to 1980s pop-culture and mystery movies, you can’t look past Stranger Things.

Narcos

After a hot start with its first two seasons, Netflix has confirmed that Narcos will be back in 2017 for its third season. Narcos is set primarily in Colombia, and details notorious cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar’s rise to the top, fall from grace, and the subsequent manhunt. Season one and two proved immensely popular, which is notable given that the series is primarily in Spanish. Without a doubt the most compelling character is Escobar himself, played by Brazilian Wagner Moura.

Narcos has 1980s written all over it. Think fat cigars, huge lapels, moustaches and loafers – from both law enforcement and the crime gangs. The series follows Steve Murphy – played by Boyd Holbrook – a DEA agent posted in Colombia to help the hugely-corrupt Colombian law enforcement battle Escobar’s cocaine empire. Murphy has to deal with corruption, political upheaval and Escobar’s stranglehold on the whole Colombian nation. He has every avenue covered. Season three is set to be just as gripping as the first two, and is set to be released sometime in 2017 so keep your nose clean and keen.

No matter your TV tastes, Netflix has new shows and new seasons releasing all the time. The beauty with Netflix is the large majority of their TV series are released all at once, meaning you can binge watch instead of having to wait weekly for the new episode. 2017 is set to be a blockbuster year for Netflix and we can’t wait to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

If you’re new to Netflix, get caught up with these shows and you’ll be on the cutting edge of the water cooler conversation, playgroup chat, or school drop-off catch-up.

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