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Happy’s Best New Netflix Shows

Updated weekly by the fine folk at Happy Mag, this is the absolute best new Netflix shows that this week has to offer from Australia and around the world!

The Office (U.S.) – Season 1-9

American Netflix may have recently lost their crown jewel, but Australian Netflix just doubled in value. You don’t need me to tell you how endlessly quotable, re-watchable, binge-able, and brilliant this culturally-phenomenal mockumentary is. Steve Carrell’s portrayal of clueless office manager Michael Scott is peak cringe-humour and helplessly endearing. The unfolding connection between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) feels universal. And who can forget the unflinching individualism of Dwight (Rainn Wilson)? If season one feels painful, I promise it’s worth persevering. Once this show finds its feet, there isn’t a more hilarious, addicting, twenty-minutes on television.

9.5

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The Office

THE OFFICE U.S.
SEASON 1-9

Bridgerton Season 1

The colourful, cliche-filled tale of ‘betrothals’, known as Bridgerton, is an infectious watch for all. A forbidden love, extravagant parties, slow walks in gorgeous grassy fields, high-sex drives, scintillating one-liners; this 1813 London period piece indulges in the excesses of drama and romance. Heavyweight producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) navigates a gorgeous ensemble portraying the Brigerton family in eight episodes of undeniably gripping chaos. Nuance and narrative complexity is sometimes sacrificed, but it’s a small price to pay for the first-ever scripted take on Julia Quinn’s literary series.

7.4

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Bridgerton

BRIDGERTON
SEASON 1

History of Swear Words – Season 1

“There’s something innately human about swearing,” Nicolas Cage reveals, sitting in between an assortment of liquor and old books. This docuseries is a breezy watch for the avid language lover, looking to delve into the history of these widely controversial, surprisingly malleable words that have embedded themselves into various cultures throughout the years. However, you don’t have to be an English or history freak to enjoy this highly-informative six-part profanity-fest. It’s also got plenty of wits, personality, attention-retaining editing, and, of course, the strangely compelling deliverance of enigma Nicolas Cage at the helm of the chaos. Also, language warning! (obviously)

7.1

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History of Swear Words

HISTORY OF SWEAR WORDS
SEASON 1

Lupin –  Season 1

Answer me this: who doesn’t love the thrill of a good heist? Directors Marcela Said, Ludovic Bernard, and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) present a modern-day reimagining of beloved fictional French thief Arsène Lupin. Charismatic actor Omar Sy takes influence from Lupin but is ultimately a different character – Assane Diop, who actually quips Lupin’s tricks to concoct his very own heist. Assane works as a janitor at the opulent Louvre art gallery and manifests a plan to steal a multi-million dollar necklace to avenge his late father, who was falsely accused of stealing the very same necklace many years ago and died in prison. Part One of this Lupin adaptation does a fantastic job at exploring the endurance of racial prejudices, while also remaining thoroughly gripping.

8.4

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Lupin

LUPIN
SEASON 1

Cobra Kai – Season 3

“There is no good or bad. Only weak and strong.” Cobra Kai, both with its dialogue and kickass karate scenes, is a masterclass in portraying division and competition in a compelling light. Even just from the trailer of Season Three, Cobra Kai gets you invested in the ongoing rivalry of Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Danial LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). If you haven’t caught the first two seasons, Cobra Kai tells the story of Karate Kid 34 years later, as Johnny Lawrence seeks redemption, reopening up his dojo. So, strike a stance and prepare yourselves for some emotional blows, sharpened humour, and swelling nostalgia.

8.8

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Cobra Kai

COBRA KAI
SEASON 3

 

Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons – Season 5

Sure, the whole go-to-prison and film thugs and their thuggery stick has been done countless times. Even Gordan Ramsey gave it a crack at one point, but there’s a unique selling point to Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, and it’s to do with the journalist front-and-centre since Season Two – Raphael Rowe. Rowe was falsely accused of murder in 1990 and copped 12 years for it. As he visits uniquely operated prisons worldwide, his experience and perspective make for a far more genuine viewing experience than its predecessors. Season Five’s three episodes each tackle a different obstacle: gangs, overcrowdedness, and freezing temperatures. Buckle up.

6.5

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Inside The Worlds Toughest Prisons

INSIDE THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST PRISONS
SEASON 5

The Crown – Season 4

At long last, The Crown’s latest season has finally arrived – and it might be the best. Much like previous seasons, Season 4 proves explosive, chaotic, and cryptic, though less sympathetic this time around. Beginning in 1979 with the election of Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), the season opens with a snappy start, almost as sharp as the tension between the Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman). However, the key narrative hook of the season lies in Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles’s (Josh O’Connor) marriage. So, once again, prepare for grandiose cinematography, secretive monarch drama, gripping conflict, and the grimacing faces of fact-checking historians everywhere.

9.0

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the Crown

THE CROWN
SEASON 4

How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding – Season 1

Nothing brings a family together like a wedding, right? Now, how about a wedding… During the holiday season! That’s right, this South African TV show tells the story of a wedding and Christmas day, doubling the amount of chaos, laughs, and ludicrous family drama for all involved. With only three episodes, director Johnny Barbuzano edits his star-studded cast (Busi Lurayi, Thando Thabethe) into comedy gold. The iconic line, “I don’t want any mistakes for the next 3 next days”, marks the catalyst for an unending amongst of mistakes (because drama), as sister/protagonist, Tumi ruins her sister’s wedding. The only reasonable next step? Make things right again, before it’s too late. This is some of Netflix’s most extravagant home-made content to date, so buckle up – and don’t forget the ring.

6.8

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HOW TO RUIN CHRISTMAS: THE WEDDING
SEASON 1