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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!

Dash & Lily – Season 1

What’s more inevitable than Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas engulfing plaza sound systems worldwide from the 1st of November? A sprinkle of new Christmas rom-coms, of course! Based on the bestselling book series, dreamboat Dash (Austin Abrams) and the tender Lily (Midori Francis) are portrayed as opposites that attract. Dash is resentful towards the holiday season, while Lily is gleeful, so no matter your position on Christmas, there will be someone to relate to. The teenage romancers communicate messages and challenges through a little red notebook, labelled Do You Dare? It’s Christmas, so why not?

8.0

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dash and lily

DASH & LILY
SEASON 1

 

Dawson’s Creek – All Seasons (New To Netflix)

If you’re craving an iconic, relatable teen drama, Netflix definitely has you covered. This classic ’90s/’00s show recently got scooped up by the network, with all six seasons now available to stream. Not to give anything away, but expect drama, heartbreak, and all that meaty tension that teen TV shows thrive on. Rewatch for that sweet nostalgia or dive into a fresh, beloved story that captures the naivety of adolescence and makes you remember your own.

8.6

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dawsons creek

DAWSON’S CREEK
ALL SEASONS

Paranormal – Season 1

Netflix’s first Egyptian show is an adaptation of Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s best-selling series and takes the phrase “haunted by the past” to the next level. Ismail (Ahmed Amin), a father and professor, begins to face paranormal phenomena and, you guessed it, he’s got to save his loved ones from those supernatural terrors. Paranormal does fall on some tried and tested horror tropes, such as the typical haunted house, but the show’s fleshed out mythologies, ruinous internal dialogue, and ’60s setting are refreshing, redeeming qualities. There’s something interesting brewing here for you adventurous horror-heads. Only six episodes, so get binging.

8.2

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paranormal

PARANORMAL
SEASON 1

Love & Anarchy –  Season 1

Up comes Netflix’s second Swedish-language TV show, Love & Anarchy. It’s an apt title for this frivolous rom-com, as married mother Sofie (Ida Engvoll) begins flirting with young IT genius Max (Björn Mosten) at her new workplace. What follows? Some promiscuous flirting and daring challenges aimed at each other, that shatter standard social expectations. Hence, Love & Anarchy. The challenges grow in ambition and, soon enough, the flirting goes from light-hearted to totally disorderly. Sadly, the main characters aren’t fleshed out to their full potential, but there’s still some serious chemistry to enjoy, culminating in a surprisingly touching conclusion.

7.1

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love & anarchy

LOVE & ANARCHY
SEASON 1

Away –  Season 1

Perfectly suited to the COVID-19 era, Away is about a family who takes social-distancing pretty damn hard. Mother and leading astronaut Emma Green (played by Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) is torn as she embarks on the first space mission to Mars, leaving behind her husband and daughter. This warm family-drama is visually stunning and emotionally charged, leaving viewers wondering whether they’d risk leaving it all behind for a shot at getting to Mars. At the very least, Elon Musk is rooting for her.

6.6

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AWAY
SEASON 1

The Queen’s Gambit – Season 1

Now, this is one we’re really excited about. Though a period-drama about world-class competitive chess,  The Queen’s Gambit is a deeply compelling story about an orphan’s journey through life. Exploring addiction, gender, the correlation between genius and madness, and more, this show manages to pull it off through exceptional writing and a deeply interesting protagonist, played by the unflinching Anya Taylor Joy. Based on Walter Tevis’s novel, this is an adaptation worthy of the big screens. Your move.

8.9

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the queen's gambit

THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
SEASON 1

Hannibal –  Seasons 1 – 3 (New to Netflix)

Since The Silence Of The Lambs, the frightening intellect of the stone-cold Hannibal Lecter has been hard to shake. Three seasons deep, Hannibal explores the cannibal’s dark complexities further, utilising a memorable cast including the likes of Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson. Spoilers, they’re up for the challenge. A word of caution: watch this dark crime in the daytime to reduce your imminent nightmares.

8.5

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hannibal

HANNIBAL
SEASONS 1 – 3

Trinkets –  Season 1

Trinkets is full of energy, so it’s no surprise that a second (and final) season was given the green light. This high-school tale is based on the novel by screenwriter Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith (Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You), so prepare yourself for some melodramatic action. Sporting a female-heavy main cast bursting with contrasting personalities, Trinkets is the next guilty-pleasure teen-drama just waiting to be scooped up.

6.2

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trinkets

TRINKETS
SEASON 2