I loved everything about the hotel.
This was my first time staying there. An excellent 5-star hotel. The room was spacious. The service and food at K3 restaurant is amazing. Great breakfast and dinner. This is a very modern hotel. The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful. The Indian cuisine at K3 is awesome. Breakfast and dinner cater for Western, Sub-Continent and Asian tastes. The hotel is located less than 10 minutes from the airport. There is also very good security in and around the hotel in Aero City which has numerous hotels
Stayed in July 2019

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Stuck between the menu options of your corporate catering? – Bangalore, India

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Travel – India’s ‘all is well’ approach to life

Walking in one of Panaji’s local markets one warm afternoon earlier this year, I found the shops shuttered all along the street. I was in search of a new pair of shoes to replace the ones that had just given up after years of walks in markets and towns such as this one in Goa. “You’ll have to wait until evening now,” said my friend when I called to ask about opening hours. It turned out that nothing in Goa is open between 13:00 and 17:00: this seaside state in western India heaves a collective sigh of ‘ susegad’ around lunchtime and switches off from the heat outside.
View image of The Indian state of Goa is known for ‘susegad’, its relaxed, laidback attitude (Credit: Credit: dbimages/Alamy)
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Susegad – which comes from the Portuguese word ‘ sossegado’ for ‘quiet’ – refers to the laidback attitude of Goans, who seem to live in a perennial state of contentment. Perry Goes, a Goan living in Bengaluru in India’s southern Karnataka state, told me, “Like siesta itself, susegad is born of an innate realisation that you cannot and should not fight the small things of life. Like on a hot, sultry, soporific summer afternoon, it is best to shut down and spend time in the shade. Otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy the balmy summer evening that comes later.” Like other Goans, Goes uses the Spanish word siesta rather than the Portuguese sesta.
Yet, susegad is much more than just taking a nap in the afternoons. “It is about living life at a slow pace, taking your ‘own sweet time’ about everything,” as Shekhar Vaidya, a marketing executive who was born and lived most of his adult life in Goa, explained. “After all, where is the hurry?” he added.
It is about living life at a slow pace, taking your ‘own sweet time’ about everything
Journalist Joanna Lobo, who grew up in north Goa and now lives in Mumbai, reminisced about susegad from her childhood. “It’s a Sunday spent with the family, relaxing after a filling lunch of rice, fish and vegetables, just gossiping about the village or playing card games. It’s that feeling of relaxation, of feeling content with life, of being loved.”
Contentment, physical silence and mental peace were themes that came up again and again as I spoke to people from Goa – both those who live there and those who have moved away. Where other Indian towns are defined by the sounds of vehicular and human traffic in the form of incessant honking and heated arguments, in the towns and villages of Goa, it is the chiming of church bells and the gentle tinkle of bicycle bells that mark time.
View image of Many Goans enjoy afternoon siestas, a practice leftover from the time when the Indian state was under Portuguese rule (Credit: Credit: Charukesi Ramadurai)
Susegad does not mean laziness or lack of interest in work, though, as Lobo was quick to point out. “As an outsider Goan or Bomoicar [as Bombay Goans are referred to], my biggest gripe is with how the word has been twisted and misconstrued to mean that Goans are lazy and laidback. That’s just not true. We work hard but also want to enjoy life,” she declared firmly. Goes had a similar reaction describing a family situation where he felt helpless. “Sometimes, the only thing to do good for my soul is to have a chilled beer and a good siesta. It is not sloth or laziness. It is deciding on what to fight for and what to give up on, and having the sense to decide between the two.”
Stereotypes about various regions and communities flourish in India, each viewed with a modicum of suspicion and oodles of superiority by everyone else – from the loud and boisterous Punjabi to the cerebral and rabblerousing Bengali. But Goa, it is acknowledged, marches to the beat of its own drum. This state, which has one of the smallest populations in India (just more than 1.5 million), revels in a uniquely happy syncretism between Indian Hindu and Portuguese Catholic influences.
Sometimes, the only thing to do good for my soul is to have a chilled beer and a good siesta
The Portuguese first arrived in Goa in 1510. They came for many reasons, most significantly to take back valuable spices like black pepper and green cardamom and to spread the word about Christianity. What they found in Goa delighted them: virgin beaches and lush forests, not to mention a handy port that eased trade within the region. And so, the Portuguese stayed on – for more than 450 years.
It was only in 1961, a full 14 years after India gained independence from the British, that Goa ceased to be a Portuguese colony. Indeed, it is common in Goa to hear locals speak about India as though it were a county separate from their own, with which they have little in common. And the spirit of susegad is just one of the vestiges from the Portuguese period, in this land with a temperate, Mediterranean spirit.
View image of The Portuguese period is reflected in Goa’s culture, including its cuisine (Credit: Credit: Charukesi Ramadurai)
Many Goans from older generations still have Portuguese passports and own homes in that country. The Portuguese language still continues to be understood and spoken widely throughout Goa, while susegad, the Catholic religion, food, music and dance, and art and architecture are all still distinct remnants of that rule.
Travellers will find the cuisine a delicate mix of Portuguese dishes married with coastal ingredients like coconut and pepper; even the ubiquitous spongy bread pao is a Portuguese import. If you walk around the Fontainhas area in Panaji, called Goa’s Latin Quarter, you’ll see classic Portuguese architecture, from churches to mansions. In fact, a few Goans have started restoration of old Portuguese mansions, keeping the traditional art and architecture intact; the Palacio do Deao in Quepem and Figueiredo House in Loutolim are now open to visitors.
Vaidya explained that a mutual affinity between Goa and Portugal exists to this day. “Unlike the British who exploited Indian resources, the Portuguese did not consider Goa just a colony to make money from; it was actually considered a part of Portugal. Therefore, the Goans also thought them to be their own people, rather than outsiders,” he said.
View image of Examples of Portuguese architecture can be found throughout Goa (Credit: Credit: Charukesi Ramadurai)
Is susegad then relevant only to the Catholic Goans, I wondered, since the Portuguese legacy is much stronger among Catholic Goans, who were converted by the Portuguese Jesuit priests. I knew that only around 25% of Goa is Catholic, while the majority, more than 66%, are Hindus, and perhaps only the people they had converted into Catholics have the susegad attitude. However, everyone I spoke to said that wasn’t the case; anyone who has lived in Goa for even for a couple of years embraces susegad.
In fact, according to blogger Anuradha Goyal, who moved to Goa five years ago after working in New Delhi and Bengaluru, susegad is as much a Goan attraction as the sun and the sea. She explained that over the last five years, since she moved to Goa, her own daily routine has now become slower and easier, following that that local life.
When I prodded deeper into the reasons that make susegad unique to Goa, I began to learn how strong civic ties seem to have contributed to the concept. Of course, it all began in Goa with siesta, a necessity in what was traditionally an agrarian society where people woke up early to work in the fields or to catch fish to sell in the morning markets. Along with work, they also learned to rest as needed, a balance that led to a feeling of contentment. So moving from siesta to susegad was then a natural evolution in the Goan way of life.
View image of The afternoon siesta was a necessity in Goa, traditionally an agrarian society where people woke up early (Credit: Credit: Charukesi Ramadurai)
Goes explained that Goa has always been blessed with natural prosperity and plenty, something that is reflected in the content attitude of its people. Furthermore, he said, “Community bonds are still strong in Goa: people farming and harvesting together, or providing collective labour for the tiling of roofs or painting of walls at home.”
According to him and others who live in Goa, village and town borders are a “notional concept” in the tiny state, and there is an innate belief in egalitarianism, with “simply no stress to be better than my neighbour”. It’s an attitude that has carried over from the old days, when Goa felt isolated, not geographically, but socially, from India, which was ruled by the British, while they themselves had the Portuguese as rulers. There was, therefore, a need to stick close to each other, irrespective of social status or religious affiliation.
As Goyal said, “When you are new to Goa, it takes some time to get used to its susegad approach to life, but once you adjust to its rhythm, you begin to enjoy it and it sets a pace for your own day.”
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Political Calendar: Week of July 7, 2019

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Political Calendar for the Week of July 7, 2019:
Monday, July 8, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, ( NEW Location ) Kettle Restaurant, 748 W. Starr Pass Blvd., west of I-10. East 22nd Street turns into W. Starr Pass Blvd. at the I-10. The Kettle restaurant serves American buffet food, and is on the north side of the street, near the Quality Inn. An optional buffet lunch is available for just $12.00 that includes beverage, tax, and tip. Ordering from the regular menu is available. Featured speaker is Rob Elias, Ward 1 City Council Candidate. Next Week: Debbie Rich from Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
Monday, July 8, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Meet the second Monday of each month. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/ .
Monday, July 8, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Highlands at Dove Mountain meeting, in the Dove Mountain Clubhouse Catalina Room II, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. For more information please contact (520) 661-1919.
Tuesday, July 9, Noon: Democrats of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact or call (928) 468-9669.
Tuesday, July 9, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Groth at (520) 385-6686 or check our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org .
Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at .
Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at La Paloma Restaurant, 5183 Clifton Street, Solomon. Meet the second Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact us at grahamcountydemocraticparty@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page .
Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 p.m.: Speed Dating Community Forum for Tucson Mayor & Ward 1 Council member , at YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. This candidate forum centers around the community to bring out the informed and active voter in all of us. Candidates will speak with groups of attendees in-person, and we will also stream this event for you to watch on your own time. Please RSVP to which sessions you would like to attend. Register via Eventbrite .
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson. Featured speaker is Zaira Livier on the Tucson Sanctuary City ballot initiative. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact DGT at Pima County Democratic Headquarters (520) 326-3716.
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Disability Caucus meeting, at Direct Center, 1001 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Monthly meeting of the Disability Caucus. Open to the public. For more information please contact Contact Carol Brown (520) 325-9874.
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Road, Prescott. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Please RSVP to (928)541-0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.
Thursday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party meeting, at the new Yuma Democratic Party HQ at 290 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1, Yuma. Parking is available in back. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact us at yumademocrats@gmail.com.
Friday, July 12, 7:00 p.m.: Lights for Liberty Tucson: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. Protest the inhumane conditions facing refugees, at Jácome Plaza Downtown, 101 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson. Bring a battery operated candle or a glowstick. Some will be available at the event in return for a suggested donation. There will be music, speeches, and community education about how to influence our lawmakers to end the abuses. At approximately 8:30 p.m. we will light our candles (battery powered) and glowsticks in solidarity with hundreds of other vigils nationwide. We will end with a solemn procession around the perimeter of the plaza. Our voices will be raised. Our voices will be heard. Link to event information: Facebook Page . Lights for Liberty Phoenix: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps . Protest the inhumane conditions facing refugees, at the ICE Field Office in Phoenix, 2035 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Link to event information: Facebook Page .
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Tucson Mayoral Candidate Forum , featuring Democrats Randi Dorman, Steve Farley and Regina Romero. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club .
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at or visit our web page Mule Mountain Democrats .
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at .
Saturday, July 13, 1:00 p.m.: Sun City Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, in the Navajo Room of the Activity Center, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Sun City. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information lease contact Maureen Salz .
Saturday, July 13, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Room 203 meeting room). Speakers are LD 2 House Reps. Rosanna Gabaldon & Daniel Hernandez Jr. For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.
Special Announcements:
DCSRA Current Events Discussion Group
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers .
Drinking Liberally
Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street, Tucson. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Next meeting Wednesday, July 17. Please RSVP to . Featured speaker is Tucson mayoral candidate Regina Romero . Informal but thoughtful conversation. As a reminder, The Shanty does not serve food (yes, there is popcorn), so please feel free to bring your own or order in, all allowed at The Shanty. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to our host, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise).
Monday, July 15, 6:00 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. For more information please contact David Coward at .
Tuesday, July 16, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at Manda Le Bar & Grill, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista, Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For more information please contact Pat Smith at pandw111167@aol.com. Visit our web page. Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona .
Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 a.m.: Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies in public before the House Judiciary Committee, followed by the House Intelligence Committee.
Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact or call (928) 468-9669.
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com .
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.: ( No meeting due to our fundraiser on 7/20 ). Legislative District 10 meeting, at new meeting location, Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E 22nd Street, Tucson.There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Bonnie Heidler at ld10azdems@gmail.com.
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.
Thursday, July 18, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $15, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.
Tucson Mayoral Debate hosted by the Pima County Democratic Party
Thursday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.: Tucson Mayoral Debate hosted by the Pima County Democratic Party, at Rincon/University High School Auditorium, 421 N. Arcadia Avenue, Tucson. Moderated by Christopher Conover, AZPM Political Correspondent and host of “The Buzz.” Come hear what the three democratic candidates for Tucson Mayor have to say as they debate the issues two weeks before early ballots are mailed for the Democratic Primary election. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Debate will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20: 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon-landing – NASA .
Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at or (520) 241-8408.
LD 10 “Hoppy Hour” Beer Tasting
Saturday, July 20, 3:00 p.m.: LD 10 “Hoppy Hour” Beer Tasting, at the Hop Street Lounge, 7215 E. 22nd Street, Tucson. Join LD10 for a beer tasting, silent auction, food and fun!Tickets are available now: $20-includes 3 5 oz. tasters, $25-includes 4 5 oz. tasters. Tickets available secure online at ActBlue . For more information see our Facebook Page .
Monday, July 22, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.
Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kim Holoway at kimholaway@gmail.com.
Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.
Wednesday, July 24, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.
Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Young Democrats meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Everyone interested in learning more about supporting democratic issues, candidates or our club is welcome. We generally meet the fourth Wednesday of every month. For more information please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/pimayoungdems.
Thursday, July 25, 6:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Labor Caucus meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson.
Thursday, July 25, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at and Like Us on Facebook.
Saturday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at . Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats .
Saturday, July 27, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Witthoeft at sdwitt77@gmail.com.
Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic
Sunday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic, at Watson Lake Park, 3101 Watson Lake Park Road, Prescott. Lunch and beverages provided. $20.00 per person, $30 per family of four (+ State park fee for parking at the gate on entry). For more information please contact 928.541.0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.
Sunday, July 28, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.
Monday, July 29, 5:30 p.m. : Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates
Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday July 31, (Time TBA): CNN Democratic Primary Debate from Detroit, Michigan. Aired On: CNN. Live Stream: CNN.com .
LD 10 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party
Tuesday, July 30, 5:30 p.m.: LD 10 Debate Watch Party, at Pima Country Democratic Headquarters, 4639 E 1st Street, Tucson. Join your like-minded neighbors for the first night of the July 2019 Presidential Debates. Bring a snack to share and your own covered drinking container with your beverage of choice and watch the live stream broadcast on multiple screens. Bring a friend to this free event organized by the LD10 Democrats of Pima County. Please RSVP to stephotucson@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 30th at noon to reserve a space. Seating is limited.
Saturday, August 3, 9:30 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson. For more information please contact Gerald Stoops at gfstoops@gmail.com.
Saturday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact .
Monday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee meeting.
Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson. Featured speaker is Congressman Raul Grijalva . Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact DGT at Pima County Democratic Headquarters (520) 326-3716.
Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Disability Caucus meeting, at Direct Center, 1001 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Monthly meeting of the Disability Caucus. Open to the public. For more information please contact Contact Carol Brown (520) 325-9874.
Thursday, August 8, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Road, Prescott. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Please RSVP to (928)541-0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.
Thursday, August 8, 7:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party meeting, at the new Yuma Democratic Party HQ at 290 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1, Yuma. Parking is available in back. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact us at yumademocrats@gmail.com.
Saturday, August 10, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Featured speaker is Merrill Eisenberg of Outlaw Dirty Money. Usually meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club .
Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at or visit our web page Mule Mountain Democrats .
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at .
Saturday, August 10, 1:00 p.m.: Sun City Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, in the Navajo Room of the Activity Center, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Sun City. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information lease contact Maureen Salz .
Saturday, August 10, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Room 203 meeting room). For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.
Monday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Meet the second Monday of each month. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/ .
Monday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Highlands at Dove Mountain meeting, in the Dove Mountain Clubhouse Catalina Room II, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. For more information please contact (520) 661-1919.
Tuesday, August 13, Noon: Democrats of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact or call (928) 468-9669.
Tuesday, August 13, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Groth at (520) 385-6686 or check our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org .
Tuesday, August 13, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at .
Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at La Paloma Restaurant, 5183 Clifton Street, Solomon. Meet the second Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact us at grahamcountydemocraticparty@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page .
Thursday, August 15, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $15, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.
Friday August 16 – Sunday, August 18: Woodstock 50 in Watkins Glenn, NY.
Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at or (520) 241-8408.
Monday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. For more information please contact David Coward at .
Tuesday, August 20, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at Manda Le Bar & Grill, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista, Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For more information please contact Pat Smith at pandw111167@aol.com. Visit our web page. Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona .
City of Tucson’s Official 242nd Birthday
Tuesday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.: City of Tucson’s Official 242nd Birthday, at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, 196 N. Court Avenue, Tucson. Details TBA. For more information see tucsonpresidio.com .
Wednesday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact or call (928) 468-9669.
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com .
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting, at new meeting location, Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E 22nd Street, Tucson.There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Bonnie Heidler at ld10azdems@gmail.com.
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.
Thursday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Labor Caucus meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson.
Thursday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at and Like Us on Facebook.
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at . Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats .
Coconino County Democratic Party’s Annual Monsoon Picnic
Saturday, August 24, 11:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party’s annual Monsoon Picnic, this year at Bushmaster Park, 3150 N. Alta Vista Drive, Flagstaff. Come enjoy the food, hobnob with candidates and socialize with like-minded people! This is a potluck with the party providing burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, buns, and drinks. We ask that those whose last names begin with A-M bring a dessert and those whose last names begin with N-Z bring a salad or side dish. (Bring reusable plates and utensils if you can. We will provide paper and plastic.)
Saturday, August 24, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Witthoeft at sdwitt77@gmail.com.
Sunday, August 25, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.
Monday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day , commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment
Monday, August 26, 5:30 p.m.: AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment, at Arizona State University, West Campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. Keynote Speaker: Kathy Hoffman, AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction. Also Mayor Coral Evans, Flagstaff, AZ. For Tabling, Sponsorship opportunities, and to participate in our Parade of Runners, please contact Karen Bravo at 602-509-7231 or or . For more information see EventBrite .
Monday, August 26, 5:30 p.m. : Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.
Tuesday, August 27: City of Tucson Primary Election for Mayor and Council members .
Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kim Holoway at kimholaway@gmail.com.
Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.
Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 p.m.: PCDP Primary Election Night Party , at Reilly’s Craft Pizza, 101 E. Pennington Street, Tucson. Join Pima County Democrats to celebrate our Tucson mayor and council candidate primary winners on the November ballot.
Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.
Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Young Democrats meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Everyone interested in learning more about supporting democratic issues, candidates or our club is welcome. We generally meet the fourth Wednesday of every month. For more information please see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/pimayoungdems.
Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2: Coconino County Fair , at Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff.
Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2: 104th Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo , at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 AZ-83, Sonoita.
Monday, September 2: Labor Day.
PALF Annual Labor Day Picnic
Monday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.: Pima Area Labor Federation’s 23rd Annual Labor Day Picnic at the Reid Park Bandshell. Join us for free food, drinks, games and our 9th annual union olympics. Details TBA.
Wednesday, September 4 – Saturday, September 7: Apache County Fair , at 825 W. 4th, North Saint Johns.
Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 8: Yavapai County Fair , at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott.
Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 8: Northern Gila County Fair , at the Payson Event Center, 1400 Beeline Hwy., Payson.
Sunday, September 8: Week one of the 2019 NFL season.
Wednesday, September 11: Patriot Day.
Wednesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 15: Navajo County Fair & Rodeo , at the Navajo County Fair Grounds, 404 E. Hopi Drive, Holbrook.
Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 15: Mohave County Fair , at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., Kingman.
Third 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates
Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, (Time TBA): ABC News Democratic Primary Debate from (TBD). Aired On: ABC, Univision. Live Stream: ABC News Live .
Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m.: Sierra Vista Oktoberfest , at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista, AZ. Beer garden, german cuisine via food vendors, live entertainment from the Hamptons, kid’s carnival and arts & craft vendors.
Saturday, September 17: Constitution Day/Citizenship Day.
Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22: Gila County Fair , at the Gila County Fairgrounds, located just north of Globe on US 60.
Thursday, September 19 – Sunday, September 22: Greenlee County Fair , at the Greenlee County Fair Grounds, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan.
Friday, September 20 – Sunday, September 22: Santa Cruz County Fair , at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 AZ-83, Sonoita.
Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting, at Prescott Mile High Middle School, 300 S. Granite Street, Prescott. Registration will be from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Caucus meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch available at meeting location. Plenary session begins at 1 p.m.
Democrats of Greater Tucson 2019 Awards Luncheon – Save the date!
Sunday, September 22, 11:30 a.m.: Democrats of Greater Tucson 2019 Awards Luncheon, at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue, Tucson. Master of Ceremonies is David Fitzsimmons of the Arizona Daily Star . Details TBA. Save the date!
Tuesday, September 24: National Voter Registration Day .
Thursday, September 26 – Sunday, September 29: Cochise County Fair , at the Cochise County Fair Grounds, 3677 N. Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas.
Saturday, September 28, 11:00 a.m.: Tucson Pride Parade 2019 . Step off at 11:00 a.m. at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson.
Saturday, September 28, Noon: 42nd Annual Pride in The Desert , at Reid Park, 22nd Street (at Alvernon Way) in Tucson. See Pride In The Desert 2019 .
Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 27: Arizona State Fair , at the Arizono State Fair Grounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.
Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13: Graham County Fair, at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford. Share this:

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A rare glimpse into the sweeping and potentially troubling cloud kitchens trend

Independent restaurant owners may be doomed, and perhaps grocery stores, too.
Such is the conclusion of a growing chorus of observers who’ve been closely watching a new and powerful trend gain strength: that of cloud kitchens, or fully equipped shared spaces for restaurant owners, most of them quick-serve operations.
While viewed peripherally as an interesting and, for some companies, lucrative development, the movement may well transform our lives in ways that enrich a small set of companies while zapping jobs and otherwise taking a toll on our neighborhoods. Renowned VC Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital seemed to warn about this very thing in a Financial Times column that appeared last month, titled “The cloud kitchen brews a storm for local restaurants.”
Moritz begins by pointing to the runaway success of Deliveroo , the London-based delivery service that relies on low-paid, self-employed delivery riders who deliver local restaurant food to customers — including from shared kitchens that Deliveroo itself operates, including in London and Paris.
He believes that Amazon’s recent investment in the company “might just foreshadow the day when the company, once just known as the world’s largest bookseller, also becomes the world’s largest restaurant company.”
That’s bad news for people who run restaurants, he adds, writing, “For now the investment looks like a simple endorsement of Deliveroo. But proprietors of small, independent restaurants should tighten their apron strings. Amazon is now one step away from becoming a multi-brand restaurant company — and that could mean doomsday for many dining haunts.”
The good news . . . and the bad
He’s not exaggerating. While shared kitchens have so far been optimistically received as a potential pathway for food entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses — particularly as more people turn to take out — there are many downsides that may well outweigh the good, or certainly counteract it.
Last year, for example, UBS wrote a note to its clients titled “ Is the kitchen dead ?” wherein it suggested the rise of food delivery apps like Deliveroo and Uber Eats could well prove ruinous for home cooks, as well as restaurants and supermarkets.
The economics of food delivery have grown too alluring, suggested the bank. It’s already inexpensive because of cheap labor — and that cost center will disappear entirely if delivery drones take flight. Meanwhile, food will become cheaper to make because of central kitchens, the kind that Deliveroo is opening and Uber is reportedly venturing into. (In March, Bloomberg reported that Uber is testing out a program in Paris where it’s renting out fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchens to serve businesses that sell food on delivery apps like Uber Eats.)
The favorable case for cloud kitchens argues that restaurants renting from them pay less than they would for their own real estate. But the reality is also that most of the businesses moving into them right now aren’t small restaurateurs but fast-food brands that already have a following and aren’t known for their emphasis on food quality but instead for quickly churning out affordable food.
As Eric Greenspan, a chef who has appeared regularly on the Food Network and opened and closed numerous restaurants, says in a short new documentary about cloud kitchens : “Delivery is the fastest growing market in restaurants. What started out as 10 percent of your sales is now 30 percent of your sales, and [the industry predicts] it will be 50 to 60 percent of a quick-serve restaurant’s sales within the next three to five years. So you take that, plus the fact that quick-serve brands are kind of the key to getting a fat payout at the end of the day . . .”
Greenspan continues on to explain that during an age when fewer people frequent restaurants, running one simply makes less and less sense. “[Opening] up a brick-and-mortar restaurant these days is just like giving yourself a job. Now [with centralized kitchens], as long as the product is coming out strong, I don’t need to be there as a presence. I can quality control remotely now. I can go online and [log out of a marketplace Uber Eats or Postmates] and not piss off any customers, because if I just decided to close the restaurant one day, and you drove over and it was closed, you’d be pissed. But if you’re looking for [one of my restaurants] in Uber Eats and you can’t find it because I turned it off, well, you’re not pissed. You just order something else.”
Big players only need apply . . .
The model works for now for Greenspan, who is operating out a cloud kitchen in L.A that happens to belong in part to Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick. He was quicker than some to grok the opportunity that shared kitchens present. In fact, it was early last year that Kalanick announced he was investing $150 million in a startup called City Storage Systems that focused on repurposing distressed real estate assets and turning them into spaces for new industries, like food delivery.
That company owns CloudKitchens , which invites food chains — as well as independent restaurant and food truck owners — to lease space in one of its facilities for a monthly fee, charging additional fees for data analytics that it says are meant to help the entrepreneurs boost their sales.
The pitch to restaurateurs is that CloudKitchens can increase their sales while reducing their overhead. But the company is also amassing all kinds of data about its tenants and their customer preferences in the process — data that could presumably benefit CloudKitchens in various ways . Little wonder that Amazon wanted entrée into the industry, or that there is already at least one serious competitor in China — Panda Selected — which raised $50 million led by Tiger Global Management earlier this year.
No one can fault savvy entrepreneurs for seizing on what looks like a gigantic business opportunity. Still, the kitchens, which make all the sense in the world from an investment standpoint, should not be embraced so readily by everyone else as a panacea.
Ripple effects . . .
One of the biggest areas of concern is that in order to work, central kitchens rely on the same people who drive Ubers and handle food deliveries — people who aren’t afforded health benefits and whose financial picture is precarious as a result. (As with Uber drivers, Deliveroo employees tried to gain status as “workers” last year with better pay, but they were denied them . The EU Parliament more recently passed new rules to protect so-called gig economy workers, though they don’t go far. Meanwhile, in the U.S, Uber and Lyft continue to fight legislation that would give employee status to contract workers.)
Matt Newberg, a founder and foodie from New York, says he could see the writing on the wall when he recently toured CloudKitchen’s two L.A. facilities along with the shared kitchens of two other companies: Kitchen United which last fall raised $10 million from GV, and and Fulton Kitchens , which offers commercial kitchens for rent on an annual basis.
Newberg filmed what he saw (which is very much worth watching below) and suggests that he was taken aback by the conditions of the first facility that CloudKitchens opened and operates in South L.A.
Though most restaurant kitchens are chaotic scenes, Newberg said that as “someone who loves food and sustainability” the facility didn’t feel “very humane” to him when he walked through it. It’s windowless for one thing (it’s a warehouse). Newberg also says it was filled with people who appeared to him to be low-wage workers. Not last, he says he also counted 27 kitchens packed into what are “maybe 250-square-feet to 300 square-foot spaces,” and a lot of people who appeared to be in panic mode.
“Imagine lots of screaming, lots of sirens triggered when an order gets backed up, tablets everywhere.”
Adds Newberg, “When I walked in, I was like, holy shit, no one even knows this exists in L.A. It felt like Ground Zero. It felt like a military base. I mean, it seemed genius, but also crazy.”
Newberg says CloudKitchen’s second, newer location is far nicer, as are the facilities of Kitchen United and Fulton Kitchens. “That [second CloudKitchen warehouse] felt like a WeWork for kitchens. Super sleek. It was as quiet as a server farm. There were still no windows, but the kitchens are nicer and bigger.”
Growing pains . . .
Emails to CloudKitchens went unreturned, but every startup has growing pains, and presumably, shared kitchen companies are not immune to these. Still, Moritz, the venture capitalist, warns that most restaurateurs should remain wary of them. Writing in the FT , he says that in the early 2000s, his firm, Sequoia, invested in a chain of kebab restaurants called Faasos that planned to deliver meals to customers’ homes but wound up getting crushed by high rents and turnover, among other things.
To save itself, it opened a centralized kitchen to sell kebobs. Now, he writes, Fassos produces a wide variety of foods, including other Indian specialities but also Chinese and Italian dishes under separate brand names.
It’s the same playbook that Eric Greenspan is using, telling Food & Wine magazine last year that his goal was to have no fewer than six delivery-only concepts running simultaneously. Greenspan, who is obviously media savvy, can probably pull it off, too, just like Fassos. But for restaurants that are not known franchises or have the star appeal of celebrity chef, the future might not look so bright.
Writes Moritz: “In some markets there is still an opportunity for hardened restaurant and kitchen operators — particularly if they are gifted in the use of social media, to build a following and refashion themselves. But they need to move quickly before it becomes too expensive to compete with the larger, faster-moving companies. The mere prospect of Amazon using cloud kitchens to provide cuisine catering to every taste — and delivering these meals through services such as Deliveroo — should be enough to give any restaurateur heartburn.”
It should also worry people who care about their neighborhoods.
Cloud kitchens may make it faster and cheaper than ever to order take-out. But there will be consequences. Most of us simply have yet to imagine them.

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The friendliness & the warmth of the staff at the breakfast buffet is an area that needs to be worked upon. A lot of Indians visit this property so I feel more options for Indian Vegetarian should be explored.
Very nice. Good spread. The staff at the time of Check-in & check-out were very friendly. Also, the response time of the staff to ferry us on buggies from our rooms to any part of the resort was really really quick. We never had to wait. Further, the staff at the MALATI & LEMONCILLO restaraunts were very corteous & gave us great service. Their Lemoncillo restaraunt for Italian cuisine is a MUST DO! It has great food..
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Visit Mauritius

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I’ve had a few ‘pinch me’ moments over the years, but being invited to Mauritius on a press trip has to be one of the biggest! A couple of months ago I received an email that literally made me scream. Which in turn made Stew jump a mile as it was about 6.30am at the time. I had been invited on a week long trip to the beautiful island of Mauritius with a group of other bloggers from all over Europe.
Having never been on holiday to a destination like this before, I really couldn’t have been more excited. I’d heard and seen so many great things about Mauritius and I was blown away from the moment we landed. It’s literally paradise!
As I’ve mentioned, this trip was on behalf of my blog. I wasn’t paid to go, but all flights and accommodation and excursions were provided by Attitude Hotels and We Like Travel . You may remember that I’d previously worked with We Like Travel on a similar trip to France a couple of years ago. I had an amazing time on that trip, so I was excited to work with them again.
I’ve toyed around with a few ideas on how to write this post, and I’ve decided to concentrate on the main factors that made my trip the incredible one it was. Hopefully it will give you either travel inspiration, or some helpful information if you’re planning a trip to this beautiful island.
Where to stay?
As I’ve said, this trip was provided by the wonderful team of Attitude Hotels – a brand of luxury 3 and 4 star hotels all over Mauritius. Ideal for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or family holiday, Mauritius has something for everyone. And so do the Attitude Hotels. We stayed in 2 different ones during our week long stay – The Ravenala Attitude and Zilwa Attitude. But we were also able to experience 2 other hotels as part of excursions and activities. So I feel we received a well rounded view of these particular hotels, and I’d love to jump into more detail about the two we stayed in. Hopefully this will help if you’ve booked either of the two, or are planning a trip but can’t decide which hotel, or which area to stay. The Ravenala Attitude
The Ravenala Attitude was our first stop. Located just outside Port Louis, the island’s capital, The Ravenala offers guests and incredibly luxurious stay. The bedrooms are large and modern, but in keeping with traditional Mauritian style. There are multiple pools to be enjoyed by all of the family, plus a small beach offering water sport activities.
The Ravenala is also home to multiple restaurants offering a variety of food from around the world. My personal favourites being sushi and traditional Mauritian cuisine. There are also a selection of street food stalls and juice bars on the beach, to help keep you refreshed throughout the day. I would recommend choosing the all inclusive option if booking this hotel, so that you can fully enjoy everything it has to offer.
Location wise, it’s close to the airport and you can spend days out exploring the capital, or having a bet on the horse racing (Mauritius is famous for it’s racing).
Although Port Louis is small, it was enjoyable to see the local way of life, enjoy local cuisines and soak up the hustle and bustle.
This hotel would be perfect for both couples looking for a relaxing break away, and for families with young children. The hotel is set up in such a way, that all ages are catered for, but still feels very private and exclusive.
I absolutely loved this hotel! It was incredible to spend 3 nights here without a care in the world. We were able to fully relax, enjoy all that the hotel had to offer and soak up some Mauritian culture. Zilwa Attitude
We spent our final nights at Zilwa Attitude, located further up the coast at the north of the island. Whilst this hotel was equally as beautiful and luxurious, it felt a lot smaller, with less food options and a much smaller pool. The first thing that also struck me, was that the hotel was home to a lot of British and European holidaymakers. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it felt a lot busier than The Ravenala.
That being said, Zilwa still retains elements of Mauritian culture. The staff are equally as welcoming and helpful as The Ravenala, and it’s a great location to enjoy more water based activities. The beach at Zilwa is much bigger than Ravenala, and it has a small island a 10 minute boat away, which you can visit or hire for private parties. It was this island that made the stay for me. We had a bbq there during the day, sunbathed in hammocks in the sea all afternoon, before enjoying a tradition Mauritian banquet of food and drinks in the evening. This was such a special moment, and one that I’ll never forget.
Zilwa also offers many local excursions, including dinner at a local family’s home and bike riding. The Zilwa is also perfectly set up for both families and couples. Basically, neither would be a bad choice! And although they claim to only be a 3 or 4 star hotel, I have to say, they feel more like a 5*!
The Ravenala in particular is a slice of paradise in terms of decor. It’s absolutely beautiful, but it seems Mauritian standards are much higher than ours. Both of these hotels would far exceed any 3 or 4 star you found here in the UK.
What to do? Port Louis
As I’ve mentioned, The Ravenala is perfectly located for a trip into the island’s capital, Port Louis. Here, you can explore more of the local culture and cuisines, the local architecture and the buzz of this bustling city. It’s fairly small in comparison to many of our cities, so I would suggest only spending a couple of hours here. Perhaps a trip for lunch at one of the food markets or street food vendors? Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Also from The Ravenala, we were able to take a trip to the local botanical gardens. These gardens are extensive, with many tropical plants and flowers, and you could easily spend an afternoon here strolling around, or taking shelter from the heat in a shady spot. It’s a very relaxing place to visit. You can also spend a couple of rupees more and have a guided tour, where you’re able to learn more about the plants they have here. Catamaran trip
On our way from The Ravenala to Zilwa hotels, we stopped off at another hotel of the Attitude chain, called Coin de Mire Attitude. Although we didn’t explore the hotel itself, we were able to spend the day on a catamaran in the middle of the Indian Ocean!
The hotel is called Coin de Mire, because of a smaller island with the same name just off its coast. The catamaran took us out to this island to gain a closer look, and here we were able to jump off the boat and enjoy some snorkelling.
We hopped back on the boat for a bbq lunch, before enjoying some more downtime for sun bathing and further snorkelling fun.
This day was the highlight of the trip for me, and I couldn’t recommend a similar trip more! It was amazing to swim in the Indian Ocean and spend a day relaxing in this way. The staff on board were also super helpful, welcoming and really fun to be around – they played guitar and sung Mauritian songs for us. Plus they take requests! Local Mauritian hospitality
If you stay at the Zilwa Attitude you must must must spend an evening having dinner with a local family. This is an incredible trip that the hotel offers, whereby staff from the hotel open up their homes for the evening for guests of the hotel, and put on an absolutely feast of their traditional cuisine. It’s definitely something that shouldn’t be passed up.
We spent an evening in the home of a wonderful Mauritian family who taught us how to cook with them, and prepared a beautiful assortment of curries, rice, breads and dips for us on a lovely palm leaf. We were also able to wear beautiful sarees, learn local dances and listen to the father and son play a selection of songs for us on guitar. It was a really wonderful night, and a fantastic way to learn more about the local way of life. Rent a bike
Also from Zilwa Attitude we were able to rent electric bikes to explore the local area in more detail. From the hotel we went in a group on a trip visiting many local villages and temples, and were again able to see much more of the local culture. The bikes were fitted up for us, with helmets provided, and although we rode a lot of main roads, the roads in Mauritius are a lot quieter, so we felt very safe at all times.
I really loved this morning out and about. It was fun to get to know some of the staff from the hotel more on this trip, and see more of the local area, that you probably wouldn’t otherwise get chance too.
Although the hotels are perfectly set up for an all inclusive holiday, it’s fantastic that they offer all of these trips to experience the Mauritian way of life. Personally I’ve always been put off all inclusive holidays, because staying inside the compounds of a hotel has never appealed to me. I’ve always been one to explore a destination and eat locally. But Attitude Hotels offer a bit of both which is fantastic! You get to have a very relaxing, luxurious holiday, but still experience new things and feel like you actually saw Mauritius. Island hopping
On our final day on the island we travelled to Tropical Attitude Hotel on the east coast of the island. Here we were able to spend the afternoon island hopping by boat, between beautiful desert islands just off the coast of Mauritius. During our trip we spotted plenty of wildlife, including starfish and sea urchins. And in true Mauritian culture, we ate another delicious bbq on the beach.
If you stay at Tropical Attitude, you must take advantage of their boat excursions and neighbouring islands. They’re truly stunning, and offer lots of water sports for all the family, or a simply relaxing day on the beach!
How long to stay?
We had a week long stay on this beautiful island, but I would say anywhere from one week to two would be perfect. There’s plenty to see and do in Mauritius, and Attitude Hotels have plenty of activities on offer to keep you entertained. Equally. if a relaxing break is more your vibe, you can easily sit back and relax and not have to worry about a thing!
Have you been to Mauritius? Are you planning a trip?
If you have any questions regarding the hotels we stayed at, or the trips we took, please let me know. I’ll do my best to help, otherwise I can reach out to the hotel for further info.

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Punjab Grill Offers Upscale Indian Cuisine, Experience

Karan Singh, Punjab Grill
Nothing has been left to chance at Punjab Grill . Nothing has been done by accident.
The interior has been meticulously designed and crafted by skilled workers in India’s northern state of Punjab. Restaurant staff wear uniforms made in one of India’s top design houses using custom-designed textiles. And each dish has a story behind it.
“Our cuisine and our menu is very traditional using traditional recipes and time-honored techniques, but all with our own signature touch,” CEO Karan Singh said. “Our aim in opening this restaurant was to kind of redefine the standard of fine dining with respect to Indian cuisine.”
East Meets West
Punjab Grill opened in March at 427 11th St., N.W., and seats up to 140 patrons. Much work went into its planning. The entire interior of the restaurant was custom built in India with Amit Krishn Gulati and Grupo7 Architecture + Interiors, shipped over in modules and assembled on site. The exterior was built out and interior fittings measured down to the millimeter to create a full immersion experience. Teams from India visited the site twice, and teams from the U.S. also traveled to India.
Among the interior features of Punjab Grill is a 13,000-pound, hand-carved stone wall built in India and shipped to the U.S. for assembly. A similar process was put in place for the ornate, hand-carved wood screens. Tables, chairs and barstools were likewise made in India and shipped over. The craftsmanship leveraged ancient techniques and styles such as those used in India’s iconic forts, palaces and places of worship, Singh said.
“Most of those have been done by craftsmen whose ancestors built the original buildings,” he added. “Visually, the space is quite spectacular.” Sheesh Mahal
The most opulent space in Punjab Grill is a private dining room for 10 dubbed the Sheesh Mahal, or “palace of mirrors.” Featuring walls of 150,000 hand-laid convex mirrors, the room comes with a dedicated concierge and a promise to make anything happen.
Food with Flair
The food is Punjabi food, inspired by or found in the northwest frontier state that separates India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East. This “gateway to India” has long been traversed by visitors, travelers and even invaders entering India by land, and as such, has become a meeting ground of cultures, people and food.
“It’s got a tremendous depth and breadth of culinary diversity,” Singh said. “There are influences that come in from the Middle East, from Iran, from Afghanistan. There are even European influences that come in through Punjab, and then of course Punjab itself is a very rich and fertile state. It’s got tremendous agricultural history and tradition, great dairy farming. The best produce in India comes from Punjab. So Punjabi food has always been kind of the gold standard as far as Indian cuisine is concerned.”
Punjab Grill’s food philosophy is rooted in the history of undivided Punjab — joining both the Pakistan side as well as the portion in modern India. On both sides of the border, one can find hospitality, love of life, tremendous love and respect for guests, and “beautiful and delicious culinary traditions,” Singh said. And those ideals are what customers can expect at Punjab Grille.
“It’s using traditional recipes and ancient techniques, but all with our personal signature touch,” he said.
Executive Chef Jassi Bindra has cooked at some of India’s finest hotels and restaurants and is the leader behind a team of individuals who created the menu.
The menu is broadly divided into three sections, beginning with the “Small Plates,” moving to “The Lion’s Share” and culminating in the “Signature and Classics.” Small Plates feature creative dishes in which an Indian dish is given a global flair or vice versa.
Burrata “Badal Jaam” is an example of an international ingredient given the “Punjabi treatment.” Featuring Italian cheese, heirloom tomatoes and Punjabi spiced eggplant, the dish is a nod to the Punjabi dairy industry and its relationship to Italy.
“The Italian cheese industry is now almost entirely run by Sikh dairy farmers from Punjab,” Singh explained. “Ten or 12 years ago, the Italian cheese industry was dying. The dairy farmers weren’t making enough money. They were getting out of the business, and they didn’t have anybody to produce the cheese. Punjab has a very rich tradition of dairy farming, and just like the U.S. opened up its visas for software engineers, Italy opened up visas for the Punjabi dairy farmers … Almost the entire cheese industry in Italy is now run by Punjabis.”
Stories like this are why Punjab Grill is more than just fusion cuisine. Its pairings and creations are entirely intentional.
The Lion’s Share portion of the menu features dishes that come out of the griddle and tandoor and are typically not prepared in a curry or sauce. The 24-Carat Raan is a slow-cooked and braised sikandari leg of lamb served with a 24-karat gold leaf on it. “Sikandari” is a nod to the historic conquests and alliances made by Alexander the Great, who was called “Sikandar” in the East.
The Signatures and Classics portion of the menu features well-loved Punjabi dishes to which the chef has given his signature touch. Those include Kathal Kofta, featuring a vegan “goat,” made with jackfruit.
“It has the texture and look and feel and taste of meat, but it’s a completely vegan dish,” Singh said. “This is a dish that always surprises our diners. They look at it and they can’t believe it’s not meat, which is kind of fun given all the hype right now around Impossible and Beyond .”
There is also the Maharaja Menu, meaning for the king of kings or emperor. Designed for a grander experience, it features premium dishes and dishes for sharing with large groups.
“We believe we are the only Indian restaurant in the world that does a caviar service,” he said of the Maharaja Menu. “We get beautiful Petrossian caviar served to you with house-made white butter and on blinis.” Patiala Duck
There is also a whole duck, called the Patiala Duck, based on the idea of Peking duck. It takes five days to prepare and is carved tableside.
“It’s done just like a traditional Peking duck service (with) completely Punjabi flavors and ingredients,” Singh said.
The guiding service philosophy for Punjab Grill is simple: the guest is god.
“That’s based on the Indian tradition that when a guest has come to your house, god has come to your house,” Singh said. “That’s what our staff has been taught and trained, and that embodies our philosophy toward hospitality. The guest is god, and there’s no further discussion of it.”
Aviator Turned Restauranteur
Singh’s previous career focus was in aviation. A trained airline captain, Singh flew commercial flights for a time before starting his own private aviation business flying corporate jets, helicopters, sales and charters. He continues to run that company.
“My entire life, I have been a foodie,” he said. “The whole family loves food. We travel the world eating at nice restaurants. We choose destinations based on the kind of food we’re going to get there.”
Singh attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as well as Embry in Florida. GT&T cocktail
In 2012, he moved from India to the U.S. for personal reasons, and while working to explore his career options here, he decided to open a small restaurant on the side. That first small restaurant is American Tandoor, a casual fine dining experience in Tysons Corner open since 2015.
Singh had been coming to the U.S. with his family from early childhood and had long noticed the lack of Indian food options, let alone Indian cuisine in a fine dining setting paying homage to traditional decor in a tasteful and elegant way.
“That’s kind of where the idea (for Punjab Grill) came from,” he said. “I spoke to my designers and I said I wanted to have a beautiful Indian look and feel but relevant to D.C. in this day and age, and we started talking about how we would bring certain pieces and certain elements from India. As that discussion progressed, we realized that in order to truly achieve something special, we would have to pretty much build the entire interior in India.”
So they did.
His two restaurants have been formed in partnership with India-based Lite Bite Foods, which is owned by a long-time friend. There are plans in the works to build other restaurants in major U.S. cities, including some Indian eateries.
“Our ambition is to be a national player in the food and restaurant space,” Singh said.

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Netflix Australia’s best TV series: over 60 great shows to stream in 2019

UPDATE: The Netflix Original phenomenon Stranger Things is back for its third season – find out more about it below!
Since its arrival on Australian shores, we've enjoyed unfettered access to all of Netflix's critically-lauded original shows. Not only that, users also have access to a wealth of other licensed material.
If you're like us, you spend a good deal of your time Netflixing. Sure, Netflix also streams movies, but its television output is perhaps the reason most people have signed up for an account. There's nothing quite like firing up Netflix and binge-watching a series at your own pace. Getting instant access to entire seasons of Stranger Things from day one is half the appeal.
This is why we've created the TechRadar guide to the best shows on Netflix Australia right now (in no particular order). We'll keep this best TV show list constantly updated with the latest television shows that you should be watching on Netflix in Australia and also tell you why.
The best VPN for Netflix 2019 Which Netflix plan is for you? The best new TV series on Netflix Australia Of course, the list includes Netflix Australia classics like Stranger Things, House of Cards, Making a Murderer, Black Mirror, Narcos and BoJack Horseman, but there's so much more to binge on the service than the well-known titles.
We’ve selected more than 60 great series worth watching over the following pages, but if you've watched 'em all already you can also find out what's new on Netflix this month right here , or cut to the chase with our quick picks for the top trending shows on Netflix right now.
The following list charts the best shows that are currently trending right now on Netflix Australia. For our complete list of shows, which has been separated into genre, continue on to the next page or select your preferred genre from the drop-down list above!
1. Stranger Things Following up its successful first two seasons, Stranger Things season 3 is now streaming on Netflix. Playing like a cross between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things is a nostalgic and somewhat scary throwback to the classic Amblin films of the '80s. In the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, young boy Will (Noah Schnapp) disappears in the middle of the night without a trace. The very next day, a young girl in a hospital gown appears in town, scared and unable to speak. In true Goonies/Stand By Me-fashion, the girl joins up with Will's buddies in an attempt to track down their missing friend. Also embroiled in the mystery is the young boy's mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder) – a woman who must confront terrifying forces if she has any hope of seeing her son again. Without spoiling seasons 1 and 2 for newcomers, Stranger Things 3 picks up in 1985 and not only introduces some new characters and threats, but a flashy new location in the Starcourt mall, which is about as '80s as it gets.
Details: 3 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode
2. Black Mirror As far as dystopian fiction goes, Black Mirror is up there with the very best. Penned by Charlie Brooker, who before this was disassembling and decimating the news in his show NewsWipe, Black Mirror consists of a handful of caustic tales about the perils of technology, shady governments and human nature as a whole.
Not only has Netflix nabbed the original seven episodes of the show to stream, comprising two series and a Christmas special, but it also funded three additional seasons. Each standalone episode holds a mirror up to our society in extreme satire, with themes that are not too far from issues facing us all today: social media highs and embarrassing lows, technology going awry and new games that start to feel all-too real. Pitch-black comedy at its absolute darkest, Black Mirror is a must for tech-heads with a wicked sense of humour.
Now in its fifth season, Black Mirror has returned to Netflix three brand new episodes. Expect some seriously dark and dystopian tales with an undercurrent of pitch black comedy.
Details: 5 seasons (plus one interactive special), 3-6 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode
3. Dead to Me In Netflix's pitch black comedy Dead to Me, Christina Applegate (Anchorman, Married… with Children) plays Jen, a recently widowed woman who sets out to find the truth about her husband's death by hit and run. Of course, Jen has her own way of grieving and the outpouring of sympathy from those around her to be utterly insufferable. However, by a twist of fate, Jen starts to loosen up when she meets and befriends Judy (Linda Cardellini), a free-spirited woman who also lost someone. A dark and acerbic comedy from the makers of 2 Broke Girls and Hot in Cleveland, Dead to Me may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is destined to find a devoted audience who are willing to go to some uncomfortable places.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 30 minutes per episode
4. The Chef Show If you loved Jon Favreau's delightful comedy Chef, you're going to adore The Chef Show, which sees the actor/director reunite with the film's leading food advisor, Chef Roy Choi, to embark on new cooking adventures, like sharing a meal with the Avengers cast in Atlanta, or cooking keto-friendly pizza with director Robert Rodriguez. Additionally, each episode sees the duo cook one of the signature dishes that made mouths water in the film Chef, allowing you at home to see exactly how they're made. If there's one downside to The Chef Show, it's that the season is over way too soon!
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 30 minutes per episode
5. Lucifer Unceremoniously cancelled on broadcast television, the devilishly-funny series Lucifer has found a new home on Netflix where it's received a brand new fourth season! From mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Armageddon, Pirates of the Caribbean) and based on the Vertigo comic of the same name (the comic series was a spin-off of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman), the series follows Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) as he abandons Hell to open a nightclub in Los Angeles and work as a consultant for the LAPD. If you haven't watched Lucifer before, fear not — the first three seasons are also available to stream on Netflix.
Details: 4 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 43 minutes per episode
6. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Forget the '90s TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, because aside from sharing character names, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an entirely different beast. Darker and scarier than that family-friendly take, Netflix's version of the classic Archie Comics character owes a lot more to creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's recent comic series of the same name. Dealing head on with Satanism, demons and other dark subject matter, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina makes for a perfect companion to Riverdale (also from Aguirre-Sacasa), which tends to dabble in death and mystery, too. Of course, the show is quite fun, too, with a terrific performances from Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as Sabrina, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Aunt Hilda and Australia's own Miranda Otto (Return of the King) as Aunt Zelda. Spooky and clever, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina positively ghoulish fun.
Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season (plus one holiday special), 60 minutes per episode
7. Love, Death & Robots From the twisted minds of David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) comes Love, Death & Robots – a violence and sex-filled animated anthology series that's strictly for adults. For years, the two visionaries attempted to bring a new adaptation of the classic Heavy Metal comics to screens, only to eventually leave the project behind due to lack of interest from all the major studios. Now, the project has been resuscitated in a new form thanks to Netflix, allowing the filmmakers to produce 18 self-contained short films, many of which are adapted from classic sci-fi and fantasy stories from authors such as Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, John Scalzi and more. If you're into genre fiction involving robots, monsters and heady sci-fi themes, you're going to adore Love, Death & Robots.
Details: 1 collection, 18 episodes, 6-17 minutes per episode
8. Queer Eye Queer Eye is back! Taking over from where the original Fab Five left off, the new team has been put together with the same ultimate mission: to remodel individuals into the best possible version of themselves, whether it be their wardrobe, living arrangements, grooming, diet or even their confidence. We know, makeover shows are usually pretty lame, but this one is fantastic in the way that the guys really get to the emotional heart of each subject they undertake. Often, there's a reason these men (and for the first time, a woman) have let themselves go or have put up defensive walls against the outside world. Because the Fab Five really seem to care about them, it becomes incredibly rewarding to watch them go from unhappy to full of life. Chances are you'll cry at least once per episode. Season 3 sees the crew relocate to Kansas City, and you can expect an even more diverse group of makeover recipients this time around.
Details: 3 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode
9. Russian Doll With its Groundhog Day-esque premise, Russian Doll sees Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) forced to relive her 36th birthday party over and over again. Though she's killed repeatedly, there's seemingly no end in sight for Nadia's inescapable night, leading her to question her own sanity as she tries to find a way out. Funny and fast-paced, Russian Doll is ideal for viewers looking for something short and sweet to watch, with each episode leaving you wanting more.
Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode
10. Dirty John Based on the hit podcast series of the same name, Dirty John tells the unnerving true story of a man who infiltrates the life of lonely single mother Debra (Connie Britton), despite extreme disapproval from her daughters. While John (Eric Bana) initially convinces Debra that he's a dreamboat doctor who'll make her life wonderful, things soon turn dark, with his lies and psychological manipulation eventually leading to some truly devastating consequences for the family. While the show may have a slight 'Hallmark Channel' vibe, Bana and Connie are exceptional in their roles. Fans of the podcast and disturbing true crime stories are sure to enjoy Dirty John.
Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode
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The best way to approach BoJack Horseman is to let it slowly grow on you. Chances are you won't be blown away by it from the first episode, but once you get hip to its rhythm, you'll likely find it to be one of the best animated comedy shows since Bob's Burgers (only with a lot more depth). Will Arnett voices BoJack, a washed-up '90s sitcom star who spends his days being bitter about his failures alongside his perpetual houseguest, Todd (Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul). Things get complicated when his cat girlfriend and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) hires ghost writer Diane (Alison Brie) to pen BoJack's memoir. Filled with hilarious characters that could only exist in drawing-form, BoJack Horseman is a real winner. Now back for its fifth season, BoJack finds himself leading a terrible new cop show for a television channel that shouldn't exist. Meanwhile, Diane finds herself on a spiritual journey after her break up with Mr. Peanutbutter.
Details: 5 seasons, 12 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode
GLOW
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From the makers of Orange is the New Black comes GLOW, a show based on a real-life all-women wrestling league that existed in the '80s. Why's it called GLOW? It stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, that's why! The show stars Alison Brie (Community) as an aspiring actress who auditions for the wrestling gig after being fed up with the lack of meaty female roles in Hollywood. Here, she can be a fierce warrior, one who is in charge of her own destiny and gets to play opposite other strong women. Like Orange is the New Black, GLOW is a show that masterfully balances comedy and drama. In its second season, we follow the ladies as they try to keep the show on the air — we can only hope that Netflix's GLOW gets as many seasons as its real-life counterpart.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Someone escaping from a Domesday cult shouldn't be a recipe for comedy but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt manages to squeeze the funny out of this premise. Created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper as the title character, the show sparkles with wit and lands on the right side of kooky. Best of all, the first half of the show's 4th (and unfortunately final) season has just landed and is fizzing with the same energy of the three seasons (we especially love the 'Making a Murderer' parody episode). If you're a fan of shows like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, you're pretty much guaranteed to love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Seasons on Netflix: 4
Santa Clarita Diet
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Like a cross between Modern Family and The Walking Dead (with a spattering of Dexter thrown in for good measure), Santa Clarita Diet is a hilariously gory Netflix Original series that sees suburban mum Sheila (Drew Barrymore) suddenly acquire an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Though shocked at first, Sheila's loyal husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) are determined to keep this family together, even if it means covering up a number of murders…
Seasons on Netflix: 2
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
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Rising to prominence with the hilarious clip show The Soup before hitting it big as an actor on Community, Joel McHale has returned to the green screen once again to offer his unique brand of biting, sarcastic commentary on the ridiculous world of reality television. Featuring plenty of celebrity guest stars and more one liners than any reasonable person could possibly keep track of, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is the perfect way to cap off the week. Originally presented as a weekly series (unusual for a proper Netflix Original), The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is returning shortly with a whole batch of binge-worthy episodes. We can't wait!
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Everything Sucks!
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Don't be put off by its twee trailers and the 1990s nostalgia-bait that lies therein — Everything Sucks! is actually a very endearing series that follows a group of young high schoolers (and their parents) as they struggle with new found feelings of love. It's the first day of high school for Luke (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) and his geeky friends, and the boys immediately meet Kate (Peyton Kennedy), the principal's daughter, in AV Club. Luke falls for her right away, but there's one problem — Kate is starting to realise that she actually likes girls. Meanwhile, Kate's widower dad (Patch Darragh) and Luke's single mother (Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako) have started a secret relationship, and it's only a matter of time before everything blows up in their faces. Funny and surprisingly heartfelt, Everything Sucks! is much more than a '90s-set Freaks and Geeks clone.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
The End of the F***ing World
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This eight-part British series feels like a cross between Thelma and Louise and True Romance, with its two young protagonists on the lam after running away from home and accidentally killing someone. James (Alex Lawther) is a prospective teenage psychopath looking for his first person to kill. Enter Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a girl from his class who wants out of her horrible home life. With the two now a couple and on the run, will James satisfy his bloodlust by killing his new girlfriend? Or will she warm his black heart? Pitch-black in its humour and surprisingly sweet, The End of the F***ing World is one for those who like their entertainment with an edge.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Good Place
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A hilarious and refreshing comedy series, The Good Place sees Eleanor (Kristen Bell) arrive in a Heaven-like afterlife only to be greeted by Michael (Ted Danson), architect of what is known as 'The Good Place'. This beautiful neighbourhood is meant to be a reward for living an upstanding life. The problem is, she totally doesn't belong there, and now Eleanor must hide her wrongdoings, lest she be sent to The Bad Place instead. Witty and full of terrific one-liners, The Good Place is a delightful show with some unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
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Reviled on initial release and then rediscovered as a cult classic, the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer is the kind of satirical comedy that leaves most people scratching their heads. Those in the know, however, see it as an absolutely pitch-perfect, gobsmackingly hilarious spoof of the summer camp movies of the late '70s and early '80s. Many of the actors in the original film went on to become huge stars (Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler), so it should be considered a minor miracle that all of these people were wrangled back almost 15 years later to star in a prequel series for Netflix. If you haven't seen the original movie, you might want to stream it on Netflix before watching the show, but if you have seen it and love it like we do, you'll be over the moon with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
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If you've seen and are a fan of David Wain and Michael Showalter's hilarious film Wet Hot American Summer (WHAS), then you've surely watched its Netflix Original prequel series, WHAS: First Day of Camp (also on our list of the best shows on Netflix Australia). Hilariously taking place during the same summer of 1981 (despite a cast that's obviously aged by 15 years), the series hit every comedic note that made the film a cult favourite. Now, a sequel series has been made that sees our beloved characters return to Camp Firewood ten years after the events of the film and first series. Set in 1991, the show gets a lot of comedic mileage out of its new era, and sees most of its original cast return in some form or another (Bradley Cooper is unfortunately absent, though Adam Scott does a good job of filling his shoes). If you've ever wondered what these ridiculous characters might be like as adults, this is a series you must watch.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Mystery Science Theater 3000
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Ever spent an evening with friends watching bad movies and cracking jokes at their expense? If that's you, you're going to love Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). Based on a flimsy premise involving a scientific experiment by Gizmonic Institute, the show's lovably homemade sci-fi angle is just an excuse to have comedian Jonah Ray hang out with a bunch of wise-cracking robots named Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow as they relentlessly mock utterly terrible movies. The new Netflix version is actually a remake of an American cult favourite from the '80s and '90s and each episode will actually give you an entire movie to cringe and laugh through. A second season has now arrived on the service, dubbed The Gauntlet, which challenges viewers to sit through six more terrible movies in one sitting! Charming, funny and endlessly entertaining, MST3K is bound to capture a whole new generation of fans.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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One of the funniest shows to hit TV in years, Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as an immature goofball who also happens to also be a brilliant NYPD detective. The show revolves around the many cases (and shenanigans) that Samberg and his equally hilarious co-stars get wrapped up in under the watchful eye of their stern Captain. Quick-witted and full of heart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new comedy classic.
Seasons on Netflix: 4
Master of None
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One of the freshest and most enjoyable shows Netflix has put out to date, the semi-autobiographical Master of None sees comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) play Dev, a character much like himself who is trying to navigate his family, friends, acting career and love life in New York City. Hilarious and thoughtful, Master of None gives Dev the opportunity to reflect on difficult subjects like like racism and misogyny in a way that's warm, funny and eye-opening – no easy feat! Master of None also has an amazing soundtrack, and some wonderful supporting turns from Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu and Ansari's own scene-stealing parents, Shoukath and Fatima.
Seasons available on Netflix: 2
Toast of London
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One of the funniest comedians to come out of Britain in years, Matt Berry (The Might Boosh, The IT Crowd, Snuff Box) is back with another pompous blowhard character that's entirely in his much-perfected wheelhouse. In Toast of London, Berry plays Steven Toast, an eccentric, washed-up actor whose antics off the stage are almost as insufferable as the ones on it (when he can actually find a worthwhile gig, that is). To make matters worse, Toast is surrounded by a number of comically-named characters who are just as aberrant as he is. Will Toast ever catch a break? A single episode of the show will probably be enough to answer that one…
Seasons on Netflix: 3
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Before he was a global superstar, Will Smith was the frontman for the late '80s/early '90s hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. With a winning sense of personality and infectious hits like 'Parents Just Don't Understand', Smith took his performing talents and turned to acting by starring in the family sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Playing a fictionalised version of himself, Smith moves in with his stuffy high society Aunt and Uncle's family in the posh suburb of Bel-Air. Before long, his crazy persona turns the entire family's dynamic on its head, bringing a sense of much needed humour into their lives. A classic series with one of the best and most memorable theme songs of all time, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is as fresh and funny now as it was 20-odd years ago. Now, sing it with us: “In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days…”
Seasons on Netflix: 6
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
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A global sensation, the new Netflix Original series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is inspiring people from all walks of life to de-clutter their home environments. Each episode, Japanese 'tidy guru' Mari Kondo is invites home owners to go through all of their belongings, keeping only those which “spark joy” within them. Kondo then teaches everyone in the home how to more efficiently store their clothes and possessions, drastically reducing the amount of space they take up in the process. If you fear that you're becoming a bit of a hoarder, this show should steer you back on track.
Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 35-44 minutes per episode
The Innocent Man
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Based on John Grisham's book 'The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town', Netflix's latest Original docu-series is sure to become a new obsession for true crime aficionados. The Innocent Man tells the gripping (and baffling) story of Ron Williamson, a man who has been imprisoned since 1988 and has sat on Oklahoma's death row for 11 years for a heinous murder that experts believe he couldn't possibly have committed. The problem is, his taped confession is impossible to ignore. Has Williamson been thrown under the bus by dodgy police and prosecutors?
Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 48 minutes per episode
Queer Eye
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Queer Eye is back! Taking over from where the original Fab Five left off, the new team has been put together with the same ultimate mission: to remodel individuals into the best possible version of themselves, whether it be their wardrobe, living arrangements, grooming, diet or even their confidence. We know, makeover shows are usually pretty lame, but this one is fantastic in the way that the guys really get to the emotional heart of each subject they undertake. Often, there's a reason these men (and for the first time, a woman) have let themselves go or have put up defensive walls against the outside world. Because the Fab Five really seem to care about them, it becomes incredibly rewarding to watch them go from unhappy to full of life. Chances are you'll cry at least once per episode.
Details: 2 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode
Making a Murderer
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True crime stories are so hot right now, evidenced by the immense popularity of the podcast Serial and HBO's The Jinx. Netflix's original series Making A Murderer however, is probably the hottest of them all, documenting and recounting the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two working-class Americans accused of the murder of 23-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Over the first season's 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail. Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach's murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing (and possibly planted) evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved. Years later, as Avery and Dassey continue to sit in prison, the appeals process continues in Making A Murderer: Part 2, which covers each attempt to free the pair in great detail. Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won't be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you've started.
Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode
Dark Tourist
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While there's no shortage of traditional travel shows on television these days, the Netflix Original series Dark Tourist takes an entirely different approach by setting its sights on unconventional destinations and frightening, morally-questionable itinerary activities. NZ journalist and documentarian Daniel Farrier embarks a journey across the globe, exploring the world's most confronting tourist spots and larks. From a narco tourism experience that sees him travel around Colombia with Pablo Escobar's number one hitman, to a tour through radioactive Fukushima, Farrier visits the world's most ill-advised tourist attractions so that you don't have to.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
American Vandal
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A note-perfect spoof of the 'true crime docu-series' model that's become all the rage following the success of Making a Murderer and Serial, American Vandal follows the investigation of a fictional crime in which an underachieving high school student is accused of spray painting dicks on every car in his high school's faculty car park. In its second season, which looks to be just as good as the first, the teen-aged documentarians find themselves on a new case, investigating a school-wide pooping-spree masterminded by someone who goes by the name 'The Turd Burglar'. Like any good true crime investigation series, American Vandal is filled with conflicting testimonies, unreliable witnesses, compelling evidence, huge revelations and, of course, moody cinematography. Hilarious and constantly surprising, American Vandal is a must-see for any true crime aficionado.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Car Masters: Rust to Riches
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If you love classic cars, particularly of the American muscle variety, you're going to love the Netflix Original series Car Masters: Rust to Riches. Join the loveable misfits of the Temecula-based auto shop Gotham Garage as they recover rusted-out car bodies from junkyards all over California and restore them way beyond their former glory — with some additional Gotham-style, to boot. From post-apocalyptic Kombi vans to beautifully restored concept cars (like the never officially released Lincoln Futura), the team at Gotham Garage will blow your mind with what they're able to accomplish. As an added twist to the car restoration format, each restored vehicle is eventually traded upwards in an attempt to land a huge six-figure payday that can split amongst the Gotham crew. One episode and you'll be hooked!
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
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Following his sudden and tragic death, now might be the perfect time to watch Anthony Bourdain's most recent series, Parts Unknown, which has been recently added to Australian Netflix. They say that chefs are like the new rock stars of our time, and if that's the case, the lovably-outspoken celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain was the culinary equivalent of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins rolled into one charming yet thoughtful dish. In his show Parts Unknown, Bourdain travelled further than ever before, exploring cultures and cuisines that are underrepresented on Television. Unlike most other travel/food programs, Bourdain spends an equal amount of time exploring communities and meeting the locals in an effort to understand their cultures and political landscapes. Witty, eye-opening and extremely thought-provoking, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is the most accomplished series the late writer and celebrity chef ever made.
Seasons on Netflix: 6
Wild Wild Country
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This six-part documentary series tells the almost-unbelievable story of a utopian cult that was founded by a charismatic Indian guru and went on to build its own city in the Oregon desert. Told using news stories and archival footage from the city’s heyday in combination with present-day interviews with those who were there, the slowly-escalating series jumps from free love to stoushes between cult members and local Oregonians and culminates in attempted assassinations, legal battles, bombings and mass poisonings. It’ll leave you wondering who’s really in the right — and pondering what rules people are willing to break as they attempt to hold on to power. Wild Wild Country is one wild, wild ride.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Stay Here
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A renovation series with a twist, Netflix's Stay Here sees underwhelming Airbnb and short-stay vacation properties transformed by a team of professionals in an effort to maximise their potential and profitability. Over the course of each half hour episode, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter help turn each lacklustre property into a five star experience. Eye opening and addictive, you'll like blow through Stay Here's whole eight episode season in a single weekend.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Defiant Ones
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Charting the rise of one of the world's most successful business partnerships, The Defiant Ones delves into the lives of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre — two men who not only conquered the music industry, but whose famous Beats Electronics brand went on to become a $3 billion player in the tech world with its sale to Apple in 2014. Featuring a huge number of candid interviews from major music industry titans, including Bono, Eminem, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springstein, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor and more, this three-part documentary series (which is considered a Netflix Original in Australia despite being made by HBO) is a must-watch for music lovers and people fascinated by those who display an incredible business acumen.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Rapture
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Fans of hip-hop will definitely want to check out Rapture, the new Netflix Original documentary series which spends each episode with a different major player in the rap game, kicking off with Logic and featuring T.I., Just Blaze, 2 Chainz and more over the course of its entire run. in Rapture, the artists themselves are tasked with describing their careers, how they got to where they are, and what kind of cultural legacy they think they'll leave behind. Candid interviews with the artists and the people around them provide an eye-opening insight into a world that's not quite as it seems on the surface.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Ugly Delicious
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A documentary series that simultaneously celebrates food while asking why we like it in the first place, Ugly Delicious is a must-watch for any food lover. World-renowned chef David Chang takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the foods we cherish, from pizza to barbecue and everything in between. Rather than just show us the best forms of each dish, Chang's approach is entirely different, looking back at the history and ethnography of each meal and asking us to do away with our food elitism. It's only then that we can open our minds up to the endless possibilities of what food can actually be.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Flint Town
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Shot over a two-year period, this gripping Netflix Original documentary series follows police in Flint, Michigan, shining a light on a town that has been crippled by dwindling resources, crumbling infrastructure, violence and a contaminated water supply. A harrowing look at an American city that's been failed by its government, Flint Town shows that many of the issues plaguing communities, and the law enforcement departments tasked with serving and protecting them, aren't as cut-and-dried as they appear on the surface. Flint Town is an eye-opening series that's bound to change the way you look at police and impoverished communities who can't find a way out of their struggles.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Toys That Made Us
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For people of a certain age, the toys they grew up with would come to define their childhoods. In this 8-part documentary series (only 4 eps are currently available), we get to see how our favourite toys came to be, while also meeting the people responsible for them. Kicking off with Star Wars toys, the show them gives us a glimpse at the surprising origins of Barbie, G.I. Joe and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Now, the second season has arrived, bring new 1-hour episodes about Transformers, Star Trek, Lego and Hello Kitty toys. It's hard to imagine anyone who grew up in the 70s/80s/90s not getting a massive kick out of this.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
The Staircase
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A harrowing true crime series that's as binge-worthy as Making A Murderer (but was actually released long before it), The Staircase follows the real-life murder trial of noted author Michael Peterson for the mysterious death of his second wife Kathleen, who violently lost her life at the bottom of the family home's staircase. While the accused vehemently protests his innocence and (most of) his family stands by him, it isn't the first staircase-based death of a loved one that's taken place in his orbit. Though it appears to be an open and shut case at first, various factors surrounding this second death seem to defy explanation. Was it an accident or was it murder? We promise that your opinion on the matter will flip frequently throughout the original eight-part series, and will continue to do so in the three brand new episodes accompanying it on Netflix.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Hip Hop Evolution
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An incredibly fascinating four-part docu-series charting the birth of hip hop music, Hip Hop Evolution takes us on a trip back to New York City's South Bronx area during the tumultuous early '70s. Beginning with the famous DJ Kool Herc block party that started it all and continuing on to the early days of gangsta rap music in the late '80s, Hip Hop Evolution is an eye-opening examination of all the elements that led to rap music becoming the global phenomenon it is today. Featuring countless interviews with hip hop pioneers, including Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, this Netflix Original series is one of the most entertaining cultural lessons you're ever likely to see. Once you're finished watching this, keep the beat going with Netflix's other brilliant hip hop show, The Get Down.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Chef's Table
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From the makers of the incredible documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi comes this Netflix Original series that takes us into the lives (and kitchens) of six of the world's most celebrated chefs each season. Get an inside look at the artistry behind the creation of some of the most breathtaking dishes imaginable, and then start to wish you had the unlimited resources required to travel around the world, visiting each of these incredible restaurants. Mouth-watering and awe-inspiring.
Seasons on Netflix: 3
Skin Wars
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Did you know that competitive body painting was a thing? Well, if you didn't, Skin Wars is here to show you what you've been missing out on! Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and featuring RuPaul Charles, Skin Wars pits the world's best body painters against each other for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000. Contestants are given weekly tasks that involve painting naked models. Need more convincing? Well, the tasks will put their skills for painting and storytelling to the test, with a panel of judges handing out verdicts at the end of each episode. The person who presents the least skin-tillating artwork will be sent packing. Brutal, but hey, war is Hell.
Seasons on Netflix: 3
Chambers
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In the creepy Netflix Original thriller Chambers, a young woman named Sasha (Sivan Alyra Rose) receives a heart transplant from the recently deceased girl Becky (Lilliya Scarlett Reid) and immediately senses that something is not right. After meeting with Becky's mother, Nancy (Uma Thurman), Sasha begins seeing things that were witnessed by her heart's previous owner, leading her to believe that she's being haunted by Becky. To make matters worse, it quickly becomes apparent that Becky's mum and dad are up to something seriously sinister. Guaranteed to send shivers up your spine, Chambers is heart-pounding despite its deliberate pace.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 38-50 minutes per episode
The Haunting of Hill House
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Loosely based on the 1959 gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House follows seven members of the Crain family who are forever traumatised by their brief time living at an old mansion in 1992. From the show's title, you've probably surmised that the house is haunted, however, these particular ghosts will continue to haunt the Crain children well into adulthood – no matter where they live. Regularly flicking back and forth between the present and past, The Haunting of Hill House gets under your skin slowly, gradually revealing the escalation of horror that led the family to be as fractured as it is today. As chilling as The Haunting of Hill House is, it's the family drama aspect that resonates most. That said, you'll probably want to sleep with the lights on after binging this is one. If you're a fan of films like The Conjuring, It and Hereditary, you're going to love this.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode
Maniac
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From director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) comes Maniac, a sci-fi dramedy that's almost impossible to describe (we'll try our best, though). Set it a retro-futuristic version of New York City (think 'Big Apple' by way of Blade Runner), Maniac follows two troubled individuals (played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) who sign up for a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that promises to improve their lives exponentially. Placed in a series of dream-like states, the pair somehow find themselves repeatedly drawn to each other in their shared delusion. Do the two characters share a destiny, or is this just a side-effect of the trial? Featuring beautiful visuals and incredible performances, Maniac is the kind of mind-bending miniseries that deserves your time.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 26-47 minutes per episode
Lost in Space
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Based on the classic 1960s television series (and rather forgettable 1990s film) of the same name, Lost in Space is the latest show to get its own Netflix makeover. The space colonist family Robinson has found itself stranded on a mysterious planet once again, and it's up to them to find a way off that rock and back on course to its actual destination. Darker and more serious in tone than the original series, the new Lost in Space still offers the same sense of wonder, albeit with a new emphasis on survival in a harsh new realm. Visually spectacular.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Altered Carbon
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Based on the science fiction novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon explores a futuristic world where death has become an inconvenience rather than a permanent state. A human's entire life can be backed up onto a chip in their neck, so when they die, they can move onto to a different body and continue on in another form. But when a wealthy man's chip is destroyed by a would-be assassin (lucky he's rich enough to have a 24-hour satellite backup), he brings Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) out of digital prison after 250 years to solve his murder. Kovacs is the last remaining Envoy, a super soldier who is now tasked with working for the very people he fought a war against. With an epic scope and a visual style influenced by the cyberpunk classic Blade Runner, Altered Carbon is the most epic show that Netflix has produced to date.
Seasons of Netflix: 1
Star Trek: Discovery
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It may take an episode or so to truly get off the ground, but the newest Star Trek TV series delivers all the intergalactic adventuring we could possibly hope for. There's no shortage of action or spectacular visuals here, though the show's creators have balanced it with the series' trademark smarts to provide a truly compelling new entry in the Star Trek canon. The cast, which is led by Sonequa Martin-Green and features the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Jason Isaacs, is extraordinary. We can't wait to see where Star Trek: Discovery takes us in the future.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Scream
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Many scoffed when it was announced that MTV would be making its own Scream show based on the hit Wes Craven-directed film series of the same name, but that initial cynicism bleeds away once the show sinks its hooks into you. Inspired by the films but in no way connected to them, the show maintains the meta-commentary and slashing action that the Scream name is known for while creating a whole new mythos of its own. Featuring a (mostly) likeable cast, buckets of blood and a central mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end, fans will definitely get a kick out of Scream's small-screen slashing mayhem. The first iteration of the show is done and dusted after two seasons, however, a brand new story will kick off later this year that follows a completely different group of characters. It's also been promised that the classic Ghostface mask will return!
Seasons on Netflix: 2
The Expanse
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Fans of brainy, politically-minded science fiction, like the incredible Battlestar Galactica reboot series, would do well to check out The Expanse, a futuristic series that sees our Solar System colonised by humans. Initially presented in the guise of a cop procedural about a missing person, The Expanse's stakes are quickly raised when a vast political conspiracy becomes apparent that threatens the fate of our galaxy. Starring Thomas Jane, Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Expanse is a show that takes a little while to warm up to, but once you're hooked, you won't be able to look away.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Black Mirror Firefly
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After he had produced the perfect female lead in Buffy and before he was Hulk smashing with The Avengers, Joss Whedon created a short-run sci-fi series that has spawned not only a massive cult following but, quite astonishingly, a movie. The reason it was such an underground success was because Firefly takes the Star Wars framework of making space messy, where everything is a little rough around the edges – including the crew. It even has its own Han Solo in the form of Nathan Fillion's Malcolm Reynolds. Whedon's witty words permeate the whole of Firefly, which is not so much a space opera but a space rock opera.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Riverdale
Set aside any pre-conceived notions that you might have about a 'sexy Archie' series and get ready for one of the most addictive new shows of the moment with Riverdale. First things first — this ain't your grandpappy's Archie show. A modern day re-imagining of the beloved comics franchise that has spanned almost eight decades, this Twin Peaks-inspired version of Riverdale is fraught with murder, deception and small town scandal. Famous characters like Jughead, Veronica, Betty and even Josie and the Pussycats are all present and accounted for, only with a decidedly millennial twist. The first season followed the murder of star quarterback (and most popular kid in school) Jason Blossom, and the mystery surrounding it. This was followed by the arrival of a Zodiac-style serial killer who terrorised Riverdale from behind a black hood. In the third season, the gang must contend with a forbidden role-playing game called Griffons and Gargoyles that's causing people in town to die, as well as a cult-like community called The Farm that's putting everyone under its spell.With new episodes fast-tracked from the US every Thursday, your only problem will the seven day wait in-between.
Details: 3 seasons, 13-22 episodes per season, 42 minutes per episode
Marvel's Daredevil
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When Marvel revealed that it would be creating several Netflix shows tied directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fanboys (like me) were over the moon. The fact that it would start by bringing Daredevil back to life (Evanescence pun completely intentional) after the much-maligned Ben Affleck film was more than we could have ever hoped for. This isn't some low-level player – Daredevil is a genuine fan favourite. And if you ask us, 'The Man Without Fear' is probably better suited to being the star of a series rather than another movie – especially as he'll eventually team up with Netflix's other Marvel heroes Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage in the Netflix miniseries, The Defenders. Though the series kicked off with a bang in the first season, Marvel matched it with its second season, which also included The Punisher and Elektra. In season 3, Matt Murdock has gone back to basics, returning to his old black costume and devoting himself entirely to being Daredevil. He'll have to take on Kingpin once again, as well as his comic arch-nemesis, Bullseye.
Details: 3 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 50 minutes per episode
Marvel's Iron FIst
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While many Marvel fans found the first season of Netflix's Iron Fist underwhelming, steps have been taken to address the show's issues (the fight scenes, the lead character's personality), leading to a vastly superior second season overall. Danny Rand (Finn Jones), heir to the Rand Industries fortune, returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years. During that time, Danny was being trained by monks, earning himself the title of the Immortal Iron Fist — protector of the mystical (and eternal) hidden city of K'un-Lun. Upon his return, Danny discovers that his company is secretly being controlled by The Hand, an order that has been at war with K'un-Lun for centuries. With the help of martial arts teacher Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Danny must use his extremely powerful glowing fist to take down The Hand once and for all. In season 2, must taken down an old compatriot from K'un-Lun who embarks on a murderous rampage across New York.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Marvel's Luke Cage
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Netflix has been killing it with its Marvel shows so far, having already launched a number of top-tier shows including Daredevil and Jessica Jones. With Luke Cage, we got a new kind of hero — one who's proud to use to his powers in an effort to represent and protect his community. If you've watched Jessica Jones, you'll already be familiar with this literally unbreakable character, as he played a pivotal role in that show's first season. HIs own series, however, picks up some time after that, with Cage relocating from Hell's Kitchen to Harlem, and finding himself coming to blows with local gangsters. And, now that Luke Cage's second season has arrived on Netflix, it's time for Harlem's hero to once again re-enter our list of trending shows. Expect plenty of intense action with a real hip-hop flair. Unfortunately, Netflix has since cancelled the series after season 2, meaning fans will have to hope for more Luke Cage appearances in Netflix's other Marvel shows.
Series on Netflix: 2
Marvel's Jessica Jones
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In retrospect, it would seem impossible for Marvel to surpass its first Netflix Original series, Daredevil, with a show about a hard drinking ex-superhero that's little known outside of comic book circles, but that's pretty much what it's done with Jessica Jones. Though the show doesn't quite reach the action heights of Daredevil, Jessica Jones manages to be even more compelling in terms of story and character. Based on the comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, the first season of the show sees private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), bar owner Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and celebrity Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) do battle with a mind-controlling creep named Kilgrave (David Tennant), whose incredible obsession with Jessica is causing everyone around her to die. The second season follows on from the events of Marvel's The Defenders, and finds Jones delving into her past in order to make sense of her latest case. Dark, violent and quite sexual for a Marvel show, Jessica Jones is required viewing for fans of the MCU.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Black Lightning
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Tackling issues of race, crime and violence in his community, the DC Comics character Black Lightning makes an electrifying debut on television. Unlike most other superhero vigilantes, Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is a school principal and family man during the day, juggling a rocky marriage and two free-spirited daughters in the process. In this TV version, Black Lightning returns to the streets to fight crime after a forced retirement period. Using stories ripped from the headlines, Black Lightning feels more current than every other television show in DC's Arrowverse. While Arrow, Flash and Supergirl won't be making an appearance in the first season of Black Lightning, we can certainly expect a team-up somewhere down the line. Black Lightning is also considered a Netflix Original in Australia, so you can expected new episodes to be fast-tracked as they're aired in the States.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Marvel's The Punisher
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After a polarising first season, The Punisher is back his second (and possibly final) outing. Having already killed everyone involved in his family's death, Frank's attempts to lay low in season one are interrupted when he is dragged into a military conspiracy that he may or may not have been involved in. For season two, Frank is set to deal his own brand of justice in an all new adventure. Unfortunately, it appears the ghost of last season's big villain is back to haunt him. Though it can be slow-paced at times (please Netflix/Marvel, look up the phrase 'cut to the chase'), it is nonetheless a powerful and violent show that isn't afraid to deal with some heavy topics. As a study on the effects of PTSD, The Punisher is surprisingly poignant. It may not hit the heights of Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but The Punisher still makes for a welcome addition to Marvel's television landscape.
Details: 2 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 55 minutes per episode
Arrow
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Though the show has had its ups and downs over the years, Arrow has probably remained the most consistently-watchable of all the DC Arrowverse shows to date. Missing for five years and presumed dead, rich-kid Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to find his beloved Starling City overrun by crime and corruption. In an effort to fulfil a promise made to his dying father, Queen dons a hood, grabs a bow and arrow and becomes a deadly vigilante with one mission — to save his city. Of course, he can't do it alone, which is why Oliver recruits a team that includes John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) among others. Feeling a bit more like Batman than the Green Arrow comics it's based on, Arrow is nevertheless an action-packed superhero series worth watching.
Seasons on Netflix: 5
Marvel's The Defenders
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Everything has been leading to this – Marvel's insanely popular Netflix shows, each set in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, are finally colliding in The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all the lead heroes of their own respective shows, must now come together to stop a threat that aims to watch New York City fall. Think of them like the television equivalent of The Avengers, only more street-level. Will they be able to put aside their differences to fight as a team? Or will The Hand, the shadowy, ancient criminal organisation that featured in both Daredevil and Iron Fist, take one more step towards global domination? You'll have to binge-through this 8-episode special event to find out!
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Bodyguard
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War veteran David Budd (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) works for the London’s Metropolitan Police. While travelling on a train with his kids, Budd is forced to lead police negotiations with a suicide bomber. He then gets assigned as the principal protection officer to UK’s Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes) and the twists and turns in this six-part series begin to unfurl. Each minute keeps you at the edge of your seat – every time you think you’ve figured something out, you’re proven wrong. Not only is the show gripping, it portrays today’s tense times extremely well. The Brits do police procedurals better than most, and this drama is no exception – in fact we think it’s the best BBC production in a while. The script shines through in the cast's perfectly restraint acting, and the plot is full of intrigue and suspense that will probably make your brain hurt – a must-watch in our books.
Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 60-75 minutes per episode
Orange is the New Black
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Back for its sixth season, Orange is the New Black is showing no signs of slowing down, with the women of Litchfield now experiencing some new problems after having been moved into a maximum security prison following last season's riot. It may have never reached the heady heights of House Of Cards, but Orange Is The New Black is another show that proves Netflix is now up there with HBO when it comes to offering decent programming. As per its prison setting, Orange doesn't shirk the big issues of violence and rape but manages to mix these with a heady dose of black humour and some occasional romance. If you haven't gotten onboard the OITNB train, now's the time to start your binge! For those who are up to date, check out the trailer for season 6 below.
Seasons on Netflix: 6
The Alienist
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Set at the turn of the 20th century, The Alienist finds New York City gripped by the heinous serial murders of young male prostitutes. With the city in a panic, police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) appoints a team to track and apprehend the killer. This includes the unorthodox criminal psychologist, Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), New York Times illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and aspiring detective Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). A harrowing mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat, The Alienist is a grisly crime thriller in the vein of Mindhunter and From Hell.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Sons of Anarchy
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From the makers of the gritty award-winning series The Shield comes Sons of Anarchy, a crime drama that follows a bikie gang as its wreaks havoc across the small (and fictional) Californian town of Charming. Led by Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam in his star-making role), the Sons must deal with cops, rival gangs and drug cartels, as well as inner turmoil from within the motorcycle club itself. Adding fuel to the fire is Jax's devious mother, Gemma (Katey Segal), who has a way of manipulating everyone around her — including her own son. With betrayals, bullets and bloodshed being a daily occurrence in Charming, there's never a dull moment across Sons of Anarchy's seven seasons. Be warned, the show can get extremely violent and occasionally deals with some very heavy subjects — if you're easily offended, you may want to steer your bike far away from this one.
Seasons on Netflix: 7
Manhunt: Unabomber
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With true crime stories being all the rage these days, the creative people in TV land have turned their attentions to story of the US domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, better known to most as the Unabomber. This dramatic retelling of the real-life events stars Paul Bettany as the Unabomber and Australia's own Sam Worthington as the FBI profiler who helped track him down. A gripping and sometimes harrowing series, Manhunt: Unabomber is consistent in its high level of quality throughout its entire run.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Godless
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Need a badass western series to tide you over until Westworld returns next year? Well, saddle up pardner, because Netflix's new limited series Godless should keep your spurs from jingling and jangling. From Scott Frank, director of The Lookout and A Walk Among the Tombstones, comes Godless, a show that sees an outlaw chase his ex-partner into a New Mexico town populated entirely by women. Starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scott McNairy, Godless is a gripping western that will shock and surprise you.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
The Sinner
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What causes a seemingly normal woman to violently murder a random person while out at the beach with her husband and newborn child? That is the premise behind The Sinner, a show which sees Jessica Biel take on a darker character than she ever has before. Bull Pullman also stars as an investigator who becomes obsessed with finding out where these violent fits of rage come from. Is there something hidden deep in her past that even she doesn't know about? Thrillingly told and terrifically acted, The Sinner is compelling viewing.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Mindhunter
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From David Fincher, director of such serial killer classics as Se7en and Zodiac, comes Mindhunter – a Netflix Original series that details how the FBI's profiling practices came into fruition. Academic and detail-oriented, the series sees its agents stare deep into the heart of darkness in order to better understand this new breed of demented killer that they've been tasked with chasing. Based on autobiographical accounts by FBI Agent John Douglas, who inspired the fictional character of Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris' seminal Hannibal books, Mindhunter is a gripping series that applies an analytical approach to a well-worn subject.
Seasons on Netflix : 1
Narcos
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With its latest season, Netflix's hit series Narcos has left Colombia behind and spun off into a different story exploring the Mexican drug trade. While it occasionally crosses over into the world of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel, Narcos: Mexico is its own story, following the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna). Meanwhile, American DEA agent Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena (Michael Peña) relocates his family to the city in order to track the cartel, expecting to investigate a bunch of disorganised traffickers. Unfortunately, he gets more than he bargained for with Gallardo, whose ambition sees him build an unrivalled Mexican drug empire. Once again based on a true story, Narco: Mexico is just as riveting as the show's previous seasons, only with an entirely different Mexican flavour. Also, you don't need to have seen the previous seasons to enjoy this one. Check out the trailer below.
Details: 4 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode
Ozark
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Though Netflix's new crime drama Ozark has understandably been compared to Breaking Bad, the show approaches similar themes in an entirely different and uniquely intense way. Chicago businessman Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman, who also directs some of the episodes) seems like a standup guy, but has actually spent years laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel. When it's revealed that his friend and business partner has been skimming money off the top, Marty finds himself in debt to a trigger-happy drug lord who has no qualms about murdering Marty's entire family, including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two young children. Now, Marty's only chance at keeping his family alive is to move them to the Ozarks, a long coastline in Missouri that Marty believes is potential a goldmine, so that he can pay back the money that's owed. Gripping and very adult, Ozark will surely appeal to fans of shows like Fargo and the aforementioned Breaking Bad.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
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True crime fans, get ready for your newest obsession. The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recounts the 1994-1995 murder trial involving all-star NFL legend O.J. Simpson, in which he was accused of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman. The first in a series of one-off stories, American Crime Story season one is an engrossing and terrifically-acted retelling of the infamous trial told from the perspectives of both the prosecution and the defence. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a fantastic performance as O.J., while Sarah Paulson (as Marcia Clark), David Schwimmer (as Robert Kardashian) and John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro) provide exceptional support.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Mad Men
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Arguably one of the finest shows ever made, Mad Men is a brilliant time capsule that takes us on a journey through the ever-changing landscape that was 1960s America. Over the years, we get to see the country evolve through the eyes of the people who work at a swanky New York advertising agency – most notably our lead character Don Draper (John Hamm), a damaged individual with a hidden past and a drinking problem who is constantly engaging in infidelity. Through the show, we get some insight into the slow rise of power for women in the workplace while facing overt sexism, race relations and the evolution of the American family during the most tumultuous period in American history. Truly an outstanding, must-watch show.
Seasons on Netflix: 6
Suits
Credit: USA / Universal
You've never seen a lawyer show like this before. Suits mostly avoids the 'courtroom drama' angle that law shows usually take, and instead focuses on the dealings behind the scenes. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant man with a photographic memory who is wasting his life away as a petty drug dealer, until lawyer-extraordinaire Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires him to work at the most prestigious law firm in New York. Let's hope no one finds out about his lack of a law degree. Absolutely addictive.
Seasons on Netflix: 6
House of Cards
Credit: Netflix
Funded completely by Netflix, House of Cards is an addictive series that sees a terrible man and his equally duplicitous wife manipulate their way into the Oval Office. It also boasts a visual style crafted by director David Fincher and immense acting by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. With allegations about Spacey coming to light recently, Netflix has dropped the actor from the show entirely, opting instead to put Wright front and centre for the show's final season. With five seasons currently available, Netflix's Card trick is still impressive and shows just how far Netflix has come, bringing the service worldwide critical acclaim and awards attention. With the world as focused on US politics as it is now, House of Cards is downright therapeutic entertainment. We can't wait to see how show fares without its former star.
Seasons on Netflix: 5
The Get Down
Credit: Netflix
Reportedly Netflix's most expensive show ever, The Get Down is an absolutely dazzling look into the birth of hip hop music in the South Bronx during the late 1970s. The show effortlessly blends real life footage from the period with scenes from the show, mixing them together like a good DJ. Created by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!), The Get Down is bursting with style, drama, colourful characters and fantastic music. If you have even the slightest interest in hip hop music, consider The Get Down required viewing. Unfortunately, the show was too big for Netflix to handle, which is why we only have a single two-part season to enjoy. Though we wish we could've followed these characters further, we're glad we got to spend time with them regardless.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Ultraman
Image credit: Netflix
Ultraman is back! The beloved Japanese superhero may have left Earth decades ago, but now, his son Shinjiro (voiced by Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games franchise) must rise up and become the new Ultraman in order to protect Earth from alien invaders. Featuring gorgeous CG animation, this modern anime series is packed with drama and intense battles – you won't find any goofy rubber monsters in this show! If you love Netflix's Godzilla anime series, or the classic Guyver anime films, you owe it to yourself to check out Ultraman.
Details: 1 season, 13 episodes per season, 23-25 minutes per episode
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Credit: Disney / Netflix
Sure, It's easy to disregard Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It's a Star Wars kids show set during the prequel trilogy (you know, the trilogy that everyone hates), so obviously it doesn't seem like something any self-respecting adult would want to watch. How wrong you would be to assume that, as Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best the series has been since the original trilogy. Each episode is like an epic mini-movie, with immense scope, fantastic production values, brilliant art design and tight direction. The entire series is available in HD on the service, including a Netflix-exclusive 13 episode season entitled 'The Lost Missions'.
Seasons on Netflix: 6
Castlevania
Credit: Netflix
Inspired by the beloved video game franchise of the same name and modelled after Japanese anime, the Netflix Original series Castlevania isn't shy about packing its short four-episode season with as much blood and guts as possible. Produced by noted geek Adi Shankar (Dredd) with animation by the renowned Frederator Studios (Adventure Time), Castlevania sees Dracula (Graham McTavish) wage war on mankind after the senseless killing of the one human he loved. Now, it's up to whip-cracking hero Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) to stop him. With comparisons to Game of Thrones, Castlevania is definitely a series made with adults in mind. If you like brutal medieval stories that are willing to explore some seriously dark territory, you're going to love Castlevania.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Voltron 84
Credit: Netflix
Finished watching Netflix's new Voltron reboot series and crave even more intergalactic action? Well, you're in luck – Netflix has seen fit to drop a whole bunch of classic Voltron episodes from the original series on its service! Rather than just posting them in the order they were released, the episodes have been handpicked by members of the creative team behind the new series. Not only that, each episode is prefaced by a short introduction from the person who picked it detailing why it's important to them. A must-watch for Voltron fans who want to take a stroll down memory lane.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Credit: NBCUniversal / Mattel
One of the greatest cartoons of the '80s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has finally made its way to Netflix Australia! Set on the magical world of Eternia, the show follows Prince Adam, a young man who becomes the superhero He-Man whenever he holds aloft his magic sword and speaks the words: “by the power of Greyskull!” Together with his friends, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Battlecat and Orco, He-Man regularly faces off against the dastardly (and deliciously campy) villain known as Skeletor, who will stop at nothing in his attempts to take over the realm. If you're after a mad rush of nostalgia, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe should do the trick!
Seasons on Netflix: 1
She-Ra: Princess of Power
Credit: NBCUniversal / Mattel
A spin-off of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power was originally aimed at girls but works well for just about everyone. She-Ra, or Princess Adora, is He-Man/Prince Adam's sister, and is tasked with protecting the realm of Etheria from the evil tyrant Hordak. With the help of her talking steed, Swift Wind, who turns into a winged unicorn named Spirit, She-Ra leads a rebellion to take back Etheria once and for all. A terrific cartoon with amazing '80s visuals, She-Ra: Princess of Power is as powerful a blast of nostalgia as He-Man before it.
Seasons on Netflix: 1
Rick and Morty
Credit: Adult Swim
Playing like a hilariously twisted version of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows a whiny high schooler and his alcoholic scientist grandfather as they set out on crazy adventures across the Universe. From Dan Harmon, creator of Community, and Justin Roiland, who voices both the titular characters, Rick and Morty is an endlessly clever show that never ceases to come up with mind-blowing stories to tell. This isn't just the best animated sci-fi comedy since Futurama – it's even better. So, grab your Plumbus and strap in, because the second season of Rick and Morty is now available to stream on Netflix Australia!
Seasons on Netflix: 3
The Crown
Credit: Netflix
A truly opulent historical epic, The Crown is a majestic Netflix Original series that deals with Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her rise to the throne, starting in the 1940s and moving on to modern times. With a reported budget of £100 million, Netflix and Left Bank Pictures spared no expense to tell this story of royalty with as much detail and historical accuracy as possible. Though it might seem like a stuffy costume drama, the brilliant photography and incredibly sense of scale will leave you flabbergasted. Featuring terrific acting and wonderful direction from Peter Morgan (who directed the Oscar winning film, The Queen), The Crown is the perfect show for Downton Abbey fans who are looking for their next big fix.
Seasons on Netflix: 2
Peaky Blinders
Credit: BBC
This British gangster epic is set almost a century ago and charts the rise of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his gang in Birmingham. 'Peaky Blinders' refers to the gang's tendency to sew razor blades into the into the peaks of their caps — not exactly the warmest of welcomes, if you ask us. With incredible production value, acting, writing, costumes, sets and cinematography, Peaky Blinders is the kind of show that screams quality from every angle. To make the show even more of a 'must-watch', Tom Hardy lends his star power by playing the villain in the show's second season. Well c'mon then guv'nor, start watching!
Seasons on Netflix: 3
Spartacus
Credit: Starz
Before he was the showrunner for Marvel's Daredevil, Steven DeKnight worked on the gratuitously violent and sexual series Spartacus. At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's nothing more to the show than meat-headed beefcakes fighting and screwing in a 300-aping manner, but there's so much more going on – we follow Spartacus (the late Andy Whitfield and his replacement, Liam McIntyre) as he is taken into slavery and forced to do cruel and unimaginable things in the gladiatorial arena, just waiting for the day that he can finally get his revenge on slave-owners Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless). All of this culminates in one of the most satisfying season finales in recent memory. Be warned – this show is filled with grotesque violence and an immense amount of sex and nudity. It's like Game of Thrones times ten.
Seasons on Netflix: 4
Vikings
Credit: The History Channel
Praise Odin! We finally have a brutal and (mostly) historically-accurate show about Norse culture that would make Thor proud. Vikings takes us on a journey through Scandinavian/European history as Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a man who may or may not be a direct descendent of Odin himself, rises up the viking ranks and searches for new civilisations alongside his band of viking brothers. Best watched with a pint of mead in your hand.
Seasons on Netflix: 4
Marco Polo
Credit: Netflix
Netflix's answer to Game of Thrones, Marco Polo is the most epic and expensive Netflix original series to date. With a budget of $US90 million for the first season alone, the show is packed with big scale battles, thousands of extras, incredible locations and lavish sets. Set during Marco Polo's time in Mongolia under Kublai Khan, the series follows the famed Venetian's adventures as he navigates through Khan's Imperial City. You can guarantee that there will be blood, betrayal, intrigue and heaping helpings of sex and nudity. Hey, we told you it was like Game of Thrones!
Seasons on Netflix: 2
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