Your NZ Music Month 2022 playlist, sorted
What started out as a way to get more homegrown tunes on the radio all the way back in the year 2000 is now a fully-fledged, 31-day celebration ...
Looking for a new show to hook you in and have you cancelling your plans? Look no further – we’ve rounded up our picks of the top ten bingeable shows to stream right now.
Doggos. We just adore them, whether it’s making them a part of our families or watching endless videos of them on the internet, and the second season of this heartfelt and often tear-jerking documentary series further explores the bond humans share with these incredible animals. Four new episodes tell the stories of how a mascot’s handler, a priest, a military veteran and an astronaut’s lives are impacted by the relationship they have with their dogs.
A nail-biting thriller made even more disturbing by the fact that it is all based on true events, the twisting and twisted story of 1970s serial killer Charles Sobhraj is hard to look away from. The conman posed as a gem dealer and travelled across Thailand, Nepal, and India, drugging and killing travellers on the ‘Hippie Trail’, while a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok doggedly tries to pick up his trail.
The Flight Attendant
First-class flight attendant and party girl Cassie finds herself facing the worst-case outcome of her alcoholism and reckless behaviour when she wakes up next to one of her passengers – whose throat has been cut – with no memory of what happened. Stylish, intriguing and very addictive, this is a sure-fire winner with mystery fans.
This may be a Sherlock Holmes story, but it’s not as you’ve ever seen it before. A gang of misfit street teens in Victorian London are manipulated into solving crimes for the rather ominous Dr. Watson, along with hints of the paranormal and enough mystery, danger and teen drama to keep you hooked.
In the latest series to come out of Marvel Studios, everyone’s favourite God of Mischief – or an alternate version of him, anyway – is hauled up in front of the Time Variance Authority and told to help fix the timeline he messed up in Avengers: Endgame, or be erased from existence. Time travel, some spy thriller action and a bunch of sassy fun ensue.
Set in an uncomfortably plausible near-future where the climate crisis has become a whole lot harder to ignore, The Commons is above all driven by character, namely neurologist Eadie and her desperate desire to be a mother. But in this world where the future is so uncertain, the concept of motherhood is much more complicated, bringing with it environmental and moral questions about whether bringing a child into the world is an irresponsible choice.
Funny, introspective and gutsy, this semi-autobiographical series stars actor-writer Ryan O’Connell as a young gay man with cerebral palsy looking to redefine himself after a car accident makes him take a hard look at his life. Only two seasons and with short episodes, this is easily bingeable material that will entertain as much as it encourages viewers to subvert their expectations – no ‘inspirational’ poster boys here, just complex, flawed, and utterly compelling characters.
Never Have I Ever
This feel-good teen drama is both funny and emotionally hard-hitting, making for addictive viewing for all ages. The trials and tribulations of first-generation Indian American teen Devi go deeper than boys and popularity – although those certainly make an appearance – with a larger arc about coming to terms with grief that will allow this show to worm its way into your heart.
We know by now that anything starring Bryan Cranston is bound to be good, and this miniseries that has been eagerly devoured by much of its audience is no exception. Fast-paced and gritty, the story kicks off with Judge Michael Desiato (Cranston) forced to make some high-stakes decisions and put everything on the line when his son accidentally kills the son of a mafia kingpin in a hit-and-run.
Ginny & Georgia
This show gives Gilmore Girls vibes with a splash of crime, suspense and even politics thrown in there to keep you on your toes. Sometimes you just want to watch something fun, funny, and a little bit heartfelt, and this show certainly fits the bill. Free-spirited and complicated southern belle Georgia moves to New England with her two children, Austin and Ginny, after the death of her husband. Centred around the bond between a mother and daughter (who might just be the more mature one in the relationship).