Netflix Launches In Australia Today, Utopia-Level Civilisation Achieved
One more episode.
Netflix finally launches in Australia today, so say goodbye to watching just one episode. Say goodbye to reading plot outlines on Wikipedia instead of actually watching the episodes because you don't have that channel. And say goodbye to engaging in unsavoury online behaviour involving things like torrents and theft. Say hello to a general sense of utopia on earth!
There's every episode ever of shows like Lost, Arrested Development, Luther, The Office (UK) and Freaks and Geeks; as well as already-aired seasons of shows still airing on other networks, like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Mad Men and Orphan Black; and original series that are sure to occupy the majority of your downtime for the time being. Cancel your social life, because here are the five Netflix originals you need to see.
1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Premise: Kimmy escapes a doomsday cult and decides to try to make it in New York City.
Drawcards: Ellie Kemper, who played loveable dimwit and receptionist Erin Hannon in seasons five through nine of The Office (US). This time, plays loveable dimwit and former cult member Kimmy Schmidt. Bonus prize — Jane Krakowski is back to follow up her iconic seven season run as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock. This time she plays a wealthy Manhattan mom.
Credentials: Tina Fey and fellow Saturday Night Live/NBC-er Robert Carlock created the show, and created the character of Kimmy Schmidt, with Ellie in mind.
Premise: "A thriller/drama that centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home." It sounds like something bad happened and more bad things are likely to happen as a result.
Drawcards: Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights. He was also the guy in Early Edition — remember Early Edition? #Neverforget. Aussies Ben Mendelsohn and Jacinda Barret co-star, along with none other than Miss Lindsay Weir herself — Linda Cardellini.
Credentials: This one comes from the creators of Damages, the excellent legal thriller starring Rose Byrne and Glenn Close.
3. Marvel's Daredevil (April 10)
Premise: Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock, is a lawyer by day and a crimefighter by night.
Drawcards: Charlie Cox plays the lead here, who you may know from Stardust, Boardwalk Empire and generally being a QT. Vincent D'Onofrio, who has appeared in a diverse range of roles from a mentally unstable recruit in Full Metal Jacket to the creepy bug guy in Men In Black, to brilliant but tortured detective in the now defunct Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Deborah Ann Woll, aka hot vampire Jessica from True Blood, also stars.
Credentials: Created by sci-fi expert Drew Goddard, who directed Joss Whedon's excellent horror comedy Cabin in the Woods and wrote episodes for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Alias and Lost.
4. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (July 17)
Premise: The show will reportedly be a prequel to the 2001 movie of the same name, which followed a ragtag group of camp counsellors on the last day of a Jewish summer camp in 1981. The movie received a one-star review from the late great Roger Ebert and is actually the best, funnest, silliest thing you'll ever see.
Drawcards: Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, Elizabeth Banks — basically the entire cast of the original movie is back and each of them have since become living legends.
Credentials: Michael Showalter and David Wain of weird/wonderful 1993 sketch-comedy TV series The State wrote the screenplay. They've started filming but there's not much to see just yet, so here's a clip from the movie in which Paul Rudd wears double denim and really doesn't want to clear his plate.
5. Grace and Frankie (May 8, 2015)
Premise: A couple of frenemies find out that their husbands want to leave them for each other.
Drawcards: Sassy older women and former Nine to Five co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are the leads, with multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner Martin Sheen, funny lady June Diane Raphael of Burning Love and New Girl, and Ethan Embry from 90s gems Can't Hardly Wait and Empire Records.
Credentials: Marta Kauffman created the show, who also co-created a little program in the 90s called Friends. She's a sitcom legend and knows what's up. Pending any official trailer footage, here's a little something from a show called Web Therapy in which Lily Tomlin is a beautiful lunatic.
Subscriptions are $8.99, $11.99 or $14.99 depending on how fancy you are, or how many screens you want to watch on. Fairfax-owned streaming service Stan launched in January and won the rights to Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Transparent and Hannibal as well as a bunch of Cartoon Network classics.