Thriller shows on Netflix Australia: Top 7

Ready for a night of thrills? From shows as wholesome as Heartbeat to the hugely popular Law and Order franchise, tales of murder and mystery capture our attention and leave us wanting more. With the inception of Netflix, there are literally hours of crime shows available. So to get you started, here are seven of the best thriller shows currently available on Netflix Australia.
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Lead cast: Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail.

IMDb rating: 8.1/10
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Summary: You is surprisingly not cliche. It’s brilliant. It’s crazy, but will grab – and hold – your attention throughout. The ten-episode series centres around a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with a woman. He becomes so head-over-heels in love that he will do anything to make sure nothing gets in the way of their Cupid. Is he a cute guy or intense stalker?


Lead cast: Michael C. Hall, Amy James-Kelly, Amanda Abbington and Freddie Thorp.

IMDb rating: 7.3/10
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Summary: Safe was created by crime author Harlen Coben and stars Michael C Hall (of Dexter fame) as Tom, a widowed father of two teenage daughters. Hall’s questionable British accent aside, this series is addictive and its slow reveals leave you wanting more with each episode. When Tom’s daughter goes missing we are introduced to a number of characters who reside in the gated community and who all have their own secrets. In a ‘whodunnit’ where literally everyone is a suspect, you will find yourself saying ‘just one more episode’ until you reach the enlightening conclusion.


Lead cast: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan.

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
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Summary: The series follows the investigation into the death of an 11-year-old boy found on Dorset beach. The acting is outstanding, particularly from lead actor David Tennant who plays the out-of-town detective brought in to solve the crime. Set in a quiet and idyllic seaside town, Broadchurch explores the impact of the death on the whole town as well as the subsequent media interest that ensues. Relationships between the townspeople turn sour as people begin to suspect one another and the audience is left guessing who might have been involved given many people have an apparent motive.


Lead cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner.

IMDb rating: 8.4/10
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Summary: The first thing I noticed about Ozark is that it is incredibly dark, not just plot-wise but to physically watch on screen. A quick Google confirmed that I was not alone and that it was indeed a cinematographic decision made to emulate the dark, sombre and disturbing world that Ozark portrays. Ozark tells the story of Marty Byrde and his family who are relocating from Chicago to a resort community in the Ozarks. The family have been forced to move after a money laundering scheme goes wrong and Marty finds himself owing a substantial sum of money to a Mexican drug lord. It’s bleak but compelling and addictive.

The Sinner

Lead cast: Bill Pullman, Dohn Norwood and Jessica Biel.

IMDb rating: 8/10
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Summary: The Sinner is a two-season series with each telling a separate and unconnected story. The first season focuses on Cora, played by Jessica Biel, who commits a heinous and apparently completely unprovoked crime with no apparent motive and, later, with no memory of committing the crime.


Lead cast: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, and Alberto Ammann.

IMDb rating: 8.8/10
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Summary: The series recounts the rise and rise of drug lord Pablo Escobar (played expertly by Wagner Moura) and tells the true-to-life stories of the Columbian cocaine trade and law enforcement efforts to curtail and control the war on drugs. As a bonus, if you enjoy Narcos, a spinoff series Narcos, Mexico is also available and is every bit as gritty and addictive as the original.

The Fall

Lead cast: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan and John Lynch.

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
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Summary: The Fall is a British psychological thriller starring Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson. The tone of the series is dark and sombre and the writers give the audience the advantage of knowing the serial killer from the outset which makes the ‘cat and mouse’ format even more enthralling and tense. The Fall is gripping and confronting. The plot taps into the notion that the most violent and horrific killers can be ordinary people leading mostly ordinary lives.

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