Hey Somethings! This week I’m listing off some of my favorite Netflix shows that are probably under most people’s radar. A while ago, I went on a dive through some Netflix series and stumbled across a number of shows from Australia and here are three of my favorites.
Secret City – How far will a reporter go to uncover corrupt workings in Australia’s government? As more and more comes to light, reporter Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) must navigate through the possible fallout from a heating-up conflict between China, The US, and Australia fueled by rash actions from Minister of Defence Malcom Paxton (Daniel Wyllie) and Attorney General Catriona Bailey (Jackie Weaver) before the alliance, and her career go up in smoke.
The Code – A tragic accident is hushed up and overlooked until internet journalist Ned Banks (Dan Spielman) and his hacker brother Jesse (Ashley Zukerman) dig into the cause of not only the accident, but the cover up.
Feeling similar in tone to Secret City, The Code was more of a cyber-drama, and the inclusion of Lucy Lawless as Lindara school teacher Alex Wisham brought name recognition to a cast I was otherwise unfamiliar with. Like Secret City, this show has 2 seasons, 6 episodes per season.
Pine Gap – Pine Gap is a shared surveillance facility just outside of Alice Springs Australia, jointly run by The US and Australian governments. While handling a rogue missile attack in proximity to America’s President, the crew at Pine Gap discover malware on their system. The question of “Who put it there” gets muddy when everyone has something to hide.
This is the show that started me down the Aussie TV rabbit hole. While mostly given ‘meh’ reviews in Australia, I greatly enjoyed this show. It’s one of those shows where virtually no one is a bad guy, but no one’s a good guy and everyone can either get along well or rub each other the wrong way at any moment… but to me, none of it felt forced. Only 1 season, Pine Gap is 6 episodes long.