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Tribeca Top Ten: trending TV shows

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The must-watch TV shows worth binging

With Easter looming, we thought we’d bring back our Tribeca Top Ten for those binge-worthy TV shows worth a look – from the fascinating to the farfetched. Enjoy our latest selection…

Documentary

This documentary went wild on Netflix last year, and that was well before Facebook decided to remove all the news from our feeds in Australia. While acknowledging some positive impacts of social media, the film’s interviews with former employees from all the tech giants starkly reveals the addictive nature of the platforms and how users are exploited and manipulated for financial gain. We’ll let you be the judge. When released on Netflix in September 2020, the documentary was viewed in 38 million homes within the first 28 days of release.

Available on Netflix

In 2010 filmmaker Craig Foster decided to document his life-changing relationship with an octopus in a South African kelp forest. What resulted was one of the most surprising and heartwarming releases of 2020. Through Foster’s stunning footage and storytelling he captures the experiences and lessons learnt from the octopus that would forever change his life, including the stronger bond he developed with his son as a result of this unique encounter.

Available on Netflix

OK, so we couldn’t do one of our Top Ten’s without featuring one of our favourites – Brené Brown. Building on her books, TED talks and podcasts comes her one hour documentary exploring how bravery arises from engaging with our deepest vulnerabilities. If you haven’t seen Brown in action this is well worth the watch, as she shares her sometimes witty; sometimes raw ups and downs in revealing how the path to a meaningful, loving life comes through a willingness to be vulnerable.

Available on Netflix

Drama

Released on New Years Day, this 10-part series is already being considered as one of the best Australian comedy/dramas to have hit our screens. The story focuses on Olympia (Oly) Chalmers-Davis, an ambitious and determined inner-Sydney high school student who’s 10-year plan of blitzing her way through high school and ending up working at the United Nations is thrown into disarray when she unexpectedly goes into labour at school. The birth of her child (these ‘concealed pregnancies’ do happen), forces her to confront the challenges of teen motherhood and a world suddenly turned upside down.

Available on Stan

Who thought chess could be so enthralling? It’s not surprising that we’ve seen a spike in chess sets since the worldwide success of The Queens Gambit, which became Netflix’s most watched miniseries after just four weeks since release. Based on a book of the same name, this coming-of-age drama centres on the life of Beth Harmon, an orphaned chess prodigy who tries to rise to the top of the chess world while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. Although the first couple of episodes can be confronting for some, the series quickly gains momentum building to a memorable final episode

Available on Netflix

We know that the Star Wars empire isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But for the unconvinced this series might just change your mind. Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi (I hope we haven’t lost you yet), The Mandalorian is the story of a lone bounty hunter who is hired to retrieve The Child (affectionately know as baby Yoda), but instead goes on the run to protect the infant. With incredible production values and a story which has hit a chord with both Star Wars followers and detractors, this is one for both young and adult kids to enjoy.

Available on Disney Plus

First airing in 2014, this gritty police drama has become one of Amazon’s most popular series with season six released in 2020 and a seventh and final season already confirmed. Taking inspiration from a number of Michael Connelly novels, Harry Bosch is an irreverent homicide detective in Los Angeles who follows his gut and bends a few rules to achieve the best solved case rate in all of California. Great storylines with a perfect balance of humour, heartache and heroism to keep you entertained.

Available on Amazon Prime

Different

This is another one of those shows which requires you to hang in there before starting to payoff. And judging by the amount of awards Schitt’s Creek won at last year’s Emmy’s for it’s sixth and final season (it swept all seven major comedy awards), it’s worth the wait. Conceived and starring Eugene and Dan Levy (father and son in the series and real-life), the comedy tells the story of the Rose family, who lose their fortune and are forced to live in a small town named Schitt’s Creek –  bought previously as a joke gift by Johnny (Eugene Levy). The joke quickly backfires on the family as they adjust to life in this weird and wonderful town.

Available on Netflix

If you haven’t heard of Bridgerton, chances are you will soon. Told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family, this is certainly not your Downtown Abbey period series, setting TV screens ablaze across the world with its stories of wealth, lust, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England. Launched in December 2020, it is Netflix’s most-watched original series capturing 82 million households in its first 28 days of availability.

Available on Netflix

Stay tuned for our next Tribeca Top Ten, and please share with us any of your favourite TV Shows by emailing us at marketing@tribecafinancial.com.au.

If you missed our previous list of Tribeca Top Ten’s, you can find them here: financial wellbeing resources for women  podcasts to make you happy, ultimate personal and professional development resources, unputdownable books, must-listen podcasts, binge-worthy TV shows, and trending YouTube channels.

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