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Pop CultureApril 15, 2024

New to streaming: What to watch on Netflix NZ, Neon and more this week


We round up everything coming to streaming services this week, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, ThreeNow, Neon and TVNZ+.

If you love a psychological drama: Friends Like Her (ThreeNow, April 15) 

Kaikōura is the dramatic setting for Friends Like Her, a new local drama set in the small coastal town one year after the 2016 earthquake. Created and written by novelist Sarah-Kate Lynch, Friends Like Her series follows best friends Nicole (Morgana O’Reilly) and Tessa (Tess Haubrich), whose relationship turns toxic after a surrogacy arrangement falls through. As the ground fractures beneath them, Nicole and Tessa’s lives begin to crack too. A stellar New Zealand cast and plenty of emotional aftershocks keep the drama coming. Read a full review of Friends Like Her here

If you love a spy thriller: The Sympathizer (Neon, April 15)

Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, this new HBO drama looks to be one of the TV hits of 2024. Set during the Vietnam war and starring Robert Downey Jr (who plays a CIA handler and appears in multiple disguises and roles) and Hoa Xuande, The Sympathiser follows an undercover communist spy (Xuande) who is sent to America to follow an exiled General. Early reviews are promising, with critics calling it “a TV tour de force” and a show that “dances from hilarious satire to pulse-pounding thriller at the drop of the hat”. 

If you love reality TV: My Mum, Your Dad NZ (ThreeNow, April 21)

Based on a successful overseas format, My Mum, Your Dad NZ follows single parents who have been nominated by their grown-up children for another chance at love. The show is hosted by Sharyn Casey, who’ll help these parents find a new romantic partner, all while their kids secretly watch every saucy move from a nearby location called “The Bunker”.  What could be awkward about that? 

If you love a nature doco: Our Living World (Netflix, April 17) 

Is Cate Blanchett the new Sir David Attenborough? Find out for yourself in Netflix’s new nature docuseries, which travels the globe to reveal how all the extraordinary creatures and ecosystems on Earth are connected together, working to restore and sustain our planet. Beautiful photography, stunning landscapes, and some very cute turtles – what more do you need?

If you love a homegrown mystery: My Life is Murder (TVNZ+, April 21) 

Lucy Lawless returns as fearless private investigator Alexa Crowe in the new season of murder-mystery series My Life is Murder. This season Lawless is joined by guest stars Bill Bailey, Erik Thomson, Siobhan Marshall and Dame Miranda Harcourt, as the popular drama continues to showcase our biggest city to audiences around the world. “They’re watching this all across America and England, and Auckland looks beautiful,” Lawless told The Spinoff in 2022. “Everybody comes here and runs straight to Queenstown or Hobbiton, but Auckland is a beautiful, vibrant, modern city. I think we should all start celebrating it.”

The rest


Real Housewives of Beverly Hills S9 (April 15)

Eight For Silver (April 15)

Jimmy Carr Natural Born Killer (April 16)

I’ll See You in My Dreams (April 16)

Paws of Fury (April 16) 

Smile (April 16)

Our Living World (April 17)

The Circle S6 (April 17)

Don’t Hate the Player (April 17)

The Grimm Variations (April 17)

Barbie Magic S2 (April 18)

Bros (April 18)

Kampon (April 18)

The Upshaws (April 18)

Brothers in Arms (April 19)

Rebel Moon Part Two: The Scargiver (April 19) 

Relax I’m From the Future (April 20)

Soweto Blaze (April 20)


Patrick Melrose (April 15)

Tokyo Vice (April 17)

Celebrity Beat the Chasers (April 17)

The Great British Sewing Bee (April 19)

Looking for Alaska (April 19)

Alan Carr’s Adventures with Agatha Christie (April 20)

The Spiderwick Chronicles (April 20)

Call the Midwife (April 20)

Star Trek: Picard (April 20)

The Celebrity Bake Off (UK) (April 20)

My Life is Murder (April 21)

Swamp People: Serpent Invasion (April 21)


Friends Like Her (April 15) 

Selling The Hamptons S2 (April 20)

Your Mum, My Dad (April 21)


The Sympathizer (April 15) 

Paw Patrol S9b (April 15)

Damnation S1 (April 15)

Wild Things (April 15)

Bubble Guppies S6 (April 17)

There’s Something Wrong With The Children (April 17)

Assassin  (April 18)

Spider-Man  (April 19)

Spider-Man 2 (April 19)

La Brea S3 (April 19)

Spider-Man 3 (April 19)

Relax, I’m From The Future (April 20)

Seven Years In Tibet (April 21)

Julie & Julia (April 22)

Blue Thunder (April 22)


We Were The Lucky Ones (April 17)

The Secret Score (April 17)

See You In Another Life (April 17)

Good Trouble S5 (April 17)

Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet S12 (April 17)

High Hopes (April 20)

Prime Video

Biosphere (April 15)

Hip Hop World (April 16)

Criminal (April 16)

Puppy Love (April 18)

Going Home With Tyler Cameron (April 18)


Made in Chelsea S27 (April 16)

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