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Pop CultureFebruary 19, 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+.

For the local content fan: Miles From Nowhere (February 21, Neon)

There’s a lot of buzz around this new local dramedy from poet, writer and journalist Mohamed Hassan. The series follows an amateur songwriter forced to choose between his Muslim community and what Hassan himself, in an essay coming to The Spinoff tomorrow, calls “the dark intrigues of government surveillance.” Beyond that intriguing hook, Miles to Nowhere promises to break new ground in bringing the “chaotic and hilarious” Muslim community to our screens. “We’d waited a lifetime to see someone tell that story, and if no one was gonna tell it, maybe we should,” said Hassan. Be there Wednesday on Neon! / Alex Casey

For the fantasy fan: Avatar: The Last Airbender (February 22, Netflix)

Avatar is a fantasy show set in a world with four elemental nations – the Air Nomads, Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom and Water Tribe – where some humans can control their national element using martial arts. Only the Avatar, an Air Nomad boy named Aang, can wield all four elements. He teams up with other youngsters of diverse nationalities to stop the Fire Nation’s cataclysmic colonial conquest. This version, directed by New Zealander Roseanne Liang, is a live-action adaptation of the legendary Nickelodeon cartoon. Unlike M. Night Shyamalan’s horrible film, this remake looks excellent. With heavy themes like genocide and imperialism, plus moving character arks, Avatar offers more than its kid’s show billing suggests. / Tommy De Silva

For the drama fan: Boiling Point (February 19, TVNZ+) 

You don’t have to have watched the extremely stressful 2021 movie to throw yourself into Boiling Point (which picks up six months after the film of the same name ended). This new four part British drama follows the staff working in the hectic and stressful Point North restaurant, where nobody is chill and nothing ever goes right. One critic called it one of the best shows of 2023, saying the series has “a phenomenal script, a brilliant cast and beautiful filming”. I mean, when has Stephen Graham ever made a bad TV show? Get into it, ASAP.  / Tara Ward

For the true crime fan: Can I Tell You a Secret (February 21, Netflix) 

If there’s one thing that helps me to relax after a long hard day, it’s settling into a horrifying two part true crime documentary series about a cyberstalker who created fake social media profiles to harass and terrify hundreds of people around the United Kingdom. Ahh, the serenity. Charting the chilling impact of Matthew Hardy on the lives of his victims, Can I Tell You a Secret (based on The Guardian podcast) looks to be Netflix’s big true crime release of the month, and a must-watch for fans of American Nightmare, The Tinder Swindler and even Nigel Latta’s scam series. / AC

For the Consumer Guarantees Act fan: Fair Go (February 19, TVNZ1)

There’s no other show on New Zealand telly that advocates for the little guy like Fair Go. Returning this week for an incredible 47th consecutive year, Fair Go is back to sort out everything that grinds our gears, from batshit fitted sheets to shoddy tradespeople and the horrific crime of marshmallow Easter eggs getting smaller. We’ll never stop complaining about stuff, and hopefully, Fair Go will never stop being there to listen. National heroes, the lot of them. / Tara Ward

Everything else: 


Formula One: Drive to Survive S6 (February 23)

The Indrani Mukerjea Story: Buried Truth (February 23)

The Outfit (February 23)

Mea Culpa (February 23)

Through a Window Looking at You 3 (February 23)

Somewhere in Queens (February 23)

The Real World S9 ( February 24)

Screen Actors Guild Awards (live) (February 25)


Catfish: The TV Show S8 (February 21)

The Good Doctor S7 (February 22)

Regular Show S8 (February 23)

The Blackening (February 25)


Secret Genius of Modern Life (February 19)

CSI: Vegas (February 19)

Reel LIfe: Tom Daley: Illegal to be Me (February 22)

The Castaways (February 25)

Country Calendar (February 25)


Wake in Fright (February 19)

Prime Video

Giannis: The Marvelous Journey (February 19)

The Best Hospital in the Galaxy (February 23)


Star Wars: The Bad Batch S3 (February 21)

Apple TV+

Constellation (February 21)

Messi’s World Cup: The Rise of a Legend (February 21)

AMC/Acorn TV

The Madame Blanc Mysteries (February 19)


Megalomaniac (February 19)

Deathstalker (February 19)

Deathstalker II (February 19)

History of Evil (February 23)

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