Peak TV continues to soar. And because we all love a good recommendation, and fashion designers are known arbiters of good taste, we’re thrilled to bring you the ultimate list of great TV shows from those we’d love to hear about.
Sex Education on Netflix
Recommended by Zoe Williams, co-founder and designer of Zoe and Morgan
I’ve enjoyed many Netflix series and love how modern shows capture such openness in point of view and painful subject matter, with awkward silences and good outfits. Sex education was awesome, I loved the characters so much and Gillian Anderson always looked great.
Game of Thrones on neon
Recommended by Sarah-Jane Duff, Creator of Lost and Led Astray
Bar last season (eye roll). Television is my means of escape and I was really taken by the fantasy world mastered in game of thrones. It was a show that always kept me guessing and I couldn’t be late to watch.
Shetland on Netflix; Queen Sugar on TVNZ On Demand; Insecure on Neon; Squid Games on Netflix
Recommended by Keva Rands, designer and founder of Papa Clothing
Shetland is a murder mystery set in Shetland, an island off the coast of Scotland. The lead sleuths have a lovely supportive platonic relationship and the scenery is stunning. The knitting is also reason enough to watch the series.sugar queen by Ava Duvernay is located in Louisiana near and around New Orleans. It depicts the reality of being an African American in the South. The main characters all go through their own struggles and triumphs and grow closer after past trauma. There’s farming, politics, NBA drama, police abuse, and love of family.Unsafe, written by and starring Isa Rae, is a show with characters of people who feel familiar. They are fun, beautiful and their outfits and hairstyles are 10/10.squid games is visually amazing and once again the creativity and weirdness that only Korean film and television can achieve is perfectly executed.
I can destroy you on Neon
Recommended by Gosia Patek, founder of Kowtow
Written, directed and starred by Michaela Coel. A super-fresh British drama about sexual consent, Michaela made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing for a limited series.
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Celebrity Treasure Island on TVNZ On Demand
Recommended by Anjali Burnett, co-founder of Twenty-seven Names
The last season – I can’t recommend this show enough, it brought me so much JOY.
The Panthers on TVNZ On Demand
Recommended by Amy Lautogo, creator of Infamy Apparel
I love seeing Pasifika stories on TV, even when those stories are hard to watch. It’s important to see the climate our parents had to endure and for others to get a glimpse of that experience. Beautifully made with care – immerse yourself in this era of activism.
Mare of Easttown on Neon
Recommended by Elisabeth Findlay, co-founder of Zambeze
Kate Winslet is a favorite and her portrayal and character performance is brilliant – I love whodunits! I also really enjoy the documentaries that Rialto and Prime Rocks have on artists, musicians, filmmakers, photographers and architects, and Māori TV for their alternative film selections and interesting interviews.
The Sopranos on Neon
Recommended by Karen Walker
Without a doubt The Sopranos is the greatest television show of all time and no one will ever convince me otherwise. I’ve watched it from S1E1 to the end at least four times and it never fails to amaze me. The ever-changing structure; the complexity of the characters; the base level being the story of a man interacting with his family and business; the enigmatic ending; humor; Silvio’s hair; Livia is everything; the dialogues make it quite masterful. I will watch it again and again and again for years to come.
Lupine on Netflix
Recommended by Sarah Cotteral, founder of Silk & Steel
A retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin, the world famous gentleman thief and master of disguise. I lived, studied and worked in France for a few years, so not only is it a great story, but I also enjoy listening to French.
Midnight Mass on Netflix
Recommended by Liam Bowden, founder of Deadly Ponies
A beautiful story that twists as it goes. It gave me all the chaos I was hoping for in the end.
Million Dollar Listings on Bravo; Succession on neon
Recommended by Kathryn Wilson
I like escapism with television series. Million Dollar Listings on Bravo is still a great watch for drama and amazing homes sold in LA and New York, Or Succession which is loosely based on the family business of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.