African entertainment has never been this good, with so much variety to choose from. Here are our six must-see shows on Showmax.
Following the success of its first season and last year’s subsequent spinoff in Nigeria. Unmarried is back with a brand-new 16-episode season.
Following the lives of three young female friends living in Jozi, as they deal with the pressures of juggling marriage, motherhood, relationships.
Their careers from the township to the suburbs, to the high-end apartment lifestyle of the “super blessed”.
Unmarried relates to every woman out there.
Set in the cut-throat world of investment billionaires, Legacy follows Sebastian Price, the patriarch of a super-wealthy family, who’s fast approaching retirement… leaving the keys to the kingdom up for grabs.
The M-Net telenovela boasts a formidable cast including SAFTA winners Kgomotso Christopher (Isidingo, Scandal), Deon Lotz (Skoonheid, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), and many more.
New episodes land on Showmax every Monday at 8 pm, at the same time as the Mzansi Magic broadcast.
South Africa’s wilderness in the 1800s.
Five years after their mother died, Racheltjie and five-year-old Jamie find themselves on their way to the gold fields with their father, Herman, to start a new life. But winter is closing in fast, and when Jamie goes missing in a freak snowstorm, Rachel must brave the deadly cold to search for her little brother…
The beloved heroine of this Afrikaans folktale is brought to life by Zonika de Vries (Dis Koue Kos, Skat), who won the Young Actress award for the role at the 2019 Silwerskerm Festival. Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer was the ninth biggest local movie at the SA box office last year. As Channel24’s Leandra Engelbracht says, “The Story of Racheltjie De Beer breathes life into the fabled tale; it is a definite must-watch. Be sure to take some tissues with you.”
Gomora recently won the public vote as Most Popular Soapie of the Year at the 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards. Palming in jury prizes for Outstanding Directing Team, Supporting Actress (Sannah Mchunu as Zodwa), and Newcomer (Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy).
The twisty Mzansi Magic telenovela stars SAFTA winner Katlego Danke (Isidingo, Generations) as Thathi, a spoiled trophy wife whose posh Sandton life is stripped away in an instant.
With no money and no job, Thathi is forced to pull her teenage kids out of their private schools and enroll them in a public school in Alexandra.
They also have to move back in with her mother, Mam’Sonto (SAFTA winner Connie Chiume from Black Panther). Her strict standards and grandmotherly care for her family mask her true nature as the queen of crime in Alexandra.
Nigerian Gbemisola Ikumelo picked up a 2020 BAFTA nomination for her performance in Famalam. It also earned writer-producer Akemnji Ndifornyen a BAFTA TV Craft Award. And Samson Kayo nominations for Best Comedy Performance at both the BAFTAs and the Royal Television Society Awards.
Now the BBC’s hilarious sketch comedy is back for its third season. Learn how to make White People Chicken, see our favorite aunties handle their nephew coming out, and discover Nollywood’s ‘finest’.
We’ll also get to check out Idris Elba’s skill set (Idris Elba can do anything!) and watch the rudest Midsomer Murders ever.
Enslaved is a six-episode docuseries that explores 400 years of human trafficking from Africa to the New World. Following the efforts of Diving with a Purpose, as they search for and locate six slave ships that went down with their human cargo.
Executively produced and featuring Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Avengers), Enslaved tracks the efforts of divers as they utilize new methods of underwater archaeology to identify and locate these sunken slave ships for the first time in history.
These modern-day adventures serve as a springboard to tell the stories of the ideology, economics, and politics of slavery. Celebrate stories of resistance, the cultures left behind, and the culture that we live in.