The 13 best series on Showmax right now

2019-02-07 08:59
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Streaming means pure entertainment freedom - taking your pick from the best international and local shows out there. But with all that choice comes a (really nice-to-have) problem: how do you choose what to watch?

We’ve checked out review site Rotten Tomatoes as a useful guide to what’s great. One or more seasons of the following TV series scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning all the critics who watched the show gave it the thumbs up.

Something serious

The Sopranos is generally considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time - it won 21 Emmys, five Golden Globes and two Peabody Awards, and was named the best of the best by Rolling Stone Magazine and TV Guide Magazine. Twenty years after its 1999 debut, it’s as excellent as ever. If you missed it the first time around, or you want to experience the ups and downs all over again, catch all six seasons on Showmax.

Suits scored 100% for several of its seasons - and the saga continues. Catch up from the beginning to the first 10 episodes of Season 8 on Showmax, and see the show that made the future Duchess of Sussex famous. Even without Meghan Markle, this show has a stellar cast, including the brooding Gabriel Macht as lawyer Harvey Spectre.

Counterpart is a sci-fi thriller starring JK Simmons (Law & Order) as a lowly UN worker who realises his job is actually to guard a secret crossing between our world and a parallel universe where things are the same, but different. Watch Season 1 on Showmax.

Rectify follows a man wrongly convicted of murder, who’s released after 20 years behind bars. Four seasons are available to watch, and critics concluded that the best season is the last one.

If you haven’t watched Downton Abbey yet, where have you been? This period series follows the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as they navigate life in a changing world.

The Girl From St Agnes may not be on Rotten Tomatoes’s radar, but it’s getting rave reviews from critics in SA. If you love homegrown drama that deals with some topical issues, you’ll want to watch The Girl From St Agnes in one sitting. It’s Showmax’s first Original drama series, so naturally all eight episodes are available to binge exclusively on Showmax.

Bonus: Also watch

These series just missed the 100% rating, but we really love them:

Something fun

Random Acts of Flyness is a sketch show that looks at a variety of topics with a no-holds-barred approach. It takes a hard but humorous look at race politics in America, and has guest stars including Whoopi Goldberg.

Silicon Valley follows a bunch of suitably nerdy and awkward guys as they attempt to launch a tech company called Pied Piper. It’s five seasons (so far) of hilariousness as they bumble and stumble their way through business successes and failures. Season 5 has just hit Showmax, so watch the whole thing.

The Bold Type follows three glam friends who work at a New York fashion magazine. But while there is definitely some fine fashion and plenty of romance in this series, it’s not all boys and baubles. There are some serious themes in the show - the #MeToo movement, genetic testing, politics, religion, immigration and more - and each is dealt with sensitively. Watch Seasons 1-2 on Showmax.

Superstore is a workplace comedy that examines the humdrum lives of a diverse group of people working at a big-box store. This show has one of the strongest casts of supporting characters you’ll see on TV, although the centrepiece is definitely the will-they-won’t-they storyline between Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as a successful, rule-breaking detective. Great chemistry in the ensemble cast of cops makes this one a delight to binge. Showmax is the only place you’ll find all five seasons.

Veep has won a truckload of awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series three times in a row (for Seasons 4,5 and 6). Julia Louis-Dreyfus is hilarious as a politician playing Capitol Hill for all it’s worth. Watch all six seasons on Showmax.

Insecure stars Issa Rae as a 20-something black woman finding her way through life. It’s insightful, sensitive and seriously funny.

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Subscribe to Showmax

There are several ways to subscribe to Showmax. You can sign up here for R99 per month, which gives you unlimited access to everything that’s on.

Vodacom customers have some great news - the super-popular Vodacom promotion has been extended until 28 February 2019! Vodacom prepaid and contract customers who sign up to Showmax before the end of February will get three months of free Showmax and 15 GB of Showmax data. Once the three trial months are up, Vodacom customers will pay just R49 per month for the following nine months.

If you’re a DStv Premium subscriber you can access Showmax FREE, or, if you’re a Compact or Compact Plus subscriber and haven’t yet added Showmax to your DStv bill, you can sign up for 60 days of Showmax absolutely free. The sign-up period for this special 60-day trial is from 7 February 2019 to 7 April 2019. After your two-month free trial has elapsed, you’ll only pay R49 per month to access all the great entertainment Showmax has to offer.

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