The best international series on Showmax right now

2019-02-07 08:59
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It’s getting harder and harder to know what to watch these days. Oscar winners like Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies) and George Clooney (Catch 22), and mega movie stars like Dwayne Johnson (Ballers) now grace the small screen is some seriously brilliant shows, and streaming services like Showmax mean it’s so convenient to watch whatever you want, whenever you like. 

Even though it’s just September, critics have already earmarked their favourite series so far, and aggregated them in Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best reviewed TV series of the year so far. Boasting a slate of HBO and other top series from overseas, Showmax has more shows in the Top 20 than any other streaming service in Africa. 

Here are the best rated series streaming right now, and coming soon. 

Best Drama: Chernobyl

What’s it about?

Chernobyl dramatises the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Who’s in it?

Directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), the five-part miniseries stars Emmy nominee Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men), People’s Choice nominee Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia, Good Will Hunting) and Oscar nominee Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie, Breaking the Waves), among others. 

Claim to fame: The top rated series of all time on IMDb. 

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Also watch: A shady hedge fund manager and a US attorney duke it out in Billions S4

Coming soon: A Muslim-American Millenial is caught between two worlds in Ramy S1. From 16 September, first on Showmax. 

A family fight it out to be the heirs to a business empire in the acclaimed Succession. Season 2 comes in October, first on Showmax. 

A lawyer loses everything and finds her true mission in The Good Fight. Season 3 coming in November. 

Best Comedy: Barry S2

What’s it about?

A depressed war-vet-turned-hitman finds passion and romance in a local acting class while on a job in LA. As Season 2 opens, Barry tries to extricate himself from a violent criminal triangle involving the Chechen, Bolivian and Burmese underworlds – not to mention some deeply suspicious LA detectives and Monroe Fuches, Barry’s former boss, who has found it exceedingly difficult to hire a replacement as capable as his onetime ace assassin.

Who’s in it?

Bill Hader as Barry and Henry Winkler as his acting coach - both Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated roles. 

Claim to fame: #2 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 100% critics rating. 

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Also watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has one final turn as one-time POTUS in Veep S7.

Coming soon: If your skin still crawls at the sound of dial-up internet, you’ll relate to the world of the teens in the hilarious PEN15, coming on 20 September first to Showmax. 

Oscar-winner George Clooney stars in Catch-22, a brilliantly satirical miniseries. Coming to Showmax in November. 

Best Romance: A Discovery of Witches

What’s it about?

Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a modern-day love story set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight.

Who’s in it?

Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, Warm Bodies) stars as Oxford historian Diana Bishop, a witch who falls in love with the vampire Matthew Clairmont (Emmy nominee Matthew Goode from Downton Abbey and The Crown) - to the consternation of both witches and vampires... 

Claim to fame: #5 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 100% critics rating

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Best Horror: Los Espookys S1

What’s it about?

Set in a fictional dreamy Latin American country, Los Espookys follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business: providing on-demand horror to those who need it. Okay, so it’s more of a comedy for horror lovers than a straight-up scare fest, but it’s the best thing horror fans have been offered so far this year.

Who’s in it?

Rising comics Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live fame.

Claim to fame: #10 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 100% critics rating


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Coming soon: Penned by Flight of the Conchords’ Jermain Clement, What We Do in the Shadows follows vampire housemates in NYC. Coming first to Showmax in November.

Best Documentary Series: Leaving Neverland

What’s it about?

The separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age seven, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 40, and Robson, now 36, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had young sons of their own. 

Who’s in it?

Michael Jackson. Aka The King Of Pop. Aka Wacko Jacko.

Claim to fame: #11 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 98% critics rating

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Also Watch: Did her text messages push her boyfriend to suicide? Decide after watching HBO’s I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs Michelle Carter, first on Showmax. 

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How to get Showmax

If you’re not a subscriber yet, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial. Thereafter, access to a ton of local and international series, movies and documentaries costs just R99 per month. 

If you’re a DStv Premium subscriber, Showmax is included in your subscription - just go to the website to sign up. DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers can add Showmax to their subscription for just R49pm

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