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There’s so much to watch on internet TV, it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, Showmax has a ton of quality, entertaining series and movies for all ages.
Whether you’re already retired or have some extra time at home on your hands right now, there’s never been a better time to stream series and movies on Showmax. It’s easy to set up on your Explora, your smart TV, mobile device or by hooking an Android box up to your normal TV. (Find a beginners’ guide to streaming here, and more tips on how to set up and watch Showmax here.)
Once you have signed up for Showmax, either via your DStv Premium or Compact subscriptions or via the website or app if you’re not a subscriber, you have access to thousands of movies and series at the click of a button. Whether you love local South African stories or hit international entertainment, we have you covered. Here are some of our favourites.
Period drama series
A young and impulsive woman moves to the fishing village of Sanditon, which is about to reinvent itself as a seaside resort and fashionable playground for the British elite. Based on the unfinished novel by Jane Austen.
A Russian inventor who specialises in hearing aids is asked by MI5 to use his tech knowledge during the Cold War.
Sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy learn what it means to be a young woman as they navigate sibling rivalry, love, loss and growing up in this charming British adaptation of the classic novel. A great cast including the wonderful Angela Lansbury.
Queen Victoria was one of the greatest monarchs in history. But as this drama shows, when she first became regent as a young woman, not everyone wanted her to succeed…
This miniseries depicts the social and class divisions that defined 20th-Century England. It follows sisters Margaret and Helen, who lead rather unorthodox lives.
Audiences quickly became addicted to this immersive series. This is as authentic as period drama gets: actual historical events shape the plotlines about the Crawley family and the servants who live with them in Downton Abbey. You may have watched it the first time round, but this is the perfect opportunity to binge the whole thing again!
More brilliant series
Staffers at two newspapers – a left-leaning broadsheet and a right-leaning populist tabloid – fight for truth, entertainment and the ultimate scoop as two British newspapers go head-to-head in a press world fraught with scandals, under pressure from the 24-hour news cycle, and constantly evolving in the digital age.
Dr Max Goodwin takes over as medical director at the oldest public hospital in America. He bends the rules and challenges the status quo to provide the best medical care possible.
An unmatched cast is the main reason to watch this twisty thriller. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz play five seemingly ordinary women who are drawn into a mystery by a shocking death. Meryl Streep joins the cast in the second season as the dead man’s mother.
If you haven’t yet watched this South African series adapted from the book by Deon Meyer, do yourself a favour and watch it. It has an excellent cast and incredible production quality, plus a twisty plot that’ll have you enthralled.
Documentaries and real-life stories
Natural historian Sir David Attenborough looks at the changes to the natural world he has witnessed over his 60-year career.
Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, this highly acclaimed miniseries dramatises the catastrophic event that rocked Europe in 1986: the explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Consistently rated the best series of 2019, this is a compulsive watch.
In apartheid-ruled South Africa, renowned lawyer Bram Fischer defies the government to defend a group of men on trial for treason, including Nelson Mandela.
He was once one of the greatest cricketers alive, then fell from grace in a betting scandal, only to die tragically in an aeroplane accident. But who was Hansie Cronje, one of SA’s greatest sports stars and villains?
Adapted from the novel of the same name, this film tells the inspiring true story of a rugged farmer in the KZN Midlands whose quest for wealth leads him on an unexpected path of friendship and, ultimately, faith.
In remote Patagonia, a 100-year-old community of Afrikaans Boers struggles to keep their language and culture alive, while longing to be reunited with their distant families in South Africa. This doccie is largely in Afrikaans, but is subtitled.
Displaced from India, the Kadam family lands up in a tiny village in the south of France, where they open an Indian restaurant just 100 feet from the Michelin-starred eatery run by Madame Mallory. Charmer starring Helen Mirren.
Frank, a former black ops agent, has his peaceful life disrupted by a new breed of assassin. An all-star cast play his fellow REDs (Retired, Extremely Dangerous), who prove they’ve still got it. Starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren.
A widow gets involved with a violent man and turns to her estranged father-in-law for protection for herself and her daughter. Starring Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez.
Based on the novel of the same name. A writer forms a strong bond with the residents of Guernsey Island while writing a book about their experiences during World War II. The movie stars Lily James and Michiel Huisman, with a wonderful supporting cast including Penelope Wilton and Jessica Brown Findlay of Downton Abbey fame.
This Oscar and Golden Globe winner tells the true story of the extraordinary relationship between the late physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane. Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his role, while Felicity Jones earned praise for playing Jane Hawking, upon whose book the film is based.
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA. Meryl Streep heads up the all-singing, all-dancing cast that includes Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Christine Baranski.
As her marriage reaches a breaking point, a high court judge is asked to rule on the case of a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion for religious reasons. Starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.