The best international series on Showmax in February
From the fierce world of New York fashion to the worlds of Vikings and 18th-century France, the top international series on Showmax will take you anywhere you want to go.
Vikings S6: The final season | First on Showmax
The Vikings push further into Scandinavia as a victorious Bjorn returns from the Battle of the Brothers to find that being a hero and a leader comes with its own challenges. Torvi and Ubbe search for clues to Floki’s whereabouts in Iceland, while Ivar follows the Silk Road to Russia, where he encounters a ruler even more merciless and unpredictable than himself. Meanwhile, Lagertha’s hopes for a quieter life on her own farm are threatened by new dangers closer to home.
Created by BAFTA-nominated writer/producer Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors), Vikings stars Alexander Ludwig (Teen Choice Villain Award Winner for The Hunger Games) as Bjorn, Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha in a Critics Choice nominated performance and Gustaf Skarsgård (Westworld) as Floki. The season scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The New Pope | First on Showmax
In this highly anticipated follow-up to the Emmy-nominated 2016 series The Young Pope, Jude Law reprises his Golden Globe-nominated role as Pope Pius XIII, with Oscar nominee John Malkovich now leading the cast as Pope John Paul III (aka the New Pope), who ascends to the throne while Pius is lying in a coma.
Legendary Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (writer/director of Oscar-winning foreign-language film The Great Beauty) is again in charge, and Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson guest star.
The Guardian called The New Pope “just as rich and ravishing and gloriously enigmatic” as its predecessor, “another deep dive into the hidden world of the Vatican City, marvelling at its mystique with agnostic fervour.” While Indiewire hailed it as “gorgeous and outrageous… one of the most unique, enigmatic, and exhilarating television experiences that you can watch for depth, for fun, or for a wild combination of both.
Mr. Robot | First on Showmax
Mr. Robot centres on Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and hacker who becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he is recruited by vigilante anarchists working to bring down the financial system.
Oscar winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) won the Emmy as Elliot, while Christian Slater (True Romance) won the Golden Globe as Mr. Robot.
The season 3 finale saw Elliot reverse the 5/9 hack and reconcile with Mr. Robot. The fourth and final instalment takes place over the 2015 Christmas holidays, and it’s finally become clear who the real puppet master is. “Whiterose is the ultimate target,” series creator and two-time Emmy nominated writer-producer Sam Esmail (Homecoming) said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Returning cast members include Portia Doubleday as Angela, Carly Chaikin as Darlene, Grace Gummer as FBI investigator Dominique DiPierro, Elliot Villar as Vera, Martin Wallström as Tyrell Wellick and Emmy nominees Michael Cristofer and BD Wong as Phillip Price and Whiterose respectively.
Vice called it “The defining show of the 2010s”, and Season 4 scored 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.5 on IMDb. It won two Golden Globes and was nominated for a further five, and won two Emmys.
Laugh-out-loud funny, not afraid to be controversial and unprecedented in sketch comedy TV history, A Black Lady Sketch Show is created, written and directed by and starring a stellar array of black women. Creator Robin Thede (host of BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede and head-writer for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) executive produces, writes and stars, with Issa Rae (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s Insecure) producing and guest starring.
Each episode consists of five to six sketches, showcasing the comedic talents of Thede and her core cast: Emmy winner Ashley Nicole Black (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, S.W.A.T.) and Quinta Brunson (Quinta vs. Everything).
Guest stars include Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, Golden Globe nominees Maria Gibbs and Jackée Harry, Emmy winners Lena Waithe and Loretta Devine, Emmy nominees Laverne Cox and Amber Riley, Imagen Award winner Gina Torres, Nailed It! star Nicole Byer, Grammy winner Kelly Rowland and Grammy hall-of-famer Patti LaBelle.
Hollywood Reporter hailed the show as “energetic, funny and wonderfully distinctive” and PopBuzz as “sharp, entertaining and seriously overdue.” It scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nat Geo’s scripted drama The Hot Zone is the harrowing tale of a global epidemic that almost was. In 1989, Ebola landed on U.S. soil. After it appeared in a research facility in D.C., a heroic U.S. Army scientist put her life on the line to prevent an outbreak of the deadly virus. It’s inspired by true events and based on the best-selling non-fiction thriller by Richard Preston.
Partly filmed in South Africa, The Hot Zone stars Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), James D’Arcy (Agent Carter, Broadchurch), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Topher Grace (BlacKkKlansman), Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot), and Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones’ Ser Davos), as well as South Africans like Neil McCarthy (Jozi-H) and Boheng Moeko (Ring of Lies).
As Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus put it, “An anxiety-producing dramatization of real-world events, The Hot Zone is a sobering reminder of exactly how deadly a disease can be.”
This six-part BBC adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel follows Jean Valjean (Golden Globe nominee Dominic West from The Affair and The Wire) as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert (Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo), while unrest rises in Paris in post-Napoleonic France.
The all-star cast includes Oscar winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Crown), Golden Globe nominee Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), BAFTA winner Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick), and David Bradley (aka Walder Frey in Game of Thrones and Argus Filch in Harry Potter).
Wall Street Journal calls it a “handsome, passionate, near-heroic adaptation of Hugo’s moral fable”, while IndieWire says it’s “an engrossing treat, featuring a vibrant cast.” This adaptation scored 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Bold Type S3 | First on Showmax
Inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan’s editor in chief, Joanna Coles, The Bold Type offers a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of the staff at a global women’s magazine. Beneath the glam, this millennial-favourite drama series is the story of a group of young women working their butts off and selling the best of their talents in an increasingly competitive industry.
Aisha Dee, Katie Stevens and Meghann Fahy have all been nominated for Teen Choice Awards as Kat, Jane, and Sutton respectively. Emmy nominee Melora Hardin (The Office) plays Jacqueline, with Sam Page (Mad Men) as Richard.
The new season sees Peter Vack (Homeland, Mozart in the Jungle) join the show as the new head of Scarlet’s digital department, Patrick Duchand. Could his arrival suggest the clock is ticking for both the magazine’s female leadership and its future as a print publication?
Glamour calls The Bold Type “one of the most delightful shows on TV,” while The New Yorker says it’s “a show to warm a jaded heart.” The third season scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the show has been nominated for seven Teen Choice Awards as well as GLAAD, Imagen and Satellite Awards.
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