Telenovelas and soaps to watch online

Telenovelas and soaps to watch online

If you love the intrigue, drama, romance and thrill of watching storylines unfold bit by bit, episode by episode, these are the soaps and telenovelas you can’t afford to miss. They’re all streaming on Showmax, with new episodes landing throughout the week for those that are still airing. 

Others, like The Wife, have ended, so every single episode is ready for you to binge-watch. With an endless stream of compelling episodes at your fingertips, prepare to be enthralled as you dive into the addictive world of binge-worthy soap-operas and telenovelas.

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Umkhokha: The Curse S1

The critically acclaimed series revolves around the ensuing fight to take over the leadership position of one of the biggest churches in KZN.

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Gqeberha: The Empire is now on Showmax

Gqeberha: The Empire S1

A polygamist with a thriving business empire based in Gqeberha decides to take a fourth wife. Soon his wives and children turn against one another, leading to an epic battle for the throne.

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Diepe Waters is on Showmax

Diepe Waters S1

Diepe Waters follows a community set around a prestigious swimming club, the Swartmarlyne, owned by the Swarts family.

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Arendsvlei S3 is on Showmax

Arendsvlei S6

Afrikaans telenovela set at a fictional Cape Flats high school where teachers and pupils deal with issues like depression and addiction.

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Binnelanders S12 is now on Showmax

Binnelanders S1-12

Binnelanders, an Afrikaans soapie set in and around a fictional private hospital, follows the trials and trauma of the staff and patients.

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Gomora Season 4 on Showmax

Gomora S4

A socialite who’s used to the good life finds herself back in the township of her roots in this dramatic, addictive drama. 

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Suidooster is on Showmax

Suidooster S9

Binge all eight seasons plus new express episodes of Season 9 to enjoy all the drama of the residents of Ruiterbosch.

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The River S1-6

The River S1-6

This fan-fave telenovela is full of twists and turns, and plenty of characters you love to hate. Season 6 is the final season.

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The Wife Season 3 is on Showmax

The Wife S1-3

Binge the full Seasons 1-2 of The Wife plus new episodes of Season 3 online or on your phone with the Showmax app.

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Behind The Veil on Showmax

The Wife: Behind the Veil

Go behind the scenes of The Wife to find out more about the Zulu brothers and the women who love them in this eight-part exclusive special.

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The Queen S1-6

The Queen S1-6

The Khozas may be back on their A-game again, but their betrayal of Shaka and Brutus that might just cost them dearly. 

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Lingashoni S1

Lingashoni S1

The dramatic telenovela about a man’s life going full-circle after a decade-long memory loss is now streaming from the very beginning.

Legacy is on Showmax

Legacy S1-2

The intrigue and machinations of the mega-loaded Price family are the subject of Legacy, M-Net’s riveting drama series.

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Selina on Showmax

Selina S1-5

Kenya’s most-watched telenovela is the Swahili smash hit Selina, about the star-crossed romance between Selina and Nelson. Will true love win?

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Isibaya S1-7

Isibaya S1-7

The drama isn’t letting up in Isibaya. Binge it all from the beginning to the latest episode. 

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The Throne

Power struggles engulf the BaTswana kingdom. Make sure you have ringside seats for all the drama. 

Love reality series?

Mabusi in RHODurban S4 on Showmax

The Real Housewives of Durban S4: Jojo accepts Mabusi’s apology

In episode 10 of The Real Housewives of Durban S4, Mabusi apologises to Jojo during Slee’s fashion event. New episodes every Wednesday on Showmax.

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Slee and RD in RHODurban S4 on Showmax

The Real Housewives of Durban S4: Slee meets Nonku’s ex

In episode 9 of The Real Housewives of Durban S4, Slee meets with Nonku’s ex, RD. New episodes every Wednesday on Showmax.

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The Real Housewives of Durban S4: The apology tour

In episode 8 of The Real Housewives of Durban S4, Angel attempts to apologise to Maria. New episodes every Wednesday on Showmax.

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Nonku Williams on The Real Housewives of Durban Season 3

Nonku on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa

Nonku Williams of RHODurban talks about appearing in The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa, coming soon to Showmax.

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The Mommy Club S2 on Showmax

The Mommy Club S2 episode 8 recap: Mrs Sande stirs the pot

In episode 8 of The Mommy Club, Mrs Sande rubs Hermajesty up the wrong way. New episodes every Monday on Showmax.

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The Mommy Club S2 on Showmax

The best reality series hitting Showmax screens in April 2024

Catch the new season of The Mommy Club, the highly anticipated reunion of The Real Housewives of Lagos, the charm of Jerrod Carmichael’s docuseries and more on Showmax. 

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The Mommy Club S2 on Showmax

The Mommy Club S2 episode 7 recap: Putting it all on the table

In episode 7 of The Mommy Club, Nozipho meets up with Ratile and apologises for the comment she made. New episodes every Monday on Showmax.

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The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: South Africa on Showmax

The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip South Africa cast revealed

Get ready for a lavish adventure on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip – South Africa, uniting renowned cast members from each of the South African franchises for a trip to Jamaica.

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Need a touch of romance?

Roisin Gallagher as Janet and Johnny Flynn as Seamus in The Lovers S1

7 series about the different ways to fall in love

From that meet-cute moment to marital bliss or meltdowns, with Colin from Accounts, The Lovers and more, there’s a story for however you feel about love tonight.

Forever Yena is on Showmax

Forever Yena (2024)

When online “it” couple Tumisho and Asanda have a big fight during a social media livestream, it puts a strain on their relationship.

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Matilda en Matthys on Showmax

Matilda & Matthys (2024)

An ambitious writer goes on a series of fake dates with a tech entrepreneur for research purposes, but things soon get complicated.

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Forever Yena is on Showmax

Triple-bill of local romance on Showmax this Valentine’s Day

South African romance movies Forever Yena, Matilda en Matthys and Intlawulo are all streaming on Showmax in the month of love.

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Redeeming Love is on Showmax

Redeeming Love (2022)

Angel, who was forced into child prostitution, expects nothing but pain from men until she meets Michael. Adapted from the popular novel.

The Best Man: The Final Chapters on Showmax

Binge-watch The Best Man: best friends gold

The Best Man: The Final Chapters celebrates a fan-fave decades-long friendship. Catch up with Harper, Quentin, Murch, Lance and the gang. 

The Best Man: The Final Chapters is on Showmax

The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Based on the films, The Best Man: The Final Chapters catches up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch.

The Swearing Jar is on Showmax

The Swearing Jar (2022)

This musical romance is adapted from an acclaimed play by Kate Hewlett. Follow Carey and Simon, who are happily married and expecting a child, but a lie threatens to ruin everything.