The best drama series and movies to stream on Showmax

The best drama series and movies to stream on Showmax

These tearjerking drama series and movies will bring on all the feels – stream them all on Showmax, but be sure to keep the tissues handy, and bring along your nerves of steel. 

We’ve got heart-pounding crime dramas, psychological thrillers where we know things aren’t all going to be okay, romantic dramas that clutch at our hearts, and devastating stories that unfold in emergency rooms, on the streets, in troubled homes and in workplaces of all kinds.

Fire Country is on Showmax

Fire Country S1

Bode Donovan joins a fire-fighting programme to shorten his prison sentence, battling massive, unpredictable blazes across the country.

1883 is on Showmax


Follow the Dutton family on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America in the Yellowstone prequel story.

Fraksie is now streaming on Showmax

Fraksie S1

One man’s ambition brings four people together to form a new company. As they chase success, each must ask how far they will go to succeed.

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White House Plumbers S1

With an all-star cast, this is the true story of Nixon’s own political staff and Watergate masterminds accidentally toppling his presidency.

Mrs Harris Goes To Paris on Showmax

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (2022)

A tale of haute couture in collaboration with the House of Dior weaves the story of a widowed cleaner who sets out to own a beautiful Dior designer dress.


Outlaws S1

Outlaws is the story of two families at war: the Zulu, cattle-farming Biyela clan and the Basotho, cattle-raiding Ts’eoles.

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Maternal S1

This intense British drama has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and follows three doctors returning to frontline medicine after maternity leave.

Helena Bonham Carter as Noele Gordon (Nolly) in Nolly S1 on Showmax

Nolly S1

Follow the reign and fall from grace of the real-life inimitable soap star Noele Gordon in this gorgeous British drama series.

7 Days are on Showmax

7 Days (2021)

Set up on a pre-arranged date by their old-fashioned Indian parents, a mismatched Ravi and Rita end up quarantining together as Covid-19 hits.

Stiekyt is on Showmax

Stiekyt (2022)

An actor moonlighting at a struggling drag club finds himself in a position with more than just his marriage or career at stake.

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A Million Little Things S5 is on Showmax

A Million Little Things S5

“A Million Little Things is …as if you were snuggling up with a warm blanket, eating comfort food, and spending time with beloved friends.”

Gat in die Muur on Showmax

Gat in die Muur (2016)

A story about life, love and true friendship. When a free-spirited man is diagnosed with colon cancer, he takes his son on an illuminating road trip through South Africa.

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Zandile Madliwa in 1960, now streaming on Showmax

1960 (2022)

When the remains of an apartheid-era policeman are discovered 60 years after he went missing, a retired singer helps with the investigation.

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Raising Kanan Book III: Raising Kanan S2 is on Showmax

Power Book III: Raising Kanan S2

Teenaged Kanan Stark works to join the family drug business in Queens in the prequel series to the hit show Power.

New Amsterdam is on Showmax

New Amsterdam S1-5

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.

Fifteen Love is on Showmax


Set in the world of elite tennis, this British drama series follows a one-time rising star whose career is cut short by injury.

Muru is on Showmax

Muru (2022)

A New Zealand police sergeant must choose between his badge and his people when the government launches an armed raid on his community.

Bel Air S2 is now on Showmax

Bel-Air S1-2

The journey of a street smart teen whose life is forever transformed when he moves in with his relatives in one of LA’s wealthiest suburbs.

Bad Behaviour is on Showmax

Bad Behaviour

This gripping Australian four-part drama series follows a group of teenage girls at their exclusive boarding school.

Becoming Elizabeth S1

With Henry VIII dead, his children, Mary, Elizabeth and Edward, find themselves pawns in a game for control of a new England.

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M3GAN is on Showmax

What makes M3GAN tick – and Tok

M3GAN crawl-ran so Barbie could walk on her tippy toes. Find out why the world went mad for this doll who slayed the TikTok dance. 

M3GAN is on Showmax

M3GAN (2023)

A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own in this chilling sci-fi horror.

District 9 (2009)

Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley give apartheid, xenophobia, refugees, alien affairs, and the politics of hate and privilege a sci-fi satire spin in District 9.

Mrs Davis: It’s nun vs AI in new Betty Gilpin series from Damon Lindelof

Tara Hernandez and Damon Lindelof’s quirky sci-fi sees an expelled nun facing off against an all-powerful AI called Mrs Davis.

Get your wings with quirky hit sci-fi series Mrs Davis

The gender binary is out and the binary system is boss in Tara Hernandez and Damon Lindelof’s rogue AI sci-fi action comedy series, Mrs Davis. 

Mrs Davis on Showmax

Mrs Davis S1

In this fun, quirky sci-fi dramedy, an expelled nun played by Betty Gilpin takes on an all-powerful AI called Mrs Davis.

Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)

Jurassic World: Dominion unites two generations of Jurassic stars for the first time. Dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans, but this fragile balance might not last.

The Midwich Cuckoos is on Showmax

The Midwich Cuckoos S1

This gripping sci-fi drama stars three-time BAFTA nominee Keeley Hawes in a horrifying tale taking place in a small English village subdued by a mysterious alien presence for an entire day, leaving the townspeople horrified and confused.

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