Top crime series to binge-watch on Showmax

Top crime series to binge-watch on Showmax

Feel like sinking your teeth into a gritty thriller, crime caper or police procedural series? Here are some of the most addictive series that fit the bill, all available on Showmax.

Prepare to be gripped by police procedurals that take you behind the scenes of law enforcement, gritty stories of ordinary people turning to a life of crime to secure their families’ futures, and shows about the pursuit of justice in all its forms. These crime series on Showmax are sure to keep you hooked for hours on end.

True Detective: Night Country on Showmax

True Detective S1-4

Anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Tokyo Vice S1 on Showmax

Tokyo Vice S1

In this powerful HBO crime thriller based on true events, a Western journalist working in Tokyo takes on one of the city’s most powerful crime bosses.

When We Were Bullies is on Showmax

When We Were Bullies (2022)

A mind-boggling coincidence leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth-grade class and fifth-grade teacher to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident 50 years ago.

The Cleaning Lady S3 on Showmax

The Cleaning Lady S3

A marginalised Cambodian doctor in the US struggles to keep her ill son alive. She becomes a cleaning lady for an organised crime syndicate to save him.

The Sixth Commandment on Showmax

The Sixth Commandment S1

Follow the events that unfolded after the real-life deaths of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin in a Buckinghamshire village.

Time S2 on Showmax

Time S2

A tense and gritty British prison anthology series that looks at a new scenario of life in prison. Season 2 focuses on a women’s prison.

ZeroZeroZero on Showmax

ZeroZeroZero S1

The drug underworld is a zero-sum game in this gritty crime drama exploring the inner workings of the global cocaine trade.

Koek is an Afrikaans Showmax Original

Koek S1

A despondent housewife, convinced her husband is having an affair, is inadvertently thrust into the underbelly of a crime syndicate.

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Alert: Missing Persons Unit - Season 1 on Showmax

Alert: Missing Persons Unit S1

After her son goes missing, Nikki Batista joins the Philadelphia Missing Persons Unit, helping find people’s loved ones.

Accused S1 on Showmax

Accused S1

An engrossing anthology courtroom drama based on the acclaimed BBC crime series. Each episode follows a new defendant as they await their verdict, while flashbacks reveal how they ended up in court.

The Rookie S5 on Showmax

The Rookie S1-5

The oldest rookie in the LAPD uses his life experience, determination and sense of humour to keep up with colleagues 20 years his junior.

Headhunters on Showmax

Headhunters S1

Follow Roger Brown, a corporate headhunter who has lied and manipulated his way to success in this Norwegian thriller.

Found is on Showmax

Found S1

Found follows recovery specialist Gabi Mosely as she and her team work tirelessly to find missing people forgotten by the system.

Catch Me A Killer S1 on Showmax

Catch Me A Killer S1

A thriller based on the book of the same name, Catch Me a Killer tells the harrowing true story of psychological profiler Micki Pistorius.

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Libby, Are You Home Yet S1 is on Showmax

Libby, Are You Home Yet?

This award-winning true-crime British series tells the story of a 21-year-old who was sent home alone in a taxi, from a nightclub – but never arrived.

Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale in Poker Face S1 on Showmax

Poker Face S1

Natasha Lyonne plays a woman who can tell when people lie, and gets herself involved in crimes she can’t help but investigate and solve.

Annie Conlon (KATHERINE DEVLIN), Grace Ellis (SIÂN BROOKE), (Tommy Foster (NATHAN BRANIFF) in Blue Lights S1 on Showmax

Blue Lights S1

Rookie police officers Grace, Tommy and Annie tackle criminal gangs, undercover agents and their own communities in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Group of cheerleaders in Trompoppie on Showmax

Trompoppie S1

Luna, a talented gymnast from the wrong side of the tracks, is awarded a bursary to a prestigious private school to join their elite group of drum majorettes. But then a hazing ritual goes tragically wrong…

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Die Onderonsie on Showmax

Die Onderonsie (2023)

When five friends hold a reunion to confirm an agreement that hides a dark secret from their past, a dead body appears…

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The Rookie: Feds is on Showmax

The Rookie: Feds S1

Special Agent Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy, is assigned to support the LA field office.

Eye-opening documentaries to stream

Original Sin: My Son The Killer on Showmax

Eye-opening homegrown documentaries to stream

These unmissable South African shows and movies deliver surprising insights on the country we’re living in today.

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Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off on Showmax

Tony Hawk: Until The Wheels Fall Off

With never-before-seen footage and unprecedented access, follow the legend Tony Hawk’s personal life, career and relationship with skateboarding.

When We Were Bullies is on Showmax

When We Were Bullies (2022)

A mind-boggling coincidence leads the filmmaker to track down his fifth-grade class and fifth-grade teacher to examine their memory of and complicity in a bullying incident 50 years ago.

Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show S1 on Showmax

HBO’s Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show now on Showmax

Follow the life of the comedian Jerrod Carmichael in his new HBO series as he searches for love, sex, and connection.

Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show S1 on Showmax

Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show S1

A docuseries following Jerrod Carmichael in his encounters with friends, family and strangers, all in his search for love, sex and connection.

Original Sin: My Son The Killer on Showmax

Former SAPS profiler on the murder that “stands out the most”

Former SAPS head profiler Dr Gérard Labuschagne discusses the true-crime documentary Original Sin: My Son The Killer, noting it as the most troubling case in his career.

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Frederick Douglass In Five Speeches on Showmax

Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches

Acclaimed actors bring to life the words of Frederick Douglass, an American anti-slavery activist, with readings from his autobiographies to illustrate how his words about racial injustice still resonate deeply today.

Original Sin: My Son The Killer on Showmax

Original Sin: My Son The Killer (2024)

The chilling story of Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren, told by his mother, who helped him flee South Africa after he murdered his girlfriend, Andrea Venter. 

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