The best international series to stream on Showmax

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There’s so much to watch right now, and only so much time to watch it. So here’s a handy list to help you find your way to the international series that are definitely worth your time and data on Showmax. 

Best drama series 


Seventeen years ago, Ruby and Billy made a pact that if one of them texted the word "Run", the other would drop everything to meet up in New York. Starring Domhnall Gleeson and Merrit Weaver and executive produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Watch now »

The Outsider

Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, this horror crime miniseries focuses on the investigation of the gruesome murder of a young boy. New episodes come weekly express from M-Net until 25 June. Watch now »

More top drama series: The L Word: Generation QMr Robot S1-4ChernobylSuccession S1-2Billions S1-4 (Season 5 coming soon); Big Little Lies S1-2 

Best comedy series 

I’m Sorry S1-2

A seemingly confident comedy writer, wife and mom comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations. Watch now »

Insecure S1-4

Two 20-something black women navigate the career and relationship challenges facing African Americans living in LA. Star and creator of the show Issa Rae has been nominated for Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. New episodes are streaming weekly until 1 June. Watch now »

More top comedy: Brooklyn Nine-Nine S1-6Superstore S1-4Barry S1-2Veep S1-7A Black Lady Sketch Show

Best sci-fi and fantasy series 

Rick and Morty S1-4 

In this wacky animated Adult Swim series, mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his nerdy grandson Morty go on crazy adventures that cross time and space. New episodes are currently coming first to Showmax weekly, express from the US broadcast. Watch now »  More Adult Swim titles such as PrimalRobot Chicken and Samurai Jack are also available to stream. 

The Magicians S1-5

A group of twenty-somethings studying to be magicians discover the magic they read about as kids really exists, but it's more dangerous than they ever imagined. In the fifth and final season, they face a major loss, while magic goes haywire. This critically acclaimed fantasy is streaming first on Showmax.  Watch now »

Westworld S1-3

Westworld is a futuristic playground for the well-connected, where its human guests play the hero or villain and its hosts are programmed to play along. That is, until Dolores, the park's oldest host, starts to come unplugged. The third season sees the action come ever closer to the real world. It’s streaming on Showmax express from DStv from 16 March. Binge S1-2 while you wait »

More top sci-fi: Emergence S1The Orville S1-2The Handmaid’s Tale S1-3Noughts + Crosses 

Best reality series 

Drag SOS 

Stream Drag on Showmax

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The quirky makeover show that sees drag collective the Family Gorgeous help unlikely protégées unlock their long-lost confidence and become bolder, braver drag-enhanced versions of themselves. The show has an 80% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.2/10 on IMDb. Watch now »

Naked Attraction 

Stream Naked Attraction on Showmax

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In the world's most honest dating show, singletons pick a date on from a selection of naked people. They then get dressed and head off on a date, to see if there is any chemistry when the clothes come on. Watch now »

More top reality: Love Island UK S1-5Survivor USA S32-38Keeping Up with the Kardashians S12-15The Amazing Race S29-31

Plus: Don’t miss South African reality series including Madam & MercyThe Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2 and Somizi & Mohale: The Union

Best boxsets 

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

The author of bestselling self-help books hides her recent separation while navigating life as a single forty-something living in LA. The series stars Lisa Edelstein from House (which you can also binge on Showmax!). Binge now »

More top boxsets to binge: Game of Thrones S1-8New Girl S1-7The Good Wife S1-7

How to get Showmax from R49 per month

Sign up for Showmax mobile and get access to the full catalogue on one mobile device for R49PM. 

Until the end of June, get three months’ access to Showmax standard for R149 - that’s a 50% discount on the usual price of R99 per month. 

Other ways to get Showmax 

New customers get a 14-day free trial and then pay R99 per month. 

DStv Premium subscribers get Showmax free - go to to sign up. DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers pay R49pm

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