With the new Showmax officially launching on 12 February, the streaming platform is not only ramping up its African Originals slate but it is also offering more international series than ever before.
Look out for Kenya-born multi-award winner Arap Bethke in Showmax’s first-ever Telemundo offering Buscando a Frida (The Search for Frida), winner of Best Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program at the International Emmy Awards.
Stream 1st seasons of Ted, Lawmen: Bass Reeves, Found; new seasons of Halo, The Rookie, Run the World Season 2 and more
Here are some of the international series to watch on Showmax in February
Ted (Oscar nominee Seth MacFarlane) is back in an all-new prequel series in which the foul-mouthed bear is forced to navigate high school alongside his best friend John (Max Burkholder, aka Max Braverman in Parenthood).
It’s 1993, and Ted the bear’s moment of fame has passed. He’s now living back home in Framingham, Massachusetts with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennet, along with John’s parents, Matty and Susan, and cousin Blaire. Ted may be a lousy influence on John, but at the end of the day, he’s a loyal pal who’s always willing to go out on a limb for friendship.
Based on one of the highest-grossing gaming franchises of all time, Halo is set amid an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.
Emmy nominee Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, Orange is the New Black) stars as cybernetically enhanced super-soldier Master Chief John-117. In Season 2, John will risk everything to prove what no one else will believe – that the Covenant are preparing to attack humanity’s greatest stronghold. With the galaxy on the brink, John embarks on a journey to find the key to humankind’s salvation, or its extinction — the Halo.
Emmy nominee David Oyelowo (Selma, Silo) was up for Best Actor at both the Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards as Bass Reeves, a slave who became the first Black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi, arresting more than 3 000 outlaws during the course of his career.
The Paramount series’ stellar supporting cast includes the likes of Emmy winner Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) and Emmy nominee Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven).
Widely hailed as one of the best TV comedies of all time, The Office follows the everyday work lives and cringe-worthy antics of the staff at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
If the original British version made Ricky Gervais a household name, the American version did the same for the likes of Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski and Mindy Kaling.
The LAPD’s oldest rookie, John Nolan (multiple People’s Choice Award winner Nathan Fillion from Castle and Firefly), is ready to take on a new role as The Rookie enters its fifth season.
But first, he’ll have to face off once again with serial killer Rosalind Dyer (the late Annie Wersching from 24 and Star Trek: Picard).
In any given year, more than 600 000 people are reported missing in the US. More than half that number are people of colour that the country seems to forget about.
NBC’s biggest launch on Peacock yet, Found centers on recovery specialist Gabi Mosely and her crisis management team as they work tirelessly to find missing people forgotten by the system. But this everyday hero is hiding a chilling secret of her own…
AV Club calls the show “a compelling character study of how differently people heal (or don’t) from traumatic, life-changing events – all while shining a light on the real-life efforts of non-profit organizations such as the Black and Missing Foundation.”
From the exec producers of The Office, Parks and Recreation is set in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana and follows a relentlessly perky mid-level bureaucrat, Leslie Knope (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler), and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.
Parks and Recreation was nominated for 14 Emmys and won 25 awards, including a Golden Globe, a Peabody, and three Critics Choice Awards. Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the best TV series ever made”, with “TV’s funniest ensemble cast.”
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ Most Anticipated TV and Streaming Shows of 2024, Funny Woman tells the story of Blackpool beauty queen Barbara Parker as she tries to make it in London at the height of the Swinging Sixties.
As The Guardian says, “Gemma Arterton is absolutely captivating… The actor exudes star power in this take on the popular novel. It blossoms into a colorful romp through the swinging 60s… It’s TV as comfort food, and I was happily sated by it.”
SAS Rogue Heroes is a “mostly true” account of how arguably the world’s greatest special forces unit was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War II.
Nominated for a 2023 BAFTA for its Sound, SAS Rogue Heroes has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian hailing it as “one of the year’s most emotional shows… This brilliant series from the Peaky Blinders creator might be a high-octane, action-packed riot – but it’s also tender, touchy and funny… A total triumph.”
Nominated for Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited Series at the 2023 Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards, Accused centers on the defendant in a different court case in each episode.
Already renewed for a second season, the legal drama anthology is developed by three-time Emmy winner Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24, The X-Files), based on the Emmy-winning 2010 British series, which was created by multiple-BAFTA winner Jimmy McGovern (Time).
Full Circle centres on an investigation into a botched kidnapping, which uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in New York City.
Killing It, from the creative team behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is a comedy about class, capitalism and one man’s quest to achieve the American dream – And hunting really big snakes.
Bupkis is a heightened, fictionalized version of the life of People’s Choice nominee Pete Davidson, which has already drawn comparisons to Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louis C.K.’s Louie.
As Detective Nikki Batista in Alert: Missing Persons Unit, Dania Ramirez (Sweet Tooth, Devious Maids and Heroes) was nominated as Best Actress – Drama at the 2023 Imagen Awards.
Batista joins the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit after her son, Keith, goes missing. Along with her partner and ex-husband, Detective Jason Grant (Golden Globe nominee Scott Caan from Hawaii Five-0 and the Ocean’s trilogy), Nikki works tirelessly to help other people find their loved ones, even as she searches for her own.
Run the World follows a group of successful Black women living in the Upper Manhattan district of Harlem.
The second and final season picks up with Whitney (Black Reel nominee Amber Stevens West from 22 Jump Street) anxiously awaiting the fate of her relationship, while Sondi (Corbin Reid from Blair Witch and How to Get Away with Murder) and Renee (Bresha Webb from Night School) are reminded that it’s never a bad time to choose yourself.
What happens if you can’t trust the people who hold your life in their hands?
A searing insight into the pressures and politics of hospital life, Malpractice stars BAFTA nominee Niamh Algar (Raised by Wolves, Pure) as the smart, battle-hardened Dr Lucinda Edwards, whose life is turned upside down when a nightmare shift ends in the death of an opioid overdose victim.
Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons tells the provocative story of the Victoria’s Secret brand and its longtime CEO, the larger-than-life, enigmatic billionaire Les Wexner. The underworld of fashion, the billionaire class, and Jeffrey Epstein are all revealed to be inextricably intertwined with the fall of this legendary brand.
Home Economics returns for a hilarious and heartwarming second season following Tom (Emmy winner Topher Grace from BlacKkKlansman), Connor (YouTuber Jimmy Tatro from American Vandal) and Sarah (Caitlin McGee from Mythic Quest), three grown-up siblings fielding the ups and downs of life at different ends of the financial spectrum.
Named Best Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program at the International Emmy Awards, Telemundo’s Buscando a Frida (aka The Search for Frida) follows the Pons family, whose lives are thrown into disarray when teenager Frida is kidnapped at a club on the night of her father’s birthday, triggering a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers and unearthing the family’s darkest secrets.
Look out for Kenya-born multi-award winner Arap Bethke as Martin Cabrera.
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