Showmax March sizzle: Nine international series to binge-watch [watch]

Always on the hunt for the latest and hottest series? Check out these nine binge-worthy international series available on Showmax during the month of March.

RAISED BY WOLVES S2: FIRST ON SHOWMAX | BINGE 5 EPISODES NOW, NEW EPISODES EVERY FRIDAY

Season 2 of Raised by Wolves is the biggest series ever filmed in Cape Town and features local film star Kim Engelbrecht (Reyka, The Flash) in a lead role as Decima, Fimmel’s love interest. The latest season of Raised by Wolves sees android partners Mother (Danish actress Amanda Collin) and Father (BAFTA nominee Abubakar Salim), with their brood of six human children, joining a newly formed atheistic colony in Kepler 22 b’s mysterious tropical zone.

But navigating this strange new society is only the start of their troubles as Mother’s “natural child” threatens to drive what little remains of the human race to extinction.

Season 1 was one of Showmax’s 10 Most-Watched of 2021 and was nominated for three Critics’ Choice Super Awards: Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Series, Best Actor: Sci-Fi (Vikings’ Ragnar, Travis Fimmel) and Best Actress: Sci-Fi (Collin), as well as Emmy, Writers Guild of America and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films awards.

GRAND CREW S1 | FIRST ON SHOWMAX | BINGE FROM 9 MARCH

Created by Phil Augusta Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, InsecureKey & Peele), Grand Crew follows a group of young Black professionals who gather at their favourite bar to wine down and unpack the ups and downs of life and love in LA, proving that life is always better with your crew.

The show’s instantly lovable cast includes triple-Emmy-nominee Nicole Byer (Nailed It, A Black Lady Sketch Show) and Echo Kellum (Arrow’s Curtis Holt / Mr Terrific), while Emmy nominee Garrett Morris (2 Broke GirlsThe Jamie Foxx ShowSaturday Night Live) narrates.

Grand Crew has been compared to shows likes The Office and Friends. So grab a glass of wine, sit back and hit play.

PEN15 S2 PART 2: FIRST ON SHOWMAX | BINGE NOW

PEN15’s second – and final – season brings us eight new episodes to close out the gloriously weird and uncomfortably honest story of 13-year-old besties Maya and Anna, living through the horrors and highs of teenhood in the year 2000.

Thirty-something creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine return as the puberty-stricken versions of themselves, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds.

PEN15 was nominated for three Emmys last year, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and Season 2 holds a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s also been nominated for Critics’ Choice and Writers Guild of America awards, among other honours.

“It is bowing out at the peak of its powers,” says Guardian.

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES S3: FIRST ON SHOWMAX | BINGE NOW

In the final series of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew and Diana return from their time-traveling trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find and piece the Book of Life back together, as their enemies gear up against them.

Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a vampire meets witch story of forbidden love, starring Matthew Goode (Downton AbbeyThe Crown) and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, I Am Number Four), who are both up for 2022 Critics Choice Super Awards for their lead performances. Also look out for Black Reel nominee Parker Sawyers (Barack Obama in Southside With You) joining the cast this season.

A Discovery of Witches adds BAFTA, National Television Awards and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films nominations to its credit list.

VIGIL: BINGE NOW

From the creators of Line of DutyVigil investigates the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board the submarine HMS Vigil, which bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.

DCI Amy Silva (BAFTA winner Suranne Jones from Gentleman Jack and Doctor Foster) and DS Kirsten Longacre (BAFTA winner Rose Leslie from Game of ThronesThe Good Fight) lead an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain’s national security.

Vigil’s stellar ensemble cast also features Emmy nominee Stephen Dillane (Stannis in Game of Thrones), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard), Shaun Evans (Morse in Endeavour), MTV Movie Awards nominee Connor Swindells (Adam in Sex Education) and BAFTA nominee Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot).

‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’: BINGE NOW

Based on Aldous Huxley’s classic 1932 novel, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.

Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Harlots), and Harry Lloyd (Viktor in Arcane) lead an impressive cast, which also includes Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Black Reel nominee Kylie Bunbury (When They See Us), Joseph Morgan (The Originals), Nina Sosanya (Love Actually) and Emmy nominee Demi Moore (Empire).

Brave New World won Royal Television Society Awards for its costumes and visual effects, but be warned: unlike the book, the series isn’t going to make it into any high school syllabus.

Brave New World carries an 18SN age restriction, with The Guardian suggesting that it should have been renamed Brave Nude World and adding, “Not since Game of Thrones have I seen so many nude scenes so happily, lavishly and gratuitously staged for our viewing pleasure.”

CHICAGO MED S6: BINGE NOW

The dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of Gaffney Chicago Medical’s state-of-the-art trauma centre are back for Season 6 of the hit medical drama from multi-award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order).

This season, Chicago’s medical heroes are pushed to the limit as they fight on the frontlines of a global Covid-19 pandemic. Together, they must adapt to the new normal as they confront new and unprecedented medical challenges.

The cast includes four-time Emmy nominee Oliver Platt (FargoThe Big C) as the newly widowed Chief of Psychiatry Dr Daniel Charles, as well as Teen Choice nominee Yaya DaCosta (The Butler), Emmy winner S Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) and Tribeca winner Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night).

‘A MILLION LITTLE THINGS’ S3 PART 1: BINGE NOW

Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things. In Season 3, just when the friends seem to find their new normal, their lives are upended when Covid-19 rocks their world – forcing them to once again lean on each other in ways that are both moving and aspirational.

A Million Little Things has an 8/10 rating on IMDb. As TV Fanatic says, “Can you think of a show that better encapsulates the feeling of living in the disaster year that is 2020?

A Million Little Things is akin to Chicken Soup for the Soul…as if you were snuggling up with a warm blanket, eating comfort food, and spending time with beloved friends. In times like these, you learn to cherish any moment that gives you that feeling.”

The ensemble cast includes David Giuntoli (Nick in Grimm), Screen Actors Guild nominee Romany Malco (Weeds), three-time Teen Choice nominee Grace Park (Hawaii Five-O), James Roday Rodriguez (Shawn in Psych), Stephanie Szostak (Iron Man 3), and Floriana Lima (The Punisher), as well as three-time Kids Choice nominee Lizzy Greene (Nicky, Rick, Dicky and Dawn).

‘WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA’ S1: BINGE NOW

Set in early 1990s New York, at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, Wu-Tang: An American Saga is the fictionalised account of the formation of legendary hip hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan.

MTV Movie Award winner Ashton Sanders (MoonlightJudas and the Black Messiah) and Black Reel winner Shameik Moore (the voice of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Miles) co-star as Bobby Diggs and Sha Raider respectively.

Created by Grammy-nominated Wu-Tang leader RZA with Alex Tse (Watchmen), Season 1 of the series was nominated for an Emmy and three Black Reel Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.

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