Saturday, May 25

5 Best International Series on Showmax in May


It’s a busy month ahead on Showmax. If you’re looking for the best in new international series to catch on your streaming device, then Showmax is where it’s at this month. From action-packed series to laugh-a-minute comedies, and tear-jerking dramas, it’s happening on Showmax.

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New episodes every Friday; binge from 20 May 2022, first on Showmax.

Paramount+ original series, Halo, based on the iconic Xbox franchise and one of the highest-grossing game franchises of all time, set a new record as the most-watched original series premiere globally on Paramount+ in its first 24 hours of release.

Emmy nominee Pablo Schreiber brings humanity’s deadliest weapon – and our greatest hope – to life as the iconic Master Chief. The series is set in a separate timeline to the games, dramatising an epic 26th-Century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. But if the Halo universe sounds worlds away, it’s closer to home than you think: South African Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) directs four episodes, with compatriot Guy Potgieter (District 9, Homeland) as set decorator and Dale Butler as first assistant director.


Binge now, first on Showmax.

Brothers and sisters, can we get a Hallelujah? The mega-famous televangelist family is back, with more deviance, greed and charitable work in The Righteous Gemstones. Season 2 finds our blessed Gemstone family threatened by outsiders from both the past and present who wish to destroy their empire.

Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (The Expendables, The Dark Knight) joins the cast this season, while multi-award-winner and Vice Principals creator Danny McBride (who also created, wrote and executive produces the show), Emmy winner John Goodman (Argo, The Big Lebowski), Edi Patterson (Knives Out, Vice Principals), Teen Choice Award winner Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect, Modern Family), Skyler Gisondo (The Amazing Spider-Man, Santa Clarita Diet), and Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Justified) all return to what Collider hails as “one of the greatest ensembles in comedic television.”

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Binge from 23 May, first on Showmax.

Inspired by real events, The Girl From Plainville sees Critics Choice nominee Elle Fanning (The Great, Maleficent) take on the role of Michelle Carter, the teenager at the centre of the unprecedented “texting suicide case” following the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, in 2014.

The limited series was created by Critics Choice nominee Liz Hannah (The Dropout) and Patrick Macmanus (Dr. Death) and also stars Colton Ryan (Little Voice) and Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny (We Are Who We Are).


Binge now.

Carrie Bradshaw and the girls are back in HBO Max’s Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That. Set 11 years after the events of the 2010 film Sex and the City 2, the ten-episode series catches up with the gang as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of their 50s.

Emmy winners, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis reprise their much-loved roles as Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte alongside fellow franchise alums such as Evan Handler as Harry, Mario Cantone as Anthony, David Eigenberg as Steve, and Willie Garson as Stanford. Emmy nominee Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Sarita Choudhury (Homeland, Little Fires Everywhere) come in as new characters.

Developed by Emmy-winning Sex and the City writer and executive producer Michael Patrick King, And Just Like That has already been renewed for a second season by HBO Max.

You can also binge all six seasons of Sex and the City on Showmax.


Binge now.

A sumptuous historical drama, HBO’s four-part limited series Catherine the Great stars Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren (who also executive produced) as the 18th-Century Empress Regent of Russia. Determinedly independent in both her political and private life, Catherine became the country’s longest-ruling female leader, reforming the Russian empire and presiding over a golden age in Russian history and the age of the Russian Enlightenment.

Helmed by Emmy and BAFTA winners, writer Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I, The Name of the Rose) and director Philip Martin (The Crown, Wallander), the show’s cast includes Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Mudbound), BAFTA winner Gina McKee (Notting Hill, Our Friends in the North), and Kevin McNally (The Crown, Das Boot, Pirates of the Caribbean).

The series was nominated for an Emmy for its sound editing, and a BAFTA for Make Up & Hair Design, with Mirren nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series at the Golden Globes.

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