The 9 Best International Series To Binge This March on Showmax
First seasons of Grand Crew, Vigil, Brave New World; final seasons of PEN15, A Discovery of WitchesThank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
RAISED BY WOLVES S2 | Binge 5 episodes now; new episodes every Friday, first on Showmax
Season 2 of the biggest series ever filmed in Cape Town 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.
Season 2 has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Raised by Wolves‘ sophomore season doubles down on everything that made it so beguiling – and sometimes off-putting – in the first place, and the gamble pays off with a science fiction vision that feels wholly its own.” As Paste says, “There’s simply nothing like Raised by Wolves on television.”
Look out for South African star Kim Engelbrecht (Reyka, The Flash) in a lead role as Decima, Fimmel’s love interest this season.
GRAND CREW S1 | Binge from 9 March, first on Showmax
Created by Phil Augusta Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Insecure, Key & 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 Girls, The Jamie Foxx Show,Saturday Night Live) narrates. As The Mary Sue says, “The whip-smart comedy is one of the best new sitcoms on network television… During the pandemic, many viewers have been returning to their favourite comfort shows like The Office and Friends. Grand Crew is a welcome new entry into the genre, and is hopefully on its way to becoming a new classic. So sit back, grab a glass of wine, and meet your new friends.”
PEN15 S2 PART 2 | Binge now, first on Showmax
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, while AV Club says, “PEN15 leaves behind an indelible legacy in the genre.”
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES S3 | Binge now, first on Showmax
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 Abbey, The 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 has an 85% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with BAFTA, National Television Awards and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films nominations to its credit.
VIGIL | Binge now
From the creators of Line of Duty, Vigil 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 Thrones, The 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).
Vigil has an 84% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Wall Street Journal hailing it as “one of the better thriller series of the year…“ and Radio Times including it in their Top 10 of 2021 list, saying, “From the shock death inside the opening 10 minutes of episode one to the thrillingly tense climax in the final instalment, this was a terrifically gripping and propulsive affair that proved a huge hit with the viewing public.”
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 (Fargo, The 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 (Moonlight, Judas 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.
RECENT AWARDS FOR SHOWMAX CONTENTIn February 2022, Showmax content featured prominently at The Screen Actors Guild Awards, with Succession winning Best Ensemble: Drama; Jean Smart named Best Female Actor: Comedy for Hacks; and Kate Winslet taking home Best Female Actor: Television Movie or Miniseries forMare of Easttown.
We’ll be also holding thumbs for Showmax content at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards on 13 March 2022 and Critics Choice Super Awards on 17 March 2022.
Showmax content up for Critics Choice Awards includes:• Succession: Best Drama Series, Actor (Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong), Supporting Actor (Nicholas Braun, Kieran Culkin and Matthew Macfadyen) and Supporting Actress (J. Smith Cameron and Sarah Snook)• Mare of Easttown: Best Limited Series, Actress (Kate Winslet), Supporting Actor (Evan Peters), Supporting Actress (Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart)• The Good Fight: Best Drama Series, Actress (Christine Baranski), Supporting Actress (Audrey McDonald) and Supporting Actor (Mandy Patinkin)• What We Do In The Shadows: Best Comedy Series, Actor (Kayvan Novak), Supporting Actor (Harvey Guillén)• Hacks: Best Comedy Series, Actress (Jean Smart), Supporting Actress (Hannah Einbinder)• Dr. Death: Best Limited Series, Actor (Joshua Jackson), Supporting Actor (Christian Slater)• Insecure: Best Comedy Series, Actress (Issa Rae)• The White Lotus: Best Supporting Actor – Limited Series (Murray Bartlett), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Coolidge)• In Treatment: Best Actress – Drama (Uzo Aduba)• Love Life: Best Actor – Limited Series (William Jackson Harper)
Showmax content up for Critics Choice Super Awards includes:• Dr. Death: Best Horror Series and Villain (Joshua Jackson)• Resident Alien: Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series and Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Alan Tudyk)• Discovery of Witches: Best Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Matthew Goode) and Actress (Teresa Palmer)• Chucky: Best Horror Series• The Nevers: Best Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Laura Donnelly)
Yellowjackets, which is coming to Showmax in April 2022, is also up for Best Drama at the Critics Choice Awards and Best Horror Series at the Critics Choice Super Awards, with star Melanie Lynskey up for Best Actress in both categories.
EVERYTHING ON SHOWMAX IN MARCH 2022To see everything on Showmax in March 2022, including the Oscar-winning film The Father, the blockbuster hit The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominees The Sparks Brothers and Final Account, and the Cinema Eye-winning true crime series I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, click here. Please note this release schedule is subject to change.