Best International TV Series of 2019 So Far

Best International TV Series of 2019 So Far

So, how are those New Year resolutions coming along? Believe it or not, we’re already more than halfway through 2019, which means that Best Of The Year So Far retrospectives are popping up everywhere.

Critic aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes recently released their list of the best reviewed TV series of the year so far, and a couple of your favourites on Showmax made it to that list; in fact, Showmax has more shows in the Top 20 than any other streaming service in Africa.

Best Drama: Chernobyl


Directed by Breaking Bad’s Johan Renck, five-part miniseries Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Chernobyl received a total of 19 nominations, including Best Limited Series, Best Actor for Jared Harris, Best Supporting Actor for Stellan Skarsgard and Best Supporting Actress for Emily Watson, when the 2019 Emmy Awards nominees were announced on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

Check out the full list of 2019 Emmy nominees available on Showmax.

Best Drama: Big Little Lies S2


The second season of the Emmy-winning mystery Big Little Lies follows the Monterrey Five – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz – as they attempt to hide behind their lies and secrets in the wake of the events of season 1 that led to the death of Perry Wright. And to intensify the drama, Hollywood legend Meryl Streep joins the cast as Perry’s mother Mary Louise Wright who comes into town looking for answers about her son’s death.

Best Comedy: Barry S2


In Barry, Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader stars as a depressed war-vet-turned-hitman who finds passion and romance in a local acting class while on a job in LA. As Season 2 opens, Barry tries to extricate himself from a violent criminal triangle involving the Chechen, Bolivian and Burmese underworld – not to mention some deeply suspicious LA detectives and Monroe Fuches, Barry’s erstwhile boss, who has found it exceedingly difficult to hire a replacement as capable as his onetime ace assassin.

For this role, Hader won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2018, a category that he was once again nominated for in the  2019 Emmy Awards nominations where the comedy series received a total of six noms (including Outstanding Comedy Series).

Best Romance: A Discovery of Witches S1


Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a modern-day love story set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight.

Best Horror: Los Espookys S1

Set in a fictional dreamy Latin American country, Los Espookys follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business: providing on-demand horror to those who need it. Okay, so it’s more of a comedy for horror lovers than a straight-up scare fest, but it’s the best thing horror fans have been offered so far this year.

Los Espookys will be streaming First on Showmax in September 2019

Best Documentary Series: Leaving Neverland


The separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age seven, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 40, and Robson, now 36, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had young sons of their own.

Leaving Neverland received a total of 5 Emmy Awards nominations, including Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director for Dan Reed on Tuesday.

Other Showmax favourites that made it to the Best TV Shows of 2019 include:

The Handmaid’s Tale S3

True Detective S3

Luther S5

Gentleman Jack S1

The Magicians S4

Billions S4

Veep S7 (S1-6 available on Showmax with S7 coming to Showmax in September)

Check out the full Rotten Tomatoes round-up of Best TV Shows Of 2019 here.

All of these titles are available on streaming platform Showmax. Sign up for your 14-day free trial to watch.




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