2018 Emmy winner
Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, this Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series explores a world in which every human appetite could be indulged without consequence – until now. Season two has an 86% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “Westworld builds on its experimental first season, diving deeper into the human side of AI without losing any of its stylish, bloody glory.” Thandie Newton (Maeve) won the 2018 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress. Binge now.
CHANNEL ZERO: THE NO-END HOUSE
First on Showmax
“Your memories will eat you alive. Enter the No-End House at your own peril.” The second season of Channel Zero has a rare 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus is its “central mystery is stronger and scarier than Channel Zero’s first, solidifying its status as one of TV’s scariest horror offerings.” Binge now.
Our pick for Halloween.
A.P. BIO S1
First on Showmax
When his dream job is stolen, a philosophy scholar (Glenn Howerton from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) becomes a biology teacher at Whitlock High School, run by Principal Durbin (Emmy-winner Patton Oswalt). But instead of teaching science, Jack uses his honour-roll students to get back at the people in his life who have wronged him. Creator Michael Patrick O’Brien has five Emmy nominations for his writing on Saturday Night Live. Binge now.
DR WHO S11
First on Showmax
Series 11 marks the arrival of the thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), with three new friends (Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole) and a new showrunner in Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch). Watch new episodes weekly from 8 October, express from the UK.
First on Showmax
Kathryn (Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner) gathers together her meek sister, her holier-than-thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited tagalong to mark her husband David’s 44th birthday – but what was supposed to be a delightful, back-to-nature camping trip quickly becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman-on-woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten. David Tennant (Broadchurch, Jessica Jones) and Oscar-nominee Juliette Lewis co-star in this eight-part HBO comedy from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner (Girls). Binge from 15 October 2018.
Based on the BAFTA-nominated 2016 British series of the same name.
NOW ON OR COMING SOON
ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK AT COSMO?
The Bold Type S1 (Binge now)
Inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, The Bold Type is about three friends working at a fictional women’s magazine. The hit show has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its “aspirational yet refreshingly realistic portrait of young women’s careers, friendships and love lives in a big city.” The Bold Type was nominated for both the Teen Choice Summer TV Show and GLAAD’s Outstanding Comedy Series awards, among others. Binge now.
FEEL LIKE A FRIGHT FOR HALLOWEEN?
Sleep Tight S1 (due 08/10)
In the tradition of The Twilight Zone, each episode pulls you inside a new nightmare as Gen Z’s favourite influencers fight to survive strange and supernatural horrors you can never unsee. From AwesomenessTV, who just sold to Viacom and also brought you Showmax favourites You’ve Been T@gged and Freakish.
EVER WANTED TO BE THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND?
The White Queen S1 (due 08/10)
It’s 1464 and two British royal houses are caught in a blood feud over who should rule. Love, lust, dreams and ambition tangle in a bloody conflict where everyone is a pawn trying to be the kingmaker in this thrilling adult drama based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling novel. Nominated for three Golden Globes, four Emmys and a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Miniseries.
FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE BEST COP SHOWS ON TV?
Line of Duty S1-4 (due 18/10)
This hit English cop show follows AC-12, the police anti-corruption unit tasked with investigating others on the force. Season four stars 2018 Emmy-winner Thandie Newton (Westworld), who was nominated for her role in Line of Duty as Best Lead Actress at this year’s BAFTAs, where the acclaimed show was also up for Best Drama Series, The Must-See Moment Award, and Best Supporting Actor (Adrian Dunbar). IMDB Top Rated TV: #199.
NEED A SCI-FI COMEDY?
Future Man S1 (due 01/11)
Josh Futturman (MTV, Teen Choice and People’s Choice winner Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games), a janitor by day and a gamer by night, is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time to prevent the extinction of humanity. From some of the guys who brought you Sausage Party and This Is The End.
CATCHING UP ON 2018 EMMY WINNERS?
The Handmaid’s Tale S2 (due 01/11)
In a dystopian future, fertile women are forced to live as concubines under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. As Moira, Samira Wiley won the Emmy for Best Guest Actress this year: the series’ tenth Emmy in two seasons, while at this year’s Golden Globes, Elisabeth Moss won Best Actress and the first season was named Best Drama.
FEEL LIKE ‘TV’S MOST ADULT SHOW?’
The Girlfriend Experience S1 (due 03/12)
Executive produced by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh, The Girlfriend Experience is based on his film of the same name about a high-end Manhattan call girl. In the lead role, Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) was up for Best Actress at the Golden Globes. “TV’s most adult show.” Newsday.
LOVED ‘THE WIRE?’
The Deuce S2 (due 03/12)
The Deuce chronicles that moment in time when sex went from being a back-alley, brown-paper-bag commodity to a billion-dollar industry in America. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon (The Wire), The Deuce stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart) in a Golden Globe-nominated role as a prostitite turned pornographer. The series, which is also written by award-winning novelists like Meg Abbott, Richard Price and Lisa Lutz, was nominated for a 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series.
THINK YOUR PARENTS ARE EVIL?
Runaways S2 (due 22/12)
All teenagers have moments when they think their parents are evil. But when six teens realise their parents really are supervillains, they band together to stop them. A 2018 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films nominee for Best Superhero Series.
This is just a small selection of the confirmed series coming to Showmax; many more will be added as contracts are finalised in the coming weeks. Please note schedules are subject to change.