The 8 Best International Series On Showmax This August 2019


First On Showmax, Binge now

Between 1952 and 1969, the U.S. Air Force investigated over 12 000 reported sightings of UFOs. This top-secret programme was code-named Project Blue Book.

Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger in Game of Thrones) and Michael Malarkey (aka Enzo in The Vampire Diaries) co-star in Project Blue Book, a 10-part mystery based on declassified government files, executive produced by Robert Zemeckis (director of Back To The Future and Contact) for HISTORY (Vikings), who have already renewed it for a second season.


First On Showmax, 2 August 2019

With more mermaids landing at Bristol Cove’s shores, the threat of discovery increases for Ryn (Eline Powell from Game of Thrones), who is still adapting to life on land, with help from marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola).

Freeform recently renewed Siren for a third season.

Breakout Show nominee, Teen Choice Awards, 2018


Binge episodes 1-4 now. New episodes Thursday, same time as M-Net, at 22:00

Warrior is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances and becomes a hatchet man for one of Chinatown’s most powerful organised crime families. Filmed in Cape Town, the show is based on writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and is created by Jonathan Tropper (Banshee), with Fast and Furious director Justin Lin as an executive producer.

Cinemax has renewed Warrior for a second season, also shot in Cape Town.


First on Showmax. Binge the full season from 5 August 2019

An HBO adaptation of an Israeli TV series of the same name, this adults-only teen show has been described as “Kids meets Trainspotting.” Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Greatest Showman, K.C. Undercover) stars as a 17-year-old named Rue, who returns home from rehab with no plans to stay clean, and strikes up a friendship with the new girl in town, Jules (trans superstar Hunter Schafer). Euphoria follows their group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media.

Writers Guild of America nominee Sam Levinson (Wizard of Lies) wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences and battles with addiction as a teenager. He also directs five episodes.

HBO recently renewed Euphoria for a second season.


Same time as M-Net. New episodes every Friday at 22:30, from 9 August 2019

Jeff, a famous children’s television icon, struggles to retain his sanity as his family falls apart. Mostly directed by Oscar winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind), Kidding stars two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey; Oscar nominees Frank Langella and Catherine Keener; and Judy Greer (Ant-Man).

Showtime has renewed Kidding for a second season.

2019 Golden Globe nominee: Best TV Comedy & Best Actor (Jim Carrey)


First on Showmax. Binge episodes 1-5 now and 6-10 on 22 August 2019.

Younger follows Liza Miller (Sutton Foster in a Critics Choice-nominated performance), a talented editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing — while juggling the complications of mixing business with pleasure and facing the lie she created about her age to land her dream job. In season six, Kelsey (Hilary Duff in a People’s Choice-nominated role) is leaning into her new role as publisher at the freshly minted Millennial Print, while Liza and Charles (Peter Hermann from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) get used to their new normal now that he’s no longer running the business.

TV Land recently renewed Younger for a seventh season.

Choice Summer TV Show & TV Star: Female (Hilary Duff) nominee, Teen Choice Awards, 2019


Same time as 1Magic. New episodes every Monday at 21:30, from 26 August 2019

Exploring the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game, Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji) as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players. Emmy winner Rob Corddry, BAFTA nominee Russell Brand and 2019 Image Award nominee John David Washington (yes, he’s Denzel Washington’s son) co-star.

Nominated for Outstanding Cinematography, Emmy Awards, 2019

Nominated for four Black Reel Awards in three years, including Best Comedy and Best Actor In A Comedy (Dwayne Johnson)


Place-shifted from M-Net on Mondays. Binge the full season from 26 August 2019

June (two-time Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss) finds herself once again in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Gilead has returned to ‘traditional values,’ with women treated as property of the state. Despite the overwhelming odds, June is struggling to strike back against the regime… Season 1 was based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name, which won the first Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Hulu recently renewed The Handmaid’s Tale for a fourth season.

Nominated for 11 2019 Emmys for just three episodes of Season 2; Season 3 will be eligible in 2020

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb: