5 top DStv shows to binge from the beginning on Showmax

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1. Little Fires Everywhere

Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling book, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the Richardsons - a picture-perfect, privileged white American family - and enigmatic African-American mother and daughter Mia and Pearl Warren. 
Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde), Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington (ScandalDjango Unchained), and Teen Choice winner Joshua Jackson (The AffairDawson’s Creek) co-star.  
Little Fires Everywhere has an 80% critics rating on Rotten TomatoesThe Guardian calls it “moreish, searing, excellent”, while CNN says it’s “one of those rare multi-generational dramas where the arcs involving the kids are every bit as good as the adults’.” 
It’s just been nominated for five Black Reel awards, including Best Limited Series, Actress (Washington), Supporting Actress (Lexi Underwood), Directing and Writing.

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2. Suits S9

All good things must come to an end.

The ten-episode final season of Suits centers on an evolved firm, Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams, which is facing uncertainty and change yet again after Robert Zane (Black Reel winner Wendell Pierce from Selma) took the fall with the Bar Association to save Harvey (Gabriel Macht). After his sacrifice, Samantha (Golden Globe nominee Katherine Heigl from Grey’s Anatomy) is left reeling from the loss of her mentor, and while trying to console her, Harvey realizes that he doesn’t want to lose the most important person to him: Donna (Sarah Rafferty).

A double People’s Choice nominee (for Favourite Cable TV Drama and Favourite Dramedy), Suits ended its nine season run with a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.5/10 rating on IMdB.

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3. Still Breathing S1

“Two years ago, I lost my sister to breast cancer,” says Still Breathing creator and star Tiffany Barbuzano, a two-time Best Actress winner at the SAFTAs, for Sober Companion and 4Play:Sex Tips for Girls. “Writing this show was me getting through that grief in my life.”

The result is an intensely personal show, directed by her husband, six-time SAFTA winner Johnny Barbuzano (The RiverThe Republic), and starring their children, Jamie and Jesse.

Tiffany plays Jessica, a former wild child who has been with her high school sweetheart Danny (Brandon Auret from District 9) for over 20 years. Audiences are introduced to Jessica at a crossroads in her life – Danny has slowly drifted from her, her children no longer grab her hand when they cross a road or enter a room filled with strangers, and she constantly finds herself living in the shadow of her good old days. Now, she is giving herself permission to rediscover who she is - just as tragedy strikes and brings her circle of friends back together again.

Other cast include Kate Liquorish (Queen Sono); Siv Ngesi (Knuckle City); Lorcia Cooper (Lockdown); and Ty Keogh and Jane de Wet from The Girl From St Agnes, among other big names.  
As The Girl From St Agnes director Cindy Lee said on Facebook, “Ohmyhat. The incredible South African drama Still Breathing literally takes your breath away. I had to remind myself to breathe! And that’s just episode 1. Congratulations Tiffany and Johnny Barbuzano. You guys have produced world-class television. So proud of you!”

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4. Insecure S4

Created by A Black Lady Sketch Show exec producer Issa Rae and Black-ish exec producer Larry Wilmore, Insecure centres on friends Issa (Rae in a Golden Globe, Emmy and Critics Choice nominated performance) and Molly (Black Reel awards nominee Yvonne Orji). The HBO show has a 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus hails Insecure as “an insightful, raunchy, and hilarious journey through the life of a twentysomething black woman that cuts through stereotypes with sharp wit and an effusive spirit.”

As The Peabody Awards put it, “Rae delivers a ground-breaking series that captures the lives of everyday young black people in Los Angeles with a fresh and authentic take. Breaking away from tired and familiar representations of ‘diversity’ on television, this series offers a fun and intimate portrayal of work, relationships, and the ordinary experiences of the two young black women at its center.”

Insecure was named TV Program of the Year at the 2018 American Film Institute Awards and was also nominated for two Emmys for cinematography and for Show of the Year at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. It’s currently the most nominated show, with Watchmen, at the Black Reel Awards, where it’s up for 10 prizes, including Outstanding Comedy, Actress (Rae), Supporting Actor (Jay Ellis) and Supporting Actress (Orji and Natasha Rothwell).

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5. The Plot Against America S1 

From the award-winning creators of The Wire, David Simon and Ed Burns, comes The Plot Against America, an alternate history story in which Franklin D Roosevelt loses the U.S. presidential election of 1940 to Nazi sympathiser Charles Lindbergh. What follows is the terrifying and tension-building tale of the country’s turn to fascism, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey in the build-up to World War 2.

Starring Emmy nominee Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick, Olive Kitteridge), Oscar nominee Winona Ryder (Stranger Things), Golden Globe nominee John Turturro (The Night Of) and Morgan Spector (HomelandBoardwalk Empire), The Plot Against America is based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth.

The HBO show has an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus reads: “A cautionary tale that hits close to home, The Plot Against America's handsomely realized revisionist history is disturbingly relevant, making it difficult, but essential viewing.”

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How to add Showmax to your DStv bill

If you’re a DStv Premium subscriber, Showmax is included in your subscription for FREE. Just go to the Showmax website to sign up. DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers can add Showmax to their DStv bill from just R49pm for the standard plan, that’s a 50% discount.