Showmax is known to bring the very best in series and movies to fans around the country and their November line-up is one of their best yet. From new major series like ‘The Handsmaid’s Tale’ to brand-new kidkies programs and an impressive local addition, Showmax has all your entertainment needs covered this month. Here’s what you can expect on the streaming service this month:

International series

Rise is only on Showmax
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The Girlfriend Experience, S1-2 | First and only on Showmax
Called “utterly bingeworthy” by critics, this captivating drama follows several women who lead double lives as professional escorts. But it’s not just about the sex – they provide much more. Strictly no under-18s.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Future Man, S1 | First and only on Showmax
When Josh beats an impossible video game, soldiers from the future choose him to save the world. But it turns out he’s much more of a loser than they thought…
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Rise, S1 | First and only on Showmax
With few prospects, the students in a working-class school have little to look forward to. Opportunity knocks when a new teacher takes over the drama department, but what about the drama in their lives?
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

The Last Post, S1 | First and only on Showmax
Based deep in the Middle East, far from home, the soldiers and families of a British outpost have to navigate life and duty while facing a growing insurgency against them in this lush and engrossing historical drama.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Vikings, S5B | Express from the US | First and only on Showmax
The final 10 episodes of Season 5 of the hit series about the violent and brutal Norse warriors will reveal the fate of the Kattegat people. With Duke Rollo (Clive Standen) returning to Kattegat at the end of part one and Ivar the Boneless becoming king, there’s a lot of unfinished business to tackle. New episodes air express from the US.
Planned release date: 30 November 2018

Vanity Fair, S1 | New episodes weekly
This gorgeous, brand-new series is an adaptation of William Thackeray’s 1848 novel about Becky Sharp and her friends and family during the Napoleonic Wars. Starring Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman and Johnny Flynn.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Ash vs Evil Dead, S1
When evil is about to destroy the world, there is only one man who can take care of business! Alas, that one man is an egocentric, loudmouthed, impulsive idiot. Don’t miss this hilarious, super-gory, always entertaining madness.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Freakish, S2
The fight for survival continues as Lashawn, still alive, returns to the school. But others have followed him and they are set to kill the remaining students. It’s a game of hide and seek as survival takes centre stage once again.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale, S2
Opening on a shocking scene that brings the brutality of the Republic of Gilead to life, the new season of this award-winning series pulls no punches. Offred and her sisters might survive, but freedom will take much more.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Good Karma Hospital, S2
The wonderful and whimsical hospital is back, where life can get demanding but there is always a bright side to things. A few new arrivals will make sure things aren’t going to quieten down!
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Counterpart, S1
The mesmerising JK Simmons is Howard, a career agent who clocks in every day without much purpose. Then he meets his double, literally from a mirror reality, and becomes embroiled in a twisted plot of murder and mayhem.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Black Sails, S3
It’s all-out war between Flint and the world when he declines Captain Hornigold’s dubious pardons. As they prepare for the storm coming at them, other players in the Caribbean, including Blackbeard, are making their moves.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Luther, S1-4
Idris Elba is Luther, a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective. He uses his skills to hunt down the worst among us, but that comes at the cost of his own stability in this excellent crime drama.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Revelations, S1
The apocalypse is approaching, and a top scientist is one of the few to see the signs. As he tries to find a way to stop it, he meets a nun who is also concerned about the future. But can they avert the end of the world?
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

Code Black, S1-2
It’s the busiest emergency room in the US, taking grit, determination and split-second decisions to save lives. Based on the documentary about the real-life hospital, this new drama packs all the punch and a lot more…
Planned release date: 5 November 2018

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, S1-2
Sometimes things go wrong when you are abroad. For citizens of the US, they can call the FBI’s Internal Division. Investigating crimes across the globe, this Criminal Minds team goes where crime does.
Planned release date: 19 November 2018

Snowfall, S1
The only thing you can control is your future, and for Franklin, the way out of the hood is through selling cocaine. But it puts him in the middle of an industry about to go to war in this brilliant and edgy crime drama.
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

International movies

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Berlin Syndrome | First on Showmax
Their affair seemed perfect for a holiday romance. But when a photojournalist wakes up in her lover’s apartment, she finds she can’t leave and is the centre of a very dangerous obsession … and nobody is coming to help.
Planned release date: 15 November 2018

Pain & Gain
Based on true events, three gym muscleheads – played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie – kidnap a rich businessman in order to get rich themselves. If only they were as clever as their plan sounded…
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

PS I Love You
Holly’s world collapses when her husband Gerry dies from an illness. Then letters start to arrive – letters Gerry wrote before his death, knowing she’d need him even more when he was gone. Get the tissues out for this one!
Planned release date: 1 November 2018

She’s Out of My League
Everybody is stunned when gorgeous, successful Molly falls in love with Kirk, an average guy stuck in a dead-end job. Now he has to figure out how to make this relationship work, with no help from his friends, family or his ex.
Planned release date: 5 November 2018

The Dictator
General Aladeen has worked hard to defend his country from democracy. So he goes to New York to avoid an assassination plot… but is New York ready for his insanity?
Planned release date: 5 November 2018

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Tempted by a job at the first 24-hour global cable news network, Ron puts together his team and hits the airwaves again. But they will need all of their insanity if they want to beat the ratings and impress a tough new boss…
Planned release date: 8 November 2018

Gladiator
His name is Maximus, a once-great Roman general. Sold into slavery by the scheming son of the emperor, the warrior fights his way back to glory and gets revenge for his family in this modern cinema classic.
Planned release date: 8 November 2018

Nim’s Island
She has written the world’s most loved adventure novels, but has never left her house! Then a fan on a distant secret island pleads for help, so Alex has to get out of her comfort zone and leap into a whirlwind adventure.
Planned release date: 12 November 2018

School of Rock
Desperate for cash, Dewey takes a job teaching music at an exclusive private school. But the academy is not ready for his unique brand of rock ‘n roll fury!
Planned release date: 12 November 2018

Safe House
Languishing as a CIA operative in Cape Town, Matt’s chance finally comes with a rogue agent arriving at his safe house. But they barely have time to prepare when mercenaries attack, out to kill the turncoat and whoever helps him.
Planned release date: 15 November 2018

Requiem for a Dream
The desperate fight for dreams and happiness goes into a downward spiral in this surreal cult masterpiece. Four people’s lives take very dramatic turns as they get hooked on powerful drugs and grow out of control…
Planned release date: 15 November 2018

Jack Reacher
Five ordinary people are shot dead in a seemingly random attack. The suspect: an ex-military sniper who is brought into custody. Under interrogation, he says one thing only: Get Jack Reacher. But can Jack unravel this mystery?
Planned release date: 19 November 2018

Four Brothers
When their foster mom is killed, her four adopted sons come back to Detroit to take down the neighbourhood kingpin. Jack is a muso, Angel is an ex-Marine, Bobby’s a hockey pro, Jeremiah is a suburban dad – and they want revenge.
Planned release date: 19 November 2018

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
A seemingly ordinary analyst, Jack Ryan is working for the CIA. Then the rookie agent uncovers a plan to destroy the global economy and is the only one with the skills to stop it in this tense action thriller.
Planned release date: 22 November 2018

Miami Vice
Out to stop drug lords in South Florida, two undercover detectives will stop at nothing to catch their prey. But as things get more personal, they have to put it all on the line or risk losing everything, including their lives…
Planned release date: 22 November 2018

Parkland
The infamous JFK assassination has often focused on the crime itself. But this movie takes us behind the headlines. From the secret service to the film that captured it all, a star-filled cast brings this infamous moment alive.
Planned release date: 22 November 2018

Aeon Flux
400 years from now, after a deadly virus outbreak, Earth’s population is down to five million. Everyone lives in a oppressive city state, and the rebels want to overthrow it. They send Aeon Flux in to assasinate the chairman.
Planned release date: 26 November 2018

Flight
Pilot Whip Whitaker saves many in a horrifying airline crash. Then his dependence on drugs and alcohol come back to bite him, forcing him into major life changes.
Planned release date: 26 November 2018

Jackass Number 2
The insane hooligans Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and their friends return for another collection of ill-advised and hilarious stunts. Don’t try this at home, but enjoy watching at home as the jackasses return for more.
Planned release date: 29 November 2018

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The elderly Irving and his young grandson Billy look like everyone else. But in reality they are out to prank the public with their rude behaviour – and capture it all on hidden cameras in this absurd candid camera comedy.
Planned release date: 29 November 2018

The Tuxedo
Never touch the tuxedo, that’s the rule. When Jimmy the chauffeur’s billionaire boss is out of action, he can’t resist and discovers the tuxedo is much more than a suit. Now he’s an unwitting secret agent in a dangerous game.
Planned release date: 29 November 2018

Hot Rod
It’s not easy being a stuntman, especially when you’re accident-prone. No matter, Rod is planning his most outrageous stunt yet to raise money for his bully stepfather Frank’s operation – then Rod is going to kick Frank’s butt.
Planned release date: 29 November 2018

Documentary additions

Mommy Dead and Dearest is on Showmax
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Mommy Dead and Dearest
When police found the body of a woman stabbed to death, they thought her disabled daughter was in danger. But as the truth surfaced, a twisted tale of abuse and mental instability would define this chilling murder.
Planned release date: 1 November

Jerrod Carmichael: 8
With topics that range from climate change to Trump to being a good boyfriend, the hilarious stand-up genius Jerrod Carmichael goes to town in this side-splitting one hour special. All bets are off with his subversive humour!
Planned release date: 5 November

Peace Officer | First on Showmax
Can peace be purchased with violence? That’s what this challenging documentary asks as it looks at the rapid militarisation of US police forces. As their weapons and tactics become more aggressive, are they part of the problem?
Planned release date: 8 November

Alinea in Residence: Madrid | First on Showmax
Chef Grant Achatz is a world leader in gastronomy and his three-star restaurant Alinea is renowned for its quality. Join this culinary genius and experience the intensity as he opens a new restaurant in Spain.
Planned release date: 12 November

Soundbreaking
From Stevie Wonder to Dave Grohl, the royalty of music come out to talk about the rise of the place that changed modern music: the studio. This eight-part documentary tells the incredible story of how music recording evolved.
Planned release date: 19 November

Getting to the Nutcracker
Dozens of dancers gather for something greater than themselves – the ballet The Nutcracker. This fly-on-the-wall documentary is along from the start to witness the blood, sweat and tears that make something amazing happen.
Planned release date: 26 November

Kids’ additions

Disney's Sofia the First on Showmax
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Wizards of Waverly Place, S1-4
Alex and her brothers discover they are part of a long line of wizards and they have to start training their powers. But that doesn’t mean real life stops… Enjoy this much loved teen comedy, now available in its entirety.
Planned release date: 1 November

Disney’s Star vs The Forces of Evil, S1-2
Not everyone gets a magic wand for their birthday but Star just isn’t ready. Her royal mom and dad send her to Earth to live and learn with the Diaz family and their son Marco. Soon Star is battling villains… and high school.
Planned release date: 1 November

Marvel’s Spider-Man, S1
Peter Parker develops powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider and now he can shoot webbing from his hands and climb walls. He’s still getting used to the idea of being a superhero, but villains don’t wait for anyone!
Planned release date: 1 November

Marvel’s Ant-Man, S1
No challenge is too big (or small) for Ant-Man and the Wasp in this new animated series. From saving the world to saving his daughter’s science fair entry, Ant-Man is ready for it all – and has a few jokes to match.
Planned release date: 5 November

Disney’s Puppy Dog Pals, S1
These two pups know what’s up. Bingo and Rolly are fun-loving pugs. With a little help from owner Bob, the cat Hossy and A.R.F. the robot dog, life is always more exciting with your best friends by your side.
Planned release date: 8 November

Wild Kratts, S1-3
Join Chris and Martin Kratt, two science-loving brothers exploring natural habitats, studying animals and learning as they go. Watch them transform into animals with their special suits and learn what makes each species special.
Planned release date: 8 November

Disney’s Mickey and the Roadster Racers, S1
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto take to the streets in the town of Hot Dog Hills, racing around in their super-duper transforming cars to help people in need.
Planned release date: 12 November

Lucky Fred, S1-2
Fred is just an ordinary boy with a toy robot. Except, he also happens to help secret agent Briana Brains on her missions in this exciting series.
Planned release date: 12 November

Disney Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, S1
The evil Rippen wants to destroy the world, but he will need to get past teenage superhero Penn Zero first. But will Penn have time to save the world on top of school, his chores and the rest of his normal life?
Planned release date: 15 November

Darwin and Newts, S1
Darwin and Newts are always ready to learn something new. Join them on their adventures as they discover the world through science and a little ingenuity…
Planned release date: 15 November

Disney’s Doc McStuffins, S4
Armed with her stethoscope, Dottie “Doc” McStuffins can talk to and heal stuffed animals. There is always a new emergency at her clinic, but even in these new adventures Doc has a cure for every ailment.
Planned release date: 19 November

Disney’s Sofia the First, S4
Dragons, sea monsters… even flying camels – this is set to be the zaniest season for Sofia yet. New adventures, mysterious lands and strange magical creatures await her and her friends, so come along for the ride.
Planned release date: 19 November

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, S2
The discovery of Thanos’ asteroid kickstarts a vast and dangerous adventure for the Guardians, but not without a lot of other missions along the way, including zombies and symbiotes, in this exciting new season.
Planned release date: 22 November

Barney & Friends, S12-14
“Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination and when he’s tall, he’s what we call a dinosaur sensation!” The world’s favourite schoolyard friend makes learning fun, and teaches the value of love and compassion while he’s at it.
Planned release date: 22 November

Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, S1-2
Play and learn! Put on your stripes and join Daniel Tiger in the Neighbourhood of Make-Believe. Get ready for adventures with O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina.
Planned release date: 26 November

Cam & Leon, S1
It’s a rough life in the city park, with all sorts of human objects in your way. Cam and Leon try to put their chameleon powers to good use, but you never know what misadventure awaits them next as they run into new obstacles.
Planned release date: 26 November

Disney’s Tangled, S1
Destined to be the ruler of Corona, Rapunzel realises she has to learn a lot more about the world. Luckily Eugene, Pascal and Maximus are ready for the adventures. But so is the hair…
Planned release date: 29 November

LEGO Disney Frozen: Northern Lights, S1
The northern lights haven’t arrived when they should, so Elsa, Anna and the gang go to find them. Disney’s magic snowy fairytale blends with Lego animation to create a special adventure with everyone’s favourite royal sisters.
Planned release date: 29 November

South African additions

Isthunzi on Showmax
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Knysna
Engaged to a prince, Stephanie gets cold feet and hides out in Knysna. Local slacker Dolf thinks she’s just a holiday visitor and falls for her. But when the truth comes out, things go haywire in this quirky romantic comedy.
Planned release date: 1 November

Die Laaste Tango
After nearly compromising a brutal murder case, a detective is sent to a remote town where a local woman helps him find his way again. But then the serial killer resurfaces for revenge in this nail-biting crime thriller…
Planned release date: 1 November

Sucks! Pay Back the Money!
Master comedian Leon Schuster tackles our holy cows and shows South Africans that they have plenty to laugh about. His latest candid camera antics, joined by other local comedians, will have you in stitches!
Planned release date: 1 November

Mrs Right Guy
Gugu has cut herself off from love, shooting down any potential suitor before they can even come close. Yet sometimes love comes to find you, even if you try to run away in this brilliant romantic comedy.
Planned release date: 1 November

Dora’s Peace
Dora has always had to look out for herself, especially as she sells her body on the street. But when a young boy becomes the target of vicious criminals, she has no choice but to stand up and protect him.
Planned release date: 1 November

Alison
After being raped, then stabbed over 60 times, Alison Botha was left for dead. She survived and turned her tragedy into triumph. Now she takes her messages of hope everywhere it’s needed as this documentary follows her journey.
Planned release date: 1 November

Vaya
Four strangers arrive in Johannesburg, hoping to change their lives. But they may be forced to give up more than they ever thought as their stories converge in this powerful, visually stunning dramatic thriller.
Planned release date: 1 November

Suidooster S3
All the drama continues for the people of Ruiterbosch, as Bianca tries to go cold turkey and some secrets start coming out. Don’t miss the new season of this popular Afrikaans soapie where passion and desperation stir the pot.
Planned release date: 5 November

‘n Paw-Paw vir My Darling
Meet the Beeslaers, a hard drinking family the neighbours would love to get rid of. When their son comes home with an unexpected girlfriend, it starts a cascade of hilarious events in this irreverent and sharp comedy.
Planned release date: 5 November

Sy Klink Soos Lente
If you’re a sucker for a good romantic comedy, then prepare to fall in love with Amalia Uys and Stiaan Smith in this sweet love story about an underachieving mechanic who pretends he’s in a band to impress his boss’s daughter.
Planned release date: 5 November

Durban Poison
Go into the minds of two killers in this gripping thriller. Caught by the police, they start detailing their murder spree. But when things don’t add up, their stories start unravelling towards a devastating climax.
Planned release date: 5 November

Free State
A fateful moment brings two young lovers together. But in South Africa at the height of apartheid, their affair becomes forbidden because of their different skin colours. So they risk it all to be together…
Planned release date: 5 November

Bunny Chow
Three comedians head on a road trip to a massive music festival for a little sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. But things go off the rails quickly in this hilarious comedy starring some of SA’s finest stand-up comedians!
Planned release date: 5 November

Silwerskerm Film Festival | First on Showmax
Experience the new voices of Afrikaans filmmaking from kykNET’s Silwerskerm Film Festival: a collection of excellent short films that celebrate the incredible talent bubbling up in South Africa today.
Planned release date: 8 November

Mense Mense, S1
Written by and starring Bobby van Jaarsveld, this sitcom revolves newly divorced Rossouw and his friends, who all live in the same building. He’s starting a new life in the city, while his friends work on their app called Mense.
Planned release date: 8 November

Isthunzi, S1
They may be teens, but Winnie, Londi, Noxolo and Thishiwe face some serious situations in this powerful isiZulu drama. Alone they are in trouble, yet once the four stand together, life’s twists become a little easier to untangle.
Planned release date: 8 November

Knapsekerels, S1
In Paul C Venter’s popular series, the Bekkers, Zimmermans, Davids and Fortuins are all caught in a struggle for survival in Johannesburg. Expect lots of action and intrigue.
Planned release date: 8 November

Survivor SA, S6
The world’s greatest game is back, this time headed to the Philippines. A total of 18 contestants are placed on a remote island in the Palawan province and only the wiliest of them will survive to be crowned the winner!
Planned release date: 8 November

Danz, S1
Ashwin is trying to escape his past when a happy accident lands him at the doorstep of a dance school. But he’ll discover the dancefloor can be as intense as real life in this exciting new drama series about sacrifice and destiny.
Planned release date: 12 November

Slank, S1
It is so hard to lose weight and even the best attempts often fail! Slank comes to the rescue: in every episode they help someone slim down by looking at their whole lifestyle, with new ideas we can all try for ourselves!
Planned release date: 12 November

Girl Eat World
Get the inside scoop from Kamini Pather and the food bloggers she visits in 10 international foodie destinations around the world.
Planned release date: 12 November

Isikizi, S1
Try as he can to escape a dreadful prophecy, Sizwe is drawn back to his hometown in this isiXhosa drama. His arrival sparks a wave of trouble, opening wounds in the past and future in this gripping drama.
Planned release date: 12 November

Projek Aardwolf, S1-5
Revisit all seasons of this environmental and travel show featuring the legendary journalist, wildlife enthusiastic and former 50/50 presenter Johann Botha.
Planned release date: 15 November

Kampkos, S1-4
Join presenters John-Henry and Beáte Opperman as they travel South Africa and enjoy themselves at popular ATKV resorts.
Planned release date: 15 November

Radio Raps Tour
Jonathan, aka Radio Raps, knows some things. His hilarious tour fills you in on all the life lessons you’ve been missing – so makes sure you don’t skip this one.
Planned release date: 15 November

Stone Cold Jane Austen
Get ready for the greatest rock story you’ve never heard in this hilarious mockumentary. They think they are the country’s hardest-working music act, but probably because these two mostly cause trouble!
Planned release date: 15 November

Die Afrikaners, S1
Based on the book by Herman Giliomee, this documentary series tells the story of the fascinating history of the Afrikaans people.
Planned release date: 19 November

Elke Skewe Pot, S2
They say there is someone for everyone out there, so these four women and their dating site are ready to play matchmaker in this side-splitting sitcom. Alas, if only their personal lives were as successful as their dating site!
Planned release date: 19 November

Reconciliation: Mandela Miracle
In the early 90s, South Africa stood at the edge of war and disaster. Then a series of events pulled it back from the brink into a democracy and away from bloodshed. Revisit that miracle in this incredible documentary.
Planned release date: 19 November

Dorpsdraai, S1
Much of South Africa’s beauty and mystery lives among her small towns. This captivating new travel series transports us to all of these hidden gems, taking a close look at their challenges as well as their successes and promise.
Planned release date: 22 November

Sara se Geheim, S2
For decades, the elderly matriarch Sara has been carrying a dark secret to protect her son. But this and more starts surfacing when a shocking event rattles the families she ties together in this sterling drama series.
Planned release date: 22 November

Die Boodskap, S2-S5
Services led by spiritual leaders from across the country featuring practical, constructive and challenging messages accompanied by lively music.
Planned release date: 26 November

Koffieboon, S1
Get your coffee fix with presenter Johrné van Huyssteen as he discovers unique coffee shops, coffee burgers, coffee in a cone and more.
Planned release date: 29 November

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