The local and international series South Africans were binge-ing on Showmax in 2019

Of course, the mo’ghel makes the list.

The Real Housewives Showmax

What is a better way to spend your holidays than binge-watching your favourite series? According to Showmax, South Africans watched more than 100 years worth on video on the streaming platform over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

According to a data report released on Wednesday, 8 January, folks were loving local reality shows, specifically The Real Housewives of Johannesburg. I mean, who can resist the drama?

During the festive season, users watched an average of 30 episodes of the same show, getting in that binge vibe. One account, in particular, watched more than 200 episodes of one show. That is dedication.

And for 2019 as a whole, the most-streamed South African series were:

Most Watched Local Showmax Series


The Real Housewives of Johannesburg

Being Bonang

The River

The Queen

Die Spreeus

Die Byl

The Girl From St Agnes

The Bachelor SA

Boer Soek ‘n Vrou

Most Watched International Showmax Series

When it comes to international shows, HBO’s prestige dramas reigned supreme but fun shows like Younger and The Girlfriend Experience also made appearances. Check out the full list:

HBO’s Euphoria

HBO’s Game of Thrones

HBO’s Chernobyl


HBO’s Big Little Lies



The Girlfriend Experience


The Handmaid’s Tale

In 202o, Showmax will continue to bring the best in local content from The River season 3 (27 January) and Lockdown season 5 (30 January). And tbh, we can’t wait to be glued to our screen this year as well.

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