Euphoria is showing first on Showmax in SA. Picture: SUPPLIED/SHOWMAX
Euphoria is showing first on Showmax in SA. Picture: SUPPLIED/SHOWMAX

This is TV’s golden age, when Oscar winners like Meryl Streep are flocking to the small screen in series that have audiences hooked. And the TV studio making the best of this great content is American giant HBO. 

So where can you watch this awesome content online? The answer, of course, is Showmax and DStv Now. 

Here are the top seven HBO series, that aren't Game of Thrones – although it’s good to know that you can also stream the entire GoT series on Showmax


1. Euphoria (Showmax) out July 15

You might know Zendaya from the Disney Channel, or maybe as the beautiful trapeze artist in The Greatest Showman. What’s certain is that you don’t know her like this: as Rue, a teenaged recovering addict who’s trying to make it in the tough, dark world of high school.

This series, which is showing first on Showmax in SA, has already got people talking about the unflinching way it tackles really difficult themes.

2. Warrior (Showmax and DStv Now)

Set in San Francisco during the 1800s, this series follows a martial arts prodigy from China who immigrates to the US and is caught up in the seedy world of Chinese organised crime. Against the backdrop of the violent Tong Wars, it’s a gritty series based on an idea by the late, great Bruce Lee. 

New episodes land every Thursday on Showmax and DStv Now at 10pm.


3. Chernobyl (Showmax)

Chernobyl may be based on historical events, but it’s no dry documentary. This series has you in its grip from the beginning, as the terrible mistakes that led to the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant unfold on screen. Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, this is definitely one not to miss. 


4. Big Little Lies season 2 (Showmax and DStv Now)

With a cast list that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood, Big Little Lies returns for an even bigger, better second season. A man is dead, and the Monterey Five - played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz - must cover up the true events behind the crime, even as they’re questioned by the most relentless detective of all: his mother, played by the great Meryl Streep.

New episodes arrive on Showmax and DStv Now every Monday at 9pm.

5. Gentleman Jack (Showmax and DStv Now)

Even today, Anne Lister would be a thoroughly modern woman - so you can imagine how revolutionary she was in Yorkshire, England in 1832. A substantial landowner, a businesswoman and a lesbian, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to save her home and find the perfect woman to marry. Suranne Jones does a magnificent job of the title role.

New episodes come to Showmax and DStv Now every Tuesday at 10pm and the full box set will be available to binge-watch on Showmax from July 18.

6. Veep season 7 (DStv Now)

The Golden Globe-nominated antics on Capitol Hill return for the final season. In her new campaign, Selina (Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus) finds herself running against the person she least expected, while Gary, Amy and Kent grapple with Selina's enormous ego. Politics has never been so funny.

7. Ballers season 4 (Showmax) 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is magnificent in this brilliant series about a former footballer turned sports mogul. In the fourth season, Spencer is moving and shaking in LA, considering the purchase of an extreme sports channel. British comedian Russell Brand also joins the cast.

Catch up on all four seasons of Ballers on Showmax now - season 5 is out in August.

How to get Showmax

If you’re not a subscriber yet, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial. Thereafter, access to a ton of local and international series, movies and documentaries costs just R99 per month. 

If you’re a DStv Premium subscriber, Showmax is included in your subscription - just visit the website to sign up. DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers can add Showmax to their subscription for just R49pm

This article was paid for by Showmax.

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