8 girl-power shows to binge on with your squad

Insecure, the new series by Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl fame, launches on Showmax soon
Insecure, the new series by Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl fame, launches on Showmax soon

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Did you know that it was International Girl Friends’ Day on August 1? Nope, we didn’t either. But because we’ll take any excuse for a night in with our squad, we’ve compiled a list of the top local and international series on Showmax that are the perfect remedy for a long week. All you need to do is supply the group of girls, the popcorn and the red wine. That’s your night in, sorted!

Main image: Insecure, the new series by Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl fame, launches on Showmax soon

Younger, seasons 1–4, first and only on Showmax


The first six episodes of season four launched on Thursday August 3, and the previous three seasons are on Showmax too. The episodes are additively short (about 20 minutes each), so you and your friends can watch almost the entire box set in one night if you want to! This series from the creator of Sex and the City is about Liza Miller, who starts shaving about a decade-and-a-half off her age to reboot her career and her love life after leaving her husband. At the end of season three, she finally opens up about her secret to one of her closest allies, and we can't wait to see what's going to go down in season four.
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Desperate Housewives, full box set on Showmax

You probably all watched this when it was on TV the first time round, but now's your chance to catch up on all the scandal, twists, turns, deaths and ill-advised romps that were all in a day's work for the women of Wisteria Lane. The beauty of having the whole box set on Showmax is that you can skip to your favourite episodes.
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The Road

This Mzansi Magic telenovela is set against the backdrop of iconic Sophiatown. It is an endearing love story that takes place in a thrilling world of music, danger, politics and romance – a South African must-see.
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Rockville, seasons 1-4


This series lifts the lid on the dark side of Mzansi – the drama, sacrifices and subterfuge needed to get to the top in modern-day South Africa.
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Dineo’s Diary, seasons 1-5

Dineo's Diary takes us on a journey with Dineo Ranaka as she pursues her dream of becoming a media mogul. She also has to balance her family and motherhood with her career.
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Cooking with Siba, seasons 1-2

Siba Mtongana is now something of an international celebrity, as her new show Siba’s Table is broadcast all over the world. Get back to the basics with her as she takes us through her favourite recipes in her first cooking show, back when she was the food editor of Drum magazine. The series won a South African Film and Television Award for its first season, and its ingredients include a sprinkle of star quality, spoonfuls of inspiration and big helpings of common sense.
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Being Mary Jane, coming soon to Showmax


Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) is a successful television anchor, with all the glitz and glamour that goes with fame. But she needs something more to fulfil her life – a family of her own, and she wants it on her own terms. Due to launch on Showmax on August 24.

Insecure, season 1, coming soon to Showmax


Black women are meant to be strong and proud. But Issa and Molly's friendship thrives on their insecurities in this side-splitting new HBO comedy show – a fresh look at being yourself. It’s due to launch on August 14 on Showmax. Don’t miss it! (Season 2 is now live on Vuzu, so this is the perfect time to binge from the beginning.)

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