With a constant influx of new shows to watch, it may get confusing for viewers who are simply looking for their next fix. On-demand streaming services such as Netflix and Showmax get new shows by the month! Fortunately for us, Showmax is making things easier by detailing what they think are the 7 best international shows to watch.

From thrillers and action-packed series to adult-oriented comedies, and even shows that are good for the entire family; there appears to be something for everyone. The shows listed here are all international heavy-hitters. They all have scores that range from the lower 80s to the higher 90s. This way, no matter what you pick, chances are good that you will be enjoy it.


Showmax March 2019 – best shows list


RAY DONOVAN: Season 6

Available on: 1 March 2019

Ray, played by Liev Schrieber, is rebuilding his life in New York City. After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his saviour, a cop named Mac (Domenick Lombardozzi), brings Ray into the fraternity that is the Staten Island Police Department.

While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Sam Winslow (Oscar winner Susan Sarandon). Sam has teamed up with New York City mayoral candidate Anita Novak (Lola Glaudini from Criminal Minds), a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island.

Rated 8.3 on IMDB


STRIKE BACK: Season 6

Available on: 1 March 2019

When a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 — Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) and Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata) — are sent on a mission to investigate. There, they cross paths with a rogue Russian operative with questionable loyalties, a triad gang in Kuala Lumpur, a wealthy Indian businesswoman running for Parliament, mercenary drug agents and terrifying warlords, as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to push the world to the brink of global conflict.

Rated 8.1 on IMDB


BARRY: Season 1

Available on: 1 March 2019

A hitman (Bill Hader) follows his intended target to an acting class, finds himself intrigued and decides to become an actor and change his life.

Rated 8.1 on IMDB


CRASHING: Season 3

Available on: 1 March 2019

While continuing to orbit around fellow comic and ex-girlfriend Ali (Jamie Lee), he connects with a new woman, Kat (Madeline Wise), who has a unique perspective on the comedy world and isn’t trying to make it big by telling jokes. As Pete edges closer to success one stand-up set at a time, he continues to navigate his faith, dating and the ever-changing comedy scene.

Rated 7.3 on IMDB


TRUE DETECTIVE: Season 3

Available on: 8 March 2019

1980: Will and Julie, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween in West Finger, Arkansas.

2015: Retired detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), who originally investigated the crime, is asked to look back on the twists of the unsolved case with a true-crime documentary producer.

Rated 9 on IMDB


MY BRILLIANT FRIEND: Season 1

Available on: 9 March 2019, weekly

Set in a dangerous but fascinating Naples, My Brilliant Friend is the story of a life-long friendship spanning 60 years. When the most important friend in her life seems to disappear without a trace, Elena Greco, an elderly woman living in a house crammed with books, switches on her PC and starts writing her own story and that of Lila, her best friend and her own worst enemy.

Rated 8.7 on IMDB


SMILF: Season 2

Available on: 25 March 2019

Created, starring and executive produced by Frankie Shaw, SMILF is a raw, honest look at the life of 20-something Bridgette Bird (Shaw), whose desires for relationships, sex and career collide with the realities of working-class single motherhood.

Rated 6.7 on IMDB


Beyond the great shows above, Showmax also wants people to know that there is a lot more coming in 2019. This list includes shows such as Suits, and the much-lauded Will & Grace reboot.

2019 ShowMax shows:

  • The Knick S1-2 – Medical drama | Top Rated TV: #193
  • Suits S8B – Legal drama | Top Rated TV #213, IMDB
  • Billions S1-3 – Hedge fund drama | Top Rated TV #237, IMDB
  • Black-ish S1-3 – Sitcom | 2017 Golden Globe winner & two-time TV Comedy nominee
  • Will & Grace reboot S1 – Sitcom | Double 2018 Golden Globe nominee
  • Divorce S1-2 – Dramedy | Sarah Jessica Parker in a Golden Globe-nominated role
  • Zac & Mia S1 – Teen cancer drama | Winner of two Emmys and a Writers Guild of America award
  • Vice Principals S1-2 – Comedy | Audience Award, SXSW
  • Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus – Animated documentary | 100%, Rotten Tomatoes
  • Looking S1-2, Gay dramedy | 90% Rotten Tomatoes

What shows are you looking forward to? Personally, I have already seen all season of Strike Back and it is absolutely incredible. While the series technically starts on the second season on Showmax, it is regarded globally as the first – because the first was never aired outside of the United Kingdom.