Published Aug 08
The 8 best international series on Showmax this August
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT S1 | Binge from 5 August
HBO comedy drama The Flight Attendant stars Critics' Choice, People’s Choice and Teen Choice Award winner Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) as reckless flight attendant Cassie Bowden, who wakes up in the wrong bed, with a dead guy beside her, and no idea what happened. Unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer...
The Flight Attendant was nominated as Best Comedy Series and Kaley as Best Actress at the 2021 Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Awards. At the Emmys, The Flight Attendant is up for seven more awards, including Supporting Actress (Oscar nominee Rosie Perez from Birds of Prey), Casting, Directing, Writing, Editing, Production Design and Theme Music.
Already renewed for a second season. The Flight Attendant is #9 on the Best-Reviewed New Shows of 2020 list on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 97% critics rating. As the critics consensus there says, “Kaley Cuoco shines as a hot mess in The Flight Attendant, an addictively intriguing slice of stylish pulp that will bring mystery aficionados to Cloud Nine.”
RICK AND MORTY S5 | New episodes Mondays; binge from 6 September 2021
Sociopathic genius scientist Rick Sanchez lives with his daughter Beth’s family, constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and grandson Morty on insanely dangerous adventures across the multiverse.
Currently at #4 on IMDb’s Most Popular Shows list, Rick and Morty won its second Outstanding Animated Program Emmy in three years in 2020 and is currently the 14th highest-rated series of all time on IMDb, with a 9.2/10 rating from nearly 400 000 fans. That makes Rick and Morty the second highest-rated animated series of all time, behind only Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Alison Brie, a Critics Choice nominee for Glow and Community, and an Annie Award nominee for Bojack Horseman, joins the voice cast this season, as do the likes of six-time Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan (Bob’s Burgers, Star vs. The Forces of Evil) and Teen Choice winner Jennifer Coolidge (Gravity Falls, A Cinderella Story, American Pie).
YOUR HONOR S1 | Binge from 5 August
Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) stars as a New Orleans judge who is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his teenage son Adam (Hunter Doohan) is involved in a hit and run linked to an organised crime family. As a storm of vengeance, lies and deceit threatens to engulf the entire city, Michael Desiato faces a series of increasingly impossible choices and discovers just how far an honest man will go to save his son’s life.
From the producers of The Good Wife and The Night Of, Your Honor also stars Emmy nominees Hope Davis (In Treatment, American Spendor) and Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower, Call Me By Your Name), and Black Reel winner Carmen Ejogo (The Girlfriend Experience, Selma).
Cranston was nominated for a 2021 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Limited Series, as well as at the 2021 Satellite Awards, where Davis was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES S2 | Binge now
Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a vampire meets witch story of forbidden love, starring Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey and The Crown) and Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, I Am Number Four). In Season 2, the star-crossed lovers time walk from the present back to 1590, to hide from the Congregation while Diana learns to control her magic.
Season 1 was nominated for Best New Drama at the 2019 National Television Awards and as Best Horror Series by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, after becoming Sky One’s most watched series of 2018 and the most successful series in the history of Sundance Now.
Season 2 has an 87% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus praises the leads’ “infectious chemistry” and the show’s “visual splendor.” James Purefoy (Rome, The Following) and BAFTA nominee Sheila Hancock (Unforgotten) join the cast this season.
THE FLASH S7 | Binge from 13 August
With his wife Iris missing, Eva McCulloch on the rampage, and Barry fresh out of “flash”, Team Flash has their work cut out for them this season as they wrap up the dangling threads from the abruptly shortened Season 6, before taking on a new story arc kicked off by Abra Kadabra, hellbent on revenge.
Grant Gustin was nominated for a 2021 Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actor In A Superhero Series as Barry Allen, to go with his four Teen Choice Awards for the role. Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker and Tom Cavanagh reprise their Teen Choice-nominated roles as Iris, Caitlin and Dr. Harry Wells respectively, while SXSW Special Jury Award winner David Dastmalchian (Murdoc in the MacGyver reboot series and Piter De Vries in the upcoming Dune) is also back, guest starring as Abra Kadabra.
With a 95% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 2021 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, and a 2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards nomination for Best Superhero Series, The Flash has already been renewed for an eighth season.
DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW S6 | Binge from 13 August
Nominated for four Teen Choice awards, a People’s Choice award and the 2021 Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Superhero Series, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns to the show’s sci-fi roots in Season 6 when Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), aka White Canary, is abducted by time-travelling aliens.
The series has an 89% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, with Season 6 finally cracking that elusive 100% score. AV Club praises it as a “marvellous, irreverent, stupid-like-a-fox show,” with “oh-thank-god-let’s-have-some-dumb-fun energy,” and says, “Punch aliens! Roll your eyes at Spartacus! Drink a cocoon! Talk about John Constantine’s ass! Do whatever you want, Legends — we’re just glad to see you.”
BATWOMAN S2 | Binge from 13 August
The second season of the superhero drama Batwoman swoops onto our screens this month, and with Kate Kane missing in action, a new heroine has to take up the mantle to bring hope to Gotham.
Actress Javicia Leslie makes history as the first black actress to play Batwoman in a live-action series, following Ruby Rose’s exit due to a back injury. Javicia’s Ryan Wilder is nothing like Kate Kane, bringing a whole new feel to the series. Athletic, raw, passionate, fallible and even goofy, Ryan is not your stereotypical all-American hero, but she could be exactly what Gotham needs...