The 9 Best International Series on Showmax this October

Mayans M.C. (Season 2) -Biker Drama

Fresh out of jail with a trail of broken dreams behind him, EZ needs a place to belong. Mayans M.C. seems to offer that, if EZ’s ready for everything that comes with it – navigating the club hierarchy, turf wars, extreme violence, shifting allegiances and a dangerous emotional link to the head of the deadly Galinda cartel, just for starters.

In this Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Emmy nominee JD Pardo from Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II plays EZ, while Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos (Battlestar: Galactica) and Clayton Cardenas (American Crime) co-star as his father and brother.

Harlots (Season 3) – Period Drama

The first two seasons of Harlots revolved around rival brothel owners, Margaret Wells (Oscar nominee Samantha Morton) and Lydia Quigley (Oscar nominee Lesley Manville), in 18th century London – an era when one in five women earned a living as a prostitute in the city.  At the start of Season 3, it seems the Wells girls can finally free themselves of their mother’s feud, helped by allies such as Lady Fitz (Liv Tyler). But Charlotte Wells (Jessica Brown Findlay from Downtown Abbey) soon learns that running a lucrative brothel brings enemies as well as friends, including the new pimp in town, Isaac Pincher (2019 Emmy nominee Alfie Allen from Game of Thrones).

PEN15 (Season 1) -Middle School Comedy

PEN15 follows 13-year-old besties Maya and Anna as they navigate – and try to survive – seventh grade and puberty. 32-year-old co-creators Maya Erskine (Plus One) and Anna Konkle (Rosewood; the first episode of Ramy) play their 13-year-old selves, while Maya’s real-life mom, Matsuko Erskine, plays her character’s mother, Yuki. The rest of the cast are genuine teenagers.

Strange Angel (Season 2) -Occult Drama

Created by BAFTA nominee Mark Heyman (Black Swan), Strange Angel explores the bizarre true story of Jack Parsons (Sundance winner Jack Reynor from Sing Street), who pioneered America’s rocketry program in the 1940s while simultaneously practicing sex magic rituals as a devotee to Aleister Crowley’s religion, Thelma. At the end of Season 1, Jack and his team from Caltech made a scientific breakthrough that secured the military’s interest as the country neared the brink of war. In Season 2, the U.S. is fighting World War II, transforming Jack’s rocketry work into a lucrative business. Bella Heathcote (Neon Demon) and Emmy nominee Rupert Friend (Homeland) co-star.

Sweet bitter (Season 2) -Restaurant Drama

Based on Stephanie Danler’s New York Times’ bestseller, Sweet bitter follows 22-year-old Tess (Ellen Purnell from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) who, shortly after arriving in New York City, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant. Swiftly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars, and fine dining, she learns to navigate the alluring yet punishing life she has stumbled upon. This is the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the rich and grimy backdrop of exclusive restaurants, conjuring a nonstop and high-adrenaline world evoking the possibility, beauty, and fragility of being young and adrift.

Kidding (Season 1) -Drama

Jeff is a famous children’s television icon who helps kids name their feelings, but isn’t allowed to publicly admit his family is falling apart. Mostly directed by Oscar winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kidding stars two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey; Oscar nominees Frank Langella and Catherine Keener; and Judy Greer (Ant-Man).

The Twilight Zone (Season 1) – Sci-Fi Anthology

The godfather of sci-fi series, the original The Twilight Zone premiered 60 years ago on CBS. The series became a worldwide phenomenon as it used socially conscious storytelling to explore humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional dramas could not. Oscar winner Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) reboots the series as co-creator and narrator, alongside an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) – in an Emmy-nominated performance – and Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets); six-time People’s Choice nominee Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time); Emmy nominee Tracy Morgan (30 Rock); two-time Critics Choice nominee Adam Scott (Big Little Lies); and Teen Choice nominee John Cho (Star Trek).

Succession (Season 2) -Drama

In Season 2, the dysfunctional Roy family is struggling to retain control of their global media empire. But while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them. Kieran Culkin was nominated for a Golden Globe as Roman, Matthew Macfadyen was up for a Critics Choice Award as Tom, and the impressive cast includes Golden Globe nominee Brian Cox (Adaptation, X-Men 2, Deadwood), Screen Actors Guild nominee Jeremy Strong (The Big Short) and multi-award winners like Hiam Abbas (Ramy, Blade Runner 2049) and Sarah Snook (The Dressmaker).

Ballers (Season 5) -Sports Comedy

Exploring the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game, Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji) as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s players. Emmy winner Rob Corddry, BAFTA nominee Russell Brand and 2019 Image Award nominee John David Washington (yes, he’s Denzel Washington’s son) co-star.

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