14 Best International Series to Watch on Showmax

1. The Righteous Gemstones (Season 1)

“The Righteous Gemstones” tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Creator Danny McBride stars as Jesse, the eldest of three grown Gemstone offspring, who looks to lead in his father’s footsteps but finds his past sins jeopardizing the family ministry. Golden Globe winner John Goodman stars alongside Adam Devine and Emmy nominee Walton Goggins.

2. Good Troubles (Season 2)

A spinoff from the multi-award-winning “The Fosters”, “Good Trouble” explores the trials and tribulations of the tenants of Downtown LA’s hippest residence, The Coterie. This season, software engineer Mariana, law clerk Callieand the rest of The Coterie crew will continue to navigate their early twenties as they deal with breakups, demand equality, find happiness and discover what it means to fight for what you believe in.

3. Vikings (Season 6)

The Vikings push further into Scandinavia as a victorious Bjorn returns from “The Battle of the Brothers” to find that being a hero and a leader comes with its own challenges. Torvi and Ubbe search for clues to Floki’s whereabouts in Iceland, while Ivar follows The Silk Road to Russia, where he encounters a ruler even more merciless and unpredictable than himself. Meanwhile, Lagertha’s hopes for a quieter life on her own farm are threatened by new dangers closer to home. Created by BAFTA-nominated writer/producer Michael Hirst, “Vikings” stars Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn, Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha in a Critics Choice nominated performance and Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki.

4. Silicon Valley (Season 6)

Collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, “Silicon Valley” takes a comedic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Thomas Middleditch stars in an Emmy-nominated role as Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper. The Emmy-nominated comedy returns for a final season that finds Richard and the Pied Piper guys finally seeing the fruits of their labour – but realizing that a bigger company means much bigger problems.

5. Mrs. Fletcher (Season 1)

Mrs. Fletcher is a dual coming-of-age story chronicling the personal and sexual journeys of an empty-nest mother and her college freshman son, who both embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results. Emmy nominee Kathryn Hahn stars in the title role. The seven-part series is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. South African Liesl Tommy is part of the all-female directing team, which also includes Oscar nominee Nicole Holofcener, nine-time Emmy nominee Carrie Brownstein and Gillian Robespierre.

6. Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out yours actually were? “Marvel’s Runaways” is the story of six very different teenagers who can barely stand each other but have to unite against a common foe – their parents. Season 3 sees the Runaways searching for their captured friends Gert, Chase, and Karolina. An unstoppable enemy targets Leslie and the child she is carrying, and the Runaways are drawn into a dark realm ruled by Morgan le Fay, the wicked foe they have ever faced. “Runaways” stars Teen Choice winner Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer, Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, and Virginia Gardner.

7. His Dark Materials (Season 1)

Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and sets off a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. The fantasy’s cast includes child stars Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson as Lyra and Will, supported by Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and BAFTA winner Helen McCrory. Oscar winner Tom Hooper is one of the directors.

8. Watchmen (Season 1)

Inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic DC graphic novel, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. Oscar winner Regina King leads a strong cast as Angela Abar, alongside the likes of Jeremy Irons and Louis Gossett Junior, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Adelaide Clemens. The series is created by Damon Lindelof, with Andrij Parekh, Nicole Kassell, Stephen Williams and Steph Green are among the directors.

9. Rick and Morty (Season 4)

“Rick and Morty” follows a sociopathic genius scientist, Rick, who drags his inherently timid grandson, Morty, on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. As the 100% critics’ consensus puts it on Rotten Tomatoes, “Rick and Morty’s fourth season is both an exciting progression and a delightful return to form that proves more than worth the two-year wait.”

10. South Park (Season 23)

It’s hard being a kid growing up in South Park, Colorado, what with all the insane adults, deranged celebrities and occasional talking turd.Season 23 starts as Cartman sends an anonymous tipoff that Kyle is an illegal immigrant, leading ICE to detain and separate his entire family after Kyle’s dad can’t find their passports. So yes, South Park is as topical as ever, or as Forbes puts it, “Reality has never resembled South Park as much as it does today.”

11. Godfather Of Harlem (Season 1)

In the early 1960s, infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson returns from 10 years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante and the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X. From the creators of “Narcos”, “Godfather of Harlem” shows how the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement collided during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

12. Vida (Seasons 1-2)

This half-hour drama focuses on two Mexican-American sisters from the East Side of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and the discovery that their deceased mother was in a lesbian marriage.

13. Alex Rider (Season 1)

When Alex Rider learns that his Uncle Ian was killed in the line of duty as a British spy – and not a car accident like he’s been told – everything changes for this otherwise normal teen. Alex is soon approached by Alan Blunt, head of a top-secret offshoot of MI6 known as The Department, who reveals that he’s been unknowingly trained since childhood for the dangerous world of espionage.

Pressured to leave his old life behind, Alex goes undercover to investigate the connection between the deaths of two billionaires and a remote boarding school called Point Blanc. Upon arrival, he discovers that the students are subjects in the megalomaniacal school director’s plan to gain control of their families’ business empires. Aided by his classmate Kyra, best friend Tom, and his au pair Jack, Alex exposes the plot’s global network and begins his career as MI6’s youngest covert asset.

14. Ray Donovan (Season 7)

While Ray is making personal progress, there are dangers that require the Ray Donovan of old. Between the NYC mayor, an unrelenting NYPD officer and clients old and new, Ray struggles to find a balance between fixing for clients and fixing himself.

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