9 addictive homegrown series to sink your teeth into

Cape Town - Did you know that you can stream every single new episode of South African fan favourites, including The River, The Herd, Isithembiso, The Queen and Die Spreeus on Showmax, even if you’re not a DStv subscriber?

And if you are a DStv subscriber, you can stream them live wherever you are on the DStv Now app for tablets and smartphones. Plus, Netflix has its own South African series that you can binge-watch in an afternoon, if you feel like it.

Isn’t internet TV wonderful?

Check out these lekker local picks on Showmax, DStv Now and Netflix.

1. The Herd S2 (Showmax and DStv Now) 

Drama with a touch of the supernatural makes this one to watch. Witness the lengths one man will go to for love, power and money. The whole of Season 1 is on Showmax to binge, and brand-new episodes arrive on both Showmax and DStv Now every week.

2. The River S2 (Showmax and DStv Now) 

The River is set in Pretoria and follows the lives of the Dlaminis and the Mokoenas, two families from different backgrounds that are brought together and divided by the discovery of a diamond in Cullinan, just a stone’s throw away from Pretoria. Every single episode that has ever aired is on Showmax, and new episodes land every weekday on Showmax express from the 1Magic broadcast (which you can also stream on DStv Now).

3. The Queen S3 (Showmax and DStv Now) 

A successful businesswoman's world threatens to end when her husband discovers her dark secrets. Now she'll have to do the unthinkable in this gripping drama series that has SA talking. Seasons 1 and 2 are on Showmax, as well as every new episode, which lands on Showmax express from the Mzansi Magic broadcast.

4. Die Spreeus S1 (Showmax and DStv Now) 

Did you know that South African history is full of ghost stories? In this supernatural series, two investigators take a closer look into the country’s suspected paranormal criminal cases. Stream new episodes either on the DStv Now app, or, if you’re not a DStv subscriber, stream them on Showmax, where they land every Tuesday evening.

5. Isithembiso S3 (Showmax and DStv Now) 

A compelling youth drama about two youngsters from rural South Africa trying to make it in the dazzling city of iGoli – but all that glitters is not always gold. Seasons 1 and 2 are on Showmax, where you’ll also find brand-new daily episodes landing fresh from the Mzansi Magic broadcast.

6. Lockdown S4 (Showmax and DStv Now) 

Lockdown is back for another thrilling season at the women's jail, where power and survival mean everything. Catch up on Seasons 1 to 3 on Showmax, then stream brand-new weekly episodes every Monday, or watch them on the DStv Now app if you’re a DStv Premium, Compact or Compact Plus subscriber.

7. Ehostela S1 (Showmax) 

This new action series is sure to split households with some viewers siding with Mndeni and others with his violence-prone brother Jama. Ehostela is set in KZN’s KwaMashu township and explores the secrets shared by the family. Fresh from its run on Mzansi Magic, the whole season is now available to binge-watch on Showmax.

8. Date My Family S6 (DStv Now) 

Usually you only meet the parents long after the first date. But the tables are turned in this exciting reality show as hopeful singles have to go out with the family before they can woo their crush. Previous seasons of this hopelessly addictive series are also ready to binge-watch on Showmax.

9. Shadow (Netflix) 

The crime-drama is set in Joburg and stars Pallance Dladla as Shadrach "Shadow" Khumalo. Shadow is a brilliant detective who goes outside the law to fix the criminal justice system. His unique skill? He can't feel pain.