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The two times of year when most couples split up are the end of summer and the end of winter, according to sociologists. We’re somewhere between those two seasons at the moment, which makes it fairly likely that some of you reading this post have been dumped recently – or are about to be. (Sorry.)
Once you’ve had enough of wallowing, stream these series and movies on Showmax to take your mind off your ex.
Annie’s life is falling apart, but maybe helping with her friend’s wedding will distract her in this side-splitting comedy that isn’t nearly as nice as it sounds. It’s vulgar and wonderful, and will remind you that fairytale marriages and perfect friendships just don’t exist in the real world. Watch now »
2. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and 2
You might want to murder your ex, but Uma Thurman as The Bride in these two Quentin Tarantino movies is deadly serious. She hunts down the man who organised her assassination and left her for dead, and then stole her baby, by making her way through each of his highly trained assassins, until she finally comes face to face with him. Watch now »
What if you could erase your whole relationship with your ex from your memory? That’s what Clementine (Kate Winslet) decides to do to Joel (Jim Carrey) in this heartbreaking, brilliant sci-fi indie movie. It may seem like a good idea at first, but as Joel discovers, the procedure has all sorts of unexpected consequences, for both the eraser and the erase-ee. Watch now »
4. Sex and the City, S1-6
If anyone has experience in being dumped, it’s Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda in this HBO fan favourite. The full boxset is on Showmax, so you can relive all the pain and regret, plus all the pleasures and triumphs, that went along with each break-up in all six seasons of Sex and the City. Watch now »
5. Marvel’s Runaways, S1-2, First on Showmax
Six teens find out that their parents belong to an evil organisation that demands human sacrifice, so they join (supernatural) forces to defeat them. There’s a healthy dose of romantic interest in the group, including a girl-on-boy unrequited crush, and some girl-on-girl romantic interest, but nothing falls perfectly into place when it comes to love, unlike in some other superhero shows. Watch now »
Also check out Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, first and only on Showmax, about a boy and girl in New Orleans who discover that they are linked through a traumatic event that they shared when they were children, and which gave them mysterious powers that work best when they’re together. Like Runaways, there may be romantic tension between the two of them, but it doesn’t resolve itself neatly, and their relationship is far from perfect. Watch now »
6. SMILF, First on Showmax
Brigette Bird is a single mom with needs and desires. She needs to try to take her great passion for basketball to the next level, she needs to keep her job as a tutor/PA/dogsbody to a spoiled wealthy woman, she needs to support her mentally ill mother, and, most of all, she desires to have sex. Her life is messy, her mind is dirty, and she’s an excellent remedy for when you’re feeling that your life hasn’t worked out the way you’d hoped or planned. Watch now »
7. HBO’s Insecure, S1-2
In Season 1 of this hugely popular HBO comedy, Issa wants to break up with Lawrence, but once she’s finally single in Season 2, she faces a series of terrible dates. It’s unlikely you’ll have as much bad luck in the dating world as she does, but if you do, she can be a source of inspiration to you on how to get back up after a breakup and embrace singledom with good humour, music and bracing mirror pep-talks. Watch now »
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