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Drum rolls to 2018 please. For a moment, forget all the anxiety that the New Year brings, forget even the painful reality that you spent your January salary in December and the Njaanuary memes that are flooding your timeline. Instead, focus on the positive things, like keeping your very attainable New Year’s resolutions (it’s not a competition, alright) and all the fantastic new TV series that you absolutely have to escape into this month. In a word, keep 2018 as lit as possible. (Are we still allowed to use juvenile words like lit this year?)

As we navigate through the special 62-day month of January, Showmax is serving a fresh line-up to kick off the year. Drama does not get hotter than this.

  1. Fargo, Seasons 1-3

Fargo Season 3 on Showmax
Image: MGM

Fresh from winning his first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Limited Series, Ewan McGregor impresses in his double role as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. While Emmit is financially successful and living the life as the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, Ray is a loser parole officer who feels his brother cheated him out of his inheritance. This petty sibling rivalry soon triggers a series of murders. Fargo Seasons 1 to 3 are now available for streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

The original 1996 Coen Brothers movie starring Shameless star William H Macy and Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi is also available for streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

  1. HBO’s The Deuce: FIRST on Showmax

The only thing better than James Franco parading his hot brother on the 2018 Golden Globes stage after winning Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for The Disaster Artist, is his dual performance in The Deuce. Franco plays very opposite identical twins Vincent and Frankie Martino, who start working for the mob. And then there is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy, a force of nature who is determined to thrive in the filth of New York’s Times Square. HBO’s The Deuce is now available for streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

Find Maggie Gyllenhaal once again in The Honourable Woman, an eight-part BBC miniseries on Showmax. Watch now »

  1. Casual, Seasons 1-2

Casual on Showmax
Image: Lionsgate

A dating app can only do so much when it comes to finding the perfect match, a reality that Alex Cole (Tommy Dewey), the creator of dating app Snooger seems to battle with as he takes in his equally unlucky-in-love sister Valerie (Michaela Watkins, who you’ll recognise from Grey’s Anatomy, Hung and Californication) and her daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr). Casual S1-2 is now available for streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

  1. Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed on Showmax
Image: CBS

Forget everything you think you know about what aliens look like – I’m talking glassy wide eyes and tentacles. In Star-Crossed, aliens actually look like extra-attractive humans with tattoo-like marks that just add to their good looks. Against the backdrop of rising tension and animosity between the aliens and humans, a teen romance blossoms when 16-year-old Emery falls for an alien boy, Roman. Star-Crossed S1 is now available for streaming on Showmax.

  1. The Magicians, Seasons 1-2

The Magicians Season 2 on Showmax
Image: NBC

Saved from a tragic end in the previous season, the young magicians are now trapped in the fantasy world of Fillory as they search for another way to kill the Beast after their first failed attempt. The Magicians S2 is now available for streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

For more bewitching magic, Emerald City S1, a darker version of the Wizard of Oz, is also available for streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

  1. Grey’s Anatomy, Seasons 1-12

Damaged characters, check. Drama, check. Tearjerker, check.  Grey’s Anatomy is best enjoyed with a box of tissues; let no one try to convince you otherwise. It’s one of the longest running shows that never runs out of drama, even if it means it has to hurt our feelings over and over again. Seriously, with 13 seasons and counting, Grey’s Anatomy is an emotional rollercoaster we have come to accept and love. For your bingeing needs, Grey’s Anatomy S1-12 is now available for streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

  1. Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Seasons 1-13

The Kardashians have earned their place as America’s most controversial family and we the people are more than ready to immerse ourselves in the drama they so willingly give. Bringing you the real story behind Kim’s infamous Paris robbery plus so much more Kardashian drama, Keeping Up with the Kardashians S13 is now available for streaming on Showmax. And if you can really keep up, the previous 12 seasons are also available for bingeing. Watch now »

A few of my favourite things to look forward to in 2018

  • Praise be, The Handmaid’s Tale, the most chilling drama of 2017 and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner, is coming to Showmax on 1 February!
  • The premiere of Billions S3 in March. One word: epic. Billions S1-2 is now available for bingeing on Showmax.
  • The Black Panther release on February 12. But before she was Nakia, Lupita Nyong’o was Patsey in 12 Years A Slave, currently available on Showmax.

A few things I am not pleased about

  • For those of us who were holding onto the little hope that maybe the final season of Game of Thrones would be released in 2018, bad news: it’s only coming in 2019. As we wait, send a raven, Game of Thrones S1-7 is available for streaming on Showmax.
  • Also, do we have a release date for Younger S5 yet? I really need to know if Team Charles is happening or not. Younger S1-4 is only available for streaming on Showmax.

Happy 2018, folks! Here’s to a fresh dose of drama on Showmax and a lot of shameless bingeing.

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Jennifer Ochieng

I’m a Kenyan creative writer with eight years’ experience in both the SEO and entertainment industries. I like writing stories about people I’ve met, but mostly about those I see on TV. Sometimes, when I’m melancholic, I write poetry as well.


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