The pick of new shows and movies coming to streaming services in South Africa during February 2022.
Dexter: New Blood
Binge the entire season from 1 February.
Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the new instalment finds him living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger beckons.
Seks in Afrikaans
Binge the entire six-part documentary series from 14 February.
In the eye-opening documentary series Seks in Afrikaans, four Afrikaans couples and two singles, with the help of clinical psychologist Bradley R Daniels, will speak openly for the first time about their sex lives and in the process discover there is much more fun to be had! Featuring interviews with sex workers, adult shop owners, a unicorn, swingers, dominatrixes, a crossdresser, a dungeon master, people who dress up like babies, and others who prefer full-body latex suits, Seks in Afrikaans is an eye-opening tour of what your neighbours and co-workers get up to behind closed doors.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Streaming from 3 February.
Judas and the Black Messiah is inspired by the true story of the betrayal and assassination of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party. As Hampton, Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther) won the Oscar, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, while H.E.R’s Fight For You also took home an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film also picked up four more Oscar nominations.
The Little Things
Streaming from 17 February.
The Little Things stars Oscar winners Denzel Washington (Fences) and Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody, Mr. Robot) as Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon and Sergeant Jim Baxter, two cops on the hunt for a serial killer who’s terrorising Los Angeles. As their search begins to dredge up echoes of Deke’s past, disturbing secrets emerge, which could threaten more than his case.
Other new shows and movies coming to Showmax:
- Transplant (Season 1) - from 1 February
Drama series Transplant centres on Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq from This Life), a refugee of the Syrian Civil War who’s trying to rebuild his career as a doctor in the ER unit at the fictional York Memorial Hospital in Toronto.
- B Positive (Season 1) - from 1 February
B Positive revolves around Drew (Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley), a therapist and newly divorced dad. He needs a kidney donor when he runs into Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together, they form an unlikely and life-affirming friendship as they begin a journey that will forever impact both of their lives.
- C.B. Strike: Lethal White (Season 1) - from 1 February
Based on the best-selling novel by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), C.B. Strike: Lethal White stars Tom Burke (Orson Welles in Mank) as private detective Cormoran Strike, a former Special Investigation Branch investigator and war veteran. Together with his assistant, Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger, The Capture), Cormoran tackles cases that have, so far, baffled the police.
- Shadow in the Cloud - from 17 February
Strap in, folks. IndieWire calls Shadow in The Cloud a “bonkers mash-up of monster movie and World War II drama”. The high-action creature feature follows female flight officer Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass), tasked with transporting top-secret documents aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress, where the sexist crew is about to become the least of her problems
Favourites returning to Showmax for new seasons:
- A.P Bio (Season 4) - from 1 February
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 8) - from 1 February
- The Good Fight (Season 5) - from 1 February
- Raised by Wolves (Season 2) - from 4 February
The Tinder Swindler
Streaming from 2 February.
From the team producers of Don't F*ck With Cats, modern love is a dangerous game in the world of online dating, and not all that glitters is gold. Notoriously known as The Tinder Swindler, he has seduced and swindled young women for millions and is a fugitive from justice in several countries. One swipe could change your life. This is the ultimate fairytale gone nightmare. Follow three women who decided it was time for payback.
Streaming from 3 February.
Solving crimes is hard. Improv comedy is harder. Eccentric detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) teams up with clueless celebrity guest stars (Conan O’Brien, Marshawn Lynch, Kumail Nanjiani, Annie Murphy, Sharon Stone, and Ken Jeong) to investigate a series of murders in this improvisational crime comedy.
Streams from 11 February.
A journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary German heiress who stole the hearts of New York's social scene - and stole their money as well. This whole story is completely true. Except for all of the parts that are totally made up. Created by Shondaland, Inventing Anna, stars Emmy Award-Winning actress, Julia Garner.
The Cuphead Show!
Premieres on 18 February.
Based on the award-winning video game, The Cuphead Show! follows the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. As the two scour their surreal home world of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other's back. Unless there's only one cookie left, in which case it's every cup for himself. Features the voice talents of Tru Valentino, Frank Todaro, Luke Millington-Drake, Joe Hanna, and Wayne Brady.
Premieres on 25 February.
Vikings: Valhalla begins in the early 11th century and chronicles the legendary adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived. These men and women will blaze a path as they fight for survival in the ever changing and evolving world. This follow-up series to Vikings, set 100-years later, focuses on the adventures of Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King, William the Conqueror. A new era of warriors will rise in Vikings: Valhalla.
Other new shows and movies coming to Netflix:
- Fistful of Vengeance - from 17 February
Kai Jin, a young Chinatown chef in present day San Francisco, becomes entangled with the Chinese Triad's pursuit of deadly ancient powers known as the "Wu Xing.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre - from 18 February
After nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.
- A Madea Homecoming - from 25 February
Madea's back hallelujer. And she's not putting up with any nonsense as family drama erupts at her great-grandson's college graduation celebration.
Favourites returning to Netflix for new seasons:
- Ozark (Season 4, Part 1) - from 2 February
Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy
Streams on 4 February.
Witness the 90s Black Excellence renaissance of stand-up comedy that came together at The Comedy Store. Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy features a lineup of world-famous comedians and personalities including Anthony Anderson, Tichina Arnold, Nick Cannon, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Harvey, Lil Rel Howery, Regina King, Jo Koy, Luenell, Flame Monroe, Jay Pharoah, Craig Robinson, JB Smoove, Chris Tucker, Kym Whitley, and many more.
Streaming from 4 February.
When retired Military Police Officer Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson) is arrested for a murder he did not commit, he finds himself in the middle of a deadly conspiracy full of dirty cops, shady businessmen and scheming politicians. With nothing but his wits, he must figure out what is happening in Margrave, Georgia. Based on the books by Lee Child.
I Want You Back
Streams from 11 February.
Peter (Charlie Day) and Emma (Jenny Slate) thought they were on the precipice of life’s biggest moments – marriage, kids, and houses in the suburbs – until their respective partners dumped them. Horrified to learn that the loves of their lives have already moved on, Peter and Emma hatch a hilarious plan to win back their exes with unexpected results.
Favourites returning to Prime Video for new seasons:
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 4) - from 18 February
Streams from 4 February.
Five ordinary Brits are accused of kidnapping the son of a prominent U.S. media mogul. They embark on a desperate race against time to prove their innocence, but will anyone believe them—and are they telling the truth? With no one to trust, it's difficult for the truth to set them free.
Pretzel and the Puppies
Starts streaming on 11 February
Welcome to Muttgomery! From the creators of Curious George, and starring Mark Duplass, meet Pretzel, the world's longest dachshund. Based on the beloved children’s book is an animated series for preschoolers based on the book Pretzel by Margret and H.A. Rey.
The Sky is Everywhere
Streams from 11 February
A film based on the book by Jandy Nelson, it’s about a teen who is trying to work through the loss of her sister.
Premieres on 18 February.
Mark Scout leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work … and of himself.
From 18 February.
Discover a side of Abraham Lincoln you’ve never seen before. Inspired by David S. Reynolds’s book Abe: Abraham, Lincoln in his Times. In this four-part docuseries, a diverse panel of historians and rare archival materials offer a more nuanced look into Abraham Lincoln's presidency.