10 Most Popular TV Series in South Africa


We know that South Africans enjoy TV, from sporting events to movies, news, shows and TV Series. Here are our top 1- most popular TV Series in SA right now.

Popular TV Series in South Africa

Top 10 Most Popular South African TV Shows

1. Uzalo

This three-season drama drew in an impressive 9.08 million viewers on the 16th of April 2019, the highest amongst South African soapies. The series follows the story of two families set on a course that leads to the discovery of a terrible secret.

The show has a 6.2/10 rating on IMDb and has 84% likes by Google Users. Main talents in the show are Dawn Thandeka King, Leleti Khumalo, Khaya Dladla, and Bekisisa Mkhwene to mention a few. It now has over 10 million viewers.

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2. Generations: The Legacy

The brainchild of Mfundi Vundla, this soap opera is a remake of the previous seasons of Generations. The drama follows and celebrates the hopes and dreams of South Africans trying to live a better life, and seek for a better future.

Aired on SABC 1, this 6 season drama pulled in 8.4 million viewers on the 16th of April, 2019. The show features known talents like Vuyo Dabula, Manaka Ranaka, Rapulana Seiphemo and Thulisile Phongolo to mention a few. The soap now has over 9 million views.

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3. Skeem Saam

With an impressive 8.5/10 rating on IMDb, and 84% likes by Google users, it is no surprise that Skeem Saam pulled in 7.9 million viewers on the 16th of April, 2019. This seven-season teen drama was created by Winnie Serite and is aired on SABC1.

The drama has won multiple awards, including the Golden Horn Award for the Most Popular Soap, and Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress. The teen drama has featured known talents like Cornet Mamabolo, Clement Maosa, Patrick Seleka and Lisa Madikizela to mention a few. The soap now has about 6.5 million views.

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4. Scandal

This South African soap opera is set at a fictional newspaper company NF Holdings based in Johannesburg, which showcases the latest news and gossip. Though the show has an average score of 5.3/10 on IMDb, South Africans beg to differ, as the show brought in 5.2 million views on the 16th of April, 2019.

The soap airs on ETV and features popular talents like Andile Sithole and Brighton Ngoma to mention a few. The soap now has over 5.4 million views.

5. Muvhango

Bringing in 5.2 million viewers on Tuesday 9 April 2019, Muvhango which airs on SABC 2 is one of the most popular soaps airing in South Africa. Muvhango follows various storylines that tell the story of the conflict between the traditional and modern way of doing things.

Produced by Duma Ka Ndlovu, the gripping soap opera which first aired in 1997 is sure to keep you glued to your seats. The soap has almost 5.3 million views.

6. Rhythm City

With a gripping storyline that follows the real power brokers of the music industry, including the record companies, promoters, producers, DJs, and wannabes, Rhythm City is a gripping soap opera. Spotting an amazing 12 seasons, and a healthy 7.5/10 on IMDb ratings, it’s no wonder Rhythm City pulled in 4.3 million viewers on the 8th of April, 2019 thus securing its slot on this list.

7. Imbewu: The Seed

This two-season soap opera which aired its first episode in 2018, tells the gripping story of the Bhengu family, which has been keeping a secret from other family members. Spinning a story about treachery and tumult, Imbewu keeps your eyes on the screen, and your butt on the chair.

Pulling in a healthy 3.3 million views on the 16th of April 2019, the hit soap opera which spots popular names like Tony Kgoroge and Leleti Khumalo is a must-watch. Generations:

8. iNkaba

Created by John Kani and produced by Urban Brew Studios, iNkaba, a South Africa TV series is must-see for everyone. It delves into South Africa’s collective tradition which comprises the stupendously rich and powerful, the resilient middle-class as well as the struggling poor. The show is a narrative brimming with insightfulness.

9. The Wild

Created by Rohan Dickson, Richard Nosworthy and Bronwyn Berry, The Wild is an entirely location-filmed show, likened to South American telenovelas. The background of the story is a large landmass that is home to a five-star game lodge. The Wild is a brilliant soap opera, which displays some of the best South African acts. The show is produced by M-Net’s in-house production arm, Magic Factory.

10. 7de Laan

This Afrikaans soap opera follows the lives and times of people living in a fictitious suburban street called 7de Laan. Produced by Danie Odendaal and airing its first episode in the year 2000, this veteran soap pulled in a remarkable 2.58 million viewers on the 24th of April, 2019. The show spots talents like Theodore Jantjies and Nobuhle Mahlasela.

So here you have it! Our top 10 South African TV Series right now


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