There is no denying that the future is rooted in the world wide web. The internet has produced more millionaires than any other industry in history. Knowing that, it can’t be entirely surprising that the future of media and television is also online.
Web series are slowly carving out a niche for themselves and winning the hearts of fans worldwide and we are pleased to say, South Africa has not been left out of the loop on this.
It is no secret that South Africa has always had quality entertainment from the likes of Isidingo, Rhythm City, Scandal, Skeem Saam and Muvhango; so it is definitely good news that South African television is taking their brilliance to the web where it can be easily accessible by anyone worldwide.
Web series, which are gaining serious traction these days, are either scripted or unscripted videos or episodes which are released online. They are an excellent source of entertainment because they can be watched any time after release on your tablet, smartphone, desktop, laptop or even your television.
The growth of web series has been exponential with the likes of American Shows like House of Cards and Marvel’s Daredevil enjoying critical success. On the African continent, Nigerian series Skinny Girl In Transit and Kenya’s The Samaritans are also killing it. Below is a list of the four South African series you really should be watching.
The Foxy Five
Opening to critical acclaim, this show was inspired by South Africa’s student uprisings in 2015. The Foxy Five chronicles the lives of five South African black women as they handle the challenges of living in today’s South African and plotting a revolution. The show boasts of incredible writing and a stellar cast which includes Qiniso Van Damme, Duduza Mchunu, Tatenda Wekwatenzi, Qondiswa James and Nala Xaba.
Kronikles of Hip Hop
This animated series was created by the critically acclaimed, hilarious and popular Phaa Toonz. The Kronikles of Hip hop chronicles (as the name implies) the melodramatic nature of the South African music industry, particularly poking fun at the Cassper/AKA fued. In fact, Cassper appeared on the show as a fictional version of himself.
This series tells the stories of a group of friends living in Johannesburg all in their early twenties as they navigate the ups and downs that come with dealing with school, girls, social life, growing up and being ‘cool’. The series was created by Menzi Mzimela and has done quite well, garnering quite the followership in a short amount of time.
The White Folks
The White Folks has been compared to the American Modern Family thanks to its quirkiness and wit. The series follows the lives of two ‘boring’ families in Cape Town, exploring their seemingly mundane lives in comical ways. The quiet humour and brilliant acting featured here definitely makes it a keeper. This show was created by Mia Cilliers and Lisa Lane Drennan who also serve as co-writers and co-directors on the show.