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Netflix Series to Watch 2023

Movie fans of drama or thrillers will be obsessed with this list.

After the success of the first season of Blood & Water on Netflix and the cliffhanger it left the audience with, it wasn’t surprising that the streaming giant greenlit a second season. The strength of the series lies in how it reels viewers in its mysteries, coupled with the teen drama trope it explores. The second season picks off where the first season ended and it is pretty much like the first season, a young girl’s search for the truth. Revelations in the second season delineate that there is a bigger power in play and more secrets to unravel. Moreover, even though the second season is a decent watch, it might be the series’ breaking point.

A potential third season must give answers to all the questions thrown in the mind of viewers, otherwise the series might fall into the category of those TV shows that hold too many mysteries but suffer from flat revealment rather than cause excitement amongst viewers. As we wait patiently for the third season, here are five other Netflix shows to binge watch if you enjoy Blood & Water.

Savage Beauty (South Africa)

This dramatic South African soapy follows the life of a woman who’s seeking revenge against a beauty mogul. Directors: Denny Miller, Rea Rangaka, Thati Pele; Writers: Lebogang MogashoaStars: Rosemary Zimu, Dumisani Mbebe, Nthati Moshesh, Angela Sithole, and more.

Jiva! (South Africa)

If you loved Step Up and all of its sequels, you’ll definitely be into Jiva!, a South African series with a similar storyline —  talented street dancer from Umlazi, Durban must confront her fears and deal with family objections to pursue her dancing dreams. Director: Scottnes L. Smith, Mandla Dube; Writers: Busisiwe Ntintili, Bakang SebatjaneStars: Noxolo Dlamini, Candice Modiselle, Sne Mbatha, Stella Dlangalala, Zazi Kunene, and more.

Blood Sisters (Nigeria)

Bound by a dangerous secret, best friends Sarah and Kemi are forced to go on the run after a wealthy groom disappears during his engagement party. Director: Biyi Bandele, Kenneth Gyang; Stars: Ini Dima-Okojie, Nancy Isime, Kate Henshaw, Wale Ojo, and more.

Queen Sono (South Africa)

This South African crime drama takes a deep dive into the story of a secret South African clandestine agent who tackles criminal operations while dealing with crises in her personal life. Director: Kagiso Lediga, Tebogo Malope; Writers: Kagiso Lediga, Karabo Lediga, Camilo Saloojee, Christopher Steenkamp, Muzi DlaminiStars: Pearl Thusi, Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende
Loyiso Madinga, Rob van Vuuren, and more.

King of Boys: The Return of the King (Nigeria)

In this 7-part series, Alhaja Eniola Salami starts anew and sets her sights on a different position of power, fueled by revenge, regret and ruthlessness. Director: Kemi Adetiba; Stars: Sola Sobowale, Toni Tones, Reminisce, Illbliss, Akin Lewis, and more.