7 series to stream for all you history and war buffs

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When you’re in the mood to watch something serious, you normally go for titles filed under the drama section. Almost every drama without fail follows the structure of exposition (background info and introduction) followed by rising action, climax, falling action and the resolution or denouncement. If one of those elements fuck out, the story bombs.

With historic and war dramas, you can build a story around what has already really, so because you can present something more authentic which has already happened, chances are that it would be more believable and possibly score higher with your audience. That’s my guess, anyway, because all 7 of these movies or series below, scored stupid high – except for the very first one, which is more political of nature. However, the same creators created a series on the Kennedy’s which scored higher, which makes me think that it has more to do with the people they focused on. The Kennedy’s got more love than Geroge HG and his laitie. This is widely know. So here we go. Have some war, history and (inner) peace this weekend.
American Dynasties: The Bush Years
Martin Sheen narrated the same series about the Kennedy’s and Ed Harris narrates this one. It offers a revealing look at the family of two of America’s most recent presidents: George HW Bush and his son George W. Bush. There are tons of archival footage and interviews  to relate a story about a   dynasty driven by service, power and loyalty.

Das Boot
Parallel storylines follow an inexperienced U-boat crew who has to survive a secret mission. A young German woman forced to question her loyalty to her home country or choose the French resistance in this epic World War II drama.

Les Miserables
Adapted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel, this series breathes new life into the story of fugitive Jean Valjean who Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole. She agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter and the decision changes their lives forever. This super sad tear jerker stars Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins.

A three series drama which follows the the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of eighteen to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.  By season three she’s a mother of six facing the rising tide of revolution.  Interesting fact: Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes were dating during this series.

Get your popcorn, drinks or whatever other snacks you feast on when you watch quality stuff because this one is brought yo you by HBO, the absolute kings of the TV series. This story plays off during San Francisco’s Tong Wars in the 1800s. It is a gritty series which follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy from China who becomes mixed up in the world of organised crime. Warrior is actually based on an original series concept co-developed by Bruce Lee for a proposed TV series that ultimately was modified into the Kung Fu movie from 1972. I would start off with this series. It is really fucking good!

A British historical drama depicting the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire which changed the entire world. Rome focusses on  two Roman caught up in the bloody end of Julius Caesar’s rule and the series shows in clever detail, the differing lives of citizen – from the most common to the wealthiest.

2020 is a terrible year, but put in perspective it is nothing compared to what the people from Ukraine had to go through in 1986 – a huge explosion erupted at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This series not only tells the true stories of those brave men and women who tried to contain the disaster but also those who gave their lives preventing a subsequent and worse one. Just a word of warning – if you’re an animal lover, especially dogs, episode four is going to absolutely break your heart. Try and skip past it if you can because it is really heart wrenching. But don’t skip the episode itself because this is one of the best TV series ever produced.

Need more? Check out our top 10 list of movies and TV series picks from the Plumlist. It is my to-go-to website when I’m stuck for streaming ideas:
#10. This dark, chilling drama was “2019’s most terrifying TV show”
Being Halloween month, the supply and demand of spooky entertainment is at its annual peak. We, as viewers of streaming television, demand to be terrified – within the safe comfortable space of our own homes, of course.
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# 9. Interview: Award-winning artist Nadia Nakai on baring it all for her documentary
With an incredible team behind her and a strong fan base, Nadia Nakai has shown that she’s a force to be reckoned with in the South African hip hop industry. Her debut studio album, Nadia Naked, which was released on 28 June 2019, gave Nadia her first nomination at the South African Hip Hop Awards, in the Album of the Year category.
On Showmax
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#8 If you liked Cobra Kai, stream these martial-arts picks
The latest entry in the Karate Kid franchise is built on nostalgia: 30 years after their epic rivalry first kicked off, Johnny and Daniel come face to face again, this time without the guidance of Mr Miyagi, when Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo. Johnny and Daniel train up a whole new generation of Karate Kids to compete in their own version of the All Valley Karate Tournament.
On Netflix & Showmax
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 #7 Watch Chasing the Sun online in South Africa
It’s a story of rising from the ashes and claiming glory – the Springboks’ path to reclaiming the Rugby World Cup in 2019 was one of grit, hope, pain and perseverance.
On DStv Now & Showmax Pro
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#6 Twelve Jason Blum titles for fans of Get Out
Jason Blum is a renowned horror-movie producer, with his company Blumhouse Productions having brought us critically acclaimed and award-winning films like Get Out and franchises like Paranormal Activity and The Purge.
On Amazon Prime, Netflix & Showmax
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 #5 Seven places to find George Clooney on Showmax and Netflix
He’s one of the wealthiest men on the planet, a two-time Oscar winner, former owner of a tequila company, and rather gorgeous, and he stars in and produced these series and movies you can stream right now.
On Netflix & Showmax
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 4# Ten of the most entertaining talk shows to watch online
People love to talk, especially about themselves. Well, most of them. Introverts would rather invent a natural disaster, or stick a fork in their eye while setting their hair on fire than engage in small talk with strangers – and most definitely not about themselves. Anything that begins with “let’s go around the room” will have them running for the hills.
On Netflix & Showmax
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 #3 Ten sci-fi shows and movies for tweens
What’s not to love about science-fiction? Literal out-of-this-world tech, fantastic and weird creatures (some of them alien), adventure, and unbelievable worlds make for wonderful escapism – for children and adults alike.
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 #2 Bolhuis season 2
In the second season, Mike is on the lookout for international fugitives. He focuses on murder and corruption and has a look at drugs targeting school children. The series also has a look at the occult and a town that Mike is trying to save. He also warns viewers on who not to fall in love with, all in his unique Bolhuis way.
 On DStv Now
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 #1 Star Trek Discovery season 3
After following Commander Burnham into the wormhole in the second season finale, Season 3 finds the crew of the USS Discovery landing in an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the USS Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation.
On Netflix
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 2 spot, Bolhuis season 2“. I wasn’t even aware of the existence of this series and it weirded me out a bit, because no lies: Mike Bolhuis was legit my next door buurman in the mid 90s for around a year long.

Mike Bolhuis, who is regarded as one of South Africa’s top investigators, has been involved in some of the country’s biggest murder and fraud cases. In this series, we delve deeper into the issues that have already landed on his desk.

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