The List of South African television series lists TV series that were created and/or shown in South Africa since 1975. It includes both South African originals and foreign imports that were dubbed into local languages.


South African TV Series that Start with 0-9
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
1945[1] Afrikaans 1983 1 season SABC A South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) commissioned series about a family divided between the two sides of World War II
21 Jump Street English 1987-1991 5 seasons, 103 episodes 20th Century Fox Television

Patrick Hasburgh Productions

Stephen J. Cannell Productions

A Canadian police procedural crime drama television series starring various teen idols including then unknown Johnny Depp as special agents. These special agents infiltrate schools and colleges to catch troubled youths and discourage kids from drinking, committing hate crimes, using drugs, spreading racism, spreading homophobia, spreading AIDS, performing domestic abuse, and being sexually promiscuous.
240-Robert English 1979-1981 2 seasons, 16 episodes Rosner Television


The series title is a reference to the call-sign designation for the LASD's search and rescue paramedic teams. Produced in the US. Stars Mark Harmon.
3rd Degree English 2000-May 2013 Local investigative journalism. Produced for, and hosted by Debora Patta.
50/50[2] English and Afrikaans 1987- TV3, SABC1, SABC2, SABC3 Local environmental news and documentaries. Produced for TV3, later SABC2
7de Laan Afrikaans, with some English and Zulu 2000- 22 seasons, over 5000 episodes as of January 2021 SABC2,



Pronounced "Sewende-laan", translates to "7th Avenue". Local soap opera centered on the lives of the people who live and work in the fictional Hillside suburb in Johannesburg.
99 Caroline Street [3] English 1979 13 episodes SABC A local comedy series featuring two girls who live in a flat in Hillbrow.


South African TV Series that Start with A
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
The A-Team English 1985-1990 5 seasons, 98 episodes Universal Television

Stephen J. Cannell Productions

American action-adventure television series about a fictional group of ex-Special Forces soldiers who work as mercenaries, usually pro bono publico. Hugely influential on South African schoolboys who gave spirited renditions of "Howling Mad" Murdock and B. A. Baracus on local playgrounds.[citation needed]
Adam-12 English 1980s 7 seasons, 174 episodes Mark VII Limited Universal Television A police drama that followed the daily activities of a pair of LAPD patrol officers. The series was produced in the US from (1968–1975). Stars Martin Milner and Kent McCord.
Adam Strange English, dubbed in Afrikaans 16 episodes Arena Productions From the original ITC British series Strange Report starring Anthony Quayle.
Against the Wind English 1980s 13 episodes Seven NetworkPegasus Productions Australian television mini-series. It is a historical drama portraying both the British occupation of Ireland and the development of New South Wales and Australia. The series was filmed at Old Sydney Town (near Sydney), and at Warrandyte, Colac and Geelong and stars Mary Larkin and Jon English.
Agter Elke Man Afrikaans 1985-1990 2 seasons, 66 episodes SABC, TV1 Locally produced drama series starring Steve Hofmeyr.
Airwolf English 1980s 4 seasons, 80 episodes Belisarius Productions

Universal Television Atlantis Communications MCA TV

American action-adventure television series about a high-tech military helicopter, code named Airwolf, and her crew as they undertake various missions, many involving espionage, during the Cold War. Stars Jan-Michael Vincent.
Aladdin: The Series English 3 seasons, 86 episodes Walt Disney Television Animation An animated television series made by Walt Disney Television.
ALF Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 4 seasons, 102 episodes Alien Productions An American science fiction sitcom wherein a furry alien crashes on Earth and is adopted by the Tanner family.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland English 1980s American animated series.
All in the Family English 1980s 9 seasons, 205 episodes Tandem Productions American sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker.
Alpha 1999 Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 2 seasons, 48 episodes Group Three Productions (Series One)

Gerry Anderson Productions (Series Two)

From the British Space: 1999 starring Martin Landau.
Amalia[4] Afrikaans 2005-2006 13 episodes Sonneblom Ateljees TV drama series produced in South Africa, starring Marius Weyers.
Ambitions 2018-2020 1 season, 18 episodes Will Packer Productions

Lionsgate Television


American drama series.
Anderkant die Grens[5] 1989 6 episodes Translated from German series Die Wächter
Amen 5 seasons, 110 episodes Carson Productions

Stein & Illes Productions

American television sitcom produced by Carson Productions starring Sherman Hemsley as Deacon Ernest Frye of the First Community Church of Philadelphia.
American Gothic 1 season, 22 episodes Renaissance Pictures Universal Worldwide Television American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy revolving around young Caleb Temple (Lucas Black) and the town's corrupt sheriff, Lucas Buck (Gary Cole).
Angélique, Marquise des Anges Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s film Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique

Franco London Films Gloria Film

Dubbed from a series of 5 French films starring Michèle Mercier as Angélique Sancé de Monteloup and Robert Hossein as Joffrey de Peyrac. The films were in turn based on a series of adventure novels by Anne and Serge Golon.
Animaniacs English 1990s 5 seasons, 99 episodes Warner Bros. Animation

Amblin Entertainment

American animated series.
Anne of Green Gables[6] English 1985 1 season Anne of Green Gables Productions

Sullivan Entertainment

TV-60 Filmproduktion


Red haired Anne, an orphan, is adopted by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert.
Aquila English 2 series, 13 episodes British children's television show.
Ark II English 1980s 1 season, 15 episodes Filmation American live-action science fiction series aimed at children. The series was best-remembered for its titular vehicle, a futuristic six-wheeled combination RV and mobile laboratory.
Arende Afrikaans 1990s 3 seasons, 33 episodes SABC 1, Cape Rebel Arende I, II and III. Historical drama about the Boer struggle during the Boer War with British imperialism, British scorched earth approach to Boer farms, and British Boer prisoner of war camps etc. Stars Ian Roberts.
Arendsvlei Afrikaans 2018– 4 seasons kykNET & kie
Around the World with Willy Fog English, Spanish 1980s 26 episodes BRB Internacional Televisión Española Children's cartoon created by Spanish studio BRB Internacional. Animation done by Nippon Animation.
Arsène Lupin Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 2 series, 26 episodes Dubbed from the French TV series about a gentleman thief named Arsène Lupin. Starring Georges Descrières.
Ashes to Ashes Multilingual 2015-2016 2 seasons, 280 episodes eTV A South African telenovela about secretes, lies and sacrifices that built the Namane family, starring Nambitha Mpumlwana as Maggie Benedict.
Attie en Joos Afrikaans 1980 Comedy series about the trials and tribulations of two Johannesburg hobos, starring Al Debbo and Bill Flynn.
Automan Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 1 season, 13 episodes (1 unaired) 20th Century Fox Television

The Kushner-Locke Company

Glen A. Larson Productions

Dubbed from the short-lived American science fiction show of the same name produced by Glen A. Larson and starring Chuck Wagner.
Die Avonture van Kuifie Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 7 seasons, 102 episodes Dubbed from the French animated series Les Aventures de Tintin.


South African TV Series that Start with B
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Baasspeurder Faber Dubbed in Afrikaans 1984-1993 11 seasons, 197 episodes Dubbed from the German Transtel police crime series Der Fahnder, starring Klaus Wennemann.
Backstage[7] English 2000-2007 e.TV Locally produced soap opera.
Bagpuss English 1 season, 13 episodes Smallfilms UK children's television series, made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate through their company Smallfilms. The title character is "an old, saggy cloth cat, baggy and a bit loose at the seams".
Bailey's Bird English 1979 1 season, 26 episodes Fauna Productions Australian TV series filmed in Asia featuring a father and son running a flight charter plane.
Balke toe Afrikaans 1976 Boeremusiek variety show
Ballade vir 'n Enkeling (Ballad for an Individual)[8] Afrikaans 1987 14 episodes SABC1 Drama set in 1985 featuring the sudden and mysterious disappearance of journalist Jacques Rynhard, starring Gavin van den Berg.
Bangalory Time 1976 SABC SABC commissioned children's series, hosted by Janice Honeyman.
Banacek English 1970s 2 seasons, 17 episodes Universal Television American detective series starring George Peppard.
Bananaman English 1980s 3 series, 40 episodes Whimsical British animation. When Eric eats a banana he transforms into an adult superhero.
Barbapapa[9] English 1970s 2 seasons, 93 episodes Animated children's show originally from France.
Baretta Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 4 seasons, 82 episodes Roy Huggins-Public Arts Productions

Universal Television

Dubbed from the American detective series of the same name starring Robert Blake.
Barney Barnato English 1989 7 episodes SABC Mini-series on the life of mining magnate Barney Barnato.
Barones Von Gees Dubbed in Afrikaans 1990s 2 seasons, 21 episodes Dubbed from German TV series (originally titled "Der Hausgeist") starring Susanne Uhlen.
Battle of the Planets Dubbed in English 1980s 85 episodes Gallerie International Films, Ltd.

Tatsunoko Production

American dub of the original Japanese animated show Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman. Five young people known as G-Force, consisting of Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny use their ship, the Phoenix, to battle invaders.
Battlestar Galactica English 1980s 1 season, 24 episodes Glen A. Larson Productions

Universal Television

American science fiction series, produced in 1978 by Glen A. Larson and starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict.
Battlestar Galactica English 2006-2008 4 seasons, 76 episodes David Eick Productions


NBC Universal Television Studio

Universal Media Studios

Universal Cable Productions

A military science fiction serial drama television series. Often abbreviated as BSG or just Galactica.
BattleTech: The Animated Series English 1990s 13 regular episodes, 1 special Saban EntertainmentWorldwide Sports and Entertainment An animated television series based on the BattleTech fictional universe. The series takes place in the year 3050 as the Inner Sphere, the central region of settled interstellar space, is suddenly invaded by a powerful human faction identifying itself as the Clans.
Batman: The Animated Series English 1992-1995 2 seasons, 85 episodes DC Entertainment

Warner Bros. Animation

Often shortened as Batman: TAS. An American, two-time Emmy Award-winning animated series adaptation of the comic book series starring the famous DC Comics superhero Batman.
Baywatch English 1989-1999 11 seasons, 242 episodes American television series about the lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. Actor of note: David Hasselhoff.
Beauty and the Beast English 1987-1989 3 seasons, 56 episodes Republic Pictures Creator Ron Koslow's updated version of the classic fairy tale, focusing on the relationship between Vincent, a noble man-beast from a utopian underground community, and Catherine, a savvy assistant District Attorney in New York, starring Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton and Roy Dotrice.
Beertjie Boot Afrikaans
Ben Brandt Afrikaans 1977 South African cowboy type TV series adapted from photo comic book. Starred Vonk de Ridder as Ben Brandt & Jacques Loots.
Benson 1979-1986 7 seasons, 158 episodes Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions American television sitcom spin-off featuring the wise-cracking yet level-headed black butler from Soap, starring Robert Guillaume.
Die Beskermers Dubbed in Afrikaans 1972-1974 2 series, 52 episodes Group Three Productions Dubbed from the British ITC series The Protectors. Starring Robert Vaughn as Harry Rule and Nyree Dawn Porter as the Contessa di Contini.
Beste Profesor Dubbed in Afrikaans 1978-1979 4 seasons, 59 episodes 20th Century Fox Television Dubbed from The Paper Chase, a series set in Harvard Law School, starring John Houseman, James Stephens.
Beyond 2000 1981–1999 525 episodes Australian science and technology television series produced by Beyond Television Productions. The show began as Towards 2000.
Bietjies van Voetheuwelwoud Afrikaans Early 90s Adopted from the Littl'Bit Elves who lived in a magical foothill forest.
The Big Question 5 parts British science documentary miniseries featuring notable scientists such as Stephen Hawking
Biltong and Potroast 1975 Question and answer style game show between South Africans (Biltong) and UK expatriates (Potroast), hosted by longtime Springbok Radio broadcaster Clark McKay, with comedians including Con Travers (Travis, Original Biltong Team Captain), Len Davis, Cyril Green, Noel Glover, Mel Miller and Denis McLean.
Binnelanders Afrikaans 2005- 14 seasons, over 3000 episodes as of June 2018 Stark Films South African hospital soap opera.
Big Brother South Africa 2000s 5 series MNET, DSTV Occasional reality show, airing on MNET and all day via CCTV on DSTV.
Big City Heat SABC Commissioned by the SABC. Short-lived series about the lives of two policemen. Based loosely on the long running Springbok Radio series Squad Cars.
The Big Valley 1965-1969 4 seasons, 112 episodes Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions

Four Star Television



American family Western series, broadcast on SABC on Friday evenings 1979 and again on SABC TV in 1986, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Lee Majors, Richard Long, Peter Breck, Linda Evans.
Biker Mice from Mars 1993-1995 3 seasons, 65 episodes Brentwood Television Funnies

Worldwide Sports & Entertainment, inc. Marvel Productions New World AnimationPhilippine Animation Studios

American animated science fiction series created by Rick Ungar.
Bionic Six 1987 2 seasons, 65 episodes TMS Entertainment American/Japanese animated superhero television series produced by TMS Entertainment and distributed by Studios USA and MCA Television, shown in South Africa.
Bitten: Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town[10] English 2013 Okuhle Media

Sunrise Productions


A lifestyle, culinary series starring author and blogger, Sarah Graham. Broadcast internationally. Distributed by DCD Rights. Golden Horn Winner - 2014 SAFTAs Produced by Okuhle Media.
Black Beauty English 1980s 2 seasons, 52 episodes The Fremantle Corporation London Weekend Television Produced by London Weekend Television for child audiences, starring William Lucas and Judi Bowker.
Blitspatrollie Dubbed in Afrikaans 4 seasons, 53 episodes Euston Films Ltd Thames Television Dubbed from the British police drama The Sweeney.
Blonde Ambisie Afrikaans (English: "Blonde Ambition") Lifestyle-show centered on the home-life of singer Patricia Lewis. Each episode features her participating in various, often random, day-to-day tasks like yoga or home renovation and home cooking.
Blood & Water English 2021–present Netflix Teen crime drama that follows a girl, Puleng Khumalo (Ama Qamata), whose sister was abducted as a baby. She transfers to an elite school to find answers.
The Brady Bunch English 5 seasons, 117 episodes Redwood Productions

Paramount Television

American sitcom
Brakanjan Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 26 episodes BRB Internacional

Nippon Animation

Dubbed from the Spanish/Japanese children's cartoon D'Artacan y los tres mosqueperros/Wanwan Sanjushi
BraveStarr 1987 65 episodes American space Western animated television series.
The Bob Newhart Show English 1980s 6 seasons, 152 episodes MTM Enterprises American sitcom about psychologist Dr. Robert "Bob" Hartley, starring Bob Newhart.
Die Boere Orkes Kompetisie Afrikaans 1980s A music competition where bands from across the country competed against each other. The music played was a unique country style called Boeremusiek. Hosted by Dana Niehaus. Winners included the orchestras of Nico van Rensburg, Dirkie Smit and Piet van Heerden.
Bonanza English 1970s 14 seasons, 431 episodes NBC American Western series starring Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon.
Bonkers 1993-1995 4 seasons, 61 regular episodes and 4 half-hour episodes Walt Disney Television Animation American animated television series from the Disney Channel.
Die Bosveld Hotel[11] Afrikaans 1980s mini-film Zack du Plessis Starring Danie Smuts, Zack du Plessis, and Christine Basson.
Die Brandkluis Afrikaans 1979 27 episodes SABC, YouTube[12] Science fiction series commissioned by the SABC, hosted by Marinus Wijnbeek.
Bret Maverick English 1 season, 18 episodes American western television series
Brimstone 1999 1 season, 13 episodes Lars Thorwald Inc

Warner Bros. Television

American detective TV series featuring a dead police detective, Ezekiel "Zeke" Stone (Peter Horton) whose mission (assigned by the Devil) is to return to Hell 113 spirits who have escaped to Earth.
Buck Rogers in die 25ste eeu Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 2 seasons, 37 episodes Glen A. Larson Productions

Bruce Lansbury Productions

John Mantley Productions

Leisure Concepts

Universal Television

Dubbed from the hit American science fiction series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Starring Gil Gerard as Capt. William 'Buck' Rogers, a US Air Force pilot who is frozen in space for five centuries due to a freak accident. Upon his revival in the 25th century he joins the Earth Defence Forces and proceeds to topple despots on sovereign planets, become romantically involved with various women and generally preserve the American way. Also starring Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer English 1997-2003 7 seasons, 144 episodes Mutant Enemy Productions

Sandollar Television

Kuzui Enterprises

20th Century Fox Television

American supernatural drama television series.
Butler Parker English 1972-1973 2 seasons, 26 episodes Südwestfunk Since the novels about Butler Parker were very successful and another fictitious British pulp fiction hero (Percy Stuart) had already been adapted for the TV screen with huge success, the idea of a TV series about Butler Parker seemed like common sense. However, the show only lasted for 26 episodes.


South African TV Series that Start with C
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Call Me Kelly[13] English 1977 6 episodes Heyns Films South African show about rural life. The theme song, "Kelly's Song" by Bobby Angel and Hennie Bekker, was released as a single by Teal Records and reached #13 on Springbok's Top 20 in December 1977, spending 7 total weeks on the charts.[14]
Cagney & Lacey English 1982–1986 7 seasons, 125 episodes and 4 TV movies Mace Neufeld Productions,

Filmways Television

American television series about two female police detectives, starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless.
Candid Camera 1970s 38 seasons, 1000+ episodes Allen Funt Productions American prank comedy show
Cannon English 1971–1976 5 seasons, 122 episodes QM Productions,

CBS Productions

American detective series about Frank Cannon, who resigned from the LAPD and become a private detective. He charged high fees to his well-to-do clients so that he could work for poorer clients at little or no charge. Starring William Conrad.
The Carol Burnett Show English 11 seasons, 279 episodes Burngood, Inc. American musical variety show featuring sketch comedy and popular guest stars.
Car Torque[15] 2004-2007 6 series SABC 3 South African motoring show.
Carte Blanche 1988- M-Net South African investigative journalism series.[16]
Captains and the Kings English 1976 9 part miniseries American nine-part miniseries about Joseph Armagh, a poor Irish immigrant who came to the United States in the mid-19th century and proceeded, through struggle, heartache, and hard work, to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the country, starring Richard Jordan and Perry King.
Cash en Kie Dubbed in Afrikaans 13 episodes Seven Network Dubbed from the original Australian series Cash and Company.
Catch Kandy English 1970s 1 season, 13 episodes Seven Network Australian children's program about an orphaned brother and sister who go on the run after apparently killing their malevolent uncle.
Charlie Jade English 2004-2005 20 episodes CinéGroupe Canadian/South African science fiction television program about a detective from a parallel universe who finds himself trapped in the present day universe. The show was filmed mainly in Cape Town and stars actor Jeffrey Pierce.
Charlie's Angels English 1976-1981 5 seasons, 115 episodes Spelling-Goldberg Productions,

20th Century Fox Television

American series about three women who work for a private investigation agency, one of the first shows to showcase women in roles traditionally reserved for men. The show features actresses Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Kate Jackson.
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 1989-1993 3 seasons, 65 episodes Walt Disney Television American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters Chip 'n' Dale in a new setting.
Casimir Dubbed in Afrikaans 1972-1982 Dubbed from French children's TV show L'Île aux enfants Casimir
Chapi Chapo 1974 60 episodes Belocapi French short stop-motion series featuring two characters with large round hats. Created by Italo Bettiol and Stephano Lonati, with music by François de Roubaix, it premiered in 1974 on the ORTF and ran for 60 5-minute episodes.
Cheers English 1982-1993 11 seasons, 275 episodes, including 3 double length episodes and a triple length finale Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions,

Paramount Network Television

American situation comedy series that ran for eleven seasons, featuring actors Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer and Woody Harrelson.
Cheesecake 1981-1982 SABC SABC-commissioned children's programme.
CHiPs English 1977–1983 6 seasons, 139 episodes Rosner Television,

MGM Television

American television drama series following the lives of two motorcycle police officers of the California Highway Patrol.
Chopper One 13 episodes Spelling-Goldberg Productions American drama series about a police helicopter team, starring Dirk Benedict.
Clangers Dubbed in Afrikaans 5 seasons, 150 episodes Smallfilms Dubbed from the British stop-motion series of the same name.
Crime Story English 1986-1988 2 seasons, 44 episodes Michael Mann Productions New World Television American crime drama series. Set in the early 1960s, the series pitted two men against each other – Lt. Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) and mobster Ray Luca, (Anthony Denison) – in an obsessive drive to destroy each other. As Luca moved from street crime in Chicago, was "made" in the Chicago Outfit and was sent to Las Vegas to monitor their casinos, Torello followed Luca as part of a special Organized Crime Strike Force.
The Coconuts[17] Afrikaans and English 2008 Multichoice Studios A local sitcom featuring a white family that wakes up to find out that they have turned black, while their black maid has turned white.
Collage 1985
Columbo English 1971–1978 10 seasons, 69 episodes Universal Television American crime drama series starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The show popularized the inverted detective story format: almost every episode began by showing the crime and its perpetrator.
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future 1987-1988 22 episodes, 3 cartoons, and 1 TV movie Canadian-American science fiction/action television series that merges live action with computer animation.
Cybernet 1990s SABC 2, Bop TV A weekly video gaming magazine programme.


South African TV Series that Start with D
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Dallas 1978-1991 14 seasons, 357 episodes Lorimar Productions American prime-time television soap opera revolving around the story of the Ewings, a wealthy Texan family well-established in the oil and cattle-ranching industries. Dallas was one of the most successful and longest-running shows in American prime-time television history, and was also hugely successful across the world. The show starred actor Larry Hagman.
Dark Angel 2000-2002 2 seasons, 43 episodes Cameron/Eglee Productions

20th Century Fox Television

American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series set in a post-apocalyptic Seattle. Genetically enhanced super-soldier Max Guevara fights corruption and encounters others like her. Created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee. The show stars actors Jessica Alba and Michael Weatherly.
Darkwing Duck 1991-1995 3 seasons, 91 episodes Walt Disney Television Animation American animated television series produced by the Walt Disney Company. It featured an eponymous superhero anthropomorphic duck with the alter ego of Drake Mallard (voiced by Jim Cummings). It is the first of two spin-offs of Ducktales.
Dawie die kabouter Dubbed in Afrikaans 1987 26 episodes BRB Internacional

Televisión Española

Dubbed from David, el Gnomo, a Spanish animated television series based on the children's books Gnomes and The Secret Book of Gnomes by the Dutch author Wil Huygen and illustrator Rien Poortvliet.
Defenders of the Earth English 1980s 1 season, 65 episodes Marvel Productions

King Features Entertainment

American animated series. In the year 2015, the Earth is under constant attack and a host of heroes including Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician are tasked to protect it.
Denver, the Last Dinosaur English 1988-1990 2 seasons, 50 episodes World Events Productions

Calico Entertainment Groupe IDDH Centre National Cinématographie La Ville D'Angoulême

American/French cartoon for children originally released in 1988 by World Events Productions. Episodes often focused on issues of conservation, ecology, and friendship.
Derrick Dubbed in Afrikaans 1974–1998 25 seasons, 281 episodes Dubbed from the German series of the same name. Detective Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick and his loyal assistant Inspector Harry Klein solve murders in Munich. The show stars actors Horst Tappert and Fritz Wepper.
Devilsdorp English, Afrikaans 2021 4-part series Showmax True crime documentary series about the Krugersdorp murders.
Diamond City Multilingual 2018 SABC 1 / Netflix Court drama[18]
DiepCity Multilingual 2021 Mzansi Magic Telenovela[19]
Dikolong 1990s 13 episodes A Sesotho drama depicting college life.
Dis Hoe Dit Is, ...met Steve[20] Afrikaans 2001 Clive Morris Productions An Afrikaans talk-show hosted by singer Steve Hofmeyr.
The Dingleys English 1976–1977 SABC South Africa's first locally produced sitcom. Set in Pietermaritzburg in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), it centred on a fictional middle class white South African English-speaking family called the Dingleys. The theme song was composed by Duncan Faure and performed by Rabbitt.
Dino-Riders English 1988 1 season, 14 episodes MNET KTV A cartoon television series about warring humanoids sent back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.[21]
Dis My Geheim Afrikaans 1980s Locally produced quiz show, starring Cobus Robinson, Carel Trichardt, Alwyn Lee and Sybil Coetzee. The show is remembered for the disembodied and mysterious voice announcing a contestant's 'secret' profession, "Ek is 'n Stoomketelmaker".
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears English 1985–1989 6 seasons, 65 episodes Walt Disney Television Animation American animated television series about the escapades of the eponymous Gummi Bears, anthropomorphic bears who are the last remnants of a once-great civilization of Gummis that fled the land centuries ago when humans, jealous of the advancements and magical skills of the Gummi Bears, forced the species into exile. Now regarded by most of humankind as fairytales, the show's main cast of Gummi Bears (six in number at the outset of the series, increased to seven during the third season) live in the vast subterranean warren of Gummi Glen in the medieval kingdom of Dunwyn.
Doctor Snuggles English 1980 1 season, 13 episodes British animated series about an optimistic inventor, Doctor Snuggles, who has unusual adventures with his friends in a psychedelic world.
Dokter-Dokter[22] Afrikaans 1976-1977 30 episodes SABC Comedy
Dragon Ball Z Dubbed in English 1998 291 episodes Toei Animation Japanese action-based anime. Funimation's English dub was the most commonly aired version.
Dot en Kie Afrikaans 1988 SABC Local comedy series
DuckTales English 1987–1990 4 seasons, 100 episodes, and 1 film Walt Disney Television Animation American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation., based on Carl Barks's Uncle Scrooge comic book series featuring the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephews.
Dynamite Diepkloof Dudes 1990s SABC 3 Six boys on bicycles solve crimes in Soweto.
Dynasty English 1981–1989 9 seasons, 220 episodes Aaron Spelling Productions

20th Century Fox Television

American prime time television soap opera revolving around the Carringtons, a wealthy oil family living in Denver, Colorado. The show stars actors Joan Collins, John Forsythe, and Linda Evans.


South African TV Series that Start with E
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Early Edition English 1999-2000 4 seasons, 90 episodes Columbia TriStar Television American television series that chronicles the life of Gary Hobson (played by Kyle Chandler) of Chicago, Illinois who mysteriously receives the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper a day in advance, effectively giving him knowledge of the future.
The Edison Twins English 1980s 6 seasons, 78 episodes Nelvana Canadian sitcom focused on the adventures of the main cast as they stumble upon one problem after another, using the science wits of fraternal twins Tom and Annie Edison to solve each situation. Each episode ends with a short animated sequence illustrating a key scientific principle demonstrated in the preceding live action story.
Eendag was daar Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 26 episodes Dubbed from the French children's animated series Il était une fois... la vie (English: Once Upon a Time... Life).
Egoli: Place of Gold multilingual 19 seasons, 4500+ episodes M-Net Soap opera.
Eight is Enough English 1977-1981 5 seasons, 112 episodes Lorimar Productions American television comedy-drama series modeled after the book of the same name by syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden, a real-life father with eight children. The series was one of the few hour-long television series to use a laugh track.
Emergency! English 1972-1977 6 seasons, 112 episodes, and 6 TV movies Mark VII Limited

Universal Television

American drama series. The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51 (particularly the paramedic team) and the fictional Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area. The show stars actor Randolph Mantooth.
Emile Dubbed in Afrikaans 1978 Dubbed from the German-Swedish TV series Michel aus Lönneberga, based on the children's book series Emil i Lönneberga by Astrid Lindgren. Theme song: "Emile was 'n stoute rakker, het gewoon in Swede, net vir kwajongstreke, was hy altyd lus..."
Erfsondes[23] Afrikaans 2006-2010 5 seasons Imani Media


Drama series about the sins of the past and how they revisit us in the present. Created by Henriëtta Gryffenberg under the mentorship of Rosa Keet.
Everwood 2002-2006 4 seasons, 89 episodes Berlanti-Liddell Productions

Warner Bros. Television

American drama series about a city doctor who moves his family to the fictional small town of Everwood, Colorado, after the death of his wife. Created by Greg Berlanti.
Everywhere Express SABC SABC-commissioned children's series


South African TV Series that Start with F
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Fables of the Green Forest 1973 52 episodes Zuiyo Eizo 52-part anime adaptation of a series of books published in the 1910s and 1920s by Thornton W. Burgess about the adventures of forest animals. It was created by the animation studio Zuiyo Eizo (the predecessor to Nippon Animation).
The Facts of Life 1979-1988 9 seasons, 201 episodes T.A.T. Communications Co. American spin-off of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. The series' original premise focused on the character Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) as she becomes housemother (and later, dietitian) to seven girls at the fictional Eastland School, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in Peekskill, New York.
The Faizal Sayed Show TV talk show hosted by Faizal Sayed. The show tells the stories of people ranging from politicians and stars to anyone who has a story that may inspire or make a positive difference.
Falcon Crest English 1981-1991 9 seasons, 227 episodes Amanda & MF Productions American prime-time television soap opera. A total of 227 episodes were produced, starring Jane Wyman and Robert Foxworth.
Fame English 1980s 6 seasons, 136 episodes SABC TV4 Hugely popular American musical drama, remembered mostly for the fictional character Leroy Johnson (Gene Anthony Ray) and the title song by Irene Cara. Aired on SABC's TV4.
Family Feud (South Africa) English 2020-present Hosted by Steve Harvey, which is also hosted on the American version.
Family Ties English 1982-1989 7 seasons, 176 episodes, and 1 film Ubu Productions

Paramount Television

American television sitcom that aired in South Africa for seven seasons. The sitcom reflected the move in the United States from the cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s. This was particularly expressed through the relationship between young Republican Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) and his liberal, former hippie parents, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Gross).
Fear Factor (South Africa) Pulse Creative Evolution Media
Flinkdink Afrikaans 1977 An Afrikaans general knowledge quiz game produced in South Africa and hosted by Edwill van Aarde.
The Flipside English MNET Series
Flower Stories 1970s
Four Jacks and a Jill on the Move 1977 Music show featuring South African folk rock ensemble Four Jacks and a Jill.


South African TV Series that Start with G
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Ga Re Dumele SeTswana 2010–2019 6 seasons SABC 2 Sitcom[24]
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers English 1986–1989 1 season, 65 episodes Gaylord Entertainment Company (Production)

Tokyo Movie Shinsha (Animation)

American animated space Western series, created by Robert Mandell and Gaylord Entertainment Company. The series combined sci-fi stories with a typical wild-west-"feel", elements of a space opera, and traditional fantasy elements of sword and sorcery. It was one of the first anime-style shows to be primarily created in the US, although the actual animation was done in Japan by the famed Tokyo Movie Shinsha. At the time it was aired, it was a revolutionary children's show.
Gargoyles 3 seasons, 78 episodes Walt Disney Television Animation American animated series created by Greg Weisman featuring a species of nocturnal creatures known as gargoyles that turn to stone during the day, focusing on a clan led by Goliath.
Generations Multilingual 1 February 1993 - 31 October 2014 4 seasons, 4246 episodes SABC 1 South African fantasy series.
A Gift to Last 3 seasons, 22 episodes, and a Christmas special A popular Canadian series starring Gordon Pinsent from CBC Television.
Glaskasteel[25] Afrikaans, English 1993 Safritel, SABC 2
Glee 6 seasons, 121 episodes MNET Series
Ghostbusters 1986–1988 65 episodes Filmation Full name Filmation's Ghostbusters; an American animated series created by Filmation and distributed by Tribune Broadcasting.
The Girl from St. Agnes[26] English 2019- 1 season Showmax Dark secrets are revealed when a tragic event at an elite boarding school sets off a search for the truth.[27] South African drama series.
Giyani: Land of Blood Tsonga 2019 2 seasons, 60 episodes SABC 2 First Xitsonga-language drama series[28]
Groenie die draak Dubbed in Afrikaans 1972 2 seasons, 53 episodes Dubbed from the Italian cartoon Grisù by the Pagot brothers, about a little dragon that wants to be a firefighter. "Ek wil 'n brandweerman wees! 'n Brandweerman!"
Going Nowhere Slowly 2005-2009 7 seasons, 136 episodes SABC 3 South African travel series.[29]
Goeie Môre Alaska Dubbed in Afrikaans 6 seasons, 110 episodes Universal Television Dubbed from American TV series Northern Exposure. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), a physician fresh out of medical school from New York, finds himself in the fictional remote Alaskan town of Cicely under contract to pay off his student loan.
Good Morning South Africa 1985- TV1, SABC 3 Morning news show.
Growing Pains English 1985–1992 7 seasons, 166 episodes Warner Bros. Television American sitcom based on the fictional Seaver family, who reside in Long Island, New York. Dr. Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist, works from home because his wife, Maggie Malone, has gone back to work as a reporter. Jason has to take care of the kids: troublemaker Mike, honors student Carol, and rambunctious Ben. The show stars Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns and Kirk Cameron.
Grootbek en katvis Dubbed in Afrikaans 1976 34 episodes Dubbed from American animated series Misterjaw, a show about a blue-colored great white shark dressed in a purple vest with a white collar, a black bow tie, and tall black top hat who liked to leap out of the water and shout "Het jou Katvis".
Gunsmoke English 9 series, 480 episodes Long-running American Western series starring James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon.


South African TV Series that Start with H
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Haas Das se Nuuskas Afrikaans 1976 TV1 (English: Haas Das's news box) Haas Das refers to the main character, a stuffed rabbit with a tie as his only clothing. The show is an Afrikaans children's programme aired on TV1 and produced by Louise Smit. Haas Das is the news anchor for Diereland (a country populated with anthropomorphic animals) and features the voice of real-life news anchor Riaan Cruywagen.
Happy Days 1974–1984 11 seasons, 255 episodes Miller-Milkis Productions This American television sitcom presents an idealized vision of life in 1950s and early 1960s America. The show features actors Ron Howard and Henry Winkler.
Hardcastle and McCormick 1983–1986 3 seasons, 67 episodes Stephen J. Cannell Productions Hardcastle and McCormick was an action/drama television series featuring Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and an ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick. The show stars actors Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly.
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 1977–1979 3 seasons, 46 episodes Glen A. Larson Productions

Universal Television

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (retitled The Hardy Boys Mysteries for season three) was a television series which aired for three seasons, starring Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as amateur sleuth brothers Frank and Joe Hardy, respectively, and Pamela Sue Martin as girl detective Nancy Drew. The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries was unusual in that it often dealt with the characters individually, in an almost anthological style. That is, some episodes featured only the Hardy Boys and others only Nancy Drew.
Hart to Hart 1979–1984 5 seasons, 110 episodes Rona II Productions

Spelling-Goldberg Productions

Columbia Pictures Television

Hart to Hart was an American television series starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. The series was created by writer Sidney Sheldon and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. Actors of note include Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.
He-Man English 1983–1985 He-Man is a heroic fictional character in the Masters of the Universe franchise by toy company Mattel.
Head of the Class 1986–1991 5 seasons, 114 episodes Eustis/Elias Productions

Warner Bros. Television

American sitcom following a group of gifted students in the Individualized Honors Program (IHP) at the fictional Monroe High School (later Millard Fillmore High School) in Manhattan, and their history teacher Charlie Moore. The show stars actors Howard Hesseman and Billy Connolly.
Hectic Nine-9 Okuhle Media, SABC 2 Daily live children's magazine programme produced by Okuhle Media[30][31]
Heidi Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 52 seasons Zuiyo Eizo Dubbed from the Japanese anime Arupusu no Shōjo Haiji, which in turn was based on the books by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It follows the life and of a pre-teen girl who lives with her grandfather in the Alps.
Here We Go Again 1973 1 season, 13 episodes Bobka Productions

Metromedia Producers Corporation

American Sitcom starring Larry Hagman.
Here's Boomer 2 seasons A. C. Lyles Productions

Daniel Wilson Productions

Paramount Television

American children's series about a dog called Boomer.
Het van Verlangekraal[32] Afrikaans 1980s 3 episodes Scholtz Films Afrikaans show written by Johann Bekker, with a script by Leon van Nierop.
The High Chaparral 1967–1971 4 seasons, 98 episodes Xanadu Productions in association with NBC The High Chaparral was a Western-themed television series which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The show was created by David Dortort, who had previously created the hit Bonanza for the network. The theme song was also written and conducted by Bonanza scorer David Rose.
The Highwayman English 1989 10 episodes Twentieth Century Fox Television (pilot)

New West Entertainment (series)

An action-adventure themed television series starring Sam J. Jones, set in "the near future". It was created by Glen A. Larson and Douglas Heyes.
Hill Street Blues 1981–1987 146 episodes MTM Enterprises Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that ran for 146 episodes. Actors of note include Andy Romano and Daniel J. Travanti.
Homeland[33] English, Afrikaans 1996 Fevertree Productions Starring actor Paul Buckby, this show was shot and filmed in South Africa during the 1990s.
Holmes & Yo-Yo 13 episodes Heyday Productions Universal Television


An American comedy television series that aired on SABC for 13 episodes. The series follows Detective Holmes and his new android partner Yoyo on their adventures and misadventures, as Holmes teaches Yoyo what it is like to be human while trying to keep his quirky partner's true nature a secret from criminals and fellow cops.
Hunter 1984–1991 7 seasons, 152 episodes Stephen J. Cannell Productions

Stu Segall Productions

NBC Studios

20th Century Fox Television

Hunter was a police drama television series. The titular character, Sgt. Rick Hunter, is a wily, physically imposing, and often rule-breaking homicide detective (badge# 089 in the early seasons, badge# 378 in later seasons) with the Los Angeles Police Department. Stepfanie Kramer co-starred in the first six of the series' seven seasons as Hunter's female partner Sgt. Dee Dee McCall. Actors of note Fred Dryer and Stepfanie Kramer.


South African TV Series that Start with I
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Imbewu: The Seed English, Zulu April 2019- 3 seasons, 615 episodes Drama series
Idols English 2000- 16 seasons, 300+ episodes M-net South African iteration of the British reality singing competition Pop Idol.
Interster Afrikaans 1983 2 seasons, 37 episodes C-films


A locally produced supermarionation show similar to Thunderbirds. The main plot involved an undercover planetary defence agency operating from Cape Town under the guise of being an interstellar shipping company.
Inspector Carr Investigates SABC Based on the very popular Springbok Radio series written by Michael Silver, starring Michael McCabe as Chief Inspector Carr of Scotland Yard. Commissioned by the SABC.
Inspector Morse 1980s 7 series and 5 specials, 33 episodes SABC 3 British detective drama with John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis.
Die Inspekteur Dubbed in Afrikaans Dubbed animated series about an inspector who has to solve a crime at the end of each episode by using clues to find one of three suspects guilty and announcing "Die skuldige is dus...".
Iron Horse 1966-1968 2 seasons, 47 episodes Dagonet Productions

Screen Gems

Shown in South Africa in 1976; the show is an American Western television series featuring Ben Calhoun and starring Dale Robertson.
Isidingo English 2000-2020 22 seasons, 5414 episodes as of March 2020 Endemol Shine Africa

Pomegranate Media


Multilingual soap opera.
The Secrets of Isis 1980s 2 seasons, 22 episodes Filmation The Secrets of Isis (also called simply Isis) starred JoAnna Cameron as Andrea Thomas, a high school science teacher who found an ancient mystical amulet on an archeological dig in Egypt.
The Invisible Man English 2 seasons, 46 episodes SABC 3 An American sci-fi television series revolving around Darien Fawkes (Vincent Ventresca), a thief facing life imprisonment who was recruited by a low-rent spy organization and given the power of invisibility via implantation of a special "Quicksilver gland" in his head.
Isibaya 2013-2021 8 seasons, 2,028 episodes The Bomb Shelter


South African daily drama series.
Isono 2020- BET Africa

DsTV Channel 129

A 2020 TV series that airs on BET Africa.
Is'Thunzi Zulu, English 2016–present Mzansi Magic Telenovela


South African TV Series that Start with J
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Jake and the Fatman 1987–1992 5 seasons, 106 episodes The Fred Silverman Company Jake and the Fatman was a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. (Jason Lochinvar) "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons.
Jam Sandwich[34] 1982-1983 2 seasons Australian Broadcasting Commission
Jopie Adam Dubbed in Afrikaans 1974–1982 film Sunn Classic Pictures The American television series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams was dubbed into Afrikaans as "Jopie Adam". In the series, Grizzly Adams is a woodsman during the frontier era who flees into the mountains after he is wrongly accused of murder. While struggling to survive, Adams discovers an orphaned grizzly bear cub whom he takes in and calls Ben. The shows stars actor Dan Haggerty.
Jasper le Feuvre[35] Afrikaans 1984 Constantia Films Afrikaans drama series.
Judge Thenjiwe Khambule English, Zulu 2018–present DStv Court comedy


South African TV Series that Start with K
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Kamera 1 Afrikaans 1976
Kamera 2 Afrikaans 1976
Kammaland Dubbed in Afrikaans 1976? Dubbed from a French show in which marionettes are used to tell children's stories about the life of a mouse named Violetta
Kate & Allie English 1980s 6 seasons, 122 episodes Alan Landsburg Productions American series starring Susan Saint James as the free-spirited Kate McArdle and Jane Curtin as her more traditional childhood friend, Allie Lowell. The two decide to share a brownstone in New York City's Greenwich Village after their respective divorces, raising their families together. The show also starred Ari Meyers as Kate's daughter Emma and Frederick Koehler and Allison Smith as Allie's children Chip and Jennie.
Kaptein Skarlaken Dubbed in Afrikaans 1970s 1 series, 32 episodes Century 21 Television Productions Dubbed from Gerry Anderson's Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
Katch It With Khanyi 2014- 3 seasons, 91 episodes as of January 2021 Locally produced talk show hosted by Khanyi Mbau for
Keen Eddie English 2000s 1 season, 13 episodes Frequency Films

Simon West Productions

The Littlefield Company

An American action, comedy-drama television series that follows a brash NYPD detective who goes to London when one of his cases goes sour and remains there to work with New Scotland Yard. Starring Mark Valley and Sienna Miller.
Kind van die sterre Dubbed in Afrikaans 1990s Dubbed from Omer et le fils de l'étoile (1992–1993).
The Knicky Knacky Knoo Show English 1976 SABC SABC commissioned comedy series starring Hal Orlandini.
Knight Rider English 1983–1986 4 seasons, 90 episodes Glen A. Larson Productions

Universal Television

An American television series starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight with smart car KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand).
Koffiehuis Afrikaans 1977 Locally produced contemporary journalism.
Kojak English 1970s 5 seasons, 118 episodes Universal Television American detective series starring Telly Savalas as the eponymous, bald New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak with his signature red lollipop. Kojak's Greek heritage, shared by actor Savalas, was prominently featured in the series.
Kommissaris Lea Sommer Dubbed in Afrikaans 1994 66 episodes Dubbed from German police TV series (originally titled "Die Kommissarin") starring Hannelore Elsner.
Koöperasie stories[36] Afrikaans 1982–1987 2 seasons Pendulum Films Locally produced comedy drama. Set in a small Afrikaans town, filmed on location in the mining town of Cullinan, about a very close-knit community always gossiping about each other, "Ja, so is die mensdom, Mietie!", with "Oom Genis" usually bearing the brunt of the gossip. Starring Alex Heyns as Oom Botes, Jacques Loots as Genis, Marie Pentz as Mietie and Emgee Pretoruis as Veldsman.
Die Kraaines Afrikaans 1976–1980 Locally produced youth journal hosted by Carike Keuzenkamp.
Konings Afrikaans, English 1992 20 episodes Leisureco


South African TV Series that Start with L
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
L.A. Law 1986–1994 8 seasons, 172 episodes 20th Century Fox Television L.A. Law was an American television legal drama. The show reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s. Actors of note include Harry Hamlin, Corbin Bernsen and Jimmy Smits.
Largo Winch English 2000s 39 episodes A television program based on the Belgian comic book series of the same name by Philippe Francq and Jean Van Hamme starring Paolo Seganti as Largo Winch.
Las Vegas English 2004-2009 5 seasons, 106 episodes Gary Scott Thompson Productions An American television series that focuses on a team of people working at the fictional Montecito Resort & Casino dealing with issues that arise within the working environment, ranging from valet parking and restaurant management to casino security.
Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola 2010- 11 seasons Diprente,, eNCA

A weekly local late-night satirical television series.
Law & Order 1990-2008 20 seasons, 456 episodes Wolf Films

Universal Television

An American police procedural and legal drama television series created by Dick Wolf. It has been broadcast on NBC since its debut on 13 September 1990. Set in New York City, the series follows the professional lives of several police officers and prosecutors who represent the public interest in the criminal justice system. Actors of note: List of Law & Order characters.
La Femme Nikita 1997-2001 5 seasons, 96 episodes Baton BroadcastingLPN Productions

Fireworks Entertainment Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution

The television series differs from the film versions in one fundamental respect; Nikita is innocent. She is not a killer, nor a drug user, just a homeless young woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Section One, an elite, top-secret counterterrorist organization with no affiliation to any specific government falsely believes Nikita is a killer and has what it takes to become a deadly operative. Because Nikita will be killed (or "canceled") if she fails to comply, she is forced to carry out the organization's ruthless methods of fighting terrorism while attempting to keep her moral integrity and her soul intact. This personal struggle becomes the primary conflict of the series. The show stars actress Peta Wilson.
La dame de Monsoreau Afrikaans 1976 French production translated into Afrikaans based on the novel La dame de Monsoreau by Alexandre Dumas.
La Linea 3 seasons, 90 episodes B. Del Vita (season 1)

HDH Film/TV (season 2)

Ladies Man 2 seasons, 30 episodes Christopher Thompson Productions American sitcom.
Lesilo (SeTswana) Horror series.
Liewe Heksie Afrikaans 1981 2 seasons, 52 episodes SABC Liewe Heksie (Liewe means "Dear" or "Sweet" and Heksie means "little witch" - pronounced "lee-vuh heck-see") is a fictional character created in 1961 by Afrikaans children's books author Verna Vels. The Liewe Heksie series consisted of a number of books. The series was dramatised on the Afrikaans Radio Service of the SABC and was made into a popular Afrikaans language television programme complete with marionettes in 1981.
Little House on the Prairie 1974-1984 9 seasons, 204 episodes, 4 specials Ed Friendly Productions

NBC Productions

An American one-hour dramatic television program about Charles Ingalls, a farmer who cares very much about his family. The show stars actor Michael Landon.
Littlest Hobo 6 seasons, 174 episodes Canadian series about the life of a German Shepherd, starring London the dog.
The Lone Ranger 5 seasons, 221 episodes Apex Film

Wrather Productions

Long running American Western series starring Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger & Jay Silverheels as Tonto
Looney Tunes Warner Bros. Animation American animated shorts.
Longstreet English 1 season, 23 episodes Edling Productions

Corsican Productions Paramount Network Television

American Series about a blind detective starring James Franciscus.
The Lost Islands English 1979 1 season, 26 episodes Paramount Television Network 10 Australian adventure series. A hurricane nearly sinks the "United World", a ship holding 40 teenagers from all around the world. 35 flee the ship on time - 5 are left behind and end up on 2 islands unknown to the outside world, inhabited by people who got there under similar circumstances 200 years ago.
Louis Motors English 1979 Whacky and funny situations at a garage owned by Louis and his sister Mel. More Antics added by outrageous mechanics and a petrol attendant also not forgetting the customers.


South African TV Series that Start with M
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Madam&Eve[37] English 2000 3 seasons Penguin Films Sitcom based on the South African comic strip Madam&Eve.
Mad About You English 1993- 8 seasons, 176 episodes In Front Productions (1992–1999)

The Cloudland Company (2019)

Nuance Productions

Comedy Dynamics (2019)

TriStar Television (1992–1999)

Sony Pictures Television (2002-2006; 2019)

An American sitcom that starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.
Major Dad English 4 seasons, 96 episodes S.B.B. Productions

Spanish Trail Productions

Universal Television

Maan Basis Alpha Dubbed in Afrikaans 1975–77 2 series, 48 episodes Dubbed from the original Space: 1999, a British science-fiction television by Gerry Anderson with Martin Landau as Commander John Koenig, the leader of Moonbase Alpha.
Magnum, P.I. English 8 seasons, 162 episodes Belisarius Productions, Inc.

Glen A. Larson Productions

T.W.S. Productions, Inc.

Universal Television

American detective series starring Tom Selleck.
Manakwalanners[38] Afrikaans 1993 2 seasons Quantum Produksies A radio presenter and his sound technician set out to document the people of North West South Africa (Namaqualand).
Man from Atlantis 13 episodes, 4 TV films Solow Production Company American sci-fi series starring Patrick Duffy.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. English 1978 4 seasons, 105 episodes Arena Productions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television

American espionage series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as special agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.
Mann & Machine Afrikaans 1 season, 9 episodes Wolf Films

Universal Television

Broadcast in Afrikaans as Mann en Masjien, a futuristic police drama series starring Yancy Butler.
Man van Intersek Dubbed in Afrikaans 1976 1 season, 11 episodes Harve Bennett Productions

Universal Television

Dubbed from the American series Gemini Man. Sam Casey gets caught on the ocean floor when the probe is blown up by a planted mine and exposed to a massive dose of radiation which would have killed him. However, this freak accident causes him to turn invisible. The show stars actor Ben Murphy.
Man van Staal Dubbed in Afrikaans 5 seasons, 99 episodes, 6 films Dubbed from the original American series The Six Million Dollar Man. Steve Austin, astronaut, is nearly killed in a crash. His body is repaired with cybernetic limbs, giving him superhuman abilities. The show stars Lee Majors.
Manions of America 1981 6-hour miniseries Mini-series about Irish immigrants in the United States during the great Famine of the mid-19th century - first American role for actor Pierce Brosnan.
Manemarak Afrikaans Local children's series about an alien visiting earth.
Die Mannheim-sage[39] Afrikaans, English 1986 15 episodes Talent Films Local drama starring Hans Strydom, Sandra Prinsloo, written by Lerina Erasmus. The show is based on the original Springbok Radio afternoon Afrikaans Serial.
Married... with Children English 11 seasons, 259 episodes Embassy Communications(1987–1988)

(seasons 1–2) ELP Communications(1988–1997) (seasons 2–11) Columbia Pictures Television(1988–1997) (seasons 2–11)

American sitcom.
Marsupalami English 1990s Children's animation.
M*A*S*H English 11 seasons, 256 episodes 20th Century Fox Television American sitcom.
Masada English 1981 4 episodes Universal Television Mini-series about Jewish resistance against Roman occupation.
Mathaka 1983 Soap-opera / musical comedy featuring the mbaqanga team Makgona Tsohle Band.
Matlock English 9 seasons, 193 episodes American detective drama.
Maude English 6 seasons, 141 episodes Tandem Productions American sitcom.
Maya the Bee English 4 seasons, 130 episodes Studio 100 Animation German animation.
MacGyver English 7 seasons, 139 episodes, 2 TV films Henry Winkler-John Rich Productions

Paramount Network Television

American action series about a secret agent who uses inventive and non-violent solutions to resolve crimes and diffuse conflict, starring Richard Dean Anderson.
Meisie van Avignon, Die[40] Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 13 episodes Koba Films Dubbed from the very popular French series La demoiselle d'Avignon. Romantic and bittersweet.
Meneer Rossi Dubbed in Afrikaans Dubbed animated series.
Misdaad in Miami 5 seasons, 112 episodes Michael Mann Productions

Universal Television

American detective series (Miami Vice dubbed into Afrikaans).
Michael Strogoff English Animated series based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne
Midweek 1977 News and events show
Mike Hammer Early 1980s 51 episodes Jay Bernstein Productions

Columbia Pictures Television

American detective series starring Stacey Keach as detective Mike Hammer. Shown in South Africa in the early 1980s.
Miena Moo Multilingual Multilingual children's programme about a cow and her friends.
Millennium English 1990s 3 seasons, 67 episodes Ten Thirteen Productions 20th Century Fox Television American television series created by Chris Carter, starring Lance Henriksen as Frank Black, a freelance forensic profiler and former FBI agent with a unique ability to see the world through the eyes of serial killers and murderers.
Mirage Dubbed in Afrikaans 1976 3 seasons, 39 episodes Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française Story about two fighter pilots, Tanguy and Laverdure, dubbed from the 1967 French series Les Chevaliers du ciel; also dubbed into English as The Aeronauts for the UK market.
Misdaad Dubbed in Afrikaans 1970- 50 seasons, 1150 episodes (continuing) Dubbed in Afrikaans from the German series Tatort
Molly en Wors Afrikaans 2009 26 episodes kykNET Afrikaans sitcom centered around the married life of Vetkoekpaleis character Worsie Visagie.
Moemin Dubbed in Afrikaans Dubbed in Afrikaans from the Swiss series
Money or the Box Show SABC SABC commissioned quiz programme based on the long running Springbok Radio series Pick A Box. Hosted by Bob Courtney & Peter Lotis.
Monkey Magic Dubbed in Afrikaans 13 episodes B-Factory
Moonlighting English 1985 5 seasons, 66 episodes Picturemaker Productions

ABC Circle Films

Comedy drama about private detectives, starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd.
Môre is nog 'n dag Dubbed in Afrikaans 1990s 4 seasons, 83 episodes Toots Productions

Warner Bros. Television

Dubbed from the American drama series Life Goes On.
Mork and Mindy English 1986 4 seasons, 91/95 episodes Henderson Production Company, Inc.

Miller-Milkis Productions (1978–1981)

Miller-Milkis-Boyett Productions (1981–1982)

Paramount Television

Sitcom starring Robin Williams as a wacky, free-spirited humanoid who visits Earth to learn about its backward ways.
Mr. Belvedere English 6 seasons, 117 episodes Lazy B/F.O.B. Productions

20th Century Fox Television

Muis op Mars Dubbed in Afrikaans
Moses, Bemiddelaar van die ou verbond Dubbed in Afrikaans 6-hour mini-series ITC/RAI Dubbed from the series Moses The Lawgiver, starring Burt Lancaster as Moses and Anthony Quayle as Aaron.
MTN Gladiators 1999 - 2001 8 total series MTN, SABC 3 Local gameshow based on the Gladiators franchise. It pitted contestants against "gladiators" in various physical challenges. Sponsored by the South African telecommunications company MTN.
Murder, She Wrote English 12 seasons, 264 episodes, 4 TV films Universal Television

Corymore Productions

Murphy Brown 11 seasons, 260 episodes Shukovsky-English Productions/Entertainment

Bend in the Road Productions

Warner Bros. Television

Musiek Roulette Afrikaans 2014 Musiek Roulette with Nadine, produced by Johan Stemmet.
Muvhango Venda 1997- SABC 2
My Two Dads 3 seasons, 60 episodes Michael Jacobs Productions
The Mysterious Cities of Gold English 1980s 39 episodes Studio Pierrot

DIC Audiovisuel

Animated children's adventure.


South African TV Series that Start with N
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Nasty Boys English 1989 1 season, 13 episodes Wolf Films Universal Television Action drama series based on the real life narcotics officers of the North Las Vegas Police Department.
Net 'n Bietjie Liefde[41] Afrikaans 1977 SABC Local sitcom starring Dana Niehaus, Esme Euvrard, Julie Strydom, Frederic Stark, and Gert Potgieter.
The New Avengers English 1979 2 series, 26 episodes British secret agent series starring Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt), Purdey (Joanna Lumley) and John Steed (Patrick Macnee).
Nie vanwee die Duisternis[42] Afrikaans 1980 Pendulum Films Afrikaans drama series.
Night Court English 9 seasons, 193 episodes Starry Night Productions American sitcom.
Night Hood English 2000s 1 season, 26 episodes TF1, Canal+, YTV A cartoon series inspired by the Arsène Lupin novels. The series was originally produced by Cinar and France Animation S.A. for television audiences in both English and French-speaking nations.
Niklaas Dubbed in Afrikaans Animated TV show dubbed into Afrikaans from the Japanese animated series Furandāsu no Inu. Based on the book A Dog of Flanders by English author Maria Louise Ramé.
Nils Holgersson Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980 52 episodes Animated series dubbed from the Japanese anime Nils no Fushigi na Tabi. Based on the book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige by Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf.
Nommer Asseblief[43] Afrikaans 1979 22 episodes Locally produced small town comedy. The title refers to a telephone operator asking "Number Please".
Noddy English 2 seasons, 66 episodes BBC Worldwide Americas Catalyst Entertainment Inc. Enid Blyton Ltd. British animated series for children.
Noot vir Noot Afrikaans 1991- 40 seasons Stemmburg Television,


English "Note for Note" (i.e. musical note for a banknote) - Locally produced musical quiz show starring Johan Stemmet.
Now and Again English 2000 1 season, 22 episodes Picturemaker Productions

CBS Productions

Paramount Network Television

American television series that revolves around the United States government engineering the perfect human body for use in espionage, but not being able to yet perfect the brain, starring Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert.
Nowhere Man English 1995–1996 1 season, 25 episodes Lawrence Hertzog Productions

Touchstone Television

American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996 starring Bruce Greenwood and created by Lawrence Hertzog. Despite critical acclaim, including TV Guide's label of "The season's coolest hit," the show was cancelled after only one season.
Nuustak Afrikaans Early morning puppet comedy show placed before the local news.


South African TV Series that Start with O
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Oompie in die Ruimte Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s Dubbed from the French children's series Il était une fois... l'espace. This is a sequel in a series of French edutainment programs. See: Eendag was daar...
Opdrag Afrikaans 1977 Local drama series about the South African Defence Force starring James White.
Orkney Snork Nie Afrikaans 1989-1992 52 episodes SABC Local sitcom (English: Orkney isn't snoring, implying that Orkney is not a boring place).
Ouboet en Wors[44] Afrikaans 2017 26 episodes Westel Produksies Crossover spin-off of Orkney Snork Nie, Molly en Wors and Vetkoekpaleis centering around the life of mechanic Ouboet van Tonder and his hairdresser son Hendrik (Orkney Snork Nie), battery salesman and former chef Wors Visagie and beauty specialist and former waitress Boeboe Botha (Vetkoekpaleis). The four of them co-own a house that's been converted into a business property.
Ouma Kom Help Afrikaans 1976
Oskar in Asblikfontein Afrikaans 1978, 1982–1983 SAUK TV1, IDTV Locally produced puppet series about the inhabitants of Asblikfontein ("Trashcanville"), where discarded objects come to life. The main characters are Oscar, a cheeky but lovable rabbit, and Knersus, a prehistoric pterodactyl with a taste for rabbit meat. Knersus lives in a cave with his three sets of spare teeth, and it's here that he makes his wicked plans to catch Oscar and to annoy the inhabitants of Asblikfontein. Oscar's friends are knight and inventor Prins Poggenpoel, who went off course during a dragon hunt and was never found; Snorkie the little dragon; and Marietjie the pretty rag doll. The second series introduced Wonderwoef, a dog with a love for dancing and many magic tricks up his magician's hat. Oscar was based on a children's book by Norman Dahl, and the TV series was a co-production between SAUK TV1 and IDTV.
Our Living Planet English
The Outer Limits English 1992–1993 7 seasons, 152 episodes Alliance Atlantis Communications American sci-fi series.
Onder die Dekmantel Dubbed in Afrikaans 1984–1985 1 season, 22 episodes 20th Century Fox TelevisionGlen A. Larson Productions Dubbed from the American series Cover Up, where character Dani pretends she is still a photographer and Mac her model, while they are secretly an undercover team. the character Mac was later replaced by Jack after an onset accident.
Onder draai die duiwel rond[45] Afrikaans 1997 9 episodes Sonneblom Films Set in Hartbeespoort, South Africa.
Ovide and the Gang 1987-1988 1 season, 65 episodes CinéGroupeOdec Kid Cartoons A 1980s animated TV show produced by the Canadian animation studio CinéGroupe


South African TV Series that Start with P
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Pasella[46] Afrikaans 1998- Local magazine programme.
Paddington Bear English 1989 13 episodes, 1 special Hanna-Barbera British animated show for children.
Pepero Dubbed in Afrikaans 26 episodes Wako Pro
People Like Us 1987 Local comedy TV series.
Persuaders, The 1 series, 24 episodes Television Reporters International

Tribune production

British ITV Series starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.
Petrocelli English 2 seasons, 44 episodes Miller-Milkis Productions Paramount Network Television American legal drama.
Phoenix en Kie[47] Afrikaans 1979 Sonneblom Films, SABC Local drama series about a boxer (played by Marius Weyers). The theme song, "Kinders van die Wind", became a SA Top 20 hit when Laurika Rauch performed the song. The series starred Dana Niehaus as the boxer's trainer.
Pinky and The Brain English 4 seasons, 66 episodes Warner Bros. Animation Amblin Entertainment American animated series for children.
Pippi Langkous Dubbed in Afrikaans 13 episodes Nord Art

Sveriges Radio

Dubbed from the Swedish television series Pippi Långstrump, based on the series of children's books written by Astrid Lindgren.
Pinocchio Dubbed in Afrikaans 1979 52 episodes TV Asahi Dubbed from the Japanese television series Piccolino no Bōken or the "Adventures of Pinocchio", based on a 52 episode anime series by Nippon Animation first aired in 1976. The story is based on the novel Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi.
Pieriewierie park Afrikaans 1980s Locally produced children's series.
Die Plesier Boot Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 9 seasons, 250 episodes, 5 specials Douglas S. Cramer Productions

Aaron Spelling Productions

Dubbed from the American romantic comedy series The Love Boat. 'The Captain' encourages passengers to find love every week while semi-famous guest stars roam the decks.
Police File English Hosted by David Hall Green, Adrian Steed and Colin Fluxman. Written by Capt Fred Peach of the South African Police.
Pop Shop English 1976 Popular music and videos. The show also features music chart countdowns.
Postman Pat English 1980s 8 seasons, 184 episodes Woodland Animations A British stop-motion animated children's television series about the adventures of Pat Clifton, a postman.
The Pretender English 1990s 4 seasons, 86 episodes Mitchell/Van Sickle Productions

NBC Studios

MTM Enterprises


20th Century Fox Television


American television series starring Michael T. Weiss as Jarod, a genius and former child prodigy with "the ability to become anyone he wants to be". Patrick Bauchau and Andrea Parker co-star as Sydney, Jarod's childhood teacher and mentor, and Miss Parker, a childhood friend and an operative for the mysterious organization (called "The Centre") that took Jarod from his parents as a child and forced him to unwittingly use his talents for their own interests.
Proesstraat Afrikaans 2010 3 seasons, 78 episodes kykNet An improvisational comedy show based on the German concept of Schillerstrasse.
PULSE English 1976 Locally produced popular talk show hosted by Neil Bagg.
Pumpkin Patch English Locally produced children's series.
Pugwall English 1989 42 episodes An Australian children's TV series about the dreams of a teenage boy nicknamed Pugwall who forms a band called the Orange Organics with his friends.


South African TV Series that Start with Q
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Quaq Quao 1980s 26 episodes L + H Studios An Italian animated television series for children about the adventures of a duck.
Quantum Leap English 1990s 5 seasons, 97 episodes Belisarius Productions

Universal Television

American sci-fi series created by Donald P. Bellisario and starring Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a scientist who becomes lost in time following a botched experiment. Co-starring Dean Stockwell as the Al.
Quincy, M.E. English 1970s 8 seasons, 148 episodes Glen A. Larson Productions,

Universal Studios

American detective series from Universal Studios starring Jack Klugman in the title role, a Los Angeles County medical examiner.
The Queen Multilingual 2016–present Mzansi Magic Telenovela
Queen Sono English 2019 1 season, 6 episodes Diprente Films South African crime drama series from Netflix. Starring Pearl Thusi in the title role, Queen Sono.[48]


South African TV Series that Start with R
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Recipes for Love and Murder English 2022 1 season M-Net Based on the novel series by Sally Andrew.
Redding Internasionaal Dubbed in Afrikaans 2 series, 32 episodes, 2 anniversary specials AP Films Dubbed from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds.
Remington Steele Dubbed in Afrikaans 5 seasons, 94 episodes MTM Enterprises Dubbed from the American detective series of the same name.
Republiek van Zoid Afrika Afrikaans 2014 6 episodes, 78 seasons kykNet Afrikaans-based music-themed talk-show hosted by South African rock singer Karen Zoid. Each episode features at least one musical guest that Zoid performs a duet with at the end of the episode.
Rescue 911 English 7 seasons, 186 episodes, 2 specials CBS Entertainment Productions (1989–1995)

CBS Productions (1995–1996) Arnold Shapiro Productions

Informational reality television series hosted by William Shatner.
Reyka English 2021 1 season M-Net
Rhythm City English 2007- 13 seasons, 3305 episodes as of March 2020 Youth oriented soap opera produced for
Rich Man, Poor Man English 1976 12 episodes Harve Bennett Productions

Universal Television

Based on the best-selling 1970 novel by Irwin Shaw, this show spans the period from 1945 through the late 1960s and follows the divergent career courses of impoverished German immigrants the Jordache brothers.
The Ringmaster[49] 2013- BiteSizeTV
Riptide English 3 seasons, 56 episodes Stephen J. Cannell Productions

Columbia Pictures Television

American detective series starring Perry King as Cody Allen and Joe Penny as Nick Ryder, two former Army buddies who open their own detective agency. However, realizing that computers and technology play a major role in many investigations, the guys recruit the help of Murray "Boz" Bozinsky (played by Thom Bray), a brilliant but socially inept scientist.
The River English

Setswana IsiZulu IsiXhosa

2018- 3 seasons, 715 episodes as of October 2020 1Magic South African telenovela created by Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon. It airs on 1Magic (formally vuzuamp).
Robotech English 1980s 1 season, 85 episodes Harmony Gold USA Tatsunoko ProductionsUncredited:Studio Nue Artland Artmic Animated action sci-fi series from Japan.
The Rolf Harris Show[50] English 7 seasons, 68 episodes Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen,

British Broadcasting Corporation,

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation,

London Weekend Television

Australian light entertainment in which Rolf Harris doodles on large canvases with music, magic and humour thrown into the mix.
Rooi en Blou No language 39 episodes L + H Films Italian animated children's show.
The Ropers English 2 seasons, 28 episodes The NRW Company American sitcom spinoff of Three's Company, based on the British sitcom George and Mildred. The series focuses on middle-aged couple Stanley and Helen Roper (played by Norman Fell and Audra Lindley) who were landlords to Jack, Janet, Chrissy, and Larry on Three's Company.
Rupert Bear Dubbed in English 4 seasons, 156 episodes ATV British puppet series from ITC. Due to the Equity ban on SA Television the series was redubbed in English with Yvonne Banning doing the voice acting.


South African TV Series that Start with S
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Saartjie[51] Afrikaans, English 1989 12 episodes Independent Film Centre Comedy about Saartjie Bauman written by Bettie Naude.
The Saint English 6 series, 118 episodes New World (B/W)

Bamore (colour)

British action series starring Roger Moore.
Sanford and Son English 6 seasons, 136 episodes Tandem Productions American sitcom.
Santa Barbara English 9 seasons, 2137 episodes Dobson Productions

New World Television

American soap opera.
'Sgudi 'Snaysi[52] Zulu 1986–1992[53] 4 seasons Penguin Films, TV 2 Long-running comedy series made by Penguin Films and broadcast on SABC.[54] it achieved the highest audience ratings ever for any SABC show.[55] 78-hour-long episodes were broadcast; it was also shown in Zimbabwe and Swaziland. The series starred Daphne Hlomuka, Gloria Mudau, Thembi Mtshali, and Joe Mafela.
Scandal![56] English 2005- 11 seasons, 287 episodes Local soap opera produced for
Seepsteenbateljon Afrikaans 1978 Local drama based on a one-hour Afrikaans radio drama starring Francois de Bruin.
Señor Onion English Mexican onion who used to play a guitar, sing and live in constant fear of being eaten.
Shaka Zulu English, Zulu 1986 1 series, 10 episodes SABC Locally produced historical drama about the life of the legendary Zulu king Shaka.
Shane English 1 season, 17 episodes Titus Productions American TV Western.
Sha Na Na English 4 seasons American musical variety show.
Shōgun English 1980 5 episodes Paramount Television American mini-series.
Sien Jy Nou[57] Afrikaans 1984 10 episodes Sonneblom Films Afrikaans youth series about a girl's life after she is blinded in an accident at a school concert.
Silver Spoons English 5 seasons, 116 episodes Lightkeeper Productions

Embassy Television

Embassy Communications

American sitcom starring Rick Schroder as Ricky Stratton.
Simon & Simon English 8 seasons, 156 episodes Universal Television American detective series.
Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings English 2 seasons, 24 episodes FilmFair British children's animated television programme.
Sinbad die Seeman Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 52 episodes Nippon Animation 1980s children's cartoon Sinbad de Zeeman (tekenfilm), dubbed from the Japanese Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures (Arabian Naito: Shindobatto no Bōken) into Afrikaans
Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt English 1970s 102 episodes Hanna-Barbera,


Shown on SABC as filler 5-minute cartoons, originally aired in the US between 1965 and 1966, produced by Hanna-Barbera studios for the American International Television division of American International Pictures.
The Simpsons English 1990- 32 seasons, 695 episodes Gracie Films

20th Television

American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening revolving around a satirical parody of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its family of the same name, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo English 3 seasons, 91 episodes Bop TV Australian television series for children. Never aired on SABC TV but was aired on the now defunct Bop TV.
Skooldae Afrikaans Popular local drama about life in an Afrikaans high school starring Ben Kruger.
Skoppensboer[58] Afrikaans 1984 TV film Scholtz Films Local drama
Die Slampampersirkus Afrikaans Local drama about life in a circus starring Dana Niehaus.
Sledge Hammer! English 2 seasons, 41 episodes Alan Spencer Productions

D'Angelo Productions

New World Television

American police sitcom.
Small Wonder English 4 seasons, 96 episodes Metromedia Producers Corporation 20th Century Fox Television American sitcom about a small robot girl.
The Smurfs English 9 seasons, 256 episodes Hanna-Barbera

SEPP International S.A.

Lafig S.A.

Popular 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions
SNITCH[59] English, Afrikaans 2004-2007 2 seasons, 16 episodes Endemol South Africa Local series created by Gray Hofmeyr, the creator of Isidingo.
Space Precinct English 1990s 1 season, 24 episodes Gerry Anderson Productions

Grove Television Enterprises

Mentorn Films


A show on SABC 1 in the 1990s
Special Assignment[60] English 1998- Weekly broadcast SABC 3 Investigative journalism
Spioen Spioen[61] Dubbed in Afrikaans 1984-1989 4 seasons, 88 episodes B & E Enterprises

Shoot the Moon Enterprises

Warner Bros. Television

English: Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Starring actors Kate Jackson & Bruce Boxleitner.
Sol en Gobele Dubbed in Afrikaans 4 seasons, 62 episodes French children's television show.
Die Sonkring[62] Afrikaans 1991 15 episodes Scholtz Films Local drama starring Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Trudie Taljaard.
SOS[63] English 2000-2004 2 seasons, 18 episodes Penguin Films South African produced youth sitcom about the lives of 5 flatmates.
Space Goofs 1990s-2000s 2 seasons, 104 episodes Gaumont Multimedia French animated series.
Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea Dubbed in English 1985 2 seasons, 52 episodes Translation of the French animated series Les Mondes engloutis, a story about a fictional lost city called Arkadia.
Spellbinder English 1995 2 seasons, 26 episodes Film Australia

Telewizja Polska

Polish: Dwa światy (Two worlds) - sci-fi television series produced by Film Australia and Telewizja Polska.
Spenser: For Hire English 1980s 3 seasons, 66 episodes, 4 TV films John Wilder Productions

Jadda Productions Warner Bros. Television

A mystery television series based on Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels.
Spies en Plessié - Met Permissie Afrikaans Popular comedy talk show presented by PG du Plessis and Jan Spies featuring interesting characters and storytellers.
Sport Billy English 1980s 1 season, 26 episodes Filmation Associates


SABC animated television cartoon made by Filmation Associates
Sportfokus Afrikaans 1976–1980 SABC Tuesday night sport programme presented in Afrikaans and hosted by Jan Snyman.
Sportsview English 1976–1980 SABC Friday night sport programme hosted by Martin Locke.
Sportsvision English Wednesday night sports programme hosted by Kim Shippey.
Star Trek English Various years Various shows Various companies Extremely popular American science fiction series starring William Shatner. The series follows the exploits of Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise as they right wrongs across the galaxy.
Starsky & Hutch English 4 seasons, 93 episodes Spelling-Goldberg Productions Columbia Pictures Television American detective series.
Stolen Lives English Local drama series about a woman who finds out she was kidnapped as a baby and her search for her original family, starring Gina Benjamin and Brumilda van Rensburg.
Straatvalk Dubbed in Afrikaans 13 episodes Limekiln-Templar Productions

Universal Television

Dubbed from the American series Street Hawk, about a police officer who fights crime on his all-terrain attack motorcycle
Die Strate van San Francisco Dubbed in Afrikaans 5 seasons, 121 episodes QM Productions

Warner Bros. Television

Dubbed from the American police series The Streets of San Francisco starring Karl Malden
Streetwise (South Africa) Sunday night Christian youth programme hosted by Bonny Leibov, Hans van Heerden, and Shvonne.
Suburban Bliss[64] English 1996- 1 season Dapple Films

Endemol Entertainment


Local sitcom.
Supersterre Afrikaans reality singing competition produced and co-hosted by South African singer Patricia Lewis. Unlike similar reality singing shows like American Idol and The Voice, the show ditched the viewer-based voting-lines in favour of an audience-based reaction (as the show was filmed in front of a live studio audience).
Survivor (South Africa) English 2006- 7 seasons, 107 episodes Strix Endemol Afrokaans Film & Television Local adaptation of the popular reality show Survivor.
Die Swart Kat[65] Afrikaans 1980s 1 season, 13 episodes Brigadiers Films Locally produced children's crime buster series based on the popular Afrikaans novels of the same name.
Storybook International 1983–1984 3 series, 65 episodes Harlech Productions A British children's television series produced for ITV by Harlech Productions, a part of HTV. The weekly, half-hour show was a collection of folk tales and fairy stories from all over the world based on an anthology of stories for children.
Skattejag 1985 Local show in which action hero Scot Scott jumps from helicopters, climbs mountains, and dives into rivers to win prizes for a clever couple back in the Skattejag studio. The contestants had to solve three cryptic clues using maps and reference books. They then radioed the information to Scott, who'd race against the clock to find the treasure.
Sundowner Local magazine show.


South African TV Series that Start with T
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Tales from the Darkside English 1980s 4 seasons, 89 episodes Laurel EntertainmentJaygee Productions

Ter wille van Oorlewing

Tribune Entertainment

1980s anthology TV series similar to The Twilight Zone, produced by George A. Romero.
Tales of the Gold Monkey English 1 season, 22 episodes Belisarius Productions

Universal Television

American television show capitalizing on the fame of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Stephen Collins as Grumman Goose pilot Jake Cutter.
TaleSpin English 1 season, 65 episodes Walt Disney Television Disney production capitalizing on the fame of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Very similar to the live action series Tales of the Gold Monkey.
Takalani Sesame Venda 2000 1 season, 19 episodes SABC Multilingual children's programme based on (and produced in co-operation with) the United States series Sesame Street.
Take Hart English 10 series Featuring Tony Hart and Morph.
Teen Titans 2011 5 seasons, 65 episodes and a TV film DC Comics (season 5)

Warner Bros. Animation

An American series produced by Glen Murakami.
Tekkies Afrikaans Youth entertainment using puppets and human actors.
Tandarra 1976 13 episodes An Australian show about the story of an unlikely trio: Joe Brady, the bounty hunter and Ryler and Jessica Johnson, and their battle against the corruption and lawlessness of Australia's gold rush. With Jessica's homestead, Tandarra, as their base, this humorous adventure follows the three as they struggle and triumph over kidnappers, robbers and swindlers who roamed the land during this bygone era. Filmed on location at Emu Bottom Homestead, Sunbury, Victoria. The show stars actor Gerard Kennedy. See: Cash and Company.
Tarzan koning van die oerwoud Dubbed in Afrikaans 1976 36 episodes Filmation Dubbed from the 1970s animated series Tarzan Lord of the Jungle.
Taz-Mania 1990s 4 seasons, 65 episodes Warner Bros. Animation American cartoon series.
Techno Challenge English Atomic Productions Kids' science series produced by Atomic Productions.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 10 seasons, 193 episodes Murakami-Wolf-Swenson

Shogakukan Studios

Also known as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, an animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and Shogakukan Studios.
Tell Me Something Multilingual 2009- SABC 2 Teen-oriented talk show focusing on daily issues faced by South Africa's teens. Co-produced by Okuhle Media[31] and independent producer Tamara Gondwe.
Temptation (South Africa)
Ter wille van Oorlewing Dubbed in Afrikaans 900+ episodes Anglia Television Dubbed from the British series The World of Survival.
Thabang Thabong 2003 SABC 2 Children's variety programme.
Thirtysomething 4 seasons, 85 episodes The Bedford Falls Company

MGM/UA Television Productions

Those Crowded Years SABC A documentary series commissioned by the SABC about South Africa's participation in World War II. Hosted by Dewar McCormack.
Three's a Crowd 1 season, 22 episodes NRW Productions

Bergman-Taffner Productions

Three's Company 8 season, 172 episodes NRW Productions

T.T.C. Productions, Inc.

Throb 1986–1988 2 seasons, 48 episodes Swany, Inc.

Procter & Gamble Productions Taft Entertainment Television

Throb is an American sitcom that aired in syndication from 6 September 1986 to 21 May 1988.
ThunderCats 1985 4 seasons, 130 episodes Rankin/Bass Productions American animated television series produced by Rankin/Bass Productions
The Thorn Birds English 1985 4 episodes David Wolper-Stan Margulies Productions

Edward Lewis Productions

American mini-series starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward.
Die Tierbrigade[66] Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 6 seasons, 36 episodes Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)

France 2 (FR2) (as Antenne-2)

Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF)

TV-60 Filmproduktion


Dubbed from the popular French detective series Les Brigades du Tigre. The series is set in early 20th century Paris and follows the activities of France's first motorized police force and their slow motion car chases. The show stars Jean-Claude Bouillon as Valentin.
Tiny Toons 1990s 3 seasons, 98 episodes Warner Bros. Animation

Amblin Entertainment

TJ 7[67] Afrikaans 1978 10 episodes Brigadiers Films


Comedy drama series commissioned by the SABC starring Wena Naude, Marius Weyers & Tobie Cronje.
T. J. Hooker English 5 seasons, 91 episodes Spelling-Goldberg Productions Columbia Pictures Television American police drama starring William Shatner and Heather Locklear.
Top Billing English 1992-2019 Tswelopele Productions


Local magazine programme.
Tour of Duty English 1987-1990 58 episodes The show follows an American infantry platoon on a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. It ran for three seasons from September 1987 to April 1990 as 58 one-hour episodes. The show was created by Steve Duncan and L. Travis Clark and produced by Zev Braun. The Rolling Stones' Paint it Black was the show's theme song.
Transformers 1984–1992 4 seasons, 98 episodes Sunbow Productions

Marvel Productions

Toei Animation (seasons 1–3)

AKOM (seasons 2–4)

Generation One.
Trans-karoo[68] Afrikaans 1984 1 season, 13 episodes Clarens Films Local drama about the life of the crew on the Trans-Karoo train.
Trompie En Die Boksembende[69] Afrikaans 1980 11 episodes SABC Boys' adventure series featuring Trompie and his gang written by Topsy Smith.
Tropika Island Of Treasure English 2010 Reality TV Show hosted by DJ Fresh.
Twin Peaks English 3 seasons, 48 episodes Lynch/Frost Productions

Propaganda Films

Spelling Television

Twin Peaks Productions

Showtime (season 3 only)

Rancho Rosa Partnership (season 3 only)

American television serial drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The series follows the investigation, headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), of the brutal murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee).
The Big Time[70] English 1991-1993 Dapple Films Local production about a Greek Cypriot immigrant who starts a business in South Africa and devises a lot of get-rich-quick schemes (insurance fraud, bioscope shows etc.) The show's theme song is "I'm gonna make it big time". The show stars Frank Opperman as the character Chris Karedes.
The Twilight Zone English 3 seasons, 65 episodes CBS ProductionsPersistence of Vision Productions

London Films CBS Broadcast International Atlantis Films

American serial featuring offbeat science fiction and light horror. Revival of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/1960s television series of the same name.
The Equalizer Die Laaste Uitweg Dubbed in Afrikaans 1985–1989 4 seasons, 88 episodes Universal Television Dubbed from the original American series The Equalizer. The series stars British actor Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a former secret agent of an unnamed U.S. Government intelligence organization often referred to as "The Agency" or "The Company". McCall tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter, protector, and investigator.
Tropical Heat English 1991–1993 3 seasons, 66 episodes Also known as Sweating Bullets - Canadian TV series starring Rob Stewart and produced in cooperation with Mexico, Israel, South Africa and the Isle of Mauritius.
Torings [71] Afrikaans 1994 10 episodes Eklips Films


Sequel to Konings.
Touched by an Angel 9 seasons, 211 episodes Moon Water Productions

CBS Entertainment Productions

CBS Productions

American drama series created by John Masius and produced by Martha Williamson. The series stars Roma Downey as an angel named Monica and Della Reese as her supervisor Tess.
Telly Fun Quiz 1989-1990 Game show starring quizmasters Martin Bailie and Eddie Eckstein.


South African TV Series that Start with U
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Uit En Tuis Afrikaans 1977 Local magazine programme
Under the Mountain English 1982 1 season, 8 episodes New Zealand children's adventure series. Teenage twin siblings, Rachel and Theo are on vacation in Auckland. There they meet Mr. Jones, an alien fighter from a distant planet who wants their help in fighting a family of slug-like extraterrestrials led by Mr. Wilberforce.
Uzalo IsiZulu 2015- 1845 episodes as of July 2022 Stained Glass Productions


Uzalo[72] is a television show that depicts the lives of two boys who were switched at birth. The show stars Baby Cele , Masoja Msiza and Siyabonga Rhadebe.


South African TV Series that Start with V
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
V English 1980s 1 season, 19 episodes Daniel H. Blatt-Robert Singer Productions

Warner Bros. Television

American series about an invading alien race known as "The Visitors" (reptilian humanoids disguised as human beings) trying to take over Earth and the human Resistance attempting to stop them.
Van der Valk 1972–1977 6 series, 35 episodes Thames Television British television series, dubbed into Afrikaans, produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. It starred Barry Foster in the title role as Dutch detective Commissaris Piet, real name Simon van der Valk.

Based on the characters of the novels of Nicolas Freeling.

Vers en Kapitel Afrikaans 1980 SABC Afrikaans religious quiz programme hosted by Ds Robert Schmidt broadcast on Sunday evenings.
Vetkoek Paleis[73] Afrikaans 1996 6 seasons Westel Films English: Vetkoek Palace - Afrikaans sitcom centered around the day-to-day lives of the staff of the popular Vetkoekpaleis, a vetkoek-themed fast food restaurant. Co-written by and starring Willie Esterhuizen, Zack du Plessis, Liane Hyle, and Alwyn Bruinders.
Vidoq Dubbed in Afrikaans 1977 Dubbed from the French series of the same name. Broadcast on Saturday evenings.
Vicky die Viking Dubbed in Afrikaans 1984 3 seasons, 78 episodes Zuiyo EizoTaurus Film Children's cartoon called Vicky the Viking dubbed from the German Wickie und die starken Männer into Afrikaans.
Villa Rosa[74] Afrikaans 2004-2016 2262 episodes kykNet Drama series about a guest house in Bloemfontein.
The Villagers[75] English 1976 26 episodes SABC Locally produced drama series starring Gordon Macholland as Hilton Macrae, Brian O'Shaugnessy as Buller Wilmot, Clive Scott as Ted Dixon, and Stuart Brown as Cheesa.
Viper English 4 seasons, 78 episodes Pet Fly Productions

Paramount Network Television

Paramount Domestic Television

American action TV series about a special team of investigators who have a high tech Dodge Viper that can transform instantaneously from a red convertible boulevard cruiser into a sleek silver crime-busting machine.
Die Vlakte Duskant Hebron[76] Afrikaans 1982 TV film Philo Pieterse Produksies Locally produced drama.
Violetta Dubbed in Afrikaans 3 seasons, 240 episodes Pol-ka Producciones
The Visitor English 1 season, 13 episodes Centropolis Television

20th Century Fox Television

A science fiction television series starring John Corbett as Adam McArthur, a man abducted by extraterrestrials 50 years earlier and who escapes back to Earth to help improve life for humanity.
Vliende Pierings Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s TV series dubbed into Afrikaans about UFOs and aliens. Shown in the very early 1980s.
Vlug van die Onregverdiges[77] Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 4 episodes Hungarofilm

Mafilm, RAI, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, TF1, Technisonor

Russian melodrama based on the novel Michel Strogoff by Jules Verne. Dubbed into Afrikaans from the French series Michel Strogoff (1975). Remembered for the famous title music by Vladimir Cosma and scene in which the hero's eyes are seared shut with a red hot sword. The show stars Raimund Harmstorf.
The Voice South Africa 2009- 4 seasons M-Net
Voyagers! English 1982–1983 1 season, 20 episodes James D. Parriott Productions

Scholastic Productions

Universal Television

American science fiction time travel-based television series that aired on NBC during the 1982–1983 season. The series stars Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce.
Voltron Dubbed in English 1984–1985 72 episodes World Events Productions

Toei Animation

Voltron was a Japanese animated television series first titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe. A remake of the series, Voltron: The Third Dimension was made in the 1990s using CGI. The 1980s Voltron series was based on two unrelated Japanese anime series, Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV (both originally produced by Toei Animation & Bandai). The anime was later dubbed into English and edited by the North American television production and distribution company World Events Productions.
Vyfster[78] Afrikaans 1984–1985 8 episodes Kinnerland English: Fivestar - Afrikaans prison drama about prison life in Pretoria Central Prison starring George Ballot as Skollie, Patrick Mynhardt as Pappa, and Emgee Pretorius as Priester. The show also starred Marius Weyers, At Botha, Carel Trichardt and Bettie Kemp.


South African TV Series that Start with W
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Die Waaghals Dubbed in Afrikaans 1980s 5 seasons, 113 episodes Glen A. Larson Productions

20th Century Fox Television

Dubbed from the original American series The Fall Guy. The show stars Lee Majors as a stuntman.
Walala Wasala
Die Waltons Dubbed in Afrikaans 9 seasons, 221 episodes Lorimar Productions Dubbed from the original American series The Waltons. Affectionately immortalised by the salutation: "Goeie nag John Boy... Goeie nag Mary Ellen"
Wattoo Wattoo Super Bird Dubbed in Afrikaans 1978 60 episodes Platforme 2000, Star Productions French dubbed cartoon about a black and white ovoid bird from a cube-shaped planet called Auguste.
The Weakest Link (South Africa) English 2003-2007 SABC 3 South African version of the popular game show. Hosted by Fiona Coyne.
Webster English 1980s 6 seasons, 150 episodes Georgian Bay Ltd.

Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment Enterprises Paramount Network Television Paramount Domestic Television

American comedy series in which an orphaned African-American boy is adopted by the Papadapolis family. Every week's episode featured a different moral lesson. Starring Emmanuel Lewis as Webster.
Westgate[79] English 1981–85 Independent Film Centre
Winnie The Pooh 1990s 4 seasons, 50 episodes Walt Disney Television Animation
Which Way? 2006- SABC 3 Children's travelogue produced by Okuhle Media.[31] Winner of the 2009 SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Children and Youth Programming.[80]
What's your Flava? SABC 3 Children's cooking programme produced by Okuhle Media.[31]
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (South Africa) English 1999-2005 M-Net, SABC 3 Hosted by Jeremy Maggs which currently leads the News Night broadcast on the eNews Channel (as of 1 June 2008).
Who's the Boss? English 1980s 8 seasons, 196 episodes Embassy Television Embassy Communications Hunter-Cohan Productions

ELP Communications Columbia Pictures Television

American comedy series in which main characters Angela and her housekeeper Tony struggle for almost eight years to not fall in love.
Wielie Walie Afrikaans 1976 SABC Locally produced children's variety programme.
Willem[81] Afrikaans 1976 10 episodes SABC
Wiseguy 4 seasons, 75 episodes Stephen J. Cannell Productions Features Vinnie Terranova as an undercover agent for the OCB.
WKRP In Cincinnati English 1980s 4 seasons, 90 episodes American sitcom.


South African TV Series that Start with X
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
The X-Files English 1990s 11 seasons, 218 episodes Ten Thirteen Productions

20th Century Fox Television

American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. The show was a hit for the Fox network, and its characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones in the 1990s. Seen as a defining series of its era. The show stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.


South African TV Series that Start with Y
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Yizo Yizo 1999-2004 3 seasons, 39 episodes SABC 1 Drama series.
Yizo Yizo 2 SABC 1 Drama series.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 1998- 1011 episodes, 7 specials as of January 2021 Toei Animation, SABC 2


South African TV Series that Start with Z
Title Language Date Released # Seasons/Episodes Corporation or Channel Notes
Zap Mag[82] English 1988-1995 Louise Smit Productions Locally produced entertainment program for teenagers.
Zet Afrikaans, later multi-lingual Locally produced children's series featuring a strange creature of the same name.
Zama Zama Game show hosted by Patricia Lewis and Menzi Ngubane.
ZANEWS 9 seasons Both Worlds Satirical news series with puppets
Zone 14 English 2005-2008

See also


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