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List of South African Television Series
This is a list of TV series that were made and or shown in South Africa since TV's inception during 1975. It does include foreign-made imports and imports that were dubbed into Afrikaans.
The inclusion of certain items in this list is currently being disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the article's talk page. (March 2009)
21 Jump Street (1987-1991) [English] - Canadian police proceduralcrime dramatelevision series starring various teen idols including then unknown Johnny Depp. These heart-throb special agents infiltrate schools and colleges to catch troubled youths and discourage kids from engaging in topical activities such as alcoholism, hate crimes, drug abuse, racism, homophobia, AIDS, abuse, and sexual promiscuity.
240-Robert (1979-1981) [English] - The series title is a reference to the call-sign designation for the LASD's search and rescue paramedic teams. Produced in the USA and shown in South Africa. Starring Mark Harmon.
3rd Degree (2000) [English] - Local investigative journalism. Produced for e.tv
The A-Team 1980s (1985-1990) [English] - 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 school boys who gave spirited renditions of "Howling Mad" Murdock and B. A. Baracus on local playgrounds.
Against the Wind 1980s [English] - 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. Starring Mary Larkin and Jon English
Airwolf 1980s [English] - American action-adventure television series concerning a high-tech military helicopter, code named Airwolf, and her crew as they undertake various missions, many involving espionage, with a Cold War theme. Starring Jan-Michael Vincent
Aladdin: The Series 1990s [English] - An animated television series made by Walt Disney Television
ALF 1980s [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the American science fiction sitcom wherein a furry alien crashes on Earth and is adopted by the Tanner family.
Anne of Green Gables - red haired Anne, an orphan is adopted by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert
Animaniacs 1990s [English] - American animated series.
Ark II 1980s [English] - 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 1990s [Afrikaans] - 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. Starring Ian Roberts
Bagpuss [English] - 1974 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 (1979) [English] - Australian TV series filmed in Asia featuring a father and son running a flight charter plane.
Battle of the Planets 1980s [English] - 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.
Batman: The Animated Series 1990s (1992-1995) [English] - often shortened 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 1990s (1989-1999) - 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 1980s (1987-1989) - Creator Ron Koslow's updated version of the 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. Actors of note: Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton and Roy Dotrice
Biltong and Potroast - Question and answer style game show between South Africans (Biltong) and UK expatriates (Potroast) (1978), hosted by longtime Springbok Radio broadcaster Clark McKay, with comedians including Con Travers, Len Davis, Cyril Green, Noel Glover, Mel Miller and Denis McLean.
Binnelanders 2000s (2005 onward) [Afrikaans] - South African hospital soap opera
The Big Valley (1965-69) - American family western series, broadcast on SABC on Friday evenings 1979 and again on SABC TV in 1986. Actors of note: Barbara Stanwyck, Lee Majors, Richard Long, Peter Breck, Linda Evans.
Blonde Ambisie - (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 task like yoga or home renovation & home cooking.
Die Boere Orkes Kompetisie 1980s [Afrikaans] - 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.
Brimstone 1990s (1999) - 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 1980s [Afrikaans] - 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, romance various women and generally preserve the American way. Also starring Erin Gray as Colonel Wilma Deering
Call Me Kelly 1970s (1977) [English] - South African-produced show about country living. The theme tune, "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 weeks on the charts.
Candid Camera (TV series) 1970s American prank comedy show
Cannon (TV series) 1970s (1971-1976) [English] - American detective series about Frank Cannon, who had 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. Actor of note: William Conrad
Captains and the Kings 1970s (1976) [English] - 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. Actors of note: Richard Jordan and Perry King
Catch Kandy 1970s [English] - Australian children's program about an orphaned brother and sister who go on the run after apparently killing their malevolent uncle.
Charlie Jade 2000s (2004-2005) [English] - Canadian/South African science fiction television program about a detective from a parallel universe who finds himself trapped in our universe. The show was filmed mainly in Cape Town. Actor of note: Jeffrey Pierce
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 1990s (1989-1993) - 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 1970s (1972-1982) - Dubbed from French children's TV show L'Île aux enfants Casimir
Chapi Chapo 1970s (1974) - 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.
CHiPs 1970s (1977-1983) [English] - American television drama series following the lives of two motorcycle police officers of the California Highway Patrol. The series ran for 139 episodes over six seasons.
Clangers [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the British stop-motion series.
Crime Story 1980s (1986-1988) [English] - 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.
Columbo 1970s (1971-1978) [English] - 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 commission of the crime and its perpetrator.
Cybernet (1990s) - was a weekly video gaming magazine programme shown on SABC2
Dallas 1980s (1978-1991) - American prime-time television soap opera. It revolved around the Ewings, a wealthy Texas family 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. Actor of note: Larry Hagman
Darkwing Duck 1990s (1991-1995) - 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.
Derrick 1980s (1974-1998) [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the German series. Detective Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick and his loyal assistant Inspector Harry Klein solve murders in Munich. Actors of note: Horst Tappert and Fritz Wepper
Dis Hoe Dit Is, ...met Steve - Afrikaans talk-show hosted by singer Steve Hofmeyr.
The Dingleys 1970s (1976-1977) [English] - 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, the Dingleys. The theme song was composed by Duncan Faure and performed by Rabbitt.
Dino-Riders 1980s (1988) [English] - shown on MNET KTV. A cartoon television series about warring humanoids sent back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears 1980s (1985-1989) [English] - 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 1980s (1980) [English] - British animated series about an optimistic inventor Doctor Snuggles who has unusual adventures with his friends in a psychedelic world.
DuckTales 1980s (1987-1990) [English] - 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.
The Edison Twins 1980s [English] - Canadian sitcom. The show focused on the adventures of the main cast as they stumbled onto one problem after another, using the science wits of fraternal twins Tom and Annie Edison to solve the situation. Each episode ends with a short animated sequence illustrating a key scientific principle demonstrated in the preceding live action story.
Eendag was daar 1980s [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the French children's animated series Il était une fois... la vie (English version Once Upon a Time... Life). The series follows the progression of mankind through the ages and focuses on one particular band of people led by a bearded character referred to as 'Oompie'.
Eight is Enough 1970s (1977-1981) [English] - 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 rare in that it was one of the few hour-long television series to use a laugh track.
Emergency! 1970s (1972-1977) [English] - American drama series. The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area. Actor of note: Randolph Mantooth
Emile 1970s (1978) [Afrikaans] - 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 2000s (2006-2010) [Multilingual] - 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. (SABC 2)
Everwood 2000s (2002-2006) - 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.
The Facts of Life 1980s (1979-1988) - American sitcom, a 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 as well) 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 on Deen TV. 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.
Fame (1980s) [English] - 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 Ties 1980s (1982-1989) [English] - 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).
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers 1980s (1986-1989) [English] - 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 with the 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, and at the time it was aired, it was a revolutionary children's show.
Gargoyles - 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.
Ghostbusters 1980s (1986-1988) full name Filmation's Ghostbusters - American animated series created by Filmation and distributed by Tribune Broadcasting
Groenie die draak 1970s (1972) [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the Italian cartoon Grisù by Pagot brothers, about a little dragon that wants to be a firefighter. "Ek wil 'n brandweerman wees! 'n Brandweerman!"
Goeie Môre Alaska [Afrikaans] - 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 remote Alaskan town of Cicely, under contract to pay off his student loan from Alaska.
Growing Pains 1980s (1985-1992) [English] - American sitcom, based on the fictional Seaver family, who reside on 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. Actors of note: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns and Kirk Cameron
Grootbek en katvis 1980s (1976) - Dubbed from American animated series Misterjaw, about a blue-colored great white shark dressed in a purple vest with 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] - long-running American western series, starring James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon
Haas Das se Nuuskas (1976) (English: Haas Das's news box) (Haas Das refers to the main character, a stuffed rabbit with a tie as his only clothing.) Afrikaans children's programme (TV1) Produced by Louise Smit. Centered on Haas Das as the news anchor to Diereland (a country populated with anthropomorphic animals), featuring the voice of real-life news anchor Riaan Cruywagen.
Happy Days 1970s (1974-1984) Happy Days was an American television sitcom, shown in South Africa that presents an idealized vision of life in 1950s and early 1960s America.. Actors of note Ron Howard and Henry Winkler
Hardcastle and McCormick 1980s (1983-1986) Hardcastle and McCormick was an action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown in South Afric, with Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and an ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick. Actors of note Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 1970s (1977-1979) The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, shown in South Africa, retitled The Hardy Boys Mysteries for season three was a television series which aired for three seasons. The series starred 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.
He-Man (1983-1985) [English] - He-Man is a heroic fictional character in the Masters of the Universe franchise by toy company Mattel
Head of the Class 1980s (1986-1991) Head of the Class is an American sitcom, shown in South Africa. It followed 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. Actors of note Howard Hesseman and Billy Connolly
Heidi (1980s) [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the Japanese anime show Arupusu no Sh?jo Haiji which in turn was based on the books by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It follows the life and times of an adorable pre-teen girl who lives with her grandfather in the Alps.
The High Chaparral 1970s (1967-1971) The High Chaparral is 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.
Homeland - stars Paul Buckby. It was shot and filmed in South Africa during the 1990s
Holmes & Yo-Yo Holmes & Yoyo is 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 U.S. TV series) 1980s (1984-1991) Hunter is a police drama television series, shown in South Africa. The titular character, Sgt. Rick Hunter, was 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
Idols (2000 - ongoing) South African iteration of the British reality singing competition Pop Idol.
Interster (1983) [Afrikaans] - 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 an interstellar shipping company.
Die Inspekteur 1980s [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, announcing "Die skuldige is dus..."
Iron Horse 1970s (1966-1968) Shown in South Africa during 1976, Iron Horse was an American Western television series with Ben Calhoun. Actor of note (Dale Robertson)
The Secrets of Isis 1980s - 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 (2000 TV series) [English] - is a Sci-Fi American 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. (SABC 3)
Jake and the Fatman 1980s (1987-1992) Jake and the Fatman was a television crime drama, shown in South Africa, 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
Jopie Adam 1970s (1974-1982) The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams was dubbed from the American television series into Afrikaans as "Jopie Adam". Grizzly Adams was 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. Actor of note Dan Haggerty
Journey to the Core is a documentary series that features inspirational South African figures such as Verity and Craig Foster
Kate & Allie (1980s) [English] - American series starring Susan Saint James as the free-spirited Kate McArdle and Jane Curtin as her more traditional childhood friend, Allie Lowell. The premise: 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.
Koffiehuis (1977) [Afrikaans] - Locally produced contemporary journal program
Kojak (1970s) [English] - 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.
Koöperasie stories (1982-1987) [Afrikaans] - 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.
L.A. Law 1980s (1986-1994) Shown in South Africa, L.A. Law was an American television legal drama. L.A. Law reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s. Actors of note Harry Hamlin, Corbin Bernsen and Jimmy Smits
Law & Order 1990s (1990-2008) Shown in South Africa Law & Order is 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 (TV series) 1990s (1997-2001) The television series, shown in South Africa, 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. Actress of note Peta Wilson
La dame de Monsoreau 1976 Shown in South Africa, French production translated into Afrikaans based on 'La dame de Monsoreau' by Alexandre Dumas
Liewe Heksie 1980s (1981) 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. It was also dramatised on the Afrikaans Radio Service of the SABC and made into a popular Afrikaans language television programme from 1981, with marionettes.
The Lost Islands (1979) [English] - 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.
Man van Intersek (1976) [Afrikaans] - 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 but by a freak accident he turns invisible. Starring Ben Murphy
Man van Staal [Afrikaans] - 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. Starring Lee Majors
Manions of America (1981) mini-series about Irish immigrants to 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
Michael Strogoff [English] - Animated series based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne
Midweek - News and events show (1977)
Mike Hammer - American detective series starring Stacey Keach as detective Mike Hammer. Shown in South Africa in the early 1980s.
Miena Moo - Multilingual children's programme about a cow and her friends
Millennium (1990s) [English] - is an 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 - (1976) 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.
MTN Gladiators - (1999 - 2001) local gameshow based on the Gladiators franchise. It pitted contestants against "gladiators" in various physical challenges. Sponsored by the South African telecommunications company MTN.
Northern Exposure (1990s) is an American television series that, deals with a New York doctor, Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), who is sent to practice in the (fictional) town of Cicely, Alaska. Also stars John Corbett.
Nowhere Man (TV series) (1995-1996) [English] - Nowhere Man is an American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996 starring Bruce Greenwood. 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 mornings puppet comedy before the local news
Niklaas [Afrikaans] - Animated TV show dubbed into Afrikaans from an unknown source
Oompie in die Ruimte (1980s) [Afrikaans] - 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 also Eendag was daar...
Opdrag (1977) [Afrikaans] - Local drama series focussing on the South African Defence Force, Starring James White.
Ouboet en Wors - (2017) crossover spin-off of Orkney Snork Nie, Molly en Wors and Vetkoekpaleis. Centering around the working-lives 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.
Oskar in Asblikfontein (1978); Ran from 1982-1983 [Afrikaans] - 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, the 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 the SAUK TV1 and IDTV.
Onder die Dekmantel (1984-1985) [Afrikaans] Dubbed from the American series - Cover Up, Dani pretended she was still a photographer and Mac her model, as an undercover team. the character Mac was later replaced by Jack after an onset accident.
Phoenix en Kie (1978) [Afrikaans] - Local drama series, concerning a boxer played by Marius Weyers. The theme song became a SA Top 20 hit when Laurika Rauch performed the song "Kinders van die Wind", also starring was Dana Niehaus who played the trainer. - SABC
Pinocchio (1979) [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the Japanese television series Piccolino no B?ken 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
Die Plesier Boot (1980s) [Afrikaans] - 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. Devised by Capt Fred Peach - South African Police
Pop Shop [English] - Popular music and videos also featuring music chart countdowns. (1976)
Postman Pat (1980s) [English] - a British stop-motion animated children's television series and concerns the adventures of Pat Clifton, a postman.
The Pretender (1990s) [English] is an American television series that stars 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.
Remington Steele [Afrikaans] - Dubbed from the American detective series of the same name
Republiek van Zoid Afrika - (2014) 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.
Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) [English] - Based on the best-selling 1970 novel by Irwin Shaw, it spanned the period from 1945 through the late 1960s and followed the divergent career courses of the impoverished German immigrants the Jordache brothers.
Sgudi 'Snaysi (1986-1992) [Zulu] - long-running comedy series. Made by Penguin Films and broadcast on SABC, it achieved the highest audience ratings ever for any SABC show. 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.
The Simpsons (1990-) [English] - An 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.
Star Trek [English] - 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.
Survivor (South Africa) [English] - Local adaptation of the popular reality show
Die Swart Kat (1980s) [Afrikaans] - Locally produced children's crime buster series based on the popular Afrikaans novels
Storybook International (TV Series 1983-1984) is 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 jumped from helicopters, clambered over mountains and dived into rivers not to save the world, but 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.
Tekkies [Afrikaans] - Youth entertainment using puppets and human actors
Tandarra (1976) - an Australian show, shown in South Africa. Tandarra was the story of an unlikely trio; Joe Brady, the bounty hunter; 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. Actor of note: Gerard Kennedy. Also see Cash and Company
Die Tierbrigade 1980s [Afrikaans] - 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. Actor of note: Jean-Claude Bouillon as Valentin
Tour of Duty [English] - 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 theme song.
Twin Peaks [English] - an 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 [English] - Local production. A Greek Cypriot immigrant who starts a business in South Africa and has a lot of get-rich-quick schemes (insurance fraud, bioscope shows etc.) Theme song had "I'm gonna make it big time". Starred Frank Opperman as the character Chris Karedes.
The Twilight Zone [English] - American serial featuring offbeat science fiction and light horror. Revival of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/1960s television series, of the same name.
The EqualizerDie Laaste Uitweg [Afrikaans] - 1980s (1985-1989) 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, which was often referred to simply as "The Agency" or "The Company", who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter often literally, a protector, and an investigator.
Tropical Heat [English] - (1991-1993) also known as Sweating Bullets - Canadian TV series starring Rob Stewart and produced in cooperation with Mexico, Israel, South Africa and Isle of Mauritius.
Telly Fun Quiz (1989-1990) game show with quizmaster Martin Bailie and Eddie Eckstein.
Uit En Tuis (1977) [Afrikaans] - Local magazine programme
Under the Mountain (1982) [English] - 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.
V (1980s) [English] - 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 group attempting to stop them..
Van der Valk 1970s (1972-1977) - a British television series, shown in South Africa 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 and atmosphere but not the plots of the novels of Nicolas Freeling.
Vers en Kapitel (1980) - Afrikaans religious quiz programme, hosted by Ds Robert Schmidt, broadcast on Sunday evenings - SABC
Viper (TV series) [English] - American action TV series about a special team of investigators who have the use of a very high tech Dodge Viper which can transform instantaneously from a red convertible boulevard cruiser, to a sleek silver crime-busting machine.
Voyagers! [English] 1980s (1982-1983) - 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 1980s (1984-1985) Voltron was a Japanese animated television series, shown in South Africa, first titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe. A remake of the series, Voltron: The Third Dimension was made in the 1990s using CGI techniques. 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.
Webster (1980s) [English] - American comedy series in which an orphaned African-American boy is adopted by the Papadapolis family. Every week had a different moral lesson. Starring Emmanuel Lewis as Webster
The X-Files 1990s [English] - 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. Starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson