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The Best About Africa TV Shows

Finding a good About Africa TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best About Africa TV shows of all time streaming online.

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1. Taboo

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Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Adventurer James Keziah Delaney returns to London from Africa in 1814 along with fourteen stolen diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Roots

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74/100
Year: 1977-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The epic tale of celebrated Pulitzer-prize winning author Alex Haley's ancestors as portrayed in the acclaimed twelve hour mini-series Roots, was first told in his 1976 bestseller Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The docu-drama covers a period of history that begins in mid-1700s Gambia, West Africa and concludes during post-Civil War United States, over 100 years later. This 1977 miniseries eventually won 9 Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, and a Peabody award, and still stands as the most watched miniseries in U.S. history.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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3. The Hot Zone

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7.3/10
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71/100
Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Heroic U.S. Army scientist Dr. Nancy Jaax, working with a secret military specialized team, puts her life on the line to head off an Ebola outbreak before it spread to the human population.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (33%) are available to watch free online (NatGeo). 4 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (NatGeo). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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4. Tut

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7.1/10
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67/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history. This ambitious special-event series tells the story of Tut’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisers, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. “Tut” opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy, and even murder — proving his world was not far removed from our own — and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (25%) are available to watch free online (Spike). 3 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Africa

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65/100
Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 1
Documentary

What it's about: Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (83%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Widow

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62/100
Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A woman's search to uncover the mystery of the disappearance of her husband leads her to the Congo, where she's forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video).

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7. The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa

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60/100
Year: 1995-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 8
Animation, Children

What it's about: The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, often simply referred to as Timon & Pumbaa, is an animated comedy television series made by the Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from the Disney film franchise The Lion King, without most of the other characters in the franchise. The show ran for three seasons from September 16, 1995 to September 24th, 1999.

Where to Watch: 85 episodes (32%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+).

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8. Shaka Zulu

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Year: 1986-2020Seasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: South Africa, 1823. The Zulu Empire, headed by King Shaka, a brilliant but ruthless military strategist, begin to encroach on the British colony of Cape Town. A volunteer cadre of explorers, mercenaries and professional soldiers are sent to Zululand to try to make contact with Shaka and assess the real threat of his army.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (90%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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9. Blood & Water

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58/100
Year: 2020-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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10. Trackers

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56/100
Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Three story strands are interwoven into a sophisticated action-packed thriller that covers the length and breadth of South Africa, explosively colliding in Cape Town in a violent conspiracy involving organized crime, smuggled diamonds, state security, Black Rhinos, the CIA and an international terrorist plot.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax).

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11. Wild at Heart

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55/100
Year: 2006-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 8
Drama

What it's about: The Trevanion family decide to make a fresh start and emigrate to South Africa to set up an animal reserve.

Where to Watch: 88 episodes (99%) are available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & IMDb TV). 66 episodes (74%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & Up Faith Family).

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12. The Lion Guard

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55/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 3
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Simba's son, Kion, assembles a group of animals to protect the Pride Lands, known as the Lion Guard.

Where to Watch: 59 episodes (77%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Disney+). 58 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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13. Rising Damp

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54/100
Year: 1974-2020Seasons: 4
Comedy

What it's about: Set in a seedy bedsit, the cowardly landlord Rigsby has his conceits debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Where to Watch: 28 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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14. Tutankhamun

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52/100
Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: The remarkable story of the chance meeting that transformed penniless, ostracised archaeologist Howard Carter into a household name following his discovery of the tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Charlie Jade

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Year: 2005-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Charlie Jade is a science fiction television program filmed mainly in Cape Town, South Africa. It stars Jeffrey Pierce in the title role, as a detective from a parallel universe who finds himself trapped in our universe. This is a Canadian and South African co-production filmed in conjunction with CHUM Television and the South African Industrial Development Corporation. The special effects were produced by the Montreal-based company Cinegroupe led by Michel Lemire. The show started in 2004 and was aired on the Canadian Space Channel. It premiered on the Space Channel April 16, 2005 and aired in Eastern Europe, France, Italy, on SABC 3 in South Africa, on Fox Japan, and on AXN in Hong Kong. The show began airing in the United Kingdom in October 2007, on FX. The Sci Fi Channel in the United States premiered the show on June 6, 2008, but after 2 episodes on Friday prime-time, moved it to overnight Mon/Tue.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 20 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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16. Sheena

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Year: 2000-2020Seasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: Sheena is an American action-adventure/fantasy television series Sheena's parents were archaeologists who died in the jungle when she was about six years old, leaving their daughter Shirley Hamilton. She was taken in by Kali, a local Shamaness of a tribe who brought her up, and five years ago she was taught how to morph into animals and birds, acquiring their abilities, even flight. Further, she became a mythical creature called "The Darachna" who relies on people' fear of the unknown. For this she covers herself in a dark liquid mud which allows her to be largely unseen in the low light of the jungle, and with more than normal strength, agility and speed, and armed with a pair of gloves with bone claws, she is a formidable one woman fighting force. She does kill sometimes.

Where to Watch: 35 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Plex & Crackle).

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17. Walking the Nile

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Year: 2015-2020Seasons: 1
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What it's about: Explorer Levison Wood sets out on a nine-month walk along the length of the River Nile, visiting rainforests, deserts, cities and war zones, and encountering modern Africa, its people and its wildlife.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (75%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Animal Planet). 3 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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18. Life Is Wild

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Year: 2007-2020Seasons: 1
Drama, Family

What it's about: Life Is Wild is an American television serial drama adapted by Michael Rauch, George Faber and Charlie Pattinson from the popular British drama Wild at Heart. The show is about a New York veterinarian who moves his second wife and their two sets of children to a South African game reserve run by his former father-in-law.Produced by CBS Paramount Network Television, Warner Bros. Television, and Company Pictures, the series was officially green-lit by The CW and given a thirteen-episode order on May 15, 2007. The series premiered on October 7, 2007, and aired every Sunday night at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central, following a repeat of Aliens in America. In Canada on the pay TV channel E! as a mid-season replacement. In Europe on pay TV in the United Kingdom on the Hallmark Channel and Greece on August 1, 2011 on Skai TV. In South America on the pay TV Warner Channel. In New Zealand weekdays during the 2009 Christmas holiday period on TV3 in a daytime slot.The show was canceled in February 2008 due to low ratings.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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19. Africa's Great Civilizations

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Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Documentary, History

What it's about: Henry Louis Gates Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. A breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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20. Slavery and the Making of America

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Year: 2005-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
History, Documentary

What it's about: Slavery and the Making of America is a 2004 PBS series and documentary on African American slaves and their contributions to the United States. Famous African Americans such as Colonel Tye and historical figures such as President George Washington and John Murray are all documented in the series. The series covers African American Loyalists and Black Patriots. Emmy Award winning composer Michael Whalen wrote the film's original soundtrack.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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21. Egypt's Unexplained Files

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Year: 2019-2020Seasons: 1
History, Documentary

What it's about: Experts dive deep into the secrets of Ancient Egypt, and use cutting-edge archaeological technology to reveal the hidden truths that could potentially answer questions that have befuddled Egyptologists for generations.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (93%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Philo & fuboTV). 8 episodes (57%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Science). 10 episodes (71%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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22. Bible Hunters

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Year: 2014-2020Seasons: 1
Documentary, Travel

What it's about: Documentary telling the stories of the men and women who travelled across Egypt to uncover the earliest Christian texts.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV & CBS All Access).

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