7 Netflix series similar to Ruthless Beauty

Newcomer to the Brazilian catalog of Netflix, Merciless Beauty conquers fans with a plot full of mysteries and twists. The series also proves the international audience’s interest in stories set in African countries. Anyone who has seen the first season wants to know: what to watch next on the platform?

“To avenge her tragic past, a mysterious woman infiltrates a family that is powerful in the beauty industry but harbors horrible secrets,” reads the synopsis of Unforgiving Beauty on Netflix.

Created by Lebogang Mogashoa, Merciless Beauty stars Rosemary Zimu as the protagonist Zinhle. Dumisani Mbebe and Nthati Moshesh round out the main cast.

We’ve listed below 7 Netflix series that Unforgiving Beauty fans need to watch; Look.

Blood & Water

Originally released in 2020, the thriller Blood & Water went down in history as one of Netflix’s first African original productions. The South African thriller is compared to hits like Elite and Welcome to Eden, mainly for the numerous twists and turns in its plot.

With its seasons on Netflix, the plot of Blood & Water begins when a teenager from Cape Town meets a famous swimmer at a party. Suspecting that the athlete is her long-lost sister, the protagonist embarks on a mind-blowing journey in search of answers.

Queen Sleep

Queen Sono is another excellent South African Netflix production. Guaranteed fun on the platform, the series mixes action, adventure, comedy and drama in an electrifying story. Starring Pearl Thusi, Queen Sono has a 6-episode season on streaming.

In other words: Queen Sono is perfect for a weekend marathon. The series follows the story of spy Queen Sono, an intrepid special agent who enters a sinister web of business, politics and conspiracies while trying to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death.

Blood Union

União de Sangue arrived in the Brazilian catalog of Netflix days before Beauty Merciless. As the first Nigerian original production in the history of the platform, the mystery series secured prominent positions in the Top 10 in several countries – including Brazil. The series’ popularity is explained by its unpredictable plot and the great performances of the cast.

In Blood Union, actresses Ini Dima-Okojie and Nancy Isime play the protagonists Sarah and Kemi. Kola, Sarah’s abusive fiancé mysteriously disappears on the eve of their wedding. Raised as suspects by Kola’s powerful family, the best friends are forced to go on the run and keep a terrible secret.

kings of johannesburg

Originally released in 2020, the police series Kings of Johannesburg has a chilling season on Netflix. With only 6 episodes, the South African production is guaranteed to thrill even the most demanding viewers. The plot is very successful with a mixture of true crimes and supernatural threats.

Kings of Johannesburg tells the story of the Masire Brothers. The protagonists’ journey is marred by a sinister family curse, with the potential to end their ambitions once and for all. The series is the brainchild of Shona Ferguson, who in addition to serving as showrunner, plays protagonist Simon ‘Vader’ Masire.

Castle and Castle

Originally released in 2018, Castle and Castle already has two exciting seasons in the Brazilian Netflix catalog. A Nollywood production – Nigerian Hollywood – the series is a perfect suggestion for fans of legal dramas like How To Get Away With Murder and Power and Law.

In Castle and Castle, a powerful and successful couple of lawyers find themselves on opposite sides of the legal system. Can the marriage survive the strain in the courts? Just watching the Nigerian series to know. Created by Mo Abudu, the drama series stars Richard Mofe-Damijo and Dakore Egbuson-Akande as protagonists Tega and Remi.

How to End Christmas

If you liked the style and aesthetics of Ruthless Beauty, but prefer lighter and more fun series, How to End Christmas is the perfect option to watch next on Netflix. Created by the Ramaphakela brothers (Singly), the South African production brings Thando Thabethe and Busisiwe Lurayi in the role of two sisters on the warpath.

How to End Christmas follows the story of Tumi, an exaggerated young woman who always gets into the biggest mess. Upon returning to the family home to spend Christmas, Tumi does everything to not disturb the relatives. But can she finish this special date without ruining everything? The series already has two seasons on Netflix.

Diamond City

Like Castle and Castle, Diamond City is a popular African legal drama. Produced in South Africa, the series has a season of 13 episodes on Netflix. One of the most exciting items on the list, Diamond City wins fans over with a touching story of resilience and resilience.

Diamond City tells the story of Zandile, a public defender who is wrongfully arrested for investigating a government conspiracy. Back in court, the protagonist struggles to prove her innocence and save her own life. Unfortunately, the series came to an end after the death of actress Noxee Maqashalala, who played Zandile.

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