Showmax’s new teen drama ‘Youngins’ premiers in February.
- ‘Youngins’ premieres on Showmax on 12 February.
- This show is Tshedza Pictures’ third production on the streaming platform.
- The teen drama is set at a fictional boarding school named Olifantsfontein High.
South African streamers need to brace themselves for another Tshedza Pictures series, and this time they are giving teen drama—an unfamiliar territory for them—a try.
On Monday, Showmax announced Youngins, a drama series that is set at a fictional boarding school named Olifantsfontein High.
The show will make its Showmax debut on 12 February, with three new episodes streaming every Thursday onwards.
It’s not the first time Tshedza has joined forces with Showmax, the production house previously created two hit Showmax Originals in 2023, their raunchy series Adulting S1-S2 and contemporary Western drama series Outlaws.
Phathu Makwarela, executive producer at Tshedza Pictures said over the years television has become centred on family viewing and has seen a significant drop in programmes that target the youth.
“Youngins is our response to the generation that is coming of age and needs content that speaks to them authentically.”
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“We grew up in an era when television was dominated by youth dramas like Party of Five and Dawson’s Creek that shaped our coming of age,” said Makwarela.
“Tshedza Pictures always approaches each show with a desire to make it different,” he added.
“We have never produced a youth drama before and we took great consideration in creating a writers’ room that reflects the audience that we are talking to.”
‘Youngins’ is a window into the lives of Generation Z viewers that much of society is struggling to keep up with, as the world around them is rapidly changing by the day.
The cast members of the show are a mix of old and new faces in the industry.
Ayakha Ntunja (Thembi on MTV Shuga S3) stars as Amo, the sweet and determined new girl who knows what she wants out of life, with Kealeboga Masango (Zinhle on Rhythm City) as Buhle, an absolute firebrand and the “it” girl at school.
What to expect
The women are joined by newcomer Lebohang Lephatsoana as Tumelo, an overly confident, flamboyant ball of energy who is obsessed with social media. Toka Mtabane (young Tau on Five Fingers for Marseilles) plays Khaya, the handsome, popular guy at school and Buhle’s boyfriend.
Thabiso Ramotshela (Morena on The River) is Mahlatsi Maleka, an intelligent young man who challenges the status quo and takes his marks far too seriously – but he is far from the stereotypical nerdy pushover.
The cast of ‘Youngins’.
Together they form the “famous five” as they navigate the chaos and excitement of boarding school while also trying to deal with all the anguish and drama caused by the adults in their lives.
The five are joined by Tabile Tau as Sefako, head boy at Olifantsfontein High; Amo Telekelo as Palesa, a Grade 10 learner who is all about being out and proud of her sexuality; Tshepo Matlala as Tshepo, the class clown; Lihle Ngubo as Zinhle, a Grade 9 learner with a damning secret; and Katlego Moloke as Alex, a non-binary Grade 10 learner.
Watch the trailer here:
Also joining the show are the likes of award-winning actor Loyiso MacDonald who stars as Principal Mthembu. DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Award winner Sanna Mchunu plays Matron Lulu, Mchunu a seasoned actress on SA TV, played Zodwa on South Africa’s favourite canned series Gomora and she recently starred on Mzansi Magic’s Icala. Completing the cast is Keneilwe Matidze (Petronella on Reyka) as Pearl “Miss SA” Buthelezi.
Youngins director Themba Mfebe (Adulting) said: “Youngins is a show written by young writers who live the true authentic lives of the viewers. This show is an unvarnished view of a generation that is defining itself right before our eyes.”