• Youngins is a new Showmax Original teen drama series premiering on 12 February 2024
• From the iEmmy-nominated team at Tshedza Pictures (Outlaws, Adulting and The River)
• Main cast includes Ayakha Ntunja, Kealeboga Masango, Lebohang Lephatsoana, Toka Mtabane and Thabiso Ramotshela
• Supporting cast includes the likes of SAFTA winner Loyiso MacDonald and DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards winner Sanna Mchunu
Off the back of creating two hit Showmax Originals in 2023 (Adulting S1-S2 and Outlaws), Tshedza Pictures kicks off the new year with its third Showmax Original, Youngins, a teen drama set at a fictional boarding school named Olifantsfontein High.
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.
The girls 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. 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 Thabile 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.
Also look out for the likes of SAFTA winner Loyiso MacDonald (Kagiso on The Queen) as Principal Mthembu, DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice Award winner Sanna Mchunu (Zodwa on Gomora) as Matron Lulu, and Keneilwe Matidze (Petronella on Reyka) as Pearl “Miss SA” Buthelezi.
“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,” says Tshedza Pictures exec producer Phathu Makwarela. “Over the years, television became focused on all-family viewing and saw a decline in youth dramas. Youngins is our response to the generation that is coming of age and needs content that speaks to them authentically.”
“Tshedza Pictures always approaches each show with a desire to make it different,” Phathu adds. “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.”
Youngins director Themba Mfebe (Adulting) agrees: “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.”
Youngins premieres on Showmax from 12 February 2024, with three new episodes streaming every Thursday onwards.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KXAlxdLDQI