The Kenyan film and television industry is experiencing a golden age, churning out shows that are not only captivating local audiences but also gaining international acclaim. From thought-provoking dramas to heart-warming comedies, there’s something for everyone on the Kenyan streaming scene. So, grab your popcorn and settle in for a journey through the best Kenyan shows to grace your screens in 2024:

  1. Toxic by Jacky Matubia-YouTube

If you are yet to watch Toxic, then this is the best time to head over to Jackie Matubia’s YouTube channel and start watching. Jackie is a Kenyan actress who’s taking the YouTube world by storm with her new series, “Toxic”, and this isn’t your typical light-hearted YouTube fare. The show dives into the complexities of human relationships, exploring the dark side of friendships, love, and the pursuit of success.

Matubia has hinted that the series might draw inspiration from her own life experiences. But watching the show, you will agree that the show highlights most of what happens to many of us. This vulnerability adds a layer of authenticity to the show, leaving viewers wondering how much of Matubia’s own story is woven into the narrative. So, If you’re looking for a show that tackles real-life issues with a strong dose of drama and a touch of humour, then “Toxic” is definitely worth checking out.

  1. Single Kiasi- ShowMax

For Kenyan viewers seeking a relatable and entertaining drama series, look no further than “Single Kiasi” on Showmax. This captivating show, now in its third season, delves into the lives of three ambitious and independent women – Rebecca, Sintamei, and Mariah – as they navigate the complexities of love, careers, and friendship in modern-day Nairobi.

“Single Kiasi” resonates with a wide audience, particularly young Kenyan women. The series tackles relatable themes that women face, from career challenges and societal pressures to the pursuit of love and self-discovery. The series’ success lies in its blend of relatable themes, engaging storylines, and a talented cast.

  1. Real Housewives of Nairobi-ShowMax

The Real Housewives of Nairobi is an exciting show about scandal, sass, and success. The show is currently on their second season, so get ready for a a glamorous whirlwind of drama and captivating experiences.  Season 1 captivated audiences with its explosive mix of personalities. Returning for season two are fan favorites like the outspoken actress Minne Kariuki, the ever-so-stylish Dr. Catherine Masitsa, and the ambitious entrepreneur Vera Sidika.

While the show showcases the luxurious world of these successful women, it also delves deeper. Expect to see genuine friendships tested, professional ambitions clashing, and of course, a healthy dose of drama. The series doesn’t shy away from showcasing the challenges these women face in balancing their personal and professional lives, all while navigating the pressures of maintaining their social status.

  1. Disco Matanga by Jackie Vike- YouTube

If you love Kenyan Comedy, then you definitely love Jackie Vike alias- Awinja. Awinja broke even in her acting career through the then famous TV show – Papa Shirandula, and since then she’s maintained the momentum to a point of creating her own TV series. Recently, Awinja Nyamwalo, bbrought her comedic talents to her YouTube series, Disco Matanga. This series isn’t your typical laugh-a-minute affair. Disco Matanga tackles the sensitive topic of death, but with a healthy dose of humour.

The story revolves around Awinja’s character and the passing of her brother, Izianunu. Izianunu’s death is shrouded in mystery, making the burial process even more chaotic. Awinja, along with her family, navigates a series of unfortunate yet hilarious situations as they try to lay Izianunu to rest. With its talented team and unique blend of humour and drama, Disco Matanga has garnered a dedicated following. So, if you’re looking for a show that’s both funny and thought-provoking, Disco Matanga is definitely worth checking out on Awinja Nyamwalo’s YouTube channel.

  1. Faithless-ShowMax

Faithless highlights how greed tests faith. From the serene world of churchgoing women to the perilous depths of the criminal underworld, Faithless, a Showmax Original Kenyan crime drama, takes viewers on a thrilling ride. The story centres on four pious women struggling financially. Their lives take an unexpected turn when Esther, played by Rosemary Waweru, discovers a duffel bag full of cash following a botched heist

Faced with their dire situations, the women, including Ruth (Beatrice Mwai), Deborah (Avril Nyambura), and Hope (Fatma Mohammed), make a fateful decision – to turn the money in. However, their act of good faith has unintended consequences. The money belonged to a ruthless mob boss, and keeping it quiet isn’t an option. The women are drawn deeper into the criminal world, forced to make difficult choices that challenge their morals and test their faith.

  1. A nurse Toto by Eddie Butita-YouTube

A Nurse Toto isn’t your average medical drama. The YouTube show injects laughter into the often-stressful hospital environment with hilarious scenarios and relatable characters. Eddie Butita, a prominent Kenyan comedian and YouTuber, brings his signature humour to the medical world through a story that revolves around Nurse Toto, played by Butita himself, a well-meaning but clumsy nurse whose unconventional methods often lead to chaotic situations.

Whether it’s dealing with demanding patients, navigating hospital bureaucracy, or encountering eccentric colleagues, Nurse Toto tackles everyday occurrences with a comedic twist. Eddie Butita’s writing and comedic timing are central to the show’s success. He infuses Kenyan pop culture references and witty social commentary to create humour that resonates with local audiences. A Nurse Toto has garnered a massive following on YouTube, with each episode racking up hundreds of thousands of views. Therefore, If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy that offers a glimpse into the lighter side of Kenyan hospitals, A Nurse Toto is a must-watch.

  1. Country Queen- Netflix

Country Queen, a Kenyan drama series gracing the screens of Netflix, is more than just your average streaming show. It’s a poignant exploration of family, community, and the fight against corruption, all set against the backdrop of contemporary Kenya. The story centres around Akisa, a young woman who left her rural village, Tsilanga, for a new life in the bustling city of Nairobi. Years later, she’s forced to return home when her father falls ill.

But Country Queen isn’t just a personal story. It delves deeper, highlighting the struggles of a community facing exploitation by a powerful corporation. Akisa emerges as an unlikely leader, inspiring her fellow villagers to fight for their land and their future. The show has been praised for its powerful storytelling and its ability to shine a light on important social issues. So, if you’re looking for a drama that goes beyond entertainment, Country Queen is a must-watch.

  1. Dinga ya Wife by YY Comedian- YouTube

Kenyan comedian YY Comedian, known for his witty observations and relatable characters, brings his comedic talents to YouTube with the series Dinga ya Wife (meaning “My Wife’s Troubles”). This web series takes a hilarious look at the everyday challenges of married life, with a healthy dose of African cultural references. Dinga ya Wife doesn’t shy away from depicting the ups and downs of marriage. The series follows the lives of a young couple, Max and his wife, played by YY Comedian himself.

However, Dinga ya Wife isn’t all about stereotypical marital squabbles. YY Comedian injects humour through exaggeration, witty dialogue, and unexpected twists. Imagine a wife celebrating her husband’s absence as a “celibacy farewell party,” or a chaotic family visit that turns the house upside down. If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy that offers a light-hearted perspective on marriage, Dinga ya Wife is a must-watch.

There you go! I hope these top Kenyan series will make your day. Feel like the list is not exhaustive? Share your other top shows through comments below.