Netflix and chill sounds cool, but nothing beats the satisfaction of stumbling upon ridiculously good Nigerian TV shows that have you allocating a budget for cable TV, even though we’re now in the streaming era. These shows have everything from comedy to chaotic drama and something to tickle your intelligence. Let’s get into them.

Big Brother Naija (BBNaija)

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One of the most anticipated reality TV shows in Nigeria, BBNaija is a social experiment that brings 15 to 21 people from across the country together under one roof and presents their daily lives to viewers. You get to watch full-grown adults fight over food, connive against each other, fall in love and form genuine or fake friendships all to win money or fame. Contestants are evicted on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on the organisers.

Where does it air?

BBNaija has a dedicated 24-hour channel on DStv, and the eviction shows air on all Africa Magic channels. The last season, BBNaija All-Stars, ran for 70 days.

The Johnsons

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This comedy TV series debuted in 2012 and has remained on Nigerian TV screens for the last 12 years. It follows the life of a middle-class family navigating life in Lagos, Nigeria. This show has so many family drama scenarios you’ll relate to if you grew up in a typical Nigerian home. Charles Inojie, Osita Iheme, Olumide Oworu and Kunle Bamtefa are among the cast of The Johnsons.

When does it air?

The Johnsons airs at 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday on Africa Magic channels.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is a weekly TV game show hosted by media personality, Frank Edoho, where guests get to test their knowledge on general subjects in front of a live audience. If you love to watch people on the hot seat struggle with questions you probably don’t know the answers to, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? got you covered.

Where does it air?

Africa Magic channels, Silverbird and TVC. The last season aired in March 2022.

The Real Housewives of Lagos (RHOL)

The Lagos version of the American franchise debuted in April 2022 on the streaming platform, Showmax. The first season of the reality show follows the flamboyant and chaotic lives of Iyabo Ojo, Toyin “Tiannah” Lawani, Laura Ikeji, Carolyn Danjuma, Chioma Ikokwu (AKA Chioma Goodhair) and Mariam Timmer. The second season features the same cast members save for the addition of Faith Morey and Tania Omotayo who replace Carolyn.

There’s the right amount of gbas gbos and drama between the “housewives” to keep you on the edge of your seats. Can you imagine Chioma and Tiannah almost getting physical? Yes, exactly that type of drama.

Where does it air?

The first season aired weekly on Africa Magic Urban and Showcase at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. respectively. The second season is available to stream on the Showmax app.

My Flatmates

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If you love The Johnsons, this is one of the Nigerian TV shows that should be on your radar. It features some of Nigeria’s biggest comedians — Basketmouth, Buchi, Yaw Wazobia and Senator — acting as friends who are struggling to get their shit together. You’ll love this show if you’ve ever squatted with friends, had landlord problems or are still hustling your way to the top.

When does it air?

My Flatmates shows weekdays on Africa Magic and GOtv channels at 6:30 p.m.

Family Feud Nigeria

It’s a TV game show where different families compete against each other to win cash and prizes. This global franchise hosted by Hollywood actor and comedian, Steve Harvey, debuted its first season in Nigeria in October 2022, with Bisola Aiyeola playing host. You’ll watch families struggle to outbest each other while making fun of themselves. One good thing about this show? You and your family members can join in the game while watching.

When does it air?

Family Feud airs on Africa Magic and GOtv channels at 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Voice Nigeria

This music talent show has Nigerians in a chokehold for one reason: Live performances of popular songs from above average singers. Every season, contestants audition to be a part of the show and come under the tutelage of seasoned musicians. Fans vote for their favourite acts every week until a final winner is chosen.

The last season had Waje, Niyola, Praiz and Naeto C as judges.

When does it air?

The Voice Nigeria airs on Africa Magic, GOtv and StarTimes. It also airs on TVC. Viewing times are 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. depending on the channel.

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