Shadow (South African TV series)

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Created by
  • Phillip Wolmarans
  • Nick Keulemans
  • Fred Wolmarans
  • Gareth Crocker
Country of originSouth Africa
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Lawrance
  • Colleen Lawrance
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time40–49 min
Production company(s)Motion Story Productions
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08) –
present (present)
External links

Shadow is a South African thriller web television series that premiered on March 8, 2019, on Netflix. It is Netflix's first acquired South African original series.[a]


Shadow follows the story of an ex-cop suffering from congenital analgesia, while taking vigilante justice into his own hands in the criminal underworld of Johannesburg.

Cast and characters[edit]



  • Nnekwa Tsajwa as Mandla
  • Lunathi Mampofu as Mary
  • Phila Mazibuko as Reggie
  • Altovise Lawrence as Abbey
  • Julian Kruger as Frank
  • Themsie Times as Mrs. Maleka
  • Bhekisizwe Mahlawe as James
  • Arno Botes as Benjamin
  • Jude Okeke as Arnold
  • Mamarumo Marokane as Janice
  • Shadi Chauke as Lola
  • Mohau Sonny as Gigi
  • Phoenix Baaitse as Paka
  • Christiaan Cronje as Arthur
  • Kaylin Reed as Young Shadow
  • Didimalang Moagi as Ayanda
  • Zekhetehelo Zondi as Zinhle



Sometime after the series was acquired by Netflix[1][2][3], it was confirmed that Pallance Dladla and Amanda Du-Pont had been cast as series regulars.[4][5][6]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Mary's Blackmail"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
2"Snow Globe Killer"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
3"Ashley's Secret"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
4"Man Down"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
5"Ghost Killer"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
6"Dare to Die"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
7"There's Something in the House"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)
8"The Reckoning"Gareth Crocker & Fred WolmaransGareth CrockerMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)


On February 18, 2019, the official trailer for the series was released.[7]


  1. ^ Queen Sono was the first South African series commissioned by Netflix, but Shadow streamed first on the service since Queen Sono later premiered on February 28, 2020.


  1. ^ Vourlias, Christopher (February 25, 2019). "Netflix Orders South African Teen Series 'Blood & Water'". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Herbst, Denika (March 6, 2019). "Netflix's first locally-acquired SA series, Shadow, drops in 2 days". Briefly - South African News. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Vourlias, Christopher (April 8, 2019). "'Shadow,' 'The Girl From St. Agnes' Take South African TV Worldwide". Variety. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Pallance Dladla and Amanda du-Pont step into the spotlight for new local Netflix series Shadow". February 18, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Kruger, Henno (February 18, 2019). "Shadow: A South African series coming to Netflix on 8 March 2019". Running Wolf's Rant. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "About". Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Samanga, Rufaro (February 18, 2019). "Watch the Trailer of the New South African Netflix Series, 'Shadow' drama". OkayAfrica. Retrieved March 6, 2019.

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