Despite a teeming population of global savvy youths, film culture in Nigeria is heavily ruled by home entertainment fueled by Nollywood.
That notwithstanding, every once in a while, a series becomes a smash hit in Nigeria, although the film companies or the actors may not be aware of such popularity or love.
The list is not organized in any particular order. From observation and popularity based on conversations in everyday parlance, “Merlin” is unarguably the most popular series in Nigeria.
Merlin, a young and powerful warlock, keeps his magical powers hidden as it is banned in Camelot. He befriends King Arthur and together they experience many adventures on their quest to save Albion.
• Legend of the Seeker
The series follows the journeys of a long-awaited “Seeker of Truth” named Richard Cypher (Craig Horner), a Confessor named Kahlan Amnell (Bridget Regan), a wizard named Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander (Bruce Spence), and a Mord-Sith named Cara (Tabrett Bethell) as they defend the people of their realm against tyranny and destruction. While the names and places are the same, the story in the television series is different from that in the books.
Counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer fights the bad guys of the world, a day at a time. With each week’s episode unfolding in real time, “24” covers a single day in the life of Bauer each season. Jack deals with assassination attempts, nuclear attacks, bioterrorism, torture, traitors, sleeper cells, other bad guys and the alarming tendency for his romances to end badly — very badly.
• Prison Break
Prison Break is an American serial drama television series created by Paul Scheuring for Fox. The series revolves around two brothers, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) and Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller); Burrows has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and Scofield devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison and clear his name.
• Game of Thrones
Nine noble families wage war against each other in order to gain control over the mythical land of Westeros. Meanwhile, a force is rising after millenniums and threatens the existence of living men.
• Money Heist
A criminal mastermind who goes by “The Professor” has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history — to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help him carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities and who have nothing to lose. The group of thieves take hostages to aid in their negotiations with the authorities, who strategize to come up with a way to capture The Professor. As more time elapses, the robbers prepare for a showdown with the police.
Spartacus is an American television series produced in New Zealand that premiered on Starz on January 22, 2010, and concluded on April 12, 2013. The fiction series was inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BC led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic departing from Capua. Executive producers Steven S. DeKnight and Robert Tapert focused on structuring the events of Spartacus’ obscure early life leading up to the beginning of historical records.
• Teen Wolf
Scott McCall, an awkward teen, turns into a werewolf after being bitten by one a day before sophomore year. He must learn to adapt to his new identity while handling life as a teenager.
Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Norse hero, is a mere farmer who rises up to become a fearless warrior and commander of the Viking tribes with the support of his equally ferocious family.
• Super Story
Super Story is a Nigerian anthology television drama series created by Wale Adenuga who published the magazine on which the programme is based. The series originally aired on Thursdays by 8 p.m on NTA; currently, Super Story is shown on NTA and Wap TV every Thursday by 8:00pm and airs on several other terrestrial and cable networks at a later time.
Xena: Warrior Princess
Xena is a reformed warrior princess who travels around fighting evil. Gabrielle — bard and friend — keeps her company and helps her stay on the path of good.
Clark, the adopted son of Martha and Jonathan Kent, is blessed with supernatural powers. He hides his powers from everyone and makes it his duty to protect teenagers from evil forces.
The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, a town charged with supernatural history. It follows the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl who has just lost both parents in a car accident, as she falls in love with a 162-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley).
Their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as Stefan’s mysterious older brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) returns, with a plan to bring back their past love Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev), a vampire who looks exactly like Elena.
When some ordinary people inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they use their powers to prevent catastrophes and save humanity from destruction.
After mastering the skill of archery on a deserted island, multi-millionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns to his city to take on the vigilante persona of Arrow to fight crime and corruption.
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