In recent years, the Kenyan entertainment industry has produced some outstanding shows and movies that have captivated audiences both locally and internationally.
From gripping crime dramas to relatable stories of everyday life, these productions highlight the immense talent and creativity present in Kenya’s film and television scene.
In this article, WoK takes a closer look at some of the best Kenyan shows and movies that you need to add to your watchlist.
Crime And Justice
Crime and Justice is a police procedural and legal drama TV series that revolves around detectives Silas and Makena, safeguarding the streets of Nairobi and dealing with various crimes.
Starring Sarah Hassan, Maqbul Mohammed, Paul Ogola, and Alfred Munyua, the series explores the complexities of crime investigation with deadly stakes in its second season.
The movie has a rating of 8.2/10 on IMDb and was Nominated in the best TV drama category at the 2021 Kalasha Awards.
Click Click Bang
Released in 2022, Click Click Bang movie follows the story of Kev, a talented footballer who turns to petty crime when his sporting career stalls.
Under the wing of a crooked cop, he soon descends deeper into the criminal underworld.
The film, directed by Abel Mutua and Phillip Karanja Njenga, gained recognition after winning accolades at the 2023 African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
It won the best movie in East Africa and the best indigenous language category at the ceremony.
Five months earlier, it had bagged 5 awards at the Kalasha International Film and TV award.
The movie is rated 9.2/10 on IMDb. It premiered on Netflix on October 8, 2023.
Single Kiasi is a Kenyan drama TV series following the lives of three women in Nairobi: Sintamei, Mariah, and Rebecca.
The show explores the challenges of marriage, friendships, relationships, and careers.
In Season 2, new cast members, including Grace Wacuka, join the series, promising fresh dynamics.
The plot revolves around Becca’s frustration with her husband’s financial struggles, Mariah’s diminishing satisfaction with a married man, and Sintamei seemingly having it all.
The movie’s concept is somewhat similar to HBO’s Sex and The City.
It is rated 8.6/10 on IMDb.
Njoro Wa Uba
Njoro wa Uba is a Kenyan TV series that follows the life of Njoro, an educated taxi driver in Nairobi.
The show explores his daily struggles and interactions with the city’s residents.
The series has gained popularity for its portrayal of Njoro’s experiences, including pranks and challenges he faces while driving passengers.
Available on Showmax, Njoro Wa Uba has been recognized with several awards.
In 2022, it scooped the award for the best lead actor and best TV drama at the Kalasha Awards.
Country Queen is a Kenyan TV series that premiered on Netflix in 2022.
The drama follows Akisa, a Nairobi event planner who returns to her village after 10 years, where she confronts her past and a mining company that threatens to destroy her home.
The show, Kenya’s first Netflix series, explores themes of family, past struggles, and the clash between urban and rural life.
It gained significant attention as a milestone for Kenyan television. The first season of the movie was released in 2022.
It is rated 5.3/10 on IMDb.
“Pepeta” is a Kenyan TV mini-series that aired from 2022 to 2023.
Loosely based on the life of Harun “Rio” Wathari, it follows Junior, a 17-year-old football talent torn between crime and soccer’s promises.
The drama explores the challenges faced by young footballers in Kibera, a reality check on dreams vs. harsh realities.
The movie stars Avril Nyambura, Malik Lemuel, and Dedan Juma, among other personalities.
It is rated 9.4/10 on IMDb.
Other top Kenyan movies include Ayaanle, Sincerely Daisy, 18 Hours, and Second Family.