List of South African Television Series - D


  • Dallas (1978 TV series) 1980s (1978–1991) Dallas was an American prime-time television soap opera, shown in South Africa. It revolved around the Ewings, a wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries. Dallas was one of the most successful and longest-running shows in American prime-time television history, and was also hugely successful across the world. Actor of note Larry Hagman
  • Darkwing Duck 1990s (1991–1995) American animated television series produced by The Walt Disney Company. It featured an eponymous superhero anthropomorphic duck with the alter ego of Drake Mallard (voiced by Jim Cummings). It is the first of two spin-offs of Ducktales.
  • Dawie die kabouter 1980s (1987) Shown in South Africa, dubbed into Afrikaans as Dawie die kabouter from The World of David the Gnome. The World of David the Gnome, originally titled David el Gnomo, is a Spanish animated television series based on the children's books The Gnomes and The Secret Book of Gnomes, by the Dutch author Wil Huygen and illustrator Rien Poortvliet
  • Derrick 1980s (1974–1998) Derrick was a German TV series produced by Telenova Film- und Fernsehproduktion in association with ZDF, ORF and SRG, shown in South Africa dubbed into Afrikaans. It was about Detective Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick and his loyal assistant Inspector Harry Klein. Actors of note Horst Tappert and Fritz Wepper
  • Dark Angel (TV series) 2000s (2000–2002) Dark Angel was an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television program created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, shown in South Africa. In the year 2009, a genetically enhanced, 9-year-old female (to whom creator James Cameron refers as "transgenic") super-soldier who calls herself Max Guevara also known as X5-452, a truncation of her barcode tattoo on the back of her neck: 332960073452), escapes along with eleven others like her from a secret government institution. Actress of note Jessica Alba
  • Defenders of the Earth (1980s) - American animated series. In the year 2015, the Earth as per usual is under constant attack and a host of heroes including Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician are tasked to protect it.
  • Die Inspekteur (1980s) - dubbed animated series about an inspector who had to solve a crime at the end of each episode by using clues to find one of three suspects guilty, announcing "Die skuldige is dus..."
  • Dikolong 1990s a college comedy
  • The Dingleys (1976–1977) - South Africa's first locally produced sitcom. Set in Pietermaritzburg in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) it centred on a fictional middle class white South African English speaking family, the Dingleys. The theme song was composed by Duncan Faure and performed by Rabbitt.
  • Die Tierbrigade (1980s) - Dubbed from the popular French detective series Les brigades du Tigre. The series is set in early 20th century Paris. Actor Claude Desaily
  • Dis My Geheim (1980s) - Locally produced quiz show starring Edwil van Aarde. The show is remembered for the disembodied and mysterious voice announcing a contestant's 'secret' profession. "Ek is 'n Stoomketelmaker"
  • Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears 1980s (1985–1989) an American animated television series, shown in South Africa about the escapades of the eponymous "Gummi Bears," anthropomorphic bears who are the last remnants of a once-great civilization of Gummis that fled the land centuries ago when humans, jealous of the advancements and magical skills of the Gummi Bears, forced the species into exile. Now regarded by most of humankind as fairytales, the show's main cast of Gummi Bears (six in number at the outset of the series, increased to seven during the third season) live in the vast subterranean warren of Gummi Glen in the medieval kingdom of Dunwyn.
  • DuckTales 1980s (1987–1990) DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Based on Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge comic book series, featuring the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his nephews.
  • Dokter-Dokter 1970s
  • Doctor Snuggles 1980s (1980) was an animated series about an optimistic inventor Doctor Snuggles who has unusual adventures with his friends in a psychedelic world
  • Dynasty (TV series) 1980s (1981–1989) Dynasty was an American prime time television soap opera, shown in South Africa. The series revolved around the Carringtons, a wealthy oil family living in Denver, Colorado. Actors of note Joan Collins and List of Dynasty characters

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