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New on TV today: Friday 21 February

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 21 Feb 2020
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Gentefied

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Comedy-Drama

Gentefied

The Morales cousins scramble to save their grandfather's taco shop — and pursue their own dreams — as gentrification shakes up their LA neighbourhood.

Created by two Chicano first-gen writers, Gentefied is a half-hour dramatic comedy adapted from the 2017 Sundance digital darling of the same name.

In this badass bilingual series about family, community, brown love and the displacement that disrupts it all, three Mexican-American cousins struggle to chase the American Dream, even while that same dream threatens the things they hold most dear: their neighbourhood, their immigrant grandfather, and the family taco shop.

Set in a rapidly changing Los Angeles, the Spanglish dramedy navigates important themes like identity, class and balancing insta-fame with translating memes for their parents.

But most importantly, Gentefied will settle once and for all how to pronounce Latinx.
 

Alone 2

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 18h40
Genre: Reality Competition, Reality, Adventure, Nature

Alone 2

This survival series places 10 hardcore survivalists alone on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The contestants have one mission: to stay alive.

There are no camera crews, no teams, and no gimmicks. At stake is a $500,000 cash prize awarded to the person who can last the longest.

Equipped only with limited gear, their wilderness experience, and cameras to self-document their journeys, these brave men and women are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain.

To survive, they must find food and water, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face extreme isolation, psychological distress, and treacherous environmental conditions as they descend into the unknown.

Each episode features the nerve-wracking thrill of watching individuals face the fury of Mother Nature while plunging into a state of isolation unimaginable in today's hyper-connected world.

These participants must battle everything from territorial black bears and cougars, to punishing winds and incessant rain.

Determined to thrive in any environment, many of the men and women on the second season display incredible ingenuity by building elaborate creations such as a functioning stove, gravity-fed plumbing system, primitive weapons, boats, and much more.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Once More Unto the Breach": The first day of the adventure begins, with 10 people prepared to head out into unknown wilderness and survive for as long as they can, in total isolation.

But when the survivalists confront rocky terrain, wet environments, and hungry predators, all of them begin to question their resolve.
 

Babies

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series

Babies

Filmed over the course of three years, Babies is a landmark series that explores the miracle of the first full year of life through the pioneering work of leading scientists from across the globe.

The series examines the epic journey every person  embarks on, from helpless new-born to independent toddler.

Following  the life-changing adventures of 15 international families and featuring the latest research from eminent scientists who share their personal journeys of discovery into the infant mind, the series is filled with the exciting uncertainty of parenting, exploring each major milestone of development like never before.

From the first bond a baby shares with its parents, to learning to feed, sleep through the night, crawl across the room, speak their first words, and discover the world around them – right up to those first steps of toddlerhood.

In the last 15 years, there has been an explosion in our understanding of the baby brain.

For the first time scientists are discovering that even the youngest babies know more, see more and understand far more than we ever thought possible.

Using the latest technology and scientific research, Babies delves deep inside the baby's mind to watch the processes behind each exciting developmental step.

Amongst the world class scientists featured are Rebecca Spencer and her ground-breaking study on the importance of naps for a baby's learning; and Michael Georgieff and his hugely influential work linking iron and other micronutrients to babies' ability to form memories.

Also featured is Professor Ruth Feldman and her breakthrough discovery that the surge in oxytocin, the bonding hormone, that occurs in new mothers, can also take place in men.

There's also Professor Susan Lynch, who found that babies living with dogs and cats are better protected from developing asthma and allergies.

 

Channels in this post: Netflix South Africa, eReality



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