It’s a big world of edutainment in the School of Laughter this August


Winter weather means more time inside. Make the most of it with educational and interesting shows for the whole family

Lego City Adventures Season 2

Everything is awesome for an ordinary group of LEGO City residents who find themselves thrown into fun adventures. A skateboarding police chief, Wheelie, tries his best to keep order to the city.
Mondays from 10 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) at 15:50

The Casagrandes Season 1

A spin-off of The Loud House, Ronnie and her brother Bobby have just moved to Casagrandes with their mom. Their new home is filled with a large extended family like grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Mondays from 24 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) at 18:05

Henry Danger Season 5

A new season with the same hilarious hijinks. Henry continues to help Captain Man, as his sidekick. Parents will love the subtle sarcasm in the show. And the message that everyone can be a hero will inspire the kids. 
Sundays from 23 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) at 19:00

The Lion Guard Season 3

Based on the beloved movie, The Lion King, this TV series focuses on Simba’s second born, Kion. As third in line to the throne, he is responsible for the Lion Guard. Its only mission is to keep the Pride Lands safe. But when Scar returns, Kion must gather his friends to help.
Weekdays from 31 August on Disney Junior (DStv 309) at 16:30

Supa Strikas Season 1

Based on the popular comic strip, The Supa Strikas are known as the world’s greatest football team. They are on a world-wide quest for Super League glory but they will need more than talent to get the title. Heart-stopping fun for the football fan in your home.
Mondays from 3 August on Cartoon Network (DStv 301) at 17:00

Ninjago Season 2

A Lego TV series inspired by East Asian myths and culture. Two brothers are bound by a promise to keep the four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu safe. When older brother Garmadon decides to use them for his evil plans, it is up to Wu to build a team of ninjas that can help him. Now that Garmadon has all of the Golden Weapons, the ninja team decides to recruit more members to help them in their mission.
Saturdays from 22 August on Cartoon Network (DStv 301) at 8:05

I, Elvis Riboldi

The world is a big place and there’s so much to see and experience. For Elvis Riboldi, this means plenty of adventures and misadventures.
Saturdays from 29 August on Cartoon Network (DStv 301) at 16:30

The Treehouse Stories

Based on the bestselling series about two people who live in a treehouse. But this is no ordinary tree-house! It has a laboratory, a bowling alley, and a see-through swimming pool. Join Andy and Terry on their wild adventures. 
Saturdays from 1 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 16:30


All the great fun that the whole family can enjoy

Idols Season 16

The quest to find South Africa’s most talented unknown singer continues with a brand new season of Idols. With some of the auditions done before lockdown, there will no doubt be an abundance of talented and misguided people who share their gifts with the judges and the rest of the country. Get ready for entertainment at its best and get a head start on rooting for your favourite crooner.
Sundays from 2 August on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 18:00

Ellen’s Game of Games Season 3

The wildly successful daytime talk show host tries her hand as a gameshow host alongside her sidekick, tWitch. This is a show that the whole family can watch together. With strange trivia rounds and unusual challenges, you will be amazed at the level of skill each contestant has. There’s also $100 000 up for grabs in every show, so get ready for tons of laughter and cheering.
Saturdays from 1 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:00

Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch

The apple does not fall far from the tree for Matilda Ramsay, the daughter of famous chef, Gordon Ramsay. She tries her hand at cooking various dishes from the UK and US. And of course, she has to serve it to one of the world’s most difficult palates... Her dad.
Weekends from 1 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 16:00

Teenage Boss

It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about financial decisions. Presenter Eddie Woo meets families from all walks of life who get a suitcase of money. It is up to them to make sure all the bills are paid and to make the most of the leftover cash.
Weekends from 1 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 18:00

America’s Got Talent Season 15

It promises to be an exciting new season as Heidi Klum returns to the judging panel with veterans Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell. New judge Sofia Vergara is certain to be an entertaining addition as well. Get ready to see the most absurd and talented acts from across the US as they make a bid for the $1 million prize (over R17 million!).
Weekdays from 6 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 18:00


A great collection of movies the kids will want to watch over and over again

Playmobil: The Movie

Following the trend of the Lego Movie, this lovely animated adventure features two siblings, Marla and Charlie, who go on a magical journey. When they get separated, it’s up to older sister Marla to team up with some new magical friends to help find her brother and get them home. Tons of laughs for kids and parents! 
Saturday 1 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:15

Ride like a Girl

Based on true events, this is the inspiring story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. We meet a girl who is raised in a family that loves all aspects of horseracing and sees many of her siblings become jockeys. As the youngest of ten, her racehorse trainer father sees her special gift for racing. The magic begins when she meets a gelding named Prince of Penzance, and their relationship brings out the best in both of them. 
Saturday 8 August on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:15

Freaky Friday

Classic movie with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis playing a mom and teen who struggle to get along. When their bodies are switched by a magical fortune cookie, they learn that it’s not easy being the other person.
Monday 3 August on Comedy Central (DStv 122) at 21:00

The Princess Diaries

A shy high-schooler (Anne Hathaway) gets every girl’s dream when she discovers she is a princess. As the only remaining heir, she has to be groomed for royal life. Her grandmother (the magnificent Julie Andrews) helps her overcome her awkwardness and become the leader she was born to be. 
Monday 17 August on Comedy Central (DStv 122) at 21:00

The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement

Newly graduated Princess Mia leaves the safety of Princeton to start ruling her small country of Genovia. Through a plot to overtake the throne, a long-forgotten law is presented that states the heir must marry before her 21st birthday. With the help of her grandmother, her bodyguard (comically played by Hector Elizondo), and her best friend Lilly, she must choose a husband in a month.
Monday 24 August on Comedy Central (DStv 122) at 21:00

The Swap

It’s another Freaky Friday-esque story where two teens accidentally swap bodies. Ellie (as Jack) must tackle the bro-life and tough hockey schedule. Jack (as Ellie) has to decipher girl-code and rigorous gymnastics practices. They learn important lessons as they struggle to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Friday 7 August on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Cloud 9

Kayla is a talented young snowboarder whose bad attitude gets her dropped from her team. A snowboarding champion is forced to take a break and decides to help train the prima donna. Together, they teach each other important lessons as they reach for greatness. 
Friday 14 August on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Pixel Perfect

A tech-savvy teen, Samantha, decides to give her dad’s failing band a lift with a holographic lead singer. The new songstress, Loretta Modern, catapults the band to stardom. But when she begins to feel alienated, will Sam sabotage the technology to get her father back? 
Friday 21 August on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Teen Beach

It’s a fun holiday as two teen surfers find love. Before their doomed relationship comes to an end, Brady and McKenzie find themselves in a magical 60s beach party musical. There’s plenty of funky songs, singing, and dancing to keep you upbeat for days after. 
Friday 28 August on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Rufus

Manny finds a magical collar that turns his dog into a human boy. Rufus becomes popular at school with his joyful attitude to life. Tons of hilarity ensues as the two struggle to keep their paw-some secret. 
Sunday 23 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 355) at 12:00

Rufus 2

Rufus’ world is turned upside down when he meets a girl named Kat. When she shares that she is a cat with a magical pendant, their friendship is turned on its head. 
Sunday 30 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 355) at 12:00

Lost in the West (Part 1)

Two brothers, Chip and Dave, go back in time and find themselves in the Wild West of 1885. They meet up with two girls who must help them get back to the present time. 
Sunday 2 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 355) at 12:00

Lost in the West (Part 2)

Things get a little bit scary for Chip and Dave when an evil mayor puts a bounty on their heads. Can Luna and Kerry protect their identity while the boys try to fix their time-machine? 
Sunday 9 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 355) at 12:00

Lost in the West (Part 3)

The brothers might be able to get back home. But does this mean that they will never see their friends ever again? Will they stay? Or will they invite Luna and Kerry to join them in the present day? 
Sunday 16 August on Nickelodeon (DStv 355) at 12:00


Edu-tainment that’s fun to watch while you learn

Warrior Woman with Lupita Nyong’o

If you loved Black Panther, then this doccie is just for you! A beautifully shot documentary with a powerful ending. Popular for playing a fierce female warrior in the hit hero movie Black Panther, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o goes on a quest with a very personal connection. Come along as the Mexican-Kenyan actress treks across West Africa to find a forgotten female army known as the ‘Agoji’ or ‘Amazons’. She learns more about their high recruitment standards, extensive training and futuristic war tactics. Through a stroke of luck, they also get a first-hand account from the last surviving warrior. Epically entertaining – this is definitely worth the PVR space.
Monday 3 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00

Did You Know?

This show will help your kids look at ordinary things in a new light. Maddie takes a look at everyday objects and gets curious about how they work or how they’re made. Better than Googling the answer! 
Weekends from 1 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 19:30

Blaze and the Monster Machines Season 5

A great show that includes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the storyline. Blaze is a monster truck who loves racing with his driver, AJ. There are plenty of adventures in Axie City that bring STEM to life. 
Monday from 10 August on Nick JR (DStv 307) at 16:25

PinCode

A great show to bring out the best in your kids. With a focus on science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), this animated series follows a colourful cast of animals as they live on a farm. Every day, they realise that STEM can take them on many adventures around the world.
Saturdays from 1 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 15:00

Science Max

Imagine if you could take those dreary science experiments from the classroom and turbocharge them? This series takes science to a whole new level with massive learning potential. Science will never be more fun. 
Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 18:00

Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom

A great look at inventions that changed the world. Dick and Dom meet up with a new genius every week. Together, they supersize an experiment to make it as explosive and gravity-defying as possible. 
Fridays from 7 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 18:00


It’s a big, big world out there – so here’s some of the best family friendly doccies to watch

Primates Season 1

With so much in common with humans, it’s no surprise that we find primates so fascinating. In this series, experts travel to all the corners of the world to explore varying species and see their differences despite their shared location. Get ready for fantastic stories of massive gorillas all the way to tiny lemurs. There’s also beautiful shots of the Amazon jungles, Himalayas and beyond. Fun family viewing.
Sundays from 16 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 16:00

Equator’s Wild Secret

The halfway point between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, life at the equator is vibrant and diverse. This six episode experience will whisk you away to the exotic lands of the Amazon, Andes, Galapagos, Borneo, and Africa. With more than half of the world’s species living in these locations, this series will be spellbinding and educational.
Sundays from 2 August on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00

Predator Bloodline

An amazing look at six of the most feared animals in a world where only the strongest survive. Teams of filmmakers followed predators for three years to get the mesmerising footage. Passing on elite DNA that allows animals to thrive in the ever-changing environment has become more important than ever. 
Mondays from 3 August on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00

Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson Season 2

The tenacious presenter returns to tackle the railways with a new itinerary going the opposite direction. This time, he purposefully travels off the beaten track as he visits Argentina, Mexico, and Peru, to name a few. Get ready to explore beautiful, distant landscapes from the comfort of your couch. 
Thursdays from 13 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 19:00

Wild Kratts Season 1

A great show to introduce children to real-world problems that put animals in danger. Each week, you will learn new and interesting facts about animals and see how their habitats are being changed due to human influence.
Fridays from 7 August on PBS (DStv 133) at 16:00

Simon Reeve’s Sacred Rivers

Major rivers mean major drama. Simon Reeves takes on the challenges of cruising three of the world’s most epic rivers with gusto. Experience the wonder and majesty of the Nile, Yangtze and Ganges as Simon uncovers the influence of these beautiful natural wonders on surrounding traditions, religious rituals, and modern life as we know it.
Mondays from 10 August on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 20:00

Andy’s Dinosaur Toybox

This show is dino-mite! Using just his imagination, Andy brings his toy dinosaurs to life. Filled with interesting facts, great stories and funny voices, your little ones will be captivated and educated at the same time.
Monday 10 August on CBeebies (DStv 306) at 10:45

Cats Uncovered Season 1

Make room on the PVR for this purr-fect show! An insightful series for anyone with a feline friend. We love them despite their aloofness, but what do we really know about cats? Join in the investigation to share why cats are the way they are. 
Sundays from 9 August on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 22:00

South America’s Weirdest Animals

If it’s weird and unusual animals you’re looking for then this is the show for you! A show that reveals a wide range of animals that aren’t found anywhere else. The misfits and oddities that have evolved to survive this unusual landscape are worth the investigation.
Wednesdays from 12 August on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00


Here’s all the new episodes and TV shows that your under-5’s will enjoy

The Adventures of Paddington Season 1

New animated series based on the beloved tale of Paddington. He’s a bear with a love of adventure who has great friends.
Mondays from 17 August on Nick JR (DStv 307) at 07:40

Top Wing Season 2

Four eager birds are having fun as cadets at Top Wing Academy. Swift, Penny, Brody and Rod go on different missions that include an important life lesson. 
Sundays from 2 August on Nick JR (DStv 307) at 15:20

Max & Ruby Season 7

Two bunny siblings are as different as chalk and cheese. Max is full of energy that gets him into trouble. Ruby is patient but bossy. Great show for siblings learning to get along. 
Mondays from 3 August on Nick JR (DStv 307) at 14:25

Shimmer & Shine Season 4

Shimmer and Shine are twin genie sisters who make friends with a young girl, Leah. Together, they work together to fix problems that the genies create by accident. Luckily, the next door neighbour Zac is ready to help too. 
Saturdays from 15 August on Nick JR (DStv 307) at 15:20

Paw Patrol

Incredibly popular amongst the toddler groups, parents will rejoice at the new episodes available. Ryder and his crew of rescue dogs go on different missions to keep Adventure Bay safe.
Mondays from 17 August on Nick JR (DStv 307) at 6:55

Blue’s Clues & You!

A live-action/animated show that’s interactive and educational. A remake of the original series, it includes built-in silences to encourage the kiddies to share their answers. Together, they solve mysteries and play games. 
Mondays from 24 August on Nick JR (DStv 307) at 6:30

Music Lullabies Season 1

For the fussy little one, this show will have them in dreamland soon. Every week, the cast reimagines the lullabies you know and love. Get ready to relax with this calming show.
Mondays from 24 August on Disney Junior (DStv 309) at 20:25

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