Must-watch family entertainment this September

No matter if you’re looking for some fresh family viewing or something to entertain the kids, look no further than DStv

Living in a pandemic

Operation Ouch! COVID-19 Special -Virus Alert Season 9

Kids and parents – this is a great show to watch together to understand COVID-29 pandemic. Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx put together a special episode to discuss viruses – with a special focus on the outbreak happening around the world right now. They look at what the symptoms are, what happens if you get it, and what vaccine advancements are happening.
Sundays from 20 September on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 15:00

Fresh Family Fun

The Masked Singer Season 3

This singing competition with a difference returns to our screen. The panel, Ken Jeong (The Hangover), Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls), Robin Thicke (Blurred Lines) and Jenny McCarthy (The View) try to identify elaborately-costumed celebrities as they share their secret talent. Kelly Osbourne, Laila Ali and Tori Spelling are just some of the past contestants.
Fridays from 18 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:00

The Substitute

From the producers of Undercover Boss, this hidden camera show will have the whole family in stitches. Using the best makeup and prosthetics, celebrities go undercover as substitute teachers so surprise unsuspecting students and expose what it’s like to teach high school kids. Some of the disguised stars include John Cena, The Bella Twins, and Jojo Siwa.
Saturdays from 5 September on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) at 19:20

Figure it Out Season 6

If you have a secret yet bizarre talent, then you will definitely enjoy this show. Ordinary kids showcase their extraordinary talents while the panel of Nick stars try to guess what they are. Using messy clues and distracting sounds, the job is a lot more difficult than it sounds.
Mondays from 7 September on NickToons (DStv 308) at 16:55

Doubling Down with the Derricos Season 1

Parents – get ready to watch this show in bewilderment. Meet Karen and Deon Derrico – a couple who are able to naturally conceive multiples. They have their hands full with 11 kids including two sets of twins and quintuplets. So imagine their surprise when they discover that they are expecting triplets. Your homelife will seem so much more organised after watching this show.
Wednesdays from 23 September on TLC (DStv 135) at 20:00

Girl Scout Cookie Championship

Join host, Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) as she challenges bakers to transform beloved Girl Scout Cookie flavours into a variety of reimagined dishes. With a grand-prize of a $10 000 outdoor adventure, the five contestants must get creative to impress judges Nacho Aguirre and Katie Lee.
Fridays from 11 September on Food Network (DStv 175) at 19:00

Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up Season 1

This fun series takes science to new heights – with a warning to not try this at home. Nigel Latta subjects himself to a variety of experiments to answer some unusual questions – like what if feels like to be struck by lightning or get stuck in a hurricane.
Mondays from 7 September on Curiosity Channel (DStv 185) at 20:00

The Good Place Season 4

This fantasy comedy series from the brilliant Michael Schur (The Office, Parks and Rec) returns for its final season. Exploring the afterlife and the philosophy of morality in a charming, funny way, Eleanor, Jason, Chidi and Tahani are on track to change how humans are capable of improvement and earn a spot in The Good Place.
Fridays from 4 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 22:00

Dancing Around the World

A fun globetrotting street dance show that follows three talented ladies on the journey to stardom. Suzette has danced with pop-stars like Rihanna and Dua Lipa, Kym Jay is a global dance ambassador for Nike and Maren is a competitive street dancer. They explore unique dancing styles from townships in South Africa to the favelas of Brazil.
Sundays from 20 September on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 19:00   

The Last Man Standing Season 8

Tim Allen (Home Improvement) returns as Mike, a married father who has to learn to adapt to a life run by his strong, independent daughters. It’s a politically-themed season as his family struggles with the outcome of the 2016 US elections. When Mike tries to help his son-in-law out of his funk, his conversation backfires when it motivates family members to leave the country.
Saturdays from 12 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 17:30

Dynamo Beyond Belief

Dynamo is a talented magician with career-threatening chronic arthritis. Follow his incredible journey as he works to overcome his illness while tackling jaw-dropping feats of magic. This three-part special goes behind the curtains to see his creative process and how he takes the art of illusion to new heights.
Sundays from 13 September on Discovery Family (DStv 136) at 15:10

Magical Movies


Fans of Zendaya will enjoy her in this fun movie about the joys of technology. When her mom remarries, Zoey struggles to adjust to her new life with three new stepbrothers. Messy, smelly, and full of mischief, her life goes from bad to worse as they all start high school together. When she discovers a dog app also works on her raucous siblings, she uses the new technology to her advantage.
Friday 4 September on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Cadet Kelly

Hey now, hey now – it’s Hillary Duff on our screens. When Kelly’s mom marries a Commandant of a military school, she has no choice but to enrol there too. She has trouble fitting in until she meets Carla, a girl who is a pro at military life. Hilarity ensues as the free-spirited Kelly adjusts to a life of obedience.

Friday 11 September on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Camp Rock

Demi Lovato and the Jonas brothers headline this iconic musical romp. As an aspiring singer, Mitchie Torres goes to a camp filled with other talented hopefuls. But the newcomer has a lot to learn about the rules of friendship, romance, and adversaries.
Friday 18 September on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Double Teamed

Two sisters at an inner-city school love playing volleyball. Their parents move them to a bigger high-school so they can have scholarships for college. But to give themselves more options, the girls must take a chance at basketball.
Friday 25 September on Disney Channel (DStv 303) at 17:00

Teen Spirit

A stylish spin on the Cinderella story, Violet (Elle Fanning) dreams of leaving her small town to pursue her dream of singing. Despite her crippling shyness, she enters a local singing competition. As she finds success, she finds that fame is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Saturday 5 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:00

The Adventure of ARI My Robot Friend

A morally-uplifting adventure for the whole family. A.R.I is a friendly robot that is kidnapped by a ruthless corporation looking to use the technology as a dangerous weapon. By luck, Noah stumbles upon the loveable machine and while repairing him, he realises that his friend’s superpowers must be protected at all costs.
Saturday 19 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:00

Get to know the big, exciting world

Expedition to the Edge

Captain Clemens Gabriel and his family set out for an adventure through the Northwest Passage. Seasoned explorers, the motley group expected smooth sailing. Instead, they had to overcome the coldest season in 25 years. While most would have turned around, Clem decided to continue with deathly results.
Thursdays from 23 September on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) at 20:00

Life Below Zero: Canada Season 1

SA winter will look like a tropical paradise after watching this chilly nine episode documentary. This gripping series shares the story of people who live off the grid in the furthest corners of Canada. By incorporating indigenous practices into their daily lives, these diverse groups of people are able to find food, water and shelter.
Sundays from 27 September on BBC Earth (DStv 184) at 16:00

Hidden Japan

Enjoy an in-depth look at Japan. From its festivals, modern cities and extraordinary history, this show shares unseen parts of the 6 852 islands that make up this incredible country.
Wednesday 2 September at 21:00

Hidden Russia

The biggest country in modern times, Russia’s vast landscape is a mystery to most. Enjoy a look at the lakes, volcanoes and forests that span over a space that is double that of the United States.
Wednesday 9 September at 21:00

Hidden Spain

Travel to the Medieval towns, desserts, mountains and forests that are part of the crossroads between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Explore the farming communities and landscapes that hold amazing wildlife and ancient cultures.
Wednesday 16 September at 21:00

Hidden Australia

Known for its coastal life, this show goes beyond the 2 500 miles of beaches. Enjoy a look at the snow-capped mountains, rainforests and giant wetlands that will make you redefine your idea of this beautiful country.
Wednesday 23 September at 21:00

For the animal lovers

Animal Instincts: Lions – Power of the Pride

Join a wonderful look at the lions of East Africa. Considered a paradise for these prides, we get an unusual view of these socially-dependant animals in their element. From cubs learning to trust instincts to power-struggles within each group, this show is awe-inspiring.
Wednesday 9 September at 20:00

Animal instinct: Rainforest Home

Rich in diversity, the rainforests are an important and unique landscape. Settle in for a journey to discover the tropics across the globe share similar traits and incredible differences.
Wednesday 16 September at 20:00

Europe’s New Wild Season 1

Enjoy a six-episode dive into the spectacular resurgence of Europe’s natural wildlife. From breath taking landscapes to rugged mountain peaks, witness thriving wilderness in unexpected places.
Saturdays from 5 September on Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00

Dog Impossible: No Bad Dogs

For Matt Breisner, old dogs can learn new tricks. Watch as he helps our four-legged friends process trauma, express their aggression safely, and learn to live in harmony with humans again.
Wednesday 16 September on Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182) at 18:48

Wild Men – Simon Keyes

Enjoy some local content as we get to meet the most dangerous snakes in Durban. As a professional snake catcher, Simon Keyes is prepared to safely bring these slithering creatures out of people’s homes and back in their natural habitats.
Wednesday 23 September on Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182) at 18:00

Turu The Wacky Hen

When a hen is unable to lay eggs like the rest of her fowl friends, Turuleca is sold to a retired music teacher under false pretences. When she realises Turu’s problem, Isabel plays music to help her lay eggs. With the help of her new animal friends, Melodia the cow, Ritmo the sheep, and Compas the hog, the unlikely group must work together to save their human friend when she falls ill.
Saturday 25 September on M-Net (DStv 101) at 15:00

Jungle Guardian

Home to some of the Earth’s most diverse ecosystems, we take a look at the tropics of South America, Central Africa and Asia. With 150 varieties of butterflies and 400 types of birds, this show will take you on an educational and beautiful expedition from the comfort of your home.
Wednesday 22 September at 20:00

These shows are out of this world

Oceans of the Solar System

As we explore different planets, astronomers are discovering that Earth is not the only planet with large bodies of water on it. Enjoy this amazing look at different oceans across the galaxy and what it means for the possibility of sustaining life beyond our planet.
Sunday 6 September on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 22:00

The End of the Solar System

Ever wondered what would happen if the Sun died? Astronomers share their findings on how our solar system will one day end. Enjoy a giant scale model to see just how catastrophic the event will be.
Sunday 13 September on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 22:00

A world without NASA Season 1

If you’re not sure what NASA does, this show will be an incredible learning experience. While sending astronauts to other planets is awesome, there are plenty of things the space organisation does every day that helps us on Earth. You’ll appreciate the work they do once you realise that TV and WIFI wouldn’t be here without them!
Sunday 20 September on Da Vinci (DStv 318) at 22:00

Jimmy’s Inventions

Get ready to see some of the most awesome inventions right out of Jimmy Neutron’s mind. From the Time Replay Remote to the Dream Injector 5000, you’ll be in awe of all the cool and crazy things the boy genius has created.
Monday 7 September on Nicktoons (DStv 308) at 18:55

For the little ones

Parents, you’ll want to clear the PVR – the Paw Patrol pups are on the way to entertain your young ones with two amazing marathons. Get ready for weekends full of laughter and fun in Adventure Bay that also has important lessons about kindness and helping others.

Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups Marathon - Saturday 12 September at 12:00
Paw Patrol Special Episodes - Saturday 26 September at 12:00
It’s Pony Season 1

Annie’s life in the city is quite different. Her best friend is the hilarious and sometimes outrageous Pony. Enjoy their adventures together where they learn key life-lessons together.
Mondays from 14 September on Nickelodeon (DStv 305) at 16:15

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