Run On – Netflix Original Series – 4/2/2021
Veering off course from his preset path, a track star follows his own pace and heart for the first time after a film translator steps into his life.
Just Say Yes – Netflix Original Film – 4/2/2021
Incurable romantic Lotte finds her life upended when her plans for a picture-perfect wedding unravel — just as her self-absorbed sister gets engaged.
Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute – Netflix Original Documentaries – 4/7/2021
In a star-studded evening of music and memories, a community of iconic performers honor Dolly Parton as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
The Circle: Season 2 – Netflix Original Series – 4/14/2021
Ready for more strategic shenanigans? A new cast of allies, enemies and not-so-subtle catfish connect and compete for a major cash prize.
Dead Places – Netflix Original Series – 4/16/2021
An author haunted by his sister’s death as a child returns to South Africa to investigate a series of supernatural occurrences for his new book.
Life in Colour with David Attenborough – Netflix Original Series – 4/22/2021
Using innovative technology, this docuseries explores nature from a fresh perspective as animals use color to survive and thrive in the wild.
Shadow and Bone – Netflix Original Series – 4/23/2021
Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.
The Innocent – Netflix Original Series – 4/30/2021
An accidental killing leads a man down a dark hole of intrigue and murder. Just as he finds love and freedom, one phone call brings back the nightmare.
The Good Place: Season 4 – 4/1/2021
Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park – 4/1/2021
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.
Mean Girls – 4/1/2021
Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Season 3 – 4/15/2021
A reality series that follows some of the most affluent women in the country as they enjoy the lavish lifestyle that only Beverly Hills can provide.
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10 Best South African TV Drama Series in 2021
The finest drama TV and streaming series in South Ah this year. Comment with your favourite local drama and subscribe to our channel!
We countdown the 10 best South African television and streaming drama series. The list consists of shows that premiered between 2020 and 2021, in case you were ready to call us out. Rather than focusing on popularity and ratings, the shows here have been listed according to their power of storytelling, quality of production, cast performances and their impact on the culture.
5 Binge-Worthy K-Dramas to Watch on Netflix in 2021
K-dramas are where it’s at right now.
If you are looking to jump on the K-drama bandwagon, from which you might never come back, we’ve got a list of five South Korean drama series currently streaming on Netflix. Two things; most of them come in their native language, which means you will have to be comfortable with the English subs. Secondly, most of them run for one super long season (around 20 episodes), with each episode averaging an hour of viewing. However, most of them sign out after one (usually conclusive) season.
5. WHEN THE CAMELLIA BLOOMS
Gong Hyo-jin delights as the adorable and shy Dong Baek, the lead character on this romantic South Korean drama. She’s a single mother to her son a Pil Gu, and together they have recently moved to a small rural town of Ongsan.
She becomes both a source of intrigue for the local women, and a target for gossip and taunting by the locals who are curious about her character. It doesn’t help that she also runs her own restaurant ‘Camellia’, which becomes a popular joint for the men in the town. Many of them are married. Their frequent dining here makes the local girlies mad.
Dong Baek soon meets Hwang Yong Shik, a local police officer who falls madly in love with her. As they nurture a beautiful platonic relationship, her ex-boyfriend Kang Jong Ryeol, a famous baseball player who used to hide their relationship to the public, reappears in her life. As Dong Baek navigates her new life with blossoming love, something dark and sinister follows her around. It’s deadly.
One of the things you might love about this series is the perfect balance of pure comedy and the crime mystery that unravel towards a shocking end.
4. ITAEWON CLASS
One thing about Korean dramas – they will work out a brutal revenge storyline to the finest detail. Park Sae-Ro Yi (Park Seo-Joon) is out for blood on a mission to avenge the unjust killing of his father. To do this, he must take down a tycoon bully who uses his wealth and influence to terrorise the defenceless.
The show starts off with Park on his first day as a new student at a high school. It doesn’t take he gets himself in trouble. He punches his classmate Jang Geun-Won after he witnesses him bullying a fellow classmate. What he doesn’t know at this point is that Jang is absolutely off-limits. He’s the son of CEO Jang Dae-Hee, the bully who will eventually come face to face with Park Sae-Ro Yi in a David vs Goliath showdown.
CEO Dae-Hee runs a leading restaurant company, where Park’s father worked.
When asked to apologise, Park Sae-Ro-Yi refuses, setting in motion a series of events that lead to expulsion and more shockingly, the firing of his father from his job. What comes next marks a new chapter in his life; his father dies in a motorcycle accident caused by the CEO’s son. In a rage, he beats the bratty former classmate to a pulp, which leads him straight to prison on charges of assault. It’s here he spends time crafting the plan to establish his own business to compete with CEO Jang Dae-Hee, and eventually oversee a giant’s collapse.
3. LAW SCHOOL
If you thought How To Get Away With Murder was great, Law School will likely have you trying to bunk work to keep up with the complex web of plot twists. Both shows are set in a university, where law students soon learn that justice is not as black and white as the books would suggest.
A group of students and professors at the Hunkuk University Law School find themselves involved in an unusual murder case. The show’s lead character, Yang Jong-Hoon (Kim Myung-min), is a former prosecutor turned professor at the Law School. Dubbed ‘Yangcrates’ by the students over his cold demeanour, he leads a class of brilliant first year students who, along with him, find themselves leading suspects to a murder that happens on school property.
We soon meet Kang Sol and Han Joon-Hwi, who will eventually become the professor’s most active minds as the murder slowly unravels, threatening to bring the university to a fault.
Vincenzo Cassano is a larger-than-life protagonist that would put Chuck Norris right back in his place. He’s the best dressed, the most charming, the best fighter, the most loved and the most envied. Everyone is constantly fawning over him and its ridiculous and funny. It’s also effective to distinguish this character as a luminary for justice now, who was built to be an assassin then.
An Italian by citizenship, Vincenzo has just returned from the fashion capital, where he grew up after being adopted at the age of 8 years (his mother had given him for adoption when she found out she had cancer). The lawyer rises up through the ranks of the criminal underworld after working for a Mafia as a consigliere. When a war between the mafia groups turns ugly, he flees to South Korea, where he gets involved with lawyer Cha-Young (Jeo-Yeo-Bin).
In the crime thriller the pair, who couldn’t be more different from each other, find themselves partnering up to take on an evil corporate empire with strong ties to the government and other spheres of society. The war they have taken up proves to be a deadly one.
1. THE WORLD OF THE MARRIED
If you still want to get married after watching The World of The Married, then the realities of of marriage are definitely your joint. The drama series surfaced as one of the most viewed K-dramas by South Africans on Netflix last year. There’s good reason why the whole world was hooked until the very bizarre end that left us all hoping for more. The show also holds the record for being the highest rated drama in Korean cable television history, with Kim Hee-ae winning Best Actress at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards.
The show follows the life of Jin Sun-woo (Kim Hee-ae), a revered family doctor and associate director at Family Love in Gosan, South Korea. On the exterior, she has the perfect life (and wardrobe. Sorry, it needs to be said). She’s married to an inspiring director, the hunky Lee Tae-oh (Park Hae-joon). Together they are raising a son, Lee Joon-young. Her perfect fairytale life is plunged into absolute chaos when she discovers that her husband has been having an affair with a woman named Yeo Da-kyung. Everything now feels like a ghetto scam and our lady is livid.
You will be gasping from beginning to end.
What to Stream on Apple TV+ this Week: Ted Lasso S2
A feel good sports sitcom you need to see.
Good storytelling will have you deeply invested in things you would have otherwise paid dust. We had no business being awake at 3:00 AM on a Saturday morning, following every chess move on the board to see Beth through her ultimate battle against the Russians on Queen’s Gambit. We know nothing about chess. We also know nothing about soccer, but that hasn’t stopped Ted Lasso from being the exciting binge it is.
The feel-good American sports streaming sitcom, which is currently releasing weekly episodes for its second season on Apple TV+, spends a lot of time between the pitch and the drama-filled locker rooms. It’s the most soccer some of us have cared to get involved in, but Lasso and the team have made us care more than we anticipated. Consisting of 10 episodes, the first season debuted on Apple TV+ on August 2020, while the second season arrived on 23 July 2021.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Ted Lasso follows an American college football coach of the same name who he takes up a job in the UK as a coach for a struggling club in the top flight of English football. The gag is, he gets the gig because he is absolutely a hopeless.
His hiring at the club serves the owner Rebecca Welton’s elaborate conspiracy to sabotage the club and run it to the ground. Fresh from the US with no experience in association football, Lasso doesn’t seem to be the perfect candidate to lead AFC Richmond. Rebecca though is on a mission to spite her cheating ex-husband, the club’s original founder. Ted Lasso’s unexpected recruitment therefore, represents the perfect opportunity to undermine the club in the Premier league.
WHERE CAN YOU WATCH IT
Ted Lasso is an Apple TV+ original. Season 2 is currently is being released in weekly instalments.