Some people are desperate to fit in while others are happier to walk their own path. These diverse shows are screening in January on SBS VICELAND.
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28 Dec 2021 - 7:27 AM  UPDATED 17 Jan 2022 - 4:40 PM

NEEDING TO FIT IN

Why Women Kill

From Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry comes a new season of Why Women Kill. Season 2 is its own beast, staying in one timeline with a whole new cast.

We are in 1949 Los Angeles, and keen gardener Alma (Allison Tolman) desperately covets membership of the exclusive Elysian Park Garden Club. The woman to make the call is Rita Castillo (Lana Parrilla), the signature Marc Cherry femme fatale. With Alma’s body type and social position stacking the odds against her, will she nevertheless find a way to enter the elegant fray? This soapy funny drama is ever so watchable. Perfect summer chill-out viewing.

Who’s who (and who’s dead) in the new season of ‘Why Women Kill’
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Season2 of Why Women Kill premieres with double episodes at 8.30pm on SBS VICELAND, Saturday 15 January. The full season will be at SBS On Demand at the same time (season one is streaming at On Demand now). Watch the season 2 trailer now:

Or start with season 2's first episode:

 

Chad

Being 14 is tough. Chad (played by Saturday Night Live’s Nasim Pedrad, who also co-created and co-wrote the show) wants nothing more than to be popular and puts all his energy into bringing this about, but the odds are stacked against him. He’s ‘different’ with his Persian heritage, plus, his newly single mother has just started dating. Embarrassing! Then, there’s social media to contend with. Argh! Pedrad shines in this American sitcom; she makes us glad the teenage years are behind us.  

Nasim Pedrad is a 14-year-old boy in 'Chad'
Chad follows a 14-year-old pubescent Persian boy as he navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular.

Chad airs with double episodes (20 minutes each) on Monday nights at 10.10pm on SBS VICELAND. Catch up with earlier episodes at SBS On Demand.

 

GOING YOUR OWN WAY

UFOs

We love this sharp French comedy. Didier is a highly respected engineer, but when his decades-long project literally blows up, he’s shoved in a back office to clear the backlog of UFO cases; hardly the position he wants to be in. But working alongside his dedicated teammates, Véra, Marcel and Rémy, he gradually opens his mind to the possibility of life existing off planet Earth, sticking to his guns despite his colleagues thinking he’s lost the plot.

With the dynamics between the cast just right, including simmering chemistry with his colleague and ex-wife Elise, you’ll fall for this unique offering. Set in the 1970s, the authentically reproduced fashions, cars, offices and interior design are a cherry on top.

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UFOs airs double episodes (30 minutes each) on Tuesday nights at 11.20pm on SBS VICELAND. Catch up with earlier episodes with the full season now streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out

In 2011, Little Mix became the first girl band to win Britain’s The X Factor, but vocalist Jesy Nelson was coping with online abuse; she was dubbed ‘the fat one’ of the foursome. Post band, she has forged her own way forward, seeking help to heal from the impact of that experience on her mental health and to face deeply buried personal issues with the support of family and friends.

In this intimate documentary, Jesy speaks to others who have experienced cyber bullying, and her former band members, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall, and ex-boyfriend, Love Island’s Chris Hughes, talk about how Jesy’s torment affected their relationships.

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out premieres at 8.30pm, Tuesday 11 January on SBS VICELAND.

Part of SBS VICELAND’s Girl Power series of documentaries screening in January.

 

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock: Race, Pop and Power (premiering at 9.40pm, Tuesday 11 January on SBS VICELAND). Airing immediately after Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, this behind-the-scenes documentary is guided by Little Mix band member Leigh-Anne Pinnock who confronts systemic racism in Britain. As a Black woman, she feels compelled to shine a light on the issue still affecting far too many people, not only in the UK but around the world.

Part of SBS VICELAND’s Girl Power series of documentaries screening in January.

 

Chyna

In her heyday, Joanie Laurer, aka “Chyna” was unstoppable in the wrestling ring. Her powerhouse force saw her defeat opponent after opponent, male and female alike. She went where women weren’t supposed to go – and she won. Through never-before-seen home movies and interviews with those close to her, Chyna explores the rise and fall of the wrestling phenomenon, as well as the complicated legacy of the woman behind the warrior.

Chyna premieres at 9.30pm, Sunday 30 January on SBS VICELAND.

Part of SBS VICELAND’s Girl Power series of documentaries screening in January.

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