Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Netflix)

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Netflix) – Premieres 11th October

A food travel show hosted by chef Samin Nosrat, where in each episode it concentrates on one of the cooking elements salt, fat, acid & heat.

During the episode, Samin travels the world to find out how different approaches to the certain element have been adopted by specific food producers to create unique items.

As Samin talks with the producers to find out how their approach is different, and looks into how the usually generational technique was developed. She joins in with the creation of the food, highlighting the differences that help make the food taste different. Before wrapping up the programme by creating meal utilising the food she has sampled over the episode.

For a food based travel show it’s a pretty relaxing bit of viewing, where it’s more about the interaction of Samin with the folks she’s chatting to than solely concentrating of the food. Making it a pleasant enough way to burn 45 minutes.

4.7/10

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Dancing Queen (Netflix)

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Dancing Queen (Netflix) – Premieres 5th October

A reality show that follows drag queen Justin Johnson aka Alyssa Edwards, who between doing various drag queen stuff runs his dance studio in Texas.

During the programme, Johnson runs Beyond Belief Dance Company. Where after returning from tour, informs his students that out of the four age groups, two dance teams will be formed to compete around the country.

In these sections of the programme, there are interviews with the students and their mothers, as they talk about why they enjoy dancing, and how it’s helped them.

In the rest of the show, it follows Johnson as Edwards as he continues with his other job of being a drag queen. Where along with explaining how he got into the business, shows him doing some public appearances. And tying the programme together are confessional style interviews with Both Johnson and his alter ego Edwards as the comment on what’s going on.

As reality shows go it comes across as a mix between Bring It and a standard reality show of a z-list celeb. Leaving it to be something that would only be of interest to those that already fans of Edwards. Otherwise it’s some instantly forgettable stuff.

1.4/10

Maniac (Netflix)

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Maniac (Netflix) – Premieres 21st September

A dark comedy based on a Norweigan programme of the same name, has Owen Milgrim, who suffers from hallucinations of a man that looks like his brother called Grimsson, and Annie Landsberg, a woman scraping to get by while having a drug dependancy.

After being told that he is on a mission from his Grimsson, Owen ends up losing his job, and after rejecting an offer to join the family business, signs up to a pharmaceutical trial of an experimental drug.

While there he sees Annie, where he is told by his Grimsson that she is the an agent that will be working with to help change the world. And after reciting the phrase Grimsson told him, a perplexed Annie confirms her association before the trials begin.

For an opening episode it’s an intriguing watch, as the story goes along at a decent pace without revealing much. Along with having a Terry Gilliam-esque feel to it all and having some amusing parts in it, it’s worth checking out.

6.4/10

The Good Cop (Netflix)

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The Good Cop (Netflix) – Premieres 21st September

A procedural comedy drama where Anthony Caruso, a New York detective with a pathological need to be honest, lives with his father Tony Sr, a disgraced cop who has just been released from prison.

As Anthony works on murder cases he ends up getting advice from his father on possible things he may not usually consider. All the while Anthony has to keep an eye on his dad as he bends the rules with his probation officer and generally does what he wants.

For a procedural cop show it’s pretty lightweight, and is similar in its format to crime shows like Monk. Making it an easy bit of viewing, but not something you’d go out of your way to watch.

4.5/10

Battlefish (Netflix)

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Battlefish (Netflix) – Premieres 21st September

Similar to shows like Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove, this follows a few fishing crews based in Ilwaco washington as they make a living during the albacore tuna fishing season.

The show starts off with the crews waiting for the first sighting of the tuna to signal the start of the fishing season. Then follows them as they compete with each other as they try to find the best fishing spots, and shows the different techniques they use that optimise the usage of their vessels.

Along with the fishing, it shows the crews as they try to get into a rhythm as quickly as possible, and bitching about some of the other vessels that they believe aren’t doing things correctly. And finishing up with showing what progress the crews made during the episode.

For a commercial fishing reality show it does what you expect, and doesn’t have much that makes it standout for the other shows. Though if you like this type of show it’s worth a watch.

3.9/10

Car Masters: Rust to Riches (Netflix)

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Car Masters: Rust to Riches (Netflix) – Premieres 14th September

A car renovation show where owner of the Gotham Garage, Mark Towle, has a novel approach to his business compared to similar shows. As he sets out to initially buy a cheap beaten up vehicle, and when it’s restored, trade it for a more valuable beaten down vehicle where he repeats the process until the value for the final build is in the six figure area. And when that’s achieved, starts the process again at the beginning.

In each episode it focuses on one stage of the restore and trade process, where it starts with the vehicle arriving at the garage. Leaving the employees question whether it’s doable. Then after the plan is shown, the team begin work in the usual car restoration style.

As this is going on Mike then gets a small job coming into the garage to help pay the bills, which ends up providing more problems than the big job they are working on. Then when both jobs are finished, the small job returns to it’s owner, and the big job is taken to the owner of the next restoration job where the vehicles are swapped.

For what it is, the show does offer something slightly different to the norm, which does help this to be more watchable than other similar shows. All-in-all, it’s something you’d happily watch if nowt else is on.

4.0/10

First and Last (Netflix)

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First and Last (Netflix) – Premieres 7th September

A prison based docu-series that is based at the Gwinnett County jail in Georgia, that follows the people that are either spending their first day in the jail, or about to be released after serving their time.

During the programme if follows a selection of people who fit the remit, and has them explaining what happened for them to be incarcerated, and then follows them as they either prepare to finally leave, or trying to arrange bail.

The programme then shows the leavers meeting up with their relatives, and the first day folks either getting out on bail, or being processed into the system. It the wraps up with giving an update on the people featured, showing if they managed to stay on the straight and narrow or have ended up imprisoned.

For a prison documentary there’s nothing in it that makes it stand out from the crowd. And with it going along at a painfully slow pace, as well as not much really happening, it makes it a forgettable piece of viewing.

2.4/10