Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday August 22

Today’s Top Picks



8 p.m. on BBC-A

A new episode of this dazzling documentary series gives a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of “South America,” as scarlet macaws survey the heart of the Amazon, condors soar to dizzying heights along the Andes Mountains, and hummingbirds and vultures alike bear witness to the grandeur of this continent. Visual highlights include Machu Picchu, the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, and the enigmatic Nazca Lines in the Peruvian desert. David Tennant narrates.


Love in the Time of Corona

8 p.m. ET on FREEFORM – Series Premiere

This two-night, four-part limited series event, which concludes on Sunday, follows a diverse assortment of characters as they cope with the extraordinary demands of the coronavirus pandemic. In the premiere, “The Course of Love,” married couple James and Sade (real-life spouses Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson) adjust to 24/7 life together in quarantine. Elsewhere, headstrong wife Nanda (L. Scott Caldwell) must make do with a virtual 50th wedding anniversary celebration when her husband’s rehab facility goes into lockdown. Another new episode follows.


Queen & Slim

8 p.m. ET on HBO – Premiere

Jodie Turner-Smith (“Jett”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) earned warm reviews in the title roles of this character-driven combination of romance, road trip and crime drama from Melina Matsoukas (in her feature directing debut), with a screenplay from Lena Waithe (“The Chi”). The film opens with Queen, a criminal lawyer, on her first, awkward Tinder date with Slim in a diner. Later, as he’s driving her home, a routine traffic stop that starts out harmlessly goes badly wrong, forcing the pair to flee. Bokeem Woodbine and Chloe Sevigny co-star.


Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation

9 p.m. ET on HISTORY

Season 2 comes to a close with two final back-to-back episodes, starting with “Sightings Surge,” wherein Luis Elizondo utilizes some new cutting-edge technology to scrutinize a series of UFO videos from 2019, a year that saw a sharp uptick in the sightings of unidentified flying objects. Then, in the finale “Extraterrestrial Encounters,” Elizondo ponders an invisible threat these mysterious aircraft may pose, something not previously considered among the five “observable characteristics” of UFOs.

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