Sam Brooks

Sam Brooks is a playwright, journalist and critic. Email him on sam@thespinoff.co.nz

Television
Mar 8, 2021
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The most revealing moments from that blockbuster Meghan and Harry interview

The most revealing moments from the most hyped interview of the year.

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Television
Mar 7, 2021
Round up your sheilas and put a shrimp on the barby, it's the contestants on Drag Race Down Under. (Photo: TVNZ)

Kia ora kuīni: Meet the contestants on Drag Race Down Under

The 10 Australian and New Zealand competitors on this year's local version of RuPaul's Drag Race have been revealed.

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Society
Mar 4, 2021

Not just a bump in the road: Performing artists on lockdown's cruel blows

The move to level three in Auckland, and level two across the rest of the country, has once more thrown the live arts into disarray.

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Television
Mar 3, 2021

Ten things you should be watching on Star

There are 435 films and 155 series on new Disney+ bolt-on service Star. Where on earth do you start?

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Gaming
Feb 27, 2021

Review: Persona 5 Strikers is a match made in crossover heaven

What do you get if you mix a little bit of Persona with a little bit of Musou? A whole lot of fun.

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Television
Feb 24, 2021

Warning: Britney Ever After is NOT Framing Britney Spears

Have you been duped by a Lifetime movie masquerading as a documentary?

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Television
Feb 23, 2021

Review: Allen v Farrow finally places Dylan at the centre of her own story

The new docuseries clears away the clutter of a messy saga, and refocuses the story back on the person it was always really about.

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Television
Feb 23, 2021

Disney plus… plus? Everything you need to know about new streaming service Star

Today, Disney launches a new part of its streaming service, Star. But what in the Mickey Mouse is it?

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Television
Feb 21, 2021

Review: Lindy Chamberlain finally gets a happy ending in Trial in the Outback

The most wronged woman in Australia gets to tell her story.

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Society
Feb 21, 2021

Two years after the breakup, what does Pride in Auckland look like?

What separates the Rainbow Pride Parade and the Pride March? A thin blue line.

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Television
Feb 20, 2021

Review: We Are Who We Are is a queer love letter to Gen Z from Gen X

The new limited series from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino treats this zoomer love story like it's paradise.

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Television
Feb 13, 2021

Mmm whatcha say: A definitive list of all the silly things that happened on The OC

California, here we come! Sam Brooks looks back at the wildest moments from the mid-aughts teen drama.

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Television
Feb 8, 2021

Holey Moley might be TV’s weirdest reality contest yet

Everything you need to know about Three's new 'extreme mini golf' reality show.

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Television
Feb 3, 2021

Review: It’s a Sin is a damn near miracle

Russell T Davies' five-part series tackles the Aids crisis with extraordinary intimacy and power.

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Television
Jan 27, 2021

I watched nothing but kids TV for a week and I lost my mind

Sam Brooks wasn’t allowed to watch kid’s TV as a kid. Now, as a 30 year old man, he watches it for the first time.

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NEON
Jan 25, 2021

From Disney to Emmy: Zendaya’s journey to Euphoria

She’s got one name, and one hundred talents.

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Television
Jan 24, 2021

Is there too much Drag Race?

We’re only a few weeks into the year, and already there are two new seasons of Drag Race. Are we in danger of reaching peak Drag Race? 

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Society
Jan 19, 2021

Someone is making terrible Jacinda Ardern deepfake videos and they must be stopped

Can you figure out which of these is real Jacinda Ardern? Probably! But one day you might not be able to.

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Television
Jan 15, 2021

Review: WandaVision is the first artistic triumph of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

A tribute to the sitcoms of old? In the Marvel Cinematic Universe? You better believe it.

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Society
Jan 10, 2021

What is the objectively correct number of tabs to have open?

This is yet another tab clogging up your browser, and that's fine.

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Politics
Jan 8, 2021

The insider: Three decades of amazing Michelle Boag headlines

Michelle Boag has been one of the country’s most infamous right-wing political insiders. Here’s a brief rundown of her headlines over the past thirty years.

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Money
Jan 2, 2021

You need a will, you idiot

Less than half of New Zealand adults have a will. One hundred percent of New Zealand adults die.

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Television
Jan 1, 2021

Your hate only makes Gwyneth Paltrow stronger

She's an Oscar-winning actress, a widely hated celebrity and founder of one of the most successful wellness brands in the world. And all your jade egg jokes make no difference at all.

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Television
Dec 31, 2020

Lucy Lawless as Stevie Nicks is New Zealand’s forgotten comedy masterpiece

Twenty-two years ago, Lucy Lawless wasn't just playing Xena, she was part of one of SNL's greatest ever sketches. Sam Brooks pays tribute to Stevie Nicks Fajita Round-Up.

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Music
Dec 30, 2020

What happened when John Campbell got ‘off his nut’ on kava with Melodownz

Ever wanted to see John Campbell lit on Kava? Look no further than Melodownz' new show, Kava Corner.

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Gaming
Dec 29, 2020

What is Among Us and should I let my kid play it?

It’s the third most streamed game in the world, but what the hell is it?

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