The Real Pod: Celebrity Treasure Island has gone full Lord of the Flies

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in reality television and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Celebrity Treasure Island Power Rankings: My kingdom for a couch

It's week three of Celebrity Treasure Island, and what a forking great week it was. Tara Ward power ranks our favourite celebrity contestants as they compete to win that sweet charity cash. 

13 Reasons Why is nothing more than trauma porn, and it’s dangerous

On the back of season 3 of Netflix’s hit teen drama 13 Reasons Why, Katie Meadows argues that the show's unremitting darkness poses real risks to young viewers.

Review: Runaway Millionaires reveals the story behind the crime that gripped a nation

Sunday Theatre’s new drama Runaway Millionaires tells the story of Kara Hurring, the Rotorua woman who in 2009 fled the country with $10 million of stolen money. Tara Ward reviews.

Television Archive

What’s new on Netflix NZ and every other streaming service in September

What are you going to be watching in September? The Spinoff rounds up everything that’s coming to streaming services this month, including Netflix, Lightbox, Neon, Amazon Prime and TVNZ on Demand.

MAFS NZ to cut entire storyline of the groom accused of domestic violence

A shocking Herald story about the past actions of one of its grooms have forced an unprecedented move from MediaWorks.

The Real Pod: Sam Wallace is reality TV’s consummate fool

The Real Pod team assemble to discuss the brilliant Celebrity Treasure Island, The Block's descent and worrying signs for the upcoming season of Married at First Sight NZ. It's the show …

Review: Carnival Row is stuck in the fantasy ghetto mud

Sam Brooks reviews Carnival Row, an Amazon Original which can't break free from its own shallow edginess.

In praise of True Blood, home to television’s greatest-ever sex

No show has ever delivered more and better sex than True Blood. Emily Writes looks back on a trashy high-art masterpiece.

What Netflix movie Falling Inn Love gets right and wrong about New Zealand

With Falling Inn Love, New Zealand gets its very own Netflix romcom – so how accurate is its depiction of small town NZ?

Celebrity Treasure Island Power Rankings: To the victor go the toasties

It is the second week of Celebrity Treasure Island and the gloves are officially off.

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #95: An actual Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak!

The Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak has just been released in toy stores worldwide. Alice Webb-Liddall got the chance to try one out.

Review: Blown Away is the most gripping reality show since the British Bake-Off

If you’re a fan of niche television, Blown Away will deliver it in shards. Tara Ward reveals why you’ll fall in love with Netflix’s latest reality sensation.

Review: The Gulf is a genuinely world-class crime drama set on Waiheke island

For years, New Zealand has bemoaned the gap between much of our television drama and the cutting edge out in the world. That gap might finally be closing.

Review: A War Story dramatises Bin Laden before 9/11 shook the world

A War Story is one more attempt in a long line of art to make sense of 9/11 – this time from a uniquely Kiwi perspective.

Review: Celebrity Treasure Island reboot is a brilliant blast from TV’s ancient past

As a format it predates almost all reality TV, and that’s precisely why it works in 2019, writes Duncan Greive.