The Real Pod: Basking in a summer of celebrity scandals

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the last few weeks in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

What the heck is Drew’s Christmas Holiday and why is it so weird?

To many, Drew’s Christmas Holiday was a light-hearted comedy to keep thirsty Shortland Street fans satiated during the summer hiatus. To others, it was a terrifying descent into the soul of a confused and lonely man.

A whole lot of women, and some celebrities: The TV you’ll be watching in 2019

Will we ever truly reach peak TV? Maybe! And if we do, 2019 might be the year when it happens. Sam Brooks and Alex Casey run down all the things you absolutely cannot miss in 2019.

Will Max Key wash up on Celebrity Treasure Island? I bloody hope so

The most anticipated reality TV event of the year, Celebrity Treasure Island may have just got its first castaway. 

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Outlander recap: Mother of the year, 1769

A tangled web of secrets and lies was revealed in this week’s Outlander episode, as the Frasers tried to right their wrongs. They also ate some mashed potato. Tara Ward recaps.

Summer reissue: A return to Gloriavale in a Handmaid’s Tale world

Angel, Dove, Mercy and the rest of the flock are back, as happy as ever in blue. Writer Anke Richter, a cult observer, watches Gloriavale: The Return.

New to Lightbox in January: Stop the presses, it’s Venom and Mariah!

It's a scandalous journalism drama, the darkest Marvel film yet, the thirstiest show on television and Queen Diva™ Mariah herself - it's January on Lightbox.

Summer reissue: What happened to C4 host Joel Defries?

In the middle of last decade, one man dominated our local music television. Then he disappeared. Elle Hunt tracks down Joel Defries, and talks to him about life as a Kiwi TV star.

The Real Pod: Join us for the first annual Real Pod awards

The Real Pod assembles to dissect 2018 in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Newspaper drama Press is black-hearted, tar-brained fun

The business of news is as dirty as the ink its printed in – or at least that's what Press thinks. Sam Brooks reviews the news drama from the BBC, which drops on Lightbox today.

Outlander recap: A billionth reunion still feels as sweet

Outlander fans around the world rejoice, because this week's episode delivered the Fraser family reunion we’ve waited 200 years for.

Summer reissue: I dated six of the Heartbreak Island contestants

Alex Casey goes on a speed dating mission to get to know the beautiful brains behind the beautiful bodies of Heartbreak Island. 

Summer reissue: I watched 42 episodes of Outlander in a week

They said he couldn't do it, but what else are you going to do in seven days? Sam Brooks watched 42 episodes of Outlander in a single week to catch up before the fourth season premiere tonight on Lightbox.

Summer reissue: A 14-year-old on why they voted for Disco Dave Seymour

Much of David Seymour's support came from young people. But why? We asked a real-life teenager to explain.

It’s a Get It to Te Papa karaoke Christmas extra!

Seasons greetings from everyone at The Spinoff. Here's a little extra scene shot for our Lightbox TV series Get It to Te Papa that sadly didn't make the cut, featuring host Hayden Donnell and former Māori Party MP Marama Fox.

The Real Pod SPECIAL: Colin Mathura-Jeffree’s Christmas Cranny

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.