Television Archive

House of Drag power-rankings: Ladies and otherly identified, we have a winner

We have a winner - and it's a gamechanger. Sam Brooks power-ranks the last episode of House of Drag, and assesses the season in general.

The Real Pod: Could there BE any more reality TV finales this week?

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

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Finale power rankings: Sausage rolling to victory

The week’s episode of the Great Kiwi Bake Off was a right old sausage-fest, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Tara Ward power ranks the grand finale.

Outlander recap: What’s going on with Brianna?

Brianna fell down the time-travelling rabbit hole in this week’s episode of Outlander, but who did she meet there? Tara Ward recaps.

Project Runway Power Rankings, week 12: And the winner is…

In the final episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a whole damn collection. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

Your Lightbox guide to television binge-watching over the holidays

It can be hard making small-talk with your loved ones over the holidays – which is exactly why television was invented. Sam Brooks shares the best shows to binge on Lightbox over the silly season, no matter your demographic.

The Spinoff Hot Take Advent Calendar: December 16

Every day in the lead-up to Christmas, open the door to reveal a Spinoff writer’s short, sizzling commentary on a weighty subject. Our arbitrary and strictly enforced word limit: 365. Today: Alex Casey on the only social media influencer worth following.

Vikings recap: In the name of God

If people don't recognise your power, no worries, you can always just appeal to a higher authority.

House of Drag power rankings: The all-white rap challenge

House of Drag breaks out of the Drag Race mould with an all rap-challenge, with mixed results.

The Real Pod: A star (baker) is born

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

Thank you to The Strip, the TV show that inspired my teenage sexual awakening

The strip club-set New Zealand TV series The Strip ran for two seasons in the early-2000s and is now largely forgotten. But Emily Writes remembers it...

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: A shocking twist, and not the apple kind

Praise the the chocolate gods, you've blessed us with the nicest show on television.

Outlander recap: A long snake in a long drop

Last week saw a hat-eating pig on Fraser’s Ridge, this week there was a snake in the dunny. What other joys await us in the next episode of Outlander? Tara …

Project Runway Power Rankings, week 11: The end is nigh

In the eleventh episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a look representing their hypothetical spring/summer line. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

The incredible story of House of Drag’s Medulla Oblongata

Alex Casey talks to Medulla Oblongata following their shock elimination from House of Drag. 

Who plays who in Law and Order True Crime: The Menéndez Murders

It was the *other* double murder that defined the nineties – the one that wasn't OJ-related. Coming to Lightbox today is its TV dramatisation: Law and Order True Crime: The Menéndez Murders. But who are all these people?

Vikings recap: Blackmail fail for troublesome priest

The latest episode of Vikings shows that even in the more civilised parts of this world, subtle politicking can still be overcome by a knife straight through the eye.

House of Drag power rankings: Let me see y’all one two step

It's taken five episodes - but we've finally gotten to a choreography challenge. Sam Brooks power ranks the fifth episode of House of Drag. 

The Real Pod: Bake Off loses an angel and a poonami strikes

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

New to Lightbox in December: Crazy Rich McDreamy!

It's McDreamy's new show, a mid-aughts mum classic and two of the year's most fun films - they're all on Lightbox this month! Plus, what you need to catch before it leaves.

Watch episode 2 of our TV show Get It to Te Papa here, now!

Get It to Te Papa follows journalist Hayden Donnell on an ambitious quest to collect underappreciated Kiwi cultural artefacts and get them into New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa. Watch the second episode right here – for free.

Watch episode 1 of our TV show Get It to Te Papa here, now!

The first episode follows a desperate quest to find the Waitangi Dildo, the sex toy hurled at a New Zealand government minister which became a media sensation. Watch the entire episode here, for free!

Never forget that a death metal band played on The Erin Simpson Show

Alex Casey talks to the key players involved in one of the greatest moments in New Zealand television history.

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Swans, swans on the side of my face

Welcome to Pastry Week, my little overstuffed cherubs. Tara Ward power ranks episode eight of the delicious televisual feast that is The Great Kiwi Bake Off.