Television Archive

Alibi is a quietly groundbreaking triumph for New Zealand television

Plus6Four Productions' non-linear who-dun-it web-series Alibi is something entirely new for New Zealand television - and it largely nails the landing.

The five best cameos on How I Met Your Mother

Nine seasons, two hundred and eight episodes, and a list of cameos longer than the list of women Barney's slept with. Madeleine Chapman selects the five best, weirdest and most notable.

The Block NZ, week 8: Bedrooms, bedknobs and nipple colours

Welcome to Week 8 of The Block NZ, in which Jason Gunn and Tom Sainsbury blesses us with their presence, Mark literally blows his own trumpet, and Chlo and Em choose their paint based on the colour of their mother’s nipples.

The Bachelor AU, week 2: A woman literally reads her diary on national TV

With the first week of The Bachelor: Australia coming at us full noise, there was every worry that the show could only go downhill. Not a chance.

Asian representation in New Zealand in the age of Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians has been lauded for its groundbreaking representation of Asian-Americans - but how is Asian representation looking in our own country?

A Curious Mind: Nigel Latta on making popular TV without dumbing it down

Television icon Nigel Latta returns to TV, and this time he's focused on the one thing that governs us all: the brain. Haimona Grey talks to the man himself.

Your friendly reminder to watch The Spinoff TV tonight at 10.45 on Three

Because what your Friday night really needs is the return of Anne The Champagne Lady and two ladies in suits. 

The Real Pod: We are in flaming love with The Bachelor Australia already

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

Where’s American Woman Alicia Silverstone been since Clueless?

Alicia Silverstone was the It Girl of the mid-nineties, and she's back heading up a new show which drops on Lightbox today.

The Block NZ, week 7: The Wolf unleashes

Hobsonville Point had it all this week: scandal, drama, and a thousand painted teardrops on the window of Agni’s soul.

Hey Porkchop! The most iconic moments from Drag Race’s early years

They're the lost seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, but now they're back for New Zealand's viewing pleasure. Sam Brooks rounds up the early-episode moments that continue to live on in infamy.

Honey Badger drops in for the wildest season of The Bachelor Australia yet

Strewth! Buckle up Bache-fans, it's week one of the Bachelor Australia season six and we are already being taken places.

Repressed Memories: Sensing Murder, the show that refuses to die

The 'psychics make up stuff' TV show is back on New Zealand screens, and it's just as terrible as ever.

It’s just quite funny, that’s all: In defence of Family Guy

Family Guy has been on our airwaves for almost 20 years, and mostly critically reviled. Sam Brooks stands up for the perennial punching bag.

TVNZ pulls doco peddling pre-Māori-civilisation pseudo-science

Skeletons in the Cupboard, a documentary that includes the claim seven foot tall, red-headed Celts built complex astrological stone monuments before Māori arrived in Aotearoa

Laura Palmer herself on Twin Peaks: ‘I have no idea what year it is either!’

Ahead of a visit to New Zealand from some of Twin Peaks' most iconic characters, die-hard ‘Peakie’ Angela Cuming meets three of her heroes from the series and asks what it's like to be part of a cultural phenomenon and best piece of television of the past 30 years.

The Real Pod: Chlo and Em break bad on The Block NZ

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

The Block NZ, week 6: The worst memes known to man

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It involved vanilla sponge. Tara Ward power-ranks week six of The Block NZ.

RuPaul’s Drag Race is now on TVNZ! Here’s what you need to know

Been living under a proverbial rock for the past ten years and have never heard of RuPaul's Drag Race? Don't worry, Sam Brooks has you covered.

Better Call Saul meets Breaking Bad: A crossover wishlist

Better Call Saul is dropping weekly on Lightbox right now – and it's slowly catching up with the start of Breaking Bad. While we wait, here are four fanservicey ways the new show could tip its hat to the old one.

Which is better: The Office UK or The Office US?

It's an eternal argument: Which is the better version of The Office? The original brutal UK version or its heartfelt US spinoff? The Spinoff staff finally weighs in.

The dark and depressing reality of Wile E Coyote

Funny slapstick comedy about a wild dog trying to eat a bird or a treatise on the meaningless of all human pursuits? Sam Brooks watched some Wile E. Coyote cartoons.

Your friendly reminder to watch The Spinoff TV tonight at 10.45 on Three

Because what your Friday night really needs is Duncan Greive getting beaten up in a cow costume. 

The Animals of Farthing Wood was the most brutal children’s TV show ever

Nearly 30 years ago, The Animals of Farthing Wood debuted – and promptly traumatised a generation of children with its cavalcade of animal slaughter.