Television Archive

More than just great memes: Arthur is a progressive, hilarious gem

Sam Rutledge dives into Arthur, the 90s classic making headlines for a recent gay rat wedding, because of course it is.

What you need to know about The Block NZ: Firehouse

Sound the alarm, evacuate the building and douse the entire city of Auckland in flame-proof retardant, because The Block NZ is back, and this season is: Firehouse! 

Dancing with the Stars finale: And the winner is…

Our three month celebrity charity journey is over! Sam Brooks power-ranks the finale of Dancing with The Stars.

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Make way for Aunt Lydia

There ain’t no party like a Gilead party, as June enjoys a dedication, a mobility scooter and some poolside plotting in this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. Tara Ward recaps.

The Real Pod: Who is going to win Dancing With the Stars NZ?

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

The weirdest and most wonderful Kiwi celebrity endorsements

Stan Walker just made Postie Plus cool again, but he’s not the first celeb brand ambassador to raise our collective eyebrows.

Dancing with the Stars, semi-final: Farewell, my lovely (food bag)

"It's the semi-final of Dancing with the Stars! And so soon!" said nobody. Sam Brooks power-ranks the penultimate episodes of Dancing with the Stars. Everybody danced twice tonight! The theme for …

We don’t deserve Manu Vatuvei’s laugh

Alex Casey pays tribute to one of the only good things left in this cold, hard world.

Review: Pecking Order proves not all is fair in love and war and chickens

Director Slavko Martinov brings his eye for social critique to Christchurch’s Poultry, Bantam, and Pigeon Club in the dramatic, uplifting flockumentary Pecking Order.

Meet Love Island, the clothes-optional UK reality show taking over NZ

British reality TV sensation Love Island is back on NZ screens, this season at the extremely questionable time of 5pm. But what is it? And why are people so obsessed? Shave …

The Real Pod: How many idiots does it take to record a podcast?

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

What to watch when you feel like bawling your fucking eyes out

Television doesn't make your eyes square, but it can make them leak. Alex Casey explains why. 

The Handmaid’s Tale season three recaps: Bonnets off, ladies

In the words of wise old owl Aunt Lydia, good things come to those who wait. Tara Ward recaps the first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale season three.

Blessed be the fight: The Handmaid’s Tale returns tonight

With three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale arriving express to Lightbox tonight, Alex Casey prepares you to return to life in Gilead.

Kids shouldn’t be watching Love Island (and not because of the bikinis and sex)

The latest season of British reality show Love Island is set to hit TV screens at the unconventional tea-time hour of 5pm. Jihee Junn explains why the decision is troubling. 

Julz Tocker is the most interesting man on NZ television

Alex Casey meets Julz Tocker, the Dancing With the Stars NZ judge that refuses to sit down. 

Dancing with the Stars, week eight: Three’s definitely a crowd

It's week eight of Dancing with the Stars, and (some of) our favourite celebs from past seasons return! Sam Brooks power-ranks the contestants.

Emily Writes: The 11 hottest cartoon characters, according to me

Cartoon characters can be almost anything – people, animals, figments of your imagination. And they can also be hot as hell.

Where to redirect your Drag Race energy now that it’s over

Season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race comes to an end tonight, leaving a void in the souls of its massive fandom. But don't put away your merch money yet – there are plenty of local acts waiting to steal your heart.

Wife Swap NZ just gifted us the reality star of the year

Despite the outdated format, the premiere of Wife Swap NZ felt like quietly revolutionary. Alex Casey explains why.

Video recap: The Handmaid’s Tale season 1 and 2 in under three minutes

Season three of The Handmaid's Tale drops on June 6, exclusively on Lightbox. Brush up on all the bonnets, babies and body horror of the first two seasons here.

Which is harder: winning Survivor or surviving being a teacher?

Avi Duckor-Jones won Survivor NZ after 40 days living on a deserted stretch of coast, fighting to stay alive. He’s also a teacher in a New Zealand school.

Let’s Get Inventin’ was the most hectic kids show of the noughties

Let’s Get Inventin’ was a late-noughties reality TV show that pitted children and scientists against common sense. Josie Adams looks back at what made it great.

What is the best New Zealand jingle of all time?

Alex Casey goes down a YouTube rabbit hole to try and find the best New Zealand advertising jingle ever created.