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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.

The Real Pod: In which Celebrity Treasure Island takes the biscuit

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

Review: Guy Williams finally gets out from under Jono and Ben on NZ Today

The lanky sidekick from Jono and Ben journeys around New Zealand trying to solve small town problems. Does he succeed?

Review: Jane the Virgin should be your next great Netflix binge watch

One part telenovela, one part family drama, one part addictive love story. Sam Brooks reviews Jane the Virgin, the great show with an unfortunate name that should be your next Netflix binge.

Celebrity Treasure Island Power Rankings: The Sam Wallace reign of terror begins

The first week of Celebrity Treasure Island had it all – mud, vomit and coconut brassieres. Alex Casey ranks the celebrity contestants vying to win $100,000 for their chosen charity. 

Review: Netflix’s Derry Girls is the best teen comedy on TV right now

Stranger Things owns all the oxygen for period-piece teen TV, but Ireland’s impossibly charming Derry Girls deserves as much acclaim, writes Duncan Greive.

Celebrity Treasure Island’s Bree Tomasel is a potty-mouthed triple threat

Alex Casey chats to Bree Tomasel about hosting Celebrity Treasure Island NZ, farting in the ZM studio and going viral on the regular. 

Netflix’s new true crime doco shows the depths of rape culture in small-town USA

Roll Red Roll is a brutal, painfully illuminating documentary on the Steubenville High School rape case, a shocking crime that made headlines worldwide. Emily Writes reviews.

Review: Jonah is a troubled story of a tragic legend

Jamie Wall reviews Jonah, the two-part Three telefeature that follows the life of our most famous All Black, and finds it an effective but mixed retelling of the legend.

The man behind Funny As on hustlers, hissy fits and history hidden in boxes

Over 300 hours of interviews condensed into five episodes that cover the entirety of New Zealand's comedy history – how do you even start to approach that? Sam Brooks interviews Paul Horan, the documentarian behind the show.

The latest TVNZ OnDemand figures reveal a TV-watching nation divided

Today, TVNZ released its latest findings on who is watching what on TVNZ OnDemand. Sam Brooks analyses the results.

The Handmaid’s Tale finale recap: Praise June, Mayday is here

It's the season finale of The Handmaid's Tale, and we're desperate for a happy ending. Will we get one, or will we be left weeping into our revolution muffins? Tara Ward recaps

Review: Deep Water serves up mediocre little lies

Tara Ward reviews Deep Water, a new British drama that's been compared to Big Little Lies that lands on TVNZ OnDemand today.

The Real Pod: Can we do-over all of The Block NZ?

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

The Spinoff’s perfect episodes of television

Our writers celebrate the very best episode of their favourite TV shows on NEON. Don't @ us, our decisions are final. 

Review: Succession season two is brutal and brilliant

Sam Brooks reviews the second season premiere of Succession, the dark-as-tar family drama from one of the minds behind The Thick of It.

Review: The Bachelor Australia is absolutely out of this world

He's been looking for another Earth, but will Australia's new Bachelor be able to find love?

That’s pure Moira Rose: the influences behind Schitt’s Creek’s bizarro queen

Laura Vincent explores the pop cultural roots of Moira Rose, the narcissist soap opera actress and breakout character from the offbeat, beloved sitcom Schitt's Creek.

The Real Pod: So you wanna be a Block Star?

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

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: How to get away with murder

Tensions continue to rise in Gilead, but June’s plan to start the revolution is coming together perfectly. Is this too good to be true? Tara Ward recaps this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

How we found the lost Flight of the Conchords tapes

It's the rejection that fueled a comedy legend: the failed TVNZ Flight of the Conchords pilot. Paul Horan writes about his hunt to unearth it.

A definitive list of the weirdest, wildest foreign language shows on Netflix

What are all those shows you scroll through on Netflix with stars you don't recognise and premises that are so out-there you can't believe they actually got made? Wonder no more.

Review: BossBabes is the least relatable thing I’ve ever seen

Alex Casey watches BossBabes and feels bad about herself again