Television Archive

Here’s what you need to know about Neon merging with Lightbox

Streaming services Neon and Lightbox will merge next month. So what does this mean for your favourite shows?

So long to Ashley TV: How a nation got hooked on the daily Covid show

Normal service has resumed, and life seems a little bit empty without that 1pm ritual.

Walter Presents: Meet the Italian man serving up your next binge watch

Sam Brooks interviews Walter Iuzzolino, the man behind TVNZ’s new curated algorithm-free channel, Walter Presents.

If America can cancel Cops, New Zealand can bin Police Ten 7

After 31 years on air, the American police television show Cops was finally cancelled on Wednesday. Is it time for New Zealand to do the same to Police 10-7?

Bodyguard vs The Bodyguard: Who guarded the body best?

Sam Brooks compares two of the most prominent on-screen bodyguards to see how they stack up.

Bond, Teen Bond: The brilliance of the Alex Rider series

Sam Brooks pays tribute to Alex Rider, and the new TV series that (finally) captures the spirit of the books.

Race relations commissioner rebukes TVNZ’s decision to air ‘racist’ new show

TVNZ is airing a controversial British reality show, but members of the New Zealand African community want it pulled.

From your couch to the world in five shows

Tara Ward rounds up all the TVNZ shows that will also take you from your armchair to locales far and wide.

Review: Netflix’s Space Force crashes and burns with a laughless first season

The mind behind The Office reunites with Steve Carell to bring us... an unfunny mess?

What’s new to Netflix NZ and every other streaming service in June

What are you going to be watching in June? The Spinoff rounds up everything that’s coming to streaming services this month, including Netflix, Lightbox, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Neon and TVNZ OnDemand.

Beat the Chasers is the quiz show spinoff of your wildest dreams

All five of The Chase brainiacs have teamed up to stretch their intellectual muscles in an action-packed offshoot of the cult favourite.

The Screen Industry Workers Bill is good for our industry – Jennifer Ward-Lealand

The Hobbit Law went too far, but this is a big step towards creating fairer working conditions, writes the actors' union president.

Emily Writes: In celebration of Soft TV

Emily Writes celebrates wholesome shows and the rise of cosy television.

Chasing Nanette: Hannah Gadsby’s new special Douglas is a gentle piece of genius

Two years ago, her genre-busting show Nanette broke the internet. Now Hannah Gadsby has released a new stand-up special, and expectations are sky high.

Plenty of soap: Shortland Street is back, but life on set is far from normal

How the country's longest-running soap started filming again in a physically distanced world.

A definitive list of every ridiculous thing that happened on Sex and the City

Definitive list maven Sam Brooks tackles 90s classic Sex and the City. It does not go well.

Taika and the giant celeb-filled peach

Taika Waititi and his famous mates team up to fight Covid-19 and bring Roald Dahl's beloved story to life.

If you like that, you’ll love this… The Spinoff finds your TV match

Know what you love but don't know where to go next? Look no further.

On set with New Zealand’s hottest lockdown filmmaker, Joseph Parker

No New Zealander personality has been pumping out the Covideo content quite like heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker.

Review: TV adaptation of The Luminaries has both the glitter and the gold

The Man Booker prize-winning novel arrives on our screens, but does it make it the transition unscathed?

Panning for gold: The stars of The Luminaries on filming the TV series

Eva Green, Eve Hewson and Himesh Patel on taking one of the most acclaimed novels of the past decade from page to screen.

A show for any mood: What to watch when you’re feeling…

Are you in a mood? Like, literally any mood? Don’t worry, Sam Brooks has you covered with something to cater to (or escape from) some very specific moods.

Why was Matty McLean in a dinosaur suit on Breakfast?

These are unprecedented times, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, Breakfast's Matty McLean does the weather dressed as a dinosaur.

Outlander recap: Mad men ruin absolutely everything

Tara Ward recaps the brutal finale to season five of Outlander.