Television Archive

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Despite the outdated format, the premiere of Wife Swap NZ felt like quietly revolutionary.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.

Dancing with the Stars, week seven: Unbroken wings

They're not tiny dancers, they're Elton John sized! Thank the lord! Sam Brooks power-ranks week seven of Dancing with the Stars.

A definitive list of all the dumb shit that happened on Glee

Ten years on from its first episode, Sam Brooks revisits all the wild, dumb, and plain terrible things that happened on Glee.

What’s in a slogan?

Controversy erupted over The Project host Kanoa Lloyd's decision to wear an 'it's OK to be white' t-shirt this week. Newshub's Sophie Bateman looks into the co-option of a seemingly innocuous slogan.

The Real Pod: In which we nearly set off the studio smoke alarm

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

The Big C serves up the best kind of wish-fulfilment fantasy

All four seasons of Laura Linney cancer-comedy The Big C drops on Lightbox today. Sam Brooks writes about the series' surprisingly uplifting journey through a woman's nightmare.

What the hell is LEGO Masters and why is it so great?

LEGO Masters is a new show that will grab you by the heart with its extendable Technic arm and never let go. Tara Ward finds out what it’s all about.

Review: Who Killed Lucy The Poodle? is a classic New Zealand gothic yarn

A lion escapes from the zoo and kills a Rotorua poodle. Weird story, but how did it actually happen?

Dancing with the Stars, week six: Sticky has become unstuck

It's week six of Dancing with the Stars, and the cream has risen from beneath the crop! Sam Brooks power-ranks the contestants.

Review: Catch-22 meanders off-course on its journey from book to miniseries

Katie Meadows reviews Catch-22, George Clooney's bleak and boring TV adaptation of the classic novel.

The Real Pod: Has Duncan cursed 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.

Never forget the time Justin Bieber got very mad at a bottle of L&P

Forget his problematic Instagram and his pet monkey, Justin Bieber made his most evocative piece of art during a whirlwind trip to New Zealand in 2010.

The six best Kiwi films on Lightbox

A little bit of Taika, a little bit Jackson, a little bit Footrot Flats. Calum Henderson celebrates the best New Zealand-made films available to watch on Lightbox.

All the reasons why Michael Schur comedies are so great

Parks and Rec, The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place – creator Mike Schur has become a titan of the television sitcom. Jordan Hamel explains exactly how he did it.