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MediaDecember 27, 2017

The 10 best videos from The Spinoff this year


Clicks and content, content and clicks: these are the videos that attracted the most eyeballs on friendly fledgling website ‘the Spinoff’ this year.


The original MacGyver is a stone-cold 80s classic, with a likeably earnest hero and a lot of heart. The reboot, which started screening on Prime all the way back in January? Not so much. José Barbosa reviews.


Some say Kiwi Onion Dip is the backbone of New Zealand’s culinary history. For the initiated, KOD is a beloved party dip for chips (or anything you like, carrot, celery sticks, fingers). But who made this nectar of the Gods? In a special Spinoff investigation, Hayden Donnell searches for the person behind the dip. Will he find her? Will he find himself?


Repressed memories was the brainchild of TV-obsessed James Mustapic. Each episode James revisits TV shows he barely remembers from his childhood and attempts to discover if they still have what it takes to captivate him. What he finds might shock you.


Perhaps the most hilarious and unlikely political story of the year. Just watch it.


After Key the Senior and the National party lost their court battle with Mr M. Mathers, Max Key issued a proclamation – this would not stand. In this exclusive release, Key the Junior* eviscerates the world’s most famous MC.

*maybe someone else.


This year The Spinoff teamed up with the Electoral Commission to bring out the youth vote. The result was these frightening/hilarious/informative videos starring comedians Angella Dravid and Melanie Bracewell. Did they help change the government? That’s for you to decide.


Nau mai, haere mai ki Kaupapa On The Couch, a webseries about Māori issues and stuff, starring Leonie Hayden! For my money the coolest and most entertaining series released on The Spinoff this year. Educate yo self!


Nobody captured the mood of New Zealand in the year of our Lord 2017 quite like Tom Sainsbury. A social scientist, anthropologist and cultural sleuth, Sainsbury got under the skin and inside the head of Kiwis from all walks of life. Kiwis of Snapchat is the result.


This year was a rough one for many of us, but for a select few on social media it was the very best yet. We went behind the scenes to see just how ‘influencers’ do what they do, and what could go wrong.


It was the clip that brought the country to a standstill. Ok, it almost flew under the radar, but once Jane Yee sent a blurry screencap back to Spinoff HQ, it was only a matter of time before this baby went viral.

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