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May 17, 2015

This is the story of two guys circling the drain like day-old curry. It’s also a cautionary tale about The Bachelor, and what it can it can do the Hopeless and Lost. It came as a bit of a surprise to us when The Bachelor finished on Wednesday. And we’re going to get to all […]

May 11, 2015

Here we go again. Listen: things aren’t great this week. In last week’s flood the Shit Den got hit pretty hard. The TV’s fried and is shooting off sparks ominously into the dark. Our only couch is completely waterlogged; The Rat floats around in a McDonald’s cup. We’ve put some wine biscuits in there with […]

May 3, 2015

For such a conservative show, The Bachelor had us looking toward the future more than we might have imagined this week, and boy was it bleak. The future isn’t something that figures too prominently in our Riddiford Street shit-den, but there we were—two pallid idiots contemplating what lies ahead. Listen, readers: we know what you’re […]

April 27, 2015

We’re not going to lie, dear readers, it hasn’t been the best week for New Zealand’s least-read reality TV reviewers. Joe received his third academic warning of the year, while George was expelled from Young Labour for making a scene at the conference and abusing the president for being “insufficiently radical”. The wolves are well […]

April 19, 2015

We’re going to be honest with you here, readers. When we conceived of this whole thing we had some near-great ideas. “It’s inherently funny to treat such a vulgar cultural product with sincerity,” Joe said, as Obikwa crept out the corner of his mouth. “I just want it to be cine-literate,” George replied, prostrate on […]

March 29, 2015

It seems like a good moment to reflect on the place of reality television in New Zealand. The Kills and Moon episode has been the high-water mark of cultural vacuity, but there is something bigger at play here; the problems are more than superficial. It’s only in its second season but The X Factor has […]