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October 16, 2017

Formerly one of Australia’s most successful reality shows, especially given the country won’t even legalise gay marriage because of the “sanctity” of the whole thing, New Zealand now has its very own version of Western arranged marriages! Married at First Sight New Zealand is here, and it is the most excruciatingly painful reality show I […]

October 9, 2017

With his show Nathan For You that began its fourth season in late September, Nathan Fielder is the hero we need but don’t quite deserve in television right now. Having graduated from business school in Canada with “really good grades,” Nathan’s goal is to help small business owners increase their profits through ingenious and out-of-the-box […]

October 2, 2017

Last Sunday, E! channel’s flagship show Keeping Up with the Kardashians celebrated its tenth anniversary. Even if you hate them — and I love them, except Khloe, whom I loathe  — you cannot avoid the Kardashians, and they show absolutely no sign of disappearing soon, relentlessly thriving like some kind of very tan plague. Below […]

September 25, 2017

It’s American Horror Story time again! The most wonderful time of the year, or in the words of George Michael Bluth, “It’s a great day! For being sad.” I’ve started to thrive on the disappointment, like a Mariah Carey fan. This year’s theme is Cult and it’s about the 2016 American election, which seems a […]

September 18, 2017

I’ve been really wanting to trash something in a review for a while. Yeah, yeah, it’s the golden age of TV, we know, but there’s still a lot of bad shows going on, and not the good bad ones that I usually write about. A lot of these shows are too boring and pretentious for […]

August 14, 2017

Remember Big Brother? That Australian show from the mid-2000s with people in a house full of cameras, competing in random tasks, and trying to outlast eviction ceremonies to win a cash prize? That guy from Neighbours was on it once, and there was that girl who wore pajamas and danced in rabbit ears, and there […]

August 7, 2017

Two hours deep into a Wikipedia black hole last week, I saw that the long-running music themed quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks had finally come to an end in 2015. Beginning in 1996, it seemed like a show that would just go on forever, a British stalwart as comforting as a good cup of […]

July 31, 2017

I first read Margaret Atwood’s feminist classic The Handmaid’s Tale in 2009, on the recommendation of my Year 13 English teacher who was incredibly supportive of my writing but worried about some of my ill-formed Christchurch-born white girl ideologies (hint: I didn’t know shit). A few weeks ago my mum messaged me saying she had […]

July 24, 2017

The good television options available to the Queer¹ community are limited: in straight television, we seem to be stuck with either tired clichés, cameos, or are simply not there. Queer television exists in a beautiful niche, whereby if shows are exposed and catered to straight audiences they may lose some of their substance which made […]