Air Dates: June 17, 2007–March 22, 2009
Stars: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Rhys Darby, Kristen Schaal
What began as two Kiwis—Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement—playing joke-folk as a stand-up act became an acclaimed HBO original series; you know it as Flight of the Conchords. The program found Bret and Jemaine in NYC, trying to find an American fanbase beyond devoted follower Mel (Kristen Schaal). Ostensibly, their manager Murray Hewitt (Rhys Darby) was supposed to help them with that. But Murray was only good for laughs.
Across two seasons, the Conchords wrote novelty songs that also worked as pop music. In fact, the music worked so well that the show almost became too omnipresent. There is an entire generation of people who know what I'm talking about—you couldn't go to a small college gathering without some jackass wanting to pop in the DVD and play the entire series, like we hadn't already seen it before. College nearly killed this show for so many.
But if you revisit it now (for instance, put on "Business Time" right this second), you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that the jokes still work. The American university system could not kill Kiwi comedy. —RS