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Flight of the Conchords 1st Season - d1/2
2007

Directed by: various
Starring: Jemaine Clement
Bret McKenzie
Rhys Darby
Kristen Schaal
Frank Wood
Arj Barker

Running Time:

Episodes 1-6

01 SALLY - Jemaine meets his dream girl, but problems arise when its revealed she used to date Bret.

02 BRET GIVES UP THE DREAM - With much reluctance, Bret lands a day-job, but it soon leads to complications with the band.

03 MUGGED - After Jemaine is robbed, Bret seaks to recover his stolen property.

04 YOKO - When Bret gets a new girlfriend, Jemaine becomes a third-wheel, leading to strife within the band.

05 SALLY RETURNS - When Sally comes back into the picture, Jemaine and Bret both fall for her, causing a rivalry between the two bandmates.

06 BOWIE - Bret meets David Bowie in a dream. Meanwhile, Murray pursues an odd business opportunity for the band.

This rollicking HBO offering chronicled the misadventures of Flight of the Conchords, a two-man "digi-folk" band from New Zealand. It could do nothing less -- starring in the half-hour series was Flight of the Conchords, a genuine two-man digi-folk band from New Zealand consisting of comedians Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, who created the property in concert (no pun intended) with James Bobin. The two protagonists, cleverly named Jemaine and Bret, had come all the way from their mother country to hit it big in New York City. There were only two things keeping them from skyrocketing to stardom: they never seemed to get any decent bookings, and they were bloody awful. Doing rather less than his best to make household names out of Jemaine (the one with the glasses) and Bret (the one with the beard) was their agent-manager Murray (Rhys Darby), whose day job as a cultural attachT at the New Zealand Consulate's tourism division gave him plenty of free time -- if not plenty of money -- to arrange such gigs as a retro rock video in which the boys were dressed in ill-fitting cardboard robot suits, and an outdoor concert in Central Park (the wrong Central Park in the wrong city, worse luck). Evidently, Murray was one of only three people in Manhattan who even acknowledged the existence of Flight of the Conchords. The other two were the president -- and only member -- of the band's fan club, an overaged groupie named Mel (Kristen Schaal), who obsessively and lustfully dogged the boys' path, usually chauffeured by her unbelievably unflappable husband; and Dave (Arj Barker), who owned the pawnshop where Jemaine and Bret's instruments were habitually in hock. The series' semi-improvised dialogue and surrealistic storylines were counterpointed by fantasy musical sequences, which gaudily spoofed the music-video clichTs of the past three decades; these vignettes were invariably better than Flight of the Conchords' actual performances, though not by much. Though probably best appreciated by "insiders" in the music business, Flight of the Conchords was broad enough in appeal to tickle the fancy of any comedy fan, while retaining just enough deadpan subtlety to induce quiet chuckles along with the belly laughs. The series debuted June 17, 2007. (allmovie.com)

TV, musical, music, Comedy, HBO, Dean's List

USA

STATUS: IN (3 / 3)

Avg MEMBER Rating: 8.0