Sometimes, you want a binge option that you can get through in a weekend, if everything breaks well for you. Sure, it’s nice to have a show that provides you with a lot of episodes you can mete out here and there, but isn’t it satisfying to get that feeling of closure and, dare I say, accomplishment? Well, if you have access to HBO, I’ve got a show for you to stream that’s only 22 episodes long. I speak of Flight of the Conchords.
The show was never more than a cult thing, though it had a fervent cult. Perhaps that owes to the idiosyncratic nature of Flight of the Conchords. It’s about a folk duo from New Zealand in New York City. Their band is called Flight of the Conchords. The band existed before the show, but basically nobody had heard of them before the show, at least in America. Maybe they were huge in New Zealand. They aren’t successful, they have misadventures, and so on and so forth.
Jemaine Clement plays Jemaine and Bret McKenzie plays Bret. Some others notable actors appeared in the show, including a less-famous Kristen Schaal, as their one devoted fan Mel. She just happens to be insanely devoted to an unhealthy degree. Eugene Mirman is on the show sometimes. Rhys Darby plays their manager Murray. He’s great. Basically everybody on the show is great, though.
Oh, also it’s a musical. Songs written by Jemaine and Bret, as musicians in real life, appear in the show, with all the magic that comes from musicals. Normally, I’m not a fan of musicals. And yet I loved this show. I think it helps that the songs are usually really funny. I mean, the show in general is extremely funny. It’s a truly hilarious show at its best. Jemaine, Bret, and Murray all deliver some great deadpan lines. Although Murray does get worked up on occasion as well. Jemaine and Bret less so.
I highly recommend at least trying a couple episodes of Flight of the Conchords. I expect you’ll be hooked, and find some catchy, funny songs stuck in your head. If you aren’t even sure about a 22-episode binge, I’ll level with you. If you don’t really like the first season, you can feel OK with skipping the second season. It’s good, but not as good as the first season, which is pretty perfect.
Not too bad for a couple musicians from New Zealand. Oh, also, there was another guy who worked with Clement and McKenzie on this show. He’s one of their buddies from New Zealand. His name is Taika Waititi. You may have heard of him. He’s kind of a huge deal as a director now.