Flight of the Conchords—Season 1

9.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 10/10

Great songs, fun show

Nothing

 
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Flight of the Conchords…a bit of New Zealand for everyone!

Flight of the Conchords (Jermaine Clement, Bret McKenzie) are a hot, up & coming folk band from New Zealand (the fourth most popular one there!).  Jermaine and Bret like most famous musicians have girls all over them and tour dates spanning the city, but this type of fame isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.  Sure they aren’t quite there yet, they only have one fan named Mel (Kristen Schaal) and their manager Murray (Rhys Darby) has to split his time between managing and his job at the New Zealand consulate, but with their spirit, they are sure to make it.

Flight of the Conchords ran for two seasons on HBO and was a very entertaining show.  The first season ran in 2007 for 12 episodes and featured original musical for each show.  It was recognized with multiple Emmy nominations.

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Mel’s fantasy

Jermaine, Bret, and the entire regular supporting cast do a great job in the quirky show.  What really sells it though is the music.  Each song generally takes a popular style or even specific bands and turns them into parodies that are really their own song.  It isn’t like Weird Al Yankovic, but the same clever spin.  Songs like “Inner City Pressure” in Bret Gives Up the Dream are almost identical to Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls” with a style of music video to match.

This highly stylized shooting combined with the repetition of episodes really gets viewers into the flow after one or multiple viewings.  Flight of the Conchords is one of those series you can watch multiple times and see different things in the actors’ presentation and have a better understanding for the characters if you go back to the earlier episodes after watching the later episodes.

If you skipped Flight of the Conchords when it was on and you are a fan of music, check it out.  With only 12 half hour episodes a season and two seasons, it isn’t that much of a commitment.

Flight of the Conchords—Season 1 Complete Episode Guide:

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Sally

1.1              Sally Airdate:  06/17/07

Jermaine (Jermaine Clement) finds himself in conflict with his bandmate Bret (Bret McKenzie) when he starts seeing Bret’s old girlfriend Sally (Rachel Blanchard).  As Murray (Rhys Darby) tries to increase the Conchord’s fan base beyond Mel (Kristen Schaal), he decides to make a music video.  Features the songs “The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room),” “Not Crying,” and “The Humans Are Dead”

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Bret Gives Up the Dream

1.2              Bret Gives Up the Dream Airdate:  06/24/07

Bret and Jermaine find they have no money and decide to get jobs.  When Bret gets a job as a sign holder, he meets a coworker named Koko (Sutton Foster) who he finds could be a potential love interest.  When Murray gets the Conchords a job, Bet has to choose between the band and his budding career.  Features the songs “Inner City Pressure,” “Boom,” and “Rock the Party”

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Mugged

1.3              Mugged Airdate:  07/01/07

When Bret and Jermaine are the victims of street crime, Bret abandons Jermaine to the muggers.  Bret, Murray, and Dave (Arj Baker) have to find Jermaine when he is missing after the attack.  Features the songs “Hiphopapotamus vs. Rhymenoceros” and “Think About It”

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Yoko

1.4              Yoko Airdate:  07/08/07

When Bret starts seeing Koko, Jermaine gets in the way.  Bret decides to move in with Koko and Murray realizes that Koko is just another Yoko.  Features the songs “If You’re Into It/Coco’s Song” and “Pencils in the Wind/Sellotape”

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Sally Returns

1.5              Sally Returns Airdate:  07/15/07

Bret and Koko’s relationship is developing and Jermaine finds himself meeting up with Sally again.  When Jermaine moves out, Bret realizes that Sally is more interesting than Koko.  Features the songs “Business Time” and “Song for Sally”

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Bowie

1.6              Bowie Airdate:  07/22/07

Bret is feeling inadequate and having nightly pick-me-up visits from David Bowie.  When Jermaine tries to get Mel to cheer Bret up, Jermaine finds he has a low self-esteem.  With both Conchords having problems, will Murray’s attempt to sign a greeting card deal fall through?  Features the songs “Bret, You’ve Got It Going On” and “Bowie/Bowie’s in Space”

 

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Drive By

1.7              Drive By Airdate:  07/29/07

Bret and Jermaine find a fruit vendor (Aziz Ansari) is discriminating against them because they are from New Zealand.  Plus Murray discovers love for the office’s new tech consultant.  Features the songs “Albi the Racist Dragon,” “Mutha’uckas,” and “Leggy Blonde”

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Girlfriends

1.8              Girlfriends Airdate:  08/05/07

When Jermaine asks Bret to be his wingman, Bret ends up getting the girl.  Plus, Murray finds he might have found a music-in for the group with a man claiming to be Quincy Jones’ brother.  Features the songs “Foux Du Fa Fa” and “K.I.S.S.I.N.G./A Kiss Is Not a Contract”

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What Goes on Tour?

1.9              What Goes on Tour? Airdate:  08/12/07

Murray arranges a tour with a grand finale in Central Park…when Murray, Bret, and Jermaine hit the road, who knows what could happen.  Features the songs “Mermaid” and “Rock the Party”

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New Fans

1.10          New Fans Airdate:  08/19/07

Bret and Jermaine play a world music night and get two new fans.  The new fans have plans for Bret and Jermaine and the acid they provide them, could make for an interesting evening.  Features the songs “Ladies of the World/Something Special for the Ladies,” “The Prince of Parties,” and “Rock the Party”

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The Actor

1.11          The Actor Airdate:  08/26/07

The Conchords meet an actor named Ben (Will Forte) and hire him to cheer Murray up by offering a fake record deal.  When Ben’s character Stefan gets too into his role, Bret and Jermaine end up having to make a Lord of the Rings music video while trying to tell Murray the truth.  Features the songs “Cheer Up, Murray” and “Frodo (Don’t Wear the Ring)”

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The Third Conchord

1.12          The Third Conchord Airdate:  09/02/07

Murray hires a third Conchord for the band without asking Bret or Jermaine, and Todd (Todd Barry) and his bongs begin taking over.  When Todd wants to form Crazy Dogggz, Brit could be out of a job or find a new partner in Demetri (Demetri Martin).  Features the songs “Bret’s Angry Dance” and “Doggy Bounce”

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Related Links:

Flight of the Conchords—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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