Flight of the Conchords, Season 1Closed Captioning
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Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie — a.k.a. Flight of the Conchords ("New Zealand's 4th Most Popular Folk Parody Duo") — have brought their act to New York's East Village with hopes of conquering America . . . one fan (literally) at a time. But finding someone in the U.S.A. who knows their act is about as easy as finding a kiwi nest in Central Park. In Season 1 of this irreverent musical-comedy series, cutting-edge folk-comedy performance duo Jemaine and Bret move to downtown Manhattan where they hang out, go to bohemian parties, interact with their one obsessed fan, get mugged by inept thugs, and pursue elusive women. Their innocent, misguided efforts to find romance or land a gig rarely yield dividends, but they do spawn an abundance of plaintive tunes about life, love, and the pursuit of an elusive music video.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoSally||In the series premiere, transplanted New Zealanders Bret and Jemaine--a.k.a. Flight of the Conchords--search for romance and gigs in New York City. At a bohemian party, Jemaine falls for Sally (who used to date Bret), but Bret spoils the moment. Meanwhile, their manager Murray shares his two-pronged plan for the band, and Bret deals with Mel--the band's lone fan.||27:39||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoBret Gives Up the Dream||Desperate for cash, Bret and Jemaine decide to get jobs. Only Bret is successful--he gets a job holding up signs during the day, a problem since Jemaine refuses to practice at night. When Murray books the Conchords at a trade show, Bret can't get off work, so Jemaine is forced to play the gig with a replacement member: a tape recording of Bret.||27:41||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoMugged||Bret loses Jemaine's trust after leaving his mate to die in the street at the hands of a 'gang' of two. After Jemaine and John (one of the muggers) are jailed, Jemaine can't forgive Bret until he risks his life (sort of) to retrieve his pal's camera phone (a phone with a camera taped to it) that was stolen in the earlier robbery.||27:17||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoYoko||Murray is perturbed when Bret cancels a band tour to be with his girlfriend Coco. Jemaine's dismay, coupled with the betrayal felt by lone fan Mel (who has a crush on Bret), threatens the band's future. When Coco sits in on a band meeting (bringing sandwiches and a cool Conchords poster), Jemaine accuses her of being Yoko-esque, prompting Bret's angry departure.||25:18||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoSally Returns||A lonely Jemaine runs into Sally, the 'most beautiful girl in the room,' who dumped him (and Bret) earlier this year. Envisioning a new life with Sally, Jemaine's dreams take a detour when he learns she won't spend time with him until he gets his own place. When he does, he plans a space-warming party that conflicts with Sally's birthday.||27:28||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoBowie||Upset when Murray says he's too small during a band photo shoot, Bret decides that Jemaine can help him get over his funk. That night, a classic rock idol advises Bret to wear an eye patch. The plan backfires when Bret has depth-perception problems. Meanwhile, Murray pushes the band to let an audio-greeting-card company use their robot song.||27:18||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoDrive By||Dissed by a rude fruit vendor, Bret and Jemaine concoct an animated music video in retaliation. But as slights against the boys continue, Bret and Jemaine find themselves in the middle of a race war with anti-Kiwi mutha 'uckas. Meanwhile, Murray falls for a leggy blonde tech-support woman at his office, and asks the Conchords to help him write her a love song.||25:46||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoGirlfriends||Bret and Jemaine pick up two women at a croissant shop--but end up with very different dating experiences. Meanwhile, Murray makes an album deal for the band.||28:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoWhat Goes On Tour||Using the band's 'emergency fund,' Murray organizes a warm-up tour in preparation for a big gig in Central Park. At an airport bar, the boys get hooked by some 'mermaids' from a women's water-polo team--nearly ruining the tour and their relationship with Murray.||25:21||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoNew Fans||The Conchords triple their fan base after playing a local world music jam, but Mel is suspicious of the two new fans' motives.||26:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Actor||Bret and Jemaine enlist a semi-professional actor to cheer up Murray after a disappointing gig. Asked to place a good-hearted rejection call, the actor ends up getting carried away, offering Murray and the Conchords a recording deal that's too good to be true.||28:25||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Third Conchord||In the Season One Finale, Murray foists a new bongo-playing band member on Bret and Jemaine, triggering angry dances and mutant half-bands.||27:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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Dry, wry, charming.
A comedy that isn't self-congratulatory, back slapping, camera zooming cymbal-crashingly in-your-face is a refreshing change. It's light, sleight humour doesn't mean it isn't laugh-out-loud funny or smart. Jokes are given time to be enjoyed by the audience with long looks and pauses. The humour is well observed and rarely puts a foot wrong. It's not your average brash and loud comedy, but it's twice as funny for it.
Close to brilliance
Though some of the storylines are repetitive throughout the episodes, this is one of the most entertaining shows I've seen in a long time. The secondary characters make all the difference, and certain episodes can be replayed endlessly and never get old.
This show is awesome. What I love about the episodes is their ability to never bore or get old. If you have listened to any of their songs (go do it if you haven't), and enjoyed them, then these episodes will suit you very well. The episodes are just like songs; they can be played over and over again and never get old. A 5 star rating is an understatement. I would recommend Mugged, Drive By, Bowie, Bret Gives Up The Dream, and Yoko. Hilarious.