BLOWED AWAY (NETFLIX)
Hosted by former Big Brother USA contestant and science YouTuber Nick Uhas, this Canadian reality series is now in its second season. Glass artists from around the world compete in a series of challenges such as the attempt to win “Best in Glass” and a series of awards, including a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York State. The judges include Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk.
“There’s nothing like a reality competition show where the contestants are real adults with extraordinary skills,” wrote the Sydney Morning Herald’s Brad Newsome on the first season.
BURIED BY THE BERNARDS (NETFLIX)
Obviously inspired by ours Casketeers, this new American reality series is shedding light on the family behind Memphis’ R. Bernard Funeral Services. There are Ryan Bernard and his mother Debbie, as well as his daughter Deja and Raegan and the “sweet, crazy” uncle Kevin.
Since 2017, they have been providing affordable funeral packages to a community struggling to cover the rising costs of saying goodbye to their loved ones.
“A funny and warm take on a family business that we don’t often look at,” wrote Decision maker Joel Keller
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COYOTE (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
The shield Michael Chiklis returns to TV for this crime drama about a recently retired veteran border guard agent who now works for the same people he tries to keep out most of his life.
“The only surprise inside Coyote is the quality: it is very good. Sometimes a noir, sometimes a western, sometimes an exciting action thriller and sometimes spicy funny, Coyote has something for almost everyone, ”wrote Reason online Glenn Garvin
THE RESIDENT (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
It’s no St Elsewhere or ER. Heck, it’s not even the best current American medical drama on TV (that credit goes to Neon’s New AmsterdamHowever, there is something strangely addictive about this Georgia series, which is now entering its fourth season. It is medical soap of the highest quality, which has the surreal uselessness of so far Grey’s Anatomy, featuring black-and-white (and from a range of ethnicities and backgrounds) characters you’d think are holy – or the devil incarnate.
There’s the smug misfit Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), crusader Nic Nevin (Emily VanCamp), serious serial dater Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), the strong-willed Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson), the eccentric longtime stager Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood) and the brilliant, but snooty AJ Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner). They all have their part to play, never straying too far from what is expected of them, but their combination and interplay is what brings to life the sometimes ridiculous scenarios and mocking dialogue.
Season 4 of The Resident is now available to stream on TVNZ OnDemand.
THE SNOOPY SHOW (APPLE TV +)
Everyone’s favorite cartoon beagle gets their own animated series that promises to showcase all of his daring, beloved personas. That means you can expect all-new adventures with Joe Cool: the hippest kid in school, the famous armed wrestler the Masked Marvel and a World War I flying ace who constantly fights the Red Baron.
“It’s a pleasant, funny, weightless affair that evokes the feeling of Charles Schulz’s groundbreaking comic, but not the meaning of it. Anyway, Snoopy is fun, ”wrote The AV Clubs Kevin Johnson.
TASKMASTER (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
The craziest and always funny panel show from TV is back.
Returning for its 10th regular season, Taskmaster has successfully survived a transition from the UK’s Dave channel to Channel 4 with all its anarchic hilarity and madness intact.
In fact, this final 10-episode edition is even more scandalous than usual, as a new quintet and failing to meet some particularly devilish challenges from the absurdly tall and beautifully biting Greg Davies and his assistant cum minion Alex. to master. Horne.
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WANDAVISION (DISNEY +)
While you might never have imagined in your craziest dreams that the first big budget Disney + -backed Marvel show would be about two of the little MCU characters and essentially pay homage to famous American TV sitcoms of the past, but this is a wild, crazy and strangely immersive viewing experience.
Disturbing at first – you feel like you accidentally landed on SkyTV’s Jones! Channel – once you’ve embraced the broad genre cliches and figures of speech (a laugh track, pratfalls, dad jokes and dialog dripping with viscous schmaltz) and get used to black and white aesthetics, you’ll find yourself confused for this one The Truman Show-meets-Pleasantville conceit.
A highly addictive piece of immersive escapism that is also a wonderful celebration of the television itself.
YELLOW STONE (NEON)
Kevin Costner headlines this sprawling American drama, first screened in 2018. It focuses on the Montana-based Dutton family, owners of one of the largest farms in North America, and the friends and enemies who threaten their livelihoods.
While older viewers can draw parallels with the ordeals of the Ewing family Dallas, Taylor Sheridan’s showrunner (Hell or high tide) Chronicle of the Duttons offers a lot more depth, nuance and gravitas – and seems unlikely to resort to narrative trickery to get itself out of a hole.