I’m not quite sure how I came across the show Short Poppies, but am I ever glad I did.
The only other New-Zealandish program I know of is Flight of the Conchords. Seething with the same kind of humour, I wasn’t at all surprised to find none other than Murray Hewitt (Rhys Darby) as the reason for the season.
Premiering in 2014, Short Poppies is most comparable to the hilarious, highly-esteemed (in my books anyway) Australian television series Summer Heights High, wherein creator and writer Chris Lilley stars as all of his oddball characters.
In Short Poppies, journalist David Farrier follows and interviews “average Kiwis” in a small, fictional New Zealand town. Not fitting the word “normal” in any sense, the lovable batch of weirdos entertain its viewers through surprisingly delightful randomness and humour.
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The mockumentary is impressively created, written and starred in by Rhys Darby. In each of its eight episodes, David and the audience meet a new Kiwi, and are exposed to their loveable, but often times shake-your-head-in-disbelief-able traits. The man of many faces ranges from characters like Terry Pole, a lifeguard training to reclaim his title of “Best Legs” in a local competition, to a UFO specialist named Steve Whittle.
8/10 – you can’t help but to love this Flight of the Conchords/Summer Heights High-brid filled with dreamy accents.