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Netflix a Good Place for Heavenly Comedy

Arguably the best comedy series to emerge from the 2016/17 US season today has a double-banger debut on Netflix. The Good Place has bypassed broadcasters and Sky for the streaming service, with all of season one available to view from today, along with episode one of season two (which will stream weekly within hours of its […]

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Lightning-Fast Lightbox Premieres in October

Next month Lightbox will fast-track the latest seasons of Mr Robot and Chance within hours of their US premieres but fans of Trans-parent will have to endure a month-long gap between its US and NZ streaming. Lightbox also is holding back the Channel 4 sci-fi anthology Electric Dreams until October 18. The Philip K Dick (Blade Runner) adaptation went to air […]

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Critical Condition: American Vandal

American Vandal | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “American Vandal, Netflix’s send-up of true-crime series like The Jinx and Making a Murderer, isn’t for everyone. There’s maybe one too many d–k jokes, more glamour shots of toilets than anyone would probably care to see, and an overwhelming amount of shaky-cam footage. But as an examination of today’s teen culture, it’s […]

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Electric Dreams Do Come True

October is a red letter month on Lightbox for sci-fi buffs with the streaming service premiering season three of Mr Robot and Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams. Lightbox announced this morning that the latter, which it describes as a “hugely ambitious” 10-part anthology series based on the stories of the Blade Runner author, will stream from October […]

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Critical Condition: Outlander

Outlander | Lightbox, from Monday ➢ “To call the third season a reset wouldn’t be wrong, but not exactly right either. At outset, Frank and Claire are together, while Jamie and Claire are apart, effectively inverting much of the narrative of the first two seasons. But both theme and soul of Outlander remain the same […]

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All or Nothing Touches Down at Last

  Amazon Prime Video subscribers in New Zealand at last will be able to see one of the streaming service’s most acclaimed original series — one that’s soon to feature the All Blacks. A real-life Friday Night Lights take on the NFL, All or Nothing goes behind the scenes of the coaches, families and players working towards competing […]

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Critical Condition: Narcos

Narcos | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “Narcos wrapped up its Pablo Escobar storyline in two terrific seasons, raising the question of what the show could possibly do for an encore without Wagner Moura in that role. The answer, it turns out, was to splendidly hit the reset button, with Pedro Pascal moving to the center […]

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Critical Condition: The Loch

The Loch | Lightbox, from Friday ➢ “As a murder mystery, this Broadchurch-a-like drama sounds promising on paper. The Loch has been penned by none other than Stephen Brady, formerly of Fortitude, Vera and Silent Witness. It also stars The Missing’s Laura Fraser as ambitious local detective Annie Redford tackling her first murder case, and […]

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Friday the 13th Launch for Lore

On Friday, October 13, Amazon Prime Video will premiere globally, presumably in 4K, the supernatural anthology series Lore. It combines documentary footage, narration, historical mixed media and cinematic scenes to explore the real-life tales behind pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, such as vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls. The six-episode series is based on […]

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Critical Condition: The Tick

The Tick | Amazon Prime, from Saturday ➢ “As a comic-book concept that has already been turned into an animated cartoon for TV (in 1994), adapted again in primetime with flesh and blood actors (in 2001 for Fox) and now yet again for Amazon, The Tick might be the best superhero ever. You can’t defeat […]

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