New to TVNZ+ in October

Based on the true story of the Brobergs, a classic suburban family dedicated to their faith, friends and neighbours, A Friend of the Family (October 6) dramatises how a member of their tight-knit community betrayed their trust by repeatedly kidnapping their daughter under their very noses.

Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks (The Offer), Jake Lacy (The White Lotus), Lio Tipton (Why Women Kill) and Mckenna Grace (The Handmaid’s Tale) star in “this strange, surreal and shocking tale of a master manipulator and predator”.

It will stream here the same day as on Peacock in the US.

Compulsion (October 4) stars Leanne Best (Four Lives) as a paramedic who appears to have survived a major disaster but in private is falling into addiction to escape severe PTSD.

Hope arrives in the shape of a good Samaritan in her most desperate hour of need. But can she be trusted?

Anna Chancellor (The Crown), Hayley Mills, Danny Ashok (Deep Water) and Krissi Bohn (Years and Years) co-star in a Channel 5 thriller that aired six months ago in the UK.

No Activity (October 25), from producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, is an Aussie-inspired US comedy about the mundane, everyday lives of cops and the criminals they pursue.

Patrick Brammall (Offspring) and Tim Meadows (The Goldbergs) star in a series that first streamed on CBS All Access five years ago but could be worth the wait.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “No Activity feels refreshingly slapdash and agreeably aimless for a cop comedy, welcoming viewers to bask in its gentle mirth — though its hook may be less than satisfying for some viewers.”

Is there more to life than pecs and posing? Peacock (October 9) is a British comedy set in the bizarre world of the fitness industry, where success is measured in looks, likes and muscle mass while personal trainer Andy hides behind a veneer of bragging and bravado.

But realising his career has stalled and his friends are settling down, can this emotionally stunted man-child finally grow up?

Said The Guardian of the BBC series: “Allan Mustafa’s comic turn as a queasy gym bro cements his status as a top purveyor of preening losers … In the era of comedy post-Brent and Partridge, blithe berks who eventually win our sympathy have been everywhere, but sitcom men have had a lot of stuff to work through. Peacock puts them one step closer to moving on.”

FBOY Island (October 12) is a Shavaughn Ruakere-fronted take on the HBO Max Original reality dating series, the first local version to be commissioned in the world.

It was filmed in Rarotonga, where three single women have to distinguish 10 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” looking for love from 10 self-proclaimed “FBoys” competing for cold, hard cash.

Partner in Crime (October 1) is an intimate four-part portrait of sex trafficker’s Jeffrey Epstein Epstein’s right-hand woman, Ghislaine Maxwell. How did an upper-crust socialite become the accomplice to one of the worst sex offenders in history?

Through court evidence, news reports, interviews with legal experts, journalists, friends and most crucially her alleged victims, it unravels the pyramid scheme of sexual abuse that Ghislaine controlled – and tries to understand how the daughter of a billionaire was so desperate to please a paedophile that she did the unthinkable.

Texas 6 (October 2) is billed as “a real-life Friday Night Lights” that depicts the spirit and tenacity of a small-town six-man high school football (S1-2).

True-crime newcomers include Mastermind of Murder (October 15), Mark of a Killer (October 22) and The Murderer and Me (October 29) while returning for new seasons will be Kung Fu (October 6) and All American (October 11).

Among the blasts from the past will be 2012’s The Last Weekend (October 18), United States of Tara (October 19) and You Me & the Apocalypse (October 31).

Movie additions from October 12 will include StealthTakersAdam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, The Devil’s OwnHook, Spanglish, I Know What You Did Last Summer and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

New to the branded channels will be:

[adult swim]

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (S8)
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal (S2)
Metalocalypse (S4)
Samurai Jack (S2)


I Miss You
End of the Century


Between Black & Blue (S1)
Happy Valley
Lords of Water
Seeds of Profit


I Won’t Let You Go
Secret Lives of Housewives
Murder in Mexico
Stalked by a Prince


Sasquatch Mountain Man (S1)
Rogue River Man (S2)


Camp Wannakiki (S4a)
Being Bebe
Two Brothers (S1)
March for Dignity


Roller Dreams
That Click
No Distinguishing Features
We are Conjola

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