Flight of the Conchords

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Mock-folk music duo strums hip Kiwi comedy.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show isn't out to promote any particular message other than humor, but the main characters' friendship is a strong one. Songs and episodes mock misogyny, xenophobia, and other social/cultural issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The guys are earnest and well-intentioned, but they aren't terribly clever. One considers himself a "ladies man," though he's not very successful with women.

Violence
Sex

Some dating and kissing, as well as talk about the possibility of sex. In one episode, Bret has sex (nothing graphic shown) with an aggressive date; in another, a fan proposes a three-way to the guys. But overall, most of their dating attempts fail.

Language

Regular profanity like "s--t," "f--k," "a--hole," "dick," etc. Since it's pay cable, nothing is bleeped -- but it's worth noting that Jemaine and Bret themselves rarely swear, opting instead for terms like "motherflipper" and "mother ucker."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional social drinking and discussion of drug use. In one episode, the guys are pressured into doing a "sixteenth" of acid -- which leads to a trippy song-and-dance sequence.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this musical comedy about a faux folk duo is pretty mild for HBO. The language is uncensored, but it's nowhere near the levels of shows like Deadwood and Six Feet Under. And while some scenes show social drinking and touch on drug use, and storylines typically revolve around dating attempts (most of which fail), there's probably nothing here that mature teens haven't seen or heard before. Song lyrics occasionally insult women, but they're more intended to poke fun at traditional pop music than to reveal any inherent misogyny.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhb1736 November 29, 2009
Enjoyed the bizarre humor of this show, and I would watch it with my husband, and while I would cringe and not want to see it too often, its fine after the kids... Continue reading
Parent of a 14 year old Written byStanza August 31, 2010

Music stand-up best, shows second, cd's ... not quite.

I came across FotC through a linked youtube of "The Humans are Dead". Being an aspiring musical comedian myself, I have analyzed all the videos of the... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Maybe

Okay. I'm just going to start off by saying...this is the best show on television. The funniest thing I've ever seen. But it might not be appropriate.... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byshelbell540 July 2, 2010
First off, the show is pure comedic genius. The awkward silences and witty dialogues perfectly compliment the cute, catchy songs. However, while I enjoy watch... Continue reading

What's the story?

New Zealand music/comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement play themselves: Two hapless Kiwi musicians who've just moved to New York City hoping to make a name for their band. They fumble about, planning their big break with their moronic manager, Murray (Rhys Darby) -- whose day job is the New Zealand Cultural Attaché -- and try to avoid the attentions of their obsessive (and perhaps, only) fan, Mel (Kristen Schaal). As the guys go about their indie boy life -- attending parties, meeting with Murray, tuning their guitars -- they frequently break into clever songs. Sometimes they relate to the action on the screen, such as when Clement sees a girl at a party and sings a Prince-like love song about her ("you could be a part-time model") as viewers watch the two meet, flirt, date, and wind up back at his apartment. Other songs pop up when Bret and Jemaine are actually practicing their music or filming (sort of) a music video.

Is it any good?

McKenzie and Clement garnered a cult following thanks to their hilarious performances at comedy and music festivals around the world; they turned their traveling act into this hipster musical series. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS is kind of like a hip Dumb and Dumber, following two rather brainless-but-quite-charming guys as they navigate single-guy life while remaining committed friends and partners.

With its clever writing, appealing characters, and unique approach to comedy, the show attracted a loyal niche following during its two seasons on HBO. Teens may well dig the show's wit, and despite its attention to romance and relationships and unbleeped profanity, most parents should feel OK about letting mature kids watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the series' take on pop and folk music. Which aspects of each genre are being made fun of? What makes them good targets for comedy? Do the guys on the show remind you of any real bands?

  • How does the fact that the stars are from New Zealand affect the show's humor? Do you think it would be as funny if it were about Americans?

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