• First Review: Kick

    It’s been a long time since an Italian immigrant was affectionately dubbed ‘a bloody dago’ in “They’re a Weird Mob.” But ethnic humour has entrenched itself in Australian culture ever since. The stage success of “Wogs Out Of Work” led to Acropolis Now, Effie: Just Quietly, and indirectly to Greeks on the Roof. Along the […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Nerds FC

    Last year’s observational series in which a team of “nerds” took on a champion soccer team stood out as one of the few reality-driven series that had a real affection for its participants. No voting out, no alliances, no twists –clearly Fremantle Media hadn’t read the “Reality 101” rulebook. So successful was the Australian version […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Big Love

    Let’s face it, Sunday nights on SBS have never been much chop. Worthy documentaries. The odd arthouse movie. That’s about it. Now the public broadcaster is making some key changes and it’s got a doozy of a drama that will divide intelligent viewers bored by the soapy antics of Grey’s Anatomy or CSI overkill. Big […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Teen Fit Camp

    It’s hard to be nice about Teen Fit Camp. When I first spied it in TEN’s end of year announcement and it was called Teen Fat Camp it was a little staggering to believe such an idea would ever be greenlighted. But remember we had a year where The Biggest Loser was the biggest winner. […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Life on Mars

    Britain and crime shows go hand in hand. There’s a barrage of shows that sound like they are about to shout, ‘Oi you’re nicked!” and most of them, entirely watchable. So it was only a matter of time before somebody thought to blur the genre lines –but via time travel? That’s just what Life on […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Masters of Horror 2

    This anthology series coming to the Showtime Channel will feature brand new stories by legendary directors. First up is the offering from Joe Dante, “The Screwfly Solution.” Best known for The Howling and Gremlins, Dante’s direction is like an out-of-control trainwreck in need of a decent script editor. Jason Priestley stars in a story about […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Bastard Boys

    The Waterfront Strike of 1998 is the battle ground of the ABC’s next landmark drama, Bastard Boys. It may not sound like a particularly sexy setting but it is high in drama, emotions, politics, and especially performances. This mini-series is vast in scale, telling the story from four points of view over two nights. The […]

    Read more
  • First Review: The King

    Talk about ambitious. We all knew and loved Graham Kennedy the performer. On In Melbourne Tonight, Blankety Blanks, Coast to Coast and even Funniest Home Videos he is burned into our minds and hearts as television history. Daring to depict his life as a biopic is treacherous territory, especially one so recent. Pivotal to all […]

    Read more
  • Review Archive

    As the reviews have been building on site it’s time to devote a section especially for them. Here are all the First Reviews for your enjoyment! Foxtel in 2007SBS in 2007Super CometTEN in 2007Nine in 2007Seven in 2007Jam and JerusalemThe ABC in 2007The Wind in the WillowsSatisfactionHigh School Musical 2CaneJourneymanPsychEast West 101Don’t Forget the LyricsRampant: […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Who Wants to be a Superhero?

    Well shut mah mouth if this isn’t the campest little show on the tube. Yes it’s a Superhero Idol….. And what, you may ask, could contestants in a Superhero reality show possibly win? They become immortalised as a cartoon character in a comic by none other than Mr. Stan Lee. How cool! I couldn’t keep […]

    Read more
  • First Review: The Lost Tribes

    “No phone, no lights, no motorcar, not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe it’s primitive as can be.” So went the jingle of Gilligan’s Island. And that single premise probably led to the modern day version of Survivor. But it’s also a tactic employed by the producers of The Lost Tribes. Based on a UK […]

    Read more
  • First Review: Big Brother 7

    Last year Big Brother made news for all the wrong reasons, none of which need going over here. As interest groups, christians, talkback radio and parliamentarians debated the merits (or lack thereof) of the show, TEN was sent back to the drawing board to balance societal concerns and justify the show’s role on our screens. […]

    Read more