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Flight of the Conchords Season 2 DVD cover Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Second Season

by Suzanne 8/1/09

I wish I had known just how fun "Flight of the Conchords" was because I would have bought season one a long time ago! I know I read reviews saying it was great, but they must have said something that didn't make me want to rush out and get it. I guess I thought it was sort of like "This Is Spinal Tap", but it's much better than that, in my opinion. It's funnier and more original.

The show is about two New Zealand singers, Bret and Jemaine, who have come to New York to make it. They are kind of doofuses, of course, but their songs are just hilarious. Actually, while the dialogue, situations, and all that stuff is very funny, the songs are the main reason to watch. They are great. The two actors who play the singers are also the show's writers and real-life singers/songerwriters. They used to go around comedy clubs before they were discovered by HBO. Unlike their fictional counterparts, they are very successful and have a huge fan following. Their shows sell out in real life.

Other characters in the show include their manager, a groupie and her boyfriend, their friend Dave, and others, but all are funny. It is very dry, sometimes bizarre humor. And frankly, sometimes it's just "almost-funny", but it is often very funny. You just have to hang in there and you will definitely be grinning from ear to ear, and laughing out loud often. Of course, comedy is very subjective, so your opinion may not be the same as mine. If you like broad humor, this may not be your cup of tea. If you like subtle, off-the-wall humor, this will be your thing.

If you like musicals, you will love the show as well. Characters often sing to express their inner thoughts. It just adds to the humor, of course. They are all very good singers. I enjoy the musical spoofs they do of various types of music.

The Special Features include a funny documentary about the real-life stars and their show, how it all came about; some deleted scenes and outtakes as per usual; commercials for their friend Dave's pawn shop; and meetings between their manager, Murray, and his secretary Greg, which are great deadpan scenes. Murray works at the New Zealand Consulate when he's not doing a very bad job managing them.

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