With two long weekends coming up – and the weather forecast looking dire; why not chill out and watch some of New Zealand’s best web series shows.
They’re free to watch; and viewable on your computer, laptop, and mobile device; wherever you have an internet connection.
Web series are like mini-TV shows for the internet. Episodes are short – usually about 4-6 minutes long – perfect for snacking on!
Here’s a round up of what’s available on NZ Web Series Channel….
// THE NEWEST OF NEW NZ WEB SERIES:
The (mis)Adventures of Suzy Boon: (Entire Season One – 6 episodes available)
Follow the (mis)adventures of our hero, Suzy, who is half Chinese/ half Maori (just like Bic and Boh) and is trying to find where she belongs in this world – and by world she means New Zealand. She is at the last week of her trial period at the Immigration Service of New Zealand and stakes are high – there’s a lot to prove if she wants to stay on the job. Thing is, Suzy has a lot on her mind right now. Love, happiness, her own identity; you know, the works.
» Watch it here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/the-adventures-of-suzy-boon/
Capital Culture (9 episodes available of Season One)
A mockumentary following 4 twenty-something female ‘scenesters’ from Wellington. (This show received DOUBLE its crowdfunding target because its fans wanted to see it made!)
» Watch it here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/capital-culture/
NZ Idle (In release; 3 episodes available of six in Season One)
NZ Idle follows Buckford Aquarius Muldoon, aka BAM, an unemployed creative who’s far too busy to get a job. So he’s on the dole.
» Watch it here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/nz-idle/
// IN CROWDFUNDING STAGE: (discover the hottest new show!)
AFK – the web series (trailer and teasers available)
AFK – possibly NZ’s most epic web series to date – is a new web series in development that will follow the misadventures of a group of gamers who mysteriously wake up in the bodies of their MMO characters. Gender swapped, confused and out of their element, they must work together to survive in a hostile new world.
» Watch the teasers, trailer and more here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/afk-the-webseries/ (also includes a Kickstarter link to help fund this epic web series and make it a reality so you can watch more, and you get to say you discovered it first!)
// OLDIES AND GOODIES
These web series were released last year – and are some of NZ’s most successful web series.
Woodville (Entire Season One available)
A mockumentary about making a documentary – a David vs Goliath story about small town NZ taking on a huge petrochemical company. Funded by NZ On Air, with rave reviews globally for high production values, this is a goodie.
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/woodville/
Group (Entire Season One available)
Nathan is a newly qualified counsellor working for a big psychology firm. His first job? Handling group therapy at a local community center. His education is firm, but let’s watch how he deals with real people dealing with real problems…
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/group/
HookUps (Entire Season One available)
Hook Ups is a cartoon about musical twins Kowhai and Monty Hook. With big dreams and bad judgment, the comical siblings never seem to get a break as they live out the metaphors, tensions and clichés of the music industry.
NZ On Air funded and approved this show is NZ’s best kept funniest secret….
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/hook-ups/
// FUNDED FOR FURTHER SEASONS FROM NZ ON AIR
(SO THEY’RE HOT, HOT, HOT)
Flat3 (Seasons one and two available)
Potentially NZ’ most famous web series – Flat3 follows Lee, Jessica and Perlina as they try to figure out who they are, what they’re doing in this life, and whose turn it is to buy toilet paper.
Sometimes smart, often silly, a little rude and a lot awkward, Flat3 is a Kiwi comedy with a unique cultural take.
Funded by NZ On Air for Season Three (!), and reviewed as a NZ Herald on Sunday favourite.
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/flat-3/
High Road (Season One available)
Sometimes when a man tries to do good, it goes bad. This is the journey of Terry Huffer, from prog rock hero to local radio station zero. Terry wanted a new start. He was finished with fame and fortune, he wanted something simpler. Turns out life is always complicated.
Funded by NZ On Air for Season Two and with rave reviews world wide this is a must watch. And it’s shot on location in Piha. PLUS it was reviewed as a NZ Herald on Sunday favourite.
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/high-road/
// AWARD-WINNING NZ WEB SERIES
JF2: Primal Fury (Entire Season One available)
Without doubt this is a 5-star watch. Chock full of quirky characters, laughs galore, amazing special effects, fancy costumes, high speed chases, hot romance, JF2: Primal Fury is a 12 part series where DK Bond must fight to save a population of oppressed puppets from an evil dictator and win back the hand of his lost love.
Web Series Winner of the LA New Media Festival 2011 and reviewed as a NZ Herald on Sunday favourite 2014.
101 Dates (Entire Season One available)
An online comedy series following the exploits of Alice Chapman, a twenty-something woman from Wellington, who takes her quest to find “the one” global through online video dating.
This show scooped SEVEN awards in the LA Web Fest 2011 and is one of NZ’s earliest web series.
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/101-dates/
Walter Wants a Woman (Entire Season One and Vlogs Available)
Walter has moved out of home and is embarking on his quest to find his one true love. He’s awkward and yet cute…
Awarded LA Web Fest Outstanding Comedy Award 2014 (and interviewed on National Radio NZ!) – and season two is coming soon…
// FOR THE KIDS
Crumbs (Entire Season One Available)
A five star plus thumbs and fingers up from our young audience. Follow Lieutenant Magnum Bap, Detective Tickleberry and Detective Choc Brown as they clean up the mean streets of Cityopolis. Together they are, C.R.U.M.B.S. Taste the justice! (Animated).
Created by the incredibly talented and funny Mukpuddy team and reviewed as a NZ Herald on Sunday 2014 favourite (for kids – and adults!).
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/crumbs/
// NEW EPISODE AVAILABLE!
The Arksville Homicides (Two Episodes to watch)
Frank Wepps is a new arrival to Arksville and has a new position at the Arksville Police Department.
But something is wrong from the start of Frank’s arrival – the feeling someone is stalking his family.
This show will leave you wanting more!
// ONGOING SHOWS – DOCO STYLE
NZOffAir Highlights showcases some sweet YouTubers in New Zealand every week and profiles their YouTube shows. Discover new talent and new shows to watch!
A web series about a Canadian couple (Jordan and Jenna) who made the decision to move to New Zealand. They quit their jobs, sold their houses and cars and left everything they knew to explore an unknown.
A show to make you proud you’re a Kiwi (and motivate you to get out and explore our beautiful country!)
// A TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME!
Creating a web series takes LOTS of time, effort and commitment from a whole heap of people. All these creators are making these shows independently, in their spare time or after full-time jobs. They’re usually funding all the costs (and there’s lots; equipment, actors time, costumes, post-production etc etc) themselves or asking for donations from fans. These creators LOVE what they do and would love you to see their shows.
Here are a few pilot shows as a taste of what’s to come.
Project J (Pilot)
Project J is the very first New Zealand crime/thriller web series about a guy who has an unusual gift for interpreting dreams.
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/project-j/
Tina is a web comedy series shot in Auckland, New Zealand, about a Herpetologist, Tuatara expert, with serious delusions involving his “Love Doll” girlfriend.
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/tina/
Reggie’s Case Files (Funding Pilot)
A web series which follows a mildly psychotic private investigator who thinks he’s in a classic noir thriller.
Run or Fall (Episode One)
A free runner working for the mafia as a drug delivery man suddenly witnesses something he shouldn’t have seen and is now finding himself in the middle of the fight for his life…What will happen next?
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/run-or-fall/
// COMING SOON!
Retail (Teasers available – Episodes available in May)
You might think of Retail as the front line of customer service, having to deal with the odd grumpy or crazy person, forcing smiles or being surrounded by bossy managers – but here Retail is so much more!
Here it’s the adventures of a group of strange, funny, extreme characters who not only work the front line in the war of Commercialism but also lead their own extraordinary lives centred on their workplace where crazy head office schemes, local competition and even pizza pick ups can lead to killer robots, battles to the death and the wrong sort of free ice cream.
» Watch here: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/retail/
AND THERE’S LOTS MORE….
Visit www.WebSeriesChannel.co.nz for more web series.