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Flight of the Conchords is an Emmy-nominated television comedy series that follows the adventures of the Flight of the Conchords, a two-man novelty band from New Zealandmarker, as its members seek fame and success in New York Citymarker. The show portrays the real-life duo, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, who play fictionalized versions of themselves.

The show was created by Clement, McKenzie and James Bobin. Bobin serves as the show's main writer and director. The first episode of the series aired on HBO on June 17, 2007.

Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords premiered on HBO and HBO Canada on January 18, 2009.


The series centers on the day-to-day lives and loves of two shepherds-turned-musicians, Jemaine and Bret (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, playing fictionalised versions of themselves), who have uprooted themselves from their native New Zealand to try to make it big as a novelty folk duo in New York City. The two have frequent appointments with their band manager, Murray Hewitt (Rhys Darby), a Deputy Cultural Attaché at the New Zealand consulate, who is overly officious and ineffectual. Jemaine and Bret constantly fend off the amorous attentions of Mel (Kristen Schaal), a married woman who is their sole fan and stalker. Their friend Dave Mohumbhai (Arj Barker) works at a pawn shop and gives them advice on dealing with American women and culture. Other recurring characters include their landlord, Eugene (played by Eugene Mirman), Bret's short-term girlfriend Coco (Sutton Foster), Jemaine and Bret's ex-girlfriend Sally (Rachel Blanchard) and Murray's put-upon assistant Greg (Frank Wood).

Most episodes center on the five main cast members. The antagonists outside of this small group are usually either their girlfriends or Australians (see "Bret Gives Up the Dream", "Sally Returns").

Jemaine or Bret break into song periodically throughout each episode. The songs are built into the narrative structure of the show in several different ways. Some songs form part of the plot of the show. In these instances, Bret or Jemaine sing to another character. Other songs serve as the internal monologue of one of the two. Typically, at least once per show, a song is shot in the form of a music video. Some songs use a combination of the styles. For example, in the first episode, "Sally", the song "Most Beautiful Girl in the Room" is a mix of Jemaine's inner thoughts, which are inaudible to those around him, and his spoken invitations to Sally to get a kebab and to go back to his place, while the music video for "Business Time" (from "Sally Returns") depicts a daydream that Jemaine is having. As the series has evolved, other main characters have also had their own musical interludes that are depicted in a similar manner to Jemaine and Bret's own songs.

The enthusiastic manner in which the characters express themselves through song is in stark contrast to the very low-key, monotone manner in which the characters express themselves throughout the rest of the show. Thus, when the characters cannot verbalize their feelings, the songs serve as inner monologues and explain the thoughts and feelings they are unable to communicate to others.


Main cast

Name Played by Description
Jemaine Clemaine Jemaine Clement Band member; plays bass among other things. Bret's roommate.
Bret McClegnie Bret McKenzie Band member; plays guitar and piano. Jemaine's roommate.
Murray Hewitt Rhys Darby Murray is the band's manager. His day job is Deputy Cultural Attaché at the New Zealand consulate. He has few friends and an on-and-off relationship with his never-seen wife, Shelley. While he is passionate about the band and aspires to be a successful manager, he is largely incompetent in his well-meaning attempts at promoting the Conchords.
Mel Kristen Schaal Mel is the Conchords' lone fan and stalks them obsessively in pursuit of a romantic liaison despite the fact that she is married to Doug, her former college professor. In the episode "Bowie" it is revealed that she is a Junior Professor of Psychology. In "New Fans" it is implied that she has been through legal trouble for stalking.
Devjeet "Dave" Mohumbhai
|| Arj Barker || A friend of Bret and Jemaine who works at his family's pawn shop "Mohumbhai & Son" and dispenses off-kilter advice about life in America. He still lives with his parents, though tries to cover it up by pretending they are his crazy roommates who just think they are his parents. Bret and Jemaine overestimate Dave's pseudo-womanizing personality and often go to him for relationship advice.

Recurring characters

A number of characters have appeared in more than one episode.
Name Played by Description Episodes
Greg Frank Wood Murray's assistant at the consulate. In the episode "The Actor", it was suggested that he is Murray's only friend besides Bret and Jemaine, though Murray has stated otherwise. 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 112, 201, 203, 207, 209, 210
Eugene Eugene Mirman Bret and Jemaine's landlord, who often interjects into conversations in which he is not welcome. He has appeared in several musical sequences, and appears to be proficient in several instruments including saxophone & steel drums 101, 102, 103, 105, 108, 111, 112, 202, 206, 209, 210
Doug David Costabile Mel's husband. When Doug appears in an episode it is usually because he is driving Mel to a band gig or stalking mission. In the episode "Bowie" it is revealed that he was previously the Senior Professor of Psychology at the university which Mel attended, but was fired and is now unemployed. It's implied in the episode "New Fans" that he and his family had a restraining order against Mel at one point before he married her, and he also had a problem with addiction at some point in the past. It is also implied in the same episode that Doug lost his job for starting a relationship with Mel, who at the time was one of his students. 101, 102, 106, 109, 110, 201, 203, 207, 209, 210
Coco Sutton Foster Bret's girlfriend for several episodes. Bret and Coco meet while working as part-time sign holders. They break up in the "Sally Returns" episode because it's clear that Bret still has feelings for Sally. 102, 104, 105
Sally Rachel Blanchard Bret's former girlfriend. She dates Jemaine briefly on two separate occasions, but eventually accepts a marriage proposal from a rich Australian in the episode "Sally Returns". 101, 105
John Lenny Venito A mugger who once mugged Bret and Jemaine but befriends Jemaine while they share a jail cell. It was later revealed that he once killed a monkey. He returned in the episode "Wingmen" when he and Jemaine mugged Bret in an attempt to make Bret look cool in front of a girl. 103, 209
Bryan Brian Sergent The laid back, uncouth Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is disengaged with the affairs of his country and prefers to occupy his time with pointless capers in the United Statesmarker. He is fond of drinking and appears to be intellectually challenged. 207, 208

Other guest stars

Name Played by Description Episode
David Armstrong John Hodgman Manager of a greeting card company with which the Conchords sign a recording contract. 106
Sinjay Aziz Ansari A fruit vendor who discriminates against Bret and Jemaine because he mistakes them for Australians. 107
Ben Will Forte A semi-professional actor the band hires to speak with Murray about a record deal rejection. 111
Todd Todd Barry A bongo player who joins Bret and Jemaine as "The Third Conchord". Later he forms The Crazy Dogggz with Demetri. 112
Demetri Demetri Martin A keytar player who forms a new band with Bret. Later he forms The Crazy Dogggz with Todd. 112
Martin Clark Greg Proops President/CEO of an agency which hires Bret and Jemaine to write a jingle for a new, "women-only" toothpaste. 201
Jim Jim Gaffigan Murray's best friend. 204
Keitha Sarah Wynter An Australian with whom Jemaine falls in love and plans to elope, but tricks him and robs their apartment while he's waiting for her. 205
Brahbrah Kristen Wiig A woman with whom Jemaine and Bret both fall in love, she has a lazy eye and a missing epileptic dog called Charlie. 206
Karen Mary Lynn Rajskub An Art Garfunkel fanatic, she has a brief affair with Jemaine. 207
Elton John impersonator Patton Oswalt An Elton John impersonator who Bret and Jemaine meet while impersonating Simon & Garfunkel. 207
Paula Lucy Lawless A New Zealand tourism official and old friend of Bryan, the Prime Minister. 208

Cameo appearances

Fleeting cameo appearances by famous people, especially singers and musicians, have been a feature of the show.

Name Played by Description Episode
Pawn Shop Patron Judah Friedlander A man that tries to pawn a cake to Dave. 101
Fruit Stand Patron Kevin Allison A man who is serviced before Jemaine and Bret, although he was behind them in line, at a fruit stand run by an anti-Australian man who mistakes the duo for Aussies. 107
Club Owner Kate Pierson A club owner that turns the band away from a scheduled gig due to their reputation for causing damage. 109
Club MC Daryl Hall The MC of the Tuesday World Music Jam at which the Conchords play. He introduces them as "Flute of the Commodores" and ushers them quickly off stage several bars into "Rock the Party". 110
Himself John Turturro In a scene that runs during the closing credits, Turturro plays himself playing a cop in a fictional Martin Scorsese movie, entitled “The Drycleaner”. 111
Australian Ambassador Alan Dale An ambassador from Australia who makes fun of Murray and Jemaine. 203
Bouncer Randy Jones A nightclub bouncer who leads an all-male conga line. 205
Himself Art Garfunkel Saves Jemaine from a woman who makes him dress up like Art Garfunkel and have sex with her (aka "Garfunkeling" by Jemaine). 207


In the 2007 Satellite Awards the show was nominated for "Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical".

The pair were awarded with the status of "2007 Wellingtonians of the Year" in their home town after their international success blossomed that year.

The show received four Emmy Award nominations in 2008. "Sally Returns" was nominated for "Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series", "Yoko" was nominated for "Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series" and two songs, "Most Beautiful Girl In The Room" and "Inner City Pressure", were nominated for "Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics".

Also in 2008, the Writers Guild of America nominated the show for three awards: "Comedy Series", "Episodic Comedy" (for "Sally Returns") and for "New Series". The Television Critics Association nominated them for "Outstanding Achievement in Comedy" and "Outstanding New Program of the Year".

In 2009, the show was nominated for six Emmy Awards. It was nominated in the categories of Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (for the episode 'The Tough Brets'), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Jemaine Clement), Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics (for the song 'Carol Brown'), Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half Hour) and Animation, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (for the episode 'Prime Minister').

Critical reaction

The show has received a generally positive reaction from critics. Season 1 has a 68/100 rating based on 15 reviews on, while season 2 has an 80/100 rating, based on 10 reviews. The best reviews were from the Detroit Free Press, whose critic described it as "TV's most original and irresistible new comic concoction" and the San Francisco Chronicle, whose reviewer stated that it "may well be the funniest thing you've seen in ages." At the opposite end, the Miami Herald reviewer wrote that it "feels less like a sitcom than a Saturday Night Live sketch stretched out to about six times its shelf-life." On IMDb Flight of the Conchords receives a 9.0 rating out of a possible 10.


See List of Flight of the Conchords episodes


A list of the songs that appear or are mentioned on the show are listed below, along with the episodes they appear in:

  • "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" - (101)
  • "Robots" - (101, 112, 202)
  • "Not Crying" - (101)
  • "Inner City Pressure" - (102)
  • "Boom" - (102)
  • "Rock the Party" - (102, 109, 110, 204, 208)
  • "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros" - (103)
  • "Think About It" - (103)
  • "She-Wolf" - (104)
  • "If You're Into It" - (104)
  • "Pencils in the Wind" - (104)
  • "Business Time" - (105)
  • "Song for Sally" - (105)
  • "Bret, You Got It Going On" - (106)
  • "Bowie" - (106)
  • "Albi the Racist Dragon" - (107)
  • "Mutha'uckas" - (107)
  • "Leggy Blonde" - (107)
  • "Foux du Fafa" - (108)
  • "A Kiss Is Not a Contract" - (108)
  • "Mermaids" - (109)
  • "Ladies of the World" - (110)
  • "The Prince of Parties" - (110)
  • "Cheer Up, Murray" - (111)

  • "Frodo (Don't Wear the Ring)" - (111)
  • "Doggy Bounce" - (112, 201)
  • "Rejected" - (201)
  • "Femident Toothpaste" - (201)
  • "Angels" - (201)
  • "Sugalumps" - (202)
  • "You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute" - (202)
  • "Hurt Feelings" - (203)
  • "Hurt Feelings [Reprise]" - (203)
  • "Stay Cool" - (203)
  • "Dreams" - (204)
  • "Friends" - (204)
  • "Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor)" - (205)
  • "Carol Brown" - (205)
  • "We're Both in Love with a Sexy Lady" - (206)
  • "Love Is a Weapon of Choice" - (206)
  • "Epileptic Dogs" - (206)
  • "Demon Woman" - (207)
  • "Oh, Dance Baby" - (207)
  • "Fashion Is Danger" - (208)
  • "Rambling Through the Avenues of Time (aka Bret's Day)" - (209)
  • "I Told You I Was Freaky" - (209)
  • "Petrov, Yelyena, and Me" - (210)
  • "Flight of the Conchords: The Broadway Musical" - (210)

Second season

On August 17, 2007, HBO announced a second season for Flight of the Conchords, originally set to premiere in 2008, but which was postponed to January 2009. Prior to the announcement, Jemaine Clement stated in an interview with The New Zealand Herald, "[HBO] is interested in doing another series but we have to think about it. It's not a definite offer but they have talked about us starting writing but we've got other things we want to do as well". McKenzie stated that the second season took longer to produce because the band had used most of their material in the first season. In an interview with The Star Ledger, he said "We'd need some time to develop new material. It's like the second album syndrome. It might take a lot longer". Shortly after the renewal announcement, Clement stated in an interview that the second season would likely consist of fewer than twelve episodes "so they could concentrate on 'quality not quantity'".

McKenzie and Clement returned to their home town of Wellingtonmarker to write for the second season, although the writing process was delayed by the 2007–2008 Writers Strike.Filming for the 10 episode second series began in September 2008. That same month, McKenzie and Clement were quoted in a Q interview that the second season would most likely be the last.

The second season of the show premiered on January 18, 2009 on HBO. Unlike the first season, the second season was filmed and broadcast in High Definition. The first episode of the season has been made available for streaming at

In Australia, the second season of the show first aired on June 8, 2009 on SBS. SBS also made the episodes available for streaming (from within Australia only). The DVD of the second season was released in Australia on July 29, 2009.

Future of the Show

HBO executives announced during the July 2009 Television Critics Association press tour that they were interested in producing a third season of Flight of the Conchords, and were waiting for Clement and McKenzie to be ready. Programming head Michael Lombardo stated, "We've told them we're ready to go for a third season." Co-president Richard Plepler added, "When they're ready, we're ready... they have the added challenge of writing an album ... we're waiting for them to tell us they're ready."

Filming locations

Filming for the series takes place at a variety of locations and landmarks around New York City. Flight of the Conchords has, however, been consistent with its geography with respect to their neighbourhood. Some of the primary locations are listed below. Information on locations specific to particular episodes may be found on the page for that episode. Transition shots and out-of-studio location shoots have been in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. Most street scenes are filmed in Lower Manhattan or the Williamsburg area of Brooklynmarker.

Name Location
Bret and Jemaine's apartment 28 Henry Street, Chinatownmarker
New Zealand consulate 232 East Broadway
Dave's pawn shop Around the corner from the 'Consulate'. 10 Montgomery Street
Steiner Studiosmarker 15 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. Indoor stages for season one filming.
Broadway Stages Indoor stages for season two filming.

Recurring themes and running jokes

  • Accents: In several episodes Americans confuse "Bret" with "Brit" because of his thick accent. He often has to spell it out.

  • Murray's incompetence and quirks: Many of the show's jokes are based on Murray's ignorance or misconceptions about the world generally, or the music business specifically. He is depicted as being naive and incompetent regarding matters of finance and business. His ambitions as a band manager result in his being inattentive to his duties at the consulate. Murray's somewhat secretive and on-off relationship with his unseen wife Shelley is a feature of several episodes, as well as his attempts to deceive her regarding the time and money he spends on the band's activities.

  • Obsessed fan: Mel is depicted as a stalker with a romantic obsession for the two band members. She is present at every band performance, no matter how insignificant, (save one in episode 20 "New Zealand Town") and is commonly found loitering outside the band's apartment when they leave the building. In interviews Clement and McKenzie have said that many of Mel's most memorable lines are taken from real incidents.

  • Bret quitting: Several episodes feature incidents in which Bret quits or is dismissed from the band, only to rejoin later.

  • Lack of success and financial difficulties: The band continually fails in its attempts to remedy its poor financial situation.

  • Lack of success with women: Bret and Jemaine are depicted as being awkward and inexperienced with women. Bret is naive and innocent, whereas Jemaine is eager, bordering on sleazy. Jemaine in particular is easily taken advantage of. Of the two, Bret is shown as being more successful in relationships.

  • New Zealand: Many of the jokes in the series poke fun at New Zealand and suggest that its culture is backward and it has little importance to the rest of the world. Other characters are commonly confused over Bret and Jemaine's nationality and accent. Murray's office is decorated with tourism posters whose slogans seem to reveal a lack of confidence about the country (having logos such as "New Zealand - It's next to Australia"). The New Zealand culture is depicted as old-fashioned, unsophisticated and technologically deficient. Characters are commonly confused about the nature and history of New Zealand. A number of references have been made to The Lord of the Rings being filmed in New Zealand. The New Zealanders are also depicted as being in competition with Australians, who invariably get the best of them.

  • Bret's clothing: Bret's wardrobe consists of a variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts with unusual designs, most of which feature animals. A number of the shirts and sweaters make regular appearances including Bret McKenzie's "famous" red and black striped top that he has worn many times in "real life" performances. Much of his wardrobe appears to be home-made or modified.

  • "Rock the Party": Whenever the band is seen playing at a gig, they are usually performing the song "Rock the Party". Contrary to the other musical interludes in the show, the song's lyrics are very simplistic and consist almost entirely of the repeated exchange "Who likes to rock the party? / We like to rock the party."

TV & Internet Ratings

The second season premiere episode gathered 250,000 streams in its first 10 days on In 2007, the series received 100,000 views for the first season premiere scored on MySpace.

International broadcasters

Flight of the Conchords is aired on the following stations around the world:

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere
Network Ten & Channel [V] & SBS - (series two) May 11, 2008
MC/TMN/ The Comedy Network (series one) & HBO Canada (series two) June 17, 2007
China Central Television-HBO May 10, 2009
TV2 Zulu 2008
Canal+, YLE 2007
TPS Star March 22, 2008
HBO March 1, 2008
Stöð 2 2008
HOT3 2009
HBO September 3, 2008
Prime, The BOX September 17, 2007
Canal+, NRK3 2007
HBO September 3, 2008
HBO August, 2008
FX 2007
America Plus (Middle East and North Africa) 2009
TNT November 19, 2008
SVT June 20, 2008
FX April 2008
BBC Four September 25, 2007
HBO June 17, 2007


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