With their track record of hits in both television and film featuring endearingly odd characters, it’s no wonder wildly talented New Zealanders Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (What We Do In The Shadows) are back with a second season of the oddball-fuelled Wellington Paranormal.
We start the season ocean side where, under Sergeant Maaka, Officers Karen O’Leary and Mike Minogue investigate a case of disappearing fishermen and women, including NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s fiancé. Other investigations include uncovering the mystery of three high school students with the same name acquiring sinister powers, unleashing the ghost of a 1930s cop and encountering their own doppelgangers. And there’s a Christmas special to look forward to, following the unit around on Christmas Eve patrol. What could go wrong?
Season 2 of Wellington Paranormal premieres on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 9.25pm on SBS VICELAND (after The X-Files). Episodes will be available to stream at SBS On Demand afterwards.
Season one is available to stream in its entirety:
Co-created by Garry Campbell, Mark Little and Andy Bush, the latter two men also co-star as brothers Mark and Andy who return to their hometown of Cavendish, Canada after 30 years away to look after their ill father Rollie (Kevin Eldon). Cavendish, if not their father, embraces them immediately, and they’re soon cast in a local production of Anne of Green Gables. But things turn strange as they discover the beloved children’s novel has sparked the formation of a cult. If that wasn’t weird enough, other questions mount. Is that a beast roaming the woods? Are those ancient statues possessed? Is that a coven over there? This innocent-looking town has more in store for the siblings than they bargained for. Oh Canada, this is one oddball-filled comedy, not unusual for the northern climes.
Double episodes of Cavendish air weekly on SBS VICELAND from Thursday 28 November at 10.30pm. Catch up at SBS On Demand any time.
There must be something in the Canadian water. From the bizarre world of Cavendish we travel inland to the rural Ontario township of Letterkenny. This series is the very definition of weird, the residents all oddballs in their own ways. Co-creators Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney have grouped together different expressions of manhood, from the not-so-brainy hockey players to the meth-smoking skids to the close-knit hicks. Played out in cartoonish slow motion, punch-ups determine the toughest bloke in town, with lead hick Wayne (Keeso) consistently emerging victorious. The vernacular is as strange and alluring as the dynamics between the gangs, who love nothing more than to focus on what separates them, and, on the odd occasion, cooperate in high jinks. Can you work out what’s going on?
Letterkenny airs on Tuesday nights at 9.25pm on SBS VICELAND. All season 1 and 2 episodes are also now streaming at SBS On Demand. Season 3 premieres at 9.25pm on Tuesday, 3 December on SBS VICELAND.
Olan Rogers and David Sacks’ animated series is chock-full of oddballs, protagonist Gary Goodspeed (voiced by Rogers) being the big cheese. A former Captain, now a prisoner hurtling through space with limited freedoms, he confides in a monotone narrator and records vlogs for ‘human lady person’ Quinn. Not the type to read quietly in a corner, Gary has energy to burn and, prisoner or not, simply must be a hero. His new buddy, a mysterious alien who he dubs Mooncake, is threatened by the Lord Commander (voiced by David Tennant) eager to harness Mooncake’s untapped potent powers for his own evil plans, hurling him into action. Season 2 of this series continues to deliver generous doses of oddness.
Catch season 1 episodes on Monday nights at 9.55pm on SBS VICELAND, and at SBS On Demand before they all take off:
The first season of South Park, the now legendary animated comedy series from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, was released in 1997. That’s right, it was birthed an adult’s lifetime ago! Now, its 24th season is coming. Sharing a rare long-term creative relationship, the pair are no strangers to controversy; earlier this year, they weathered the storm of the reported banning in China of a season 23 episode. But they are nothing if not themselves, no matter the situation, and keeping their trademark cool, we continue to benefit from their talents and follow the shenanigans of the oddest of oddball crews out there.
Season 24 is coming soon to SBS VICELAND, with episodes streaming at SBS On Demand after broadcast. Be quick to catch season 23 before it expires: