Flight of the Conchords
Opening title screen
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerAnna Dokoza
Production locationNew York City
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time26 minutes
Production companyDakota Pictures
Original release
ReleaseJune 17, 2007 (2007-06-17) –
March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22)

Flight of the Conchords is an American sitcom that was first shown on HBO on June 17, 2007. The show follows the adventures of a struggling two-man band from New Zealand, as its members seek fame and success in New York City. The show stars the duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, who also perform as real-life musical comedy act Flight of the Conchords. In the series, they play fictionalised versions of themselves and their band. A second season was announced on August 17, 2007 and shown from January 18, 2009. On December 11, 2009, the duo announced that the series was not going to be returning for a third season.[1]

Throughout its run, Flight of the Conchords received positive critical reviews, with its second season scoring 80/100 on Metacritic. The show received 10 Emmy Award nominations, including "Outstanding Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series" for Jemaine Clement, both in 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 fictionalized versions of themselves), who have uprooted themselves from their native Wellington to try to make it big as a folk duo in New York City. The two have frequent appointments with their officious and ineffectual band manager, Murray Hewitt (Rhys Darby), a Deputy Cultural Attaché at the New Zealand Consulate. 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 landlord Eugene (Eugene Mirman), love interests Coco (Sutton Foster) and Sally (Rachel Blanchard), Mel's husband Doug (David Costabile), and Murray's consulate subordinate Greg (Frank Wood).

Jemaine or Bret break into song in 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 thoughts and his spoken invitations to Sally to get a kebab and to go back to his place. The music video for "Business Time" (from "Sally Returns") depicts a daydream that Jemaine is having. As the series evolved, other main characters such as Murray and Mel have also had their own musical interludes.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
112June 17, 2007 (2007-06-17)September 2, 2007 (2007-09-02)
210January 18, 2009 (2009-01-18)March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22)

Season 1 (2007)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Sally"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieJune 17, 2007 (2007-06-17)

Bret and Jemaine go to a party at Dave's place where Jemaine sees, and falls for, a beautiful girl named Sally, Bret's ex. Jemaine's growing relationship leaves Bret feeling neglected and Murray helps the band film a music video. Cameo: Judah Friedlander.

Songs featured: "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)," "Not Crying," "Robots"
22"Bret Gives Up the Dream"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieJune 24, 2007 (2007-06-24)

The band's poor financial state leads Bret to get a job as a human billboard to help make ends meet. However, it interferes with the band's gig at a travel expo, so Murray and Jemaine replace Bret with a cassette tape in hopes of outdoing the flashier Australian display. Bret is attracted to a girl, Coco (Sutton Foster), at his new job.

Songs featured: "Inner City Pressure," "Boom," "Rock the Party"
33"Mugged"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieJuly 1, 2007 (2007-07-01)

Bret loses Jemaine's trust after Bret abandons him when they get mugged. To regain it, Bret tries to retrieve Jemaine's stolen "camera phone" (a phone with a camera taped to it) from their muggers, who are experiencing their own trust issues.

Songs featured: "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros," "Think About It"
44"Yoko"Troy MillerJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieJuly 8, 2007 (2007-07-08)

Bret begins dating Coco (Sutton Foster), but Jemaine won't stop tagging along on the dates. When Bret asks him to stop, Jemaine concludes that Coco is trying to break up the band.

Songs featured: "If You're Into It," "Pencils in the Wind"
55"Sally Returns"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieJuly 15, 2007 (2007-07-15)

After Jemaine reconnects with Sally, Bret decides that he wants to pursue her as well. However, when they both show up at her birthday party to woo her with their homemade presents, they are in for a shock.

Songs featured: "Business Time," "Song for Sally"
66"Bowie"Troy MillerJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieJuly 22, 2007 (2007-07-22)

After a photo session, Bret develops body image issues and gets some advice in a series of dreams featuring his idol, David Bowie (played by Jemaine). Jemaine plots to cheer him up and Murray tries to get one of the band's tunes used for a musical greeting card.

Songs featured: "Bret, You've Got It Going On," "Bowie"
77"Drive By"Taika WaititiTaika WaititiJuly 29, 2007 (2007-07-29)

Bret and Jemaine are shocked by the prejudiced actions of Sanjay (Aziz Ansari), a fruit vendor who refuses to sell to them because of their nationality. Dave recommends a strong response and teaches them how to "flip the bird". Murray is smitten with the new tech support lady at the consulate. Cameo: Taika Waititi.

Songs featured: "Albi the Racist Dragon," "Mutha'uckas," "Leggy Blonde"
88"Girlfriends"James BobinEric KaplanAugust 5, 2007 (2007-08-05)

Bret and Jemaine pick up two women who work in a croissant shop (Eliza Coupe, June Diane Raphael) and have very different dating experiences. Murray negotiates a record deal for the band.

Songs featured: "Foux Du Fa Fa," "A Kiss Is Not A Contract"
99"What Goes on Tour"Paul SimmsPaul SimmsAugust 12, 2007 (2007-08-12)

Murray organizes a warm-up tour in preparation for a big gig in Central Park. However, the boys' carelessness and an encounter with a women's water-polo team threatens to ruin the tour and strain their relationship with the well-intentioned Murray.

Songs featured: "Mermaid," "Rock the Party"
1010"New Fans"Taika WaititiDuncan SarkiesAugust 19, 2007 (2007-08-19)

A performance at a local "World Music Jam" results in the Conchords gaining two new fans, Summer and Rain, but Mel is suspicious of the newcomers and their motives. Murray encourages the band to adopt a more "rock star" attitude to enhance their image.

Songs featured: "Ladies of the World," "The Prince of Parties," "Rock the Party"
1111"The Actor"Michael Patrick JannDamon Beesley & Iain MorrisAugust 26, 2007 (2007-08-26)

Bret and Jemaine ask Ben (Will Forte), a "semi-professional" actor / dry cleaner, to cheer Murray up after a gig does not go well, but the actor gets caught up in the role and offers the band a record deal. Murray pays for the "signing" party, while the actor stars in the movie Dry Cleaner with John Turturro.

Songs featured: "Cheer Up, Murray," "Frodo"
1212"The Third Conchord"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieSeptember 2, 2007 (2007-09-02)

Murray hires Todd (Todd Barry) as a bongo player for the band, without consulting Bret and Jemaine. Incensed, Bret and Jemaine intend to fire Todd, but Todd convinces Jemaine and Murray to fire Bret instead. Bret responds by forming his own competing band with keytar player Demetri (Demetri Martin). Eventually, Todd and Demetri decide to form their own duo, with Murray agreeing to manage them.

Songs featured: "Bret's Angry Dance," "Doggy Bounce"

Season 2 (2009)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
131"A Good Opportunity"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieJanuary 18, 2009 (2009-01-18)

Bret and Jemaine fire Murray for neglecting them in favour of the Crazy Dogggz and almost immediately they receive an offer to write a jingle for a commercial. Meanwhile, Murray's fortunes reverse after he discovers that the Crazy Dogggz's big hit is a rip-off of a 1990s Polish song.

Songs featured: "Rejected," "Femident Toothpaste," "Angels"
142"The New Cup"James BobinDuncan SarkiesJanuary 25, 2009 (2009-01-25)

Bret and Jemaine's fortunes unravel after Bret buys a new tea cup. With emergency band funds unavailable, Jemaine takes desperate measures in hopes of supplementing their income.

Songs featured: "Sugalumps," "You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute"
153"The Tough Brets"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieFebruary 1, 2009 (2009-02-01)

After disparaging rappers in a song, Bret starts a gang when he fears for his safety; Murray endures a series of degrading encounters with members of the Australian consulate.

Songs featured: "Hurt Feelings," "Hurt Feelings (Reprise)," "Stay Cool"
164"Murray Takes It to the Next Level"Troy MillerJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieFebruary 8, 2009 (2009-02-08)

Murray tries to elevate Bret and Jemaine on his friendship graph, bringing his inquisitive best friend Jim (Jim Gaffigan) in on the plan; Mel demands an apology from Bret for inappropriate dream behavior.

Songs featured: "Dreams," "Friends"
175"Unnatural Love"Michel GondryIain Morris & Damon BeesleyFebruary 15, 2009 (2009-02-15)

After a one-night stand, Jemaine is horrified to discover he has accidentally slept with an Australian. Bret and Murray are also dismayed, but Jemaine can't resist continuing to date her.

Songs featured: "Too Many Dicks On The Dance Floor," "Carol Brown"
186"Love Is a Weapon of Choice"James BobinPaul SimmsFebruary 22, 2009 (2009-02-22)

Bret and Jemaine both fall for Brahbrah (Kristen Wiig), a lazy-eyed woman whose missing dog has epilepsy, leading to a duel, a canine benefit and a couple of new tunes.

Songs featured: "We're Both in Love with a Sexy Lady," "Love Is a Weapon of Choice," "Epileptic Dogs"
197"Prime Minister"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieMarch 1, 2009 (2009-03-01)

Foiled by the White House, Murray arranges a presidential meeting for the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand; a tribute gig ends with Jemaine getting a date with Karen (Mary Lynn Rajskub), an Art Garfunkel fanatic. Guest starring Art Garfunkel as himself and Patton Oswalt as an Elton John impersonator.

Songs featured: "Demon Woman," "Oh, Dance, Baby"
208"New Zealand Town"Taika WaititiTaika WaititiMarch 8, 2009 (2009-03-08)

Trying to look cool for a gig at the Grand Opening of New York's one-block New Zealand enclave, the Conchords end up getting hooked on hair gel. Guest starring Lucy Lawless as Paula.

Song featured: "Fashion Is Danger"
219"Wingmen"James BobinJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieMarch 15, 2009 (2009-03-15)

Bret enlists Jemaine and Dave to help him try to land a girlfriend; Murray regrets making Greg his scapegoat.

Songs featured: "Rambling Through the Avenues of Time," "I Told You I Was Freaky"
2210"Evicted"Taika WaititiJames Bobin & Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzieMarch 22, 2009 (2009-03-22)

Unable to pay off their back rent, Bret and Jemaine move in with Mel and Doug; Murray looks to cash in on a stage play about the Conchords' travails. Ultimately, Bret and Jemaine are deported to New Zealand, where they resume their pre-music careers as shepherds.

Songs featured: "Everyday Sounds Musical Montage," "Petrov, Yelyena, and Me," "Flight of the Conchords: The Broadway Musical"


The show was created by Clement, McKenzie and James Bobin, and was based on the successful improvised 2005 BBC Radio 2 radio series of the same name.[2] Bobin served as the show's main writer and director. The first episode of the series aired on HBO on June 17, 2007. The series received 100,000 views for the first-season premiere scored on Myspace.[3]

On August 17, 2007, HBO announced a second season for Flight of the Conchords, originally set to premiere in 2008,[4] 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".[5] 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".[6] 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 hometown of Wellington to write for the second season,[7] although the writing process was delayed by the 2007–2008 Writers Strike. Filming for the 10-episode second series began in September 2008.

The second season of the show premiered on January 18, 2009 on HBO. It gathered 250,000 streams in its first 10 days on FunnyOrDie.com. Unlike the first season, the second season was filmed and broadcast in High Definition.

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).[8] The DVD of the second season was released in Australia on July 29, 2009.[9]

On December 11, 2009, McKenzie and Clement announced that the show would not return for a third season. Clement had previously stated that writing the show took up a great deal of time.[1] During a 2016 interview, McKenzie said they had decided to end the show because it had "basically stopped being fun. It really wasn't a decision about money. It was definitely a decision about enjoying our lives.”[10]


Main characters

Recurring characters



Critical reception

Flight of the Conchords received generally positive reviews from critics. Season 1 has a 68/100 rating based on 15 reviews on Metacritic, and season 2 has an 80/100 rating, based on 10 reviews.[13] Detroit Free Press spoke positive of the series, describing it as "TV's most original and irresistible new comic concoction,"[14] and San Francisco Chronicle wrote that it "may well be the funniest thing you've seen in ages."[15]

In 2019, Flight of the Conchords was ranked 65th on The Guardian's list of the 100 best TV shows of the 21st century.[16]


At the 12th Satellite Awards, the show was nominated for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.

The duo of Clement and McKenzie was awarded with the status of 2007 Wellingtonians of the Year 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".

At the 60th Writers Guild of America Awards in 2007, the show was nominated for three awards – Best Television: Comedy Series, Best Television: Episodic Comedy Series (for "Sally Returns") and for Best Television: New Series. At the 2007 Television Critics Association Awards, the show received 2 nominations – Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding New Program of the Year.

At the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, the show was nominated for six awards – 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 Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (for the episode "Prime Minister").


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