The Almighty John­sons

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 10.30pm, Ten My joy in the fact that Ten has ac­quired this ex­cel­lent com­edy sci-fi se­ries from across ‘‘ the dutch’’ (New Zealand) is tem­pered only by the fact that the net­work doesn’t seem to know what to do with it, and is run­ning all 11 episodes of sea­son one in a fort­night. Things be­gin with the clas­sic de­but episode tonight, then there are two, back to back, to­mor­row and on Satur­day night. Frankly, The Almighty John­sons, shown here in Fe­bru­ary on payTV’s Sci-Fi, de­serves bet­ter than this. Things kick off tonight with a sexy woman in a fast car try­ing to mur­der a young man, Axl John­son, on the way to his 21st birth­day party. He is about to dis­cover that he is the rein­car­na­tion of Odin and that his fam­ily mem­bers are all rein­car­nated Norse gods. They must find the rein­car­nated Frigg (Odin’s wife) be­fore that mur­der­ous sheila and her pals do. Cre­ated by James Grif­fin and Rachel Lang, who cocre­ated Out­ra­geous For­tune and Go Girls, the show asks us to find wild sex in an earth­quake hys­ter­i­cal, as only New Zealan­ders might.

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