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New Zealand has pedigree when it comes to fantasy TV. There was Children of Fire Mountain in the 70s and the award-winning Children of the Dog Star back in the 80s. But you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s where it ended.
Not so. For now we have The Almighty Johnsons, a winsome little comedy-drama from the creators of New Zealand show Outrageous Fortune (which became Scoundrels in the US) about four brothers who are the reincarnations of Norse gods. Which ones, what powers they have and why they’re stuck inside the bodies of a bunch of New Zealand lads – well, that’s something we learn all about during the first episode… as well as who wants to kill them.
Here’s a trailer.