Super City (TV series)
|Created by||Madeleine Sami|
|Written by||Madeleine Sami, Thomas Sainsbury & Oscar Kightley|
|Directed by||Season 1 Taika Waititi & Season 2 Oscar Kightley|
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Original channel||TV3 (New Zealand)|
|Picture format||1080i (2011)|
Super City is a New Zealand television comedy series starring Madeleine Sami (The Jaquie Brown Diaries & Sione's Wedding) and directed by Taika Waititi (Boy & Eagle vs. Shark). Season One premiered on the TV3 network in 2011. The series was picked up as a comedy presentation by American Broadcasting Company in 2012.The series opened with a healthy 24 per cent share of the 25-54 age bracket, earning it 11th place on TV3's ratings table for the week.A second season is directed by Oscar Kightley (Siones Wedding, Bro Town) and started airing on TV3 in New Zealand on Friday 26 July at 10pm.
Season 1 Overview
Madeleine Sami transforms into five different characters, all living in Auckland City. Pasha is an aging cheerleader clinging to her partying lifestyle; Azeem is an immigrant taxi driver embracing Maori culture; Jo is a gym instructor in love with her best friend; Linda is the runt of her "old girls" clique fostering impoverished artists and Georgie is a homeless girl whose freedom is unexpectedly interrupted.
Season 2 Overview
Madeleine transforms into young Levi Tutaima, a naive 20-year-old Niuean who's dead keen on making his way as a semi-professional rugby star but is a bit too concerned with getting his hair right and fitting in. Then there's 26-year-old Ofa Faka'apa'apa, a benefit case-manager who's got little sympathy for those who need state help and is always ready with some unorthodox advice. Next is Mary Dalziel who, at 45, might not be on the path to pop stardom anymore, but that won't stop her from awkwardly flirting her way around the local covers band scene. And then there's Ray Donaldson, a bumbling 62-year-old British panel beater with a heart of gold who does his best to teach his immigrant employees while also supporting his bodybuilder wife Tiffany. Plus there are some excellent character roles from Urzila Carlson as Ofa's manager and Elroy Finn (son of Neil Finn, brother of Liam Finn) playing Mary's son.
Season 1 Awards
Madeleine Sami won Best Performance by an Actress at the 2011 Aotearoa Film & Television Awards (previously Qantas TV and Film Award). The series was a finalist in two other categories; Best Comedy, Best Script.
Madeleine Sami & Thomas Sainsbury also picked up Best Comedy Script for Episode 3 at the 2011 SWANZ awards.
Season 1 Reception
"Madeleine has an extraordinary ability to flit from character to character… She uses it to explore and have a good laugh at various aspects of "being" Auckland. This is funny, this is funny, its smart and sharp." – Simon Wilson, Metro Magazine
"Sami absolutely nailed these characters... Very cleverly layered. Its a very good mix of comedy and tragedy. I'm disappointed its a 6 episode season and we're halfway through. Its definitely definitely worth watching." - Sarah McMullan, National Radio
"I applaud Super City, think it's very clever… Sami produces a medley of five very different Auckland stereotypes, obviously demonstrates her clever acting abilities and broad range." - Jane Bowron, Dominion Post
"Have you been watching Super City? Well you should be. Its shows an Auckland like you never see on TV and have genius observations and characters, great lines and its surprising and fresh. And it is funny too. So, good." - Simon Pound
Season 1 Episodes
There are six episodes in the show's first season:
|Original air date|
|1||11 February 2011|
|An observational comedy starring Madeleine Sami as five very different characters living in one super city.|
|2||18 February 2011|
|Homeless girl Georgie adapts to being a new mum, Linda finds her tortured young artist, Jo has a new rival at the gym, Pasha shows off her acting abilities, and poor old Azeem just ain’t having luck with the ladies.|
|3||25 February 2011|
|Georgie is loving motherhood, Azeem must find ways of making money, Linda tries to impress with her Polynesian rapper, Jo reaffirms her heterosexuality. And could Pasha have found love?.|
|4||4 March 2011|
|Super City Pasha’s party girl lifestyle takes its toll, Azeem attempts to make Maori friends don't go to plan, Jo is losing her grip as her feelings for Tracy get stronger, Georgie's maternal instincts kick in and Linda is ashamed of her artistic endeavours.|
|5||18 March 2011|
|Pasha gets pushed to her limits, Georgie fights to keep her baby, Jo’s emotions get the better of her, Azeem gets some surprise visitors and Linda gets P Money to help her rapper.|
|6||25 March 2011|
|Georgie attempts a normal life; Jo comes out; Pasha's party spirit reignites; Linda lets loose on the ladies; and Azeem gets the surprise of a life time.|
- "New season TV: Super City". The New Zealand Herald. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "New TV line-up cuts the mustard". The New Zealand Herald. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Meet Madeleine Sami's many faces - Television - NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. 25 July 2013.