The End of Flight of the Conchords

Posted: December 11, 2009 in comedy, tv shows

Word on the street is that the Flight of the Conchords have announced they will not be doing a third season of their hilarious HBO series. *Collective sigh of disappointment*

The boys themselves say that “We’re very proud of the two seasons we made, and we like the way the show ended.” And so I guess if they’re happy, we should be too.

I suppose it’s like many of the great comedy series – short but sweet. After all, there were only 2 seasons of Alan Partridge, and The Office. Only 4 seasons of Blackadder. And while it unusual for a popular US series to be cut so short, it is a tall order for the pair to continually write comedy songs at the standard for which they have become known.

Rumour has it that was tough to write new songs for even the second season. Obviously for the first one they could draw on songs developed over years in comedy clubs, and on the festival circuit. Whereas the songs for the second season were developed over a relatively short period, and didn’t have the benefit of being sounded out against live audiences.

Still, I doubt this is the end of the Flight of the Conchords. Just the TV series. Many comics say that TV uses up their material too quickly, and this is probably true. You can perform the same routine, or song, for years to live audiences. But put it on TV and suddenly it becomes old very quickly.

I hope the boys go back to performing live, because even though I enjoyed the HBO series, I think it lacked the edge of their live stuff. I particularly think Bowie’s in Space lost a little when it was done in the series, but live it just has something extra. What do you think?

  1. Alan Partridge says:

    There are 3 seasons to my show!!! AH-HA!

  2. lucyfoxx says:

    Ah, I meant 2 seasons of I Am Alan Partridge. Apologies for the confusion Alan. Would you like a scotch egg?

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