The Almighty Johnsons 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
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1. It's Kind of a Birthday Present TV-MA CC

It is Axl Johnson's 21st birthday - which explains the fire in the sky; the Waitemata Harbour being the colour of blood; the various women who seem to want to kill him; and the sudden need for a family ceremony in a forest.

Runtime:
47 minutes
Original air date:
July 11, 2014

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It's Kind of a Birthday Present

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy
Director Mark Beesley
Season year 2014
Network Syfy
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very funny with likeable and interesting characters.
Proud Aunty
I really liked his character, he take responsibility for things, while some of his other brothers try to take the easy way.
The Bear
Nice to see different sides that actors can portray.
Daisy Kat

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Mendell on October 17, 2012
Format: DVD
There's a lot of dicey TV out there. Fantasy shows, often doubly so, given the typical focus on special effects.

If you're looking for a show filled with action, dazzling special effects and all that, look elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a fun, funny and always surprising show, then you ought to consider this one. The acting is wonderfully low key, the situations oddly believable, the characters incredibly engaging.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jane Walbridge on April 17, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw clips of this New Zealand show on YouTube and had to have it. It only comes in Region 2, so you need to be able to play it somehow. I realized I wanted to get first and second seasons and the third season when it's available as well as some British DVDs so I bought a cheap ($48) region-free DVD player. I honestly have not laughed this hard since MASH. It's funny and irreverent and I love the characters, from sweet responsible Mike to slightly sociopathic Anders. They are Norse Gods reborn into human form, although they won't get their full powers until the youngest completes a quest. Meanwhile they try to cope with the fact that when they use their powers things don't tend to go well for the folks around them. One of the most refreshing things about the show for me is the liberal use of "language." Apparently the Kiwis aren't as uptight as Americans are and the f-word and other are liberally sprinkled around making it sound like they speak, well...normally. Check it out on YouTube and then go buy yourself a whole lot of entertainment. :)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on January 3, 2013
Format: DVD
VERY MINOR SPOILERS:

At some point during the 1800's, the descendents of Nordic Gods decided that they needed to be under the radar. Where better to emigrate to than the sparsely populated NZ.

In the modern day, God like powers are assigned on ones 21st birthday. It is also important to note that the level (strength) of powers has diminished over the years.

Enter modern day and the 4-Brothers Johnson: (on the eve of youngest brother Axl's 21st birthday):

Mike (AKA the God of Chance/Games) - the oldest who essentially raised his younger brothers. Mike lives a relatively normal life, married and working as a building contractor while rarely using his powers

Anders (AKA God of Poetry and the Spoken Word) - runs a PR Company and frequently uses his powers to secure business and personally to separate females from their "clothing"

Ty - (AKA God of Cold and Darkness) - he is low key and runs a refrigeration business

Axl - (AKA Odin, the King of all Gods)

There is both excitement and trepidation when it is learned that Axl is the reincarnate of Odin. If Odin can reunite with his beloved Frigg (and consummate said reunion), all of the reincarnated Gods will have their powers restored to an unadulterated form!

There are assorted other characters, including Thor (War God), Loki (Fire God) and their Grandfather Olaf (an Oracle that ages slowly and is 92-years old, despite appearing to be in his 30's). Not to mention the Goddesses (included the super hot Michele - the Goddess of Love and apparently hooking up)

The overriding premise of the series is to help Axl find his Frigg (yet to be revealed).

On the surface the show is a comedy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 7, 2014
Format: DVD
The New Zealand import "The Almighty Johnsons" has one of the more ridiculous premises that I've seen in a TV show of late. While that may sound like a criticism, it actually isn't intended as one. There is such a lack of imagination in broadcast television today, it keeps things amusing to champion the more offbeat choices that pop up. This hybrid fantasy/comedy series, I suspect, may not be for everyone. I must admit to finding much in "The Almighty Johnsons" quite silly, but that's OK. It is intended to be taken with a grain of salt, a wink and a nod. I appreciate that it embraces its lunatic scenario but ALSO convincingly makes the viewer care about those involved. At the core of the show are four brothers, and the easy interplay and chemistry between the actors tends to keep things lively and even kind of sweet (in a strange way). The lighthearted family camaraderie is what helps to sell the outlandish premise and the slapstick shenanigans.

In the series opener, Axl Johnson is about to celebrate his twenty-first birthday. Axl, a typical slacker, doesn't have lofty ambitions for the day--throw a big party, get wasted, hang out with his best mates, maybe even get lucky. But his brothers have to let him in on the family secret. All the Johnsons are descended from a line of Norse Gods (yes, in New Zealand) who achieve their power and destiny on this fateful birthday. Axl is stunned, to say the least, but everyone is shocked to discover that his true identity may be that of the God Odin and his brothers' fates depend on him finding his true mate Frigg. Easier said than done, though. This sets up a largely comedic quest for the season as finding the perfect woman in New Zealand isn't the bumbling Axl's strongest suit.
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