On his 21st birthday, Axl Johnson (Emmett Skilton) discovers his family are Norse Gods in this imported New Zealand comedy.
[Originally aired on New Zealand's TV3 on 7 February 2011 - 11 April 2011]
- Genre(s): Comedy, Action & Adventure
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Feb 7, 2011
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 12:00 AM
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Johnsons recalls Buffy in its wit, sharp undercurrents (dig the cheeky-deadly female deities questing to end the dominance of dunder-headed patriarchy), and endearingly lo-fi production. Caution, though: accents! [18 Jul 2014, p.60]
It’s all strangely compelling and fun, if still a little half-baked, including what’s motivating the rival group apparently determined to prevent Axl from completing his mission by trying to kill the poor kid off.
It’s difficult to judge The Almighty Johnsons from its pilot episode, but the blend of humor and Norse Gods lore does fit in well with Syfy’s penchant for light, fantasy dramas, but those series also tend to be fairly forgettable.