The BEST Episodes of Short Poppies

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2021

Network: TVNZ

Journalist David Farrier goes on a quest to small town New Zealand to find the average Kiwi. What he finds in this mockumentary series, is a lovable bunch of people who are anything but ordinary or average. Each week he meets a new local, all played by Rhys Darby.

Terry Pole

#1 - Terry Pole

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

Rhys Darby plays Terry Pole, a lifeguard and leg model. It's the day of the local sexy legs competition and Terry believes some of his competitors have resorted to sabotage to keep him from winning.

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Directors: Jemaine Clement
Writers: Rhys Darby
Steve Whittle

#2 - Steve Whittle

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

Is he crazy or a genius? Steve Whittle, played by Rhys Darby, runs an alien encounter support service for people like him who have been abducted by visitors from outer space.

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Directors: Michelle Walshe
Writers: Rhys Darby
Ron Taylor

#3 - Ron Taylor

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

Rhys Darby is Ron Taylor, an entrepreneur by nature whose whale watching business is in deep trouble. Ready to do anything to keep it afloat Ron is heading for a run in with the law and David Farrier may become his reluctant accomplice.

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Directors: Michelle Walshe
Writers: Rhys Darby
Mary Ledbetter

#4 - Mary Ledbetter

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

Rhys Darby plays Mary Ledbetter, a woman who rules this small town with an iron fist. She's the local gossip and a full time agitator and a day in her company will test David Farrier's patience to the limit.

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Directors: Jemaine Clement
Writers: Rhys Darby
Bill Napier

#5 - Bill Napier

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

Rhys Darby plays Bill Napier, the local park ranger who is better at talking to trees than people. When reporter David Farrier spends a day with him the chaos that follows Bill everywhere throws in some filming challenges.

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Directors: Michelle Walshe
Writers: Rhys Darby
Louise Cooper

#6 - Louise Cooper

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

Louise Cooper is a local artist and a man eater. When David Farrier comes to town her radar is immediately on him. Played by Rhys Darby, Louise is one of the charmingly oddest people David Farrier has met yet.

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Directors: Michelle Walshe
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Rhod Gainer

#7 - Rhod Gainer

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

Rhod Gainer is the local lawyer with no regard for the law. Played by Rhys Darby, Rhod is a car enthusiast who gets himself in more trouble than his clients.

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Directors: Michelle Walshe
Writers: Rhys Darby
The Finale

#8 - The Finale

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

David Farrier returns to the town for a screening of what the network have made. But no one is happy with how they've been portrayed and what was supposed to be a heartfelt reunion turns into a mutiny.

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Directors: Michelle Walshe
Writers: Rhys Darby