NZ’s first sitcom about the odd-couple friendship between an English-born schoolteacher and a Māori, based on the play Ground Level, written by Craig Harrison and produced by Radio NZ in 1974 (which won the J.C. Reid Award in the same year). A novel was released in 1981.

Joe - Stephen Gledhill
Koro - Rawiri Paratene
Maria - Dallas Beckett
Sharon - Mary Rose Tempest
Assistant Director - John Seebold
Producer/Director John Whitell

Season One

High Society (19/4/1977)
Joe and Karo are invited to a party; Koro's home made wine causes strife. "They can't take the brown man's fire-water."
Maria - Dallas Beckett
Sharon - Mary Rose Tempest
Assistant Director - John Seebold
Producer/Director John Whitell

Joe and Koro - High Society

Dinner (26/4/1977)
A competition between Joe and Koro to see who can cook the best meal for their girlfriends causes some unpleasantness and a lot of damage. You need a hammer to prepare Maori food?

Decoration (3/5/1977)
Attempts to repair the damage to their girlfriends flat result in confrontations between Joe and Koro and the great Kiwi Home Handyman tradition.

Contusions (10/5/1977)
If joe seems happy and pleasant could he be suffering from a concussion? If he isn't, some home decoration with Koro might bring on the symptoms.

Hospital (17/5/1977)
Joe is suffering in hospital and Koro comes to cheer him up.

Ambition (24/5/1977)
Koro argues his way out of a job, and is then pursued by an admirer. Joe offers advice which goes astray.

Economy (31/5/1977)
Economic problems force Joe and Koro to set out on an exploration of a new supermarket.

Brotherhood (7/6/1977)
Koro's dilemma is that he has no money and no job.
Mrs Pollock - Dorethy McKegg
Fredo - Sue Scott

Series Two

A Pom and a Maori - an odd couple. Joe and Koro, from the successful play Ground Level, struggle, laugh and look at life.

Sue - Alannah O'Sullivan
Series Editor - Rosemary McLeod.
Producer - John Whitwell

Scorpio Rising (4/8/1978)
Koro calls on the tricks of his maori heritage in a scheme to get rich, and Joe becomes convinced that there's more to ribal magic than meets the eye. But hold on a minute - since when was white man's fire water part of those ancient rituals?
Written by Rosemary McLeod
Director - Mark DeFriest

Paddington Does a Wheelie (11/8/1978)
Joe‘s doing well in New Zealand. He even has a native houseboy - or so he's told the folks at home. The houseboy has some relatives, too. And they have some quaint native customs.
Written by Bob Leaman

You Always Hurt the One you Love (18/8/1978)
Joe sees a bit of culture as the way to a girl's heart and incidentally, to promotion at work. But. girls just aren't what
they used to he.
Written by Roger Hall

Too Old to Rock (25/8/1978)
All Maoris can sing, and everyone knows that where you get a pop star, you get groupies. So Koro is broken-hearted when Joe muscles in on his group, But Joe's career is suspiciously short-lived
Written by John Banas

Jane Austen Eat Your Heart Out (1/9/1978)
Secret agent Wiremu strikes deep into the heart ot the European drug-smuggling world, and gets more women than hot dinners. Wiremu is surprisingly like Kora, and Karo is convinced that he's giving birth to a best-seller. It's just as well Joe knows what literature is.
Written by Craig Harrison

Off the Shelf (8/9/1978)
The charms of sophisticated, older women of the world are preying on Joe's mind - or rather, he's having few opportunities to prey on them. Koro's girlfriend feels younger women have something to offer, to. She offers in in no uncertain terms.
Written by Hamish Keith

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