2012, 2015, TV

Danger 5 (2012, 2015)

I can find no news of a third season of Danger 5 so I will review it here. If another season comes along then by all means I will watch it.

Danger 5 is a delightfully, deliriously absurd take on those old puppet adventure shows, only it’s live action. It’s set in a permanent WWII, where, every week, the gang have to try to stop the Nazis and kill Hitler before teaching us how all to make a cocktail. The show may take on easy targets, but its the sheer volume of those targets – and their insanely absurd interaction – that makes the show not only funny but rich. This is one of those shows where there’s too much going on to play spot the reference. The levels of ridiculousness mean that, if one of the parodies doesn’t work for you, well, at least one of them will. This is an intensely ADD comedy for our intensely ADD age.

But where the show really hits its stride is in the second season, when it expands its reach to everything ’80s and, eventually, seemingly everything the creators can think of – including science fiction films, fantasy films, sit coms, high school dramas, and video games. Nothing is safe, at least nothing within the world of low brow culture is safe.

Just wonderfully bonkers.


  • Created by Dario Russo, David Ashby
  • Written by Dario Russo, David Ashby
  • Directed by Dario Russo
  • Starring David Ashby, Sean James Murphy, Natasa Ristic, Amanda Simons, Aldo Mignone, Pacharo Mzembe
  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Original language: English, German, Russian, Italian, French, Japanese, Cantonese
  • No. of series: 2
  • No. of episodes: 13
  • Producer: Kate Croser, Dario Russo
  • Cinematography: Sam King
  • Running time: 25 minutes (approx.)
  • Production companies: Dinosaur, Hedone Productions
  • Distributor: SBS, SBS International
  • Original network: SBS One (Series 1), SBS 2 (Series 2)
  • Picture format: 576i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)
  • Audio format: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Original release: February 27, 2012 – February 15, 2015

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