Comedy series about a top architect, Martin Kelly, who gives up his business to cope with his three children when his wife dies. With the help of eccentric country cousin Betty, Martin soon... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Julie McGregor ...
 Betty Wilson / ... (293 episodes, 1987-1994)
Robert Hughes ...
 Martin Kelly (267 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Jenny Kelly / ... (233 episodes, 1987-1994)
Christopher Truswell ...
 Gerald 'Nudge' Noritas / ... (177 episodes, 1987-1994)
Simone Buchanan ...
 Debbie Kelly / ... (169 episodes, 1987-1994)
Christopher Mayer ...
 Simon Kelly (148 episodes, 1988-1991)


Comedy series about a top architect, Martin Kelly, who gives up his business to cope with his three children when his wife dies. With the help of eccentric country cousin Betty, Martin soon finds that looking after Jenny, Debbie and Simon means more decisions, problems and crises than he ever faced at work. Martin later departs to take on a high paying architectural job in Saudi Arabia, leaving his friend, divorced father of two, Greg Russell, to take over the Kelly family business. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

1987 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Hey Dad  »

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Did You Know?


On the set, the only rooms immediately visible to the studio audience were the office, living room and kitchen. Scenes involving the bedrooms, laundry, and garage were filmed in a separate part of the studio, only visible to the studio audience via TV monitors. See more »


At one point during the show's first season, Martin states that the street address of the Kelly house is 33 Jacaranda Avenue. In the series finale, Greg mentions that the address is 26 Jacaranda Avenue. See more »

Crazy Credits

Each episode ends with a voiceover by one of the cast members, saying "Hey Dad..! is recorded in front of a studio audience. This has been a Gary Reilly Production for the Seven Network". Julie McGregor's version ends with "This is Betty speaking", while, in his earlier seasons, Ben Oxenbould's version ends with a stammer "...for the Se-Se-Se-Seven Network". See more »


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The best Australian sitcom ever
14 March 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Hey Dad..!'s appeal is in making the lives of the characters something we all wish we could have. It is so easy to identify with them, and although their lives seem crazy, we wish sometimes our lives could be a little crazy, which would be better than our day-to-day lives. Hey Dad..!'s comedy is usually reliant on sarcasm, the quintessential feature of Aussie humour, although by today's standards it doesn't seem so bad anymore. It takes us back to the good old days of comedy without necessarily criticising other people, as well as some decent morals, things today's television lacks.

Its finest hour would have to be its 1992 season, probably the reason Channel Seven runs it so often. This is when the writing quality reached its peak.

Don't criticise it because of its non-aggressive humour. Just take it as it is. It'll do you good.

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