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Summer Bay is a good place to escape to, every night. Something you can relate to..fun,vibrant, and there is always something happening, you're never bored! Over the years you get to think you know the characters, you've been watching them for so long. A show which I'll look back on and remember.
I have to say that I am from the UK and i love and always have loved Home and Away. I've watched it since Pippa and Sally, Michael and Bobby and Marilyn were in it!! Just to say not all people in the UK don't like Home and Away. Many just prefer Eastenders and all the British soaps because they are home-grown and because to them, Home and Away is sometimes not as real-life and gritty as British soaps-not taking anything away from Home and Away as it is a brilliantly entertaining programme. Anyway, just wanted to comment on the last comment posted. Also, this is one good video -classic Home and Away with lots of the old classic characters from the beginning!
Home & Away had its best days in the mid 90's when they actually had good actors and a few decent storylines. It started to go down hill after about 1997 when the characters became all to similar and the storylines revisited (but then again what soapy doesn't?). This show is watchable until you feel the recycling and then its a turnoff. I do admire a couple of the actors though who have stuck with the show and not got stars in their eyes and expectations beyond their abilities.
Those people who, like me, live in Australia should know that Channel 7 is
currently screening the older episodes of "Home and Away" (otherwise known
as "Home and Away, The Early Years) in addition to the new ones. I would
recommend watching these older episodes (which, at the time of my writing
this, go all the way back to 1989), but forgetting about the current ones.
The earlier episodes of "Home and Away" seem a lot fresher (probably
all of the storylines had only been recycled a few times, rather than fifty
or so which is no doubt the case by now), and also give the viewer a chance
to laugh at all of the horrible late '80s fads and fashions depicted in
(I remember one earlier episode, for example, which had Carly wearing a
T-shirt with the message "Twenty Decades Old" on it; God, that is
sooooooooooooo 1988!). The characters also seem a lot more interesting
A friend of mine once said that the series really suffered when that
lovable pair of dimwits Lance and Martin left it; he may well have been
Although I have attempted to watch the newer episodes of "Home and Away" on various occasions, I came to the sad conclusion that I was simply killing too many brain cells each time I did this, so have since given up on them. From what I have heard from other people who still watch the current episodes, I have gathered that these episodes have two glaring faults ie:
1) the producers are more concerned with ISSUES these days than simply telling a story.
2) the show is now filled with annoying fifteen year-olds who are always wanting to hop into bed with each other ie it's trying to become the Australian version of "Dawson's Creek" (another lame show).
I think H&A is a great show. You have to appreciate the history to enjoy the show. The show has a lot of history and helps budding young actors get started. Kate Richie is one of the best actors, probably because she was there from the start and we (the viewers) were able to see her grow up. The show is obviously a little exaggerated I mean our ordinary life is not as adventurous but I think that's what makes us (the viewers) watch it. Thanks for a teriffic show, I will always watch it.
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I used to watch Home and Away when I was a kid but as I grew up stopped
watching it. I recently, at the age of 27, caught up on YouTube on the
last month of the program and I like it. If you're not looking for
over-realistic soap then this is a great program to watch.
When compared with British soaps it's more light-hearted, funny and entertaining to watch. I for one don't pay for a TV licence so that I can watch a realistic program about a bunch of unwashed-looking English people shouting at each other. Watching shows like Eastenders in comparison it's no wonder all foreigners think we're booze hounds who like to fight and talk in stupid accents.
Don't get me wrong, Home and Away isn't perfect: between the big story lines where something huge happens (like the Hugo skipping town storyline and corrupt cop Eaves), some story lines can get a little banal, like Alf's fear of a ventriloquist dummy spanning SEVERAL episodes, or Elijah's parents being annoying for an entire WEEK but accomplishing nothing much is a bit boring and annoying, but some story lines keep things ticking along nicely and prevent it from getting horrible to watch.
One of the biggest flaws with this show is that there is ALWAYS someone with a drinking problem every couple of months, there is ALWAYS a wedding that's getting rocky during planning, there's ALWAYS a young girl and an older guy crush... aka the standard soap story lines. It would be nice if H&A broke the mould and came up with a new 'dramatic' story line.
What I love about soaps is that you can pick up after a long time of not watching it and just start; you'll get caught up soon enough. With Home and Away this is especially easy because they keep it simple, which is what I like.
Even though I am nearly 26 yrs old, I must admit I find Home and Away
is one of my favourite, if not favourite Aussie soap around.
I must admit though, one thing that DOES annoy me is how some things drag on and on (Like Project 56).
I live in Brisbane, and was down in Sydney last year, Although I didn't actually go to Palm Beach (where the beach settings are shot), I was glad to at least be in the same city as the show was shot. I do think though, they need a few more new characters in the show.
As for my most liked character.....Well hard to say, Kate Ritchie is now 27 and was only 9 yrs old when she first starred in the soap, in its debut in 1988. Her and Ray Meagher who plays Alf, are the only originals.
I think that Home and Away is really good even though every child in the cast apart from 3 are misfits of some sorts i.e. runaway's and drug addicts!! And every family has at least 1 adopted child and you wonder where do they get the money to support these children?? The way they accept the kids is stupid too its like just come on in and live here with the other freaks in the house!! But its silly stories and funny cast are very entertaining!
I can't help but notice that most of the people who dislike Home and Away are from the UK. This isn't a criticism at all, I just find it funny, and it makes sense because the lifestyle over there is so completely different. My partner is English and has been here (in NZ) 2 and a half years, I watch Home and Away every day without fail and he just doesn't get it. We have re runs from 1990 on PrimeTV and it is brilliant being able to watch earlier episodes as well as the new. Home and Away is an awesome representation of Aussie life, the characters are great, Credit where credits due, you Aussies make a brilliant soap. I say this because you guys obviosly have a liking for our music, every piece of background music in the diner or surfclub is Kiwi, (well a lot of it) there's a lot of dub and the feelers good on ya. Honestly Home and Away far surpasses things like Eastenders and Coronation St, and i'd say that would be the opinion of most Kiwis and Aussies.
I have to agree with kiaora (See comment labeled, "Are You Insane?").
I've noticed people who don't come from Australia and New Zealand just don't get the wonderfulness of Home and Away. Perhaps it is because they don't realise what its like to have the majority of television shows to not be from your own country. Home and Away, Neighbours and Shortland Street are all we have to cling to and they all are very good shows and have lasted the test of time unlike many other shows.
If Home and Away wasn't a good show, then it would not have lasted 18 years and still going strong! I have been watching Home and Away since I was four years old, and I assure you its an exceptional program!
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