Shortland Street, a five-night-a-week soap set in an Auckland City hospital, follows the complicated personal and professional lives of its staff, family and friends.
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Series cast summary:
 Sarah Potts / ... 648 episodes, 2006-2013
Peter Mochrie ...
 Callum McKay 637 episodes, 2006-2012
 Tania Jeffries / ... 491 episodes, 2003-2012
 Libby Jeffries / ... 469 episodes, 1996-2012
 Brooke Freeman 446 episodes, 2008-2014
 Hunter McKay 416 episodes, 2007-2011
 Yvonne Jeffries / ... 413 episodes, 2003-2012
 Vinnie Kruse / ... 408 episodes, 1994-2017
Kiel McNaughton ...
 James Scott / ... 405 episodes, 2007-2011
Adam Rickitt ...
 Kieran Mitchell 400 episodes, 2007-2010
 Maia Jeffries / ... 387 episodes, 2006-2012
Amelia Reid ...


Shortland Street, a five-night-a-week soap set in an Auckland City hospital, follows the complicated personal and professional lives of its staff, family and friends.

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Rachel McKenna: I'm gonna end up with nothing, which is precisely what I deserve.
Jenny Harrison: Come one Rachel, there's got to be a bright side to all of this.
Rachel McKenna: Where?
Jenny Harrison: What about all you've learnt from running your own business?
Rachel McKenna: How to screw it up, you mean.
Rachel McKenna: Thanks. I shall now go home and ponder my future.
Jenny Harrison: Do you want a job at the clinic? While you're thinking about things?
Rachel McKenna: My brain surgery's a little rusty.
Jenny Harrison: As P.A. for me and David.
Rachel McKenna: Thanks but I can't really see myself in a crumpling suit kissing butt in an utterly ...
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It's Not Ground Breaking But It's Decent
31 May 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Okay, sure it's not an amazing drama and the acting can be a bit sketchy at times but you have to appreciate it for what it is. It's a low budget, New Zealand made, get it done quickly soap drama.

Despite the fact that at times they sway from character to character and some of the twists are a bit excessive, it can't be beaten.

There is nothing I would rather watch on a weekday evening at 7pm than Shortland Street simply because the drama is actually well written and entertaining to say the least. For the fact that it has such a low budget and that it has been running for over 15 years gives a sign of it's cultural significance within New Zealand. It's a short piece and it's plot is always interesting and easy to follow, so you could start to watch it at any stage in your life.

Don't knock it, even though it isn't the best - it's worth what it is.

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