Shortland Street was filmed at South Pacific Pictures Browns Bay studios in the North Shore, Auckland from 1992 until 2000. After that purpose built studios were constructed in Henderson, West Auckland. This is also where Outrageous Fortune (2005-present) is filmed. See more »
Dr Li Mei Chen (2003 - 2006) arrived to New Zealand on a study program from China. After arriving with very poor spoken English skills and weak pronunciation of the English language, approximately one year after her coming to New Zealand she had a flawless English accent as if she was a New Zealand born Chinese citizen. See more »
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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