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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Michael Galvin ...
 Chris Warner / ... (810 episodes, 1992-2016)
Ben Mitchell ...
 TK Samuels (749 episodes, 2006-2016)
Amanda Billing ...
 Sarah Potts / ... (648 episodes, 2006-2013)
Peter Mochrie ...
 Callum McKay (637 episodes, 2006-2012)
Faye Smythe ...
 Tania Jeffries / ... (491 episodes, 2003-2012)
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 Libby Jeffries / ... (469 episodes, 1996-2012)
Angela Bloomfield ...
 Rachel McKenna (466 episodes, 1996-2016)
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 Brooke Freeman (446 episodes, 2008-2014)
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 Hunter McKay (416 episodes, 2007-2011)
Alison Quigan ...
 Yvonne Jeffries / ... (413 episodes, 2003-2012)
Kiel McNaughton ...
 James Scott / ... (405 episodes, 2007-2011)
Adam Rickitt ...
 Kieran Mitchell (400 episodes, 2007-2010)
Anna Jullienne ...
 Maia Jeffries / ... (387 episodes, 2006-2012)
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 Nicole Miller / ... (387 episodes, 2010-2016)
Toni Potter ...
 Alice Piper (360 episodes, 2006-2009)
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 Sophie McKay / ... (344 episodes, 2007-2013)
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 Gerald Tippett (336 episodes, 2007-2012)
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 Maxwell Avia (325 episodes, 2010-2013)
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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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The 2008 cliffhanger which saw Ethan Pierce shot by an unseen gunman, later to be revealed as Maia Jeffries was influenced by the "Who Shot J.R?" storyline from "Dallas". See more »

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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 »

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Not bad... but not great either
24 May 1999 | by (Auckland) – See all my reviews

Shortland Street is New Zealand's most successful television "drama". Market saturation (it runs at every weekday) and determination by TVNZ has seen the show a steady rater. But despite all the hype (critics and academics who once drubbed it now fall over each other in praise), it's hard to see what's so great about it. Sure, compared to Neighbours, Brookside, Days of Our Lives, it comes off well, but Shortland Street is hardly great drama. In fact, technically, it ain't drama at all but melodrama. The plotlines are thin and pointless, largely consisting of the standard soap love triangles of who is sleeping with whom this week, and the show's much vaunted "humour" is about as amusing as jamming your fingers in a door. I think that Shortland Street's success has, in the long run, crippled NZ TV drama. It seems that, having one success, broadcasters and production companies are now unwilling to branch out and try new things. There is no stratification of primetime drama, there's just Shortland Street and nothing else.

At the end of the day, Shortland Street is a finely put together little soap. But that's all it is, and until we learn to grow up and create proper TV dramas, this silly show will be all we're ever capable of.


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