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:
 Chris Warner / ... (847 episodes, 1992-2016)
 TK Samuels (786 episodes, 2006-2016)
 Sarah Potts / ... (648 episodes, 2006-2013)
Peter Mochrie ...
 Callum McKay (637 episodes, 2006-2012)
 Rachel McKenna (503 episodes, 1996-2016)
 Tania Jeffries / ... (491 episodes, 2003-2012)
 Libby Jeffries / ... (469 episodes, 1996-2012)
 Brooke Freeman (446 episodes, 2008-2014)
 Nicole Miller / ... (424 episodes, 2010-2016)
 Hunter McKay (416 episodes, 2007-2011)
 Yvonne Jeffries / ... (413 episodes, 2003-2012)
Kiel McNaughton ...
 James Scott / ... (405 episodes, 2007-2011)
Adam Rickitt ...
 Kieran Mitchell (400 episodes, 2007-2010)
 Maia Jeffries / ... (387 episodes, 2006-2012)
Toni Potter ...
 Alice Piper (360 episodes, 2006-2009)
 Harry Warner (356 episodes, 2010-2016)
 Sophie McKay / ... (344 episodes, 2007-2013)


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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25 May 1992 (New Zealand)  »

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In 2012, "Shortland Street" celebrated their 20 year anniversary, to mark the occasion they brought back a number of characters, including Tania, Maia and Yvonne Jeffries, Libby and Gerald Tippett, Zac Smith and Kimberley Crossman as Sophie McKay. The occasion was also marked with a feature-length episode in which a helicopter crashed into the roof of the hospital. 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 »


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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Referenced in Asylum: Episode #1.2 (1996) See more »

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17 May 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is quite possible one of the worst shows ever made.

The acting is bad. The scripts are bad and repetitive. The whole show is bad!

I could barely stay awake through the episodes I was subjected to! It's so bad, that I can't even watch it to laugh at how bad it is! Everything about this show annoys me!

This show also promotes bad morals. Which wouldn't be so bad, apart from the fact that so many people in New Zealand actually LIKE this show. And they seem to think that the way these bitchy, grumpy hormonal fictional characters carry on is normal and acceptable.

Come on New Zealand, you can do better than this! Look at...oh hang on, I can't think of ANY good New Zealand TV shows. Except TellyLaughs. And they were great because they pointed out what was wrong with New Zealand's worst TV shows.

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