Blue Heelers (1994–2006)

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Australian series featuring the Mt. Thomas police station and the lives of its officers.

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Series cast summary:
Julie Nihill ...
 Christine 'Chris' Reilly / ... (489 episodes, 1994-2006)
John Wood ...
 Sr. Sgt. Tom Croydon / ... (489 episodes, 1994-2006)
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 Sr. Det. Patrick Joseph 'P.J.' Hasham / ... (465 episodes, 1994-2005)
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 Const. Margaret 'Maggie' Doyle / ... (256 episodes, 1994-2004)
Paul Bishop ...
 Sr. Const. Benjamin 'Ben' Stewart / ... (240 episodes, 1998-2004)
Axl Taylor ...
 Len The Barman / ... (211 episodes, 1994-1998)
William McInnes ...
 Sr. Const. Nicholas 'Nick' Schultz / ... (210 episodes, 1994-2005)
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 Const. Joanna 'Jo' Parrish / ... (196 episodes, 1997-2004)
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The most popular local production on Australian television, Blue Heelers is a weekly police drama based on a fictional bush town called Mount Thomas. Every week there is a different case for Sergeant Tom Croydon, Senior Constable Nick Schultz, Senior Detective PJ Hasham, and Constables Maggie Doyle, Dash McKinley and Adam Cooper to solve. Continuing storylines about the personal lives and relationships of these characters filter into each episode. Written by Enoch Law <eytl@rocketmail.com>

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For cops in Mt Thomas, life's about more than the badge.


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Before her death in a car accident in season two, Tom's first wife Nell Croydon was mentioned in almost every episode but was never seen. In the episode of her death, her voice is heard and we see her left eye briefly in a photograph Tom touches before her funeral. Behind the scenes, John Wood who plays Tom thought the idea of Nell being talked of but never seen was hilarious, and called her "non-existant Nell". The episode of her death was rated one of the saddest moments in Australian television. See more »

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Susie Reynor: So it really looked like a flying saucer?
Const. Joanna 'Jo' Parrish: It was full on and I didn't even have the mushrooms.
Constable Evan 'Jonesy' Jones: This is when it pays to read your star signs. Will be abducted by aliens, so pack undies!
Susie Reynor: Wonder what Rochelle's was?
Const. Joanna 'Jo' Parrish: Yeah. Sag.
Constable Evan 'Jonesy' Jones: Here it is. Something new will happen in your life. Maybe a new man. Expect a trip to outerspace!Expect a bumpy ride!
PJ: You're all so hilarious.
Susie Reynor: So what did your star sign say yesterday PJ?
Const. Joanna 'Jo' Parrish: Expect a grumpy mood and closed mind.
PJ: All your minds are so open I can hear the wind ...
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Well-crafted and intriguing

Genuinely intriguing long-running series about a police station in a small country town. Consistently good writing and acting helped to make "Blue Heelers" one of the best and most-watched homegrown dramas on Australian television, arguably spawning other admirable programs such as "water Rats" and "Murder Call" (all three were and are made by Hal McElroy (spelling?) productions). "Blue Heelers" utilised the careers of well-established actors (John Woods and Martin Sachs) at the same time as providing a head start for less well-known but still talented actors (Grant Bowler, Lisa McCune, Tasma Walton etc.). Genuinely three dimensional character writing helped avoid the cliche saccharine nature too common to the genre, all of the characters can be seen to be realistic, they all have their faults and personal obstacles. Although it can be quite often seen to be a little unrealistic, why should a town as small as Mt. Thomas have so much crime and intrigue??, this is easily forgivable as the viewer gets immersed in the storyline. "Blue Heelers" utilises the continually evolving sub-plot to further distance itself from the routine one-case-an-episode formula. Will PJ and Maggie ever get together? What about Dash and her fight against breast cancer etc. The characters have also established themselves with the Australian public as a source of concern. The higher rating episodes have been those involving major life changes for the main characters, recently Maggie's struggle with her heroin addicted brother and Nick Schultz's departure from the show. I would argue, that, had the series not been so well-constructed, this phenomenon would not be in evidence.


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