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I love good films and good television. It seems harder and harder to find quality in a television show these days. Or maybe I'm just picky. But especially when it comes to Australian television, I'd love to see more quality. That's not to say there is none, there is. But there can always be MORE.
"If my milk dries up because of this, or my baby becomes psychologically disturbed later on in life, I'm going to blame you."
SeaChange is my all time favourite Australian television show. I know that is saying a lot, but whenever a new Australian show starts up, I try and watch at least once to see what it is like because I believe in supporting the talent and industry in this country. I've watched as many Australian shows that I can, and SeaChange is still my favourite.
Everything about it is absolutely wonderful. As a show, it's hilarious, touching, warm, light, sad, happy and everything in between. The characters are emotionally real and you can't help but fall in love with them, even Bob Jelly. And the actors amaze me every time I watch an episode. Especially Sigrid Thornton and John Howard who can make the simplest dialogue or action so funny I end up in tears.
I have brought every series of the show on DVD and I never tire of watching the show... it can be enjoyed again and again.
My stepmother was the first person to mention the show to me. I was fifteen at the time. She said it was good and that I'd enjoy it. Since we have a similar sense of humour, I took her up on her recommendation. The first episode I ever saw was "Broken Hearts and Crustaceans" in series two. Yes, I am deeply ashamed to admit I wasn't one of those people who watched from the very first episode the first time it originally aired. As a teenage viewer at the time, I just didn't tune into the ABC channel very often.
But that first episode that I saw had me hooked instantly and blindly. I fell in love with the show. It made me laugh harder than I could remember from watching a television show. There were times I literally cried with how hard I laughed. I went back and watched every episode as the ABC repeated the series, and again on cable.
The show presented some great messages as well, I thought. Overall I believe the message/ theme of the show was that life never turns out as you might expect, but often it turns out better if you just stop and learn to look at it a certain way. That if you want things to change, often you have to seek out that change yourself and be willing to see where it takes you. I also liked the message of that if you look close enough, the people you think you have nothing in common with, are more similar to you than you realise.
SeaChange is definitely a show I'd recommend. It does have a unique sense of humour that I've been told is very Australian (whatever that means), so maybe some people won't see it as hilariously funny as I do. But it's extremely well written and acted, and most importantly, it's a blast to watch. It's fun. It's entertaining. It's quality television.
Thank you Deb Cox and Andrew Knight for creating such a wonderful, unique, funny and memorable Australian show. I'll be forever grateful :)
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