Outrageous Fortune (2005– )

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When career criminal Wolfgang West gets put away for four years, his wife Cheryl decides it's time for her family to go straight. But can the Wests change the habits of a lifetime?

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 Cheryl West (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
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 Jethro West / ... (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
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 Pascalle West (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
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 Loretta West (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
Frank Whitten ...
 'Grandpa' Ted West / ... (107 episodes, 2005-2010)
Kirk Torrance ...
 Judd / ... (100 episodes, 2005-2010)
Tammy Davis ...
 Munter (100 episodes, 2005-2010)
Nicole Whippy ...
 Kasey Mason / ... (85 episodes, 2005-2010)
David Fane ...
 Falani (58 episodes, 2005-2010)
Shane Cortese ...
 Hayden Peters (55 episodes, 2006-2010)
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 Wolfgang West (54 episodes, 2005-2009)
Roz Turnbull ...
 Rochelle / ... (52 episodes, 2005-2010)
Stella King ...
 Jane West (51 episodes, 2008-2010)
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When career criminal Wolfgang West gets put away for four years, his wife Cheryl decides it's time for her family to go straight. But can the Wests change the habits of a lifetime?

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Police vehicles used within the show are outdated versions of current NZ Police vehicles. The EL Ford Falcon was used by the NZ Police from 1998-2001 and phased out by early 2002. See more »

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In several of the first two series of 'OF', studio space can be seen above where the house ceiling should be. Mosty wide up-facing shots, but also in some scenes where the camera pans fast. 'OE' is filmed on a sound stage, not in the actual house shown as the exterior. See more »

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Munter: There's a big fish up there with my name on it. Big snapper.
Van West: It's a fish called Munter
Munter: That's a cool name, eh?
Van West: What's my fish called?
Munter: Van. Van Fish. And it's friends with the other fish, the Munter.
Van West: Yeah, and they like, swim around...
Munter: Just cruising, cos that's the kind of fish they are.
Van West: Yeah
Munter: The Van Fish and the Munter Fish
Van West: And they're cool, man.
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One of the best !
25 July 2007 | by (Solomon Islands) – See all my reviews

We are lucky in the Solomon Islands to have Outrageous Fortune broadcast here on Australia Network on Monday evenings. This has become one of my favourite shows. This is the type of show that one either loves or loathes. It reminds me of what the late American/International film reviewer Pauline Kael would have fallen in love with. It is fresh and ultimately realistic comedy/drama. Realistic not in the moronic sense of a "reality show", not even in the not-lifelike continual effing. It is realistic in that the characters are deeply flawed human beings. Each one of the them bears deep scars from society, from family, from themselves. Everyone from Granpa to Loretta. This is so unlike most programes where the Good practically wear white hats and the Bad black. The director lets this paradox of the good in the bad show forth by centreing the show around the criminal Wolf and his wife Cheryl, their twin sons, one smart and one stupid--viewer has to decide who is the smart son and who the stupid (played by a look-a-like of a young David Cassidy), and two very lovely daughters, one acutely intelligent and one acutely sexually earthy. Again, the view has to decide who is who. In Outrageous Fortune, hasty character judgements are bound to leave the judge with egg on the face.

The Wests are a family of criminals, adulterers, whoremongers, safe-crackers, deceivers--just like you and me. They are the least judgmental TV family I have seen portrayed, and in my time I have seen many. They indeed are a model for every family. Again, first judgements can be deceiving.

This show borders on the theatre of the absurd, borders on isn't. I don't think they've come up with a name for this genre. It is bound to radically disappoint viewers who think TV should stay at the level of All Saints or Friends.

And not the least best parts of the show is that they producers and actors are outstanding in that they make middle aged people absolutely sexy! The characters of Cheryl, Wolf, Judd are brimming with sexuality, a rarity on television for motherly and fatherly characters. Most directors assume interest in sex stops around around age 30. Outrageous Fortune shows it doesn't. Happy viewing!


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