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 Claire van Kampen (42 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Anouk Verschuur (42 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Dokter Rossi (42 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Evert Lodewijkx (42 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Tom Blaauw (42 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Tippi Wan / ... (39 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Roderick Lodewijkx (36 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Annabel Lodewijkx / ... (32 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Louise Lodewijkx (30 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Willemijn Lodewijkx (25 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 Merel van Kampen / ... (25 episodes, 2005-2009)
Merijn Straatman ...
 Remy Morero (20 episodes, 2007-2009)
Jesse Straatman ...
 Remy Morero (19 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Roelien Grootheeze / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
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 Barry / ... (17 episodes, 2005-2009)
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It's about four friends in Gooi, a Dutch region where rich people live. One of those four friends, Cheryl, married Dutch singer Martin Morero. She moved from Amsterdam to Gooi. Anouk is an artist. She makes mostly erotic art. Willemijn is married to Evert. They have children together. Their marriage is reserved and sexless. She eats because her frustrations about Evert. Claire is a lawyer and married to Anton. They have a 15 year old daughter: Merel. Anouk, Willemijn and Claire are born in Gooi, Cheryl is a newcomer. These four friends have to deal with the problems of well-being and richness. Written by Mark Knoop

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Amusing, but lacks quality.
21 October 2011 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

For the sake of accessibility, I'll write this review in English.

When the opening theme for Gooische Vrouwen plays, you're pretty much confronted with the entire gist of the series. It's about rich people... and friendship... and stuff. At the end it reads "From the idea of Linda de Mol", which would've been more accurate had it read "From the wallet of Linda de Mol".

It's hard to really pinpoint where the show goes wrong. It never really had a premise, I guess that's a start. There's no theme, no motive, and it's quite shameless about that too: the music varies between genres, decades, subjects; we're thrown from a somewhat funny scene into a dramatic, emotional scene; and there's no real tone in the series: we're never certain whether we're watching a drama or a comedy, it's just "a series".

In this respect, even the title is misleading. It's not really about Gooische Vrouwen, women who live in "Het Gooi", a rich neighborhood in Holland, it's about... well stuff. The insane maid is thrown in so things will happen, someone dies in an accident, there's a fashion show, and so on.

But the production value is, of course, very high and it carries the show. There's no real creative brain that drives this, nor is there a good writing crew, just a couple of decent actors. Except for one, ironically, Linda de Mol herself. She forgets she's supposed to have a typical Amsterdam accent (either that or she simply can't pull it off) and delivers her lines in a "stand on the red dot and read the teleprompter" kind of way. But hey, this whole thing was her brilliant idea right? She deserves to be cast, right? I may sound overtly negative, and I do believe this has nothing to do with quality television, but there's something that carries the show. Maybe it's the fact that it is one of the few large production dutch television shows out there (we have problems taking our own languages seriously and no problems with subtitles).

But I like to believe it's all due to the wonderful performance of Peter Paul Muller. He plays a dutch folk singer, and does so with amazing grace and finesse. We really believe he is one of those passionate and open artists who lights up whatever room he walks into. Sure, his accent may be a little over the top, but it's hard to take anything seriously in this show in the first place, just the fact that he manages to actually create a memorable character, to me, is truly a feat.

Although this show is somewhat uplifted by PP Muller's quality performance, I wouldn't recommend it. It's another one of those shows that got popular because it was made to be popular, and is only fresh in the sense that it is a large dutch production. Perhaps fitting with the uprising populism these days, but let's not get into politics.


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