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Shortland Street 

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:
Michael Galvin ...  Chris Warner / ... 1,446 episodes, 1992-2021
Ben Mitchell ...  TK Samuels 1,367 episodes, 2006-2021
Sally Martin ...  Nicole Miller / ... 1,072 episodes, 2010-2021
Sam Bunkall ...  Boyd Rolleston / ... 832 episodes, 2012-2021
Ria Vandervis ...  Harper Whitley / ... 702 episodes, 2013-2021
Amanda Billing ...  Sarah Potts / ... 648 episodes, 2006-2013
Ben Barrington ...  Drew McCaskill 646 episodes, 2015-2021
Peter Mochrie ...  Callum McKay 636 episodes, 2006-2012
Kerry-Lee Dewing ...  Kylie Brown / ... 608 episodes, 2013-2020
Jennifer Ludlam ...  Leanne Miller / ... 590 episodes, 2011-2021


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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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 poorly-paid and...
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Referenced in Asylum: Episode #1.2 (1996) See more »

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Not bad... but not great either
24 May 1999 | by DaveyWSee all my reviews

Shortland Street is New Zealand's most successful television "drama". Market saturation (it runs at every weekday) and determination by TVNZ has seen the show a steady rater. But despite all the hype (critics and academics who once drubbed it now fall over each other in praise), it's hard to see what's so great about it. Sure, compared to Neighbours, Brookside, Days of Our Lives, it comes off well, but Shortland Street is hardly great drama. In fact, technically, it ain't drama at all but melodrama. The plotlines are thin and pointless, largely consisting of the standard soap love triangles of who is sleeping with whom this week, and the show's much vaunted "humour" is about as amusing as jamming your fingers in a door. I think that Shortland Street's success has, in the long run, crippled NZ TV drama. It seems that, having one success, broadcasters and production companies are now unwilling to branch out and try new things. There is no stratification of primetime drama, there's just Shortland Street and nothing else.

At the end of the day, Shortland Street is a finely put together little soap. But that's all it is, and until we learn to grow up and create proper TV dramas, this silly show will be all we're ever capable of.

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