Meet Dave and Julie Rafter - just your average Australians with three grown-up children. On the eve of their twenty-fifth wedding-anniversary it seems they're at last about to have the house to themselves.


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Series cast summary:
Rebecca Gibney ...  Julie Rafter 122 episodes, 2008-2013
Erik Thomson ...  Dave Rafter 122 episodes, 2008-2013
Michael Caton ...  Ted Taylor 122 episodes, 2008-2013
George Houvardas ...  Nick 'Carbo' Karandonis 121 episodes, 2008-2013
Hugh Sheridan ...  Ben Rafter 103 episodes, 2008-2013
Angus McLaren ...  Nathan Rafter 102 episodes, 2008-2013
James Stewart ...  Jake Barton 83 episodes, 2009-2013
Jessica Marais ...  Rachel Rafter 75 episodes, 2008-2013
Hannah Marshall ...  Loretta Schembri / ... 65 episodes, 2010-2013
Zoe Ventoura ...  Melissa Bannon 65 episodes, 2008-2013
Sabella Storey Sabella Storey ...  Ruby Rafter 64 episodes, 2010-2013
Hannah Storey Hannah Storey ...  Ruby Rafter 64 episodes, 2010-2013
Ryan Corr ...  Coby Jennings 62 episodes, 2009-2013
Jessica McNamee ...  Sammy Rafter 55 episodes, 2008-2013


Centres around Dave and Julie Rafter and their three children Rachel, Ben and Nathan. On the eve of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary the couple thinks that they are finally about to have the house to themselves. But home is a very welcome refuge for their children and when unforeseen problems loom, they return like a boomerang. Written by Anonymous

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They return like a boomerang


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Doesn't Anyone Knock on a Door Before Opening It?
5 September 2020 | by VintageSoul56See all my reviews

I found the first 3 seasons of this Australian family drama/comedy on Tubi TV. I've enjoyed a lot of what I've seen. However, no one in this series seems in respect the privacy of others. Case in point, characters just walk into a room (even the bathroom) when the door is closed. Sometimes not knocking, sometimes knocking and not waiting for an answer. What's wrong with that picture? Some characters are extremely annoying, such as, Warney. I would be hyperventilating hanging around that guy. And, no one seems to let anyone finish a sentence. The three adult children, considering they are in the early to mid twenties, don't have a clue about life. That's to be expected, however, it seems to be on all levels, not just a few. The parents, very well played by Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson, don't seem to just sit these "kids" down and have a good talk with them. The premise and background of why two of the three kids ended up back home and the third one right next door was a little rushed in the first couple of episodes. It could have been stretched out better. It kind of reminds me of a drama with a little bit based on "Full House" except "Full House" had way much more room than "Packed to the Rafters". Too many family members in too tight of a space. That includes the mom's dad after his wife died. From what I read, a few of the cast members departed after the second, third and fourth seasons. It was a huge hit in Australia when in was on from 2008 - 2013. I don't know why I'm mentioning these drawbacks on a series that started over a decade ago, but these things just bugged me. The set that was used for the house was someplace I would want to live. All of that color and character was very cool to see instead of our American series' or movies that are a bunch of colorless cookie cutter sets based on colorless cookie cutter houses in developments.

The whole series is on Hulu, but I don't know if I want to pay a monthly fee to see the last three seasons. Tubi is free, while ads.

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