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800 Words 

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A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper. Over the Internet, he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Erik Thomson ...  George Turner 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Melina Vidler ...  Shay Turner 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Benson Jack Anthony ...  Arlo Turner 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Michelle Langstone ...  Fiona 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Rick Donald ...  Woody 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Anna Jullienne ...  Katie 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Emma Leonard ...  Tracey 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Jonny Brugh ...  Monty 40 episodes, 2015-2018
John Leigh ...  Constable Tom 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Cian Elyse White ...  Hannah 39 episodes, 2015-2018
Alex Tarrant ...  Ike 39 episodes, 2015-2018
Rob Kipa-Williams ...  Zac 39 episodes, 2015-2018
Peter Elliott ...  Big Mac 38 episodes, 2015-2018
Manon Blackman Manon Blackman ...  Lindsay 36 episodes, 2015-2018
Reon Bell Reon Bell ...  Billy 35 episodes, 2015-2018
Olivia Tennet ...  Siouxsie 35 episodes, 2015-2018
Paul Glover ...  Bill Jnr 33 episodes, 2015-2018
Bridie Carter ...  Jan 32 episodes, 2015-2018
Jesse Griffin Jesse Griffin ...  Sean 29 episodes, 2015-2018
Renee Lyons Renee Lyons ...  Brenda 27 episodes, 2015-2018
David Fane ...  Smiler 20 episodes, 2015-2018


A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper. Over the Internet, he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside town. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids who just lost their mum, and now face an even more uncertain future. But the colourful and inquisitive locals ensure his dream of a fresh start does not go to plan. Written by marcus-b1285

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Sometimes all you need is a fresh start. (Season 1)




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15 September 2015 (Australia) See more »

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Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Main character, George Turner, breaks the 4th wall in every episode. See more »


Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.24 (2016) See more »

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Funny and Serious
22 September 2017 | by Kay1977See all my reviews

800 Words was recently broadcast on PBS, and watching the 1st season made me buy as many series of it as I could get my hands on. The premise of the show has been discussed in other reviews, so I won't repeat it, but I'll give my opinion as to why the show is so good. The characters, actors and scripts are excellent, as is the scenery. The way it takes the trope of a quirky small town with "outsiders" adjusting to life there works so well because the show is very funny and very serious at the same time. That combination of laughing and then thinking - wow- this has something important to say about being human, grieving, family dynamics, making mistakes, loving and muddling through. It isn't preachy. It steals your heart because you fall in love with the characters. Even the town "villain" is likable in a way because the quirky characters are fleshed out human beings. The handyman is laid back and might be taken as a fool, but as with the Shakespearen fool, he has the role of helping his employer see the lay of the land and the people in it- plus he has a heart of gold. There are special characters throughout that show up in one episode (the has-been surfer dude is one of my favorites) and townspeople who make regular appearances. I like comedy to be meaningful, and meaningful drama to contain comedy. This show hits the bullseye.

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