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800 Words 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Series (2015–2018)
A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper.
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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)


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

15 September 2015 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Did You Know?


In Season 3 episode 1 Shay wears a jean jacket with of all things a Philmont Scout patch on the sleeve. New Mexico meets New Zealand. See more »


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

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What's wrong with channel 7 productions?
4 October 2018 | by indialmSee all my reviews

I have loved this show since I found it streaming on Acorn TV here in the States. It's not often that we get to see the quality programs from New Zealand/Australia and that's not because there aren't any, it's because every time there is one (A Place to Call Home from OZ comes to mind) it gets canceled! Now the same has happened to 800 Words and there are enough characters to keep the show going many more seasons. I don't often get attached emotionally to series tv but this one was of the exceptions. As far as some people not understanding the liberal parenting style of the father in this series it's important to remember that drama can't be drama if there isn't tension in the writing. Who'd want two perfect children who never do anything wrong? I will miss this show. Maybe someone from NetFlix will pick it up!!

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