Neighbours (1985– )
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"Neighbours" has produced a host of actors who have graduated from "Ramsay Street" to become world-wide celebrities, most notably Kylie Minogue (Charlene Mitchell); Jason Donovan (Scott Robinson); Guy Pearce (Mike Young); Natalie Imbruglia (Beth Brennan) and Holly Valance (Felicity Scully). Its mix of children, young adults, parents and grandparents has ensured fascination for all generations, and the show has succeeded far beyond its creator's expectations - especially in Britian where it was bought as a daytime 'filler' programme for the BBC in 1986.
"Neighbours" celebrated the filming of its landmark 4000th episode in December 2001, firmly making it Australia's longest running series, and one of the World's most popular and acclaimed television programmes. With the addition of actors such as Janet Andrewartha, Maggie Millar and Madeleine West, as well as old favourites Tom Oliver; Ian Smith, Jackie Woodburne and Alan Fletcher, this success can only continue.
It has always entertained me. What I like about it best, is that I get home and am not provided with any challenge to my brain whatsoever. Good. Who ever got anywhere by being forced to think?
The only regression is the theme song. Bring back the cheesy pub piano and the even cheesier line 'Next door is only a footstep away'. That's poetry that is.
The average character only seems to last two years, although there are still a few long term ones left. Characters are guaranteed to have either a spectacular departure, or go on a cruise/honeymoon/sci-fi convention/help out on parents farm and never come back.
Hilarious recent story lines include Susan seducing a priest, the musical, the plane crash, Harold's dead daughters double, the evil twin, anything to do with Harold and his trombone and Sindi's transformation into a mental patient.
People must think I'm exaggerating when I say this show is bad, I'm not, I myself didn't realise how bad it was until I was watching TV one afternoon, I didn't know what it was I was watching but I said to myself: "Man this show is even worse than Neighbours!" When the ad break finished I was somewhat bemused to find out that it actually was Neighbours, it was a repeat of an earlier episode.
Acting is terrible, but I'm not sure if it's due the actors themselves or the abysmal writing so I'm really not certain if I should feel sorry for them or be disgusted by them, though I have to say some of them look truly embarrassed to be there.
As I said the story lines are nothing but recycled predicable crap, you know the drill, boy meets girl, boy and girl flirt ad nauseam, boy kisses girl, girl fights with boy, girl breaks up with boy, rinse wash repeat, honestly the writers of this show should be blasted from a cannon into the sun there's nothing original here.
OK so how to rate something as bad a s Neighbours, well I rated it one, only because you can't rate it any lower, I really wanted to rate it -1 for every year it's been on air, 20+ years of nothing but crap I can't wait for this show to be axed just knowing it exists disturbs me on so many levels, I find it odd that some people say this show used to be good, it was never good!
When I first started watching it I didn't mind it at all, it wasn't to bad, then it started getting crap. How many times can you come up with the same storyline? To demonstrate... I'll just show some of the story lines that are repeated a couple of billion times a year. Consequently, this can also give a general outline of the plots for several years to come from now. If you wanted to know what happens with neighbours next year, this is it!
1.someone accidentally gets pregnant.
2.a young teenaged couple get together generally followed by a messy and horrible breakup (as an example, Goodrem/ and that black haired dude whose name I can't remember).
3.someone gets married... followed by some tragedy and/ or death.
4.or... my favorite... someone dies!
Still... occasionally there are some original story lines that pop up in the show, none of which made me continue watching. You can only do the same story so many times.
I agree with one of the reviewers when they said that the most interesting characters are the pets. I think my favorite at the moment is the scully dog (if he is still there). They are more interesting than the actors, most of which are not very good (there are a few exceptions) and make me want to laugh at the show every time I accidentally come across it.
well... just to finish off and to put it in a nutshell, the show would be more interesting if it weren't shown 364 out of 365 days of the year. (I might be over exaggerating that number, but I'm sure it comes pretty close).
They have introduced too many new characters, filled with too many cliché stories, im not even going to waste my time explaining them. At the moment it is so boring and predictable to watch.
The original characters are slowly fading away now and it really isn't worth watching.
If you are a new neighbours watcher you will most likely watch this, if you were a loyal neighbours fan, probably haven't watched it for a while, don't bother watching it you will be deeply upset but its catastrohic downfall.(if thats spelt right)
Everyone has a favourite moment from the series or a character that they loved and this is testament to the great writing and performers who have graced Ramsey Street over the years. From bombs to car crashes we've watched it all unfold with the same sparkle that makes Neighbours so special.
Home and Away may get all the hype by Neighbours is still the best place to be at five thirty in England.
Happy Birthday Neighbours - the best is surely still to come.
Due to various reasons, I didn't have the time to watch TV as much and earlier this year whilst visiting my parents, I caught an episode which Mum was watching. My Good God...what a load horse crap!! Yes, the acting was wooden back when I watched it but now - it looks so fake and the actors/actresses look like they pulled out of the unemployment queue and stuck in front of the camera. As usual, like most things on TV now - the curse of Political Correctness has struck - but I'm not going to waste time on this.
The only character on this once decent show who had any talent was Bouncer, that lovely golden Labrador! As another reviewer said, it's time this show was put out to pasture and the cast either pensioned off or humanely euthanised!!!
Paul Robinson is the perfect bad boy and delightful to watch; Chris is someone you just want to hug, you're desperate for a; Vanessa and Lucas to get together, and b; Karl and Susan to get BACK together, and you just wish somewhere like Harold's or Charlie's actually existed.
All in all, the perfect mix of humour, good meaty plots, and escapism.
Long may it reign!