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Series cast summary:
Caroline Craig ...  Jacqui James / ... 56 episodes, 2008-2013
Gary Bennett Gary Bennett ...  Warden 43 episodes, 2009-2013
Marcus Shultz Marcus Shultz ...  Gang member / ... 26 episodes, 2008-2011
Paul Tassone ...  Dennis Kelly 25 episodes, 2009-2010
Daniel Roberts Daniel Roberts ...  Jim Egan 24 episodes, 2009-2010
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Each season of this multi award winning Television series takes you through a 13 episode run in the rise and fall of real life Australian underworld figures as told from both sides of the law. As each new season unfolds you are in a different time period and City with new Crime Bosses and the Police that try to bring them to justice. Written by Ed Jones

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13 February 2008 (Australia) See more »

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The Purana Taskforce, as presented in series 1, is not a portrayal of the real Taskforce, as laws in Victoria do not allow real police officers, including those who previously served and were not sacked, to be portrayed by actors in the media. See more »

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Modern cars and license plates feature in some of the first episodes that were set in the mid-1990s. See more »

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Referenced in Top Gear Australia: Premiere (2008) See more »

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First four seasons were like a full throttle ride, Season 5 ran out of steam
21 November 2015 | by emuir-1See all my reviews

Watching the first four seasons of Underbelly was like a fast ride full throttle. Everything about the fast cutting, the pacing, the music, the freeze frame identification of new characters with whimsical captions, was an exhilarating ride, reminding me of a 13 hour MTV video. This series had a STYLE like nothing I had ever seen before! The slightly skewed reality resembled European films I have seen. As each season appeared, I felt they could not get any better, but they did. I particularly enjoyed the different locations and the new faces from Australia's remarkably handsome pool of talent. Chelsie Peyton Crawford's portrayal of the chain smoking brassy platinum blonde tart with no heart in Razor was tour de force. She wrote the book on common trollop. The sets were good, lots of location shooting, which made you feel as if you were right there, and watching the Sydney Harbor Bridge construction progressing in Razor gave the series added authenticity.

My only complaint was too much nudity and graphic sex, which would rule it out for US network viewing and lose out on a lucrative market. They should have saved the more graphic sex and skin for extended edition DVD's.

Unfortunately, Season 5 ran out of steam. Where was the music? Where was the fast editing? Where was the location shooting? Where was the full tilt boogie band feel? The slightly off-kilter reality? I watched two episodes and turned off to do the housework which had been neglected while bingeing on the first four seasons. Did the director change? Was the budget cut? Suddenly the best thing and most refreshingly different series in years has turned into a routine cop show. Whatever the reason, they should have stopped while they were ahead.


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