800 Words

800 Words

Season 1

DVD - 2016
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George Turner, a recent widower, quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a Sydney newspaper. On an impulse, he buys a house online in a remote seaside town in New Zealand. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids, Shay and Arlo, who just lost their mom and now face an even more uncertain future. When the family arrives in their new home, the colorful and inquisitive locals ensure Turner's dream of a fresh start does not go according to plan.
Publisher: Bethesda, MD : Acorn Media, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD Fic Eigh 1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (363 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby digital
widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD-video,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 12, 2021

VERY GOOD 1st Season of Acorn TV series with an Australian father and his two children moving to New Zealand small town to start a 'new life' after their mother dies.

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mrb1987
Feb 26, 2021

this is the tv show that got everyone talking and this is one of those tv shows.that has everyone talking .a must own tsod.it's like 7th heaven ,gilmore girls,felicity,everwood,
and something like an 80's fantasy movie.truly a must have dvd.

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kyle000
May 22, 2020

Love this series too. Great cast, stories, and scenery.

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firefly5
Feb 11, 2020

I loved this series. I have watched season 1, 2 and 3. I enjoyed the characters very much and loved seeing George and his family slowly fit into the small town of Weld. There was not one character that I did not like, I found that each actor fit the person they were playing. Enjoyable entertainment.

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amanoletters99
Jan 28, 2020

Nice locations, ahhhh. that's about it. Was it the writers' intent to make the all the female characters shallow and annoying, because they are! So sappy and badly written, I almost threw-up. Save yourself the time and trouble and find something else.

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Spirit_of_Che
Jan 08, 2020

This was recommended by a friend. I tried to watch it but could not get through even the first episode. Nice locale, but everything else is so nauseatingly predictable. The characters are pretty one-dimensional and the story is one we've seen many times before. Might be good for teens, but adults? Not so much.
Pros: scenery
Cons: everything else.

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12toes
Jun 04, 2019

Like an extended "quirky" Hallmark commercial set in a beautiful locale. I really wanted to like it but unfortunately the scenery can't make up for shallow characters and lack of heart. I only found 2 of the characters very likeable and the women seemed to have no other purpose except as how they related to the main - eminently available - widower. As soon as I heard the electronic clapping in the soundtrack, the red flags went up. There are much more satisfying "comedies" out of New Zealand - try anything by Taika Waititi or Jemaine Clement; less scenery, more laughs.

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NancyLDraper
Mar 24, 2019

This is a good show. Good acting. The characters are appealing and written well. The comedy is grounded in life experience and, not withstanding the eccentric characters, doesn't feel a need to be silly. The locations are beautiful. My only criticism is about the voice overs - they are unnecessary to the narrative and often say not much at all. The show doesn't need them. The characters tell their stories very well. (Yes. I do understand that this is that to which the title eludes, his column of 800 words.) After seeing the first season, I give this series a 7 (good) out of 10 and look forward to seeing the next two season. [Slice of Life Drama]

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sandra3661
Nov 21, 2018

I can see how where the reviewer lives can color their take on this show. Yes, it does start rather slow but later episodes improve. I loved this as it reminds me of time spent in AZ and NZ friends, reminded of all the little differences. Love the quirky locals having grown up in a small artsy town very much like home all the eccentric folk....makes me chuckle and laugh. Some light entertainment and love the local beach. Do wish it showcased NZ a lot more, guess it wasn't shot with the overseas crowd in mind. Worth a look see.

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INVS
Aug 11, 2018

I'd somewhat agree with July 10 reviewer - not a must see, but sure better than some of the sugary, silly down under series I've seen. It's a fairly interesting set of circumstances with a family dealing with grief of a very dramatic death of the mother. To turn a new direction they move from AU to NZ - I certainly didn't know there was such angst between the two close neighboring lands. Short on scenery, no hint of the multitude of relocated Scots to NZ.

The nasty teenage behavior may be more realistic than I remember dealing with & most definitely more sexually active. Gez, what happened to the happy teen years? Too much exposure to adult themes so rampant? Who knows, just glad I don't have to deal with it anymore. I felt rather sorry for the widower trying to cope with new attitudes. The son seemed to have a good head on him. Teen girl rather surly even with her grief.

I have a major issue with the spoken word as every word seems to be a question with the 'up' sound, one never knows when there is a question with any given speaking part. Yes, I'd probably view Season 2 out of curiosity.

From experience living in a rather closed/tight community of small populace & some reigning families, I'd agree with this family's initial reaction to gossip & the rapidity of repeated conversations or misinterpreted words.

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