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Unashamadly part of my weekdays.
Member Name: rockinrach08
Date: 05/06/10, updated on 06/06/10 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Great form of escapism, keeps me watching
Disadvantages: Not for everyone, not the best drama, not realistic, flat characters
I am a long-standing viewer of Neighbours, even watching it during the worst possible times. For some reason I can't not watch it and even record it now I have sky+. It also seems to be essential student viewing considering the students I know.
Neighbours takes place in the fictional area of Erinsborough (more precisely, Ramsey Street) in Australia. Most of the episodes are centred around Ramsey Street, Harolds Store or Charlies (which I still preferred when it was Lou's Place).
Neighbours isn't serious viewing, but it makes a for a good dose of escapism with its nutty plot lines and simple characters. It really is the street where anything can happen and as such is never boring. The plotlines may not be gripping or leave you wanting more but they are definitely entertaining. Whether there is bombs on planes, people dying, terminal illness, getting pregnant by your best friends husband while cheating on her best friends husbands brother and then pretending the baby is her ex's, all of a sudden one character has a creepy porportion of photographs of their friend that were found after going missing after a rafting trip that is soon forgotten about, if they move away they will move to London (though they have branched out to New York recently) and this is probably some of the more saner plot lines.
The characters are nothing special. The turnover of characters has slowed down somewhat recently, though they have made some odd additions. There are some characters who you shouldn't expect to see leave soon. Mainly Susan and Karl Kennedy and Lou (though Lou is not in it so much recently, and I assume actually will be leaving permanently more soon). There is the ever loveable Toadie as well, who has definitely grown up in recent years. The characters may not be amazing or awe-inspiring but they are good enough to keep you watching it.
I wish I could articulate why I actually like this programme, but I can't. There have been some characters that I have really enjoyed (Conner, Stingray and some others) and there have been some plotlines that I have felt the need to continue watching but none are coming to mind right now. It doesn't have the best reputation, especially for being so unconnected to reality. But it is a part of my day and I make sure I have a cup of tea ready.
Neighbours is on channel five, weekdays at 1:45pm and 5:30pm.
Summary: Bring on Monday!