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One of two [[LongRunners long-running soaps]] on Australian TV, the other being ''Series/{{Neighbours}}''.

The series began in 1988, with Tom Fletcher being laid off from his job. He decided to get away from the hassles of city life, and took his wife, Pippa, and their five foster children (and imaginary friend Milco) to the coastal village of Summer Bay, where he purchased a caravan park.

Cue usual soapie stuff: romance, death, birth, weddings, cults, illegitimate children, more foster children, appearances from [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Cornelia Frances]], long-lost siblings and the like. Only with more teenagers.

''Home and Away'' is notable in that, unlike ''Neighbours'', the show has had one cast member (Ray Meagher) stay on board from the very first episode. Another notable totable is that unlike most soapies, this one is aimed squarely at teens, as well as older fans who grew up with Sally (Kate Ritchie, the longest-serving ''female'' cast member, who was also in the first episode, but left in 2008).

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!!This show has examples of:
* AsYouKnow: Irene to April: "Well cheer up, 'cause tomorrrow's your birthday!"
* BackForTheDead: Chloe Richards.
** Averted with Floss McPhee in 2004 when she thought she was dying but was revealed not ot be.
** ''Subverted'' with Marilyn Chambers, who ''did'' die...for about four minutes.
* BilingualDialogue: April and Bianca have had them, with Bianca speaking Italian and April speaking French.
* BiTheWay: Charlie Buckton.
* BecomeARealBoy: Miles, after twenty years of being the seemingly imaginary Milco.
* BusCrash: Beth Hunter, Dan Baker.
* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Ruby was this to Charlie. She was [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo raised by her grandparents]] ]]
** Also Shauna, who was conceived as a result of Ailsa being raped by a prison guard, and Ella, whose mother Tasha was drugged and raped by at least one member of a cult.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Rob Storey.
* ContinuitySnarl: Plenty. Most notable is Jade and Kirsty Sutherland. One of their initial storylines included one locating the other through {{Twin Telepathy}}. Fast forward a few years, and [[spoiler: they're not related at all ]]
* DawsonCasting: While Sally grew up before a nation, other teenage characters are played: mostly. by adults.
* DeadpanSnarker: Miles Copeland.
-->'''Miles:'''Who calls their son 'Penn'? Does he have a sister named 'Cil'?
** Dex Walker is much better known as an example.
* DeathIsCheap: Peter Baker was killed in a barn explosion and even had his liver donated to Jack....but then it turned out Peter was on witness protection and Jack got someone else's liver.
* DyeHard: The naturally brunette SaskiaBurmeister dyed her hair blonde to play Tegan Callahan.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: The River Boys. Oh yeah!.
* FaceHeelTurn: Karen Dean, Adam Cameron, Sam Marshall briefly, Josh West.
* FakeGuestStar: Sam Holden, Melody Jones, Angelo Rosetta, Morag Bellingham in every return appearance she's made, and Kirsty Phillips in her recent return.
** It should be noted, however, that the definition of "guest" here is simply stretched to "someone who doesn't get as much screen time as the regulars": and indeed, none of these characters have spent more than half a year onscreen IIRC.. The regular cast is onscreen almost all year round.
** Melody and Sam were around for more than half a year.
** Can't speak for Sam, but Melody had a reasonable absence: the character was withdrawn from school after being raped and didn't show up again until after Axel died..
** Inverted by Roman, who was credited as a regular, but had a definite story arc. Beyond this, however, we'll be waiting for some time before he's back in the Bay.
** It should be noted that after the example was first posted, Angelo returned to the Bay as a regular.
* FakePregnancy: When Reese discovered that Kirsty and Kane had got married, he yelled at them to give him a reason why their marriage should not be split up (Reese hated Kane). Kirsty yells at Reese that she is pregnant - a lie which she then has to maintain after Kane tells her how happy he is. Kirsty then later has to fake a miscarriage and then discovers later that she is genuinely pregnant.
* FanService: Most men below the age of 30. Particularly notable examples in recent years include Brad, Ric, Lucas, Geoff, Aden, Romeo, Xavier and the Braxton brothers.
** Also applies to the majority of female characters in that age bracket.
*** Ruby and April being major examples. Some of April's more dramatic scenes can be overwhelmed by...other things.
* FriendsRentControl: Summer Bay has many teens apparently able to afford their own living space while not in full-time employment.
* GagDub: The WebVideo/MrDoodleburger series of online gag dubs was so offensive and so popular it ended up being the subject of trash tabloid TV outrage.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Alf's "Flaming Galah" is hilarious for it's "Australian-ness" and the fack that it's supposed to be a serious expletive, if not the most offensive one.
* HeelFaceTurn: Planning on staying in the Bay? Best make one of these quick!
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Madge Wilkins.
* IdiotBall: tends to get passed around a fair bit. As of this writing, Ruby Buckton and Angelo Rosetta are probably the biggest offenders..
* ItIsAlwaysSpring: maybe that's why the place is called ''Summer Bay''. Never mind that it's just outside of Sydney and all....
** It's often filmed in the middle of winter. So the actors have to work on a beach with near sub-zero temperatures after the wind chill is taken into account. Often wearing little more than a bikini or boardshorts.
* KarmaHoudini: A main character kidnapped someone/tried to murder someone/really murdered someone? Nine times out of ten, they get away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The one other time, the actor wanted to leave the show.
** One infamous example was Aden Jefferies, a bully who was given a back story about being abused by his grandfather as a child to make him seem sympathetic. A mid-season cliffhanger saw him refuse to call an ambulance for his dying father, take two women who turned up at the house hostage and finally try to murder him... because he found out his father was abused too. The entire cast, most of whom didn't know about his abuse and didn't like him, saw nothing wrong with this and the judge declared him not guilty as soon as he explained his reasons.
*** The redhead standing in his immediate vicinity may have also had something to do with that...[[note]]Whatever you do, don't screw around with Morag Bellingham. It helps that most of the cast get along reasonably well with ''her''.[[/note]]
*** Whenever Morag has a client who's innocent, they go to jail: Kane, Ric, Alf (twice.). She represents someone who's guilty and he gets away with it...
** Possibly even more infamous was police officer Angelo Rosetta, who accidentally shot and killed his colleague Jack Holden. He was let out of jail because he was apparently the only person who could solve a people smuggling case. Although initially met with hostility, it was forgotten about after a year, as Jack's widow gave him relationship advice and Jack's father went to the opening of his restaurant and congratulated him on the great tacos.
*** To be fair, the last bits were after Angelo had saved Martha's life from the aforementioned smugglers.
* KilledOffForReal: half of the people who've not returned to the show.
* LIsForDyslexia: Casey. And various other people through the show.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Occasionally, the show will reference plot threads from years gone by, thanks to having the occasional former cast member turn up.
* LargeHam: Alf.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Well [[SoapOpera duh]].
* LocalHangout: The Diner, The Surf Club.
* LongBusTrip: Joey Collins was put on a three-month fishing trip. As of this writing, it has been four years...
* LukeYouAreMyFather: A recent example puts a twist on it: The person admitting to it wasn't really related to the father in question. Eventually, the real daughter shows up.
* LyingFingerCross:
** One episode has Irene take Olivia with her to go on the run to prevent her evil grandmother from becoming her legal guardian. Barry catches up with Irene and tells her what she's doing is stupid, so they go back to her house where a meeting was meant to be taking place with the grandmother and a social worker. When they get back to the house, Irene comes up with a cover story that she went out shopping with Olivia and the car got a flat tyre. Olivia is asked if Irene's story is true and she nods. The viewer then sees her fingers are crossed behind her back.
** Another episode has Leah apologise to Ryan after falsely accusing him of wrecking her wedding dress. Ryan says that he accepts Leah's apology, but then we see he has his fingers crossed behind his back.
* {{Malaproper}}: Colleen.
* MissingMom[=/=]DisappearedDad: Frequently applies to the teeange cast, largely because a constant element from the beginning of the series has been foster families.
** The lone subversion? Ruby Buckton.
* MistakenForJunkie: With insulin. And, to a lesser extent, pills for cancer. To be fair to this one, Belle was an addict.
* [[NeverSayDie Never Say Rape]]: ''Home and Away'' has done a number of well-remembered rape storylines over the years (Carly, Chloe and Dani in particular) but the word "rape" was never used onscreen, replaced by "assault", "attack", and in one infamous case, "forced her to have a baby with him." (Granted, the pregnancy was the whole point of the rape, but still). This was finally averted after Joey was raped in 2009, with further aversions in the storylines involving Charlie later that year, and Bianca in 2011. However, the word was used early in 2007, in the context of rohypnol being a date rape drug.
* TheOtherDarrin: mainly Flynn, Rebecca, Pippa and Hayley. This show is, like just about all British soaps, notable for a conspicuous ''lack'' of Other Darrins.
* OneSteveLimit: Not played entirely straight. There have been two Bretts, two Jacks, two Joeys and two Rubys. The only ones to appear together were the Rubys: regular Ruby Buckton and guest character Ruby Leeds..
* PacManFever: A boy was recently shown playing on [[PlaystationPortable PSP]] that when turned on made the start up sound of an original {{Gameboy}}
* PsychoLesbian: Zoe [=McCallister=], the Summer Bay stalker.
* PutOnABus: the other half of people who've not returned.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Yeah thanks, but I'm not asking you. You can just say the HELL away from me." Although this is a minor example, the fact that it comes from normally mild-mannered April shocks significantly.
* ProphecyTwist: Mitzy predicted Marilyn would die. [[spoiler:She did, but only for a few minutes.]]
* RecycledScript: And, how.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Martin Bartlett first appeared in 2008 but he's apparently been around offscreen since Kirsty's school days.
* RepetitiveName: Robert Robertson.
* {{Retirony}}: Played straight with [[spoiler: Charlie]] in the 2011 season finale.
* RichBitch: Amanda briefly attempted to become one in order to finance Josh's development plans.
* SarcasmMode: Dexter is often one of these
-->: In response to being told it's easier to cheat in church. '''Dex:''' You're right, it's much easier to cheat in a church, with God looking down on you.
* {{Scandalgate}}: One storyline from 2005 centered around the paternity of Hayley Lawson's baby became unpopular with the fans, who were aware that Scott was the father from the beginning (the test results had been switched by the vengeful ex-girlfriend of the other prospective father, Kim) but were forced to sit through months of near misses with at least three other characters finding out but being prevented from revealing it for various reasons. The story is now dubbed "Paternitygate" on the Backtothebay message board.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Rabbit told Miles he was going to die if he fell asleep. Miles spends several days not sleeping, eventually collapsing from exhaustion on his desk - right under a ceiling fan that's hanging by a thread. Fortunately, Gina wakes him up just in time.
* ShipperOnDeck Ruby trying to get Jai and Annie back together. Ruby seems to ship pretty much every couple on the show, notably Nicole/Aden and Charlie/Angelo.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Martha, Duncan, VJ and Lily. Otherwise averted -- note remark about "growing up with Sally".
* SpearCarrier: Nurse Julie and Constable Watson.
* SuddenlySexuality: Charlie was briefly in love with Joey before the latter girl left, at which point she went straight back to Angelo.
* SuperOCD: April develops this after being bullied and suffering panic attacks,
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Miles, being a teacher who not only fosters kids, but also runs a caravan park, is obviously this to his sister Sally. Of course, he was probably set up as that so Sally fans wouldn't miss her too much. Over time he's [[CharacterDevelopment developed]] into an [[CloudCuckooLander oddball]] DeadpanSnarker..
* TitleOnlyOpening: 2006 onward for various reasons. Became permanent from 2009. The rest had full opening sequences.
* WhyWontYouDie: Sally Fletcher in both stabbings by Rocco and Johnny Cooper in the space of a year.
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