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'''''Raw''''' is an Irish {{Dramedy}} focused on the young, good-looking, hard-partying staff of a hip Dublin restaurant, named 'Raw'. Uniquely (by the standards of Irish television), most of the characters are foreigners - only four of the eight main characters in series one are Irish (and two of those four are from UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland and thus technically immigrants). Arguably, this is a case of TruthInTelevision. But by series three there are only two properly non-Irish in the lead cast.

The main character is [=JoJo=], a 22-year-old heavy-drinking, heavy-drugging, short-tempered cook from [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Stroke Country]] who unexpectedly takes in her older brother, Shane. Shane, a solicitor, married man and heretofore success story, has gone on the run from his job and wife and is now employed as a lowly kitchen porter in 'Raw'. [=JoJo=] and Shane live with English barman Bobby, a charming chancer who is the unrequited love of [=JoJo=]'s life, but has eyes only for waitress and student Rebecca. Then there is the tyrannical Australian Sous Chef Geoff, the timid Czech waiter Pavel and, above them all, dissolute Chef Mal and his ambitious English wife, Tanya.

This all changes fast in series two though.

Not to be confused with [[WWERaw WWE Monday Night Raw]][[note]]Though amusingly enough, season 1 ''did'' air on Monday nights in Ireland. At the same time Raw is shown in the US (9 o'clock GMT).[[/note]]

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActorAllusion: A RunningGag in season 1 is people mistaking Pavel for Polish when he is Czech. The character was originally written as Polish but the nationality was changed when Czech actor Krystof Hadek was cast.
* TheAlcoholic: [=JoJo=] seems like she's heading in this direction in series 4. Though, she stops towards the end of it.
* AscendedExtra: Maeve, [=JoJo=] and Shane's mother made a couple of appearances in the second season and becomes a full regular cast member in the third with a story arc of her own. Kate, Fiona's sister could count as well, being added to the season 3 opening credits
* [[spoiler: BackForTheDead: Pavel in series 4.]]
* BatterUp: Subverted in the series 5 finale. Shane, Max and Zoe confront the conman that had cheated Shane out of four grand and he threatens Shane and Zoe with a hurley. Max walks up behind him with a bat and calmly says, "Here mate, you can have this [baseball bat]. [[BadassBoast I don't need it]]".
* BettyAndVeronica:
** Rebecca is the Betty and [=JoJo=] is the Veronica to Bobby in season 1. Subverted because Bobby doesn't actually know that [=JoJo=] actually fancies him. He becomes the Veronica in season 2 while Dylan becomes the Betty with [=JoJo=] as "Archie".
** Series 3 also has Pavel as an Archie, with Geoff as the Veronica and Jack as the Betty.
** Series 5 has Zoe as the Betty and Kate as the Veronica with Shane as the Archie. Also gender flipped with Calum as the Betty, Max as the Veronica and Fiona as the Archie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Rebecca, the posh and articulate DaddysGirl. She abruptly snaps in the first episode after Jojo insults her and she does '''not''' take news that Bobby has apparently cheated on her well. Additionally it's ''her'' idea to stage a break-in at the restaurant to get Bobby's rent money.
* BlondesAreEvil: Rebecca, to auburn-haired [=JoJo=]. Kate as well. Though in series three Fiona went blonde too, but didn't go evil. By series 4 the haircolour=morality idea kinda goes out the window, though Kate does act like an AlphaBitch in series 5.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Subverted with Emma, Fiona's teenage sister. Her introduction is her father telling us that she wants to leave school early - and he wants Fiona to give her a job in the restaurant to show her how hard the working world is (hoping she'll go back to school). Except she ends up loving the work and shows some nice maturity for her age. The bratty daughter in the family seems to be Kate - and even she's still pretty competent.
* BritainIsOnlyLondon: The show, though set entirely in Dublin (and thus not even in Britain), is rather strangely fixated on London. At least four main characters have lived and worked in London before coming to Ireland for a fresh start.
** It did seem very forced that the new owner in the second series was ''yet another'' London blow in. Are there no other cities in the ''Raw'' universe?
** And now Bobby who is from Hull is moving back to England. Guess which city he's moving to.
** And now Selena is confirmed to have come from London as well.
** As well as Fiona having got a job there twenty years earlier.
* ButtMonkey: Richard who is apparently competent enough to get a job in Raw but incompetent enough that he almost never gets anything right. Lampshaded in one episode.
* TheCasanova: Bobby. In series one his answering machine message was "Hey this is Bobby, I'm probably having sex".
* CannotSpitItOut: Philip is obviously into Emma and she knows it too. He just is unable to tell her, even though she is throwing him some fairly strong hints.
* CharacterDevelopment: Pavel in season 1 was shy and insecure. Now in season 3 he has become a lot more confident and is much happier.
* TheCharmer: Bobby
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Pavel getting hit over the head]] by Philip's father in the season 4 finale. It comes back for a final TearJerker in the closing minutes.
* ChickMagnet: Shane astonishingly enough. He's married in season 1 (but divorces in between seasons) and attracts attention from Tanya. Next he bags Kate and it turns into a LoveTriangle between her and Zoe.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Geoff married Selena for a work visa in England. Considering the EU treaty on citizenship, it explains why he's in Ireland.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Kate a little when Shane goes after Zoe. They've already split up by this point though.
* CompressedVice: Geoff in series three. [=JoJo=]'s alcoholism in series 4.
* ControlFreak: Anthony, [=JoJo=]'s American husband.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Geoff is a male example. Comparing his season 1 behaviour with how he is now in season 4 the difference is astonishing.
* DemotedToExtra: Geoff for the first half of series 5.
* DeusExMachina: The end of series 5. Everything tidies itself up nicely, especially with the Shane/winemerchant conman thing.
* DiabolusExMachina: The end of series 4. Crickey, was that depressing.
* UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}}
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone[=/=]InMediasRes: A boatload of new characters suddenly arrive in the first episode of series 4. Kate and Fiona's father and sister suddenly rearrive in their lives bringing in-progress-offscreen plotlines with them. A produce-supplier turns up who coincidentally happens to have a history with Fiona. New recruit Philip has a dramatic past he's trying to escape from. And in episode two Geoff's old friend Selena arrived on his doorstep out of nowhere.
* FakeBrit: [=JoJo=] and Shane for a [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles debatable]] value of 'Brit'; they are from Belfast but Charlene [=McKenna=] was born in Monaghan and Keith [=McErlean=] is really from Donegal. Both counties ''are'' in Ulster but not actually in UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland.
* TheGhost: Eddie, Bobby and Jojo's friend who worked in the kitchen. He gets busted with the police in the first episode and is never seen.
* HappyEndingOverride: Season 4 ends with Fiona and Ed finally hooking up after years of TheOneThatGotAway. First twenty minutes of season 5, she dumps him and gains sexual tension with Max.
* HeroicBSOD: [=JoJo=] in series 4. Geoff in series 5.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: [=JoJo=]. Her first appearance on the show is being carried out of a house while sipping a glass of wine. Mostly dropped after series one when Jojo realises how important being a chef is to her. Brought back in series 4 after her relationship with Dylan hits the skids.
* HardGay: Geoff
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Geoff
* TheLadette: [=JoJo=]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Bobby and Jojo, at least from the former's perspective initially.
* LoveDodecahedron: The show makes GreysAnatomy look chaste. In the space of six episodes Jojo has lusted after Bobby, who was lusting after Rebecca, who was going out with Mark, Jojo tries to get over Bobby by getting Pavel drunk enough to bed him, but instead Pavel goes off with Geoff. While this is happening Shane has left his wife, and sort of entered a timid romance with Tanya (Mal's wife) but they opt not to pursue it, partly because his wife's come back. At one point there are two same-sex dates going on in parallel. One marraige is rekindled and then dissolves the next day. Another dissolves and is then rekindled the next day. An while all this is happening there's the comic relief of Tiny and Richard, two almost-mute hetero-life-partners. in ''six episodes''.
** The hormones level off after series one though.
* MeanBrit: Max in season 5.
* MistakenNationality: Pavel is often mistaken for Polish. TruthInTelevision, as due to the high numbers of Polish that moved to Ireland after 2004, citizens of other Eastern European countries are often mistaken for Polish.
* NonindicativeName: Tiny's an incredibly tall guy.
* UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland: [=JoJo=] and Shane come from there.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Subverted with [[spoiler: Pavel]] in the fourth series finale. [[spoiler: Philip's dad]] shoves him over, hitting his head off a table. He refuses medical attention, thinking it to be a simple bump on the head. [[spoiler: It's only minutes later, when he's alone that he keels over, leaving the series on a CliffHanger. Series 5 reveals that [[DroppedABridgeOnHim he died]].]].
* PutOnABus: Mal, Tanya and Rebecca as of series 2. Richard and Tiny halfway through series 3. Ray at the end of series 3. Geoff and [=JoJo=] at the end of series 5.
* ReTool: Series 1 was on the youth-oriented RTE Two, after the show proved a hit it was bumped up to the family-oriented RTE One. This meant a shift from near-constant swearing to nearly no swearing whatsoever. It also meant sex scenes became much more PG, the bed-hopping was reduced dramatically, and any scenes of partying became short, tame and rare.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl/ UptightLovesWild: Deconstructed with Shane and Kate's relationship. It's fun at first but it ultimately fails because Shane wants a family while Kate wants to continue her wild lifestyle.
* ShesGotLegs: Fiona. Even more impressive, seeing how, as of season 4, she's forty.
** Kate too. Given that she's Fiona's sister, this is no surprise.
* ShipTease: Pavel and [=JoJo=] in season 1, Shane and Tanya also.
** Series 4 has Emma clearly fancying the oblivious Philip and Philip clearly fancying the oblivious [=JoJo=].
** And series five still has Emma and Philip with UnresolvedSexualTension, given that she spends most of the season with Philip's cousin, Brian. Even after they break up, Philip still hasn't made his move.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: [=JoJo=] (slob) versus Rebecca (snob).
* StraightGay: Geoff
** The second series suggested he might be BiTheWay, but Geoff has now confirmed he is only into men. Though he did have a green card marriage with Selena.
* ThemeNaming: Jojo's romantic interests are named Bobby and Dylan.
* TriangRelations: Jojo, Bobby and Rebecca in series one, Jojo, Bobby and Dylan after that. A few others are teased but those are the main ones.
* TheSilentBob: Tiny
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Jojo fancied Bobby in season 1. After splitting him and Rebecca up, she realises it amounts to nothing and goes after Dylan. In the meantime Bobby develops feelings for her.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Jojo and Bobby, Pavel and Geoff. Philip and Emma, though this is as of the end of series five unresolved.
* WomenAreWiser: Tanya and Rebecca filled this role in season 1. Fiona sort of afterwards, though she came with a ''lot'' of baggage herself.
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