One of two long-running soaps on Australian TV, the other being 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 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).
This show has examples of:
As You Know: Irene to April: "Well cheer up, 'cause tomorrrow's your birthday!"
Continuity Snarl: 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 they're not related at all
Dawson Casting: While Sally grew up before a nation, other teenage characters are played: mostly. by adults.
Face Heel Turn: Karen Dean, Adam Cameron, Sam Marshall briefly, Josh West.
Fake Guest Star: 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Can't speak for Sam, but Melody had a reasonable absence: the character was withdrawn from school after being raped and didn't show up again until after Axel died..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.
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.
Friends Rent Control: Summer Bay has many teens apparently able to afford their own living space while not in full-time employment.
Gag Dub: The MrDoodleburger series of online gag dubs was so offensive and so popular it ended up being the subject of trash tabloid TV outrage.
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: 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.
Heel Face Turn: Planning on staying in the Bay? Best make one of these quick!
Idiot Ball: tends to get passed around a fair bit. As of this writing, Ruby Buckton and Angelo Rosetta are probably the biggest offenders..
It's Always Spring: 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.
Karma Houdini: 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...*
Whatever you do, don't screw around with Morag Bellingham. It helps that most of the cast get along reasonably well with her.
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.
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.
Missing Mom: Seriously, pick any teenager, or young person. There is at least a 75 percent chance that their mother will be dead, and if not, simply not around much. There are very few exceptions, but for the ones that do exist, they'll have a Disappeared Dad, but this is far less egregiously common. The reason so few mothers are present is almost certainly so the female cast can consist of young beauties rather than offensivelymiddle-aged women.
The lone subversion? Ruby Buckton.
Mistaken for Junkie: With insulin. And, to a lesser extent, pills for cancer. To be fair to this one, Belle was an addict.
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.
The Other Darrin: mainly Flynn, Rebecca, Pippa and Hayley. This show is, like just about all British soaps, notable for a conspicuous lack of Other Darrins.
One Steve Limit: 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..
Pac Man Fever: A boy was recently shown playing on PSP that when turned on made the start up sound of an original Gameboy
Precision F-Strike: "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.
Prophecy Twist: Mitzy predicted Marilyn would die. She did, but only for a few minutes.
: 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.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: 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.
Shipper on Deck 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.