Series: Outrageous Fortune
is a New Zealand dramedy
focusing on the Wests
, a family of criminals
who decide to go straight after the family patriarch, Wolf
, goes to prison and subsequently disappears.
After Wolf leaves, Cheryl
is determined to get the family to live honestly. Thrown into the mix are her twin sons, Van
, daughters Pascalle
and her father-in-law
. Hilarity Ensues
It had a short-lived US remake called Scoundrels
on ABC in 2010 that was axed after 8 episodes.
A prequel titled West Side Story
is currently in development. And, yes, Antonia Prebble will be playing Rita
- And I Must Scream: Munter's mother gets him so high on hash cakes that he is unable to move and witnesses Van getting her drunk and having sex with her.
- Played more for laughs when Jethro breaks his leg. He is unable to stop Pascalle from robbing him, Loretta from setting up loads of alarm clocks to go off at the same time around his house or Treena raping him.
- Bilingual Bonus: Tutaekuri, the campsite the Wests go to every Christmas, means dog shit in Maori.
- Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Van believes Loretta's baby is one for Aurora.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Wolf had a son with another woman. Nobody finds this out until his will turns up after he disappears. Unfortunately, Pascalle had already slept with him.
- Chekhov's Gun: Thankfully subverted with Wayne's shotguns. Loretta finds them missing when she realises that Vaan has reached a Despair Event Horizon and is looking to kill himself after Aurora's death. Turns out, Wayne just went hunting.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Sparky, to ridiculous levels. Ted becomes this for a bit when he gets a brain tumour.
- Dating Catwoman: Wayne Judd seems quite fond of this trope.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Wayne's way out of the police force? His arm, a hammer and several thousand dollars in compensation.
- Dirty Cop: Wolf manipulates things into making it look like Wayne Judd is one of these. He's far from it.
- Turns out Zane was one, though this only comes out after his death.
- Dirty Old Man: Ted. He sleeps with prostitutes quarter his age, makes dirty comments to everybody and even urinates on a cop interrogating him.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Treena is perfectly willing to have sex with Jethro when he's unable to move out of his chair with a broken leg, then later drug him and accuse him of rape herself.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Poor, poor Aurora.
- Erudite Stoner: Munter.
- Executive Meddling: In universe example: Hayden adds cheap porn scenes to Loretta's movie in order to get it an Asian release. Unfortunately, Bruce sees this while on a business trip to Asia and dumps Pascalle as a result.
- Fan Disservice: The love sock.
- Fanservice: Loads and loads. And in equal measure too.
- Fat Bastard: Falani.
- Five-Man Band
- Generation Xerox / Identical Granddaughter: Loretta bears a strong resemblance to her grandmother in terms of appearance and personality.
- Heroic BSOD: Van has a major one after the death of Aurora.
- Cheryl after the baby she has with Judd dies.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Van and Munter to levels of lampshading. This one probably counts as Ho Yay too.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode was named after a Shakespeare quote.
- It's Not Porn, It's Erotica: Loretta's movie. Hayden keeps trying to add full porn to it. Loretta is, understandably, squicked out by this idea, as Pascalle is the movie's star.
- Jerk Ass: Aaron.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gary Savage seems like just a regular Jerk Ass (bordering on Big Bad) until he become business partners with Cheryl. Suddenly, he's seen helping around the house and insisting that Loretta doesn't give up her baby. He has a personal reason for this. He's Wolf's half brother, had by their mother while Ted was in prison in The Seventies. She gave up Gary so as not to alert Ted.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Nobody seems to be able to get away with anything on this show. Even minor fuckups have major consequences.
- Likes Older Men: Loretta.
- Meaningful Name: Sparky is an electrician and Axe Crazy Pyro Maniac.
- The Movie Buff: Loretta. A Running Gag is that nobody gets the film references she makes, even some fairly obvious ones like "Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!"
- Mundane Solution: Ted takes on a job for Ngarie to steal a particular set of jewels from a new model safe. He has trouble with the usual method of Safecracking, so he simply decides to blow the door off the safe.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Jethro impersonates Van on a couple of occasions in order to get something he wants (usually sex).
- Of Course I'm Not A Virgin: Inverted. Pascalle lies to Bruce and tells him that she's a virgin when he confesses to being one. Of course, she is far from a virgin.
- Only Sane Man: Loretta is a subversion. In many ways, she comes across as the only one who realises how fucked up her family is, until she goes and shows that in her own ways, is more evil than the rest of them put together.
- Wayne Judd plays this a little more straight.
- The Pollyanna: Pascalle, especially when she takes on her positivity philosophy.
- Private Investigator: Wayne becomes one after leaving the police force.
- Rabid Cop: Zane Gerard.
- Safecracking: Ted is an expert at this. He passed this skill onto Wolf.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Loretta to levels that even Pascalle admits she looks good.
- Statuesque Stunner: Pascalle, played by the 6 foot Siobhan Marshall.
- Taking You with Me: Zane tries to pull this on Cheryl after she stabs him with a broken bottle by pulling out his pistol and opening fire. He manages a Breast Attack on Pascalle.
- Teens Are Monsters: Loretta.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Ted and Wayne.