I love a good serial drama. When Aussie delight ‘Sisters' (review here) came out I binge watched my little heart out. So I was really pleased to come across ‘Offspring' which also hails from the land down under. Even better was the fact that it has seven seasons available on Netflix.
Offspring centres around the Proudman family, in particular Nina Proudman who is played by Asher Keddie. Nina is one of three grown up children and an obstetrician. And while Nina is a thoroughly capable doctor, her social and love lives are an utter disaster. This sets up plenty of storylines for her disastrous relationships, including her failed marriage to a guy obsessed with blowing things up. Once he's out of the picture her focus turns to the new doctor. Love potentially blossoms but with one small teeny weeny hitch – he too is married but his wife upped and left a year earlier and he's still looking for her!
But more than just concentrating on Nine, Offspring gives plenty of attention to the other members of the family. Sister Billie is a complete mess of a woman who has decided that it's time for her to grow up as she embarks on a new career. Brother Jimmy is a hapless but lovable guy with little or no direction in life and between them they make up the Proudman children.
Offspring is a quirky drama about a very dysfunctional family. There are some genuine funny moments, mostly as a result of the fantasies that Nina plays out in her head. But, like any good solid drama, there are also some more serious moments. It's an engaging show that's well worth a watch but it can get irritating. Every single time something epic was about to be said or done a bloody phone rang. It appears that the go-to mode of interrupting every scene is a call that absolutely has to be answered. I mean, seriously, turn the phones off!
If I had to compare it, I would say that it's a grittier Australian version of Jane The Virgin (review here). It doesn't have the ludicrous plot lines but it is also narrated with plenty of air time given over to Nina's imagination – just like Jane!