The Secret Life Of Us
was an Australian drama about life as a twentysomething - love, careers, and friendships. It centered on the inhabitants of an apartment block in St Kilda, a district of Melbourne in Australia - and while the living arrangements were frequently mixed up, with flatmates coming and going, the drama never stopped.
Our leads were the viviacious Kelly (Deborah Mailman), a neurotic and off-kilter woman with a penchant for never settling for too long - both in jobs and with men - who was determined to change her ways; the intelligent Alex (Claudia Karvan), fresh out of medical school and with plenty of emotional baggage - the least of which is her destructive flirtation with her best friend's fiance; and the spontaneous Evan (Samuel Johnson), an up-and-coming writer with plenty of pretentious habits that go hand-in-hand with the profession - along with a long-seeded infatuation with his flatmate Alex.
Other residents of the apartment block included lawyer Gabrielle (Sibylla Budd), Alex's idealistic best friend who's recently engaged to cop Jason (Damien de Montemas), who has an eye for the ladies - one lady in particular; Will (Joel Edgerton), a handyman and all-round nice guy who can't seem to meet the right woman; and Richie (Spencer McLaren) and Miranda (Abi Tucker), an on/off couple who were both aspiring actors - and dealing with emotional (and identity) issues neither knew how to broach with the other. Along the way, alliances shifted, lives were altered but through it all, they remained friends.
Over the course of the four seasons, as characters left the apartment block so too did the actors leave the show - the point of the show being that the regulars all lived in the building. Unfortunately, the law of diminishing returns hit the show hard - for every interesting and engaging character that departed, they were replaced by frequently less-entertaining and one-dimensional characters that failed to catch on with the show's fans. The biggest hurdle came at the start of the show's fourth, and final, season, which started with only 4 (of 9) returning main characters - and two of them were written out in quick succession over the course of the first half of the season. Without the return of their favourites from seasons past, and with a bombardment of new characters who failed to interest them, the fans turned off in droves - partway through the season, the Australian Network Ten pulled the show from it's schedule. It later returned, months later, in a late-night timeslot to finish off its season, but sadly to minimal interest.
The show is not without its fans, though - DVD sales in Australia have been modest, but successful, and those first three seasons stand-out as some of the best drama Australia has produced. Relive all the glory, right here at TvRage.
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)