Housos

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Housos
Housos cast.jpg
The cast of Housos
GenreComedy
Created byPaul Fenech
Written byPaul Fenech
Directed byPaul Fenech
StarringPaul Fenech
Tahir Bilgic
Rob Shehadie
Jason "Jabba" Davis
Amanda Keller
Ian Turpie
Angry Anderson
Melissa Tkautz
Elle Dawe
Kiri-Leigh Schmitt
Ashur Simon
Maret Archer
Twinstar Stunts
Andy McPhee
Kev Taumata
Anthony Salame
Vanessa Davis
Country of originAustralia
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelSBS One
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original run24 October 2011 – present
Chronology
Related showsPizza, Swift and Shift Couriers
 
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Housos
Housos cast.jpg
The cast of Housos
GenreComedy
Created byPaul Fenech
Written byPaul Fenech
Directed byPaul Fenech
StarringPaul Fenech
Tahir Bilgic
Rob Shehadie
Jason "Jabba" Davis
Amanda Keller
Ian Turpie
Angry Anderson
Melissa Tkautz
Elle Dawe
Kiri-Leigh Schmitt
Ashur Simon
Maret Archer
Twinstar Stunts
Andy McPhee
Kev Taumata
Anthony Salame
Vanessa Davis
Country of originAustralia
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelSBS One
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original run24 October 2011 – present
Chronology
Related showsPizza, Swift and Shift Couriers

Housos is an Australian comedy television series created by Paul Fenech for SBS, that screens on SBS One. The series is a satirical parody of low income Australian residents of fictional suburb Sunnyvale, who are living in Housing Commission public housing. On November 1, 2012, a film based on the series was released in Australian cinemas, titled Housos vs. Authority. On September 10, 2012, SBS announced that Housos will return for a second season, which is expected to air in 2013.

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Cast

The cast of Housos features many actors from Fenech's previous programmes, Pizza and Swift and Shift Couriers.[1]

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
Series premiereSeries finale
1924 October 2011 (2011-10-24)19 December 2011 (2011-12-19)

Episode list

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Disability"24 October 2011 (2011-10-24)
The Housos scheme to get on the disability pension. Shazza and Kylie have a girl's night out. Franky buys a car instead of stealing one and much to the shock of everyone in Sunnyvale Beryl attempts pole dancing. 
2"Pregnant"31 October 2011 (2011-10-31)
Shazza is about to give birth but she can't get an ambulance. Dazza tries to get her to the hospital by train, taxi and even... a wheelbarrow. Angry bus drivers, closed hospitals and road raging drivers make Shazza's birth the biggest pre-natal drama since the birth of Jesus. 
3"Melbourne"7 November 2011 (2011-11-07)
Franky wins a chopper in a tough man competitions but he and Kylie break up after an argument about the colour of his prize. Not thinking clearly Franky takes a road trip to Melbourne to visit his brother, Dino. Swinger parties, Crystal, old grudges and dodgy relatives from Melbourne make this the Houso road trip from hell 
4"Green Day"14 November 2011 (2011-11-14)
Franky, Kev and Dazza all need money to keep their de factos off their backs; Dazza tries car jacking while Kev and Franky join Habib in a dodgy insulation scheme. In a strange twist of fate the apartment that's being insulated is the Mayor of Sunnyvale's. The not-so-environmentally friendly episode of Housos. 
5"Thailand Part One"21 November 2011 (2011-11-21)
Wazza owes money to the bikies and Dazza needs bail money. Shazza decides to help them by making money working for the bikies, her first job? Delivering a boogie board full of illegal steroids to Asia. 
6"Thailand Part Two"28 November 2011 (2011-11-28)
The Housos are in Asia trying to sumuggle illegal steroids inside a boogie board. Before they can deliver the goods they are captured by jungle terrorists and are held for ransom. Can the Housos get home to Sunnyvale? 
7"Foxtel"5 December 2011 (2011-12-05)
The Sunnyvale Assassins are selling dodgy pay TV boxes, Shazza and Kylie want one desperately so they force Dazza and Franky to get jobs. After a string of failed money making attempts the Housos find out how hard real work can be. Franky decides he would sell his cousin to get hold of free Foxtel, and so he does. 
8"Uncle Doug"12 December 2011 (2011-12-12)
Franky desperately needs a jumping castle for his son's, Anarchy, first birthday. He doesn't know where to steal one so he asks Dazza's Uncle Doug (Andy McPhee). Doug is fresh out of jail after 29 years. Stolen cop cars and x-rated jumping castles make this a Houso party you don't want to miss. 
9"Birthday"19 December 2011 (2011-12-19)
It's Dazza's birthday and everybody helps out in their own way. Shazza steals a pie cake, Franky steals a fire truck and while stealing a council car the Housos discover documents showing the Mayor wants to move the community into the bush so she can build townhouses. Is this the end of the Sunnyvale Housos? 

Controversy

Housos came under fire from a number of western Sydney residents, who had called on SBS not to put the series on air. A petition which was initiated by residents on a housing commission property received thousands of signatures, and the efforts gained support from local politicians. Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery presented the petition in Parliament in late April 2011. Housos was also at the centre of a controversy in February 2011 thanks to an erroneous attack by the Nine Network's A Current Affair, which initially claimed that the series was "reality TV". Nine Network later said that the mistake originated from an 18-year-old woman working at ninemsn. SBS was also forced to defend the show by stating that the series was not receiving funding from the government, and it was instead being funded by the network's own revenue raising activities.[2]

Awards and nominations

Australian Writers' Guild

Filming location

Most of filming took place in the suburbs of Smithfield, New South Wales, Chatswood and Ermington, New South Wales.

See also

References