Review: Offspring Season 5 (2014)

Network TEN’s hit drama Offspring has developed considerably over its five year run, and has perhaps at long last found its true tone. This season focused on establishing the neurotic Dr Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) as a single mother following the unexpected death of her husband (Matt Le Nevez) at the end of season four.

Thankfully her crazy family, who put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional, provide laughs by the bucketful to lighten the heavier moments. Returning fans will be pleased to know that the comedy of the show is no longer at odds with the drama, with the flashbacks and fantasy sequences funnier than ever. Newly separated sister Billie (Kat Stewart) moves in with Nina to relieve her of her new duties, while their mother, brother, and his lover do their best to navigate their own chaos to much comic relief.

Unfortunately many of the other supporting characters are neglected, and at times the plot treads the same paths we’ve
seen before – most notably the establishment of two competing potential love interests for Nina – leaving many questions about the future direction of the show.

Offspring has had a good long run with the Proudman family – here’s hoping the next season can keep fans as satisfied as this season has.

Originally published in BULL Magazine, 19 August, 2014.

Watch the trailer for Offspring Season 5 below:

Published by Eden Caceda

Eden Caceda is an acclaimed journalist, commentator and radio host from Sydney, Australia. After studying English at the University of Sydney, he has written over 300 articles and pieces from 2013. His key areas of writing are culture, entertainment, opinion and current affairs.


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