800 Words

2015 • PBS
31 reviews
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Season 1 episodes (8)

1 Episode 1
After his wife’s sudden death, George Turner moves his family from Sydney to the small town of Weld in New Zealand. But George’s plans for a fresh start don’t go as smoothly as he had hoped.
2 Episode 2
George’s latest column causes quite a stir among the residents of Weld after he calls it a “dead-end town.” Shay and Arlo also feel the heat from their dad’s article and decide it’s time to stand up to their schoolmates.
3 Episode 3
A rumor is going around Weld about Laura’s death, and George tries to track down how it started. Shay and Arlo believe their father is overreacting when he complains about the school bus driver’s recklessness behind the wheel.
4 Episode 4
Shay warns her father about the Weld women’s interest in him, and George soon becomes hyper-vigilant around the ladies. But at the museum’s annual wine-and-cheese fundraiser, the locals’ behavior gets a bit out of control.
5 Episode 5
The Turners attempt to commemorate Laura’s birthday but are disrupted by the discovery that their house could collapse at any moment. Then George runs into his teen surfing nemesis, Dean “The Orca” Marshall, whom George blames for his current surfing troubles.
6 Episode 6
George throws himself into the investigation of a statue’s missing head. But while George gets ever closer to discovering the truth, he fails to notice Shay’s troublesome involvement with Ike.
7 Episode 7
George feels Laura’s absence more than ever as he tries to deal with Shay’s recent behavior. In the midst of the stress, he struggles to finish his column but can’t get in touch with Jan back in Sydney.
8 Episode 8
George must accept that Shay will not return to Weld any time soon and that Jan is there to stay while she figures out her next move. At a local peaceful protest, the women of Weld scrutinize the newest Aussie.

About this show

Successful newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson, Packed to the Rafters) has his world turned upside down when his wife suddenly dies. Looking for a fresh start, George packs up and moves his two teenaged children, Shay (Melina Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony), from the bustle of Sydney to the picturesque seaside town of Weld, New Zealand. But the Turners’ new life doesn’t go as planned when they face a series of setbacks and meet the eccentric townsfolk, including handyman Woody (Rick Donald, Friends with Better Lives) and the “women of Weld”—four single ladies who are intrigued by the handsome widower and his offspring. Hailed for its “warmth and inclusiveness” (The Australian), this award-winning series is a heartfelt comedy/drama about a family searching for healing in the midst of tragedy.

Ratings and reviews

31 reviews
MLinda McCarthy-Boley
July 30, 2019
I really like the show being from Southern California, It brings back fond memories of my trip there in 1994
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Paula Diehl
December 27, 2017
Really great series.
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Christopher Limbert
August 2, 2017
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