The cast of Housos
|Created by||Paul Fenech|
|Written by||Paul Fenech|
|Directed by||Paul Fenech|
Jason "Jabba" Davis
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||17 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||SBS One|
|Picture format||576i (PAL)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||24 October 2011– present|
|Related shows||Pizza, 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 1 November 2012, a film based on the series was released in Australian cinemas, titled Housos vs. Authority. On 9 September 2012 it was announced that Housos would return for a second series, which premiered 22 July 2013.
The majority of the cast of Housos are from Fenech's two previous series, Pizza and Swift and Shift Couriers.
- Elle Dawe as Sharon "Shazza" Jones, Dazza's De-Facto & Vanessa Best Friend
- Jason "Jabba" Davis as Darren "Dazza" Smith, Shazza's De-Facto & Franky's Best Friend
- Paul Fenech as Franky Falzoni, Dazza's Best Friend
- Fenech also appears as Franky's cousin, Pauly Falzoni from Pizza during series 2.
- Kiri-Leigh Schmitt as Kylie Harfoot, Franky's De-Facto (series 1)
- Kev Taumata as Kevin Takamata, Franky & Dazza's Friend & Vanessa's De-facto
- Vanessa Davis as Vanessa "Nessa" Talawahoo, Kevin's De-Facto & Shazza's Best Friend
- Ian Turpie as Wazza Jones, Shazza's Dad / Narrator of the Show (series 1)
- Sabeena Manalis as Sabeena, Franky's cousin (Series 1)
- Crystal Sullivan as Crystal, Kylie's Sister & Franky's On-Again Off-Again Girlfriend (series 1)
- Amanda Keller as Christina Rees, Sunnyvale Mayor (series 1)
- Melissa Tkautz as Cheree, Franky's Ex De-Facto (series 1)
- Liz Harper replaces Melissa Tkautz as Cheree in series 2.
- Andrew Ausage as Junior, Cheree's Samoan De-Facto
- Angry Anderson as Angry the Bikie, Leader of the Hunterz Bikie Gang ( season 1&2 also the movie )
- Davey Cooper as Johnno, Angry's Dwarf-Sized Brother
- Maret Archer as Beryl, Dazza's Mum
- Stuart Rawe as Reg, Beryl's mentally disabled de-facto
- Alex Romano as Jimmy the Junkie, the leader of the junkie crew
- Ashur Simon as Abdul, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Tahir Bilgic as Habib, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Rob Shehadie as Rocky, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Ara Natarian as Ara, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Mohammed Hammoud as Mo, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Nicole Sharrock as Hayley, Franky's De-facto / Barmaid who is also in the Housos vs Authority Movie (series 2)
- Amarli Inez as Candy, Franky's On-Off Girlfriend (series 2)
- Derek Boyer as Bubbles, Junior's Cousin who harasses Dazza while in prison
- John Mangos as himself (appearing as a news presenter)
- James Thomas as himself (appearing as a current affairs reporter)
- Renzo Renalto as Renzo, Centerlink case worker
- Waseem Khan as Waseem, Centerlink case worker
- Gregory King as Tank the bikie, Vice president of the Hunterz Bikie Gang
|Series||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release date|
|Series premiere||Series finale||Region 4|
|1||9||24 October 2011||19 December 2011||30 November 2011|
|2||9||22 July 2013||16 September 2013||18 September 2013|
|Title||Original air date||Australian viewers
|1||1||"Disability"||24 October 2011||284.00|
|2||2||"Pregnant"||31 October 2011||180.00|
|3||3||"Melbourne"||7 November 2011||200.00|
|4||4||"Green Day"||14 November 2011||278.00|
|5||5||"Thailand Part One"||21 November 2011||203.00|
|6||6||"Thailand Part Two"||28 November 2011|
|7||7||"Foxtel"||5 December 2011|
|8||8||"Uncle Doug"||12 December 2011|
|9||9||"Birthday"||19 December 2011|
|Title||Original air date||Australian viewers
|10||1||"Voucher"||22 July 2013||255.00|
|Dazza has traded Beryl's pills for a restaurant dinner voucher for Shazza's birthday and by the next morning forgets what he's done with it. Dazza, Kev and Franky attempt to retrace their steps the previous night to jog their memory of what happened to the voucher.|
|11||2||"Jailbreak"||29 July 2013||259.00|
|Beryl is arrested for defrauding Centrelink so the Housos start a protest riot. Whilst Beryl gets away, Franky, Dazza, Kev and Reg are arrested and jailed. Reg thrives in prison but Bubbles seeks to make Dazza his prison girlfriend. Dazza convinces the boys to escape. Desperate for cash, Shazza and Vanessa try out some new scams.|
|12||3||"Dazza the Bikie"||5 August 2013||201.00|
|When Shazza stops sleeping with Dazza, he joins the local outlaw motorcycle bikie gang, the Hunterz, in order to turn her on. He discovers that being a bikie pledge can be harder than getting a real job. Franky is caught doing a good deed by a tabloid 'current affairs' television crew so he and Kev set out on a new venture as 'Robbing Hood', getting back stuff for other people for a commission.|
|13||4||"Uncle Fred"||12 August 2013||178.00|
|Franky learns from his cousin Pauly (from Pizza) that his Uncle Fred – who was a role model to him – has died, and so he and Kev travel to Broken Hill to pay his last respects.|
|14||5||"Rehab"||19 August 2013||235.00|
|Franky steals an ambulance, and after leaving it unnattended, all of the drugs from inside are stolen by housos. Dazza goes too far and develops an addiction, causing him to trip out. Which ultimately lands him in rehab. Shazza, Kev, Vanessa and Franky go to visit him.|
|15||6||"Cops"||26 August 2013||210.00|
|It's the housos very own version of Cops called "police pursuit" a camera crew follows constables Kock and Head, during a day in Sunnyvale.|
|16||7||"Junkies"||22 July 2013SBS Two)
2 September 2013 (SBS One)a
|83.00 (SBS Two)
222.00 (SBS One)
|To get money for drugs, the junkies steal anything not nailed down, to sell to the bikies for cash, resulting in the bikies going to jail, the junkies are arrested after getting caught trying to rip-off the police, the lebbos steal all the stuff from the bikies, but are then raided and also get arrested, leaving the housos to reclaim their property.|
|17||8||"Tokyo"||9 September 2013||208.00|
|18||9||"Wedding"||16 September 2013|
- a "Junkies" first aired on SBS Two and later on SBS One.
- b Viewers from broadcast airing on SBS Two.
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.
Awards and nominations
- 2011: Comedy – Situation or Narrative ("Pregnant", nominated)
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