Gooische Vrouwen

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Gooische Vrouwen
Created by Linda de Mol
Written by Niek Barendsen
Frank Houtappels
Joan Nederlof
Steven R. Thé
Anita Voorham
Jetske Vulsma
Lex Wertwijn
Simone Wiegel
Carolien Zilverberg
Linda de Mol
Bernard van Sterkenburg
Directed by Will Koopman
Starring Linda de Mol
Annet Malherbe
Tjitske Reidinga
Susan Visser
Peter Paul Muller
Leopold Witte
Daniël Boissevain
Derek de Lint
Lies Visschedijk
Music by Daan van Rijsbergen
Country of origin Netherlands
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 42
Production
Cinematography Joost van Herwijnen
Running time 45 minutes
Release
Original channel Tien (2005-2006)
RTL 4 (2007-2009)
Original release 2005 – 2009
External links
Website

Gooische Vrouwen is a Dutch comedy-drama series, created by Linda de Mol for her brother John de Mol's TV network Tien in 2005, along the lines of Desperate Housewives or Sex and the City. However, after the show's second season, Tien went bankrupt and Gooische Vrouwen was transferred to RTL4, where it ran for three more seasons until its finale in 2009. After its 42-episode run the show was followed by a theatrically released feature film (also called Gooische Vrouwen) in 2011. The show chronicles the everyday lives of four female friends living in het Gooi (the Dutch equivalent of Beverly Hills).

Gooische Vrouwen has since been sold to Germany (for which version Linda de Mol dubbed her own voice), Belgium, France and Serbia.

Plot Overview[edit]

The show chronicles the everyday lives of four female friends living in het Gooi (the Dutch equivalent of Beverly Hills).

Cheryl and her husband, charm singer Martin Morero, move from Amsterdam to het Gooi after the huge success of his latest song "Echte Liefde" (true love). However, the working-class Moreros soon realize they do not fit in with the upper-class residents of het Gooi. Other problems in the Moreros' life include Martin's constant philandering and their continued yet unsuccessful attempts at having a baby.

Housewife Willemijn Lodewijkx is married to Evert, with whom she has three children - bored Roderick, difficult Louise and timid Annabel. But after more than twenty years of marriage, they seem to be stuck. While Willemijn tries to keep her spirits up, her marriage disintegrates. After the third season, Willemijn is replaced by Roelien Grootheeze.

Free-spirited artist Anouk Verschuur specializes in making highly erotic art. Anouk herself is also blessed with a very healthy libido which leads her into the arms of many a stranger, although she is still not completely over her pilot ex-husband Tom Blaauw, with whom she has a daughter, precocious Vlinder.

Ruthless divorce lawyer Claire van Kampen is struck by personal tragedy which pushes her estranged daughter Merel even further away, while plunging the two into financial difficulties. Claire must come up with ever more drastic schemes to keep their heads above water.

The four women confide in each other and in their enigmatic psychiatrist Dr. Ed Rossi. Meanwhile mysterious Thai au pair Tippi Wan seems to have an agenda of her own, manipulating and scheming her way into the lives of the four women.

Cast[edit]

Name Role Seasons Episodes
1 2 3 4 5
Linda de Mol Cheryl Morero-van Veen Main 42
Tjitske Reidinga Claire van Kampen Main 42
Susan Visser Anouk Verschuur Main 42
Peter Paul Muller Martin Morero Main 42
Leopold Witte Evert Lodewijkx Main 42
Daniël Boissevain Tom Blaauw Main 42
Derek de Lint Dr. Ed Rossi Main 42
Annet Malherbe Willemijn Lodewijkx-Verbrugge Main 25
Lies Visschedijk Roelien Grootheeze 9 Main 17
Cystine Carreon Tippi Wan Sournois Recurring Guest 36
Louise Bouwman Vlinder Blaauw Recurring 35
Reinout Scholten van Aschat Roderick Lodewijkx Recurring Guest 33
Priscilla Knetemann Louise Lodewijkx Recurring Guest 30
Dorus Witte Annabel Lodewijkx Recurring Guest 30
Mea de Jong Merel van Kampen Recurring 25
Jesse Straatman Remy Morero #1 Guest Recurring 21
Merijn Straatman Remy Morero #2 Guest Recurring 21
Casper Gimbrère Barry Snijders Guest Recurring 17
Gijs Scholten van Aschat Ernst Scheepmaker van Altena Recurring 17
Victor Reinier Anton van Kampen Recurring 13
Marlies Heuer Cecile van Buuren Recurring 13
Alex Klaasen Yari Recurring 13
Beppie Melissen Cor Hogenbirk Recurring 9
Greet Hogenbirk Guest Recurring 5

Offshoots[edit]

  • The younger days of the four women are chronicled in a prequel-novel.
  • The success of Gooische Vrouwen inspired RTL to make a real-life soap about a younger generation of women from het Gooi (De Echte Gooische Meisjes). For the second season, the cash-to-burners temporarily moved to Amsterdam where they were trained to deal with spending cuts. One of the girls went on to tape a solo-documentary about her trip to Peru.
  • A feature film, also called Gooische Vrouwen, was released theatrically in 2011.
  • A sequel film called Gooische Vrouwen 2 was released in December 2014.

Trivia[edit]

Interviewed for TV-guide AVRO Televizier in 2008, actress Cystine Carreon expressed her concern that Tippi Wan (who gave au pairs a bad name) will still haunt her in 20 years time.

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