The cast of Housos
|Created by||Paul Fenech|
|Written by||Paul Fenech|
|Directed by||Paul Fenech|
Jason "Jabba" Davis
|Narrated by||Ian Turpie (Season 1)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||18 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original network||SBS One|
|Picture format||576i (PAL)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||24 October 2011– 16 September 2013|
|Related shows||Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers|
Housos is an Australian comedy television series created by Paul Fenech for SBS, that screened 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. On 27 November 2014 another film based on and continuing the storyline of the series entitled Fat Pizza vs. Housos was released.
- 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.
- Kevin 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)
- Kiri-Leigh Schmitt as Kylie Harfoot, Franky's de facto (series 1)
- Sabeena Manalis as Sabeena, Franky's cousin (Series 1)
- Crystal Sullivan as Crystal, Kylie's Sister & Franky's on and off (de facto Frank's friend with benefits) (series 1)
- Amanda Keller as Christina Rees, Sunnyvale Mayor (series 1)
- Barry Crocker as the premier
- 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 as well as being Dazza's de facto stepfather
- Chris Franklin as Darryl "Dazza" James, Dazza's Smith's cousin and Shazza's former de facto. (series 1)
- Sam Greco as Dino Falzoni, Franky's gambling addicted brother who lives in Melbourne
- George Kapiniaris as George, Franky's married in Greek cousin and Sabeena's father (series 1), later seen in series 2 as Donald Bradman's ghost as Dazza's Hallucinating
- Alex Romano as Jimmy the Junkie, the leader of the junkie crew
- Tahir Bilgic as Habib, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Rob Shehadie as Rocky, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Ashur Simon as Abdul, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Ara Natarian as Ara, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Mohammed Hammoud as Mo, Sunnyvale Assassins Member
- Joe Mifsud as Samira Shabaz, Habib's mum who wears a burqa
- Anthony Salame as the service station worker and Thwayne the McDonald's manager who dates Kylie on and off in series 1.
- Nicole Sharrock as Hayley, Franky's de facto / Barmaid who is also in Housos vs. Authority and Fat Pizza vs. Housos (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)
- Murray Harman as Officer Richard Head a Sunnyvale-based police officer
- Garry Who as Officer Garry Kock a Sunnyvale-based police officer
- James Thomas as himself (appearing as a current affairs reporter)
- Renzo Renalto as Renzo, Centerlink case worker
- Waseem Khan as Waseem, An Indian 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|
|Meet the residents of the block of the Sunnyvale Housing commission. Franky Falzoni, Kevin "Kev" Takamata, Vanessa Talawahu, Shazza "Sharon" Jones and Dazza "Darren" Smith and many more. The 5 try to get on the disability pensions from Centrelink. Franky injures his knee after falling from a great height when running away the cops and Vanessa's and Kev's son Jaylin is injured after he shot himself in the head with a stolen nailgun making Vanessa leave the girls nightout with Shazza, Kylie and Ashley. While waiting at the hospital the Lebanese Sunnyvale Assassins (spelled Assasuns) gang shows up with multiple small cuts on their faces due to when they attempted to do a drive-by on the fire station when earlier Franky was driving a stolen fire truck almost running over Habib's mum so the gang tried shoot at the fire station but Habib leaving the windows by mistake so the glass scatters over their faces.|
|2||2||"Pregnant"||31 October 2011||180.00|
|When Shazza is in labour and going to give birth to her first child to Dazza, Dazza attempts to call the ambulance but due to the new Sunnyvale computer answer machine emergency system playing up, Dazza goes on all different modes of transport on a desperate way to get Shazza to the hospital. At the end Shazza gives birth to baby boy named Ned Kelly Smith which was removed by DOCS 3 days later.|
|3||3||"Melbourne"||7 November 2011||200.00|
|When Franky wins a toughman competition against Tank the bikie at the pub carpark, he wins Tank's new chopper. Thinking the Hunterz will come after him he goes on a road trip to Melbourne to stay with gambling addicted brother Dino with tough trip ahead of him getting there.|
|4||4||"Green Day"||14 November 2011||278.00|
|After the media discovers that Sunnyvale Mayor Christina Rees doesn't live in the Sunnyvale district, she says that she doesn't live at Sunnyvale due to renovations on her place, when her assistant rings up for cheap installation from Habib from a newspaper advertisement. Habib forms up a team of Franky, Kev, Shazza and Abdul to work as tradies for the installation rip off scam. Dazza ends up in jail after being caught attempting to steal Renzo the Centrelink worker's car. Dazza's cousin and Shazza's former de facto Darryl "Dazza" James gets out of jail and visits Shazza.|
|5||5||"Thailand Part One"||21 November 2011||203.00|
|When Shazza is desperate for cash after the events of Dazza ending in jail for attempting to steal a car and needing bail money and paying for her father Wazza gambling debts. Shazza goes up to Angry the leader of the Hunterz motocycle club to ask for a job for some cash. She is made to go to Phuket, Thailand to smuggle in illegal steroids in bodyboard to deliver to a business associate of the Hunterz, bringing along Franky, Kev and Kylie with her.|
|6||6||"Thailand Part Two"||28 November 2011||N/A|
|When Shazza and Franky meet back up with Kev and Kylie at the Phuket hotel after being lost looking for a pie or bourbon shop, The team is being followed by constable Gary Kock who is holidaying in Thailand trying to get a wife but unsuccessful. The dealer notices the team is being followed so he writes a note and leaves on the door saying take the steroids to Phi Phi Islands so officer Kock can be killed by the terrorists but the terrorists kidnap Kev, Shazza and Kylie for a $1 million ransom each leaving Franky and officer Kock to think up a plan to rescue them. If the drugs don't get to the Hunterz associate they will kill Dazza James.|
|7||7||"Foxtel"||5 December 2011||N/A|
|The Lebbo's are selling $300 dodgy Foxtel boxes so Shazza, Vanessa and Kylie threaten Dazza, Franky and Kev to get the Foxtel or they won't have sex with them until they do. Beryl also threatens to kick Dazza out if he doesn't get a Foxtel box|
|8||8||"Uncle Doug"||12 December 2011||N/A|
|Dazza's Uncle Doug is released from prison and stays at Dazza's house. Franky is forced to get a jumping castle for his son Anarchy's first birthday. If he doesn't Cheree and Junior will dob him in to the cops.|
|9||9||"Birthday"||19 December 2011||N/A|
|It is Dazza's birthday so the Housos came up how to throw Dazza the best birthday ever. When Franky, Dazza and Kev steal the Sunnyvale council car, Dazza founds forms of Sunnyvale mayor Christina Rees plans of moving the Sunnyvale Housos to the Countryside. The boys then attack the mayor with manure and then hide in the drains. After walking 45 minutes back to Dazza's house, a furious Dazza finds that everything except for his meat pies are gone. Kylie gets mad when her sister Crystal talks to Franky and the two start fighting. Franky tries to stop them only to get thrown to the floor, smashing all of Dazza's pies. Shazza then takes him to the park where Franky and Kev burn the council car.|
|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 for Beryl by a tabloid 'current affairs' television crew when the junkie crew try to steal her handbag with Franky thonging Jimmy the Junkie leader 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 with booze and sex.|
|15||6||"Cops"||26 August 2013||210.00|
|It's the housos very own version of Cops called "police pursuit" a camera crew follows the daily events of constables Gary Kock and Richard Head in a typical 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 Hunterz for cash, Meanwhile as Shazza, Dazza, Kev and Vanessa try to come up with a new scam of having multiple sets of twin for a twin allowance. Later the bikies don't want the Junkies new crappy stolen goods so they steal everything from the Hunterz and selling to the Lebo Sunnyvale Assasuns gang resulting the bikies and the Lebo's going to jail, the junkies are arrested after getting caught trying to rip-off the police. While they are all arrested, the housos to reclaim their property.|
|17||8||"Tokyo"||9 September 2013||208.00|
|When most of the residents on the block have gone on holidays. Shazza is desperate to go on a holiday but Dazza is to busy trying to grow his weed seeds. When Dazza is passed out, Franky comes up a scam to get a free holiday from The Current Affairs program by making him and Shazza have a mentally retarded child as Abdul. When Shazza writes down Toukley as her holiday destination of choice the Current Affair thought she wrote down Tokyo due to her bad hand writing. Shazza, Franky and Abdul go to Tokyo leaving behind an angry Dazza.|
|18||9||"Wedding"||16 September 2013||N/A|
|When Dazza and Kev get Brain damage support pensions they are more cashed up and Shazza and Vanessa fear that other women will go for them for their cash, as well as Beryl receiving half of Reg's pension payments so Shazza and Vanessa and Beryl try to get Dazza, Kev and Reg to marry them.|
- 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.
Housos has also been criticized as being a ripoff of the popular Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys, which originally aired on Showtime in 2001. Critics point out the parallels between the shows, up to and including the setting of both shows being called Sunnyvale. Both shows feature an ensemble cast of "trashy" characters breaking the law to get by in their respective low income communities. Because of these similarities, there is a minor controversy as to whether or not the idea for Housos was taken from Trailer Park Boys creator, Mike Clattenburg.
Awards and nominations
- 2011: Comedy – Situation or Narrative ("Pregnant", nominated)
- 2014: Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program (won)
- Fat Pizza vs. Housos
- List of Australian television series
- Housos vs. Authority
- Swift and Shift Couriers
- Bogan Hunters
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