Masters of the Sea (TV series)

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Masters of the Sea was a 1994 television drama series produced by the Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS), the predecessor of Mediacorp. It was the first full-length English drama series to be produced in Singapore.[1] The series starred Wong Li-Lin,[2] Ng Chin Han,[3] and Aziz Mustajab.[4]

Masters of the Sea was derided by some as "fairly disastrous"[5] and lasted only two seasons, with the second season titled Masters of the Sea: In Troubled Waters.[4] One of the criticisms was that it portrayed an elderly Peranakan woman wearing the wrong costumes and ornaments, and speaking the wrong phrases.[6] However, it was syndicated to Indonesian television, where it was shown localised into Indonesian.[1]


  1. ^ a b "TV ENTERTAINMENT IN SINGAPORE" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-11-22. The first full English Drama series was MASTERS OF THE SEA which was also shown in Indonesia, albeit redubbed in Bahasa Indonesia...
  2. ^ Michelle Tay (February 18, 2008). "Leap of love". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-22. She made her television debut in 1994... as a dewy-eyed veterinarian in TCS' soap serial Masters Of The Sea.
  3. ^ "IWC Portuguese Watch Graces Dark Night Premiere In New York". ViaLuxe. July 23, 2008. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-22. The actor was first introduced to Singapore audiences in 1994, when he appeared in the English-language television drama "Masters of the Sea".
  4. ^ a b "Oh Man!". Archived from the original (DOC) on October 28, 2005. Retrieved 2008-11-22. He was also in TCS’s first drama series Masters of the Sea and its second season Masters of the Sea: Troubled Waters...
  5. ^ Richard Lim (December 8, 1996). "Lilin puts grit into 'soft power' of TV's new genre". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
  6. ^ "THE PERANAKAN ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER" (PDF). November 1994. Retrieved 2008-11-22. It is quite apparent that one of the aspects of this television production is its disregard for authenticity in Peranakan costume and language.[dead link]