A fast-paced serial drama in an urban setting, Shortland Street explores the lives and loves of the patients and staff of a modern metropolitan hospital and contains a heady mix of medical crisis, human drama, comedy, romance and suspense. First airing in 1992, Shortland Street celebrated it's 25th Anniversary in May 2017. With around 40% of all viewers tuning in every night, Shortland Street is regularly the number one show in target demographics 18-39 and Household Shoppers with children. As well as being New Zealand's most successful serial drama, the show screens in several international territories including Fiji, Australia and Ireland.
For better or worse, Shortland Street does that kind of thing all the time. If it's not dishing up zeitgeist-defining insta-classics like the Warner Family Penis Panic of 2017 say, or poor Dawn's spewy proposal response and poor Drew's Poo-nami nightmare, it's tackling deeply disturbing issues like rape, suicide, violent crime and domestic violence head on, without hesitation or fear. Kylie Klein Nixon
Each episode lasted only a few minutes, but the content they packed into those precious seconds was incredible. Tara Ward