Outrageous Fortune

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  • 2005
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.4  (2,425)

Outrageous Fortune is a critically acclaimed New Zealand comedy-drama television series that aired on TV3 from 2005 to 2010. The show is set in the fictional West Auckland suburb of Waimoana and follows the hilarious and often outrageous lives of the West family - a group of petty criminals struggling to go straight after being released from prison.

The series stars Robyn Malcolm as Cheryl West, the matriarch of the family and the main motivator behind their attempts to turn their lives around. Despite her best intentions, Cheryl is far from perfect and often finds herself getting into trouble - whether it's due to her unbridled temper or her complicated romantic life.

Antony Starr plays Cheryl's son Van, a small-time drug dealer who dreams of making it big in the criminal world. Van is a complex character who struggles with his desire for power and wealth and his loyalty to his family.

Siobhan Marshall and Antonia Prebble play Cheryl's daughters, Pascalle and Loretta. Pascalle is the family's resident airhead, who is more interested in shopping and partying than getting a real job. Loretta, on the other hand, is the brains of the family and often works behind the scenes to keep everyone on track.

Frank Whitten plays Ted West, Cheryl's husband and the patriarch of the family. Ted is a former prison inmate who has since turned his life around and runs a successful building company. However, his criminal past still catches up with him from time to time.

Kirk Torrance plays Jethro, Van's best friend and fellow criminal. Jethro is a charming rogue who often causes trouble for the family, but is ultimately loyal to the Wests.

Grant Bowler plays Wolf, a dangerous criminal who becomes involved with the West family over the course of the series. Wolf is a ruthless character who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

The show is known for its darkly comic tone, sharp writing, and excellent performances from its talented cast. The West family is far from your typical TV family, and their unique blend of humour, drama, and criminality makes for a refreshing and entertaining viewing experience.

Over the course of its six-season run, Outrageous Fortune dealt with a variety of themes and storylines, including family dynamics, addiction, relationships, and redemption. Despite its often outrageous premise, the show was praised for its ability to tackle serious subject matter with sensitivity and nuance.

Overall, Outrageous Fortune is a must-watch for fans of comedy-drama television. With its memorable characters, clever writing, and unique setting, it is a show that is sure to leave a lasting impression on audiences.

Outrageous Fortune is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (107 episodes). The series first aired on July 12, 2005.

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Tis So Concluded
18. Tis So Concluded
November 9, 2010
Cheryl is determined to set her house in order as there are scores to settle, wrongs to right and something very ugly in the driveway.
Blood and Judgment
17. Blood and Judgment
November 2, 2010
As the Wests are divided over vengeance and lynching, there are tribulations and also some trials.
Give Me Up the Truth
16. Give Me Up the Truth
October 22, 2010
Cheryl is asked to narc, and Jethro's game plan faces some opposition. But one way or another, the truth will come out.
Desperate Undertakings
15. Desperate Undertakings
October 19, 2010
Van gets in the crapper for love, and Hayden and Loretta fight for public enemy No. 1.
Their Grand Commission
14. Their Grand Commission
October 12, 2010
Cheryl meets her nemesis, and Judd meets his match in the case of the missing nude.
Look Here, Upon This Picture
13. Look Here, Upon This Picture
October 5, 2010
A crisis sets Van on a path of higher learning and naked ambition as Pascalle gets the ultimate offer.
Let the Door Be Lock'd
12. Let the Door Be Lock'd
September 28, 2010
Judd puts a lock on the bathroom door, but will it be enough to stop Mandy the Mauler?
Make Love to This Employment
11. Make Love to This Employment
September 21, 2010
Grandpa sees potential in an old associate, as Hayden harnesses creative manpower.
Thy Loving Father
10. Thy Loving Father
September 14, 2010
"Who's your daddy now" is a very good question to ask Van, Jethro and Judd.
Follow Her Close
9. Follow Her Close
September 7, 2010
Pascalle's love life is the cause of much speculation -- but can Aaron Spiller really be her new true love?
Help, Help, Ho!
8. Help, Help, Ho!
August 31, 2010
Aaron goes all out when he learns Munter's shameful secret, but Loretta's not taking any help from anyone.
Go Seek Him Out
7. Go Seek Him Out
August 24, 2010
Pascalle's future is in the balance; Nicky is sentenced; and the Wests attract more unwelcome police attention.
When Both Contend
6. When Both Contend
August 17, 2010
There is horror, outrage and also much rejoicing when Van and Jethro are on with the same woman. Meanwhile, Munter has some chick trouble as well.
The Power to Seduce
5. The Power to Seduce
August 10, 2010
Van goes all out for love, and Pascalle discovers Hayden and Loretta's marriage is based on lies.
Make Mad the Guilty and Appall the Free
4. Make Mad the Guilty and Appall the Free
August 3, 2010
Bad girls abound as Cheryl becomes a prison vixen, and Jethro unleashes the most unstoppable female force.
To a Radiant Angel Link'd
3. To a Radiant Angel Link'd
July 27, 2010
Loretta works hard for the money as Judd gets an offer he would really, really like to refuse.
Do Your Mother's Commandment
2. Do Your Mother's Commandment
July 20, 2010
Van embraces the law; Loretta embraces Eric; and Judd's time may well be up.
What a Rash and Bloody Deed Is This
1. What a Rash and Bloody Deed Is This
July 13, 2010
The Wests defend their mother's honor; Van goes on the attack; and all in all there are one or two bombshells.
Where to Watch Outrageous Fortune
Outrageous Fortune is available for streaming on the TV3 website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Outrageous Fortune on demand at Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 12, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (2,425)