The Secret Life of Us

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  • 2001
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.6  (1,435)

The Secret Life of Us is an Australian television drama that aired from 2001 to 2006. Produced by Endemol and created by Amanda Higgs, the show follows the lives of several twenty-somethings living in a Melbourne apartment complex, exploring their relationships, careers, and personal struggles.

The show is anchored by Claudia Karvan, who plays Alex, a flawed but likable freelance writer who is struggling to come to terms with her sexual identity. Alongside her are Samuel Johnson as Evan, her best friend who is in love with her, Deborah Mailman as Kelly, a doctor trying to balance her career and love life, and Abi Tucker as Miranda, a musician who is coming to terms with adulthood.

The show explores themes such as friendship, love, sexuality, family, and career aspirations through the unique perspectives of each character. The characters often make mistakes and learn from them, making the show relatable and engaging for viewers of all ages.

Joel Edgerton and Sibylla Budd also feature in the cast, with Edgerton playing the charming and talented but troubled Will, and Budd portraying the enigmatic and free-spirited Gabrielle. David Tredinnick, Spencer McLaren, Damian De Montemas, and Michael Dorman round out the ensemble cast, playing characters who bring their own unique personalities and struggles to the mix.

Throughout the show's five season run, viewers are taken on a rollercoaster of emotions as they follow the ups and downs of the characters' lives. The characters experience everything from heartbreak to triumph, and everything in between, making the show a realistic portrayal of life in your twenties.

Critically acclaimed for its realistic portrayal of Australian youth culture, The Secret Life of Us has been praised for its depiction of diverse characters and storylines. It tackled issues such as mental health, sexuality, drug addiction, and relationships with sensitivity and compassion, making it a standout in the Australian television landscape.

The show is known for its excellent writing, which deftly balances humor and drama. The scriptwriters skillfully interweave the lives of the characters, creating a sense of community within the apartment complex. The direction is also excellent, with visually stunning shots of Melbourne showcasing the city's unique and vibrant atmosphere.

The Secret Life of Us was a hit with audiences and critics alike, winning multiple awards including the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series. It also launched the careers of several of its cast members, including Joel Edgerton, Claudia Karvan, and Deborah Mailman.

Overall, The Secret Life of Us is a must-watch for anyone looking for a compelling and realistic drama about young adults navigating their way through life. With its relatable characters, excellent writing, and talented cast, it remains a beloved Australian television classic.

The Secret Life of Us is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (92 episodes). The series first aired on July 6, 2001.

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The Best of, Part 2
22. The Best of, Part 2
January 10, 2006
Narrated By Deborah Mailman.Part 2 of the two part special of The Best of The Secret Life of Us,explores the last piece of trifecta,the worklife
The Best of, Part 1
21. The Best of, Part 1
January 3, 2006
Narrated by Deborah Mailman this is Part 1 of a two part special that explores The Best Of The Secret Life Of Us
Glimpses of Perfection
20. Glimpses of Perfection
December 27, 2005
Lucy cancels her wedding.Corey arrives back in town throwing a spanner into the works of Kelly and Justin's blossoming relationship.
Rare Birds
19. Rare Birds
December 20, 2005
The gang head off for a weekend of fun before Lucy's wedding. The weekend brings Stu and Lucy closer than ever
Ill Communication
18. Ill Communication
December 13, 2005
Nikki needs more out of her relationship than talking to Rob's answering machine - but is Rob ready. Stu tells Lucy something she wishes she hadn't heard.
Dead Man Walking
17. Dead Man Walking
December 6, 2005
Stu is tempted by one of his patients, but he just can't get Lucy out of his mind. Corey is still on a downward spiral but Kelly is determined to help him.
The Character Question
16. The Character Question
November 29, 2005
Following Justin's inability to get a job at an ethical law firm, he uses Kelly in an argument against his father - which could cost him their friendship.
The Treadmill
15. The Treadmill
November 22, 2005
Adam is tempted by an illegal offer in the workplace as Stu deals with the unwanted attention from a sexy younger woman. Corey's future is in a tail-spin and he is totally in denial - will Kelly be able to get through to him?
Spitting the Dummy
14. Spitting the Dummy
November 15, 2005
Simon is disturbed to discover that Jeff is a habitual liar. Bree organizes a dinner party to welcome her mother (Suzie) to town. But she's shocked when Justin and Suzie hit it off.
The Big Leap
13. The Big Leap
November 4, 2005
Back at work, Adam seems to have lost his Mojo. Nikki has a romantic encounter with a foreign correspondent cameraman (Rob) that leaves her wanting more.
The Heart of Friday Night
12. The Heart of Friday Night
March 23, 2005
Adam questions his career when he loses a client's money. Justin visits his ex-girlfriend's parents on the anniversary of her death (by suicide). Justin and Adam meet at the Espy by chance.
Insecurity Blanket
11. Insecurity Blanket
March 16, 2005
Life as a footballers' girlfriend is making Kelly feel insecure. Nikki busts Bree on a shoplifting spree. Bree takes Nikki and Stu to her Afro funk dancing class.
When the Bell Rings
10. When the Bell Rings
March 9, 2005
Christian's attempt to make peace with Stu ends in brawl and Christian's departure. Nikki feels betrayed by Adam when she discovers that he has an eight-year-old son.
Facing It
9. Facing It
March 2, 2005
When Stu's ex-girlfriend Karen turns up, Christian reveals a secret that shatters Stu's world. Kelly's doubts about Frank are compounded when she has a hot fling with Corey, an Aussie Rules Football player.
Gathering of Tribes
8. Gathering of Tribes
February 23, 2005
Frank and Kelly go public at a 40th birthday party Kelly experiences the generation gap up close. Lucy convinces Nikki to go to a school reunion. Stu hosts a poker game with Justin, Adam, Christian and Stu's nemesis Zelko and the boy's bet and bond.
Rocks and Chameleons
7. Rocks and Chameleons
February 6, 2005
Finding a new flatmate causes problems for Bree and Kelly. When Justin moves in, he's shocked to learn that Kelly and Frank are an item.
The Crisis of Questions
6. The Crisis of Questions
February 2, 2005
Bree gives Kelly some romantic advice on how to win Frank's love. Bree, Christian and Stu bond over a hairdressing show on cable TV.
Kicking the Habit
5. Kicking the Habit
January 26, 2005
When an old flame turns up to tempt Evan, Kelly and Bree take opposing views on the situation. Bree gives Simon a makeover and confesses her crush on her gay co-worker Jeff.
The Mysteries of Attraction
4. The Mysteries of Attraction
January 19, 2005
Frank offers Kelly a job - but she worries her uncontrollable passion for him will interfere. Evan makes an unprecedented proposal to Jemima.
Stretching the Friendship
3. Stretching the Friendship
March 2, 2004
When Kelly learns that Frank,her University lecturer,has split up with his wife, she asks him out to dinner 'as a friend' but their night ends with a passionate kiss. A cocky newcomer usurps Adam's position at work.
The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Part 2
2. The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Part 2
February 24, 2004
Kelly tries to apologise for killing Lucy's cat. At Fu Bar Trivia Night, Evan reveals his true feelings for Jemima. Lucy feels let down by her overseas fiance, Piers.
The Truth About Cats and Dogs Part 2
2. The Truth About Cats and Dogs Part 2
February 25, 2004
Kelly tries to apologise for killing Lucy's cat. At Fu Bar Trivia Night, Evan reveals his true feelings for Jemima. Lucy feels let down by her overseas fiance, Piers.
The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Part 1
1. The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Part 1
February 17, 2004
Kelly and Evan struggle to agree on a new housemate before finally selecting Bree the bubbly hairdresser.
Where to Watch The Secret Life of Us
The Secret Life of Us is available for streaming on the Endemol website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Secret Life of Us on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    July 6, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (1,435)