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Westside

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201516+
This prequel to the popular New Zealand comedy series "Outrageous Fortune" recounts tales of crime and passion in Auckland, New Zealand from 1974 to 1979.
Starring
Antonia PrebbleDavid de LautourDaniel Musgrove
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. All That Impedes Thee from the Golden Round
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    May 31 2015
    44min
    16+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Released from a three-year stint in prison, Ted West learns that a member of his former gang might be a snitch and that Lefty has taken over the leadership role. Unhappy with how Rita and Wolf have been treated, Ted sets about putting things right.
  2. 2. 1975 - Is't Far You Ride?
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    June 7 2015
    44min
    16+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    While Ted's away on a job, a bored Rita pursues other interests. Meanwhile, Wolf's act of vandalism starts a war with the Doslic neighbors.
  3. 3. Instruments of Darkness Tell Us Truths
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    June 14 2015
    44min
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    Ted and Rita both champion good causes: a disco-dancing overstayer and a mouse who needs to roar.
  4. 4. Our Poison'd Chalice
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    June 21 2015
    44min
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    The gang and the family fall apart in the wake of another poisoned dessert. Exploring a new line of business with notorious Marty Johnstone, "Mr. Asia" brings them all back to what they know best.
  5. 5. Dire Combustion
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    June 28 2015
    44min
    16+
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    English
    The biggest job yet has explosive consequences for the Wests. Meanwhile, Wolf gets a girlfriend.
  6. 6. But for a Wayward Son
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    July 5 2015
    44min
    16+
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    English
    When they discover that Wolf has been doing the dirty - in more ways than one - Ted and Rita are unsure how to deal with their problem child.

More details

Directors
Murray KeaneMichael Hurst
Producers
Mark Beesley
Season year
2015
Network
FilmRise
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
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3.4 out of 5 stars

30 global ratings

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FylReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning! Genre-swapped serious "prequel" to plotline of 'Outrageous Fortune'
Familiar characters, but crisp tasteful cinematography and edgy social commentary historical drama in place of 'Outrageous Fortune's deliciously trashy contemporary underclass comedy soap. Completely different directorial course.

Main themes are seeing the social ills and changing attitudes of the times (women's rights, race relations, nativism, politics), through the prism of the previous generation and younger versions of Outrageous' characters... made more interesting by the fact that their 70s Westside versions have yet to fall through the cracks of society and become the more tolerant and progressive but also far trashier underclass future selves seen in the 21st century Outrageous characters

Far, far higher production values and apparent budget. Eye candy sets, with great detail, including beautifully restored crisp classy "new in the 70s" versions of the original series' dilapidated "trashy by the 21st century" buildings and vehicles.

Stunning return of the actress behind Loretta, playing her own character's infamous grandmother Rita, similar-looking but utterly different personality and vibe.
9 people found this helpful
Marc E. KenigReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Clever, brilliant prquel to Outrageous Forttune
I liked Outrageous Fortune and was wondering whether a prequel would work and if I'd like it. Turns out it is as good if not better. Interesting seeing events and characters only mentioned in passing in Outrageous Fortune. Very cleverly played out and true to what the characters become and how memories sometimes interestingly reflect what happened years before. Very good attention to detail, both period, events that shaped NZ and character back story. Well acted.

I am hoping that Amazon will bring us Seasons 4 and 5 (now playing in NZ). The series eventually has to stop, before Westside's timeline comes too close to the Outrageous Fortune timeline. People speculate that the series will end with the death of Rita West (of cancer, which we know) or the birth of Loretta West ~1990.

The closed captioning is sometimes hilariously wrong, as is often the case with shows with a strong Kiwi accent.
7 people found this helpful
CincinnatusReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Prequel to Outrageous Fortune - But Why Don't We Have Seasons 4 & 5?
I've really enjoyed watching Westside on Amazon Prime - as an Outrageous Fortune fan it fleshes out the backstory in a fascinating and entertaining way.

But (and it's a big but), we only have seasons 1-3? Season 4 (10 episodes) ran from 9 July to 10 September 2018 on NZ 3. And season 5 (10 episodes) from 17 June to 12 August 2019 (I believe episode 9 and 10 were aired on the same day).
6 people found this helpful
DeborahReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Were can I watch season 4?!
This plot and this cast are amazing!
16 people found this helpful
TamaraReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ironic....cult classic?
You can't just watch this series with a straight face. It is essentially a sitcom about a working family in the 1970's, but their "work" involves with a gang of middle aged safe crackers. Everything makes complete sense from their perspective. Plenty of suspense, plot twists, and sex. Normal lives and problems, but from a nice clean standpoint of friends with unusual careers that they excel at...for the most part. Really fun.
3 people found this helpful
GaryReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great television that the US can't compete with
I stumble across Outrageous Fortune noticing three actors that I like, Antony, Grant, and Robyn. When I watched the first episode I was hooked! After the last episode of the finale season and wanted more. Then I stumbled on Westside and jumped for joy. It's just as good and fills in the gaps from Fortune. Now for the downside. Amazon is only showing the first three seasons of Westside. Seasons 4 & 5 are out so Amazon had better bring them here soon. If I knew whom to bitch to I would. Watch these series if you like something different than the same old same old, unoriginal tv we get here in the USA.
2 people found this helpful
just a girlReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Binge-watch worthy
Very good show. Exciting, well developed characters. Great binge-watching. Much better than it's predecessor "Outrageous Fortune", which after season 2 became monotonous--characters simply yelling and having sex; it seemed as if someone forgot to write dialogue for that show.
Amanda CarseyReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Prequel Show EVER!!!
Outrageous Fortune was a fantastic show and this prequel show is the BEST!!! The cast is amazing and the scripts are well written and they do a fantastic job keeping the facts right. I am so excited that more and more NZ shows are becoming available in the U.S.. Seriously, some of the best programming!
7 people found this helpful
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