The Enduring Legacy of “Kath & Kim” Is Noice, Different, Unusual

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“Kath & Kim” was an Australian television series that aired from 2002 to 2007. The show follows the lives of the titular characters, Kath Day-Knight and her daughter Kim Craig, as they navigate their middle-class lives in suburban Melbourne. The series is a satirical take on the culture of the Australian middle class and pokes fun at their quirks and idiosyncrasies.

Who Created “Kath & Kim”?

“Kath & Kim” was created by Jane Turner and Gina Riley, who also starred in the series as the eponymous characters. The show was originally a sketch on the comedy series “Big Girl’s Blouse”, before being developed into a full-fledged series in 2002. The series was an immediate hit in Australia, and it was soon picked up for international distribution.

The show’s success led to a spin-off movie, “Kath & Kimderella”, in 2012. The movie was a box office success, grossing over $6 million in Australia.

“Kath & Kim” was groundbreaking in many ways. For one, it was one of the first Australian television shows to have two female leads, both of whom were over the age of 40. Additionally, it was a rare example of a successful Australian comedy series that was also popular internationally, with the show being picked up for distribution in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The series was known for its unique and irreverent sense of humour, which was a departure from the more serious dramas and documentaries that had traditionally dominated Australian television. The show’s success helped pave the way for other Australian comedies, such as “Summer Heights High” and “Please Like Me”, that followed in its wake.

“Kath & Kim” was (and still is) still known for its memorable catchphrases and iconic moments, many of that have become part of the Australian lexicon.

One of the most iconic lines from the show was Kath’s catchphrase, “Look at moiye, Kimmy, look at moiye!”, that is often used to demand someone’s attention or to make a point. Kim’s declaration that she’s a “foxy lady” has become a popular meme and catchphrase.

Gina Riley and Jane Turner (a.k.a Kath & Kim) arrive at the British Comedy Awards 2005. Photo: Getty Images

“Noice, different, unusual,” that was often used by Kath and Kim to describe things they liked, has also become a popular catchphrase in Australia. Additionally, Kath and Kel’s lavish wedding, complete with a horse-drawn carriage and a giant wedding cake, is one of the most memorable moments from the series.

“Kath & Kim”‘s humour and memorable catchphrases have become part of the Australian culture, and the show’s legacy continues to endure.

Where Was “Kath & Kim” Filmed?

“Kath & Kim” was filmed entirely in Australia, primarily in Melbourne. The show was set in the fictional suburb of Fountain Lakes, which is based on the real-life suburb of Patterson Lakes in Melbourne’s southeast.

Many people have asked whether or not “Kath & Kim” was filmed inside a real house. The answer is 50/50. Yes, the exterior shots of Kath’s house were filmed at a real house in the Melbourne suburb of Wantirna South. The interior shots, however, were filmed on a set in a television studio.

Why Did “Kath & Kim” End?

“Kath & Kim” ended in 2007 after four seasons and a total of 32 episodes. But why did “Kath & Kim” end?

The creators of the show, Jane Turner and Gina Riley, decided to end the series on a high note and move on to other projects. However, the show’s popularity has endured, and it remains a beloved classic of Australian television.

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