McLeod's Daughters - The Complete First Season
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64 of 67 found the following review helpful:
Finally McLeod's Available in the States Aug 05, 2006
By M. Atkinson
McLeod's Daughters is an Australian soap opera that has played on WE (Women's Entertainment) TV for the last couple of years up until a few months ago when they decided to discontinue showing it. It is now at the end of its 6th season in Australia and WE had played seasons 1-3. Of course, being a soap opera, it is addictive, and not being able to watch the rest of the seasons is killing a lot of the fans who don't have region free DVD players (or $80 to fork over per season).
The plot at the beginning of the first season is basically two half-sisters (Claire and Tess) who have lived apart for most of their lives (same father, different mothers) come together to save Claire's ranch after their father dies. Claire has lived on the ranch all her life and Tess has lived in the big city with her mother most of her life. Tess, being from the big city, is not too keen on living on a ranch, but she helps her sister, and ends up staying at the ranch to help run it.
Along with the sisters there are other characters who liven up the place, as only soap opera characters can do. There's the two brothers, Alex and Nick, who help run their nearby ranch and who become love interests for just about any girl who is on the show. There's Meg, and her wild daughter Jodi, who help at the ranch. Another ranch help, Becky, who has a troubled past, but is a hard worker. And Terry, a ranch hand at Alex and Nick's ranch, who has an on-again, off-again, relationship with Meg. There are other regulars who have come and gone over the course of the six seasons, but those are most of the main ones from season 1.
The actors in this series are very good, and as we all know, many famous, well-renowned actors have started on soap operas. If they have been in anything else in the U.S. I don't know about it, but as far as I can tell from IMdB, most of them have been in a lot of Australian productions. Recently, John Jarrett, who plays Terry, was in the movie Wolf Creek. His portrayal in that movie was totally different than his role on McLeod's Daughters. It shows he has quite an acting range.
It is nice to finally have this fine and addictive series available in our region for a reasonable price.
25 of 27 found the following review helpful:
I can't believe it...McLeod's FINALLY comes to the U.S.!!!! Sep 04, 2006
It only took 6 years for distributors to finally wake up and see what an excellent show this is, and not just for the Australian audience. American producers usually portray female farmers/ranchers as either man-hating butches or tobacco-spitting rednecks. MD shows that a female farmer/rancher can be independent, sexy, beautiful, strong, and intelligent. This show is so down-to-earth, the actors do such an excellent job bringing their characters to life. Seasons 1-4 are the best (in my opinion), hopefully they will all be brought to the U.S.!!! I wish they had put a little more into the "Behind the Scenes" bit in the Special Features. I'm assuming that this is going to go down as one of the greatest TV series ever (at least I think it should!!!), and there is so little info about it, and what's behind it. I wish they had put a lot of behind the scenes stuff on every disc!! Posie Graeme Evans and Caroline Stanton are geniuises!
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
McLeod's Daughters Season 1 Jun 07, 2007
By Spiff's mom
Great show of girls taking care of the farm and each other... Set in Australia. Too bad cable here did want to show it any more.... too bad for us....
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
FINALLY! Sep 19, 2006
By K. Sharp
"pop culture junkie"
IT IS RARE FOR ME TO WATCH A SHOW FROM THE VERY FIRST EPISODE AND BE HOOKED, BUT THIS SHOW DID IT! WE CHANNEL RAN THE SERIES THROUGH IT'S THIRD SEASON, BUT THEN ABRUPTLY YANKED IT, I GUESS TO MAKE ROOM FOR ALL THOSE HIGHLY ENTERTAINING (KIDDING) BRIDES ON STEROIDS! CANNOT BELIEVE FROM ALL I HAVE READ THAT IT HAS TAKEN THIS LONG FOR MCLEOD'S DAUGHTERS ON DVD TO HIT THE US, BUT I AM SO GLAD IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING! IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BECOME ADDICTED TO A TV SHOW, THEN DON'T BUY THIS SET. BUT IF YOU WANT TO SEE A REALLY ORIGINAL AND ENTERTAINING SHOW, GET THIS SET FAST! MY ONLY FEAR IS THAT I'LL BUY THIS SEASON AND THE DISTRIBUTORS WON'T MAKE THE REST OF THE SEASONS AVAILABLE--THEN I WON'T EVER FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS!
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
McLeod's Daughters May 12, 2007
By Maggie Mc
If you want to see how women can handle a ranch in the Austrailian West, this program will be one you won't want to miss. The characters are strong, focused on succeeding in running the property, and are learning how to take one day at a time. Conflicts are eventually worked out as all of them learn how to operate in a different kind of terrain. Tess, the sister who left when she was 5 with her mother, is urbanized, educated and not sure how to fit in. Clare, the sister who stayed, is tough, determined yet willing to negotiate if it means she can keep the place. The sisters learn how to work together while working with the three other women on the ranch: a mother (Meg) and daughter (Jody) and friend from the nearest city who came to the Ranch to start a new life.
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