Jun 16, 2013
Hey, Dad: Australia's Growing Pains
Papa Soltero, starring Sydney architect Martin Kelly (Robert Hughes. right), a single dad with three rowdy kids: teen operator Simon (Paul Smith, top photo), fashion-obsessed Debbie (Simone Buchanan), and preteen Jennifer (Sarah Monahan).
Rounding out the cast were Martin's secretary Betty; Simon's buddy, the dimwitted, gay-vague Nudge (Christopher Truswell, left); and later, his friendly enemy Ben (Ben Oxenbould, below). Plus any number of famous Australian actors in guest roles.
And apparently the male cast members consented to a substantial number of shirtless, underwear, and swimsuit shots.
It aired in 20 countries. There were tie-in novels, parodies, references, fan clubs. "Betty" even wrote a tongue-in-cheek secretarial guide. Nudge appeared as "himself" in the 2003 comedy Ned.
It's out on DVD in Germany, and there are episodes on youtube.