A British comedy so chock-full of wit that its pearler per minute rate leaves nothing to be desired.
Jeremy Cassar

22 Jun 2016 - 1:24 PM  UPDATED 7 Jul 2016 - 9:56 AM

What do you get when you cross a distinct British comic voice with memories of her and her sister's childhood? Caitlin and Caz Moran’s Raised by Wolves, that’s what.

Their modern sitcom, available now on SBS On Demand, presents us with a highly articulate and intelligent family, who also just happen to live in government housing. In other words, these are a family of poor people with big brains. They know who they are and where they fit into society, and they embrace/capitalise on their place in the world with the sharpest of tongues.

If you’ve already checked out this hit international show, you won’t need any convincing to stick with it. If you haven’t, here’s a tantalising taste of what to expect. Remember, this is merely from the first 10 minutes of the debut episode. Sheesh!


We meet Germaine (Helen Monks), Caitlin’s youthful alter ego, who admires the object of her affection through glass


We then meet bookish sister, Aretha (Alexa Davies), who attempts to make their third-wheel of a sister, Yoko (Molly Risker) feel better about her dead Sea-Monkeys


Their bad-ass mother, Della (Rebekah Staton), does a better job at consoling Yoko


Della’s unconventional mothering - only intervening when necessary - lets the Garry kids learn for themselves, but she’s raised her kids to be proud of who they are


Aretha explained to Grampy (Philip Jackson) why she’s proficient at using the Internet


And Della, explaining to the same man, her father, where the line lies when it comes to sharing intimate details


While Lee Rhind (Kaine Zajaz) and his mates bully the elder Garry girls, Germaine clings to the safety of her delusions


Though there’s nothing delusional about her aversion to exercise



This one's not technically from the first ten minutes but is so spesh it definitely deserves a mention. From when the trio of siblings encounter what Germaine perceives as a horny horse with its eyes set on Yoko:



Series 1 and 2 of Raised by Wolves is available on SBS On Demand. Watch the first episode right here:

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