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  1. The first of three parts of the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).

  2. The second of three parts of the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).

  3. The third of three parts of the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).

  4. Credits from the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).


This iconic serial drama is based around the births, deaths and marriages of the staff and patients of Shortland Street Hospital. A South Pacific Pictures production, it screens five nights a week on TV2. The show has screened internationally, and is by far New Zealand's longest running TV drama (though not the first ‘soap’ — that honour goes to Close to Home, which played twice a week from 1975 - 1983). Characters and lines from Shortland Street have entered the culture, most famously “you’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!”, which features in this first episode.


A Perspective by Mihi Murray 13.10.2009

Shortland Street is a New Zealand television frontrunner: the first five-day-a-week drama, the first fast turn-around NZ serial drama geared to a commercial market; it was also the first NZ soap to be exported. It has become iconic NZ ...

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Credits (30)

 Brian Lennane
 Caterina De Nave
 Jason Daniel

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Comments (6)

 Kim Baker

Kim Baker | website

Hi Leona - that's a good question to send to South Pacific Pictures who make the show, you can find details here: In our case, unfortunately we don't have copyright permission to put all Shortland St episodes on the site, just a featured selection.



Can we please watch all the Episodes online?. Or perhaps a promote a full DVD Collection Shortland Street: From the Beginning. I know I seen some DVD collection of Shortland Street but it's only a mixed of different episodes.

Please do put this collection together, and make it HD Available. Thanks. :)



I love this show! I watch it all the time! It's interesting to see what it was like when it first started and to see how far it's come!



Yor not in guatemala now Dr.Ropata haha lol <3 this



Suzy Aiken, you sex symbol!

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