Australian show Neighbours proves not all foreign shows are genius

Jul 11, 2014 at 5:34 p.m. ET

If you subscribe to Hulu, then you may have heard that the network recently acquired the rights to the Australian soap known as Neighbours. Thinking of checking it out? We've got a few reasons you might want to reconsider.

People in Australia seem to love this long-running soap, but when we here at SheKnows checked it out, the vote was pretty much unanimous: It's awful. There have been a lot of shows released in the U.S. that were hits in their home countries, but just because a TV series is produced in another country, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a wonderful show.

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It's a soap opera

There was once a time when the soap opera ruled daytime TV, but those days are (happily) far behind us. The forced drama and constant twists such as "She married her cousin!" or "He's in a coma!" got incredibly old after a while.

The acting is not good at all

The problem with soap operas, no matter where they are produced, is that they tend to get the lower class of actor. Neighbours is no different, and just a few clips are enough to leave any mortal person cringing.

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It's not as bright and sunny as you think

One thing being said about Neighbours is that it's a fun, upbeat show. The truth is that it's like every other soap opera out there and is just as dramatic and heavily ridiculous as the rest of them. If you're hoping that because it's from Australia, it's nothing but fun in the sun, you're going to have a bad time.

There are so many other good shows to watch

Finally, how can one consider watching a soap opera when there are so many amazing shows being released these days? When you add up everything being broadcast on network TV, plus cable and then original programming from alternative networks like Netflix, it's impossible to see it all. Chances are you'll be better off picking something else from your playlist to check out.

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