The triumphant return of the white middle-class [Packed to the Rafters]

I don’t know about you guys, but I have sorely missed seeing white, middle-class people on television. Where else am I supposed to learn about the curious behaviour of this little-seen, ignored-by-mass-media section of society? Thankfully Seven is seeking to remedy this dire situation with its new series Packed to the Rafters, which premieres later this month and is about white, middle-class people.

I previewed the first episode this week, and: it’s good, even though it is a total clone of Seven’s axed dramedy Always Greener (which I also guiltily enjoyed). The tone is a little twee and self-consciously quirky, but not in a way that’s off-putting. Packed to the Rafters is an exception to the rule which dictates that any TV series with a pun in its title is dreadful schlock – it’s about a family called the Rafters, you see, and their house is packed… to the rafters! Hilarious!


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