Upper Middle Bogan

Last watched early 2016


“Upper Middle Bogan follows the story of two different families connected by blood. Bess Denyar is a doctor who lives in a nice house in an inner city suburb of Melbourne with her architect husband Danny and 13-year-old twins Oscar and Edwina. Bess is stunned when she finds out from blood test results that she is adopted. This occurs when her overbearing posh mother Margaret is admitted to the hospital for high blood sugar levels. Bess tries to meet her birth parents, Wayne and Julie Wheeler. She is shocked to learn that she has three siblings (Amber, Kayne and Brianna) and that her biological family, the “bogan” Wheelers”, head a drag racing team in the outer suburbs of the city.”
– Wiki


When a friend of mine suggested Upper Middle Bogan, I was suspicious. It sounded like it was going to traverse some class lines that were iffy and could go horribly wrong. BOY WAS I WRONG. I mean, yeah, it does traverse some difficult lines but the show is really loving towards all it’s characters and doesn’t veer into stereotypes.

Pros: well rounded women characters, well managed culture clashes, one of the creators is a woman
Cons: could do with more people of colour in the cast. I’m not optimistic, though. We do live in Australia.
Genre: Comedy, Australian Comedy

Approach carefully if: you have difficult feelings about finding biological parents and/or adoption

Can be found: Stan

If you liked, I recommend: Please Like Me, the Family Law, Freaks and Geeks, Fresh off the Boat


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