Neighbors comes to an end: 7 life lessons from the Australian soap opera

After nearly 9,000 episodes, Neighbors has confirmed it’s coming to an end.

The popular Australian soap will cease production in June. After 37 years on the air, Neighbors launched the careers of many stars – including Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce and Margot Robbie – and provided us with countless entertaining storylines.

The trials and tribulations of the residents of Ramsay Street are legendary – and maybe it wasn’t always was the most realistic show out there (it was a soap opera, after all) – we still learned a lot of life lessons from watching Neighbors…

1. Big hair is always a good idea

Like Kylie Minogue as Charlene and Jason Donovan as Scott in the 80’s – best paired with mega shoulder pads.


Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan both found fame on the show (PA)

2. Young love can be real

Who could forget the iconic 1987 episode when Charlene and Scott got married? The emotional episode showed us how two teenagers from feuding families could fall in love and make it work.

Kylie Minogue Kiss GIF by Neighbors (Official TV Show Account) - Find & Share on GIPHY

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3. It is possible to come back from the dead

A classic soap opera wouldn’t be complete without at least one person rising from the dead — and for Neighbors, it was Harold. He was tragically washed away by the sea – presumed dead – only to return five years later safe and sound.

Then, of course, there was Dee, who drove off a cliff on her wedding day – and seemingly miraculously returned 13 years later (but it was actually her evil doppelganger Andrea trying to claim Dee’s estate). However, the real Dee returned from the dead years and discovered that she had a twin.

Happy Harold GIF by Neighbors (Official TV Show Account) - Find & Share on GIPHY

4. Everyone needs a four-legged friend in their life

Golden Labrador Bouncer spent six years on the show and was a fan favorite. He was more than a pet – he was a lifesaver, rescuing Madge and Sky Bishop from a fire by barking for help.

5. Dogs dream

In one particularly iconic dream sequence, Bouncer showed us two things: dogs dream, and they can be just as romantic as humans. In a scene that will be memorable for many Neighbors fans, Bouncer sweetly (and a bit bizarrely) dreams of living a life with another dog, Rosie, and having puppies together.

Dog GIF by Neighbors (Official TV Show Account) - Find & Share on GIPHY

6. There isn’t too much drama

Neighbors’ ever-changing storylines were enough to give you whiplash — there were plenty of dramatic deaths, infidelities, crimes — you name it, the show probably had it. To mark its 35th anniversary, Neighbors even treated viewers to five weddings and three deaths — all in the space of a week.

7. Some people may look different, but they stay the same

It’s a classic soap opera trope that a character stays the same — despite being played by different actors. Lucy Robinson has been played by three different actors over the course of her time on the show, and she wasn’t alone — other characters, like Cody and Cheryl, also showed up with new faces. Neighbors comes to an end: 7 life lessons from the Australian soap opera

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