The release date for Here Come the Habibs series 2 — Pending
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Basic info and plot
The first original scripted comedy commissioned by Nine in over ten years, Here Come the Habibs is a brand new Australian television series that premiered on Nine on February 9, 2016. The six-episode freshman series is created by Rob Shehadie, Tahir Bilgic and Phil Lloyd, exec produced by Andrew Ryan and Jason Burrows and produced by Jungle FTV.
The Lebanese family headed by Fou Fou Habib wins $22 million in the lottery, and buys a mansion in a privileged suburb next to the snobbish WASP O`Neill family. The satirical comedy makes fun of the families on both sides of the fence, perhaps poking a bit more fun at the British-background Aussies.
Inherent controversy, ratings and early renewal
On March 7, 2016 Here Come the Habibs has been renewed for another series prior to series one finale. The viewership has been very impressive, with the premiere episode drawing a whooping 1.25 million viewers to the screen, making it the overall second in the night ratings. The fourth episode slid somewhat to a still positive 0.8 million. Michael Safi, a journalist from The Guardian notes the absence of Lebanese, or other Arab writers on the creative team, which makes the Lebanese side of the story less authentic, although the Habib family is obviously the more positive of the two neighboring clans. None of the characters are painfully stereotypical, although some stereotyping is probably inevitable, as the storyline is built on the contrast between the newcomers and the rest of the affluent neighborhood. There have been viewer complaints of racism, but the controversy only seemed to attract more viewers to Here Come the Habibs.