My obsession with Playing for Keeps happened entirely by mistake.
It was a Wednesday night, and I made sure my affairs were in order by 7:30 so I could sit down and watch The Bachelorette.
An hour passed and following the rose ceremony, I found myself still slumped on the couch, mindlessly watching whatever show came next.
About 45 minutes in, I realised that I hadn’t checked my phone since it began. My partner, who had commented on how terrible the show looked after the advertisement, had his eyes glued to the television.
We became invested, and we didn’t even mean to watch it.
Now, if I miss an episode on a Wednesday night, I watch it the next day. On purpose.
I am well and truly in for the long haul. Here’s what makes this drama so fantastic.
Firstly, there is some serious WAG drama. (For the uninitiated, that stands for the wives and girlfriends of football players.)
Whether it be gifting another woman a dress that is a size too small, trying (way too) hard to make it as an influencer, or finding yourself pregnant with the baby of a man who is not your husband, the drama quite honestly keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Then, there’s the style. Whoever is dressing the women in this show is doing an incredible job.
There is faux fur. And tailored suits. And flared sleeves. Every episode delivers a chic serving of style inspo that sends me into an online shopping spiral.
Another element of the show is the focus on AFL, which arguably, would be the main point for a lot of people. So if you’re after AFL, there’s plenty of plot lines about the players, affairs, sexuality, and mental health.
And of course, there is the protagonist, Paige Dunkeley, who moves to Melbourne from rural Victoria for her AFL star boyfriend.
She is one of the most salt-of-the-earth characters on television at the moment, and she is instantly lovable.
And the top it all off, it’s Australian, meaning there is a healthy dose of familiarity.
It’s the perfect balance of Offspring Aussieness and upper-class Gossip Girl snobbery.
This show is not so bad it’s good. It’s just good. Good, old-fashioned, good.
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