Nine developing Here Come The Habibs sitcom

Jungleboys are developing a new comedy on multicultural Australia for Nine.


Great to hear that Nine is developing a new comedy series, Here Come the Habibs, with Jungleboys.

Jungleboys are behind The Moodys, The ­Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting, and the upcoming Stan comedy No Activity.

It’s a second migration for the Habib family, first it was Lebanon to Australia, now Lakemba to Vaucluse. But not everyone is happy to see them, and soon the Habibs find themselves in conflict with their new next door neighbours.

The O’Neills are Vaucluse royalty – old money and proud of it. They’re extremely uncomfortable with goats and chickens, shisha pipes and people of Mediterranean appearance, but the Habibs can’t understand what all the fuss is about. One family want to stay, the other family want them gone. Here Come The Habibs brings a fresh comic perspective to multicultural Australia.

The six part series is being written by Phil Lloyd, Gary Eck, Sam Meikle, Trent Roberts, Steve Walsh and to be directed by Darren Ashton, but unlikely to appear until 2017, according to News Corp.

Sounds like a long way from Kingswood Country, Acropolis Now, Home Sweet Home and They’re a Weird Mob! Look forward to hearing more.

18 Responses

  1. So, Kevn Bloody Wilson’s “Living next door to Alan” (Lebanese replacing Aboriginal) is coming to the small screen but in this sensitive new age, it will be the well-heeled who cop the brunt of the humour, not the fish out of water. If that is the case, it will not do well.

  2. Remember Channel Nine’s failed Aussie version of Married With Children (The Bastards Next Door) which never got passed the pilot? It’s Deja vu all over again.

  3. Excellent idea. I only wish it was airing sooner to be honest.

    Humour is the best way to make light of the current situation, given that its causing so much tension between different communities. But it has to be genuinely funny and produced properly.

  4. Agreed, humour is a great way to break down barriers. Just a bit shocked that it’s nine who are looking at doing this which is something that is risky and different to anything else they currently have on air. Good to see!

  5. I think it’s a good and important idea, but Nine? I would have thought it was a more comfortable fit for SBS or ABC. And if the first ep doesn’t work; Nine will movie it to 12.30 am or Go!

    1. an unintentional typo on my part ‘movie it to 12.30 am…’. They just might run three eps in a row to burn it off, if it doesn’t rate. I hope it does well though. Australian comedy needs to continue to be nourished and supported.

    1. Why would this be a very very bad idea?
      The problem is people who judge things before seeing anything … preconceived ideas and views are very very bad and half the problem with society …

    1. I agree with David … in actual fact its perfect timing … comedy can always break down barriers and even educate … but above all we should be celebrating a show like this …

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