Why Nina Proudman’s iPhone is essential to Offspring

By Frederique Bros
on 1 July 2014

The increasing use of smartphones in our daily lives is a fact. We cannot live without our precious phone, and a recent American survey (*Standford University) found that 75% of people are sleeping with their smartphones. No surprises here. This could be why we’re noticing an increasing presence of smartphones or tablets or both in TV land, be it commercials and/or shows. Why Nina Proudman’s iPhone is essential to Offspring

I recently saw a French TV commercial for an insurance brand, where the ad showcased its services with two people exchanging information via text messages. It was simple yet effective. Producers from TV shows are jumping on the bandwagon too; heck Nina Proudman from Offspring uses her mobile religiously! Of course there is the exception with my personal TV favourites Game of Thrones or True Blood never displaying a mobile phone; it seems no technology is required for those living in medieval times or as vampires. Good to know. 

One of my favourite Australian TV series, and I’m sure you will agree with me, is Offspring. I am completely obsessed with it, and if I miss an episode I play catch up online despite the annoying commercial breaks. We all love Nina and her sister Billie, because they are not perfect, they are beautiful, they remind of us in so many ways and like us, they have multiple family dramas… well maybe we don’t have so many dramas at once!

Back to 2010, when I watched the first season, I was amazed and surprised how Nina’s iPhone had a massive presence in her life. We all know she has an iPhone 5 with a particular ringtone; Xylophone. If you want the same, go to your iPhone settings, select sounds and ringtone, Xylophone. The funny thing is in the series, the ringtone is incredibly loud and keeps us in suspense because we know a call to Nina will bring either very good news or another drama. Nina’s smartphone is so recognisable that a friend told me she has the same ringtone, and every time it rings she feels like Nina is calling her!

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One of my favourite seasons of Offspring is Season Three. To refresh the memory, it’s when Nina’s discovered her dad is not her biological father but Philip Noonan is, her mum’s ex-lover. The use of the iPhone during this season is crazy as we text messages and phone calls between Billie, Nina and their brother Jimmy go nuts. Then of course after that bombshell Nina not only receives countless calls from her family but at one stage she listens to seven new messages from her siblings who are eager to see how she’s holding up – yes seven!  Let’s not forget with Billie travels for work Skype becomes her best friend in NZ where she chats to her lovely husband Mick daily. Yes the family is technologically connected!

Four years after the first season in 2010, this year’s season five is sadly rumoured to be the final. Some members of the family tragically died, some are travelling, some became invisible but they are still a call or a text message away. Whether its season 1-4 the laughter, the bombshells, the drama, the funny and embarrassing moments stay with us forever and always provide great conversation with girlfriends. You can now watch the 4 seasons without the commercial breaks, yeah! This beautiful DVD box set will bring back all of those sweet memories – get the tissues ready for the laughs and the tears. It’s also a great idea for a gift! Just click here 

I don’t know how many episodes are left, but my predictions are Nina will date the hot single dad from the pool, Billie will fall for the cute therapist just as Mick decides to come back into her life and Jimmy will buy that house. To be continued…

About Offspring

Offspring is a multi-award winning Australian television drama/comedy series, which premiered on Network Ten on 15 August 2010. Offspring is centred around 30-something obstetrician Nina Proudman and her family, as they navigate the chaos of modern life. The show mixes conventional narrative drama with flashbacks, graphic animation and fantasy sequences. (*Wikipedia)

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