Here Comes the Habibs! is an Australia comedy, which debuted in 2016. The series, which has surprisingly been renewed for a second season, received a lot of heat for its politically incorrect content. The show stars Helen Dallimore and Darren Gilshenan as Olivia and Jack O’Neill. The couple lives in a prestigious portion of Australia, which is designated to those of wealth. The couple’s life is turned upside down, with the arrival of recently crowned millionaire, Fou Fou Habib (Michael Denkha). And, the premature return of their daughter, Madison (Georgia Flood), throws another curveball into their future.
Mr. Habib brings along his wacky family, which includes Mariam, Toufic, Elias, and Layla. Right from the very beginning, the Habib family clashes with the O’Neills. The two families argue over their property line, while Mariam Habib attempts to join the local yacht club. Eventually, Olivia discovers the truth about Fou Fou’s millions. The man simply got lucky and won the lottery. She attempts to utilize this to her advantage, by making it known in a local newspaper. This brings a lot of turmoil onto the Habib family. First, Fou Fou’s son Toufic (Sam Alhaje) is forced to explain to his friends that his father isn’t a mafia godfather after all.
And of course, family members from near and far rush to the family’s door and plead for money. All the way, Madison and Fou Fou’s other son, Elias (Tyler De Nawi), begin to form a relationship. The craziness of the show continues, while targeting both ethnic groups. The Lebanese Habib family ends up at the brunt end of many jokes, but the Aussies aren’t spared either. The show truly knows no boundaries and goes out of its way to attack both equally.
There is a little of everything from terrorist jokes to the absurdity of the richest families in Australia. Nothing is often limits and it is likely the show has received such terrible scores on other sites, due to its incorrect and borderline unacceptable humor. Despite the criticism and the Change.org petition to have the show pulled before it even hit television screens, it really isn’t all that bad. In fact, Channel 9 should be commended for going against the grain and showcases all stereotypes in a humorous light.
Here Come the Habibs! might not be the funniest show I’ve seen, but it is one of the bravest at this point in time. In a time when political correctness equates to success and anything else is ridiculed as racist, Australia’s Here Come the Habibs! stands alone. As for the show itself, it is decent enough and only 6 episodes. I’ll watch the next season too. I need to know how much the party terrorist generated, since we’ve been gone. A 6.5 out of 10 is deserved.