800 Words is a Australian-New Zealand drama comedy series written for television about George Tuner (played by Erik Thomson), a popular 800-word columnist for a big Sydney newspaper. After the passing away of his wife he decided to give up his job and purchase a house located in a fictional remote seaside town in New Zealand called Weld. He needs to get his two teenage children, Arlo and Shay, on board as well, and the peculiar inhabitants of Weld do not make this job any easier. 800 Words has sometimes been compared to the immensely popular family drama comedy series Packed to the Rafter, about the day-to-day lives of the Rafter family. It is a witty show that manages to combine lighthearted humour with more serious family and social issues, while remaining relatable for a mainstream audience.