Grass Roots (2000)

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Created by Geoffrey Atherden, the Australian comedy-drama series Grass Roots was set in the fictional town of Arcadia Waters. Geoff Morrell starred as Mayor Col Dunkley, who spent less time discharging his municipal duties than he did tangling with the plots, schemes, ego-tripping, and backstabbing among the town's councilpersons. Each 60-minute episode focused on a main plot, with scores of continuing subplots wending their way through the proceedings from week to week. Grass Roots debuted over Australia's ABC network on July 2, 2000, yielding an average of eight new episodes in each successive year.