It was the year of Goodbye Pork Pie, Robert Muldoon was the boss and a dodgy Aussie bowled an underarm.
This may be a history lesson for those who are too young to remember, but 1981 is the year TV3's local comedy Westside is set.
Story went behind the scenes of the second season and it's everything you would expect.
It's too soon for shoulder pads and fingerless gloves but brown, orange and tan still rule at the notorious criminal couple Ted and Rita West's house.
Story had a glimpse of the year that was anything but bland and received an 80s makeover too.
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