Classic Australian tv shows

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1. A Town Like Alice (1981)

301 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, Dorothy Alison

Votes: 819

2. Eureka Stockade (1984)

Drama

A miniseries on the Eureka Rebellion in Australia back in 1854

Stars: Bryan Brown, Bill Hunter, Carol Burns, Amy Madigan

Votes: 42

3. The Shiralee (1987)

Not Rated | 180 min | Drama, Family

Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He's a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in ... See full summary »

Stars: Bryan Brown, Noni Hazlehurst, Rebecca Smart, Lewis Fitz-Gerald

Votes: 292

4. The Sullivans (1976–1983)

30 min | Drama

Follows the Sullivan family during the Second World War.

Stars: Steven Tandy, Lorraine Bayly, Paul Cronin, Andrew McFarlane

Votes: 340

5. Elly & Jools (1990)

25 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure

Jools Traveller moves with his parents to a struggling farm they purchased in the countryside. Making it easier on the move is a ghost that reveals herself to him only, a girl named Elly ... See full summary »

Stars: Rebecca Smart, Clayton Williamson, Abigail, Dennis Miller

Votes: 51

6. Heartbreak High (1994–1999)

50 min | Drama

The series based on the lives of a group of students who attend the fictional Hartley High School in Sydney. Praised for its willingness to tackle gritty issues, from drugs to romance to ... See full summary »

Stars: Callan Mulvey, Lara Cox, Emma Roche, Ada Nicodemou

Votes: 2,422

7. All Saints (1998–2009)

60 min | Drama

With Ward 17 closed down, the team from All Saints face big changes as they are split up and some are moved to the fast paced world of the Emergency Department, headed by Director of Emergency Frank Campion.

Stars: Judith McGrath, Georgie Parker, Martin Lynes, Tammy Macintosh

Votes: 1,055

8. Water Rats (1996–2001)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Beneath its surface exists a playground for the murky underworld, a place of illicit rubbish dumps. pollution hazards, the remnants of huge drug hauls, and a graveyard of bodies from years ... See full summary »

Stars: Brett Partridge, Peter Bensley, Toni Scanlan, Jay Laga'aia

Votes: 611

9. Blue Heelers (1994–2006)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The series primarily focuses on the daily lives of Victorian police officers working at a police station in the fictional small town of Mount Thomas.

Stars: John Wood, Julie Nihill, Martin Sacks, Lisa McCune

Votes: 789

10. The Flying Doctors (1986–1992)

50 min | Drama

This series chronicles the events surrounding the activities of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which operates its own aircraft -in this case from the base at Coopers Crossing, an ... See full summary »

Stars: Lenore Smith, Robert Grubb, Maurie Fields, Val Jellay

Votes: 656

11. A Country Practice (1981–1993)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Follow the highs and lows of the townsfolk of Wandin Valley. This drama TV series revolves around the daily happenings of a 'small town' rural Australian hospital, its doctors, nurses, ... See full summary »

Stars: Shane Porteous, Brian Wenzel, Lorrae Desmond, Joyce Jacobs

Votes: 394

12. Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1993–1996)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

Based on Banjo Paterson's poem "Man From Snowy River", this series takes place in Paterson's Ridge, a small town set in the mountains near Melbourne, during the late 19th century. It tells ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Clarke, Brett Climo, Guy Pearce, Sheryl Munks

Votes: 526

13. Always Greener (2001–2003)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

Every city-dweller daydreams sometimes about dropping out of the rat-race and moving to the country. Every country-dweller wonders what it might be like to try their luck in the "Big Smoke"... See full summary »

Stars: John Howard, Anne Tenney, Michala Banas, Daniel Bowden

Votes: 231

14. Glitch (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Six people return from the dead with no memory and attempt to unveil what brought them to the grave in the first place.

Stars: Patrick Brammall, Emma Booth, Sean Keenan, Hannah Monson

Votes: 11,667

15. All the Rivers Run (1983)

400 min | Drama, Romance

Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia Gordon finds both love and adventure aboard a paddle-steamer on the Murray River.

Stars: John Waters, John Alansu, Sigrid Thornton, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 546

16. The Last Outlaw (1980)

100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly.

Stars: John Jarratt, Steve Bisley, Elaine Kussack, John Ley

Votes: 102

17. The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Tommy Dysart

Votes: 7,327 | Gross: $20.66M

18. Boy in the Bush (1984)

240 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the 1880s, Jack Grant, a young Englishman, has been sent by his parents to make a new life in the pioneering colony of Western Australia.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Sigrid Thornton, Steve Bisley, Jon Blake

Votes: 19

19. The Lighthorsemen (1987)

PG | 131 min | Drama, War

In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Peter Phelps, Nick Waters, John Larking, John Heywood

Votes: 1,479

20. Return to Snowy River (1988)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Young Jim Craig returns to his home in the Australian high country. He finds that things are not as he left them - his girlfriend is being pursued by another man, and her father doesn't want Jim back into her life.

Director: Geoff Burrowes | Stars: Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy, Nicholas Eadie

Votes: 2,132 | Gross: $13.69M

21. Paradise (1988–1990)

60 min | Drama, Western

Gunfighter Ethan Cord, left to raise his dead sister's children, tries to settle down in the town of Paradise, but finds that his past continues to haunt him.

Stars: Lee Horsley, Jenny Beck, Matthew Newmark, Brian Lando

Votes: 315

22. SeaChange (1998–2019)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

When a corporate lawyer's professional and personal lives crumble she leaves the city with her children to live in a small seaside town and becomes a local judge.

Stars: John Howard, Sigrid Thornton, Kerry Armstrong, Kevin Harrington

Votes: 604

23. The Heartbreak Kid (1993)

97 min | Drama

Michael Jenkins' movie "The Heartbreak Kid" centres on the coming of age relationship between a teacher (Claudia Karvin), and a wild and spirited student (Alex Demitrides). The teacher , ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Jenkins | Stars: Claudia Karvan, Alex Dimitriades, Steve Bastoni, Nick Lathouris

Votes: 438

24. Snowy (1993– )

50 min | Drama

The family lives of those working on Australia's Snowy Mountains dam in the 1950s.

Stars: Lucy Bell, Bernard Curry, Rebecca Gibney, Jochen Horst

Votes: 17

25. Ocean Girl (1994–1997)

25 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Neri - the title character - is a young girl with an affinity for water, super-human strength, the ability to swim long distances, and super-human lung capacity. She lives alone on an ... See full summary »

Stars: Marzena Godecki, David Hoflin, Jeffrey Walker, Alex Pinder

Votes: 1,605

26. Kath & Kim (2002–2007)

Not Rated | 26 min | Comedy

A mother, her daughter, and their respective "hunks of spunk" negotiate life in suburban Australia.

Stars: Jane Turner, Gina Riley, Glenn Robbins, Peter Rowsthorn

Votes: 2,788

27. The Girl from Tomorrow (1991–1992)

23 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alana, a teenage girl from the year 3000, finds herself trapped in 1990 with a criminal from the year 2500. Alone, and confused, she befriends a spirited girl named Jenny Kelly. Together ... See full summary »

Stars: Katharine Cullen, Melissa Marshall, James Findlay, Andrew Clarke

Votes: 989

28. Spellbinder (1995– )

24 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

When a prank at a school camp goes drastically wrong, 15-year-old Paul Reynolds is blasted into an alternative reality and has to try to find a way home.

Stars: Zbych Trofimiuk, Gosia Piotrowska, Brian Rooney, Michela Noonan

Votes: 1,716

29. The True Story of Spit MacPhee (1988)

60 min | Drama

The authorities want to take Spit MacPhee (Philip Hancock) away from his grandfather, Fyfe MacPhee (Sir John Mills), and put him in a children's home, but the young whippersnapper has other ideas.

Stars: John Mills, Philip Hancock, John Bach, Elspeth Ballantyne

Votes: 14

30. Mystery at Castle House (1982)

80 min | Crime, Mystery

A trio of kids have many exciting adventures while exploring a spooky mansion in the hope of finding their missing friends.

Director: Peter Maxwell | Stars: Simone Buchanan, Jeremy Shadlow, Scott Nicholas, Aileen Britton

Votes: 51

31. High Country (1984 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

Following the death of his wife, mountain cattleman, Ben Lomax leaves the high country but is forced to return when he learns his prize stallion is to be run in a race that will break him.

Director: Bill Hughes | Stars: John Waters, Tom Oliver, Terry Serio, Simone Buchanan

Votes: 12

32. The Flying Doctors (1985)

120 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the lives of those in the Australian outback flying doctor service.

Stars: Andrew McFarlane, Lorna Patterson, Keith Eden, Vikki Hammond

Votes: 112

33. Hey Dad..! (1987–1994)

23 min | Comedy

Comedy series about a top architect, Martin Kelly, who gives up his business to cope with his three children when his wife dies. With the help of eccentric country cousin Betty, Martin soon... See full summary »

Stars: Julie McGregor, Robert Hughes, Sarah Monahan, Christopher Truswell

Votes: 299

34. Brides of Christ (1991)

Drama

Diane, a young woman growing up in Australia in the mid 1960s, walks away from her fiancé to join a convent after being sure she has a calling to the faith. The Catholic Church and its ... See full summary »

Stars: Brenda Fricker, Sandy Gore, Josephine Byrnes, Lisa Hensley

Votes: 568

35. Packed to the Rafters (2008–2013)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Centres around Dave and Julie Rafter and their three children Rachel, Ben and Nathan. On the eve of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary the couple thinks that they are finally about to ... See full summary »

Stars: Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson, Michael Caton, George Houvardas

Votes: 1,601

36. All Together Now (1991–1993)

25 min | Comedy

One-time Rock'n'Roll star Bobby Rivers discovers he has 15-year-old twins when his former lover dies in a plane crash. They and Tracy, the woman who looked after them when their mother was ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon English, Steven Jacobs, Jane Hall, Bruno Lucia

Votes: 147

37. Stingers (1998–2004)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Stingers reveals the shadowy and ambiguous world of undercover cops - people with covert lives and constantly changing identities. They are the police who defeat crime from within the criminal world.

Stars: Peter Phelps, Kate Kendall, Anita Hegh, Ian Stenlake

Votes: 412

38. McLeod's Daughters (2001–2009)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Five women run a cattle station, "Drover's Run", in the outback of South Australia.

Stars: Aaron Jeffery, Rachael Carpani, Simmone Mackinnon, Bridie Carter

Votes: 4,304

39. Upper Middle Bogan (2013– )

Comedy

The story of two families living at opposite ends of the freeway. Bess Denyar is a doctor with a posh mother, Margaret, an architect husband, Danny Bright, and 13-year-old twins, Oscar and ... See full summary »

Stars: Annie Maynard, Patrick Brammall, Robyn Malcolm, Michala Banas

Votes: 1,522

40. Rush (2008–2011)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rush follows the lives of members of the prestigious Tactical Response team (TR), which is based on the real life Victoria Police Critical Incident Response Team, a highly mobile unit that ... See full summary »

Stars: Rodger Corser, Callan Mulvey, Nicole da Silva, Ashley Zukerman

Votes: 1,416

41. Pizza (2000–2007)

Comedy

The show focuses on the activities of Pauly and his fellow co-workers as they deliver pizzas for "Fat Pizza", the Sydney-based pizzeria of Bobo Gigliotti, whose slogan is "they're big and they're cheesy".

Stars: Paul Fenech, John Boxer, Annalise Braakensiek, Paul Nakad

Votes: 484

42. Puberty Blues (2012–2014)

45 min | Drama

In the late 1970s, Debbie and Sue are inseparable teenage girls.

Stars: Brenna Harding, Ashleigh Cummings, Sean Keenan, Charlotte Best

Votes: 1,532

43. The Secret Life of Us (2001–2006)

60 min | Drama

20-30 somethings living in St Kilda and their dramas in life.

Stars: Deborah Mailman, David Tredinnick, Samuel Johnson, Sibylla Budd

Votes: 837



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