The Best Australian Television Has/Had to Offer!

by shaun_d_000 | created - 29 May 2011 | updated - 29 May 2011 | Public

In fairly precise order of what I think is the best in way of television that Australia has to offer past or present.

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1. Rage (1987– )

720 min | Music

Rage is the most popular all-night music show in Australia. It screens nationally on ABC TV. Rage was first screened in April 1987. On Fridays rage plays new releases followed by the ... See full summary »

Stars: Powderfinger, Queens of the Stone Age, Chris Cornell, Silverchair

Votes: 171

An institution that must never be cut from ABC. Serving the only music worth listening to on Australian TV.

2. John Safran's Race Relations (2009)

Documentary, Comedy

John Safran is back with his most daring and personal adventure yet. It's about cross-cultural, interracial and interfaith love.

Stars: John Safran, Justin Heazlewood, Costas Kilias, Benedict Wall

Votes: 112

Documentary genius.

3. John Safran vs. God (2004)

25 min | Comedy

In his most ludicrously ambitious project yet, world-famous media hooligan John Safran scours the world in search of God... AND FINDS HIM.... Or, at least, a lot of folk who believe they have.

Stars: John Safran, Gavin Wood, Jonathan auf der Heide, Bob Larson

Votes: 373

As above.

4. Music Jamboree (2002)

25 min | Comedy, Documentary, Music

John Safran explores the music industry with this hilarious and informative show.

Stars: John Safran, Ant Keogh, Rob Hibbert, Gavin Wood

Votes: 130

John Safran's Music Jamboree, as above.

5. At the Movies (2004–2014)

30 min | Talk-Show

Following the 18-year success of their reviews on The Movie Show (1991), renowned Australian critics and film supporters David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz take to a new show, where each ... See full summary »

Stars: David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz, Judith Lucy, Jason di Rosso

Votes: 201

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz are Australia two most well known film critics. Their opinions are always well worth listening to for suggestions, and the discord between the two of them gives their combined opinion a nice balance. Its always funny when David throws little hissy fits when he disagrees with Margaret.

6. Twisted (1996–1998)

Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In an Australian version of Tales Of The Unexpected, Bryan Brown introduces stories of the bizarre and the supernatural. Sometimes serious, often comical, but always with a twist at the end... See full summary »

Stars: Brittany Byrnes, Kimberley Davies, Geoffrey Rush, Dee Smart

Votes: 75

Bryan Brown presents and often acts in Twisted Tales and Two Twisted, one of the best TV programmes to ever grace Australia's airwaves. Some great stars appeared on this show such as Geoffry Rush, Sam Neil, Vince Colosimo, Roy Billing etc etc etc etc.

You can find both series of these in some of the larger video rental shops if you're lucky, so do yourself a favour and try to pick these up.

7. Two Twisted (2005–2006)

30 min | Fantasy, Mystery

'Two Twisted' follows on from the 'Twisted Tales'(1996) series produced by Australian actor/producer Bryan Brown. These Australian series follow the tradition of 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'... See full summary »

Stars: Waseem Khan, Bryan Brown, Valentino del Toro, Anh Do

Votes: 191

Same as above just ten years later. Just as good if not better.

8. Summer Heights High (2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The life of a public school epitomized by disobedient student Jonah Takalua, self-absorbed private school exchange student Ja'mie King, and megalomaniac drama teacher Mr. G.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Asolima Tauati, Iro Utaifeau, Zach Fa'atoe

Votes: 13,661

Pretty funny show, kind of immature and just silly, but that's the appeal.

9. Angry Boys (2011)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

A mockumentary exploring the issues faced by young males in the 21st century - their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Deborah Jones, Greg Fairall, Liam Keltie

Votes: 4,161

Same as above, Chris Lilly's second show.

10. Farscape (1999–2003)

TV-14 | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu

Votes: 31,341

Although an Australian/American co-production, it deserves to be on this list. A fairly high quality science fiction drama.

11. The Chaser's War on Everything (2006–2009)

26 min | Comedy

The show features sketches mocking social and political issues, and often feature comedic publicity stunts.

Stars: Julian Morrow, Andrew Hansen, Chris Taylor, Chas Licciardello

Votes: 2,525

Political satire, irony, crazy pranks, immaturity to the max. This programme brought joy to the discontent and cynical for the years it was on television.

12. Review with Myles Barlow (2008–2010)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Myles Barlow is a critic who dares to review every aspect of life, from having an idiot for a friend to armed robbery - don't do it till Myles reviews it! Every week Myles reviews different... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Lloyd, Mandy Bishop, Ivy Nehl, Craig Anderson

Votes: 363

A really humourous show. Great satire of review programs.

13. Media Watch (1989– )

15 min | News

Media Watch is Australia's leading forum for media analysis and comment, screening on ABC TV.

Stars: Jonathan Holmes, Paul Barry, Monica Attard, Liz Jackson

Votes: 87

Exposing bad journalism for what it is. Too bad more people don't watch this informative piece of journalistic integrity.

14. The 7.30 Report (1986– )


ABC TV's nightly national flagship current affairs programme.

Stars: Tony Abbott, Leigh Sales, Kerry O'Brien, John Howard

Votes: 19

The best current affairs on television.

Insight is very insightful. If Q&A were on IMDB it would be placed one spot before this.

16. Pizza (2000–2007)


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: 492

Very funny most of the time.

17. Mother and Son (1984–1994)

30 min | Comedy

Arthur Beare is a 40 something son still living at home taking care of his senile mother Maggie. However no matter what he does he cannot seem to get ahead and is always coming unstuck, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ruth Cracknell, Garry McDonald, Henri Szeps, Judy Morris

Votes: 549

A classic. Just enjoyable to watch.

18. RocKwiz (2005– )

Game-Show, Music

A rock music-trivia game show.

Stars: James Black, Peter Luscombe, Mark Ferrie, Brian Nankervis

Votes: 120

19. Dateline (1984– )

60 min | News

The "Dateline" team report on and present international current affairs.

Stars: Paul Murphy, George Negus, Jane Hutcheon, Clare Short

Votes: 36

20. The Gruen Transfer (2008–2011)

Documentary, Comedy

The Gruen Transfer (TGT) is a show about advertising, how it works, and how it works on us. Hosted by the inimitable Wil Anderson, TGT decodes and defuses the commercial messages that swirl... See full summary »

Stars: Wil Anderson, Russel Howcroft, Todd Sampson, Dan Gregory

Votes: 533

Funny and intelligent.

21. Underbelly (2008–2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama, History

Each season of this multi award winning Television series takes you through a 13 episode run in the rise and fall of real life Australian underworld figures as told from both sides of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Caroline Craig, Gary Bennett, Marcus Shultz, Paul Tassone

Votes: 4,001

Just a little bit trashy, but fairly good fun at the same time. The first season was definitely the best. For a country obsessed with its real life gangsters, the success and popularity of this crime drama should come as no surprise to any Australian.

22. Who Do You Think You Are? (I) (2008– )

Documentary, Biography, History

Australian celebrities play detective as they go in search of their family history, revealing secrets from the past. Travel around Australia and the world with Jack Thompson, Kate Ceberano,... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Mellick, Andrea Bentschneider, Kristoffer Born, Ita Buttrose

Votes: 146

Pretty interesting.

23. Wilfred (2007– )

25 min | Comedy, Drama

A depressed man is the only one who can see his girlfriend's dog as a full-grown man in a dog suit.

Stars: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar, Cindy Waddingham, Kim Gyngell

Votes: 2,502

Oddly funny. Wilfred, the man in the dog suit. Simply odd to behold. Bizarre. Hilarious at times.

24. Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (2009– )

Comedy, Game-Show

A game show where generation Baby Boomers, X and Y compete against each other to see who is the best. Each week the teams are headed by Amanda Keller, Charlie Pickering and Josh Thomas ... See full summary »

Stars: Shaun Micallef, Amanda Keller, Charlie Pickering, Josh Thomas

Votes: 386

Not the greatest, but not the worst. Sometimes funny, sometimes just boring and pointless. Shaun Micalif reminds me of an Australian Steven Fry for some reason.

25. Thank God You're Here (2006–2009)

60 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Thank God You're Here is about well known performers doing a scene which they have no idea what's going on. It may be a Roman dungeon, a boardroom or a late night talk show. The only thing ... See full summary »

Stars: Shane Bourne, Tom Gleisner, Daniel Cordeaux, Ed Kavalee

Votes: 1,020

Sometimes hilarious, depending on the guests and the situations. If any of Australians top comedian's appear on this programme you should immediately tune in.

26. Top Gear Australia (2008–2012)

Documentary, Comedy, Reality-TV

This fast-paced and stunt-filled motor show tests whether cars, both mundane and extraordinary, live up to their manufacturers' claims.

Stars: Steve Pizzati, The Stig, Warren Brown, James Morrison

Votes: 437

Not as good as the British Top Gear, but a decent effort, especially for those more interested in Australian cars and cars built for Australian terrain.

27. Winners & Losers (2011–2016)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The lives of four best friends bound together by their shared experience of being "the losers" in high school. Now ten years later the women are about to become winners, but at what cost?

Stars: Melissa Bergland, Virginia Gay, Melanie Vallejo, Tom Wren

Votes: 980

Only seen a couple episodes, fairly new series. Doesn't seem bad for commercial television.

28. Foreign Correspondent (1996– )

30 min | Documentary, News

In-depth documentary reports from all over the world about current events that often raise political controversy. Each episode covers a single topic.

Stars: Bill Birtles, Matthew Carney, Peter FitzSimons, Jonathan Holmes

Votes: 25

29. Outback House (2005)

History, Reality-TV

Outback house follows the incredible journey of a small group of intrepid Australians. who, travel back in time almost 150 years to live on a remote, 10,000 acre sheep station. Diving ... See full summary »

Star: Paul Allcorn

Votes: 22

30. Merrick & Rosso Unplanned (2003–2004)

23 min | Comedy

Based on the formula for a successful British show (Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned (2000)), Merrick & Rosso take questions from a studio audience about their experiences in life.

Stars: Merrick Watts, Tim Ross, Angry Anderson, Larry Emdur

Votes: 19

31. Letters and Numbers (2010–2012)

25 min | Game-Show

Two contestants pit their linguistic and numerical skills against each other and the clock in this quiz show. Hosted by Richard Morecroft, maths whiz Lily Serna and wordsmith David Astle.

Stars: Richard Morecroft, Lily Serna, David Astle

Votes: 51

32. Today Tonight (1995– )

30 min | News

Seven Network's nightly flagship current affairs programme.

Stars: Matthew White, Dennis Hood, Naomi Robson, Prue MacSween

Votes: 198

Simply to laugh at and to make yourself feel angry and depressed about the state of society and journalism in Australia. Really needs to be taken off the air as it just spreads misinformation while inciting bigotry, prejudice, hatred and fear. If you're aware and not blinded it can be absolutely hilarious and equally infuriating.

33. A Current Affair (1971– )


An Australian current affairs program that broadcasts stories on community issues such as diet fads, welfare cheats, negligent doctors and dodgy builders.

Stars: Tracy Grimshaw, Leila McKinnon, Reid Butler, Steve Marshall

Votes: 240

Exactly the same as above.

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