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The Best Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV Shows

Updated January 13, 2019 1.9k votes 258 voters 3.6k views

List of popular Australian Broadcasting Corporation shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

The list you're viewing is made up of different shows like Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Bangkok Hilton.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Australian Broadcasting Corporation on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Australian Broadcasting Corporation television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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  • 1

    Bear in the Big Blue House

    Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz
    520
    8

    Premiered1997

    GenresChildren's television series, Puppet

    Bear in the Big Blue House is an American children's television series created by Mitchell Kriegman and produced by The Jim Henson Company for Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney preschool television...  more

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  • 2

    Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

    Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson
    229
    7

    PremieredSeptember 4, 1984

    GenresAdventure, Fantasy, Animated, Children

    Thomas & Friends is a British-American children's television series, which had its first broadcast on the ITV network in 1984 and airs on PBS Kids in the US. It is based on The Railway Series of...  more

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  • 3

    Bananas in Pyjamas

    Ken Radley, Sandie Lillingston
    80
    4

    Premiered1992

    GenresChildren's television series

    Bananas in Pyjamas is an Australian children's television show that premiered on 20 July 1992 on ABC. It has since become syndicated in many different countries, and dubbed into other languages. In...  more
  • 4

    Tugs

    Patrick Allen, Simon Nash
    71
    5

    PremieredApril 4, 1988

    GenresChildren's television series, Animated series

    Tugs is a British children's television series first broadcast in 1988. It was created by the producers of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Robert D. Cardona and David Mitton. The series dealt with...  more
  • 5

    Archibald the Koala

    Richard Griffiths, Keith Wickham
    58
    9

    Premiered1998

    GenresAnimation, Children's television series

    Archibald the Koala is a animated children's television series produced by Millimages in association with HiT Entertainment. The show began in 1998. It was based on the books written by Paul Cox. The...  more
  • 6

    Summer Heights High

    Chris Lilley, Asolima Tauati
    44
    8

    Premiered2007

    GenresMockumentary, Comedy

    Summer Heights High is an Australian mockumentary television series written by and starring Chris Lilley. Set in the fictional Summer Heights High School in an outer suburb of Sydney, it is a...  more

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  • 7

    The Late Show

    Russell Crowe, Magda Szubanski
    22
    6

    Premiered1992

    GenresSketch, Comedy

    The Late Show was a popular Australian comedy show, which ran for two seasons on ABC from 18 July 1992 to 30 October 1993....  more
  • 8

    The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

    Gilbert Gottfried, E.G. Daily
    21
    8

    Premiered1995

    GenresAnimation, Comedy, Animated series, Fantasy

    The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat is an animated series starring the classic 1919 feline character, Felix the Cat produced for television by Film Roman. It aired from September 9, 1995 to November...  more
  • 9

    The Ferals

    Mig Ayesa, Kylle Hogart
    16
    4

    Premiered1994

    GenresChildren's television series

    The Ferals was an Australian children's comedy television series created by Wendy Gray and Claire Henderson and produced by the ABC. It ran from 1994 to 1995, and it featured a mixture of people and...  more
  • 10

    SeaChange

    Sigrid Thornton, John Howard
    17
    7

    PremieredMay 10, 1998

    GenresComedy drama, Entertainment

    SeaChange was a popular Australian television show that ran for 39 episodes from 1998 to 2000 on the ABC. It was created by Andrew Knight and Deborah Cox and starred Sigrid Thornton, David Wenham,...  more
  • 11

    The Saddle Club

    Lauren Dixon, Viktoria Kampbell
    16
    7

    PremieredFebruary 6, 2001

    GenresDrama, Animals, Children

    The Saddle Club is a children's television series based on the books written by Bonnie Bryant and is an Australia/Canada co-production. Like the book series, the scripted live action series follows...  more
  • 12

    Silversun

    Thomas Blackburne, Ryan Corr
    14
    5

    Premiered2004

    GenresDrama, Children's television series, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Silversun is a science fiction children's television series made in Australia by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The show features the adventures of the adolescent members of the crew of the...  more
  • 13

    Voltron

    Jack Angel, Michael Bell
    14
    6

    PremieredSeptember 10, 1984

    GenresFantasy, Science fiction, Animated, Children

    Voltron: Defender of the Universe is an animated television series that features a team of space explorers that pilot a giant super robot known as "Voltron". Initially produced as a joint venture...  more

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  • 14

    Good Game

    Stephanie Bendixsen
    15
    8

    Premiered2006

    GenresSpecial Interest, Talk show, News, Documentary, Video game

    Good Game is an Australian television gaming programme produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, airing on ABC2. Created by Janet Carr and Jeremy Ray, the show began in 2006 and includes a...  more
  • 15

    Skyland

    Juan Chioran, William Colgate
    14
    6

    Premiered2005

    GenresAnimation, Drama, Children's television series, Action, Science Fiction

    Skyland, is a CGI animated series developed in France in partnership with Canada and Luxembourg for television channels France 2, Teletoon, NickToons Network, ABC and CITV, based on the young-adult...  more
  • 16

    Brides of Christ

    Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe
    11
    4

    Premiered1991

    GenresDrama

    Brides of Christ was an Australian television miniseries produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1991. The series takes place behind the walls of a Sydney convent school and deals with...  more
  • 17

    Bellbird

    Bud Tingwell, Frank Rich
    12
    6

    Premiered1967

    GenresSoap opera, Serial

    Bellbird was an Australian soap opera set in a small Victorian rural township. The series was produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation at its Ripponlea TV studios in Elsternwick,...  more
  • 18
    Kinniku Banzuke a.k.a. Unbeatable Banzuke was a weekly Japanese television program and the premier sports entertainment variety show of the Tokyo Broadcasting System. Its successors were Taiiku...  more
  • 19

    Police Rescue

    Russell Crowe, Gary Sweet
    10
    4

    Premiered1989

    GenresDrama, Action

    Police Rescue was an Australian television series which originally aired on ABC TV between 1989 and 1996. It was produced by ABC and Southern Star Xanadu in association with the BBC. Apart from the...  more
  • 20

    Round the Twist

    Mark Mitchell, Esben Storm
    11
    6

    Premiered1989

    GenresSupernatural, Children's television series, Comedy

    Round the Twist is a Logie Award-winning Australian children's television series about three children and their father who live in a lighthouse and become involved in many bizarre magical adventures....  more
  • 21

    The Adventures of Blinky Bill

    Robyn Moore Gibson, Keith Scott
    10
    5

    Premiered1993

    GenresAnimation, Children's television series, Animated series

    The Adventures of Blinky Bill is an animated television series based on Dorothy Wall's books about Blinky Bill. The series is produced by the Yoram Gross companies: Yoram Gross Film Studio and Yoram...  more
  • 22

    Mr. Squiggle

    Patricia Lovell
    8
    2

    Premiered1959

    GenresChildren's television series, Science Fiction, Puppet

    Mr. Squiggle was Australia's longest-running children's television series, and the name of the title character from that ABC show. The show has been presented in many formats, from five minute slots...  more
  • 23

    Wicked Science

    Bridget Neval, Saskia Burmeister
    10
    5

    Premiered2004

    GenresChildren's television series, Comedy, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Wicked Science is an Australian television series, which debuted on 2 July 2004. The series focuses on Toby and Elizabeth, two teenagers who are mysteriously turned into wizards of science. The...  more
  • 24

    Birds in the Bush

    Briony Behets, Kate Fitzpatrick
    10
    5

    Premiered1972

    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    Birds in the Bush is an Australian/United Kingdom situation comedy series produced in 1972. The series was set on a remote Australian property run by seven beautiful but naive young women. When the...  more
  • 25

    Janus

    Chris Haywood, Simon Westaway
    10
    7

    Premiered1994

    GenresCrime Fiction, Drama, Legal drama

    Janus is an Australian drama television series screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994 and 1995. Two series were produced, with a total of 26 episodes. Janus was a spin-off series...  more