Soap Operas The Best Australian Soap Operas  

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Heightened drama and ridiculously long feuds keep viewers coming back for more in the best Australian soap operas. The top Australian soap opera shows tell ongoing stories about characters who would do anything for each other - and others who would betray their own families to get ahead. This is a list of the best Australian soap operas, including everything from Home and Away to Sons and Daughters.

What series will you find on this list of Australian soap operas? Neighbours first broadcast on Seven Network 1985 before being scooped up by Ten a year later, who then turned it into one of the longest-running Australian soaps. Focusing on stories about the struggles and triumphs of families in the fictional suburb of Erinsborough, actors on Neighbours have included Kylie Minogue and Margo Robbie.

On a list of all Australian soap operas, there are also shows that weren't favorites. Punishment only lasted three episodes but was full of stars like Mel Gibson and Cornelia Frances. But how many episodes a soap ran doesn't necessarily make it the best. Paradise Beach only had two seasons but was able to gain an audience in the United States.

Do you have a favorite Aussie soap? Vote up the best and add any we may have missed.

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Home and Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Isla Fisher, Chris Hemsworth, Heath Ledger
Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera. It was created by Alan Bateman and has been produced in Sydney, New South Wales since July 1987. It commenced broadcast on the Seven Network ...more
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Neighbours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie
Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 18 March 1985. It was created by TV executive Reg Watson, who proposed the idea of making a show ...more
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A Country Practice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Nicole Kidman, Ryan Kwanten, David Wenham
A Country Practice was an Australian television drama series. It ran on the Seven Network for 1,058 episodes at 7.30 pm Monday and Tuesday nights, from 18 November 1981 to 22 November 1993. It ...more
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Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Kerry Armstrong, Betty Bobbitt, Wendy Playfair
Prisoner is an Australian soap opera, set in the Wentworth Detention Centre, a fictional women's prison. In the United States and United Kingdom it was billed as Prisoner: Cell Block H, and in ...more
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The Sullivans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Sam Neill, Gary Sweet, Damon Herriman
The Sullivans is an Australian drama television series produced by Crawford Productions which ran on the Nine Network on 15 November 1976 until 10 March 1983. The series told the story of an ...more
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Out of the Blue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Zoe Carides, Diane Craig, Clayton Watson
Out of the Blue is an Australian serial drama commissioned by the BBC, produced by Australia's Southern Star Entertainment. It began screening on BBC One on weekday afternoons on 28 April 2008. ...more
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Number 96 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Wendy Hughes, Jon English, Briony Behets
Number 96 was a popular Australian soap opera set in a Sydney apartment block. Don Cash and Bill Harmon of the Cash Harmon Television production company, produced the series for The 0-10 ...more
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Sons and Daughters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Judy Nunn, Danny Roberts, Peter Phelps
Sons and Daughters is a Logie Award winning Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1981 and 1987. The first episode aired on Monday, 18 ...more
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Return to Eden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood, Wendy Playfair
Return to Eden is an Australian television drama series starring Rebecca Gilling, James Reyne, Wendy Hughes and James Smillie. It began as a three-part mini-series, shown on Network Ten in 1983. ...more
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The Young Doctors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Russell Crowe, Alan Dale, Mark Holden
The Young Doctors was an Australian early evening soap opera. The series was set in the fictional Albert Memorial hospital and primarily concerned with romances between younger members of the ...more
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Skyways is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Dannii Minogue, Jason Donovan, Gerard Kennedy
Skyways is an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for the Seven Network. The series, which aired from 1979 to 1981, was set at the fictional Pacific International Airport ...more
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Autumn Affair is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Autumn Affair
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Hotel Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Hotel Story
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Starting Out is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Starting Out Joanna Lumley, Wil Johnson, Ricci Harnett
Starting Out is an Australian television soap opera made for the Nine Network by the Reg Grundy Organisation in 1983.
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The Power, The Passion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
The Power, The Passion Julian McMahon, Ian Rawlings, George Mallaby
The Power, The Passion is an Australian television daytime soap opera produced by the Seven Network in 1989. The series was devised to lure audiences away from American imports such as The Bold ...more
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Until Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Until Tomorrow Barry Otto, Hazel Phillips, Babette Stephens
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Waterloo Station is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Waterloo Station Ron Graham, Julianne White
Waterloo Station was short-lived soap opera Australian television series created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Nine Network in 1983.
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All the Way is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
All the Way Kim Beissel, Nikki Coghill, Vince Colosimo
All the Way was an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for the Nine Network in 1988. The series was set in the 1960s; first episode took place on the date of the John F. ...more
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Autumn Affair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Autumn Affair Muriel Steinbeck, Owen Wingott
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Possession is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Possession Anne Charleston, Bryan Marshall, Lyn Collingwood
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The Box is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
The Box Judy Nunn, Briony Behets, George Mallaby
The Box was an Australian soap opera that ran on ATV-0 from 11 February 1974 until 11 October 1977 and on The 0-10 Network affiliates around Australia. The Box was produced by Crawford ...more
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Bellbird is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Bud Tingwell, Frank Rich, Christine Amor
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
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Chances is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Lynda Stoner, Peter Phelps, Diane Craig
Chances was an Australian evening soap opera, produced from 1991 to 1992. It told the story of the average middle-class Taylor family whose lives are transformed by winning $3 million in the ...more
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Class of 74 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Leonard Teale
Class of '74 was a secondary school-based, daily soap opera produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation and screened on the Seven Network in Australia starting March 1974. The main characters were a ...more
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Carson's Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Carson's Law