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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  • Prisoner
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    Kerry Armstrong, Betty Bobbitt, Wendy Playfair
    • Premiered: February 27, 1979
  • The Sullivans
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    Sam Neill, Gary Sweet, Damon Herriman
    • Premiered: November 15, 1976
  • Neighbours
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    Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie
    • Premiered: March 18, 1985
  • A Country Practice
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    Nicole Kidman, Ryan Kwanten, David Wenham
    • Premiered: 1981
  • Sons and Daughters
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    Judy Nunn, Danny Roberts, Peter Phelps
    • Premiered: 1982
  • Return to Eden
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    Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood, Wendy Playfair
    • Premiered: 1983
  • Home and Away
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    Isla Fisher, Chris Hemsworth, Heath Ledger
    • Premiered: 1988
  • The Young Doctors
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    Russell Crowe, Alan Dale, Mark Holden
    • Premiered: 1976
  • Number 96
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    Wendy Hughes, Jon English, Briony Behets
    • Premiered: 1972
  • E Street
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    Simon Baker, Melissa Tkautz, Rebecca Rigg
    • Premiered: 1989
  • Cop Shop
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    Lynda Stoner, Rowena Wallace, Peter Adams
    • Premiered: 1977
  • Out of the Blue
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    Zoe Carides, Diane Craig, Clayton Watson
    • Premiered: 2008
  • Bellbird
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    Bud Tingwell, Frank Rich, Christine Amor
    • Premiered: 1967
  • The Box
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    Judy Nunn, Briony Behets, George Mallaby
    • Premiered: 1974
  • Something in the Air
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    Eric Bana, Emily Browning, Grant Bowler
    • Premiered: 2000
  • Class of 74
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    Leonard Teale
    • Premiered: 1974
  • Skyways
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    Dannii Minogue, Jason Donovan, Gerard Kennedy
    • Premiered: 1979
  • The Power, The Passion
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    Julian McMahon, Ian Rawlings, George Mallaby
    • Premiered: 1989
  • Until Tomorrow
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    Barry Otto, Hazel Phillips, Babette Stephens
    • Family and Friends
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      Jonathan Hardy, Diane Craig, Justine Clarke
      • Premiered: 1990
    • Paradise Beach
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      Isla Fisher, Melissa Tkautz, Manu Bennett
      • Premiered: 1993
    • Richmond Hill
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      Emily Symons, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Paula Duncan
      • Premiered: 1988
    • Glenview High
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      Bill Kerr, Ken James, Rebecca Gilling
      • Premiered: 1977
    • Taurus Rising
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      Damon Herriman, Diane Craig, Annette Andre
      • Premiered: 1982
    • Starting Out
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      Joanna Lumley, Wil Johnson, Ricci Harnett
      • Premiered: 1983