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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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  • Prisoner1
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    Prisoner

    Kerry Armstrong, Betty Bobbitt

    Premiered1979

    Prisoner is an Australian soap opera, set in the Wentworth Detention Centre, a fictional... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Neighbours2
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    Neighbours

    Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe

    Premiered1985

    Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Home and Away3
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    Home and Away

    Isla Fisher, Chris Hemsworth

    Premiered1988

    Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera. It was created by Alan Bateman and has... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Sullivans4
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    The Sullivans

    Sam Neill, Gary Sweet

    Premiered1976

    The Sullivans is an Australian drama television series produced by Crawford Productions which... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Sons and Daughters5
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    Sons and Daughters

    Judy Nunn, Danny Roberts

    Premiered1982

    Sons and Daughters is a Logie Award winning Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • A Country Practice6
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    A Country Practice

    Nicole Kidman, Ryan Kwanten

    Premiered1981

    A Country Practice was an Australian television drama series. It ran on the Seven Network for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Young Doctors7
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    The Young Doctors

    Russell Crowe, Alan Dale

    Premiered1976

    The Young Doctors was an Australian early evening soap opera. The series was set in the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Out of the Blue8
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    Out of the Blue

    Zoe Carides, Diane Craig

    Premiered2008

    Out of the Blue is an Australian serial drama commissioned by the BBC, produced by Australia's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Family and Friends9
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    Family and Friends

    Jonathan Hardy, Diane Craig

    Premiered1990

    Family and Friends was a short-lived Australian television soap opera debuted on 7 February... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Number 9610
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    Number 96

    Wendy Hughes, Jon English

    Premiered1972

    Number 96 was a popular Australian soap opera set in a Sydney apartment block. Don Cash and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Richmond Hill11
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    Richmond Hill

    Emily Symons, Maggie Kirkpatrick

    Premiered1988

    Richmond Hill was an Australian television soap opera made in 1988 by the Reg Grundy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Return to Eden12
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    Return to Eden

    Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

    Premiered1983

    Return to Eden is an Australian television drama series starring Rebecca Gilling, James Reyne,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Box13
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    The Box

    Judy Nunn, Briony Behets

    Premiered1974

    The Box was an Australian soap opera that ran on ATV-0 from 11 February 1974 until 11 October... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cop Shop14
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    Cop Shop

    Lynda Stoner, Rowena Wallace

    Premiered1977

    Cop Shop is a long running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • E Street15
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    E Street

    Simon Baker, Melissa Tkautz

    Premiered1989

    E Street was an Australian television soap opera created by Forrest Redlich and produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pacific Drive16
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    Pacific Drive

    Melissa Tkautz, Rebekah Elmaloglou

    Premiered1996

    Bold text Pacific Drive is an Australian television series made by Village Roadshow in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Unisexers17
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    The Unisexers

    Steven Tandy, Tina Bursill

    PremieredFebruary 9, 1975

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  • Taurus Rising18
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    Taurus Rising

    Damon Herriman, Diane Craig

    Premiered1982

    Taurus Rising is an Australian soap opera produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation and Dixie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Autumn Affair19
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    Autumn Affair

    Muriel Steinbeck, Owen Wingott
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  • Paradise Beach20
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    Paradise Beach

    Isla Fisher, Melissa Tkautz

    Premiered1993

    Paradise Beach is an Australian television series made by Village Roadshow Pictures. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Glenview High21
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    Glenview High

    Bill Kerr, Ken James

    Premiered1977

    Glenview High is an Australian television drama series produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Something in the Air22
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    Something in the Air

    Eric Bana, Emily Browning

    Premiered2000

    Something in the Air was an Australian television soap opera transmitted by the Australian... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Shark Bay23
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    Shark Bay

    Lisa Baumwol, Zoe Bertram

    Premiered1996

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  • The Restless Years24
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    The Restless Years

    Rebecca Rigg, Ron Haddrick

    Premiered1977

    The Restless Years is an Australian soap opera which followed the lives of several Sydney... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Crash Palace25
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    Crash Palace

    Jessica Gower, Stephanie Waring

    Premiered2001

    Crash Palace. is an Australian television soap opera. The series ran for 65 half-hour episodes... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button