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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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  • Kerry Armstrong, Betty Bobbitt
    48
    16

    PremieredFebruary 27, 1979

    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 Canada  ...more
  • Neighbours

    Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe
    44
    28

    PremieredMarch 18, 1985

    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 that  ...more
  • Judy Nunn, Danny Roberts
    33
    21

    Premiered1982

    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
  • Sam Neill, Gary Sweet
    25
    16

    PremieredNovember 15, 1976

    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 average  ...more

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  • Isla Fisher, Chris Hemsworth
    36
    29

    Premiered1988

    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 from  ...more
  • Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood
    14
    12

    Premiered1983

    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
  • Russell Crowe, Alan Dale
    15
    13

    Premiered1976

    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
  • Nicole Kidman, Ryan Kwanten
    20
    18

    Premiered1981

    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 was  ...more
  • Wendy Hughes, Jon English
    14
    17

    Premiered1972

    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 Network,  ...more
  • Judy Nunn, Briony Behets
    8
    10

    Premiered1974

    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 Productions  ...more
  • Leonard Teale
    4
    7

    Premiered1974

    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 mix  ...more
  • Taurus Rising

    Damon Herriman, Diane Craig
    4
    7

    Premiered1982

    Taurus Rising is an Australian soap opera produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation and Dixie Normus for the Nine Network in 1982. Originally intended by the network to be a replacement for The  ...more
  • Dannii Minogue, Jason Donovan
    4
    7

    Premiered1979

    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 and  ...more
  • Lynda Stoner, Rowena Wallace
    10
    16

    Premiered1977

    Cop Shop is a long running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between November 1977 and July 1984. It comprised 582 one hour  ...more
  • Zoe Carides, Diane Craig
    12
    19

    Premiered2008

    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. The  ...more
  • Bill Kerr, Ken James
    7
    12

    Premiered1977

    Glenview High is an Australian television drama series produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Seven Network between 1977 and 1978.  ...more
  • Family and Friends

    Jonathan Hardy, Diane Craig
    4
    9

    Premiered1990

    Family and Friends was a short-lived Australian television soap opera debuted on 7 February 1990. The series was intended to be the Nine Network's response to the already successful soaps on the  ...more
  • Arcade

    Jeremy Kewley, Tracy Mann
    4
    9

    Premiered1980

    Arcade was an Australian television soap opera shown in 1980 that became one of the biggest flops in the history of Australian television. It aired on Network Ten with the premiere episode shown on  ...more
  • Bud Tingwell, Frank Rich
    3
    7

    Premiered1967

    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
  • Emily Symons, Maggie Kirkpatrick
    6
    13

    Premiered1988

    Richmond Hill was an Australian television soap opera made in 1988 by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Ten Network. It was devised by Reg Watson who also created Neighbours. It debuted 27 January  ...more
  • Simon Baker, Melissa Tkautz
    7
    15

    Premiered1989

    E Street was an Australian television soap opera created by Forrest Redlich and produced by Network Ten from 24 January 1989 to 13 May 1993. Whereas Neighbours is set in a middle-class suburb, Home  ...more
  • The Unisexers

    Steven Tandy, Tina Bursill
    2
    7

    PremieredFebruary 9, 1975

  • Rebecca Rigg, Ron Haddrick
    3
    10

    Premiered1977

    The Restless Years is an Australian soap opera which followed the lives of several Sydney school-leavers and young adults. It was produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for Network Ten. It debuted  ...more
  • Eric Bana, Emily Browning
    3
    10

    Premiered2000

    Something in the Air was an Australian television soap opera transmitted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 2000 and 2002. It was one of the first programs in Australia that was  ...more
  • Jessica Gower, Stephanie Waring
    4
    13

    Premiered2001

    Crash Palace. is an Australian television soap opera. The series ran for 65 half-hour episodes screening on subscription TV channel Fox8. Crash Palace was also the name of a famous 1980s era punk  ...more