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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Paradise Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Paradise Beach Isla Fisher, Melissa Tkautz, Manu Bennett
Paradise Beach is an Australian television series made by Village Roadshow Pictures. It is associated with New World Television for the Nine Network that aired between 1993 and 1994. The series ...more

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Cop Shop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Lynda Stoner, Rowena Wallace, Peter Adams
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

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Crash Palace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Jessica Gower, Stephanie Waring, Victoria Hill
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 ...more

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The Young Doctors is listed (or ranked) 9 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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headLand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
headLand Yvonne Strahovski, Rachael Taylor, Adrienne Pickering
Headland is an Australian drama television series produced by the Seven Network which ran from 15 November 2005 to 21 January 2006. The Seven Network filmed 52 episodes in the first series. ...more

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Glenview High is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Glenview High Bill Kerr, Ken James, Rebecca Gilling
Glenview High is an Australian television drama series produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Seven Network between 1977 and 1978.

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Something in the Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Eric Bana, Emily Browning, Grant Bowler
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

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The Box is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Power, The Passion is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Autumn Affair is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Autumn Affair

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Starting Out is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Class of 74 is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Number 96 is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Richmond Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Emily Symons, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Paula Duncan
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 ...more

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Sons and Daughters is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Arcade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Arcade Jeremy Kewley, Tracy Mann, Danny Adcock
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 ...more

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Punishment is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Punishment Mel Gibson, Kris McQuade, Brian Wenzel
Punishment is an Australian television soap opera made by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Ten Network in 1981. Set in a fictional men's prison, the series attempted to present a male version ...more

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Out of the Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Carson's Law is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Carson's Law Rowena Mohr, Peter Aanensen, Gerard Kennedy

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Motel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Soap Operas
Motel Kylie Foster, Colin Vancao, Marie Redshaw