Watchworthy

The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows 

Voteable
Updated November 13, 2018 1k votes 375 voters 34.2k views 79 items

List of popular Television New Zealand shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Television New Zealand TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Television New Zealand TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Television New Zealand, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

List is made up of many different shows, including Dancing with the Stars and Shortland Street.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Television New Zealand on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Television New Zealand TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Television New Zealand television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Television New Zealand network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

You're able to copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your views, then publish it to share with your friends.
Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
The Almighty Johnsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
ManoelRebeloAbranches added Emmett Skilton, Timothy Balme, Dean O'Gorman

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

The Almighty Johnsons is a New Zealand fantasy comedy/drama television series, which was created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang and is produced by South Pacific Pictures and aired from 7 ...more
2
Outrageous Fortune is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
_1441456623825 added Outrageous Fortune Antony Starr, Grant Bowler, Antonia Prebble

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Outrageous Fortune is a New Zealand comedy-drama television series, which ran from 12 July 2005 to 9 November 2010 on TV3. The series followed the lives of the career criminal West family after ...more
3
Westside is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Franco added Westside Antonia Prebble, David de Lautour, Dan Musgrove

Premiered: 31 May 2015

4
This Is Not My Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Charles Mesure, John Bach, Tania Nolan

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction

This Is Not My Life is a 2010 New Zealand television mystery thriller airing on Television New Zealand's TV ONE channel on Thursday nights. The program centres on Alec Ross, played by Charles ...more
5
Police Ten 7 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Police Ten 7

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Reality television

Police Ten 7 is a New Zealand reality television show, produced by Screentime with the assistance of the New Zealand Police for Television New Zealand's TV2. The show profiles wanted criminals ...more
6
Step Dave is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Franco added Sia Trokenheim, Jono Kenyon, Rawiri Jobe

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Romance

7
800 Words is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
800 Words Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

800 Words (Seven Network, 2015), stylised as "800 words", is an Australian–New Zealand comedy-drama television series. George Turner (Erik Thomson) is a popular columnist for a ...more
8
The Cult is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Renato Bartolomei, Latham Gaines, Gareth Reeves

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Cult is a New Zealand serial drama television series in which a group of people try to rescue their loved ones from a mysterious cult called Two Gardens. The Cult held the 8:30-9:30 spot on ...more
9
Sensing Murder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Rebecca Gibney

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Drama, Documentary, Reality television

Sensing Murder is a television series in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, in which alleged psychics are asked to act as psychic detectives to help provide evidence that might be ...more
10
Go Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Franco added Go Girls Anna Hutchison, Jay Ryan, Matt Whelan

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

Go Girls is a New Zealand comedy/drama television series that has been the subject of a US adaptation, whose first four seasons centered on four adult friends, three female and one male, living ...more
11
Seven Periods with Mr Go... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
David McPhail, Paul McLaughlin, Jason Hoyte

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby is a satirical New Zealand television series, created and written by Danny Mulheron, Dave Armstrong and Tom Scott. It stars David McPhail as the titular Mr Gormsby, ...more
12
Strassman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Strassman

Premiered: 1999

13
Diplomatic Immunity is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Lesley-Ann Brandt, Craig Parker, John Leigh

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Diplomatic Immunity is a New Zealand comedy that follows the misadventures at the consulate of The Most Royal Kingdom of Feausi and a fallen New Zealand Foreign Affairs high-flier who has been ...more
14
Jase TV is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Jase TV

Premiered: 1992

Jase TV was a short-lived New Zealand children's television show in which hosts Jason Gunn and Thingee introduced cartoons. It aired on TVNZ in 1992 and eventually led into The Son of a Gunn
15
Top Town is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Top Town

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Top Town was a New Zealand game show series where teams from different towns in New Zealand competed in various obstacle challenges against each other, along the lines of the earlier British ...more
16
Saturday Disney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Saturday Disney Vicki Lin

Premiered: 2004

Saturday Disney was a New Zealand Saturday morning children's series. The last episode aired in 2006, with Studio 2 taking on the Saturday show, called Studio 2 Saturday which finished later ...more
17
The Insider's Guide To H... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
The Insider's Guide To Happiness Madeleine Sami, Paolo Rotondo, Loren Horsley

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Insiders Guide To Happiness is a New Zealand drama series that explores the lives of a group of six previously unconnected people. Each life is connected by a bizarre car accident, the ...more
18
Radio with Pictures is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Radio with Pictures

Premiered: 1976

Radio with Pictures was an early music video program, airing on New Zealand broadcaster TV2 from 1976 to 1989. "RadPix" aired as a weekly, late night series featuring adult and ...more
19
The Unauthorised History... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
The Unauthorised History of New Zealand

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

The Unauthorised History of New Zealand is a New Zealand comedic history talk show series that tells the "real truth" behind the history of New Zealand. Some of the archive footage ...more
20
Gloss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Lisa Chappell, Andy Anderson, Ilona Rogers

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Drama

Gloss was a television drama series in New Zealand that screened from 1987 to 1990. The series was about a fictional publishing empire run by the Redfern family. It was a starting point for many ...more
21
Under the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Under the Mountain Roy Billing, David Weatherley, Bill Johnson

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

Under the Mountain is an eight-part television series based on the novel of the same name written by Maurice Gee, first transmitted in 1981 and produced by Television New Zealand. Many of the ...more
22
Million Dollar Catch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Million Dollar Catch

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

23
Shortland Street Secrets... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Shortland Street Secrets
24
20/20 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters

Premiered: 1978

Genres (Tv): News, News magazine

20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes ...more

More 20/20 

#127 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #125 of 271 The Best '70s TV Showslisted on The Best Newsmagazine TV Shows & Series

25
Play School is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television New Zealand TV Shows
Brooke Satchwell, Jay Laga'aia, Justine Clarke

Premiered: 1966

Genres (Tv): Children's television series

Play School is an Australian Gold Logie award-winning educational television show for children produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It is the longest-running children's show in ...more