The Best Australian Television Has/Had to Offer!

In fairly precise order of what I think is the best in way of television that Australia has to offer past or present.
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1.
Rage (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Rage is the most popular all-night music show in Australia. It screens nationally on ABC TV. Rage was first screened in April 1987... (720 mins.)
“ An institution that must never be cut from ABC. Serving the only music worth listening to on Australian TV. ” - shaun_d_000
 
2.
“ Documentary genius. ” - shaun_d_000
 
3.
John Safran vs. God (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In his most ludicrously ambitious project yet, world-famous media hooligan John Safran scours the world in search of God... AND FINDS HIM.... Or, at least, a lot of folk who believe they have. (25 mins.)
“ As above. ” - shaun_d_000
 
4.
Music Jamboree (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
John Safran explores the music industry with this hilarious and informative show. (25 mins.)
“ John Safran's Music Jamboree, as above. ” - shaun_d_000
 
5.
At the Movies (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Following the 18-year success of their reviews on The Movie Show, renowned Australian critics and film... (30 mins.)
“ David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz are Australia two most well known film critics. Their opinions are always well worth listening to for suggestions, and the discord between the two of them gives their combined opinion a nice balance. Its always funny when David throws little hissy fits when he disagrees with Margaret. ” - shaun_d_000
 
6.
Twisted Tales (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In an Australian version of Tales Of The Unexpected, Bryan Brown introduces stories of the bizarre and the supernatural...
“ Bryan Brown presents and often acts in Twisted Tales and Two Twisted, one of the best TV programmes to ever grace Australia's airwaves. Some great stars appeared on this show such as Geoffry Rush, Sam Neil, Vince Colosimo, Roy Billing etc etc etc etc.

You can find both series of these in some of the larger video rental shops if you're lucky, so do yourself a favour and try to pick these up. ” - shaun_d_000
 
7.
Two Twisted (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
'Two Twisted' follows on from the 'Twisted Tales'(1996) series produced by Australian actor/producer Bryan Brown... (30 mins.)
“ Same as above just ten years later. Just as good if not better. ” - shaun_d_000
 
8.
Summer Heights High (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The life of a public school epitomized by disobedient student Jonah Takalua, self-absorbed private school exchange student Ja'mie King, and megalomaniac drama teacher Mr. G. (30 mins.)
“ Pretty funny show, kind of immature and just silly, but that's the appeal. ” - shaun_d_000
 
9.
Angry Boys (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mockumentary exploring the issues faced by young males in the 21st century - their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions. (29 mins.)
“ Same as above, Chris Lilly's second show. ” - shaun_d_000
 
10.
Farscape (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew. (50 mins.)
“ Although an Australian/American co-production, it deserves to be on this list. A fairly high quality science fiction drama. ” - shaun_d_000
 
11.
The Chaser's War on Everything (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
(26 mins.)
“ Political satire, irony, crazy pranks, immaturity to the max.
This programme brought joy to the discontent and cynical for the years it was on television. ” - shaun_d_000
 
12.
Review with Myles Barlow (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Myles Barlow is a critic who dares to review every aspect of life, from having an idiot for a friend to armed robbery...
“ A really humourous show. Great satire of review programs. ” - shaun_d_000
 
13.
Media Watch (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(15 mins.)
“ Exposing bad journalism for what it is. Too bad more people don't watch this informative piece of journalistic integrity. ” - shaun_d_000
 
14.
The 7.30 Report (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Janet Argall
“ The best current affairs on television. ” - shaun_d_000
 
15.
Insight (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Keith Kneebone
“ Insight is very insightful. If Q&A were on IMDB it would be placed one spot before this. ” - shaun_d_000
 
16.
Pizza (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
“ Very funny most of the time. ” - shaun_d_000
 
17.
Mother and Son (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Arthur Beare is a 40 something son still living at home taking care of his senile mother Maggie. However... (30 mins.)
“ A classic. Just enjoyable to watch. ” - shaun_d_000
 
18.
RocKwiz (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A rock music-trivia game show.
 
19.
Dateline (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The "Dateline" team report on and present international current affairs. (60 mins.)
 
20.
The Gruen Transfer (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The Gruen Transfer (TGT) is a show about advertising, how it works, and how it works on us. Hosted by the inimitable Wil Anderson...
“ Funny and intelligent. ” - shaun_d_000
 
21.
Underbelly (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Each season of this multi award winning Television series takes you through a 13 episode run in the... (60 mins.)
“ Just a little bit trashy, but fairly good fun at the same time. The first season was definitely the best. For a country obsessed with its real life gangsters, the success and popularity of this crime drama should come as no surprise to any Australian. ” - shaun_d_000
 
22.
Who Do You Think You Are? (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Australian celebrities play detective as they go in search of their family history, revealing secrets from the past...
Director: Judy Rymer
“ Pretty interesting. ” - shaun_d_000
 
23.
Wilfred (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A depressed man is the only one who can see his neighbor's dog as a full grown man in a dog suit. (25 mins.)
“ Oddly funny. Wilfred, the man in the dog suit. Simply odd to behold. Bizarre. Hilarious at times. ” - shaun_d_000
 
24.
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A game show where generation Baby Boomers, X and Y compete against each other to see who is the best...
“ Not the greatest, but not the worst. Sometimes funny, sometimes just boring and pointless. Shaun Micalif reminds me of an Australian Steven Fry for some reason. ” - shaun_d_000
 
25.
Thank God You're Here (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Thank God You're Here is about well known performers doing a scene which they have no idea what's going on... (60 mins.)
“ Sometimes hilarious, depending on the guests and the situations. If any of Australians top comedian's appear on this programme you should immediately tune in. ” - shaun_d_000
 
26.
Top Gear Australia (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
“ Not as good as the British Top Gear, but a decent effort, especially for those more interested in Australian cars and cars built for Australian terrain. ” - shaun_d_000
 
27.
Winners & Losers (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The lives of four best friends bound together by their shared experience of being "the losers" in high school. Now ten years later the women are about to become winners, but at what cost? (60 mins.)
“ Only seen a couple episodes, fairly new series. Doesn't seem bad for commercial television. ” - shaun_d_000
 
28.
Foreign Correspondent (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
 
29.
Outback House (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Outback house follows the incredible journey of a small group of intrepid Australians. who, travel back in time almost 150 years to live on a remote...
Director: Ivo Burum
 
30.
Merrick & Rosso Unplanned (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the formula for a successful British show (Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned), Merrick & Rosso take questions from a studio audience about their experiences in life. (23 mins.)
 
31.
Letters and Numbers (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two contestants pit their linguistic and numerical skills against each other and the clock in this quiz show. Hosted by Richard Morecroft, maths whiz Lily Serna and wordsmith David Astle. (25 mins.)
 
32.
Today Tonight (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.4/10 X  
Quite possibly one of the most disliked current affairs programs in the history of Australian television (30 mins.)
“ Simply to laugh at and to make yourself feel angry and depressed about the state of society and journalism in Australia. Really needs to be taken off the air as it just spreads misinformation while inciting bigotry, prejudice, hatred and fear. If you're aware and not blinded it can be absolutely hilarious and equally infuriating. ” - shaun_d_000
 
33.
A Current Affair (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  
A hit Australian comedy series with the intent of creating satirical news content with some of Australia's funniest news comedians in the country.
“ Exactly the same as above. ” - shaun_d_000