OZ/NZ TV Funnies

by playinthedark | created - 23 Mar 2013 | updated - 30 Mar 2013 | Public

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1. Laid (2011)

Comedy

7.3
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Startled to realize that her former lovers are dying in unusual ways, a market researcher tries to unravel the cause and save her remaining exes.

Stars: Alison Bell, Celia Pacquola, Toby Truslove, Graeme Blundell

Votes: 432

2. The Gruen Transfer (2008– )

Documentary, Comedy

8.1
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The Gruen Transfer (TGT) is a show about advertising, how it works, and how it works on us. Hosted by the inimitable Wil Anderson, TGT decodes and defuses the commercial messages that swirl... See full summary »

Stars: Wil Anderson, Russel Howcroft, Todd Sampson, Dan Gregory

Votes: 382

3. Danger 5 (2011– )

24 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.4
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It's Christmas in the 1980s, Adolf Hitler is alive and has two Yuletide wishes: Danger 5 dead and the world under his Christmas tree.

Stars: David Ashby, Sean James Murphy, Natasa Ristic, Amanda Simons

Votes: 3,588

4. The Hamster Wheel (2011–2012)

Comedy

8.0
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Stars: Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello, Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel

Votes: 125

5. Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby (2005– )

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Stars: David McPhail, Paul McLaughlin, Jason Hoyte, Tandi Wright

Votes: 296

6. Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell (2012–2018)

Comedy, News

8.3
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A satirical news and current affairs program, presented by comedian Shaun Micallef.

Stars: Shaun Micallef, Roz Hammond, Francis Greenslade, Emily Taheny

Votes: 322

7. Outland (2012)

Comedy

7.2
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Outland focuses on a gay science fiction fan club, and the dramas that surround the lives of its members, as they struggle and battle to assimilate with the troubling and very real world around them.

Stars: Christine Anu, Ben Gerrard, Paul Ireland, Adam Richard

Votes: 132

8. The Strange Calls (2012– )

Comedy

7.5
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Hot Fuzz meets Haven, Aussie-style: A lighthearted, supernatural cop show set in a Australian seaside community of Coolum. A young constable arrives to take the night shift, answering calls... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Crocker, Toby Truslove, Patrick Brammall, Katherine Hicks

Votes: 459

9. CNNNN: Chaser Non-Stop News Network (2002–2003)

30 min | Comedy, News

8.3
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CNNNN (Chaser NoN-stop News Network) is a Logie Award winning Australian television program, satirising American news channels CNN and Fox News. It was produced and hosted by comedy team The Chaser.

Stars: Craig Reucassel, Chris Taylor, Julian Morrow, Dominic Knight

Votes: 330

10. Breaking News (1994–1997)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Based on the making of a fictitious Australian CURRENT AFFAIRS show, Frontline blends invented events with REAL LIFE events. A true reflection of THE TIMES we live in.

Stars: Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy, Tiriel Mora, Alison Whyte

Votes: 706

11. Good News Week (1996–2012)

Comedy, Game-Show

8.0
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It's a quizze about the week and stuff

Stars: Paul McDermott, Mikey Robins, Claire Hooper, Tom Gleeson

Votes: 299

12. Spicks and Specks (2005–2014)

Comedy, Game-Show

8.2
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Adam Hills hosts this lighthearted music quiz show.The two teams are captained by Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough.

Stars: Adam Hills, Alan Brough, Myf Warhurst, Hamish Blake

Votes: 688

13. Summer Heights High (2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.4
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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.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Asolima Tauati, Iro Utaifeau, Zach Fa'atoe

Votes: 12,731

14. The Chaser's War on Everything (2006–2009)

26 min | Comedy

8.7
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The show features sketches mocking social and political issues, and often feature comedic publicity stunts.

Stars: Julian Morrow, Andrew Hansen, Chris Taylor, Chas Licciardello

Votes: 2,335

15. The Micallef Program (1998–2001)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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A skit-based comedy program, fronted by Australian comedian Shaun Micallef.

Stars: Shaun Micallef, Wayne Hope, Roz Hammond, Francis Greenslade

Votes: 288

16. The Panel (1998–2007)

90 min | Talk-Show

6.6
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A comedy show talking about the events from the week gone. Made by Australia's Working Dog and featuring guests each week. The team is known for the movie The Castle.

Stars: Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch, Glenn Robbins, Kate Langbroek

Votes: 154

17. We Can Be Heroes (2005)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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A group of Australians are nominated for the Australian of the Year Award.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Jennifer Byrne, Mick Graham, Chung Jade Koh

Votes: 2,048

18. :30 Seconds (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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A funny look inside a fictional advertising industry, showing up the tricks, the language, and the scheming, behind the ads. e.g. - Selling cosmetics? Create a "National AV Dermatological ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Joel Tobeck, Stephen Curry, Gyton Grantley, Kat Stewart

Votes: 62

19. The D Generation Goes Commercial (1988–1989)

46 min | Comedy

8.1
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Stars: Santo Cilauro, Marg Downey, Michael Veitch, Rob Sitch

Votes: 21

20. Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure (2008–2009)

Comedy

8.3
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Stars: Lawrence Leung, Doris Leung, Leo Leung, Tim Rogers

Votes: 90

21. Lawrence Leung's Unbelievable (2011)

Comedy

8.3
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Stars: Lawrence Leung, Banachek, Apollo Robbins, Lance Burton

Votes: 55

22. John Safran vs. God (2004)

25 min | Comedy

8.3
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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.

Stars: John Safran, Gavin Wood, Jonathan auf der Heide, Bob Larson

Votes: 360

23. Music Jamboree (2002)

25 min | Comedy, Documentary, Music

8.3
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John Safran explores the music industry with this hilarious and informative show.

Stars: John Safran, Ant Keogh, Rob Hibbert, Gavin Wood

Votes: 120

24. Rake (2010– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Criminal lawyer Cleaver Greene defends the indefensible - from bigamists to cannibals and everything in between. He is champion of the lost cause, both in the court room and in the bedroom.

Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Russell Dykstra, Kate Box

Votes: 3,628

25. Problems (2012)

26 min | Comedy

7.8
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The hilariously mundane day to day life of Sam Simmons and the characters that surround him.....including the moths in his couch.

Stars: Sam Simmons, Anthony Morgan, Lawrence Mooney, Claudia O'Doherty

Votes: 208

26. Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (2009– )

Game-Show

7.6
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A game show where generation Baby Boomers, X and Y compete against each other to see who is the best. Each week the teams are headed by Amanda Keller, Charlie Pickering and Josh Thomas ... See full summary »

Stars: Shaun Micallef, Amanda Keller, Charlie Pickering, Josh Thomas

Votes: 344

27. Wilfred (2007– )

25 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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A depressed man is the only one who can see his girlfriend's dog as a full-grown man in a dog suit.

Stars: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar, Cindy Waddingham, Kim Gyngell

Votes: 2,159

28. Outrageous Fortune (2005– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.6
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When career criminal Wolfgang West gets put away for four years, his wife Cheryl decides it's time for her family to go straight. But can the Wests change the habits of a lifetime?

Stars: Robyn Malcolm, Antony Starr, Siobhan Marshall, Antonia Prebble

Votes: 1,543

29. Rude Awakenings (2007– )

40 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Dimity Rush, a woman in a hurry to reconnect with the Auckland city vibe and escape the lifestyle block in Kumeu, where she has been stranded with her husband, Stuart, and their two sons Julian and Ollie.

Stars: Danielle Cormack, Patrick Wilson, Claire Van Beek, Phoebe Falconer

Votes: 20

30. Super City (2011– )

23 min | Comedy

7.3
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Sami hilariously transforms into acutely observed and very different characters all living in our country's super city. In season two, Ofa is a welfare case-manager demanding everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Madeleine Sami, Vanessa Riddell, Renee Lyons, Rose McIver

Votes: 55

31. Please Like Me (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.4
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After breaking up with his girlfriend, Josh comes to the realization that he is homosexual. With the support of his now ex girlfriend Claire, and his best friend and house mate Tom, Josh ... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Thomas, Thomas Ward, John, Debra Lawrance

Votes: 9,192

32. Offspring (2010– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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The story of the impossible loves of 30-something obstetrician Nina Proudman and her fabulously messy family.

Stars: Asher Keddie, Kat Stewart, Richard Davies, Linda Cropper

Votes: 2,375