Australian tv dramas

Originally intended to be the basis of a "Greatest?" poll, I dropped that once it became clear that only polls which had "The dark knight" as a voting option got approved to go live on this site. So, I've now surpassed the limit of 35 titles for polls to be more exhaustive.

Titles in alphabetical order.

I'm not including series which had a short story arc, like "Janus" and "Phoenix", which appear in my List for Australian mini-series and short run series. Series which may have only run for one or two years and were axed will be included here too.

Some useful links:

http://www.australiantelevision.net/

http://classicaustraliantv.com/
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1.
Adventures of the Seaspray (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The story centred on widowed journalist Dan Wells, who is sailing the Pacific with on his 25-metre schooner "Seaspray", with his three children Mike, Noah and Sue, assisted by their Fijian crewman. (30 mins.)
 
2.
A Place to Call Home (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia. (60 mins.)
“ Wikipedia states that a 3rd series of this show had been commissioned by the Seven Network (according to TV Week magazine) but that they changed their mind and are now axing the show (either that or the TV Week story that the series had been commissioned for a 3rd series was false. TV Week ran both stories!). ” - dfle3
 
3.
Autumn Affair (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A soap opera about a middle-aged woman in a love-triangle with two men. (15 mins.)
Director: David Cahill
“ According to Wikipedia, a soap opera having a 156 episode run, which ended in 1959 (!). The National Film and Sound Archive has many episodes of this series. ” - dfle3
 
4.
Bellbird (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
5.
Blue Heelers (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Australian series featuring the Mt. Thomas police station and the lives of its officers. (60 mins.)
 
6.
Bluey (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
7.
Boney (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ The concept was revived with "Bony", starring...a white Australian! Cameron Daddo, from memory. However, even this original series (based on the novels, presumably, of Arthur Upfield...as in, I'm not sure how closely this series followed the books, if at all, not having read the books) had some controversy...the titular character, an Aboriginal tracker, was played by a New Zealand Maori. ” - dfle3
 
8.
Bony (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ Finding this title at this site I see that it was also a 1990 movie...which Wikipedia states was a "pilot movie".

Starred Cameron Daddo as "Bony". In the novels by Arthur Upfield, Bony is meant to be an Aboriginal. Wikipedia states for this reboot that Bony is a descendent of the original Bony, from the novels.

Even the original series of "Boney" seems to have been somewhat controversial...with the titular character being played by I New Zealand Maori, I believe. ” - dfle3
 
9.
Carson's Law (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Set in the 1920s. A female lawyer faces prejudice when she marries into a influentual family law firm. On top of this she has to bring up three children when her husband is killed in a plane crash. (50 mins.)
 
10.
Certain Women (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
(50 mins.)
 
11.
Cop Shop (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Life in a suburban police station. (50 mins.)
 
12.
A Country Practice (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Follow the highs and lows of the townsfolk of Wandin Valley. This fictional drama TV series revolves around the daily happenings of a 'small town'... (60 mins.)
 
13.
Division 4 (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
This series was about the wide variety of cases dealt with by the Criminal Investigation and Uniform branches at Melbourne's fictional Yarra Central police station. (50 mins.)
 
14.
East West 101 (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Major Crime is a metaphor for East and West, for the conscious and unconscious, for reconciliation and difference... (60 mins.)
 
15.
Emergency (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
One of the earliest ever medical series, this Australian drama takes place in the Emergency Ward of a hospital, and was an early protype for series such as Emergency Ward 10 and Casualty. (30 mins.)
“ GTV 9. 16 episodes (discontinued due to sponsorship withdrawal, according to Wikipedia). ” - dfle3
 
16.
Glenview High (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: Rod Hardy
 
17.
G.P. (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
 
18.
Home and Away (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
"Home and Away" chronicles the lives, loves, happiness, and heart-breaks of the residents of Summer Bay, a small coastal town in New South Wales, Australia. (22 mins.)
 
19.
Homicide (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The show was about crimes and cases actioned by the Victorian (Australia) homicide squad, with many cases based of real cases. (50 mins.)
Director: Colin Eggleston
 
20.
House Husbands (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The lives of four Australian men who are raising their children.
“ A comedy drama. Since it poses a problem as to whether put this in my drama list or my comedy series list I'll just introduce this new categorisation rule: comedy dramas which take up an hour long slot on commercial tv go to the drama list and those which take up a 30 minute slot on commercial tv will go onto my comedy list. ” - dfle3
 
21.
Love Child (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The lives of staff and residents at the fictional Kings Cross Hospital and Stanton House in Sydney in 1969. (45 mins.)
 
22.
Love My Way (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A story about a group of thirty-somethings dealing with the ups and downs of life. (50 mins.)
 
23.
Matlock Police (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Policing in a small rural town ...early 70's popular in its day (50 mins.)
 
24.
MDA (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(50 mins.)
 
25.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit. (60 mins.)
 
26.
Mr & Mrs Murder (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The series follows the adventures of married couple Nicola and Charlie Buchanan, who run an industrial cleaning business while solving the most baffling murder mysteries. (44 mins.)
“ See "House husbands" for why this comedy drama makes this list instead of "comedy". The fact that I don't know whether this show got renewed also complicates matters...as in perhaps it should go into my "mini-series/short series" list? If the show got axed, it goes here, but if it was designed as a short run series then perhaps I should put it in my other list (i.e. "short series"). ” - dfle3
 
27.
Neighbours (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Serial chronicling the lives of the residents of Ramsay Street in the fictional Australian suburb of Erinsborough... (22 mins.)
 
28.
Number 96 (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Drama examining the lives of residents of a Sydney apartment block. Initial storylines focused on adultery... (25 mins.)
 
29.
Offspring (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of the impossible loves of 30-something obstetrician Nina Proudman and her fabulously messy family. (60 mins.)
 
30.
Packed to the Rafters (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Centres around Dave and Julie Rafter and their three children Rachel, Ben and Nathan. On the eve of... (60 mins.)
 
31.
Prisoner (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The lives of women behind bars in a female prison. (50 mins.)
“ a.k.a. "Prisoner Cell Block H" in overseas markets...oh, "Caged women" too! Saucy Canadians!

N.B. this series has been 'rebooted' in recent years as "Wentworth" and that is near the end of my list here, due to alphabeticising this list. ” - dfle3
 
32.
Puberty Blues (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the late 1970s, Debbie and Sue are inseparable teenage girls. (45 mins.)
“ Not to be confused with the earlier movie of the same name. ” - dfle3
 
33.
Rake (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (60 mins.)
 
34.
Redfern Now (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The troubled lives of struggling indigenous Australians in the tough, rundown neighborhood of the inner suburb of Redfern in Sydney.
 
35.
Return to Eden (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Glossy Australian soap opera, where the beautiful, dynamic Stephanie Harper battles her enemies to gain sole control of the family company, Harper Mining Limited. (45 mins.)
Director: Jim Power
“ Not to be confused with the successful mini-series which prompted its serialisation. ” - dfle3
 
36.
Riptide (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A charter boat operator who happens to be an American is also a bit of a Private Investigator! (60 mins.)
“ I searched Wikipedia for Jackie Weaver's work and this came up. Unfortunately it had no information on this show...the link to it was for the wrong show (linked to a decades later US show of this name).

Wikipedia states:

"The show featured foreign actors and a foreign producer, similar in approach to The Outsiders"

as well as the reception for the series being lukewarm, meaning it wasn't renewed. ” - dfle3
 
37.
Rush (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: Eric Taylor
“ Set during the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s. ” - dfle3
 
38.
Rush (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Rush follows the lives of members of the prestigious Tactical Response team (TR), which is based on...
“ Modern police drama. ” - dfle3
 
39.
SeaChange (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a corporate lawyer's professional and personal lives crumble she leaves the city with her children... (60 mins.)
 
40.
Skippy (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Sonny and his kangaroo Skippy live in Waratah National Park in New South Wales. Matt Hammond, Sonny's father is the park ranger. Skippy saves the day in many adventures. (25 mins.)
 
41.
Silent Number (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ Not much information via Wikipedia but there is an extensive entry on classicaustraliantv.com. ” - dfle3
 
42.
Skirts (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A short lived Australian drama series centered around a community policing squad. Due to the high volume of female officers the squad is nicknamed "Skirts". (50 mins.)
“ Wikipedia statest that this series about female police officers (the "skirts") was not renewed after its first series. ” - dfle3
 
43.
Skyways (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(50 mins.)
 
44.
Spyforce (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Australian Intelligence Officers during World War 2. (50 mins.)
“ Perhaps this series should be in my mini-series List. Wikipedia lists this as being Jack Thompson's first lead role and also had a seven year old Russell Crowe make a brief appearance in one episode. Fact based series. ” - dfle3
 
45.
Sweet and Sour (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A young band, The Takeaways, try to succeed in the music business.
“ 20 x 30m episodes on ABC TV. An account of the fictional music band "The takeaways" which features music by the likes of Deborah Conway and Sharon O'Neill, according to Wikipedia. Actors pretended to sing some of those songs though. The album of the series went platinum in Australia (70,000 sales). ” - dfle3
 
46.
The Box (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Examines the day-to-day running of Melbourne television station UCV-12, the professional and personal lives of its staff... (50 mins.)
 
47.
The Fast Lane (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
“ Comedy drama by the successful writers John Clarke (of "Clarke & Dawe) fame as well as Andrew Knight. Hard to get info on this short run series (19 episodes)...one site mentions one episode being just over 51 minutes in length, making it a candidate for this list over my Australian sit-com list. ” - dfle3
 
48.
The Flying Doctor (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: David MacDonald
“ Was unaware of this programme. Only IMDB has information on it:

It's listed as an Australia/UK production and
39 episodes (30 minutes each).

Unfortunately no details on what channel it screened on here, if it did at all. ” - dfle3
 
49.
The Flying Doctors (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This series chronicles the events surrounding the activities of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which... (50 mins.)
“ Finding this entry I see that it was also a mini-series...which I'll have to add to that list of mine as well! ” - dfle3
 
50.
The Outsiders (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
51.
The Secret Life of Us (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
20-30 somethings living in St Kilda and their dramas in life. (60 mins.)
 
52.
The Story of Peter Grey (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Soap about the life and adventures of a clergyman. (15 mins.)
Director: Ken Hannam
“ Wikipedia states:

Seven Network soap opera, 156 x 15 minute episodes. The National Film and Sound Archive has a large number of episodes from this series and "Autumn affair". ” - dfle3
 
53.
The Sullivans (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Follows the Sullivan family during the Second World War. (30 mins.)
 
54.
The Time of Our Lives (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The lives of family and friends who go through a variety of ups and downs.
 
55.
Wentworth (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. (45 mins.)
“ a.k.a. "Wentworth prison". The 'reboot' of "Prisoner". ” - dfle3