Water Rats (1996–2001)

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Series cast summary:
Brett Partridge ...
 Senior Constable Gavin 'Sykesy' Sykes / ... (177 episodes, 1996-2001)
Peter Bensley ...
 Chief Inspector Jeff Hawker / ... (177 episodes, 1996-2001)
Toni Scanlan ...
 Senior Sergeant Helen Blakemore / ... (177 episodes, 1996-2001)
 Senior Constable Tommy Tavita (151 episodes, 1996-2001)
Scott Burgess ...
 Senior Sergeant Dave McCall (132 episodes, 1996-2000)
Catherine McClements ...
 Detective Senior Constable Rachel 'Goldie' Goldstein / ... (117 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Detective Senior Constable Frank Holloway (114 episodes, 1996-1999)
 Senior Emma 'Woodsy' Woods / ... (114 episodes, 1998-2001)
 Det. Sgt. Jack Christey / ... (97 episodes, 1998-2001)
 Constable Tayler Johnson (89 episodes, 1997-1999)
Aaron Pedersen ...
 Detective Senior Constable Michael Reilly / ... (86 episodes, 1999-2001)


Beneath its surface exists a playground for the murky underworld, a place of illicit rubbish dumps. pollution hazards, the remnants of huge drug hauls, and a graveyard of bodies from years of suicides, accidents and murders. That's the world of the WATER RATS, and elite bunch of 70 brave men and women guarding the harbour against all the elements that threaten to foul the blue waters. With the breathtaking actions stunts, thrilling races against time, chases across both waves and wharves, intrigue mystery, triumphs, heartbreak, love, lust and laughter, WATER RATS is a compelling drama from Southern Star and the Nine Network. Written by Rayne Constatine

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Release Date:

12 February 1996 (Australia)  »

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(177 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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While underwater filming usually takes place in special tanks, all the exteriors for the series were filmed in the port of Sydney and also off-shore. See more »


Det Sgt Jack Christey: I mean, you know, it's a simple request. I ask them to find a yacht in Sydney Harbour and they can't do it. I mean, how hard is that? A yacht is a very, very large object.
[as he walks away, Tommy mutters]
Sr. Constable Tommy Tavita: Yeah, there are tens of thousands of them on the Harbour you moron.
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Finally A Cop Show That Is Down To Earth
25 March 1999 | by (Fort St. John BC Canada) – See all my reviews

Hooked since day one and hope that one of our national carriers completes the series. A great import that can hold its head high. This is a series that catches your attention and doesn't need a pile of special effects to keep your interests alive. The characters are believeable and admirable. Long live the "RATS".

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