BEST AUSTRALIAN COMEDY SERIES': My Top 50 Oz-Coms

by NozinAroun81 | created - 12 Jul 2013 | updated - 27 Dec 2013 | Public

PLEASE NOTE: The first 10 are my top 10 in alphabetical order... and therefore no particular order. The next 40 are my bottom 40 in alphabetical order... and therefore no particular order. I think you get the idea :p

Approximately 20 of the titles listed below are sit-coms/comedy series'. The remaining 30 are all sketch/variety shows. I've always had this theory that Yanks are great at making movies, Poms are great at making sketches/sit-coms and Aussies are great at making celebrity interview/lighter side of the news/pop quiz/variety shows. Although I will admit that in recent years the Yanks have proven that they can give the Poms a run for their money... if they use animation. If Yanks aren't limited to using actors on a set in front of a studio audience, there's no limit to their hilarity. Animation allows them to stretch their funny bones. Think it, draw it, excel at it. That is my theory... it is mine... I own it and what it is too... and yes, I'm well-aware of how brainlessly bigoted I may appear at this juncture :p

By the way... several years before Gervais & Merchant created THE OFFICE and opened Yankee eyes to the possibility of canning "dead people laughing", there was another fly-on-the-wall mockumentary-style show that could be rather controversial at times. It too was set in an office with a main character who fancied himself for all the wrong reasons and who truly believed that he was popular among his co-workers when in reality he was only really liked by one nerdy "Yes Man" who was always keen to please his "Superior" whilst everyone else in the office merely mocked him and cringed at his awkward squirm-inducing antics. Even Harry Shearer couldn't resist dropping everything to join the party.

"Real men watch Ab Fab too!" MIKE MOORE - FRONTLINE

This list was compiled by the compiler of these IMDB Lists;

  • BEST BRITISH COMEDY SERIES': My Top 100 Pom-Coms
  • BEST AMERICAN COMEDY SERIES': My Top 50 Yank-Coms
  • BEST BRITISH COMEDY FILMS: My Top 50 Pom-Com Pictures
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1. The Adventures of Lano & Woodley (1997–1999)

30 min | Comedy

The bizarre misadventures of two no-hopers who share a flat

Stars: Colin Lane, Frank Woodley, Neil Pigot, Tony Rickards

Votes: 628

MY TOP 10

2. Breaking News (1994–1997)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 746

MY TOP 10

3. Jimeoin (1994–1995)

Comedy

Jimeoin is an Australian comedy series starring English-born Irish stand-up comedian and actor Jimeoin.

Stars: Jimeoin, Bob Franklin, Brian Nankervis, Glenn Robbins

Votes: 60

MY TOP 10

4. Kath & Kim (2002–2007)

Not Rated | 26 min | Comedy

A mother, her daughter, and their respective "hunks of spunk" negotiate life in suburban Australia.

Stars: Jane Turner, Gina Riley, Glenn Robbins, Peter Rowsthorn

Votes: 2,145

MY TOP 10

5. The Librarians (2007–2010)

30 min | Comedy

What happens when you put a Catholic bigot with a panic disorder in charge of a library?

Stars: Robyn Butler, Roz Hammond, Heidi Arena, Stephen Ballantyne

Votes: 399

MY TOP 10

6. The Micallef Program (1998–2001)

30 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 289

MY TOP 10

7. Mother and Son (1984–1994)

30 min | Comedy

Arthur Beare is a 40 something son still living at home taking care of his senile mother Maggie. However no matter what he does he cannot seem to get ahead and is always coming unstuck, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ruth Cracknell, Garry McDonald, Henri Szeps, Judy Morris

Votes: 499

MY TOP 10

8. Stupid Stupid Man (2006–2008)

30 min | Comedy

Centres on the lives of the four men on the editorial team and the women that work in a mens magazine.

Stars: Wayne Hope, Matthew Newton, Sophie Katinis, Chris Leaney

Votes: 128

MY TOP 10

9. Summer Heights High (2007)

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

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: 12,911

MY TOP 10

10. Wilfred (2007– )

25 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 2,206

MY TOP 10

11. Acropolis Now (1989–1992)

25 min | Comedy

The lives of the owners and workers at a Greek cafe in Melbourne.

Stars: Nick Giannopoulos, George Kapiniaris, Mary Coustas, Tracey Callander

Votes: 267

12. All Together Now (1991–1993)

25 min | Comedy

One-time Rock'n'Roll star Bobby Rivers discovers he has 15-year-old twins when his former lover dies in a plane crash. They and Tracy, the woman who looked after them when their mother was ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon English, Steven Jacobs, Jane Hall, Bruno Lucia

Votes: 131

13. Angry Boys (2011)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

A mockumentary exploring the issues faced by young males in the 21st century - their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Deborah Jones, Greg Fairall, Liam Keltie

Votes: 3,760

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

30 min | Comedy, News

An Australian comedy program that satirises the news of the day, and how it is presented.

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

Votes: 334

And everything else that's Chaser-related.

16. The Comedy Company (1988–1990)

Comedy

A sketch comedy series set in suburban Australia, featuring one-off sketches and regular appearances by characters including schoolgirl Kylie Mole (Mary-Anne Fahey), greengrocer Con the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Mitchell, Mary-Anne Fahey, Ian McFadyen, Glenn Robbins

Votes: 98

17. DAAS Kapital (1991–1992)

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

It is the end of history. Shitsu Tonka, the giant conglomerate of universal power, has placed the world's art treasures in a giant submarine, the Titanic II. Assigned to protect and ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Ferguson, Richard Fidler, Paul McDermott, Paul Livingston

Votes: 64

19. Fast Forward (1989–1992)

46 min | Comedy

Withdrawing the bill moments before a planned vote signals a major setback for the President.

Stars: Michael Veitch, Marg Downey, Geoff Brooks, Steve Blackburn

Votes: 223

20. Fat Pizza (2003)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The life at a suburban Sydney pizzeria.

Director: Paul Fenech | Stars: Paul Fenech, Tahir Bilgic, Rob Shehadie, Bill Bentley

Votes: 3,116

21. Full Frontal (1993–1997)

Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The series began screening shortly after the similar sketch comedy program Fast Forward (from which Full Frontal derived) ended. Full Frontal retained the same general format of Fast ... See full summary »

Stars: Glenn Butcher, Ross Williams, Kim Gyngell, John Walker

Votes: 280

22. Funky Squad (1995)

30 min | Comedy

Spot-on parody of 1970's cop shows sees the adventures of Funky Squad, an elite team of four young undercover cops who speak the language of the streets - young, hip, and in touch with the ... See full summary »

Stars: Santo Cilauro, Tim Ferguson, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy

Votes: 56

24. Hey Dad..! (1987–1994)

23 min | Comedy

Comedy series about a top architect, Martin Kelly, who gives up his business to cope with his three children when his wife dies. With the help of eccentric country cousin Betty, Martin soon... See full summary »

Stars: Julie McGregor, Robert Hughes, Sarah Monahan, Christopher Truswell

Votes: 274

25. Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999)

120 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

Hosted by Darryl Sommers, Hey Hey was a variety show, featuring sketches, performances, a talent show of sorts, and an array of celebrity guests, ranging from Australian television stars, to actors in big Hollywood blockbuster movies.

Stars: Russell Gilbert, Daryl Somers, Larry Emdur, Jacki MacDonald

Votes: 169

26. Housos (2011–2013)

30 min | Comedy

The series is a satirical parody of Australian residents, who are living in Housing Commission public housing.

Stars: Paul Fenech, Jabba, Elle Dawe, Kevin Taumata

Votes: 762

27. John Safran vs. God (2004)

25 min | Comedy

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: 362

And everything else that John Safran does.

28. Let the Blood Run Free (1990–1992)

30 min | Comedy

A satirical look at hospital-set, soap operas.

Stars: Jean Kittson, Brian Nankervis, Helen Knight, David Swann

Votes: 192

29. Merrick & Rosso Unplanned (2003–2004)

23 min | Comedy

Based on the formula for a successful British show (Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned (2000)), Merrick & Rosso take questions from a studio audience about their experiences in life.

Stars: Merrick Watts, Tim Ross, Angry Anderson, Larry Emdur

Votes: 18

31. Mr & Mrs Murder (2013)

44 min | Comedy, Mystery

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.

Stars: Shaun Micallef, Kat Stewart, Jonny Pasvolsky, Lucy Honigman

Votes: 660

32. The Mick Molloy Show (1999)

120 min | Comedy

This short lived attempt at live variety crashed and burned in a spectacular fashion. The program was essentially a lazy Saturday night on the couch, with Molloy and a cast of regular '... See full summary »

Stars: Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin, Judith Lucy, Tony Martin

Votes: 24

33. The Norman Gunston Show (1975–1979)

Comedy

A subversive parody of the established variety "Tonight Show" format, centering on a weekly roster of celebrity guests who were 'interviewed' by Norman Gunston.

Stars: Garry McDonald, Max Rowley, Abigail, Candy Raymond

Votes: 63

34. The Panel (1998–2007)

90 min | Talk-Show

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: 158

35. The Paul Hogan Show (1973–1984)

50 min | Comedy

An Australian comedy show hosted by Crocodile Dundee Star, Paul Hogan.

Stars: Paul Hogan, John Cornell, Glenn Shorrock, Delvene Delaney

Votes: 210

36. Problems (2012)

26 min | Comedy

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: 211

37. The 7PM Project (2009– )

60 min | Talk-Show

The Project is a TV show joining the latest conversations happening throughout Australia. It's news, but not as you know it.

Stars: Carrie Bickmore, Charlie Pickering, Dave Hughes, Andrew Rochford

Votes: 332

38. Rove Live (2000–2009)

75 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

This was a variety, talk show that featured an ensemble cast, who presented various segments throughout the course of the show.

Stars: Rove McManus, Peter Helliar, Corinne Grant, Ryan Shelton

Votes: 671

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

Comedy, News

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

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

Votes: 355

40. Skithouse (2003–2004)

25 min | Comedy

Sketch Comedy series featuring some absurd characters, and Australian - oriented humour

Stars: Corinne Grant, Eddie Baroo, Elke Berry, Ingrid Bloom

Votes: 139

41. Spicks and Specks (2005–2014)

Comedy, Game-Show

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: 716

42. Swift and Shift Couriers (2008–2011)

25 min | Comedy

Swift and Shift Couriers is an Australian comedy series created by the writers of Fat Pizza. Based on a courier business in the western suburbs of Sydney, the business is run and staffed by... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Turpie, Amanda Keller, Paul Fenech, Melissa Tkautz

Votes: 414

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

Game-Show

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: 350

44. Thank God You're Here (2006–2009)

60 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Thank God You're Here is about well known performers doing a scene which they have no idea what's going on. It may be a Roman dungeon, a boardroom or a late night talk show. The only thing ... See full summary »

Stars: Shane Bourne, Tom Gleisner, Daniel Cordeaux, Ed Kavalee

Votes: 883

45. Tuesday Night Live: The Big Gig (1989–1991)

60 min | Comedy

The series brought a number of new comedy acts to national prominence and made major stars of its host, Wendy Harmer, who later became a top-rating host on morning radio in Sydney, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Wendy Harmer, Glynn Nicholas, Jean Kittson, Tim Ferguson

Votes: 26

46. Upper Middle Bogan (2013– )

Comedy

The story of two families living at opposite ends of the freeway. Bess Denyar is a doctor with a posh mother, Margaret, an architect husband, Danny Bright, and twin 13-year-olds at a ... See full summary »

Stars: Annie Maynard, Patrick Brammall, Robyn Malcolm, Michala Banas

Votes: 1,196

47. Very Small Business (2008– )

30 min | Comedy

A smarmy, debt riddled, borderline con-artist teams up with a chronically depressed acclaimed journalist to try and keep his head above water.

Stars: Kim Gyngell, Wayne Hope, Emma Leonard, Ian Bliss

Votes: 194

48. We Can Be Heroes (2005)

30 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 2,110

50. Woodley (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

Filled with virtuosic physical mayhem, Woodley is an unashamedly romantic comedy series.

Stars: Frank Woodley, Justine Clarke, Alexandra Cashmere, Tom Long

Votes: 166