Best Australian TV shows

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Best Australian TV shows
Best Australian TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Doctor Doctor (2016), Harrow (2018), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012), My Life Is Murder (2019), Wentworth (2013), Mystery Road (2018), Wonderland (2013), Mr Inbetween (2018), 800 Words (2015), Rake (2010), A Place to Call Home (2013), Farscape (1999), The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013), Terra Nova (2011), Wolf Creek (2016), Janet King (2014), Mako Mermaids (2013), Gravity Falls (2012), Offspring (2010), McLeod's Daughters (2001).

List of Best TV Shows

Doctor Doctor (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Hugh Knight, a rising heart surgeon who is gifted, charming and infallible. He is a hedonist who, due to his sheer talent, believes he can live outside the rules. His "work hard, play harder" philosophy is about to come back ...
Style: light, captivating, ironic, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: doctor, medical, small town, surgeon, physician, family relations, love and romance, medicine, quitting a job, society, fired from the job, workplace situations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: australia
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 7.6
 6K
Harrow (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When a dark secret from this past threatens to be exposed, unorthodox and brilliant medical examiner, Doctor Daniel Harrow, must use all his forensic skills to keep it buried forever.
Style: captivating, disturbing, witty, exciting, tense ...
Plot: medical examiner, doctor, forensics, murder, expert, complex characters, bodies, corpse, forensic, murderer, crimes, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Our lady sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920’s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit. Leaving a trail of admirers in her wake, our thoroughly modern heroine makes sure ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, clever, suspenseful
Plot: female detective, private detective, investigation, crime, riddles and clues, murder, crimes, heroine, private investigator, aristocracy, murderer, evidence ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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My Life Is Murder (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Investigator Alexa Crowe, cannot help fighting the good fight – whether it is solving murders or combatting the small frustrations of everyday life. Fearless and unapologetic, Alexa's unique skills and insights into the darker quirks of human ...
Style: non-linear, light, colourful, confusing, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: crime investigation, investigator, investigation, female detective, crime solving, secrets, uncover truth, private investigation, escapades, murder mystery, unsolved crime, murder investigation ...
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 8.6
 19K
Wentworth (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women's prison, prison life, lesbian, women in prison, prison, lesbian relationship, crimes, life is a bitch, protest, power struggle, danger, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 3K
Mystery Road (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station. Soon, Jay's investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.
Style: exciting, colourful, scenic, breathtaking
Plot: australian outback, police detective, ranch, secrets, forensics, missing child, nature, justice, bar, betrayal, friendship, deception ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 1K
Wonderland (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Wonderland is a warm and engaging relationship drama revolving around four couples at very different stages of life – the star-crossed singles, blissful newlyweds, hot new lovers and long-term marrieds. We join them as they navigate the ...
Style: sincere, captivating, psychological
Plot: flatmate, husband wife relationship, best friend, dating, neighbor neighbor relationship, male female relationship, family relations, neighbor, girl next door, relationships, society, family life ...
Place: sydney australia, australia
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 11K
Mr Inbetween (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Ray Shoesmith is a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend: tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Even harder when you’re a criminal for hire.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, hitman, mercenary, violence, betrayal, murder, fight scenes, organized crime, secret past, danger, adventure, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 8.0
 2K
800 Words (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: New Zealand, Australia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A recently widowed father, quits his job as a popular 800 word columnist for a top selling Sydney newspaper. Over the internet he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside town. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, light
Plot: single father, starting over, lifestyle change, responsibility, hopes, parenthood, happy ending, family relations, teenage girl, coping, family life, kids and family ...
Place: new zealand
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 7K
Rake (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Rake is an Australian television series, produced by Essential Media and Entertainment, that first aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's ABC1 in 2010. It stars Richard Roxburgh as rake Cleaver Greene, a brilliant but ...
Style: witty, semi serious, humorous, captivating, light ...
Plot: lawyer, trial, court, rivalry, career, against the rules, judge, crimes, courtroom, intrigue, dedicated lawyer, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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A Place to Call Home (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia. A sweeping romantic drama set in 1950s rural Australia following the lives of the Blighs, a wealthy and complicated pastoralist family, ...
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, love affair, family life, society, love and romance, starting over, social differences, mysterious character, family secret, forbidden love, post war, nurse ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: australia
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 35K
Farscape (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A freak accident during an experimental space mission catapults Astronaut John Crichton across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield.
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, outer space, wormhole, space wars, alien race, lost, fugitives, escapades, heroes, alternate reality, evil alien ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: memphis
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The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: Dr Lucien Blake left Ballarat as a young man. But now he finds himself returning to take over not only his dead father's medical practice, but also his on-call role as the town's police surgeon, only to find change is afoot, nothing is ...
Style: clever, realistic, suspenseful, serious, stylized ...
Plot: investigation, forensics, doctors and patients, crimes, social relations, murder, homecoming, mystery, riddles and clues, doctor, danger, murder mystery ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: australia
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 82K
Terra Nova (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, serious, epic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: dinosaur, time travel, post apocalypse, adventure, changing the past or future, survival, human existence, expedition, danger, extinction, sent to the past, scientist ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory, 22nd century
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 5K
Wolf Creek (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: An anthology series which centers on different characters being targeted by crazed serial killer Mick Taylor in the Australian outback.
Style: slasher, suspense, psychological, tense, anthology ...
Plot: maniac, outback, australian outback, serial killer, survival, murder, fear, violence, death, pursuit, chase, danger ...
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 7.8
 2K
Janet King (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Senior Prosecutor Janet King returns from maternity leave to confront a high-profile murder, and a conspiracy which will have shocking ramifications throughout the judicial system.
Style: serious, captivating, clever, realistic, political thriller
Plot: courtroom drama, legal investigation, dedicated lawyer, ambition, legal, murder, workplace situations, boss and employee, legal action, workplace, courtroom, strong female presence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Mako Mermaids (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Real-life mermaids, Sirena, Nixie and Lyla are part of a mermaid pod, which lives in the waters of Mako Island. As young members of the pod, it is their job to protect the Moon Pool and guard it from trespassers. But on the night of a full moon, the ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, entertaining, sentimental
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: mermaid, island, supernatural ability, friends, teenage life, supernatural romance, superhuman powers, friendship, imaginary, merman, save the day, adventure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 8.9
 85K
Gravity Falls (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are in for an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer helping their great uncle Stan run a tourist trap in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.
Style: exciting, offbeat, captivating, odd, not serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: friendship, supernatural, mysterious place, twins, small town, adventure, family relations, monster, imaginary, youth, siblings relations, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa, california
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 8.3
 4K
Offspring (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An exuberant drama set in Melbourne's Fitzroy, centering on Nina Proudman and her struggle to deal with her fabulously messy family, her hunt for a decent love life and her tendency to overthink and fly off into fantasy.
Style: captivating, humorous, realistic, sentimental
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical, workplace situations, coworker relationship, doctor, workplace, operating room, doctors and patients, career, workplace romance, ethics, love affair ...
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McLeod's Daughters (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: McLeod's Daughters is an Australian television series that began airing on the Nine Network on 8 August 2001. This Logie award winning drama series follows the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod as they embark on a mission: to run ...
Style: witty, realistic, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, feminism, family relations, workplace, family business, couple relations, wilderness, estrangement, family problems, separated, sister sister relationship, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 90s
Place: australia, south australia
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Packed to the Rafters (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Packed to the Rafters is an Australian family-oriented television series which premiered on the Seven Network on Tuesday 26 August 2008 at 8:30 pm. The show has continued on Tuesdays in this timeslot for its entire run. The drama series features a ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, getting home, couple relations, living with parents, parents and children, siblings relations, anniversary, nothing goes right, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 1K
Anzac Girls (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The unique, and rarely told true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front during the First World War.
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: war, world war one, human spirit, love and romance, tragic love, wartime life, fall in love, battles, military, hopes, nurse, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: australia, egypt, greece, france, new zealand
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Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
TV show
Story: In swinging 60’s Melbourne, gorgeously reckless Peregrine Fisher inherits a windfall when the famous aunt she never knew goes missing over the highlands of New Guinea. Peregrine must prove herself brilliant enough to become a world class private ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, murder, female protagonist, heroine, crimes, feminism, riddles and clues, evidence, mystery, escapades, private detective, amateur sleuth ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: australia, melbourne australia, melbourne
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A Moody Christmas (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Australia
TV show
Story: Focused on the lovable, yet seasonally dysfunctional Moody family, A Moody Christmas is set against the backdrop of the one occasion that can bring out the best (and the worst) in people … Christmas Day.
Style: humorous, captivating, light, entertaining, feel good ...
Plot: christmas, eccentric family, family relations, family tradition, family problems, parents and children, family gatherings, family life, dysfunctional family, disorder, nothing goes right, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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Bangkok Hilton (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Kat Stanton (Kidman), an Australian woman searching for her father who, whilst travelling back from London to Australia via Thailand, makes friends with Arkie Ragan (Ehlers), a photographer. Kat is tricked into carrying some luggage ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: prison, heroin, injustice, false accusation, smuggling, escape, interracial relations, betrayal, life is a bitch, fighting the system, prison life, destiny ...
Time: 80s
Place: thailand, asia, london, australia, england ...
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 2K
Sea Patrol (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Sea Patrol is an Australian television drama that ran from 2007 to 2011, set on board HMAS Hammersley, a fictional patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy. The series focuses on the ship and the lives of its crew members. Despite similarities in ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, colourful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: navy, ship, ocean, friends, danger, chases and races, criminal, military, superior officer, squad, sailor, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 105K
The Pacific (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 530 min.
TV show
Story: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, battles, battlefield, navy, soldier, squad, military, marines, battle zone, friends, peril ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, okinawa, korea
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Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1994)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Man from Snowy River is an Australian television series based on Banjo Paterson's poem "The Man from Snowy River". Released in Australia as Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River, the series was subsequently released in ...
Style: sincere, emotional, atmospheric, saga, captivating ...
Plot: contests and competitions, intrigue, dishonesty, underdog, chases and races, rivalry, farm, social relations, family relations, mountain, ambition, blind ambition ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 16K
Please Like Me (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 29 min.
TV show
Story: 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 must help his mother with her battle with depression and the ...
Style: humorous, sincere, semi serious, realistic, offbeat
Plot: coming out, gay, gay relationship, suicide attempt, friendship, gays and lesbians, sexuality, homosexual, roommate, self discovery, sexual identity, lgbt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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All the Rivers Run (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 400 min.
TV show
Story: Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia Gordon finds both love and adventure aboard a paddle-steamer on the Murray River.
Plot: orphan, castaway, frontier, colonialism, riverboat, settler
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
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