While we’re all still reeling from the series finale of Sherlock and can’t wait for season five in 2026, here are ten Australian TV shows that you can, and should, watch right now to curb you Cumberbatch withdrawals. And because we're extra kind, we've even told you where you can stream them (legally).
Throw back time! McLeod’s Daughters is a hunnit puh-cent a national icon in Australian television (41 Logie Award nominations hullo!!). The story revolves around a pair of sisters who reunite after years apart (classic bitter divorce story) to run what appears to be the most chaotic farm in the history of the world. Claire and Tess hire exclusively women, while the farm next door hire exclusively spunky men, hence an eight-season long story arch about drought, love and estranged long lost cousins is born.
No Activity is a six-episode Stan Original littered with fab Australian actors including Patrick Brammall, Darren Gilshenan, Genevieve Morris and that guy with the trouty mouth from Puberty Blues. It’s the sort of show you wouldn’t watch unless someone told you to because I don’t think it was advertised at all, but fortunately for you, we’ve seen it and we bloody love it. The show flicks between the exact same three scenes each episode, with two detectives staking out a warehouse, two crims inside said warehouse and two policewomen manning the call-centre. There’s nothing complex about the plot, but the comedic timing endearing nature of every single actor makes this an absolute corker of a show to watch on your laptop while you do the dishes.
This is more of a nostalgic announcement than a recommendation, but the entire series of Dance Academy is available for streaming on Stan. Previously shown on ABC3, the series is now being made into a real-life actual movie (probably about how Tara manages to juggle six boyfriends at once but this time in New York), which means now is the time to binge watch both seasons.
This beautiful little ABC number follows the story of Luke McGregor’s character who takes over his mother’s failing real estate business in Hobart with his friend Emma (Celia Pacquola) who just returned from a failed honeymoon. The entire show is adorably awkward, and Luke McGregor’s on-screen girlfriend is an absolute drongo, but it’s an easy laugh and the hilarious back-and-forth between the two leads makes it a pretty rad watch.
Please Like Me
Please Like Me is quite possibly the realest most transformative piece of Australian Made Television on the ABC (that I have seen). Josh Thomas writes and stars in the show with a close-knit cast who, according to Instagram, are also his real-life BFFs. Oh, and his dog John, is in there too. The show broaches topics such as mental health, depression, sexuality, divorce, grief, love and really good cooking. Watch all four seasons of it now on ABC iView.
Upper Middle Bogan
Upper Middle Bogan boasts an iconic Australian cast, featuring Glen Robbins (Russell Coight), Michala Banas (McLeod’s Daughters), Patrick Brammall (No Activity) and a bunch of young up-and-comers who absolutely nail what it’s like to grow up in suburban Australia and not be able to sleep at night knowing you came second in the 2016 Christmas Lights competition. The show is now in its third season because the ABC knows it has an absolute corker on its hands.
The Katering Show
Responsible for tripling the nationwide sales of Thermomixes in 2015, the two Kates from The Katering Show have returned with a SECOND SEASON, and about four more food intolerances to deal with. Having both given birth since the conclusion of season one, Kate & Kate are back at it with the Booze Revooze and risotto with a renewed apathy. The first season absolutely blew up on YouTube (which is where you can find it now) and the ‘Second Seasoning’ was commissioned by the ABC, so you can check out all eight of the 7-12 minute episodes on ABC iView.
Wentworth is the OG Orange Is The New Black, except darker and with more violence (shout out to all you GoT fans out there). Because it’s Australian there are a lot of familiar faces, and a lot of swearing, but that’s what makes it so damn good. The series focuses on in-house gang leader and all-round thug, Bea Smith, who was charged with the attempted murder of her husband and has to clime her way up the prison hierarchy (we’ve all been there).
We Can Be Heroes
Chris Lilley’s ‘We Can Be Heroes’ is a 2005 masterpiece that everyone should have seen, but I’ll do a quick juicy recap for anyone that needs convincing. The show is a mockumentary series, which follows the lives of five unique Australians who have each been nominated for ‘Australian Of The Year’. Each character is a crushingly accurate stereotype of someone you know, which just makes every single scene that much more hilarious. One familiar face you may recognise is Ja’mie King who later stars in her own spin off— Ja’mie: Private School Girl (also a must-see).
Summer Heights High
Summer Heights High is Lilley’s second show of the same mockumentary style and profiles three students at an outer-Melbourne public school—Mr. G, Jonah and Ja’mie King (she’s back, bitchez). The entire season should purely be watched for Mr. G’s inappropriate musical adaptation of a female student’s drug overdose and subsequent death.
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