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Six popular Australian TV shows from the 1960s and ’70s

In the fast-paced world of modern television, where streaming platforms offer endless choices at our fingertips, there’s something irresistibly charming about revisiting the classics of yesteryear. Here we journey back to the 1960s and ’70s, when Australian television was experiencing its golden era, with a line-up of shows that became beloved staples in households across the country.

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (1968 to 1970) 

One such gem was Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, a heart-warming series that captured the imaginations of viewers young and old. Set in the rugged Australian bush, this iconic show followed the adventures of Skippy, the clever kangaroo, and her human friends. 

The show’s international success was a testament to its charm and the universal appeal of its storytelling. It’s no wonder that even today, the mere mention of Skippy can bring a smile to anyone who grew up watching the series.

Homicide (1964 to 1977)

Another standout from the era was Homicide, a police procedural that paved the way for future crime dramas. Set in Melbourne, Homicide offered gripping storylines, memorable characters, and a gritty realism that resonated with audiences. Many episodes were based directly on real cases that the Victorian Police force had to deal with, although the characters (including the detectives) were fictional.

The Mavis Bramston Show (1964 to 1968)

Of course, no discussion of 1960s Australian television would be complete without mentioning The Mavis Bramston Show. This sketch comedy series pushed the boundaries of satire and social commentary, offering a sharp and often irreverent take on contemporary culture and politics. With its talented ensemble cast, the show became essential viewing for those seeking laughs with a side of social commentary. 

Spyforce (1971 to 1973)

For those craving a taste of adventure, Spyforce delivered thrills and intrigue in equal measure. Set during World War II, this action-packed series followed the exploits of an elite team of Allied agents as they undertook daring missions behind enemy lines. With its mix of espionage, danger, and patriotism, Spyforce kept audiences glued to the screen week after week.

Number 96 (1972 to 1977)

One of the standout hits of the 1970s was Number 96, a soap opera that pushed the boundaries of television in more ways than one. Set in a fictional apartment building in Sydney, the series delved into the lives and loves of its eclectic cast of characters, tackling taboo subjects with a frankness that was revolutionary for its time. From relationships and scandals to social issues, Number 96 dared to explore the complexities of urban life, earning both praise and controversy along the way.

It aired in monochrome until 1975, when the switch over to colour television broadcasting happened in Australia.

The Paul Hogan Show (1973 to 1984)

On the lighter side of the spectrum, The Paul Hogan Show brought laughter and joy to households across Australia. Running over 12 seasons and 60 episodes, this show captured the spirit of the times and became a cultural phenomenon. It made a star of the comedian Paul Hogan, who later appeared in Crocodile Dundee.

Do you remember these classics? Which one was your favourite, and why? Or perhaps there’s a gem from the 1960s or ’70s that we’ve missed, and you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Ellie Baxter
Ellie Baxter
Writer and editor with interests in travel, health, wellbeing and food. Has knowledge of marketing psychology, social media management and is a keen observer and commentator on issues facing older Australians.
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