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The Definitive Ranking Of '90s Aussie Kids TV Shows


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57. Ferry Boat Fred

The little Sydney Harbour that Fred sailed around was cute. Fred was cute. The whole show was cute. But... a little boring?

Childhood-Defining Moment: It made you realise how terrible koalas are at driving ferries.

56. Li'l Elvis and the Truckstoppers

A redhead foster kid, who may or may not be the illegitimate child of Elvis, forms a band with his best friends and has adventures in the Outback.

Childhood-Defining Moment: The idea that Elvis could have had a redhead kid.


54. Blockbusters

Probably the hardest and least fun of all of Australia's (brilliant) kid's game shows.

Childhood-Defining Moment: It was your first introduction to host Michael Pope, who went on to do many more TV things.


50. Time Masters

The kids on this show were expected to have knowledge AND athletic skills. Whut?

Childhood-Defining Moment: Realising this was the one game show you actually didn't really want to compete on.

48. The Miraculous Mellops

About a strange family that had strange things happen to them (but not as good as Round the Twist).

Childhood-Defining Moment: Waiting for your everyday items to aquire superpowers like the Baseball Cap of Flight or the T-Shirt of Invisibility.


45. Pugwall

About a boy and his band, Pugwall actually started in the '80s but didn't finish until the early '90s.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Feeling really cool watching it because it seemed so grown up at the time.

44. The Gift

Whoever held The Gift held the power... and two guardian angels in the form of strange beings Raff and Enzo. This show was fun but not as good as some of the other gems on this list - sadly, they can't all be on top.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Never hating anyone as much as you hated Edwina.

43. Minty

This show was about two identical girls - a British schoolgirl and an Australian soap star - who switched lives. It was entertaining but again, this is a stiff competition.

Childhood-Defining Moment: The whole "the grass is always greener" lesson of the show.

41. Sky Trackers

A group of families live at a space tracking station in the Outback. Drama and adventures ensue.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Getting your first crush on at least one of the characters (oh heeey Mike).


40. Crash Zone

A bunch of teenagers get paid to play games and muck around on the internet. They were living the dream before you even knew what the dream was.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Getting trauma flashbacks to Mulligrubs thanks to the floating head of the internet named Virgil.

33. Now You See It

This game show was basically a cross between hangman and a find-a-word. Which was great, obviously.

Childhood-Defining Moment: You felt totally smart when you beat the kids competing on the show.

32. Mirror Mirror

An Australian and New Zealand co-production about time traveling teens and Russian conspiracies(!).

Childhood-Defining Moment: Probably the first time you'd ever heard of New Zealand.

30. What's Up Doc?

The only way to watch Warner Bros cartoons back in the day. Literally.

Childhood-Defining Moment: The first time you saw Catriona Rowntree on TV, but most certainly not the last.

26. Johnson and Friends

You loved it but it was also a little unsettling. Like, how are an accordion, toy car, stuffed elephant and hot water bottle ALL THAT BIG.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Going to see the live show.

24. Double Dare

This game show involved an obstacle course that had a balloon pit and paint you had to crawl through. YES.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Getting into trouble for trying to recreate the obstacle course at home.

19. Escape from Jupiter/Return to Jupiter

Escape from Jupiter and its sequel Return to Jupiter were classic Aussie sci-fi. Kids in space!

Childhood-Defining Moment: Emulating the hairstyles on this show, for some crazy reason.

17. Here's Humphrey

Humphrey B. Bear remains one of the most loved characters in Australian history, and also one of the most controversial - that pantsless rascal.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Cuddling your Humphrey B. Bear toy. You know you had one (or two or three).

16. Halfway Across The Galaxy And Turn Left

The kid in this show was in charge of her whole family and got to boss her parents around. Amazing.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Getting nightmares from the enforcer guy.

12. Agro's Cartoon Connection

If you weren't watching Cheez TV on a weekday morning, you were definitely watching Agro.

Childhood-Defining Moment: When you got old enough to understand some of Agro's jokes.

9. Ocean Girl

An alien crash lands on Earth with no memory of where she came from, and befriends two human boys who help her discover her past and save the world. Also there was a whale called Charlie.

Childhood-Defining Moment: Doing the Neri swim.

8. Heartbreak High

The drama, the fashion, the lessons, the FEELINGS. You were such a grown up if you were allowed to watch this (and such a rebel if you snuck it behind your parents' backs.)

Childhood-Defining Moment: Drazic. Just, Drazic.