Hi, I'm Sam from BuzzFeed UK, and this is my friend Isha, who works at BuzzFeed Oz!
We've been chatting away about the weird overlap between our country's children's TV shows – examples include Jeopardy, Round The Twist, and Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids. And that got us wondering, which kids' shows did we *not* share?
Well, as it turns out, A LOT. And what better way to celebrate this cultural disparity than by getting each other to watch our respective childhood faves and rate them? Let's kick off with the best Australia has to offer!
3. Lift Off
4. Tracey McBean
5. The Sleepover Club
6. Blue Water High
7. The Saddle Club
8. H20: Just Add Water
11. Get Your Own Back
12. Dick and Dom in da Bungalow
14. Jungle Run
15. My Parents Are Aliens
16. The Story of Tracy Beaker
17. Mona the Vampire
Sam: I don't know if you found this Isha, but the accents were SO distracting. Like, I couldn't stop hearing them. Saying that, we had a lot of Aussie kids' shows become quite big over here, so I don't know why I'm acting so pressed by that. A few of these shows were very good – I could see myself getting into Blue Water High and H20: Just Add Water as a kid – but mostly I think we had better kids' shows! ;)
Isha: Funnily enough, I had the exact same reaction! I also noticed that British kids' shows are just different to what we had in Australia – and I really didn't expect that. Like, the humour, the storylines, and generally what was available... so that was really interesting.
I'm obviously biased as I think Australian kids' shows can top yours any day of the week (hehe), but as an olive branch I'll say that Jeopardy (an Australian-British children's show) knocks all of these out of the park. Teamwork makes the dream work! 💖