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    We Watched The Most Iconic British And Australian Kid's TV Shows Ever, And Here Are Our Thoughts

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    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!

    1. Parallax

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    Sam's thoughts: I'm a little confused – who exactly are we supposed to be following in this series? There are a lot of characters and they're all sort of pulling in different directions. I'm intrigued by the whole different personalities in different worlds thing – I feel like that could be a great Black Mirror episode! Una is serving some serious fashion in this episode, but apart from that, I'm not that fussed, I'm afraid.

    Ranking: 3/10

    2. Silversun

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    Sam's thoughts: OMG the theme tune is jokes – it's like an old-school ringtone mixed with a B-side disco track from the '90s! From this episode alone it's clear that there is a lot of tension between everyone on the ship, some good and some bad. Great to see everyone ganging up on the ONLY non-white person on the ship... wow. Leonella is a total mood – I love how she spends most of her time just doing yoga! I gotta say though, there's not much going on here and I'm not overly drawn into the story, I'm afraid.

    Ranking: 4.5/10

    3. Lift Off

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    Sam's thoughts: Cute intro! Oh... I thought it was over and then it just kept on coming! So... what's going on? OMG, there's an eyeless puppet baby trying to kill that little girl! This is like if Derek Jarman made a kids' TV program! There's no structure, it just flows from one vignette into the next and some are truly bizarre... or "cooked". I don't hate it though.

    Ranking: 5/10

    4. Tracey McBean

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    Sam's thoughts: Aw, I like that Tracey is such a role model for kids! She's smart and ambitious – we love to see it! I like this show, but it's pretty simple. I guess if you were a kid it would be easy watching, but it doesn't set my world on fire. Unfortunately, there's only one "Tracy" in my heart! (Read on for more details).

    Ranking: 6/10

    5. The Sleepover Club

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    Sam's thoughts: Okay, GREAT theme tune! I'm kind of getting like a Bratz vibe from the cast, which I'm not mad about. This is definitely one of the most '00s series I've ever seen – all of the references and fashion is painfully '00s! I really recognise Francesca but I don't know why. Also, the P.E. teacher is fiiiiit. Gotta love all these Aussie hunks showing up in these shows. It's generally an okay program, but it's a little dry – I guess it's better viewing when you're young!

    Ranking: 6.5/10

    6. Blue Water High

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    Sam's thoughts: It's shows like this that cement the stereotype that Australians all love surfing and are super hot tan beach bums! Seriously, this feels like SUCH an Australian show to me, if that makes any sense. Like, this would never translate to the UK. There's a lot of drama (even within the first ten minutes), but I'm not sure I care for the set-up that much. Dear GOD I am obsessed with Heath/Adam though. I've actually had to follow him on Insta and now I'm watching this video. I can see why teen girls (and gays) would watch this! My last question is, what's a "grommit"?

    Ranking: 7.5/10

    7. The Saddle Club

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    Sam's thoughts: This show seems like an Australian national treasure, so I don't want to be mean... and good thing I don't have to! I like this series, it has a good wholesome energy. I definitely would've watched it as a kid, I think. It's interesting that some of them have Aussie accents and some are Canadian. And OMG look at young Chris! I could see how if you loved horses you'd be super into this show but yeah, Max is definitely the real stallion of the series.

    Ranking: 8/10 (only cos I'm not a horse girl, tbh)

    8. H20: Just Add Water

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    Sam's thoughts: Straight off the bat, this reminds me of that Aquamarine movie with JoJo, remember? I've gotta say I LOVE the concept. My young gay ass would've been all over this as a kid – dressing up as them, the whole nine yards! This series really digs into the real issues, like how inconvenient it would be to turn into a mermaid suddenly. Also, I love how when they turn, they don't keep what they were wearing on top: are you really a mermaid if you don't having a matching shimmery bralette? It's not the most engaging show, but I do kind of want to know what happens next.

    Ranking: 9/10

    9. Mortified

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    Sam's thoughts: I know Mortified!! I've definitely seen this a few times before and I loved it. You're right, it's not really about anything in particular in that Seinfeld kind of way, but it's still really good. Hector is super cute with the way he's obviously into Taylor, and I can't believe I forgot Maia Mitchell was in this! What an icon. Taylor is a relatable queen, and I love her hippy-dippy parents and sassy sister too.

    Ranking: 9.5/10

    10. Raven

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    Isha's thoughts: Okay, so I watched the clip and I'm confused. Is this...a fictional show? Or is it not? Either way, I couldn't help but laugh, I'm so sorry. Everything was so SERIOUS, like the whole process of watching this kid wear his armour and get ready for battle (to do an obstacle course). And then at the end of it, he casually disappears into a portal. Righto. You can keep this one, as well as Raven, Sam. Haha!

    Ranking: 3/10

    11. Get Your Own Back

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    Isha's thoughts: This is, in a word, wild. I need to know more about the application process for this show because in the clip you showed me a neighbour nearly got gunged for playing her drums too loud. Like, just imagine a bratty kid calling you up and saying, "hey, wanna come on this show with me? You might get dunked because you're annoying!" lol. It's fun, although the giant cockroaches and other bugs are a big no-no. I don't think we had anything similar in Oz!

    Ranking: 4/10

    12. Dick and Dom in da Bungalow

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    Isha's thoughts: SAM, WHAT IS THIS? WHAT AM I WATCHING???? Why are they walking in like that? Why is there a faceless man speaking about marriage? WHY ARE THEY SUDDENLY DANCING??????? AND THIS GOES ON FOR TWO HOURS???

    This is definitive fever dream territory and I'm really not quite sure what to think of it. On one hand, it gives me a headache, but on the other I can appreciate that the hosts are genuinely having a good time and getting lots of laughs.

    Ranking: 5/10

    13. Stupid!

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    Isha's thoughts: British humour, a snapback crown, and a kid shouting "devil finger" β€” this show really had it all. I like how it was a collection of different stories, but that intro part with the gremlin and king was kind of weird, NGL. Stupid! does score points for making me laugh so hard that I coughed during the devil finger part though.

    Ranking: 6/10

    14. Jungle Run

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    Isha's thoughts: I frothed over Jumanji as a kid (the original one, not the remake), so it's no surprise that I found this show really cool and creative. It reminds me a lot of Escape From Scorpion Island, which was basically a kids' version of Survivor with challenges, obstacles, and what not. If they had an adult version of this, I would apply instantly. Also, I'm going to ignore the humans in monkey costumes because they were terrifying.

    Ranking: 7/10

    15. My Parents Are Aliens

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    Isha's thoughts: I'm not a huge fan of laugh tracks as it makes a show feel very sitcom-esque and staged. Skimming through the episode though, My Parents Are Aliens seems like a lot of fun. I loved the intro, I laughed at some of the jokes told by the parents ("I wish I had a social life" LMAO), and I absolutely would have crushed on Trent as a teen.

    Ranking: 7.5/10

    16. The Story of Tracy Beaker

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    Isha's thoughts: A HATE CRIME? Sir, I just wanted to have a good time watching some British kids' shows and now I'm scared. Luckily though, this seems like a good one. I love Tracey's sass – she has to be an Aries or a Leo like me! I mean, she has a whole YouTube video dedicated to her most iconic moments. The animated bits are cute too β€” it actually reminds me a lot of Mortified. Anyway, this one gets a tick from me, so pls don't chuck your tea and biscuits at my house.

    Ranking: 8/10

    17. Mona the Vampire

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    Isha's thoughts: Oh my god, this show seems vaguely familiar, but I can't ever remember watching it. Or maybe I did? Anyway, the theme song slaps and I love how out of everything, Mona chose to be a vampire. That's some real Twilight shit right there. She was a budding goth, and I definitely would have been glued to the screen watching this a kid.

    Ranking: 9/10

    18. Kerching!

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    Isha's thoughts: Wow, this simultaneously brings back memories of customising ringtones AND makes me feel super old. This is a dope show though, there's so much to love. The story is wholesome, the set design is sick (Taj's purple bedroom is a vibe), and we love that POC representation β€” which wasn't huge when I was growing up in Australia. Although, once again, I feel the need to point out the laugh track. You Brits sure love 'em!

    Ranking: 9.5/10

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    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! πŸ’–

    What did you think of our ranking? And did we miss out any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below!