1989 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Below is a list of television-related events in 1989.

Events[edit]

Television[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Program Network Debut date
E Street Network Ten 25 January
Til Ten Network Ten 30 January
Australia's Most Wanted Seven Network 5 February
Tanamera – Lion of Singapore Network Ten 7 February
The Family Business Network Ten 14 February
Edens Lost ABC TV 28 February
The Big Gig ABC TV 28 February
G.P. ABC TV 7 March
Double Dare Network Ten 13 March
Police Rescue ABC TV 15 March
The Bert Newton Show Seven Network 20 March
The Power, The Passion Seven Network 20 March
Couchman ABC TV 12 April
Fast Forward Seven Network 12 April
Living with the Law ABC TV 24 April
Media Watch ABC TV 8 May
Dearest Enemy ABC TV 8 May
Bunyip ABC TV 5 June
Pugwall Nine Network 13 June
Eat Carpet SBS TV 16 June
Club 10 Network Ten 17 June
Countdown Revolution ABC TV 3 July
Family Double Dare 10 TV Australia 24 July
Candid Camera on Austraia 10 TV Australia 25 July
Superquiz 10 TV Australia 25 July
Happy Hatchday to Plasmo ABC TV 4 August
Acropolis Now Seven Network 9 August
Spin 10 TV Australia 16 December
Bright Sparks Unknown 1989

New international programming[edit]

Program Network Debut date
United Kingdom Lost Belongings ABC TV 2 January
United States Global Rivals SBS TV 3 January
United Kingdom Intimate Contact Network Ten 3 January
United Kingdom Talking Animals ABC TV 4 January
United States Brown Sugar SBS TV 4 January
United Kingdom How to Be Celtic SBS TV 22 January
New Zealand The Fire-Raiser ABC TV 30 January
United States Kids Incorporated Seven Network 30 January
United States Fast Times Network Ten 5 February
United States The Munsters Today Network Ten 5 February
United Kingdom Count Duckula ABC TV 6 February
United Kingdom Home James! ABC TV 6 February
United States China Beach Nine Network 6 February
United States Wiseguy Nine Network 7 February
United States Empty Nest Seven Network 10 February
Canada Bizarre Network Ten 13 February
United States Roseanne Network Ten 14 February
United States Mission: Impossible (1988) Nine Network 16 February
Czechoslovakia Roby and Boby on the Roads ABC TV 18 February
United States Thirtysomething Network Ten 21 February
Sweden Vicky the Viking ABC TV 23 February
United States Billionaire Boys Club Seven Network 27 February
Germany Topsy Turvy SBS TV 1 March
United Kingdom The Adventures of Spot ABC TV 6 March
France/Japan/Switzerland/Italy Once Upon a Time... Life SBS TV 10 March
United Kingdom Henry's Leg ABC TV 20 March
United States Storybreak ABC TV 21 March
United States It's Garry Shandling's Show Nine Network 22 March
United States The Bronx Zoo Network Ten 29 March
United States/United Kingdom Jack the Ripper (1988) Seven Network 2 April
United States Rags to Riches Network Ten 8 April
United States Midnight Caller Seven Network 12 April
United Kingdom Tripper's Day ABC TV 23 April
United Kingdom Blind Justice ABC TV 30 April
United Kingdom Aliens in the Family (1987) ABC TV 2 May
United Kingdom The Thatcher Factor SBS TV 4 May
United Kingdom White Peak Farm ABC TV 10 May
Canada Danger Bay ABC TV 16 May
United States Mama's Boy Nine Network 27 May
Hong Kong Pet and Pest SBS TV 2 June
United Kingdom The Secret World of Polly Flint ABC TV 5 June
Czechoslovakia Safari SBS TV 14 June
France The Image in the Mirror SBS TV 14 June
Sweden Xerxes SBS TV 15 June
United Kingdom Lizzie's Pictures ABC TV 18 June
Italy Mother Again SBS TV 20 June
Greece The Other Side of the River SBS TV 20 June
United Kingdom Dead Head ABC TV 21 June
United States Mr. Belvedere Seven Network 21 June
United Kingdom Codename: Kyril Seven Network 25 June
United Kingdom Farrington of the F.O. Seven Network 29 June
United States Eisenhower and Lutz Network Ten 7 July
United States The New Mike Hammer Nine Network 13 July
Spain/Netherlands The World of David the Gnome ABC TV 14 July
United States Full House Seven Network 14 July
United Kingdom Hannay ABC TV 15 July
United States Superboy Nine Network 17 July
United States The Wonder Years 10 TV Australia 24 July
United States Quantum Leap 10 TV Australia 24 July
Netherlands Rising Waters SBS TV 25 July
United Kingdom Supersense ABC TV 27 July
United States Just the Ten of Us Nine Network 1 August
United States Teen Wolf Nine Network 5 August
United Kingdom The Road to War: Great Britain, Italy, Japan, USA ABC TV 6 August
Italy The Kids in 12C SBS TV 7 August
Germany The Show with the Mouse ABC TV 10 August
United States Superman Nine Network 12 August
Canada/United States My Pet Monster Seven Network 13 August
United Kingdom Odysseus: The Greatest Hero of Them All ABC TV 16 August
United States AlfTales Seven Network 27 August
United Kingdom/Australia The Heroes 10 TV Australia 27 August
Canada Diamonds Seven Network 28 August
United Kingdom Big World Cafe SBS TV 1 September
United States Lonesome Dove Seven Network 4 September
United States Everything's Relative 10 TV Australia 8 September
United Kingdom London Embassy ABC TV 10 September
Canada Ramona ABC TV 11 September
United States Baby Boom Seven Network 11 September
United Kingdom Out to Tuesday SBS TV 12 September
Canada Just for Laughs ABC TV 14 September
Canada T. and T. Seven Network 18 September
United Kingdom The Bell Seven Network 21 September
Canada My Secret Identity 10 TV Australia 21 September
United States Hollywood Legends ABC TV 23 September
United States C.O.P.S. Nine Network 23 September
United States Dennis the Menace (1986) ABC TV 2 October
United Kingdom Tickets for the Titanic SBS TV 8 October
United States Brotherhood of the Rose Seven Network 8 October
United States Around the World in 80 Days Nine Network 8 October
United States High Mountain Rangers 10 TV Australia 8 October
United States Denver, the Last Dinosaur Nine Network 9 October
United Kingdom Running Scared ABC TV 12 October
United States Raising Miranda 10 TV Australia 14 October
United States The Oldest Rookie Seven Network 15 October
United Kingdom Red Dwarf ABC TV 21 October
United Kingdom City Tails ABC TV 25 October
United States Windmills of the Gods Seven Network 29 October
United States Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater Seven Network 19 November
United States Paradise Seven Network 19 November
United States Aaron's Way ABC TV 19 November
Canada/France The Smoggies ABC TV 20 November
United Kingdom The Ratties ABC TV 20 November
United States Married... with Children 10 TV Australia 20 November
United States Sonny Spoon Nine Network 22 November
United Kingdom Miss Marple Seven Network 22 November
United States Tattingers Nine Network 23 November
United Kingdom Dear John (UK) Seven Network 23 November
United Kingdom Pulaski: The TV Detective ABC TV 25 November
United States The Wizard 10 TV Australia 26 November
United Kingdom Chelmsford 123 ABC TV 28 November
United States TV 101 10 TV Australia 28 November
United States Buck James Nine Network 29 November
United States Private Eye 10 TV Australia 29 November
United Kingdom After Henry ABC TV 1 December
United Kingdom Andy Capp Seven Network 4 December
United Kingdom Vanity Fair (1989) ABC TV 9 December
United States Knightwatch Seven Network 10 December
United States Dirty Dancing Seven Network 11 December
United Kingdom Cover Her Face Nine Network 11 December
United States Leg Work 10 TV Australia 14 December
United Kingdom Simon and the Witch ABC TV 18 December
United States Secrets & Mysteries Nine Network 18 December
United States Square One Television ABC TV 18 December
United Kingdom Death of an Expert Witness Seven Network 18 December
United States Nearly Departed Seven Network 26 December
Canada Night Heat Seven Network 26 December

Changes to network affiliation[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on an Australian television network that had previously premiered on another Australian television network. The networks involved in the switch of allegiances are predominantly both free-to-air networks or both subscription television networks. Programs that have their free-to-air/subscription television premiere, after previously premiering on the opposite platform (free-to air to subscription/subscription to free-to air) are not included. In some cases, programs may still air on the original television network. This occurs predominantly with programs shared between subscription television networks.

Domestic[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
The Price Is Right 10 TV Australia Seven Network 29 July

International[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States Hill Street Blues ABC TV Seven Network 13 January
United States Gumby ABC TV Nine Network
Seven Network
20 February
United Kingdom Minder Seven Network ABC TV 2 May
United States Miami Vice 10 TV Australia Nine Network 30 August
United States The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show ABC TV Seven Network
10 TV Australia
9 October
United Kingdom Floyd on Fish ABC TV SBS TV 13 October
New Zealand Sea Urchins ABC TV 10 TV Australia 1989

Television shows[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
January Young Talent Time Network Ten 1971
19 January University Challenge ABC TV 1987
3 February Earthwatch ABC TV 1979
4 February Rock Arena ABC TV 1982
15 February Tanamera – Lion of Singapore Network Ten 7 February 1989
24 February Ridgey Didge Network Ten 1987
2 March Edens Lost ABC TV 28 February 1989
14 March The Family Business Network Ten 14 February 1989
12 April The Last Resort ABC TV 1988
6 May The Factory ABC TV 1987
9 June Swap Shop ABC TV 1988
10 June The Early Bird Show Network Ten 1985
16 June The Oz Game ABC TV 1988
22 June Richmond Hill Network Ten 1988
30 June Bunyip ABC TV 5 June 1989
7 August Family Double Dare 10 TV Australia 24 July 1989
26 August Club 10 10 TV Australia 17 June 1989
14 September The Price Is Right 10 TV Australia 29 July 1989
17 November Perfect Match 10 TV Australia 1984
17 November The Bert Newton Show Seven Network 20 March 1989

Returning this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
29 July The Price Is Right 10 TV Australia 1981

TV movies[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]