1993 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television


  • 4 January – Australian long running children's series Mr. Squiggle returns to the ABC for a brand new series with now an approximate running time for 5 minutes.
  • 11 January – The Australian version of the hit game show series Jeopardy! hosted by ex-Sale of the Century host Tony Barber begins a brief run on Network Ten.
  • 1 February – The Morning Show, rebranding its name to Good Morning Australia (as GMA with Bert Newton) after the original title name for the previous breakfast show started in 1981 ended. The Morning Show was the future title of a morning programme which made its debut 14 years later.
  • 7 February – The ABC launches its first foray into early-morning news and current affairs with a brand new programme called First Edition presented by Kate Dunstan and Doug Weller.
  • 13 February – Hey Hey It's Saturday and Foreign Correspondent return for another year. At 22, Jo Beth Taylor starts hosting Australia's Funniest Home Video Show for a four-year run
  • 1 March – Prime broadcasts a brand new 6:00 pm news and current affairs programme called Prime 6 O'Clock News.
  • 3 March – The Birthday Cake Interview takes place. This is seen as a crucial factor in the surprise re-election of the ALP in the federal election.
  • 8 March – British long running science fiction series Doctor Who returns to the ABC after a very long absence since its last air in January 1992. Now airing weekday mornings at 4:30 am, the series will start with the first serial of Season 19 Castrovalva and will continue until 3 March 1994 with the fourth and final part of the sixth and final serial of Season 22 Revelation of the Daleks.
  • 15 March – Ten News Perth presenter Rachel McNally quits after a pay dispute and is replaced by Mikayla Turner.
  • 19 March – TV Week Logie Awards hosted by Bert Newton for the 18th time airs on Network Ten. Ray Martin wins the Gold Logie for the first time since 1987.
  • 29 April – In Neighbours, Jim Robinson dies from a heart attack. The last ever of the original 1985 cast members, Alan Dale departs the series. Anne Haddy becomes the last original cast member in Neighbours 8-year history. Jim Robinson is the next character to be killed off the show following the past deaths of characters Daphne Clarke (Elaine Smith, 1988), Kerry Bishop (Linda Hartley, 1990), Harold Bishop (Ian Smith, 1991) & Todd Landers (Kristian Schmid, 1992) being terminated and written out.
  • 24 May – Australian teen music game show Vidiot presented by Eden Gaha returns for a brand new series on ABC.
  • 31 May – A new drama series Paradise Beach begins on the Nine Network.
  • 31 May – NSWRL State of Origin. Queensland vs. NSW games were broadcast on Nine Network.
  • 5 July – British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous debuts on ABC.
  • 5 July – American animated series The Ren and Stimpy Show premieres on Network Ten. It was also the very first Nicktoon to air in Australia.
  • 13 August - Jo Bailey quits Sale Of The Century. Every week, female celebrities replace Bailey until the end on 1993 when a replacement is yet to be announced.
  • 30 August – A new late night sports round-up program Sports Tonight premieres on Network Ten.
  • 8 September – American sitcom Seinfeld debuts on the Nine Network.
  • 20 September – Australian early morning news program First Edition returns with a revamped format presented by Tony Eastley.
  • 22 November – A Country Practice airs on Seven Network for the last time. It will soon be picked by Network Ten for a brief run in 1994.
  • 25 November – Ray Martin presents his final episode of Midday. He moves on to A Current Affair effective from 1994 and is replaced in the Midday role by Derryn Hinch. As a result, Hinch moves from Melbourne to Sydney.
  • 1 December – The Seven Network wins the ratings year for the fifth consecutive year in primetime, with a 34.9% share for Total People. The most watched program was Seven's AFL: 1993 AFL Grand Final.
  • 7 December – American sitcom Seinfeld switches over to airing on Network Ten following bad ratings on Nine.
  • 17 December – Australian children's weekday afternoon magazine series The Afternoon Show airs its final episode at 5:00 pm on ABC with repeats of Widget and The Adventures of Tintin which were both animated series. It was also presented by Michael Tunn who will later host a replacement music show for the axed program titled Loud.
  • Canwest buys Network Ten from Westpac.
  • Neighbours becomes the least watched drama for the fourth year running.
  • ABC/ begins having a 24-hour transmission for the second time, following the launch of the broadcaster's music block rage in April 1987.


Program Network Debut date
Swordfish Network Ten 3 January
The Great Outdoors Seven Network 5 February
Prime 6 O'Clock News Prime 1 March
Full Frontal Seven Network 13 May
Sports Tonight Network Ten 30 August
The Price Is Right Nine Network 13 December
Kideo ABC TV 26 December
Our House Nine Network 1993
Money Nine Network 1993
Ship to Shore Nine Network 1993


Program Network Debut date
United Kingdom Dodgem ABC TV 11 January
United States Wild and Crazy Kids ABC TV 13 January
United Kingdom Troublemakers ABC TV 19 January
United States Fantastic Max ABC TV 25 January
United Kingdom Captain Zed and the Zee Zone Network Ten 7 February
United States Billy Nine Network 9 February
United Kingdom Spider! ABC TV 11 February
United States Melrose Place Network Ten 12 February
United Kingdom Bump ABC TV 1 March
United States Raven Nine Network 9 March
United Kingdom The Borrowers ABC TV 20 March
United States The Mechanical Universe ABC TV 29 March
France Canada The Adventures of Tintin ABC TV 5 April
United Kingdom Toucan Tecs ABC TV 12 April
Canada The Girl from Mars ABC TV 19 April
United Kingdom Time Riders ABC TV 22 May
United Kingdom Noddy's Toyland Adventures ABC TV 26 May
United States Picket Fences Network Ten 10 June
United Kingdom Absolutely Fabulous ABC TV 5 July
United States The Ren and Stimpy Show Network Ten 5 July
United Kingdom 2 point 4 Children ABC TV 16 July
Wales Joshua Jones ABC TV 4 August
Canada Mission Reading ABC TV 9 August
United Kingdom Canada Rupert ABC TV 23 August
United States Seinfeld[1] Nine Network 8 September
United Kingdom Freddie and Max ABC TV 8 September
United Kingdom One Foot in the Grave ABC TV 11 September
United States The Baby-Sitters Club ABC TV 13 September
United Kingdom A Year in Provence ABC TV 13 September
United Kingdom Bad Boyes ABC TV 27 September
Canada United States Madeline (TV specials) ABC TV 28 September
United States Japan The Adventures of T-Rex Network Ten 4 October
United States Lamb Chop's Play Along Seven Network 4 October
United Kingdom Truckers ABC TV 6 October
United Kingdom Brum ABC TV 6 October
United States Ghostwriter ABC TV 10 October
United Kingdom Streetwise ABC TV 20 October
United Kingdom Tell Tale Hearts ABC TV 24 October
United States Blossom Seven Network 29 November
United States Canada Dog City Network Ten 1 December
United States Boys from the Bush Seven Network 2 December
United States Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Seven Network 2 December
United Kingdom Men Behaving Badly ABC TV 6 December
United States Silk Stalkings Nine Network 23 December
United Kingdom Shakespeare: The Animated Tales SBS TV 27 December
United Kingdom Madness ABC TV 30 December
United States Batman: The Animated Series Nine Network 1993
United States Goof Troop Seven Network 1993
United States Disney's The Little Mermaid Seven Network 1993
United States Fievel's American Tails Network Ten 1993
United States Northern Exposure Network Ten 1993
United States X-Men Network Ten 1993
United States Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars Network Ten 1993
United States Capitol Critters Network Ten 1993
United States Back to the Future: The Animated Series Network Ten 1993
United States Taz-Mania Nine Network 1993

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.


Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
Round the Twist ABC TV Seven Network 20 March


Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States Dungeons and Dragons Network Ten Seven Network 29 November
United States Seinfeld[2] Network Ten Nine Network 7 December

Television shows[edit]


Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
November E Street Channel Ten 1989
17 December The Afternoon Show ABC 1987


  1. ^ Hawker, Philippa (8 September 1993). "Three cheers for two new 'Cheers'". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. p. 19. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Dempsey, Shelley (22 November 1993). "ANTENNAE". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 2. Retrieved 13 January 2010.