1995 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Events[edit]

  • 2 January – Hey Hey It's Saturday launches in 1995 without Ossie Ostrich as Ernie Carroll, who was Graham Kennedy's on-screenwriter from the early IMT days, retired at the end of 1994. Spin-off The Best/Worst Of Red Faces had specials aired on February 13, May 15 and August 10
  • 18 January – American sitcom The Nanny premieres on Network Ten.
  • 24 January – Australian lifestyle series Better Homes and Gardens premieres on Seven Network.
  • 30 January – Australian current affairs programme Today Tonight airs on Seven Network. The show will be launched with individual editions in each of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.
  • 10 February – Roger Climpson presents his final bulletin for Seven Nightly News after deciding to stand down after his diagnosis with prostate cancer. Ann Sanders replaced him the following Monday (13 February).
  • 14 February – Australian drama series Fire screens on Seven Network.
  • 17 February – Australian children's education series Lift Off is back with a brand new series at 4:30pm on ABC.
  • 20 March – Australian children's comedy series The Ferals return for a brand new series at 5:00pm every Monday on ABC.
  • 24 March – Final episode of the Australian children's educational series Lift Off airs on ABC.
  • 24 April – Australian comedy series which satirised 1970s-era U.S. police television dramas Funky Squad debuts on the ABC only running for 7 episodes.
  • 24 April – The First Oz Lotto draw screened on Television starting on the Seven Network then the Nine Network in 2005.
  • 1 May – Kerry Stokes becomes chairman of the Seven Network after reaching 20% ownership of the company.
  • 29 May – Australian children's game show A*mazing returns to Seven Network for a brand new series.
  • 29 May – Australian teenage game show Vidiot returns for a new brand series on ABC at 5:30pm with Scott McRae as presenter once again.
  • 26 June – The ABC broadcasts the final episode of the Australian children's comedy series The Ferals at 5:00pm.
  • 10 July – Network Ten debuts a brand new weekday morning children's cartoon programme called Cheez TV presented by teenagers Jade Gatt and Ryan Lappin.
  • 20 July – Final episode of Australian teen game show Vidiot airs on ABC at 5:30pm with a special guest appearance by Andrew Denton.
  • 24 July - Sale Of The Century celebrates its 15th anniversary with a one-hour tribute special airs on the Nine Network at 7:30pm.
  • 3 October – Australian game show Wheel of Fortune broadcasts, produces and airs its 3000th episode.
  • STW-9 is purchased by Sunraysia Television after a fierce bidding war with WIN Television.
  • Juanita Phillips leaves Network Ten to join new news channel services by Foxtel, Sky News the following year.
  • Pay television arrives in Australia with Foxtel & Optus Vision launching in the metropolitan areas & Galaxy & Austar launching in regional areas that year.
  • Anne Fulwood returns to the Seven Network in October to present its new late night news bulletin.

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Free-to-air television Domestic series[edit]

Program Network Debut date
Better Homes and Gardens Seven Network 24 January
Today Tonight Seven Network 30 January
Wildlife with Olivia Newton-John Nine Network 2 February
Fire Seven Network 14 February
Sky Trackers Seven Network 19 March
Funky Squad ABC TV 24 April
Gladiators Seven Network 29 April
Echo Point Network Ten 1 June
Correlli ABC TV 1 July
Glad Rags Nine Network 3 July
Insight SBS TV 6 July
Cheez TV Network Ten 10 July
Blue Murder ABC TV 14 September
Spellbinder Nine Network 25 September
RPA Nine Network 28 September
Lizzie's Library ABC TV 6 November
Face to Face Seven Network 19 November
Yamba's Playtime Imparja Television 1995

Free-to-air television International series[edit]

Program Network Debut date
Netherlands Mr. Raab SBS TV 3 January
United States Moon Over Miami Network Ten 5 January
Germany Great Epochs of European Art SBS TV 8 January
France The Spirit of Freedom SBS TV 9 January
United Kingdom Goodnight Sweetheart ABC TV 16 January
United Kingdom An Actor's Life for Me ABC TV 16 January
United States The Larry Sanders Show Network Ten 18 January
United States Dream On Network Ten 18 January
United States The Nanny Network Ten 18 January
United Kingdom Screaming ABC TV 24 January
United Kingdom Floyd on Italy SBS TV 28 January
United States Canada Cadillacs and Dinosaurs Network Ten 30 January
United States Australia Time Trax Seven Network 31 January
United Kingdom The Vampyr SBS TV 3 February
United States California Dreams Seven Network 4 February
United States Name Your Adventure Seven Network 4 February
United States The Unknown Marx Brothers ABC TV 4 February
Netherlands Heartbeat of Our Times SBS TV 4 February
United Kingdom Love on a Branch Line ABC TV 5 February
United States Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Network Ten 13 February
United States Fortune Hunter Network Ten 16 February
United States The Last Shot Network Ten 16 February
United States ER Nine Network 16 February
United States The Cosby Mysteries Network Ten 17 February
United States Canada The Terrible Thunderlizards Network Ten 18 February
United States Skeleton Warriors Network Ten 18 February
United Kingdom A Dark-Adapted Eye ABC TV 26 February
United Kingdom Doctor Finlay ABC TV 3 March
United States Aladdin Seven Network 4 March
United States Spider-Man (1994) Network Ten 4 March
United States Bakersfield P.D. Seven Network 7 March
United Kingdom Victor and Hugo ABC TV 14 March
United Kingdom Cracker Seven Network 16 March
Republic of Ireland Family ABC TV 19 March
France Wild Sanctuaries SBS TV 28 March
Germany The Hallo Spencer Show Nine Network 3 April
Spain The Wisdom of The Gnomes ABC TV 9 April
United States Cybill Nine Network 10 April
United Kingdom Archer's Goon ABC TV 14 April
Canada Curse of the Viking Grave ABC TV 14 April
Canada A Bunch of Munsch ABC TV 17 April
Spain Tango SBS TV 18 April
Canada Due South Seven Network 20 April
United Kingdom Pie in the Sky ABC TV 23 April
Canada RoboCop: The Series Seven Network 29 April
United Kingdom What-a-Mess (UK) ABC TV 3 May
United States Harts of the West Seven Network 3 May
United States Chicago Hope Seven Network 8 May
United Kingdom Nice Town ABC TV 14 May
South Africa Ordinary People SBS TV 25 May
United States Robin's Hoods Network Ten 26 May
United States Problem Child Network Ten 27 May
United States Living Single Nine Network 30 May
United Kingdom The Clive James Show ABC TV 3 June
United Kingdom A Skirt Through History ABC TV 7 June
United States Saved by the Bell: The New Class Seven Network 10 June
United Kingdom The Vicar of Dibley ABC TV 12 June
United States Homefront Seven Network 21 June
United Kingdom Cook's Tour of France SBS TV 1 July
United States The Tick Network Ten 1 July
United Kingdom Earthfasts ABC TV 3 July
United Kingdom Art Attack ABC TV 3 July
Poland Maidens and Widows SBS 4 July
United States Canada Free Willy Nine Network 8 July
United States Children of the Dust Nine Network 9 July
United Kingdom Anytime Tales ABC TV 10 July
Japan Teknoman Network Ten 10 July
United Kingdom Seaforth ABC TV 14 July
United Kingdom Defenders of the Wild SBS 17 July
Japan Funky Fables Network Ten 21 July
United States Rocko's Modern Life ABC TV 24 July
United States Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Network Ten 29 July
United States It Had to Be You Seven Network 7 August
United Kingdom Private Life of Plants ABC TV 12 August
Canada Are You Afraid of the Dark? ABC TV 13 August
Canada Rigolecole ABC TV 16 August
United Kingdom All-New British Bloopers Seven Network 18 August
Canada France United States The Busy World of Richard Scarry ABC TV 21 August
United Kingdom Tears Before Bedtime ABC TV 27 August
Japan Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid Nine Network 4 September
United Kingdom Avenger Penguins ABC TV 6 September
United Kingdom Martin Chuzzlewit ABC TV 10 September
United States Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats Seven Network 16 September
United Kingdom State of the Ark SBS TV 17 September
United Kingdom Chandler & Co ABC TV 22 September
United States American Cinema ABC TV 22 September
New Zealand All for One ABC TV 25 September
Canada United States Monster Force Network Ten 30 September
Australia New Zealand Mirror, Mirror Network Ten 30 September
United States Bodies of Evidence Seven Network 2 October
United States The George Carlin Show Seven Network 4 October
Canada United States ReBoot Seven Network 7 October
United Kingdom The Legends of Treasure Island ABC TV 8 October
United States 2 Stupid Dogs Seven Network 9 October
United Kingdom United States Canada Magic Adventures of Mumfie ABC TV 13 October
Japan The Littl' Bits Network Ten 20 October
United States The Native Americans SBS TV 22 October
United States Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa Nine Network 26 October
United States Journey to the Heart of the World Seven Network 31 October
United States We All Have Tales Network Ten 4 November
Canada The Real Story of ABC TV 7 November
United Kingdom Band of Gold Seven Network 7 November
United Kingdom Chris Cross ABC TV 12 November
United Kingdom Reputations ABC TV 20 November
Canada Katie and Orbie ABC TV 24 November
United Kingdom Five Children and It ABC TV 25 November
United Kingdom Scavengers Network Ten 3 December
United States Party of Five Network Ten 3 December
United States Sweet Justice Network Ten 4 December
Canada The Legend of White Fang ABC TV 4 December
United States Madman of the People Network Ten 5 December
United States University Hospital Network Ten 5 December
United States Viper Nine Network 5 December
United States New York Undercover Network Ten 6 December
United States Homicide: Life on the Street Seven Network 6 December
United States High Tide Network Ten 7 December
United States Gargoyles Seven Network 9 December
United Kingdom Crocodile Shoes Nine Network 9 December
Soviet Union United States Animated Classic Showcase ABC TV 10 December
United States Ellen Seven Network 11 December
Spain Choof! SBS TV 12 December
Italy Octopus 12 SBS TV 12 December
United States Weird Science Network Ten 13 December
Germany Stella Stellaris SBS TV 14 December
United Kingdom Return of the Psammead ABC TV 16 December
United States Phenom Nine Network 16 December
United States Me and the Boys Nine Network 16 December
United States BattleTech: The Animated Series Seven Network 23 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.

International[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States Beakman's World Nine Network Network Ten 23 January
United States C.O.P.S. Network Ten Nine Network 30 October
United States United Kingdom Wales Fantastic Max Seven Network ABC TV 14 December
Australia France United States Clowning Around II ABC TV Seven Network 15 December

Subscription premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian subscription television that had previously premiered on Australian free-to-air television. Programs may still air on the original free-to-air television network.

Domestic[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Kaboodle Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
Seven Network
23 October (Nickelodeon)
Home and Away Fox8 Seven Network 24 October
Elly & Jools Max
Nickelodeon
Nine Network
Police Rescue Arena ABC TV

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
A-Team, TheUnited States The A-Team[3] TV1 Network Ten April
United States Battlestar Galactica[3] TV1 Seven Network April
United States Benson[3] TV1 [citation needed] April
Bionic Woman, The United States The Bionic Woman[3] TV1 [citation needed] April
United States B. J. and the Bear[3] TV1 [citation needed] April
United States Dennis the Menace (1959)[3] TV1 Seven Network
Nine Network
Network Ten (as Channel 0)
April
United States Dragnet[3] TV1 [citation needed] April
United States Fonz and the Happy Days Gang[3] TV1 Nine Network April
United States Canada Friday the 13th: The Series[3] TV1 Network Ten April
United States Gimme a Break![3] TV1 [citation needed] April
Incredible Hulk, The United States The Incredible Hulk[3] TV1 Seven Network April
Jeffersons, TheUnited States The Jeffersons[3] TV1 Network Ten (as Channel 0) April
United States Knight Rider[3] TV1 Nine Network April
United States McHale's Navy[3] TV1 Nine Network April
United States Miami Vice[3] TV1 Nine Network
Network Ten
April
Rockford Files, TheUnited States The Rockford Files[3] TV1 Network Ten (as Channel 0) April
United States She Wolf of London[3] TV1 [citation needed] April
United States TJ Hooker[3] TV1 Network Ten April
United States Webster[3] TV1 [citation needed] April
United States Twinkle the Dream Being Max 7 August
United Kingdom Fiddley Foodle Bird Max 23 September
United States The Flintstones Cartoon Network Seven Network
Nine Network
Network Ten (as Channel 0)
3 October
United States The Jetsons Cartoon Network Seven Network 3 October
United States Thundarr the Barbarian Cartoon Network Network Ten
Seven Network
3 October
United States Secret Squirrel Cartoon Network ABC TV
Seven Network
3 October
Rugrats United States Rugrats[6] Nickelodeon ABC TV 23 October
United States Baywatch Fox8 Network Ten 23 October
United States Rocko's Modern Life Nickelodeon ABC TV 23 October
United States L.A. Law Fox8 Network Ten 23 October
Canada United States Papa Beaver's Storytime Nickelodeon 23 October
United States Gullah Gullah Island Nickelodeon 23 October
Canada Are You Afraid of the Dark? Nickelodeon ABC TV 23 October
United States Garfield and Friends Nickelodeon Network Ten 23 October
United States Nick Arcade Nickelodeon 23 October
United States The Simpsons Fox8 Network Ten 23 October
United States Capitol Critters Fox8 Network Ten 27 October
United Kingdom Dig and Dug Nickelodeon 28 October
United States The Ren and Stimpy Show Nickelodeon Network Ten 28 October
United States Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Nickelodeon ABC TV 28 October
United States Roundhouse Nickelodeon 28 October
United States The Perils of Penelope Pitstop Cartoon Network Nine Network 1 November
United States Airwolf TV1 Seven Network 6 November
Spain Netherlands The World of David the Gnome Nickelodeon ABC TV 20 November
United Kingdom Postman Pat Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
United Kingdom Rosie and Jim Max
Nickelodeon
Republic of Ireland Dino Babies Max
Nickelodeon
United Kingdom The Wombles (1973) Max ABC TV
United States Mr. Bogus Max
United Kingdom Eye of the Storm Max
United States Dynasty Fox8 Seven Network
United Kingdom Captain Zed and the Zee Zone Max Network Ten
United Kingdom The Family Ness Max ABC TV
France United States Canada Inspector Gadget Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
United States The Berenstain Bears Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
United States Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Max
Cartoon Network
Nine Network
Seven Network
United States Quick Draw McGraw Max Nine Network
Seven Network
United Kingdom Wizadora Max
Nickelodeon
United States Beverly Hills 90210 Fox8 Network Ten
United States My Little Pony 'n Friends Max Nine Network
United Kingdom The Trap Door Max ABC TV
United Kingdom The Perishers Max
United States Doug Nickelodeon Network Ten
Canada Scotland The Campbells Fox8 ABC TV
United States Canada Eek! The Cat Fox Kids Network Ten
United States Peter Pan and the Pirates Fox Kids Network Ten
United Kingdom Scotland United States Hurricanes Max
United States Cops Fox8 Network Ten
United Kingdom Brum Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
United States The Baby Huey Show Max
United States Atom Ant Max ABC TV
Seven Network
United Kingdom Poddington Peas Max
United States Hong Kong Phooey Max
Cartoon Network
Nine Network
Seven Network
Canada C.L.Y.D.E. Max
Nickelodeon
United Kingdom The Amazing Adventures of Morph Max ABC TV
United States Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines Max
Cartoon Network
Nine Network
Network Ten
Seven Network
United Kingdom The Giddy Game Show Max ABC TV
United Kingdom The Greedysaurus Gang Max ABC TV
United Kingdom Bananaman Max ABC TV
United States Casper and Friends Max
Nickelodeon
Network Ten
United Kingdom Puddle Lane Max ABC TV
United Kingdom Outside Edge Arena
Canada Road to Avonlea Arena
United States Dennis the Menace (1986) Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
United States Denver, the Last Dinosaur Max
Nickelodeon
Nine Network
United States Mighty Max Max
Nickelodeon
Seven Network
United States Rocky and Bullwinkle Max Nine Network
Seven Network
Network Ten
ABC TV
United Kingdom Roobarb Max ABC TV
United States Bobby's World Fox Kids Network Ten
United States Clarissa Explains It All Nickelodeon
United States Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire Max
Nickelodeon
United States Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills Max
United Kingdom The Little Green Man Max
Canada United States ReBoot Max Seven Network
United Kingdom Juniper Jungle Max
Nickelodeon
United States Josie and the Pussycats Max
Cartoon Network
Nine Network
Seven Network
United States Allegra's Window Nickelodeon
United States Rimba's Island Fox Kids
United Kingdom Tales from Fat Tulip's Garden Max ABC TV
United States The All-New Popeye Show Max
Nickelodeon
Seven Network
United Kingdom Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Max Seven Network
New Zealand The Fire-Raiser Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
United States Inch High Private Eye Cartoon Network Nine Network
Seven Network
United Kingdom The New Shoe People Max
Nickelodeon
United States SK8-TV Nickelodeon
United States The Tick Fox Kids Network Ten
United Kingdom Australia The Tripods Max Seven Network
Canada The Odyssey Nickelodeon
United States Yogi's Treasure Hunt Cartoon Network Seven Network
United States Zazoo U Fox Kids
United States Canada Young Robin Hood Cartoon Network Seven Network
United States SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Cartoon Network Seven Network
United Kingdom Moonacre Max
Nickelodeon
New Zealand Steel Riders Max
Nickelodeon
Network Ten
United States Storybreak Max ABC TV
United States Rhoda Arena Nine Network
United States Harry and the Hendersons TV1 ABC TV
United States Parker Lewis Can't Lose TV1 Nine Network
United States Picket Fences FOX8 Network Ten
Canada Urban Angel Arena
United States Stunt Dawgs TV1
United States Tabitha TV1 Seven Network
New Zealand Marlin Bay Arena
Japan Kimba the White Lion Max
Nickelodeon
ABC TV
United States The Real Ghostbusters TV1 Network Ten
Nine Network
United States Goober and the Ghost Chasers Cartoon Network Network Ten
Canada Neon Rider Arena
Canada Kids in the Hall Arena
Canada Maniac Mansion Arena Network Ten
United Kingdom The Secret Cabaret Arena SBS
United States Super Dave Arena
United Kingdom Duty Free Arena Seven Network
United Kingdom Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Arena ABC TV
United States Saturday Night Live Arena
United States Hill Street Blues Arena Seven Network
Nine Network
Network Ten
ABC TV
United States The Munsters Today TV1 Network Ten
United Kingdom Brookside Arena SBS
United States St. Elsewhere Arena Nine Network
Japan Canada The Adventures of the Little Koala TV1 Nine Network
United States Eerie, Indiana Max Seven Network
Canada France New Zealand The Adventures of the Black Stallion Nickelodeon
United States Jennifer Slept Here TV1 Nine Network
Japan Astro Boy Max ABC
United States It's Garry Shandling's Show TV1 Nine Network
United Kingdom The Manageress Arena ABC
United Kingdom Robin of Sherwood Arena Nine Network
United States Fonz and the Happy Days Gang TV1 Nine Network
United States Valley of the Dolls Arena
United States Heathcliff Cartoon Network Nine Network
United States Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Fox Kids Network Ten
United States The Flintstone Kids Cartoon Network Seven Network
United States The Centurions Cartoon Network Network Ten
United Kingdom Sorrell and Son Arena ABC TV
United Kingdom Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years Arena ABC TV
United States Quantum Leap TV1 Network Ten
United States Who's the Boss? TV1 Network Ten
United States Soap TV1 ABC TV
United States Doogie Howser M.D. Fox8 Network Ten
United States The Girl with Something Extra TV1 Nine Network
United States Cop Rock Fox8 Network Ten
United Kingdom In Loving Memory Arena
United Kingdom Just So Stories Nickelodeon
United States Starman TV1 Network Ten


Television shows[edit]

ABC TV

Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
24 March Lift Off ABC TV 1992
20 April Janus ABC TV 1994
5 June Funky Squad ABC TV 24 April 1995
26 June The Ferals ABC TV 1994
1 July The Zone Nine Network 1994
7 July The Big Breakfast Network Ten 1992
20 July Vidiot ABC TV 1992
21 July Glad Rags Nine Network 3 July 1995
1 September Correlli ABC TV 1 July 1995
8 September Big Girl's Blouse Channel Seven 1994
10 September Sky Trackers Channel Seven 19 March 1995
21 September Blue Murder ABC TV 14 September 1995
7 November Spellbinder Nine Network 25 September 1995
14 November The Investigators ABC TV 1985
22 November Total Recall Seven Network 1994
28 November The Times Seven Network 1994
30 November Denton Seven Network 1994
1 December Echo Point Network Ten 1 June 1995
8 December Lizzie's Library ABC TV 6 November 1995
23 December Mirror, Mirror Network Ten 30 September 1995

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bertolus, Phil (2 February 1995). "AT HOME WITH PAY TV". The Age Green Guide. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. p. 1. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Oliver, Robin (6 March 1997). "Galaxy of stars but light on hard info". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 8. Retrieved 27 December 2009. In addition to its sports network, already operating, Galaxy trebled the choice on Friday when Showtime, a premium movie channel, and Encore, a movie favourites channel, got under way. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Wilmoth, Peter (15 April 1995). "Do we really need pay-TV". The Sunday Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. p. 5. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d Browne, Rachel (22 April 1995). "Galaxy takes knife to fees". The Sun-Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 23. Retrieved 21 December 2009. XYZ Entertainment is launching the other four Galaxy channels today. They are a documentary channel Quest, children's and cult TV channel Max, general entertainment channel Arena and music channel Red. 
  5. ^ Andrew, By (5 December 1995). "New TV channel for those born to shop". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 2. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rugrats in Australia". Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010.