1997 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Events[edit]

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Rebranded channels[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Bay City Seven Network 4 January
The Eric Bana Show Live Seven Network 30 January
Fallen Angels ABC 7 February
Challenger Nine Network 10 February
Big Sky Network Ten 17 February
RPM Network Ten 30 March
Good Guys, Bad Guys Nine Network 30 March
Burgo's Catch Phrase Nine Network 31 March
Plucka's Place Nine Network 5 April
Race Around the World ABC 2 June
The Wayne Manifesto ABC 2 June
Magic Mountain ABC 3 June
Plasmo ABC 4 June
Return to Jupiter ABC 8 June
Bush Telegraph Seven Network 8 August
Murder Call Nine Network 11 August
Shape, Shape, Shape ABC 11 August
State Coroner Network Ten 14 August
The Adventures of Lano and Woodley ABC 1 September
Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord Nine Network 1 September
Swinging ABC 10 September
Bullpitt! Seven Network 22 September
Kitu and Woofl ABC 7 October
The Gift Nine Network 27 October
Ground Zero Network Ten 7 November
Wildside ABC 23 November
Harry's Practice Seven Network 2 December
Children's Hospital ABC 14 December
The Cartoon Connection Seven Network 22 December

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Hong Kong The Soong Sisters ABC 2 January
United States The World of Eric Carle ABC 3 January
Greece Anastasia SBS 7 January
United Kingdom Oakie Doke ABC 13 January
Canada The Magical Adventures of Quasimodo Seven Network 20 January
United States/Canada The Outer Limits (1995) Seven Network 23 January
Canada/France/Belgium Billy the Cat ABC 24 January
United States Unhappily Ever After Seven Network 27 January
United States The Burning Zone Network Ten 29 January
United States The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Seven Network 30 January
United Kingdom Billy Connolly's World Tour of Australia Seven Network 30 January
United Kingdom Fantomcat Network Ten 30 January
United States The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Network Ten 30 January
United States Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Seven Network 2 February
United States Amazing Grace Seven Network 3 February
United Kingdom A Mug's Game ABC 3 February
United States Dark Skies Nine Network 6 February
United States The Pretender Nine Network 6 February
United States/Canada Goosebumps Network Ten 8 February
Canada The Adventures of Sinbad Network Ten 8 February
United States Mighty Ducks Seven Network 10 February
United States Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Network Ten 10 February
United States Lightning Force Network Ten 10 February
United States Touched by an Angel Nine Network 16 February
United States Something So Right Network Ten 19 February
Canada Seahouse ABC 21 February
United States Beavis and Butt-Head Network Ten 4 March
United Kingdom Peak Practice Network Ten 8 March
United Kingdom The Fragile Heart ABC 16 March
United Kingdom Common as Muck ABC 21 March
United States Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys Network Ten 21 March
United States Sunset Beach Network Ten 7 April
United States Brooklyn Bridge Nine Network 7 April
United States McKenna Nine Network 12 April
United Kingdom The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ABC 13 April
United Kingdom Agent Z and the Penguin from Mars ABC 13 April
United Kingdom Alien Empire ABC 16 April
United Kingdom The Fast Show SBS TV 19 April
Canada The Newsroom SBS TV 19 April
United Kingdom The Demon Headmaster ABC 27 April
United States Moesha Network Ten 4 May
United Kingdom Jake's Progress ABC 4 May
United States The Adventures of Hyperman Network Ten 15 May
United Kingdom Next of Kin ABC 19 May
United Kingdom Hetty Wainthropp Investigates ABC 7 June
United States/Canada The Magic School Bus Network Ten 21 June
United Kingdom Shine on Harvey Moon (1995) ABC 25 June
United Kingdom The Sculptress ABC 29 June
France Dog Tracer ABC 29 June
United Kingdom The Tomorrow People (1992) ABC 1 July
France/United States Dragon Flyz Network Ten 1 July
United States Profiler Seven Network 2 July
United States Misery Loves Company Seven Network 4 July
United States Suddenly Susan Nine Network 7 July
United Kingdom Dennis and Gnasher (1996) Network Ten 7 July
United States Hey Arnold! ABC 8 July
Canada/United States Arthur ABC 11 July
United States Spin City Nine Network 15 July
United Kingdom Dalziel and Pascoe ABC 18 July
United Kingdom Madson ABC 18 July
United States NewsRadio Network Ten 24 July
United States/Canada Beast Wars: Transformers Seven Network 24 July
United Kingdom Melissa ABC 27 July
United States Rude Dog and the Dweebs Network Ten 29 July
United States Red Planet Network Ten 1 August
United States Out of Control Seven Network 1 August
United Kingdom Perfect Scoundrels Network Ten 4 August
United States Judge Judy Network Ten 4 August
United Kingdom Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995) ABC 10 August
Canada/France The Neverending Story ABC 13 August
United States The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat ABC 13 August
Japan/United States Eagle Riders Network Ten 14 August
United Kingdom Oh, Doctor Beeching! Seven Network 19 August
United States Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic Network Ten 20 August
United States Moloney Network Ten 21 August
United Kingdom/Wales Testament: The Bible in Animation ABC 14 September
United States Pacific Palisades Network Ten 16 September
France Once Upon a Time ABC 22 September
United States Early Edition Nine Network 27 September
United States/United Kingdom The Living Edens ABC 28 September
Canada F/X: The Series Seven Network 29 September
Australia/New Zealand Mirror, Mirror II Network Ten 11 October
United States Everybody Loves Raymond Seven Network 12 October
Canada Little Bear ABC 16 October
United Kingdom The Lakes ABC 19 October
United Kingdom Pilgrim's Rest ABC 20 October
United Kingdom Two Fat Ladies ABC 23 October
United Kingdom Full Circle with Michael Palin ABC 26 October
United Kingdom Under the Hammer ABC 30 October
New Zealand Topless Women Talk About their Lives SBS 15 November
United Kingdom This Life Seven Network 18 November
United States King of the Hill Seven Network 23 November
United Kingdom The Missing Postman ABC 27 November
United States Clueless Seven Network 30 November
United States The Pursuit of Happiness Seven Network 1 December
United States The Home Court Seven Network 1 December
United States The Crew Seven Network 1 December
United States Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seven Network 3 December
United States/Canada Stargate SG-1 Seven Network 3 December
United States Can't Hurry Love Nine Network 3 December
United States/Australia Roar Network Ten 3 December
United Kingdom Antonio Carluccio's Italian Feast ABC 4 December
United States The Big Easy Seven Network 5 December
United States L.A. Heat Seven Network 8 December
United States Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. Network Ten 14 December
Singapore Under One Roof SBS 14 December
Netherlands Arabian Agenda SBS 14 December
Denmark Charlotte and Charlotte SBS 14 December
France Small Stories ABC 15 December
United States America in the Fifties SBS 20 December
United States South Park SBS 20 December
Sweden Robin SBS 20 December
United Kingdom The Buddha of Suburbia ABC 26 December
United States The Client Nine Network 28 December
United Kingdom Crocodile Shoes II Nine Network 28 December
United States Profit Seven Network 30 December
Japan/United States Masked Rider Seven Network 1997
United States Quack Pack Seven Network 1997
United States/Canada Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Nine Network 1997
United States Power Rangers Zeo Seven Network 1997
United States Space Strikers Seven Network 1997
United States Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers Seven Network 1997
United States The Adventures of Mickey and Donald Seven Network 1997
United States Flash Gordon (1996) Seven Network 1997
United States Superman: The Animated Series Nine Network 1997

Subscription Television[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Let's Wiggle Disney Channel June

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States The Real World[5] MTV April
United States The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss Nickelodeon May
United States Recess Disney Channel 5 December
United States Blue's Clues Nickelodeon 1997
United States Brand Spanking New Doug Disney Channel 1997
United States Johnny Bravo Cartoon Network 1997
United States Cow and Chicken Cartoon Network 1997

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.

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
United Kingdom Victoria Wood as Seen on TV UKTV ABC 8 June
Canada F/X: The Series Fox8 Seven Network 20 November

Changes to network affiliation[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on an Australian television network that had 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 having premieed 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
Heartbreak High ABC Network Ten 3 February

International[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
France/United States/Canada M.A.S.K. Network Ten Nine Network 4 February
United States Dennis the Menace (1986) Network Ten ABC 28 April
France/United States/Canada Inspector Gadget Network Ten ABC 9 June
United Kingdom Mr. Bean Seven Network ABC 26 June
United States Barney and Friends Network Ten Nine Network 18 October

Television shows[edit]

ABC

Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending / Resting this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
19 May 1997 Frontline ABC TV 9 May 1994
20 June 1997 Plasmo ABC TV 4 June 1997
8 July 1997 The Wayne Manifesto ABC TV 2 June 1997
15 September 1997 Full Frontal Channel Seven 13 May 1993
24 October 1997 Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord Nine Network 1 September 1997
11 November 1997 Kitu and Woofl ABC TV 7 October 1997
19 December 1997 Agro's Cartoon Connection Channel Seven 22 January 1990
19 December 1997 The Gift Nine Network 27 October 1997
22 December 1997 Ocean Girl Network Ten 29 August 1994

See also[edit]

References[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Jane (1 June 1997). "A festival in your living room". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 15. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Jane, Freeman (22 June 1997). "Docos hold the faithful". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 13. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Weiniger, Peter (27 August 1997). "(Cable Watch)". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. p. 14. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Elder, Bruce (30 March 1997). "The new MUSIC WARS". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 13. Retrieved 21 December 2009. On March 20, ARC disappeared to be replaced by MTV, Music Television, and on April 18 RED will be replaced by Channel [V]. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Brett (5 April 1997). "GET REAL, WORLD – MTV IS WHERE IT'S AT". The Sun-Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 6.