List of longest-running Australian television series

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Below is a list of all the longest-running Australian television programs, both past and present, that have been broadcast for a minimum of 6 years or 6 seasons (or both).

All data is correct as of 12 January 2017.

Note:      Programs with a shaded background indicate the program is still in production.

40-60 years[edit]

No. of years No. of seasons Program Broadcast Network Episodes References Notes
56 56 Four Corners 19 August 1961 – present ABC [1]
52 52 Play School 18 July 1966 – 2014 ABC 4516 (approx) [2]
2015–present ABC2
49 49 Behind the News 6 June 1969 – 2003,
15 February 2005 – 2014
ABC [3] Also known by the abbreviation "BtN"
2014–present ABC ME
47 47 Mass for You at Home August 1971 – 2012 Network Ten [4]
2013–present Eleven
44 44 Here's Humphrey 24 May 1965 – 2008 Nine Network 1776 [5]
41 41 Mr. Squiggle 1 July 1959 – 9 July 1999 ABC [6]

30-39 years[edit]

No. of years No. of seasons Program Broadcast Network Episodes References Notes
38 38 A Current Affair 22 November 1971 – 28 April 1978 Nine Network
18 January 1988–present
38 38 60 Minutes 11 February 1979–present Nine Network [7]
36 36 Today 28 June 1982–present Nine Network [8] Originally known as "The National Today Show".
Not to be confused with previous "Today" show (1968-1969)
34 34 Dateline 19 October 1984–present SBS
33 33 Neighbours 18 March 1985 – 8 November 1985 Seven Network 7510+ [9]
20 January 1986 – 17 December 2010 Network Ten [10]
11 January 2011–present Eleven [11]
31 31 Rage 17 April 1987–present ABC [12]
30 30 Home and Away 17 January 1988 – present Seven Network 6515 [13]
30 30 Compass 1988–present ABC

25-29 years[edit]

No. of years No. of seasons Program Broadcast Network Episodes References Notes
29 29 Hey Hey It's Saturday 1971-1977, 1979-1999, 2009–2010 Nine Network 500+ [14] Also known as "Hey Hey It's Saturday Night" 1984-1985
28 28 It's Academic 1968-1969 Network Ten 1170+
1970-1978 Seven Network
2001-2013 Seven Network Perth only (2001-2004) before going national again
2013–present 7Two
28 28 Media Watch 8 May 1989 – 6 November 2000

8 April 2002 – present

ABC
28 28 Lateline 13 February 1990 – 2014 ABC [15]
2015–present ABC News 24
28 28 Gardening Australia 16 February 1990 – present ABC [16]
28 28 Wheel of Fortune 21 July 1981 – 28 July 2006 Seven Network 5628 [17] No relation to earlier series "Wheel of Fortune" (1959-1962)
Also known as "Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune" (2008)
2008 Nine Network
27 27 Sunrise 17 January 1991 – present Seven Network
27 27 Sunday 15 November 1981 – 3 August 2008 Nine Network [18]
27 27 Saturday Disney 27 January 1990 – 24 September 2016 Seven Network 1366
31 March 2012 – 12 March 2016 7TWO
19 March 2016 – 24 September 2016 7flix [19]
26 26 Landline 2 February 1992 – present ABC
26 26 Foreign Correspondent 14 March 1992 – present ABC
26 26 Getaway 14 May 1992 – present Nine Network
26 26 Totally Wild 12 July 1992 – 30 October 2013 Network Ten
2013–present Eleven
26 26 The 7.30 Report January 1986-4 March 2011 ABC Replaced by "7.30" (7 March 2011)
25 25 The Sunday Footy Show (AFL) 28 March 1993 – present Nine Network 605
25 25 The Sunday Footy Show (NRL) 1993–present Nine Network 420
25 25 Australia's Funniest Home Videos 29 March 1990-February 2014 Nine Network 900+ Originally known as "Australia's Funniest Home Video Show"
before 2005 revamp
25 25 New Faces 1963-1985 Nine Network
1992-1993 Network Ten
25 25 Video Hits 15 February 1987 – 6 August 2011 Network Ten [20]

20-24 years[edit]

No. of years No. of seasons Program Broadcast Network Episodes References Notes
24 24 The Footy Show (AFL) 24 March 1994 – present Nine Network 575
24 24 The Footy Show (NRL) 1 September 1994 – present Nine Network 629
24 24 Sydney Weekender 1994–present Seven Network 750 (as of August 2012) [21] New South Wales only
23 23 Today Tonight 30 January 1995 – present Seven Network SA and WA only, since 2014; previously nationally
23 23 Family Feud 1977-1984 Nine Network
1988-1996 Seven Network Also known as "Bert's Family Feud" (2006-2007)
14 July 2014 – present Network Ten Also "All Star Family Feud" editions (2016)
23 23 Insight 1995–present SBS
23 23 Postcards 1995–present Nine Network Victoria, also other state editions of various broadcast lengths
23 23 The Price Is Right 1981-1986, 2012 Nine Network Originally known as "The New Price Is Right" to avoid confusion
with 1957 version "The Price Is Right"
1989 Network Ten
1993-1998, 2003-2005 Nine Network
22 22 Better Homes and Gardens 1 February 1996 – present Seven Network
22 22 Australian Story 1996–present ABC
22 22 Food Lovers' Guide to Australia 1996–present SBS
22 22 The Movie Show 30 October 1986 – 2006 SBS
22 22 Sale of the Century 14 July 1980 – 29 November 2001 Nine Network 4610 [22]
22 22 Meet the Press October 1992-November 2013 Network Ten 1000+
22 22 Sow What 1967-1988 ABC
21 21 The Great South East 1997–present Seven Network Queensland only
21 21 The Back Page 1997–present Fox Sports
21 21 Fat Cat and Friends 1972-1987 Network Ten
1988-1992 Seven Network
20 20 Young Talent Time 24 April 1971 – 23 December 1988 Network Ten 804
22 January 2012 – 4 May 2012 15

15-19 years[edit]

No. of years No. of seasons Program Broadcast Network Episodes References Notes
19 19 Message Stick 1999–present ABC
19 19 Sports Tonight 30 August 1993 – 30 September 2011 Network Ten
19 19 The Curiosity Show 1972-1990 Nine Network 149
19 19 Sports Tonight 30 August 1993 – 30 September 2011 Network Ten
19 19 Extra 9 February 1991 – 26 June 2009 Nine Network 4540 (approx) Queensland
Other state editions of various lengths
18 18 The Great Outdoors 5 February 1993 – 15 August 2009;
6 October 2012 – 24 November 2012
Seven Network 622
18 18 RPA 1 February 1995 – 18 July 2012 Nine Network
18 18 Burke's Backyard 12 September 1987 – 26 November 2004 Nine Network 713
17 17 Catalyst 9 August 2001 – present ABC 320
17 17 The Great South East 2001–present Seven Network Queensland only
17 17 Insiders 15 July 2001 – present ABC
17 17 Fishing Australia 2001–present WIN Television
Gold
17 17 The World Game 2001–present SBS
17 17 Quantum 1985-26 April 2001 ABC
17 17 Sportsworld 1990-2006 Seven Network
17 17 In Melbourne Tonight 1957-1970, 1996-1998 Nine Network
17 17 Global Village 30 November 1998 – 30 January 2015 SBS
16 16 RPM 1997-2008, 2011, 2015–present Network Ten (1997-2008,
2015–present), One (2011)
16 16 Creek to Coast 2002–present Seven Network Queensland only
16 16 Stateline 16 February 1996-4 March 2011 ABC Replaced by "7.30 (state editions)" 2011-2014
15 15 Bandstand 1958-1972 Nine Network
15 15 Pick a Box 2 March 1957-28 June 1971 Seven Network
15 24 Living Black 2003-present SBS 24 seasons in 15 years
15 15 Talking Footy 1994-2004, 2013-present Seven Network

10-14 years[edit]

No. of years No. of seasons Program Broadcast Network Episodes References Notes
14 14 Border Security: Australia's Front Line 13 October 2004-present Seven Network
14 14 Hi-5 April 1999-16 December 2011 Nine Network 570 Spin-off Hi-5 House on Nick Jr. from 2013-16
2017-present 9Go!
14 14 Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton 20 January 1992-16 December 2005 Network Ten 3200
14 14 Countdown 8 November 1974-19 July 1987 ABC
14 14 Homicide 20 October 1964-18 January 1977 Seven Network 510
14 14 A Country Practice 18 November 1981-22 November 1993 Seven Network 1088
April 1994-5 November 1994 Network Ten
14 14 Asia Pacific Focus 2001-2014 ABC
14 14 Bananas in Pyjamas 1992-2002, 2011-2013 ABC
ABC 4 Kids
356
14 14 Midday 11 February 1985-27 November 1998 Nine Network
14 14 Blokesworld 2003-2016 C31 (2003, 2006-2015),
Network Ten (2004-2005),
7mate (2012),
One (2013-2015),[23]
4ME (2015-2016)
14 14 Sounds 2003-2016 Seven Network Originally known as "Sounds Unlimited"
14 14 Huey's Cooking Adventures 1997-2010 Seven Network 354 Followed by "Huey's Kitchen"
2000-2009 Network Ten
13 10 Australia's Next Top Model 11 January 2005 – present Fox8 10 seasons over 13 years
13 13 Offsiders 2005–present ABC
13 13 Weekend Sunrise 10 April 2005 – present Seven Network
13 13 RocKwiz 31 January 2005 – present SBS
13 13 Toasted TV 22 August 2005 – 2012 Network Ten 2899
2012–present Eleven
13 13 Scope 2005-October 31, 2013 Network Ten
3 November 2013 – present Eleven
13 13 Blue Heelers 18 January 1994-4 June 2006 Seven Network 510
13 13 Brian and the Juniors Swallow's Juniors 1957-1964,
Brian and the Juniors 1965-1970
Seven Network Originally known as "Swallow's Juniors"
12 12 Bondi Rescue 15 February 2006 – present Network Ten
12 12 The Force: Behind the Line 22 August 2006 – present Seven Network
12 12 The Book Club 1 August 2006 – present ABC Originally known as "First Tuesday Book Club"
12 12 Kids' WB 16 September 2006 – present Nine Network/GO!
12 12 All Saints 24 February 1998 – 27 October 2009 Seven Network 494
12 15 Dancing with the Stars 5 October 2004 – 7 September 2015 Seven Network 147 15 seasons over 12 years
12 12 Inside Business 4 August 2002 – 1 December 2013 ABC
12 12 Good Morning Australia 2 March 1981 – 18 December 1992 Network Ten
12 12 The $7000 Question 1960-1971 Seven Network Originally known as "Coles £3000 Question" and
"Coles $6000 Question"
12 12 Vasili's Garden 2002-2006, 2008-2013 C31 Melbourne Moved to SBS for one season
before returning to Community TV
2007 SBS
11 13 The Block 1 June 2003 – 25 July 2004,
22 September 2010 – present
Nine Network 13 seasons over 11 years
11 11 The Biggest Loser 13 February 2006 – 13 September 2015,
2017–present
Network Ten Later editions also known as "TBL Families" 2015 and "The Biggest Loser: Transformed" 2017
11 11 The Morning Show 18 June 2007 – present Seven Network
11 11 Rove 22 September 1999 – 15 November 2009 Nine Network 354 Also known as "Rove Live" 2000-2006
2000-2009 Network Ten
11 11 Deal or No Deal 13 July 2003 – 4 October 2013 Seven Network 2115
11 11 Big Brother Australia 23 April 2001 – 14 July 2008 Network Ten
22 February 2012 – 26 November 2014 Nine Network
11 11 At the Movies 1 July 2004 – 9 December 2014 ABC
11 11 Cheez TV 17 July 1995 – 20 August 2005 Network Ten 2,547
11 11 Good Game 19 September 2006 – 6 December 2016 ABC2
11 11 Escape with ET 1997-2004 Nine Network
2005-2007 Network Ten
11 11 Before the Game 1 March 2003 – 27 September 2013 Network Ten 303
11 11 Bellbird 28 August 1967 – 23 December 1977 ABC 1562
11 11 Alexander Bunyip's Billabong 1978-1988 ABC
10 10 Gruen 28 May 2008 – present ABC 98 Originally known as The Gruen Transfer
10 10 Q&A 22 May 2008 – present ABC 352
10 10 Selling Houses Australia 19 March 2008– present LifeStyle 99 + 5 specials
10 10 Kerri-Anne 28 October 2002 – 25 November 2011 Nine Network align="center Originally known as "Mornings With Kerri-Anne"
10 10 Super Flying Fun Show 1970-1979 Nine Network
10 9 The Farmer Wants a Wife 24 October 2007 – 26 September 2012,
1 February 2016 – 14 March 2016
Nine Network 69 9 seasons over 10 years
10 10 Fresh with the Australian Women's Weekly 2000-13 March 2009 Nine Network

6-9 years[edit]

No. of years No. of seasons Program Broadcast Network Episodes References Notes
9 9 Weekend Today 1 February 2009 – present Nine Network
9 9 Sunday Night 8 February 2009 – present Seven Network
9 9 Millionaire Hot Seat 20 April 2009 – present Nine Network 1,500 (as of 12 Oct 2016) [24]
9 9 MasterChef Australia 27 April 2009 – present Network Ten 562 (as of 2016)
9 9 The Project 20 July 2009 – present Network Ten Originally known as "The 7pm Project" (2009-2011)
9 9 Highway Patrol 21 September 2009 – present Seven Network 82 (as of 2016)
9 9 Good Chef Bad Chef 2006 – 2007 Seven Network
3 January 2011 – present Network Ten
9 9 Mulligrubs 3 October 1988 – 27 December 1996 Network Ten ~500 [25]
9 9 Ready Steady Cook 2005-12 December 2013 Network Ten 1000+ [26]
9 9 Agro's Cartoon Connection 1989–19 December 1997 Seven Network
9 9 Good News Week 19 April 1996 – 27 May 2000 ABC
February 2008-28 April 2012 Network Ten
9 9 Our House 1993-2001 Nine Network
9 9 The Don Lane Show 8 May 1975 – 10 November 1983 Nine Network
9 9 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 18 April 1999 – 26 November 2007 Nine Network
9 8 McLeod's Daughters 8 August 2001 – 31 January 2009 Nine Network 224 [27] 8 seasons over 9 years
8 8 The X Factor 6 February 2005 – 15 May 2005 Network Ten 201 (as of 2016)
30 August 2010–present Seven Network
8 8 My Kitchen Rules 1 February 2010 – present Seven Network 276 (as of 2016)
8 8 William & Sparkles' Magical Tales 5 March 2010 – 2013 Nine Network [28]
2013–present 9Go!
8 8 Sunday Agenda 4 July 2010–present Sky News Live [29][30] Originally known as "Australian Agenda"
8 7 Offspring 15 August 2010 – 2014, 2016–present Network Ten 76 (as of 2016) 7 seasons over 8 years
8 8 Paul Murray Live 2010–present Sky News Live [31]
8 8 Simon Townsend's Wonder World 1979-1986 Network Ten 2000+ [32]
1992 Nine Network
8 8 The Young Doctors 8 November 1976 – 30 March 1983 Nine Network 1396 [33]
8 8 The Sullivans 15 November 1976 – 10 March 1983 Nine Network 1114 [34]
8 8 Prisoner 27 February 1979 – 11 December 1986 Network Ten 692 [35]
8 8 Cop Shop November 1977-July 1984 Seven Network 582 [36]
8 8 G.P. 7 March 1989 – 10 December 1996 ABC 318 [37]
8 8 Hey Dad..! 11 February 1987 – 17 August 1994 Seven Network 291 [38]
8 8 Spicks and Specks 31 January 2005 – 23 November 2011, 2014 ABC 297
8 8 The New Inventors 2004-2011 ABC 314 [39]
8 5 Police Rescue 15 March 1989 – 22 November 1996 ABC 62 5 seasons over 8 years
8 8 Studio 3 7 December 2009 – 18 September 2016 ABC3 [40]
7 7 The Bolt Report 8 May 2011 – 2015 Network Ten [41][42]
2016–present Sky News Live
7 7 Kitchen Whiz 2011–present Nine Network
7 7 Pop Asia 2011–present SBS Viceland
7 7 Richo 23 February 2011 – present Sky News Live [43]
7 7 Couch Time 11 January 2011 – 31 March 2017 Eleven
7 4 Rake 4 November 2010 – 2016 ABC 32 (as of 2016) 4 seasons over 7 years
7 7 Division 4 1969-1975 Nine Network 301
7 7 Australian Idol 27 July 2003 – 22 November 2009 Network Ten 262
7 7 Matlock Police 1971-1976 Network Ten 229
7 7 Heartbreak High 27 February 1994 – 1996 Network Ten 210
1997-29 November 1999 ABC
7 7 Burgo's Catch Phrase 1997-2003 Nine Network
7 7 The Panel 18 February 1998 – 24 November 2004 Network Ten
7 7 Perfect Match 1984-1989 Network Ten
2002 Seven Network
6 6 The Loop 28 January 2012 – present Eleven 264 (as of 26 January 2017) [44]
5 6 Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell 25 May 2012 – present ABC 64 (as of 2016) [45]
5 6 Kitchen Cabinet 28 February 2012 – 30 Jun 2016 ABC 39 [46]
6 6 Number 96 13 March 1972 – 11 August 1977 Network Ten 1218 [47]
6 6 Adventure Island 1967-1972 ABC 1175 [48][49]
6 6 Sons and Daughters 18 January 1982 – 19 August 1987 Seven Network 972 [50]
6 6 The Einstein Factor 8 February 2004 – 22 November 2009 ABC 244 [51]
6 6 Enough Rope 17 March 2003 – 8 December 2008 ABC 191
6 6 Water Rats 12 February 1996 – 7 August 2001 Nine Network 177
6 6 Packed to the Rafters 26 August 2008 – 2 July 2013 Seven Network 122 [52]
6 5 Winners and Losers 22 March 2011 – 12 September 2016 Seven Network 109 [53] 5 seasons over 6 years

See also[edit]

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