On the Couch
|On the Couch|
|Presented by||Gerard Healy (2002-present)
Jason Dunstall (2014-present)
Jonathan Brown (2015-present)
David King (2016-present)
Mike Sheahan (2002-2014)
Robert Walls (2002-2008)
James Hird (2009-2010)
Paul Roos (2011-2013)
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||13|
|Running time||Approx 60 minutes|
|Original network||Fox Footy Channel (2002-2006)
Fox Sports (2007-2011)
Fox Footy (2012-present)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original release||2002 – present|
On the Couch is an Australian television program focusing on current issues in the Australian Football League. From its debut in 2002 until 2006, it was shown on the Fox Footy Channel, until the channel's demise. From 2007 to 2011 it was broadcast on Fox Sports, before moving to the relaunched Fox Footy from 2012 onwards. The show airs on Monday nights following AFL 360 and is hosted by Gerard Healy. It also features Jason Dunstall, Jonathan Brown and David King as presenters.
The shows format follows an "informal chat" style in a set that resembles a lounge room. It focuses more on in-depth coverage and discussions of topics as well as each week holding an interview with a player or coach.
Former players Gerard Healy and Robert Walls and journalist Mike Sheahan were the original presenters of the show. In 2009, James Hird replaced Walls on the couch. When Hird left to pursue a coaching career with Essendon, Paul Roos replaced him. In 2014, Roos left to coach the Melbourne Football Club and was replaced by long-time Fox Footy broadcaster and former player Jason Dunstall.
In 2015, Mike Sheahan announced that he was retiring from the show after 13 years. His replacement was recently retired Brisbane Lions triple-premiership player Jonathan Brown. David King, who appeared occasionally in 2015, joined the series full-time in 2016. In July 2016, the original line-up of Healy, Sheahan and Walls returned for a special one-off episode before Fox Footy's 'Retro Round'.
- Gerard Healy (2002–present)
- Jason Dunstall (2014–present)
- Jonathan Brown (2015–present)
- David King (2015–present)
- Mike Sheahan (2002–2014)
- Robert Walls (2002–2008)
- James Hird (2009–2010)
- Paul Roos (2011–2013)
- James Hird on the couch
- Paul Roos says Nathan Buckley is better off without Collingwood Magpies coach Mick Malthouse
- Ralph, Jon. "Jonathan Brown joins Fox Footy, should've considered retirement after heavy knock in 2011". Herald Sun. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
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