Gallery: Gems from this decade you may have forgotten

Readers are currently voting for their favourite shows in a 2010- 2019 survey.

Most of the votes are tipping towards more recent shows, but some have recall of some top Aussie titles that many of us had overlooked.

These titles also premiered this decade.

Spirited 2010

Go Back to Where You Came From 2011

The Slap 2011

Twentysomething 2011

Cloudstreet 2011

The Hamster Wheel 2011

Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo 2011

Redfern Now 2012

Puberty Blues 2012

Outland 2012

Better Man 2013

The Time of our Lives 2013

Upper Middle Bogan 2013

Janet King 2014

Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS 2014

Love Child 2014

ANZAC Girls 2014

The Principal 2015

The Beautiful Lie 2015

Barracuda 2016

Deep Water 2016

Sisters 2017

You can still cast your vote for your favourites here.


  1. Out of the 22 shows, I hadn’t heard of 2 and didn’t make it to the end of the first episode of 16 of them. Though I did watch the 2nd and 3rd season of Janet King (mostly because there wasn’t much else on at the time).

    I did watch four all the way through. 2 were short miniseries and two were series that had aimless second seasons, because they didn’t have a plan for after the first season, which caused them to be cancelled.

    • Now Pertinax, you’ve got me trying to figure out which shows your talking about. Any clues?

      I watched six or seven of the above shows all the way through. They were; The Slap, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, Puberty Blues, The Time of Our Lives, Never Tear Us Apart, Love Child and possibly Sisters, although I can’t remember if I watched that all the way.

  2. I forget to vote for The Hamster Wheel, which was very good (in the spirit of The Chaser’s War On Everything). The Hamster Decides was another good one, even though it was only shown during an election. There was a Chasers’ election show earlier this year, it was on ABC Comedy and I don’t think many people noticed it. And I also would’ve put down Sammy J but forgot all about it.

    • carolemorrissey

      What was there? Damn I didn’t know about that. Would definitely have watched it. Why didn’t they promote it? I always loved watching the Chaser at election time.

  3. Yes, very true. I did forget some of those. So much so, I couldn’t make five Aussie shows, so I included Wentworth, which I only watched the first season of. I think I would have added Paper Giants and Puberty Blues, if I’d seen this article first.

  4. carolemorrissey

    I did put Love Child. Most of them I either didn’t watch or had forgotten. Some were on the extra digital channels in the early days before I had them. Back in the days of analogue. Remember them?

    • A lot of people had digital by around 2010 when the analogue signals begun to be switched off, starting in Mildura and finishing in Melbourne and Remote Central and Eastern Australia on 10 December 2013 (I watched the analogue shutdown on Seven here in Melbourne). And I think Foxtel switched off analogue in 2007.

      • carolemorrissey

        From memory I got the digital channels just before Neighbours switched to 11. I remember thinking thank God I got it just in time. I still had an old analogue TV but bought a recorder which had the digital channels on it.

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