It’s World Television Day, so let’s raise a remote to the one thing that’s kept us sane in 2020!
From the brightest entertainment shows, to the breaking news events, TV has been there with us, through thick and thin.
Although how and what we watch has changed, over 82% of Australians still settle in to watch TV each week. Whether it’s a gripping drama, a hilarious comedy, or some daytime telly to get you through a “sick” day, TV is always there to entertain the nation.
And since TV plays such a big part in our lives, we thought we’d rattle off just some of our favourite TV moments from 10, MTV and Nickelodeon over the years.
- Australian Idol. Who could forget a baby-faced Guy Sebastian and his infamous afro taking out the title in 2003?
- MasterChef Australia. The award-winning, heart-warming, record-breaking cooking show that turned average Aussie cooks into household names.
- The Oprah Winfrey Show. Who could forget when talk-show queen, Oprah, and a legion of her most loyal fans paid us a visit down under in 2010?
- MTV VMAS. Where were you when Britney, Madonna and Christina kissed at the 2003 awards?
- The Project. It’s news delivered differently, but it’s also so much more. It’s the platform that helped raise an incredible $2.5 million dollars in one hour during Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer Special this year. And it’s the show that brings important, confronting, and pivotal cultural conversations to the front of our minds, just like Waleed Aly’s monologue, Isil Is Weak, which has been viewed over 30 million times.
- 10 Sport. Who could forget the magic moments of 10’s 1998 Seoul Olympics when swim coach Laurie Lawrence went nuts over Duncan Armstrong winning gold in the 200m Freestyle? Plus, it was 10’s dynamic and game-changing family friendly coverage of the Big Bash League that changed the game forever, and don’t even get us started on the AFL Grand Final memories!
- Neighbours. Australia’s longest running drama has gifted us countless memorable moments. Remember when viewers turned out in spades for Scott and Charlene’s big wedding in 1987? And who could forget when fan favourites David and Aaron tied the knot in 2018, making it TV’s first legal same sex wedding officiated by none other than Magda Szubanski.
- Number 96. This classic soapie was ahead of its time and broke ALL the rules when Abigail got her kit off.
- Offspring. Need we say more? There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Patrick died. Australia is still in mourning.
- Heartbreak High. Life for this bunch of Hartley High School students wasn’t easy in the 90s and the show left its mark on a generation of viewers.
- The Comedy Company. Sunday nights on 10 were a laugh a minute with Kylie Mole, Con the fruiterer, Uncle Arthur and Col’n Carpenter.
- Rove Live. The biggest names in entertainment would always swing past for a chat, creating some seriously memorable telly!
- Big Brother. When housemate Merlin taped up his mouth and refused to answer Gretel Killeen’s questions, it became a moment in the history of live TV.
- Young Talent Time. Family entertainment at its best which helped launched the careers of Tina Arena, Dannii Minogue, Debra Byrne and so many others.
- 10 News. September 11, 2001, the day the world changed. 10 Newsreader Sandra Sully’s late-night bulletin went down in Australian television history.
- Prisoner. One of Australia’s biggest drama exports developed a cult following. Queen Bea puts that steam press to good use.
- Good Morning Australia With Bert Newton. This show changed the genre of morning television and made it cool.
- Blankety Blanks. This risqué game show from the 70s hosted by Graham Kennedy with regulars Ugly Dave Gray, Noelene Brown and Stuart Wagstaff was the campest show on TV.
- It’s A Knock-Out. The crazy antics of grown men and women in ridiculous costumes trying to scale a variety of soapy obstacles.
- The Panel. Late night talk show at its finest. Panellist Kate Langbroek caused a furore when she breast-fed live on air.
- The Secret Of Life Of Us. Melbourne in the early noughties with a bunch of twenty-somethings living their best life.
- Perfect Match. Love was in the air in the 80s. Long before The Bachelor, host Greg Evans was match-making couples with a little help from a robot called Dexter.
- The Go! Show. This iconic pop music show from the 60s was a massive hit with teeny boppers and played a part in launching Olivia Newton-John’s career.
- SpongeBob SquarePants. Arguably one of the most iconic TV characters ever created, SpongeBob is one of the most talked about, tweeted about and meme-worthy figures who has gone as far as influencing pop culture and garnering more social following than Taylor Swift. Need we say more?
So, put on your trackies, grab some popcorn, a spot on the sofa and indulge in World Television Day.
Disclaimer: We would like to apologise if we haven’t included your favourite TV moment in this list. There were just way too many to list. Happy World Television Day.