• tiph

    what was the name of that show where a woman who owns a strip club?

  • tiph

    never mind just found the name of that show!!

  • Katherin

    Was trying to find the name of a tv show 70′s – early 80′s about brother and sister with these stones trying to keep away from the bad guys can’t remember the name of it thought you might know has been driving me nuts for months can’t think of where to look.
    Thanks if you could help would be great.

  • sidi

    12-bar Rhythm and Shoes
    Beauties and the Beast
    The Mainland Touch
    Today Tonight
    Peppermint Twist
    Heart of the High Country
    The Kids from OWL
    It’s Academic
    Stars on Sunday

  • tvnewser


  • Julia

    The Powers of Matthew Star

  • Julia

    Also Supergran

  • Roxy metaler

    What did you guys think about the tv 2 nz show called Redemption Hill that was about 10 kiwi kids going into naipia prssion to change their ways before they really losse controolll and end up spending their life in prisson.
    people teel me what ya thought about the show please

  • spidah

    Awesome list, must have take ages to compile.

    Here are a few omissions I have noticed.

    60s music shows:
    Happen Inn
    A Country Touch

    60s/70s Kids Shows:
    Woolly Manor
    Woolly Farm
    Ookie Spookie

    Pukemanu (Drama)
    Personality Squares (Game Show)
    Opportunity Knocks (Talent Show)
    The Life & Times of Te Tutu (Pio Terei comedy)
    Mastermind (Game Show)
    Button On Button Off (60s kid’s club show)
    New Faces (Early 70s talent show)
    Studio One (I think that is the correct title – early 70s songwriting contest)
    The Night Sky (Think that is the correct title – 60s/70s astronomy show hosted by Peter Reid)

    There was also a gardnening show that screened in the 70′s that I can’t readily see on your list. It was originally hosted by a guy named Reg Chibnall who died about 1975. It was then taken over by Eion Scarrow.

    Also you have McDonald’s Young Entertainers & Space twice.

  • ants

    there are 2 music shows you have missed from the late 80s:
    * Soundz – which was fronted by Pauline Gillespie
    * CV – which was fronted by Larnie Gifford and Robbie Rakete (before he went on to Pepsi RTR Countdown taking over Pauline Gillespie)

  • tvnewser

    Wasn’t there a show called The Great Kiwi Video Show?

  • Wingles

    Dare to Win can be added to the list now :)

  • John Hickman

    I think The Dog Show should be included.

    What other country in the world would hold a tv program shifting sheep into pens (dog trials) on prime time tv!!

    Also i am trying to discover the name of a kids tv series i am sure was a NZ production from early maybe mid 80s based around a boy finding a piece of an alien ship or something simialr in a nearby creek.

    Frosty memory as i was only little.

  • shakeynz

    hmmm. two come to mind at the moment.
    Chatterbox (Annie, Piripi and Thingee… and Molly haha)
    Bounty Hunters (one of the great underrated kiwi reality tv shows

  • Fozzy Bear

    That was Children of the Dog Star, John.
    I remember that one too. Very cool.
    Three kids found bits of an alien spacecraft / communication device and put it together in a cave.

    Notice how many are cool 80′s programmes and how many are new “reality” crap?

  • clinton

    yes is that the one where there was these creatures that had tunels under the ocean in the auckland harbour….if it is i am wondering what that one is called too

  • Fozzy Bear

    That was “Under the Mountain” – now available on DVD!

  • markh

    What was the name of the 2001 reality show that followed a bunch of backpackers taking a bus tour (Kiwi Experience?) around New Zealand?

  • Jason

    There was a gardening show called “Dig This” fronted by Eion Scarrow

  • Jason

    There is also Face to Face with Kim Hill

  • Ben

    I think it was Beauty and the Beast,
    Someone wrote in and said “I got a job in the massage industry and now I get horny”
    One of the Beauty’s said “I love chocolate but I would not sit down and eat a 100 pounds of it”

    I am sure there was also a musical show late 1960′s called swingin’ safari The opening theme was the swingin’ safari tune

    And Auckland had “top half” while other citys had programs like “The Mainland Touch” (either Christchurch or Dunedin) &
    “Today Tonight”

  • adrian woodliffe

    also The Night Sky hosted by Peter Reid

    and what was the name of the 60s garden show that was hosted by a Scot (Fleming i think his name was)

  • katipai

    woolly valley … with tussock
    the dog show … is that out on dvd yet?
    Shazam … music show
    Ready to Roll … before it was RTR
    Money or the Bag … “what’s it going to be Taihape? The Money or The Bag?” Was that Selwyn Toogood?

  • bevan

    did u find the answer to that question about Count Homogenized?

  • Debs

    Did you know you can view many of these programmes and more at http://www.nzonscreen.com ? NZ On Screen also has many NZ films, short film and documentaries to view alongside profiles of the people who made the programmes happen- check it out! http://www.nzonscreen.com

  • Kevin

    I am looking for a cartoon dvd i watched in New Zealand 3 years ago. It was a satire type cartoon like South Park but it had a New Zealand spin on it. Do you recall such a show ? Can someone email me with the name please.

  • ell

    Bro’town is probably what you are after Kevin

  • aaron_impact

    I watched a NZ 60 minutes segment in the mid 90′s about the making of a NZ animated cartoon.

    It was about these surfer characters living on an island.

    The island was in the shape of a “hang loose” hand sign.

    Many well known NZ actors were going to supply their voices including former basketball coach John Dybvig.

    Whatever became of it?

  • Kelly

    What about that advice panel show from about ten years ago? It had Charlotte Dawson, Julia Hartley Moore and a couple of others. How’s Life? That’s Life? Something like that…

  • Curtis

    Heya, just looking for this old tv show I used to watch, I remember it was like the best. can’t remember the name, but it was these two almost stuffed toy penguins who lived in a wooden tree trunk or something, anyone remember/know it?


  • Rickus

    Does anyone remember “Peppermint twist”? It’s from the early 90′s/ late 80′s and was a t.v. program based in the 60′s rock n’ roll era. From memory it was very colourful but kinda silly.

    And “With a bucket on your head”. Also from the early 90′s. Weired variety game show.

  • aaronimpact

    Peppermint Twist was a NZ version of Happy Days.

    Comedianne Mark Wright played the Fonzi character.

  • Dean Mardon

    You can add That’s Country which was hosted by Ray Columbus. Around 1980. Ran for 3 years.

  • Antz

    Don’t forget to includes:

    1. Count Homogenised
    2. Beauty and the Beast (Hosted by Sewlwyn Toogood)
    3. Shazam!

  • Antz

    Don’t forget ‘The Dog Show’ either!

  • jaydend

    Activate, the cooking, fitness and game show!

  • jaydend


  • regan

    Any more that are missing?

  • adam brookfield

    The Kids From O.W.L.



  • csndfge

    Your missing Radi Radi Rah

  • Colonel Masters


    - Open House (drama series with troubled youth in a halfway type house from memory)

    - Stars in Their Eyes

    - Bugs Bunny Cartoon Show (with Fenella Bathfield, mmmm)

    - Our World (usually overseas nature documentaries but introduced by Gael Ludlow)

    - Foreign Correspondent

    And Close Up as it is today should be distinguished from the original Close Up in the 80s which was much more like 60 Minutes and did proper investigative journalism.

  • Colonel Masters

    Ooops, just saw you had The Bugs Bunny Show under “T”.

  • Colonel Masters

    Credit Card (gameshow hosted by Bob Parker)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579771912 Aaron Lucas

    Supergran was scottish. The theme song was sung by Billy Connolly

  • Angus McFangus

    That’s a pretty fucking good list, bro.

  • RogerG

    Hi Rachel,
    Good effort, although there are a few missing quizz shows…there are two I hosted back in the 80′s, one being Stumpers (ex Auckland) and then Credit Card (filmed in Dunedin).
    Then perhaps the ‘other’ regional shows like Today Tonight, Mainland Touch and 7.30 South.
    Roger Gascoigne

    • Citizen Cane

      I remember Credit Card with it’s grey and neon pink signage.

  • ross leonard sayer

    Love to see the whole history of All New Zealand Television Series. I Know of a few of them.

  • Citizen Cane

    Radia wha waho was a really bad sitcom that starred Hori Apihene

  • Carol_56

    “The Gravy” ?? Definitely deserves to be there

  • Ness a

    Does anyone remember the show on NZ TV in the late 80′s/90′s, had the peppermint twist and I think was set in the 60′s diner. Similar to grease I think ,not happy days. I was only young when it was on but can’t think what the name of it is.

  • Xyphir Ooi

    Awesome list.
    I am trying to remember a TV series made for kids which screened in the 80′s or early 90′s. It definitely wasn’t on when I was at high school which was 1995. It is a science fiction tv series where some kids from ‘today’ end up in the future where people are able to move things psychically – but when they use their psychic powers a blue (or red if they’re bad) beam zaps out of their heads. The future is all about living harmonously with nature so there’s lots of shots of walking around the bushes etc. I’m really sorry I can’t be more specific, but I barely remember the series and definitely can’t remember the name. I was totally into it, though, and would like to rewatch or find some more information some 20-something years on! Any help appreciated.

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