From the early '90s onwards, Aussie crime dramas have become commonplace on national television. Accompanying these programs, some notable law enforcers also began to populate the small screen. From feminine firepowers to tough minority cops, these are some of the coolest cops we have seen on Australian television.
With many of them loved the around the world, here are our favourite Australian TV families!
Cameos often pop up when a show's popularity is flagging and a bit of excitement is needed to recapture the audience and attract new viewers. A well-placed pop star or international comedian can often result in a significant ratings boost -- something Australian TV is no stranger to.
Some make it and some break it, but either way there is currently a strong crop of Aussie stars making a big impact on US television and doing their home country proud!
Ray Meagher, 66, who plays Alf Stewart in iconic Australia soap Home and Away, has escaped Australia's steamy summer to embrace the UK winter, where he has taken on a role in the stage version of the camp classic, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on London's West End.
When the newest channel 7mate arrives in late September it will signal the end of 7HD and the shows it broadcasts in high definition -- unless they happen to be simulcast on the new HD channel.
The X Factor Australia has been massively hyped by Seven, which has invested huge sums of money into the production, the channel has now been forced to take damage avoidance steps as its host Matthew Newton left the program in order to return to rehab following his long-rumoured battle with addiction.
The announcement by Seven is something of a coup given Parker's popularity with viewers. She has two gold Logie Awards under her belt, and several silvers, thanks to her years on All Saints. She was also a pivotal cast member of A Country Practice.
For years, Neighbours has been the soap of choice for television viewers around the world who are craving a dash of Australiana. But, in recent years, the show has never received the same amount of adulation in its home country as it has overseas.