Australian Crime TV: An Overview

by Chris Traficante Featured 3 Comments 8 Votes 2688 Views 25/05/2012 Back to Articles

The recent release of Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, Network Ten's new miniseries, has opened to a large viewership. Many people have taken an interest in the series, which explores the Malperra massacre of the mid 1980s. Australia's interest in onscreen criminality, however, is not new. For years and years, Australians have consistently tuned in to violent shows.

Consider the many Australian crime television series aired over the last five years. The Underbelly phenomenon is a powerful example here; it has spawned Underbelly, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Underbelly: Razor, and Underbelly: Badness is due to air this year.

The series has also caught the eye of US and New Zealand television producers, and has also been adapted to telemovie format. Our interest in crime television, however, also goes back much further than five years ago.

I implore you to think back to all those years ago when shows like Prisoner were in vogue and Blue Heelers was the guilty pleasure of many.

More recently, shows like City Homicide and Forensic Investigators have taken over shows of yesteryear and have continued the trend of Australian crime television entertainment. Finally, who could forget the many tongue-in-cheek detective series of the 1990s, such as Stingers and Water Rats?

Is violence cathartic? Are we a sick bunch here down under? Do stories about anti-heroes, or violent larrikins intrigue us because of our own roots; our convict blood? Why do we continue to find such shows so amusing? The recent release of Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms is a throttling reminder of the type of entertainment we love.

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Don't think you can say we are a 'sick bunch down under', there's just as much violence on us tv. Im pretty sure sure Bikie Wars spawned from the popularity of sons of anarchy
Blue Heelers was a top show. As was City Homicide. Along with parts of the Underbelly saga, they are the only Aussie crime shows that were ever worth watching.

As for your last paragraph, I think you're trying to draw links that aren't there. Firstly, a high percentage of viewers of crime shows would watch it for the mystery; the processes which the protagonists go through in order to identify and find a killer.

It's not always about watching crazy people go on rampages @_@

As for the convict statement.. I fail to understand where this idea stems from. I was actually shocked to see such a sentiment pop up in an otherwise thought-provoking piece of writing.

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