Australian Crime TV: An Overview

by Chris Traficante Featured 3 Comments 8 Votes 3534 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.

By Christopher Traficante - Bio

Link to us http://tv.mmgn.com/Articles/Australian-Crime-TV-An-Overview
Register or Login to vote for this article.
Alternatively, connect with Facebook or Twitter.
Facebook Connect Twitter Login

Australian Crime TV: An Overview Comments

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
Opinions on 'Bikie Wars'?
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.

Post a comment

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook

TV Content

When are you seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

When are you seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

15/12/2015 Polls 13 15
Australian game sales approach $3b, mostly digital
maxiboy 13/03 News 11 10
Target store in SA displays games in plain packaging

Target store in SA displays games in plain packaging

maxiboy 13/03 News 6 11
Friendly Fire Show 119: Weekend at Tano

Friendly Fire Show 119: Weekend at Tano's

Podcast 23/02 Articles 7 1
Stan streaming app now on Xbox One

Stan streaming app now on Xbox One

Gryllis 13/01 News 8 3
The Golden Girls intro remade in GTA V, and it
Tano 15/12 News 3 3
Mythical Pokémon Volcanion is both a fire and water type
Gryllis 15/12 News 3 4
Presto streaming app released for PlayStation 4

Presto streaming app released for PlayStation 4

Gryllis 09/12 News 6 8
Friendly Fire Show 113: Vader is Luke

Friendly Fire Show 113: Vader is Luke's father spoiled within

Podcast 23/11 Articles 0 2

Community Content

Fallout-themed excuses to get the day off

Fallout-themed excuses to get the day off

09/11/2015 Blog 23 0

MMGN Updates

Status
Updating..
Username

commented on Microsoft .NET vs Java - trailer [HD]

Nidhi667 3 hours ago
Username

obatherbal is now Level 2!

obatherbal 2 days ago
Username

commented on Australian game sales approach $3b, mostly digital

kizihot 3 days ago
Username

commented on Just Cause 3 multiplayer mod on the way

marthabroo 5 days ago
Username

Rapsody228 is now Level 13!

Rapsody228 6 days ago
Username

commented on Australian game sales approach $3b, mostly digital

Ahmed225 23/05/2016
Username

commented on Friendly Fire Show 122: The Finale

tenggoro 18/05/2016