Nostalgic classics we want back


Before there were endless streaming options, there was classic, free-to-air Aussie TV and it was at its best in the 90s.

While Heartbreak High is getting a reboot, what about the rest?

Whether you were a fan of Gladiators, or you stayed up late to watch Sex/Life, there were many Aussie shows that had you tuned in every week.

Fans of classic shows trawl the internet these days looking for old clips to get their hands on.

A late-night adult lifestyle program, Sex/Life was aimed at a sophisticated, sexually active audience — but with its mix of informative sex education stories and occasionally salacious soft-porn visuals, arguably its most eager viewers were younger than intended.

“I was a horny 12-year-old who would furtively watch it on my dad’s Casio handheld TV in my bedroom,” someone said of the show in a reddit thread.

“I remember that just prior to it being cancelled they softened its content quite a bit which just made it thoroughly boring.

“I would love to watch it again.”

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And who could go past Man O Man, which featured a group of men vying for the affection of the rowdy female audience?

When Australian viewers were obsessed with reality TV shows and reboots were all the rage in 2015, news.com.au asked executive producer Karen Greene if Man O Man could make a comeback?

“Never say never I guess,” she said at the time.

Many have called for Frontline, the current affairs show parody to return, with plenty of new news fodder to give it good reboot.

While we’re now treated to shows like Australian Ninja Warrior, would we prefer to hear, “GLADIATORS … are you reeeaddddyyyyy?” blaring from the TV again?

In the mid-90s we were treated to three seasons of Gladiators – a show that took weedy everyday Aussies and threw them into a giant arena to take on a select group of buff men and women in a series of physical challenges.

A reboot should definitely see the iconic 90s leotards return.

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As part of news.com.au’s Australia’s Favourite series, we want to find out what your favourite 90s Aussie TV show was.

Last week you declared Stone & Wood Pacific Ale was your favourite beer (although many complained theirs wasn’t on the list) and there’s been some other surprising choices.

What would you like to see in Australia’s favourite search next? Did your fave show not make the list? Share your best memories below



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