The 10 Best Shows on Free-to-air TV in August 2019

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Whats on Free to Air Australia – TV Show Top 10 Highlights

The entertainment world we now live in is one of extreme choice, and it’s a pretty nice problem to have. While our parents grew up with four or five TV channels to keep them entertained, we’re now in an era where there’s dozens of satellite and cable channels, multiple streaming services with their own original content, and numerous free sources of video entertainment across the internet available at the tap of a screen, from YouTube to Crackle.

And it’s that breadth of available entertainment that’s made the old-fashioned “appointment TV” concept a thing of the past. The five free to air networks have all had to adapt to the new world of on-demand video (which they’ve done via their catch-up services). They need to please a viewer base which isn’t glued to one channel all night like the previous generation might have been.

Your Guide to The Best Content Available on Free to Air

So, let’s have a look at ten shows that you don’t need a subscription to watch, all available on free-to-air TV or their respective catch-up services. The best part being, of course, that it costs you absolutely nothing to check them out and see for yourself whether your new favourite show has been sitting there waiting for you.

  • The Bachelor Australia
  • Australian Survivor
  • Australia’s Got Talent
  • Bosch
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Squinters
  • The Block
  • Utopia
  • Seachange
  • Martin Clunes: Islands of America

1. The Bachelor Australia (Ten & TenPlay)

The Bachelor Australia

It’s yet another season of endless romantic dates and nerve-wracking rose ceremonies. The Bachelor Australia is back with its seventh season — this time featuring 32-year-old Astrophysicist from Melbourne, Matt Agnew. This season will see 28 women vying for his attention and ultimate, his heart, in what promises to be another rollercoaster ride that will hopefully end in a walk down the aisle — or even just a real relationship.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: A bachelor’s chance at finding true love
  • Details: 7 season, 99 episodes
  • Genre: Reality




2. Australian Survivor (Ten & TenPlay)

Australian Survivor

The sixth season of Australian Survivor is here, featuring two tribes of twelves, which are divided by status: Champions vs Contenders. All castaways are once again placed in Savusavu in Fiji, competing once again for the chance to be called the “Sole Australian Survivor” plus win the grand prize of $500,000.00.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: Completing challenges to win cash in a remote location
  • Details: 6 season, 104 episodes
  • Genre: Reality competition




3. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven & 7Plus)

Australia's Got Talent

Australia’s Got Talent premiered way back on 18 February 2007 on the Seven Network. The show is based on the Got Talent series format that originated in the United Kingdom with Simon Cowell. This ninth season, we’re going to see new judges Nicole Scherzinger, Shane Jacobson, Manu Feildel, and Lucy Durack taking over the panel in charge of finding the best of the best.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: It’s showtime!
  • Details: 9 seasons, 110 episodes
  • Genre: Talent show




4. Bosch (SBS & SBS On Demand)


The fifth season of Bosch involves an old murder conviction, from a case he previously worked, being brought into question and possibly affecting other past convictions and endangering his career. A former girlfriend, who blames him for stalling her police career, now working for the district attorney, accuses Bosch of planting evidence and accepts at face value a claim of new DNA evidence purporting to tie another criminal to the crime.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: An addicting murder series that will keep you on the edge of your seat
  • Details: 5 seasons, 50 episodes
  • Genre: Detective fiction, Drama




5. The Handmaid’s Tale (SBS & SBS On Demand)

The Handmaid's Tale

Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, this series is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. One of these women, Offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: A dark and haunting drama that’s sure to keep you engrossed
  • Details: 3 seasons, 34 episodes
  • Genre: Drama, Dystopian fiction




6. Squinters (ABC & iView)


Squinters takes on a comical look at the daily commute, following five carloads of commuters as they make the arduous journey to and from work everyday. This new season of Squinters promises to deliver more laughs and funny antics as the fate of the workers of ‘Kosciusko’ is revealed.  Our travellers have new jobs and for some, new passengers along for the ride. In the confines of their cars, the intimate details of their lives, relationships and struggles are exposed in new and hilarious ways.  

  • Kelly’s Rundown: One of the funniest comedy-drama shows right now
  • Details: 2 season, 12 episodes
  • Genre: Comedy-drama




7. The Block (Nine & 9Now)

The Block

The Block, Australia’s most successful reality program, is back with its 15th season, which will see five ambitious couples will renovate and transform the neglected Oslo Hotel in St Kilda into five top-end, three-storey homes, restoring it to its former glory as one of Australia’s premier residential addresses. They’re all competing for the chance to walk away with $100,000 in prize money and any profit made when their apartments go under the hammer at a live public auction later this year.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: Get ready for renovations of colossal proportions
  • Details: 15 seasons, 611 episodes
  • Genre: Game show, Reality TV




8. Utopia (ABC & iView)


Utopia is a Logie Award-winning Australian TV comedy series that follows the working lives of a team in the fictional Nation Building Authority, a newly created government organisation. The Authority is responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects, from announcement to unveiling. The series explores the collision between bureaucracy and grand ambitions.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: Take a good laugh at the funny side of public service
  • Details: 3 seasons, 24 episodes
  • Genre: Comedy




9. Seachange (Nine & 9Now)


Seachange returns to Nine with this reboot of the classic show. The reboot picks up two decades after the show left off, with Thornton’s character heading back to Pearl Bay after being fired from her volunteer job in Africa.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: A hilarious yet touching and warm show that will surely get you hooked
  • Details: 1 season, 8 episodes
  • Genre: Drama




10. Martin Clunes: Islands of America (Seven & 7Plus)

Martin Clunes Islands of America

Martin Clunes goes on a journey around the coast of America to discover what life is like on the surrounding islands. He travels from Hawaii’s islands of fire and Alaska’s islands of snow, to the playgrounds of presidents off the New England coast.

  • Kelly’s Rundown: Join on this epic journey to discover what life is on the Islands of America
  • Details: 1 season, 4 episodes
  • Genre: Documentary




Catch It All on Free-to-Air!

You’re in for a treat this month with these leading free-to-air channels and catch-up services. Don’t miss a minute of these hot shows on air and subscribe now to their respective on demand streaming services. Whether it’s drama, sport, or reality TV, you’ll definitely love tuning into these channels all month long!

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