NOUGHTIES... Big Brother, featuring this moment between host Gretel Kileen and contestant Merlin, is among the shows journalist Sonny Coombs remembers fondly from the 2000s. NOUGHTIES... Big Brother, featuring this moment between host Gretel Kileen and contestant Merlin, is among the shows journalist Sonny Coombs remembers fondly from the 2000s.

Entertain Us (4-4-2018): Looking back at TV in the 2000s

I HAVE recently started watching the new season of America Idol on Foxtel.

The singing show has returned after nearly two years off, with a panel of all-star judges including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

I haven’t watched any instalment of the Idol franchise since it ended in Australia in 2009 after a seven-season run.

Watching the show has made me nostalgic and given a yearning for televisions shows of yesteryear.

As a 1990s baby, I grew up watching shows during the golden era of the noughties and have decided to take a look back at some of what I consider the best:

Australian Idol (2003-2009)
Could you imagine a world without Shannon “Nollsie” Noll, the touchdown or Andrew G (I refuse to learn his new name)? The singing competition launched the careers of Guy Sebastian, Ricki-Lee, Casey Donovan and Flynn Liu. Remember him? Liu was catapulted into the limelight, albeit only for his 15 minutes of fame, after his awful(ly good) audition in 2004 when he performed Michael Jackson’s Beat It. While he didn’t make it past the auditions he later performed at the Sydney Opera House and also released a cover of the Freestylers’ Push Up.

Big Brother (2001-2008 and 2012-14)
This show copped its fair share of criticism during its run and even then-Prime Minister John Howard called for it to be taken off the air. Described as the ultimate social experiment, it gave us a fly-on-the-wall look at a bunch of Aussies thrown into a house without any connection to the outside world. It gave so many memorable moments like contestant Merlin’s infamous “free th refugees” silent protest which left host Gretel Killeen visibly irritated. It also delivered unforgettable characters like Sara-Marie Fedele who rose to fame with her bum dance, Chrissie Swan who has had a successful career in radio and television, and Simon “Hotdogs” Deering.

Kath and Kim (2002-2007)
This is arguably one of the greatest and most Australian television shows of all time. The satirical sitcom was created by and starred comedy geniuses Jane Turner and Gina Riley. Sayings from the show like “It’s noice, it’s different, it’s unusual” and “Look at moi” have been adopted into everyday life.

Other notable mentions: The Glasshouse (2001-2006), Spicks and Specks (2005-2011), The Mole Australia (2000-2005), Rove Live (2000-2009).

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