Three new series and seasons from Oz premiere in the US in November, with two additional Aussie and Kiwi series being added to streaming services.

RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service
RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service — Photo courtesy of PBS Distribution

For updates about shows from Australia and New Zealand added to US linear TV and streaming channels throughout the month, see the Down Under TV Viewing Guide.

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Love Island: Australia: Season 3 (AU)

Hosted by Sophie Monk, this reality/competition series features 10 Aussie singles playing the game of love. After they find their match, they must stay together while surviving temptations as new singles enter the villa. At stake: the AU$ 50,000 prize money.

Love Island: Australia
Love Island: Australia — Photo courtesy of Hulu

Love Island: Australia: Season 3 premieres in the US on Monday, November 1, exclusively on Hulu. New episodes will debut daily through the end of the season.

Frayed: Season 2 (AU)

An AACTA Awards nominee for Best Comedy Program, this comedy-drama returns with a new season that finds Sammy (series creator and writer Sarah Kendall, The Other One) and her kids (Frazer Hadfield and Maggie Ireland-Jones) out of Australia and back in Britain, but living in a tiny London flat instead of their now-former opulent house, which Sammy is trying to prove was stolen by her lawyer, Rufus (Robert Webb, Back). She must also keep her kids far away from Australia and the truth about what happened to their neighbour, Terry.

Meanwhile, down under in Newcastle, an ambitious cop named Fairbank (Hamish Michael, Janet King) is heading up the missing person case and doesn’t believe Terry disappeared. With Jim (Ben Mingay, Packed to the Rafters), Jean (Kerry Armstrong, SeaChange), and Abby (Alexandra Jensen, Amazing Grace) trying to keep their secret hidden, and con artist Bev (Doris Younane, Five Bedrooms) lurking about, it’s only a matter of time before the truth catches up with Sammy.

Frayed: Season 2 premieres in the US on Thursday, November 4, exclusively on HBO Max.

RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service (AU)

Based on remarkable real-life stories and filmed on location in and around Broken Hill in Outback NSW, this new drama series captures the beauty and brutality of Australia’s vast center, where the doctors, nurses, pilots, and support staff of the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) negotiate the unique challenges of emergency retrievals across some of the most inhospitable places in the country.

The series opens with a doctor escaping her past and joining the Royal Flying Doctor Service on a day in which a catastrophic emergency retrieval hits the team personally. Together they will deal with the fallout while continuing their highly-skilled work, racing against the clock and fighting the elements to save people. The question is, at what cost?

The cast includes Justine Clarke (Tangle), Rob Collins (Total Control), Stephen Peacocke (Five Bedrooms), Emma Hamilton (Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries), and Ash Ricardo (Offspring), amongst others.

RFDS: Royal Flying Doctor Service premieres in the US on Thursday, November 11, exclusively on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

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Packed to the Rafters: Season 1 (AU)

An AACTA Awards winner for Best Television Program and a Logie Awards winner for Most Popular Drama Series, this fan-favorite, family-oriented drama-comedy series revolves around the Rafter family. Just as would-be empty-nesters Dave (Erik Thomson, 800 Words, The Alice) and Julie Rafter (Rebecca Gibney, Wanted, Winter) are about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and have the house to themselves, circumstances arise that bring their children and other family members back to the roost.

Packed to the Rafters
Packed to the Rafters: Rebecca Gibney as Julie Rafter & Erik Thomson as Dave Rafter — Photo courtesy of APT

Packed to the Rafters: Season 1 begins streaming Monday, November 1, on PBS Passport.

The Gulf: Season 2 (NZ)

Following the events in Season 1 that left D.S.S. Jess Savage (Kate Elliott, Wentworth, Dear Murderer) with severe memory loss, a dead husband and more, the new season of this psychological crime thriller finds her wanting to leave the past behind and make the most of her tentative new relationship with her pregnant daughter, Ruby (Timmie Cameron, Shortland Street). Jess is also remembering certain things. Devastating things. And she takes on the abduction case of Spencer Marris (Glen Levy, Westside), the husband of Jess’s old school friend, Lisa (Serena Cotton, The Brokenwood Mysteries). If all that wasn’t enough, Jess is being blackmailed, threatened with being exposed as a murderer…

Returning cast members include Ido Drent (Offspring), Ross Brannigan (Dear Murderer), Alison Bruce (One Lane Bridge), Dahnu Graham (Vegas), Mark Mitchinson (Straight Forward), Bede Skinner (The Brokenwood Mysteries), and Simon Prast (Go Girls). Joining the Season 2 cast are Vinnie Bennett (The Bad Seed), Madeleine Adams (Mystic), Fasitua Amosa (Harry), Mirabai Pease (Head High), Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home), and Romy Hooper (Nothing Trivial).

The Gulf: Season 2 begins streaming Monday, November 22, on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon Channels.


Did you miss any of the new shows from previous days, weeks, or months? Check the Down Under TV Viewing Guide and Archives to find out.


For details about the November premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For info about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.


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Aussie & Kiwi TV: US Premieres in November 2021