The BEST Episodes of Utopia (AU) (2014)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 2, 2020
Set inside the offices of the "Nation Building Authority", a newly created government organization responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects, Utopia explores that moment when bureaucracy and grand dreams collide. It's a tribute to those political leaders who have somehow managed to take a long-term vision and use it for short-term gain. The eight-part series follows the working lives of a tight-knit team in charge of guiding big building schemes from announcement to unveiling. Constant shifts in priorities are the order of the day as the staff are asked to come up with plans for everything from new roads and rail lines to airports and high rise urban developments. In short, Utopia examines the forces that go into creating a very well-designed white elephant.
#1 - The First Project
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 24, 2014
Disillusioned by his first 11 months in the job Tony thinks back to the start. Launching the NBA was a great success but within weeks Jim was at his door desperate for a new announcement.
#2 - Terminal Problems
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 16, 2015
After months of working on a major new project Jim asks Tony for one small change. He wants the project killed. Rhonda nominates Nat to be keynote speaker at a conference.
#3 - The Whole Enchilada
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 1, 2014
Tony is forced to evaluate plans for expanding northern Australia's Ord River Scheme. Nat has issues with a stalled highway upgrade. Jim makes a shock announcement.
#4 - Starting the Conversation
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 23, 2015
Tony refuses to be drawn into a planning dispute. Meanwhile, Rhonda is keen to raise the NBA's level of online engagement, leading to social media mayhem.
#5 - Start Up
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 16, 2017
Fresh from a trip to Silicon Valley, Jim asks Tony for help getting the Government involved in the world of start-ups. Meanwhile, a complaint from an ex-employee sees Nat accused of bullying. And Courtney decides it is time for the office to get new bins.
#6 - The Ghost of Christmas Future
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 9, 2019
Following a trip to Canberra Tony finds himself at loggerheads with Rhonda and Jim after he refuses to back a major new government initiative. Nat and Ash are forced to break some bad news to the Minister.
#7 - Protected Species
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 20, 2014
Tony is forced to step in when an endangered grass threatens to de-rail plans for a new container terminal. Rhonda is convinced that the NBA needs a major overhaul of its website.
#8 - Nation Shapers
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 2, 2017
Nat is asked to help out the Minister with a problem-plagued I.T. project. Meanwhile, a poor radio interview sees Tony forced to undertake media training.
#9 - Independence Day
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 6, 2017
After threatening to resign Tony is offered his own independent infrastructure board but Jim clearly has his own ideas about the word "independent". Meanwhile Rhonda and Beverley decide it is time for a new office reporting structure.
#10 - Shovels Ready
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 26, 2015
After years of meticulous planning nothing can prevent a major tunnelling project getting started. Except Rhonda. Meanwhile Nat makes the fatal mistake of asking HR for help.
#11 - Mission Creeps
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 11, 2019
Tony is asked by the Minister to oversee the implementation on a new electronic I.D card scheme. Nat and Ash must face the fact that their expensive wildlife project preservation may not have actually preserved any wildlife.
#12 - Keep Out - Public Property
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 2, 2015
Tony and his team are forced to justify why a new foreshore park now seems to have very little park. Nat is desperate for a parcel to arrive and the entire office gets caught up in Healthy Heart Week.
#13 - Reporting for Duty
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 30, 2015
When the business case for a new cross-city tunnel proves hopeless there is only one thing to do - find another business case. Nat is determined to sack an inept worker and Amy completes a barista course.
#14 - Blue Sky Thinking
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 19, 2017
Jim and Rhonda force Tony to help step in and save a flawed government scheme. Nat is driven mad by a local council worried about a proposed development.
#15 - Then We Can Build It
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 17, 2014
Concerned that Tasmania's infrastructure needs have been overlooked, Jim sends Tony and the team south for a series of public forums.
#16 - On the Defence
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 30, 2017
With a major defence white paper about to be launched Jim and Rhonda ask Tony for help. Meanwhile Nat is summoned to Canberra for an exciting new job. Back at the office it is time for a Risk and Safety audit.
#17 - A Fresh Start
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 19, 2015
It's a new year and Tony is determined to focus on big things. Unfortunately, small things get in the way. Meanwhile, Nat's attempts to assist a local community unleash a multi-billion dollar government initiative.
#18 - Arts and Minds
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 10, 2014
The decision to include roadside art on a major highway upgrade leads to controversy. Things get worse when Tony's visit to a primary school results in the actual launch of Australia's first space program.
#19 - Snouts in the Trough
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 23, 2017
Jim and Rhonda ask Tony for help building a new airport rail link — but Tony's proposal shocks them both. Meanwhile Nat has her entire week de-railed by a tweet. And the office welcomes their oldest employee who surprises everyone.
#20 - Smart Cities
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 26, 2017
Rhonda forces Tony to be keynote speaker at the Smart Cities conference. Nat is looking set for a promotion until Beverley from HR decides to step in. The arrival of a new couch has unintended consequences.
#21 - Clause For Concern
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 9, 2017
The NBA team is asked to help out with the sale of a port; Rhonda decides it is time for a digital upgrade; and Tony is forced to spend a night outdoors in the name of charity
#22 - Summit Attempt
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 7, 2015
Tony's attempt at a holiday is derailed by the arrival of a new minister, a wifi upgrade and Rhonda. Plans for an infrastructure conference become complicated when Karsten gets involved.
#23 - Onwards and Upwards
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 3, 2014
Tony is reluctantly dragged in when the developer of a low-rise inner city building project decides he wants to double the height of his apartment block... and then triple it again.
#24 - Working With Children
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 28, 2019
The arrival of a work experience student leads to unexpected Ministerial developments. Nat is invited to join a prestigious board but soon finds herself clashing with the Chair.
#25 - Dot Dot Dot
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 9, 2015
When the Government announces 'Education Nation' it is met with rapturous praise. Only one problem - no one knows what it is. Nat is tasked with handling a Freedom of Information request.