The BEST Episodes of Utopia (AU) (2014)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Network: ABC1

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.

The First Project

#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.

star 8.96
48 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Terminal Problems

#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.

star 8.04
46 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
The Whole Enchilada

#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.

star 8.04
23 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Starting the Conversation

#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.

star 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Start Up

#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.

star 8.00
26 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
The Ghost of Christmas Future

#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.

star 8.00
14 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Protected Species

#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.

star 7.98
56 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Nation Shapers

#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.

star 7.96
28 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Independence Day

#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.

star 7.96
23 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Shovels Ready

#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.

star 7.95
20 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Mission Creeps

#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.

star 7.94
16 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Keep Out - Public Property

#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.

star 7.90
41 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Reporting for Duty

#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.

star 7.88
49 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Blue Sky Thinking

#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.

star 7.87
30 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Then We Can Build It

#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.

star 7.86
22 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
On the Defence

#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.

star 7.86
21 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
A Fresh Start

#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.

star 7.85
54 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Arts and Minds

#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.

star 7.85
52 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Snouts in the Trough

#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.

star 7.83
24 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Smart Cities

#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.

star 7.83
29 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Clause For Concern

#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

star 7.78
23 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Summit Attempt

#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.

star 7.78
50 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Onwards and Upwards

#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.

star 7.74
23 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Working With Children

#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.

star 7.71
17 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner
Dot Dot Dot

#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.

star 7.63
16 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner