The BEST Episodes of Utopia (AU) (2014)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2019

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.

Terminal Problems

#1 - Terminal Problems

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.11
19 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Mission Creeps

#2 - Mission Creeps

Season 4 - Episode 4

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 8.08
12 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Start Up

#3 - Start Up

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 8.08
25 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Working With Children

#4 - Working With Children

Season 4 - Episode 2

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 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Blue Sky Thinking

#5 - Blue Sky Thinking

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 8.07
27 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Starting the Conversation

#6 - Starting the Conversation

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 8.06
18 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
The Whole Enchilada

#7 - The Whole Enchilada

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 8.05
21 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Protected Species

#8 - Protected Species

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 8.00
29 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Shovels Ready

#9 - Shovels Ready

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Nation Shapers

#10 - Nation Shapers

Season 3 - Episode 3

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 8.00
27 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Independence Day

#11 - Independence Day

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.00
22 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
On the Defence

#12 - On the Defence

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 7.90
20 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Then We Can Build It

#13 - Then We Can Build It

Season 1 - Episode 6

Concerned that Tasmania's infrastructure needs have been overlooked, Jim sends Tony and the team south for a series of public forums.

star 7.89
18 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Clause For Concern

#14 - Clause For Concern

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.86
22 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Smart Cities

#15 - Smart Cities

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 7.86
28 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Pipe Dreams

#16 - Pipe Dreams

Season 4 - Episode 3

Tony's opportunity to pitch an important proposal is undermined by computer issues. Nat and Rhonda are forced to deal with community backlash from a prematurely-announced construction project.

star 7.82
11 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Keep Out - Public Property

#17 - Keep Out - Public Property

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.79
14 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Snouts in the Trough

#18 - Snouts in the Trough

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.78
23 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Reporting for Duty

#19 - Reporting for Duty

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.77
22 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Onwards and Upwards

#20 - Onwards and Upwards

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.76
21 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Levers of Power

#21 - Levers of Power

Season 4 - Episode 7

Tony is on the verge of completing a major report when Rhonda invites an ABC documentary crew to spend a week in the NBA offices. The NBA staff are divided over an important issue of office catering.

star 7.75
8 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
A Fresh Start

#22 - A Fresh Start

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 7.68
25 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Dot Dot Dot

#23 - Dot Dot Dot

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.67
15 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
Arts and Minds

#24 - Arts and Minds

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.65
23 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch
The First Project

#25 - The First Project

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 7.65
20 votes
Directors: Rob Sitch
Writers: Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch