Good Guys, Bad Guys

Good Guys, Bad Guys was an Australian crime TV series that screened on the Nine Network between 1997 and 1998, with a telemovie and twenty-six episodes produced. A comedy/drama set in Melbourne.

Good Guys, Bad Guys
Created byRoger Simpson
Written byJon Stephens
StarringMarcus Graham
Travis McMahon
Alison Whyte
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Executive producer(s)
  • Mikael Borglund
  • Kris Noble
  • Roger Le Mesurier
  • Roger Simpson
  • Ros Tatarka
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)Beyond International Group
Original networkNine Network
Original release30 March 1997 
23 June 1998

The program was written for, and starred, Marcus Graham (former star of soap opera E-Street) as Elvis Maginnis. A disgraced former cop, tainted by his criminal family and framed for corruption, Elvis owns "K for Kleen" drycleaning, managed by the eminently more sensible Stella Kinsella (Alison Whyte, of the ABC current affairs satire series Frontline) and sweetheart Reuben Zeus who has Tourette syndrome (Travis McMahon, most recently of Last Man Standing).

Elvis's attempts at a straight life are constantly compromised by the demands of his eccentric family, while Stella's attempts at making "K-for-Kleen" turn a profit are frustrated by Elvis's penchant for damsels in distress and a hard-luck story. He may not have a white stallion, but Elvis has a beautiful Charger.

The program was filmed in Melbourne, predominantly around the inner-city "bohemian" suburbs of St. Kilda, Fitzroy and Carlton. The film style incorporated local colour - Melbourne trams, landmarks like Smith Street's Cobra cane furniture shop, and the Builder's Arms Hotel as Elvis's local - and a soundtrack of the then-latest Australian music, matched to the action. The Good Guys, Bad Guys soundtrack CD features Regurgitator, The Fauves, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Whitlams, The Avalanches, Spiderbait, The Cruel Sea , Rebecca's Empire and The Mavis's among others.


Main cast

Guest cast

Good Guys, Bad Guys guest starred many Australian actors, including Zoe Carides, Samuel Johnson, Belinda Giblin, Nadine Garner, Sophie Lee, Vince Colosimo, Annie Jones, Claudia Black, Red Symons, Magda Szubanski, Sonia Todd, Jane Hall, John Waters, Frankie J. Holden, Bruce Spence, John McTernan, Nicholas Bell, Ben Mendelsohn, Norman Hancock, Lisa Hensley and Petra Yared.


In 1997, the show won 'Best Mini-Series or Telefeature' at the AFI Awards. In 1998, cast member Alison Whyte was nominated for 'Most Outstanding Actress' at the Logie Awards for her role in the show.

International broadcasts

In 1997 and 1998, the series was shown on Russian television channels TV Tsentr and Stolitsa.

Home media

In 2007 Force Australia released season one of Good Guys, Bad Guys on DVD. Then Force Australia stopped operating and was taken over by Beyond Home Entertainment who released season two of Good Guys, Bad Guys on DVD in September 2007.

DVD name Format Ep # Discs Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Good Guys, Bad Guys (Season 01) DVD 13 4 18 April 2007 None Force Australia
Good Guys, Bad Guys (Season 02) DVD 13 4 12 September 2007 None Beyond Home Entertainment

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