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7.9/10 TV

Country of origin  Australia
No. of series  7
Final episode date  29 November 1999
7.8/10 IMDb

Theme music composer  Todd Hunter
Original language(s)  English
First episode date  27 February 1994
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Written by  Elizabeth ColemanPhilip Dalkin
Directed by  Dan BurstallMandy Smith
Networks  American Broadcasting Company, Network Ten, ABC
Cast  Callan Mulvey, Lara Cox, Alex Dimitriades, Ada Nicodemou, Simon Baker
Similar  Blue Water High, Dance Academy, Clueless (TV series)

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Heartbreak High was a popular Australian television programme that ran for six years, through seven seasons from 1994 to 1999 on both Network Ten and ABC. The programme dealt with the students of the fictional Hartley High (replaced by Hartley Heights from season 5 onwards), a tough high school in a multiracial area of Sydney, and proved to be a more gritty and fast-paced show than many of its contemporaries. It was a spin-off of the 1993 Australian feature film The Heartbreak Kid which had featured Alex Dimitriades and Claudia Karvan. However, in later series the show shifted emphasis away from the school setting and the Poulos family to the students' homes and hangout - the Shark Pool.


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The programme was transmitted by Network Ten between 1994 and 1996, and by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 1997 and 1999. It also was successful in sales internationally and was broadcast in over twenty countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America. After the sixth series the Australian Broadcasting Corporation axed the show as selling another series to foreign TV stations proved increasingly difficult. The BBC had no interest in buying an additional series; due to scheduling delays a backlog of episodes had built up, and the programme was forced to wrap up production.

Series 1 (1994, episodes 1-38)

Regular Cast


Series 2 (1995, episodes 39-52)

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Dante Richards Student, love interest with Katarina


Series 3 (1995, episodes 53-65)

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Series 4 (1996, episodes 66-91)

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Series 5 (1997, episodes 92-130)

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Series 6 (1998, episodes 131-170)

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Series 7 (1999, episodes 171-210)

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DVD Release

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Series 1 was released in Australia as a DVD Box Set by Umbrella Entertainment on 5 October 2011. This DVD set is region free and will play globally featuring original 4:3 Full Frame and 2.0 English Dolby Digital Sound. The series 2 DVD Box Set was released by Umbrella Entertainment on 7 March 2012. The series 3 DVD Box Set was released by Umbrella Entertainment on 6 June 2012 and is currently available to order. Series 1 of the show has also been released on two DVD sets in Germany in the dubbed German version with no English audio track. This DVD is the official release for Germany.

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Umbrella have no current plans to release the rest of the series, as quoted on their Facebook page, due to 'music licensing issues'.


Heartbreak High was broadcast in the following countries:

  • In Argentina on Canal 9 as "Aprendiendo a vivir" ("Learning to Live").
  • In Australia on Network Ten, ABC TV and ABC3 (2009-2010).
  • In Belgium on French speaking side, Plug RTL as Hartley, cœurs à vif.
  • In Belgium on Flemish public television VRT.
  • In Canada on Showcase.
  • In Chile on Chilevision as "Aprendiendo a vivir".
  • In Czech Republic on SuperMax and later on TV Nova as Škola zlomených srdcí.
  • In Estonia on Kanal 2 as Koolide kool
  • In France on France 2 as Hartley, cœurs à vif
  • In Germany on ZDF (Episodes 1-52) and Sat.1 (Episodes 1-160)
  • In Greece on Skai and New channel in 1997.
  • In Hungary on MTV1 (Magyar Televízió - Hungarian Television), and is currently aired on m2 as Szívtipró gimi.
  • In Kosovo on RTV 21.
  • In Iceland on RÚV as Fjör á Fjölbraut.
  • In India on Zee Café.
  • In Indonesia on RCTI
  • In Ireland on Network 2 (now RTÉ2)
  • In Israel on Channel 1 (Israel) as Tichon Ha'Levavot Ha'Shvurim (תיכון הלבבות השבורים).
  • In Lithuania on LRT (Lietuvos Televizija) as Neramioji Gimnazija.
  • In Republic of Macedonia on A1 as Uchilishte skrsheni srca.
  • In Mexico on Azteca 13 as "Aprendiendo a vivir".
  • In Netherlands on Nederland 3 on VARA.
  • In Norway on TV2.
  • In Peru on TNP as "Aprendiendo a vivir".
  • In Poland on TVP 1 as Szkoła złamanych serc (A School of Broken Hearts), re-runs were broadcast by TVN, and again in 2007 on TVP1.
  • In Portugal on RTP1 as "Amores e Rebeldia"
  • In Russia as Школа разбитых сердец was first broadcast on TV-6 in 1996.
  • In Serbia оn 3K RTS as Nestašne godine (Mischievous Years) and again on TV Stankom, Art TV and various regional TV stations.
  • In Spain on TVE1 and TVE2 as Los Rompecorazones ("The Heartbreakers").
  • In United Arab Emirates on City7tv.
  • In United Kingdom on BBC 2, Trouble and TCC.
  • In United States on Encore WAM.
  • References

    Heartbreak High Wikipedia