Back to the Rafters: Season 1

Back to the Rafters: Season 1

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Six years on since the finale of Packed to the Rafters, the Rafter family returns with this six-part series with Dave (Erik Thomson) and Julie (Rebecca Gibney) living their new life in the country with youngest daughter Ruby (Willow Speers). More

As everyone comes together in Sydney to celebrate Dave and Julie’s 35th Anniversary, history repeats and circumstances force them all to cram into Ben’s two-bedroom home. During the visit it becomes apparent that the older Rafter children are facing new challenges with Ben (Hugh Sheridan) recently married to Cassie (HaiHa Le) and hoping to start a family, Nathan (Angus McLaren) trying to do it all as a single dad to Edward (Kaspar Frost) and Rachel (Georgina Haig) living a secret life in New York. Granddad Ted (Michael Caton) struggles to find his place, Julie wrestles with the pain of being absent from the rest of the family, whilst Dave treasures his Buradeena easy lifestyle finding a new mate in his young employee, Paddo (Aaron L. McGrath) who shares his love of motocross racing.




Kung Pao Chicken

Julie Rafter's life is thrown into confusion when, after six... More years away, a city reunion reveals crises in the lives of the rest of the Rafters and causes her to question her own country town happiness.


Cross Currents

While Dave has taken Julie back to Buradeena to persuade... More her to settle back there, Ruby stays with her brothers in the city and becomes the next climate change social media sensation.


Issues Management

When Rachel comes home to secure Ruby as youth ambassador... More for one of her New York clients, she surprises everyone by arriving pregnant; further complicating everyone's lives.


The Most Together One In The Family

When compared to the rest of the Rafters, Ben thinks... More his life is looking up. But Cassie is harbouring a truth that will tear his blissful ignorance apart.



Nathan finds self-reflection and healing at a wellness retreat in... More Buradeena. Meanwhile, Julie is forced to a conclusion about her future with Dave, and Ruby takes a stand against internet trolls.


Pinch Me Linda

Finally accepting that their parents might indeed be contemplating ... More separate lives, Ben and Nathan propose desperate measures to save their parents' role model marriage.

Back to the Rafters: Season 1 | Reviews



Lee has given this central duo a new stage and lease of life that just might provide enough dramatic tension, tears and laughs to make you fall in love with the Rafters, whether it be for the first time, or all over again.

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The Conversation

The Conversation

The writers of Back to the Rafters have not tried to emulate the familiar concerns of the past. Instead they created issues relevant to 2021, with all the current complications attached.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Back to the Rafters is sentimental, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Back to the Rafters: Season 1 | Release Details

Back to the Rafters: Season 1 is available to stream in Australia now on Prime Video.