Hi-5 logo 1999-2005 screen version
Number of episodes: 595
First episode: Physical
Last episode: Cultural Festivals
Intro: Hi-5 Theme
Original airing: January 1, 1999
April 5, 1999
Hi-5 1999
Hi-5 Australia on Nine Network in January 1 during April 5, 1999
Production Order
Hi-5 House
Hi-5 (Australia) is an Australian children's television program, was first shown on the Nine Network in 1999 and is based on the children's music group Hi-5. Hi-5 is a children's pop music group much like peer children's entertainers The Wiggles. Hi-5 has been shown in approximately 80 countries.

Each series has 45 episodes with nine weekly themes. In 2004 (Series 6), the show was marked by reduced 30 episodes than normal, with 30 episodes in six weekly themes due to the band concentrating more on touring. In 2012, no new series was filmed because there was only 3 members, Stevie Nicholson, Dayen Zheng and Lauren Brant, with a repeat of Series 13 being shown instead.

In 2009 was marked the beginning of the "second generation" of Hi-5, with all of the original members having departed in 2007-2008. The series was renewed for another five years with the new cast by the Nine Network, which would have the contract expire in 2013.

Harris and Graeme-Evans ended their involvement with the series in 2008 when the program was sold to Southern Star and the Nine Network. The final episode of Hi-5 aired 16 December 2011 as a result of the Nine Network selling the property in 2012. A spin-off series, Hi-5 House, aired on Nick Jr. from 2013 to 2016, produced with no involvement from Nine.

Nine renewed its partnership in with the Hi-5 franchise in October 2016 and announced its plans to revive Hi-5 with a new cast in 2017.

Origins of the programEdit

In 1998, Producer Helena Harris, creator of Bananas in Pyjama, created "Hi-5" when her two children outgrew the Bananas. She and co-producer Posie Graeme-Evans decided the new show would be aimed at children of all ages, would include educational trends as fun and games, and would feature music and movement that would attract children's attention. Hi-5 aims to cater to a wide range of young children with a wide range of cognitive abilities and learning styles.

Child-development experts work with writers on every script. Each show is built around a simple theme like colours, music, animals, or numbers. Each show is then divided into segments that teach the concept in different ways. Music is seen as the method of joining the segments of the program together as well as highlighting the concepts and themes of each program.

The auditions for the Australian hosts were held in 1998 and the first program was broadcast in 1999. Since then, the original Australian show won five ARIA Awards for "Best Children's Album" (as of 2005), won three consecutive Australian Logie Awards (the Australian awards for Television performance and production recognition) for "Most Outstanding Children's Preschool Program" as of 2005.

Cast membersEdit

Original series (1999-2011)Edit

Hi-5 House series (2013-2016)Edit

Revived series (2017–2019)Edit


Original and Former members' reasons for leavingEdit

In order, first to last:

  • Kathleen de Leon Jones: Left following the birth of her first child with former Savage Garden member Daniel Jones in July 2006, and permanent leaving in July 2007 to focus on raising her child named Mikayla.
  • Tim Harding: Left following a serious motorcycle accident in 2007 where he fractured both legs and suffered a serious spinal injury that required intensive care and reconstruction.
  • Charli Robinson: In February 2008 she left to pursue other interests in presenting work, and acting in film and television, in order to "challenge herself".
  • Kellie Crawford: Left to explore other career opportunities and to settle down and start a family. Announced in October 2008 that her last show would be at Carols by Candlelight on December 24 2008 with Nathan and Sun.
  • Nathan Foley: Left to concentrate on solo music career. Announced in November 2008 that his last show would be at Carols by Candlelight on December 24 2008 with Kellie and Sun.
  • Sun Pezzimenti: Left prior to her marriage to Nathan Pezzimenti as she did not wish to be constantly leaving her husband to tour with Hi-5. Announced in December 2008 that her final performance would be at Carols by Candlelight with Kellie and Nathan.
  • Fely Irvine: Left to pursue other acting opportunities. Her final performance was at the 2011 Carols by Candlelight.
  • Tim Maddren: Left after getting a role in The Addams Family Broadway Musical. His final performance was in Cebu City, Philippines, on January 19 2013 with Casey.
  • Casey Burgess: Left to pursue a solo music career. Her final performance was in Cebu City, Philippines, on January 19 2013 with Tim.

Replacement of castEdit

In 2006, Kathleen de Leon Jones became pregnant and Sun Park was found to temporarily replace Kathleen while she went on maternity leave. The beginning of series 9 showed Kathleen introducing the audience to Sun and asking her to look after her space while she had the baby. Later in the series, Kathleen briefly returned to introduce everyone to her baby, Mikayla, but in July, she made the decision to permanently leave the group to focus on being a mother.

In 2007, Tim Harding was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which left him with injuries that required intensive care and rehabilitation. Just prior to this, Stevie Nicholson was hired as an understudy to Tim, so he took Tim's place when he decided he could no longer continue with the group.

In February 2008, Charli Robinson announced that she would be leaving Hi-5, having just completed filming series 10, and would stay with the group until a suitable replacement was found. Soon after, Casey Burgess (daughter of veteran Australian rocker Ray Burgess) was hired as Charli's replacement and began touring with the group. but in Series 10, Casey did not appear in this season, 

In October 2008, Kellie Crawford (née Hoggart) announced that she would be leaving the group at the end of the year and a month later, She has to settle down and enjoy life Nathan Foley announced that he would be leaving with Kellie, Nathan left to concentrate on a Solo music career, thus causing rumours to swirl that the pair had been fired in favour of younger, cheaper alternatives. These rumours would never come to be confirmed or denied, but in December 2008, Sun stated that Nathan and Kellie had not been pressured to leave and announced that she too would be leaving at the end of the year. The trio's final performance was at the 2008 Carols by Candlelight.

Auditions were then held to find three new Hi-5 members, although the group now had no founding members. In February 2009, on Mornings with Kerri-Anne, the new line-up was revealed, with Lauren Brant, Tim Maddren and Fely Irvine joining the cast. The cast remained the same for three years until December 2011, when Fely left the group. Her final performance was at the 2011 Carols by Candlelight. Dayen Zheng replaced Fely and the group spent the year touring.

Then, in December 2012, Casey and Tim announced that the year's Carols by Candlelight would be their last with Hi-5 and they would be leaving the group early in the new year.

In June 2012 the Nine Network announced that the Hi-5 brand has been sold in its entirety to Asian equity group, Asiasons, following Nine's ongoing financial difficulties. Hi-5 would no longer be produced by Nine and therefore the thirteenth series became the last. A spin-off series entitled Hi-5 House was created under new management to continue the Hi-5 concept with a refreshed appeal. The new series was produced independently from Nine and aired on Nick Jr. from 2013 to 2016.

The Nine Network renewed its partnership in with the Hi-5 franchise in October 2016 and announced its plans to revive Hi-5 with a new cast in 2017. Executive producer Julie Greene stated "we’re really excited to be working with Nine to develop a reinvigorated Hi-5 show".

Replacement of castEdit



All Hi-5 videos and DVDs are released in Australia by Roadshow Entertainment. Each series of Hi-5 is edited and compiled into video and DVD releases. Usually, 3 titles are released for each titles. Series 5, in which only 7 feature songs and Series 6, in which only 2 feature songs were released; Series 10, in which only 2 titles DVDs were released; Series 12, in which 5 titles DVDs were released; and Series 13, in which 6 titles DVDs were released due to the lack of a new series in 2012 until 2017 from Asia.

Main releasesEdit

Series DVD Title Songs Year
1 2 3 4 5
1 Move Your Body Move Your Body Ready Or Not L.O.V.E. 1999
Summer Rainbows Living In A Rainbow (Summer Rainbows version) Grow Five Senses
Star Dreaming Dream On You And Me (Tour version) In A Different Place 2000
2 Animal Adventures So Many Animals Special Days North South East West
Music Machine Robot Number One Mirror Mirror Feel The Beat
Snow Party It's A Party Feelings Three Wishes 2001
3 Five Alive! Boom Boom Beat Friends Forever Rain Rain Go Away
Playing Cool You're My Number One Let's Get To Work I Spy
Magical Treasures I Can Go Anywhere Opposites Attract Buried Treasure 2002
4 Let's Celebrate! Celebrate Hand In Hand Inside My Heart
Surfing Safari Going Out Give It A Go Reach Out 2003
Hi-Energy E.N.E.R.G.Y. One Step Forward Move It
5/6 It's A Hi-5 Christmas Sleigh Ride Santa Wear Your Shorts Santa Claus Is Coming
Hi-5 Holiday Holiday Underwater Discovery Give Five 2004
Come On And Party Come On And Party Build It Up L.O.V.E. (remake)
Space Magic Hi-5 Base To Outer Space Dream On (remake) I Believe In Magic (DVD version)
Ready Or Not (remake) (VHS version)
7 Action Heroes Action Hero T.E.A.M Planet Disco 2005
2 Snow Party (re-release) It's A Party Feelings Three Wishes
7 Wonderful Journeys Some Kind of Wonderful Come Around To My Place Rainbow 'Round The World
Mix It Up! Making Music Ch-Ch-Changing Home Sweet Home 2006
8 Sharing Wishes Share Everything With You Special Wish Upon A Star
Have Some Fun! Have Some Fun Peek-A-Boo Growing Up 2007
Travelling Circus Pretending Day Are We There Yet? Hey What's Cooking?
9 Team Hi-5 Happy Today Brave And Strong Switching Around
Party Street WOW! Stop And Go Party Street 2008
Go Wild! Around The World Time Machine Love All Around
10 Playtime! Playtime When I Grow Up Planet Earth Techno World Abracadabra
Jump And Shout Jump And Shout Come Alive We're A Family The Best Things In Life Are Free 2009
11 Fun With Friends Zoo Party Knock, Knock, Knock Spin Me 'Round
Santa Claus Is Coming! Santa Claus Is Coming Living In A Fairytale Favourite Teddy Bear Let's Get Away
Stop Look Listen Stop, Look, Listen Four Seasons Happy Monster Dance 2010
12 Imagine That Martian Groove Hi-5 Farm Stand Up Tall On Tippy Toes
Happy Hi-5 House Happy House Toy Box Backyard Adventurers 2011
Hey Presto! Hey Presto! The Dancing Bus Turn The Music Up!
13 Amazing WOW! (remake) Underwater Discovery (remake) L.O.V.E. (remake)
Ready or Not Robot Number One (remake) Ready Or Not (remake) Five Senses (remake) 2012
Make a Wish Wish Upon A Star (remake) Making Music (remake) Some Kind Of Wonderful (remake)
12 Fun and Games The Dancing Bus Happy House Toy Box 2012
13 Discovery WOW! (re-make) Underwater Discovery (re-make) Some Kind of Wonderful (re-make)
Let's Play! Making Music (re-make) Ready Or Not (re-make) Five Senses (re-make) 2013
Feeling Fine Five Senses (re-make) L.O.V.E. (re-make) Some Kind Of Wonderful (re-make)
12 Animal Fun Hi-5 Farm Martian Groove Turn The Music Up!

Revived series DVD releasesEdit

Those are five DVDs are five songs and 25 episodes of Series 17 are coming soon.


Special releasesEdit

Live Tour releasesEdit

TV Shows DVD releasesEdit

This Hi-5 original series DVDs have TV series start Series 1 this year, releases by Roadshow Entertainment is coming up soon in February 2018. This DVD menu walkthough of full episodes selection, karaoke songs and special features are bloopers (from series 2 to 12), Logies awards (from Series 2 to 6) and ARIA awards (from Series 1 to 5) on this DVDs.


Other releasesEdit

iTunes series releasesEdit

Hi-5 original series (series 1 to 13) has the TV Seasons on iTunes in February 2018.


Netflix channel releaseEdit

Hi-5 original series (series 1 to 13) has on Netflix in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United States is coming up soon in March 2018.



All Hi-5 CDs are released in Australia by Sony Music Australia. At least four of them gone platinum and gold and one of the top ten music in Australia. Hi-5 CDs are sold in Australia.

List of albumsEdit


The band tours annually and have visited several countries in which they are popular, including Australia.

Main toursEdit

Vision Australia's Carols by CandlelightEdit

Since 2000 until 2012, and since 2016, Hi-5 have performed annually at Vision Australia's Carols By Candlelight. For a few years, they held their own short concert before Carols by Candlelight, but they currently just perform as a part of the carols. Several cast have noted the Christmas Eve concerts as one of their highlights and because of this, it is often the last performance of departing members.

Educational segmentsEdit

Each presenter hosts an education-centric segment of the show. At times, they're assisted by their co-presenters to display social skills and group problem-solving skills. In Series 11, it was announced in the official site that the 4 new cast, except Stevie are 4 switching roles in their segment, except Puzzles and Patterns with Fely.

Body MoveEdit

This segment encourages body co-ordination skill development through dancing, hopping, jumping and stepping.

Making MusicEdit

This musical segment looks at concepts such as beat, rhythm, pitch and melody using pianos, guitars, bells and other instruments and items.

Puzzles and PatternsEdit

This segment focuses on logical thinking and mathematics looking at numbers, puzzles, patterns and problem-solving. This segment also features Jup-Jup, an alien puppet who is not seen by Dayen, but constantly plays tricks on her.

Shapes in SpaceEdit

This segment explores shape, colour, texture and pattern using various kinds of learning aids including coloured boxes, balls and play-dough.

Word PlayEdit

This segment looks at language and sounds with the help of her puppet friend Chatterbox ("Chats").

Fit Bit TipsEdit

From Series 10-12 in this segment promoted children's leisure and exercise with the hosts taking part in activities such as soccer, table tennis, meditation, dancing, and others.

Sharing StoriesEdit

This penultimate segment in all episodes includes all five presenters, who join together to present a story. This segment is to promote social skills and group problem-solving.

Song of the WeekEdit

Not an educational segment as such, this segment appears at the beginning and the end of every episode with the cast performing a "Song of the Week".

Episodes and seriesEdit

In series 1-5 and series 7-13 there are nine feature songs, termed 'Songs of the Week' (the titles of which are shown below). Each series has run for nine weeks allowing five episodes to be shown a week (45 episodes) To date, there have been completed 570 episodes. Except for series 6 which had just 30 episodes. Accordingly the Series 6 was composed of 6 songs of the week and various segments which had been filmed in 2003. The lack of a new series in 2012 was also due to the same reason. Lauren, Stevie, and Dayen were the only members in 2012

Each section indicates the year in which each season aired, the title of the song on the album and the title used in the show. each song focuses on teaching the audience general common values in life and childhood, such as love, growth, imagination, fun, acceptance, adventure and more. Each week, there is a theme of the week that the song goes along with and it was sung at the beginning and the end of every episode. The theme is given in the beginning of each episode in animation.

From Series 1 -10 orange people participate in activities that goes along with the theme of that week. From Series 11 -13, a dinosaur on wheels, a caterpillar on wheels, and a teddy bear participating in some activity that goes with the theme of the week.

The theme name appears in colourful letters and children's voices announce the theme and then the show begins.

Logo HistoryEdit


(Series 1-7) In the first openings of Hi-5 Australian and the American version, the text Hi-5 had all the red outline and hand had a black outline. This logo was used for the Series 1-2 from US version of the programme.


(Series 8-10) The logo alternated since Series 8 until Series 10 when a new opening occurs. Is the first 3D animated logo, the lines were almost invisible refitting, the hand that was purple, recolour in purple. This logo was used from time to time in the video for Holiday tour in 2012 and UK version of the programme.


(Series 11-13) The third and final logo in 3D, the colour of the hand is now magenta, The white outline is added to the green contour. The dot next to the number 5 is crimson red.

DVD and VCD introsEdit

  • Move Your Body: Hi-5 sing "We're Hi-5"
  • Five Alive: Jup-Jup says "Hi-5 Alive!" (which is the name of the tour) and Kathleen is reminded about the show. She goes to Nathan's space. With Nathan (who was dribbling), she visits Tim, at space three (who was dusting). The trio visit Kellie's space at number four, where she is surfing. At Charli's, she is swinging, until Kathleen reminds her. The theme is an enclosed modified version with the lyrics:

"Hi-5 Alive, all jump together, Hi-5 Alive, run in any weather (in which Hi-5 are wearing wet weather costumes), Hi-5 alive, (a brief shot of the theme and the Hi-5 logo before a clip of a Hi-5 song) the party's on at your place, Hi-5 Alive, there's a smile on my face (the turning logo is replaced by the clip) Five, Five, Five, Five, five together (the clip continues), one, two, three, four, five alive, (the normal theme continues) one, two, three, four, five alive (a swirling background of stars replaces the fuchsia background) five, (the clip is continued until the end) Hi-5 alive, lets do it together, five alive!"

  • Holiday: Dancing in a remixed version of "Five Senses"
  • Action Heroes: Nathan Foley steps out of his helicopter to find his beeper ringing. Kathleen de Leon Jones practises karate until her beeper rings. Tim Harding plays tennis until his beeper rings. Charli Delaney finds her beeper ringing while cheerleading. Kellie Crawford is dancing when her beeper rings. The beepers are, in fact, a reminder for a water slide competition.
  • Mix It Up: Hi-5 rap about making music.
  • Sharing Wishes: Hi-5 tell the kids that you should get a toy because this is a "comforting" video. They then sing the lullaby from "Star Dreaming". (Note: Tim says his toy rabbit's name is Bouncer in this video)
  • Have Some Fun: Hi-5 detective lurk around looking for fun
  • Dance Hits 2: Hi-5 sing "Hi-5 Disco Dance".

Change of the set through historyEdit


Series 1-2 At the start of the TV show, the set was in blue walls and poles, with a giant white hand with multicolour hands in it. In Series 2, the cheering of the audience has changed.

Series 3-6 In Series 3, the Hi-5 set changed. It featured a large Hi-5 logo on the stage inside a yellow circle. Three large blocks were piled on each side.

Series 7-10 The set was changed again. Now it has a large hi-5 logo inside a bigger circle with colourful patterns. Three large blocks were also put but the design was different.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except for in each song there are brand new backgrounds that were not used with the original cast. Also, the cheering of the audience has changed and you hear the cast cheering along with the children.

Body Movement segmentEdit

Series 1-2 At the segment, the set was similar to the stage except there are no poles.

Series 3-9 In Series 3, the set changed. It featured large blocks.

Series 10 The set stayed the same but the different colours: pink, magenta, orange, and green.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except there are more props (for some episodes), and the design of the blocks is different.

Making Music segmentEdit

Series 1-2 At the segment, it featured a green staff with yellow notes at the back.

Series 3-9 In Series 3, the set changed. It featured a blue staff with large blue musical notes at the back.

Series 10-13 The set changed again. It featured multi-coloured blocks and a multicoloured staff with multi-coloured musical notes at the back. It also has instruments at the side.

Word Play segmentEdit

Series 1-3 At the segment, it featured large balls and balloons at the back. In Series 2, the balloons was only used at the back.

Series 4-8 In Series 4, the set changed. It featured a large decoration at the back.

Series 9-10 The set changed again. It featured a blue decoration with yellow circles lighted at the back.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except the circles won't light anymore.

Shapes in Space segmentEdit

Series 1 At the start of the segment, it featured green shapes and a unicorn puzzle at the side.

Series 2 The set stayed the same except the puzzle is multicoloured and there is a large decoration at the back.

Series 3-6 The set stayed the same except the shapes are multicoloured.

Series 7 The set stayed the same except instead of the puzzle, it was multicoloured squares and rectangles. The large decoration was not there.

Series 8-10 The set stayed the same except there is a large decoration at the back.

Series 11-13 The set stayed the same except the colour of the shapes are lighter. The large decoration was not there.

Puzzles and Patterns segmentEdit

Series 1 At the segment, the set was a semi-circle with a white background, a red roof, a bar (for some episodes) and green hands and cabinets.

Series 2 The set stayed the same except there was a coloured background, a pink roof, and a multicoloured cabinets and hands.

Series 3-8 In Series 3, the set changed. It featured a big blue window, a bar (for some episodes),and multi-coloured cabinets.

Series 9-10 The set stayed the same except the window is colour purple.

Series 11 The set changed again. It featured a bar (for some episodes),and multi-coloured cabinets. It also has a garden.

Series 12-13 The set stayed the same except there is a pink window at the back.

Sharing StoriesEdit

Series 1-2 At the Sharing Stories Segment, the set was similar to the stage. In Series 2, the circle was a bit different without a white large hand, it only contained multicolour hands.

Series 3-7 In Series 3, the Hi-5 set changed. It was similar to the stage but there was a yellow circle with red outline on the stage.

Series 8 The set stayed the same except there were new colours on the poles and a blue circle instead of yellow.

Series 9-11 The set stayed the same except the circle was yellow with a purple outline.

Series 12-13 The set was changed again. Instead of poles, it is a green door and window.