Wonderland cast - from left, Anna Bamford (Miranda), Brooke Satchwell (Grace), Michael Dorman (Tom) and Jessica Tovey (Dani). Photo: Network Ten
Warning: the opening episode of Wonderland (Ten, 8.30pm) has a scene that requires the application of forehead curtains. It's a wonderful device for use by those with low embarrassment thresholds. Simply attach to your forehead and draw curtains at moments of extreme cringe.
The scene isn't a bad one. In fact, like the rest of this new Aussie hunky-young-folk relationship drama, it's played quite beautifully. It's just the moment is one that most of us spend our entire lives trying to avoid.
In terms of hard acts to follow, Wonderland has been handed a doozy. Offspring kills off Patrick, has Nina give birth to his baby, slides him in to sit on her bed with his daughter in one of Nina's visions, then leaves us to hang until next season to find out the baby's name.
Come on. It only took William and Kate a couple of days to be told they were calling their baby George.
And into this emotional, tissue-strewn landscape comes Wonderland. In fact, it's a terrific opportunity, with viewers primed for fresh-looking Aussie drama in this spot.
Wonderland doesn't try to be Offspring, even if it has a similar desire to leaven its drama with comic moments. Set in a Sydney beachside apartment block of the same name, it has a sunny vibe to it.
The first episode makes great use of Clovelly beach and its surrounds for a wedding that deftly gathers the key players and sets the show's agenda. Naturally, the event doesn't go without a few hitches, including the forehead curtain moment. It's this that sees the show's central figure, Tom Wilcox (Michael Dorman), make a pledge that will drive plenty of Wonderland's content.
Dorman is terrific in a good young cast in a show with plenty of promise.
If Wonderland is sunny, Slide Show (Seven, 7.30pm) is irradiant. It begins with host Grant Denyer and travels through the teams of parlour gamesters who are all unrelentingly upbeat. Sometimes, they're funny too.
Is it controversial to say that the 22.5 degrees of the tilted set is a few degrees too many? Yes, people falling over is hilarious. But when every sketch is just a variation on people huffing and puffing their way uphill before giving up and crashing into the wall, it becomes sameish.
It's the final shot at redemption for the Aussies with the Fifth Ashes Test (Gem, Fox Sports, 7.30pm) under way at The Oval.
The joy of sleepless nights watching a close contest in sport's greatest rivalry has been stolen from us with the underwhelming performance from our team. But, despite being down 3-0 in the series, the return bout at home is only months away.
Plenty to play for.