Packed to the Rafters

Packed to the Rafters
Packed to the Rafters centers around Dave and Julie Rafter and their three children Rachel, Ben and Nathan. On the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary, the couple thinks that they are finally about to have the house to themselves. But home is a very welcome refuge for their children and when unforeseen problems loom, they return like a boomerang! After Dave faces unemployment, Julie's father suffers a panic attack, son Nathan and daughter-in-law Sammy need to a place to stay, daughter Rachel leaves her abusive boyfriend Daniel, and son Ben moves next door but continues to drop in, the household is 'packed to the rafters'.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Watch Packed to the Rafters Season 6

    • Episode 12

      Packing up the Rafters

      aired: Mon, Jul 1, 2013

      The Rafters begin the emotional task of packing up their beloved family home.

    • Episode 11

      Centre of the Universe

      aired: Mon, Jul 1, 2013

      Julie and Dave knuckle down to the stressful task of buying a house in Sydney on a tight budget.

    • Episode 10

      Head vs Heart

      aired: Mon, Jun 24, 2013

      It’s a matter of head versus heart as Julie and Dave wrestle with their decision to sell their beloved family home.

    • Episode 9

      Role Reversals

      aired: Mon, Jun 17, 2013

      When a room at their preferred nursing home comes up, Julie and Dave raise the difficult topic with Ted.

    • Episode 8

      Damage Control

      aired: Mon, Jun 10, 2013

      Dave's enduring belief that nothing is beyond repair is put to the test.

    • Episode 7

      Taking Stock

      aired: Mon, Jun 3, 2013

      Julie finds herself dealing with the demands of a toddler and caring for Ted.

    • Episode 6

      Manning up

      aired: Mon, May 27, 2013

      Ted continues to drift between the past and present

    • Episode 4

      Secret Women's Business

      aired: Mon, May 13, 2013

      After months of putting her own needs on hold to take care of her family, Julie is starting to feel the strain

    • Episode 3

      Setting Limits

      aired: Mon, May 6, 2013

      Easy-going Dave has his limits put to the test – and begins to suspect his good nature is being taken advantage of.

    • Episode 2

      First Time for Everything

      aired: Mon, Apr 22, 2013

      Nathan will do anything to get his wife and son to Australia as soon as possible. All he needs is a job and a home. Simple, right? Guess again

    • Episode 1

      High Hopes

      aired: Mon, Apr 22, 2013

      Julie narrates, as she muses on high hopes. Hers are especially lofty at the moment because Nathan is moving back to Australia.

  • Watch Packed to the Rafters Season 5

    • Episode 22

      Rewriting History

      aired: Mon, Apr 15, 2013

      As Dave and Julie's 30th wedding anniversary approaches, thoughts naturally turn to family and history.

    • Episode 21

      Free to Choose

      aired: Mon, Apr 8, 2013

      Hours have passed since Coby took off and he's not answering his phone.

    • Episode 20

      Weathering the Storm

      aired: Mon, Mar 25, 2013

      Given the circumstances with Coby, Dave and Julie try to end their business dealings with Duncan but he holds them to their contract.

    • Episode 19

      Got What It Takes

      aired: Mon, Mar 18, 2013

      Dave is determined to take his business to the next level, beginning with his new contract with Duncan.

    • Episode 18

      That Heady Rush

      aired: Mon, Mar 11, 2013

      Frankie and Coby are falling in love. Nothing can shake Coby’s good mood as he gingerly breaks into Frankie’s house with a bunch of flowers

    • Episode 17

      Keeping Step

      aired: Mon, Mar 4, 2013

      Julie feels at odds with both Ted and Dave over the severity of Ted's condition.

    • Episode 16


      aired: Mon, Feb 25, 2013

      Julie is in denial about Ted's health and Dave carefully voices his concerns but Julie doesn't want to discuss it.

    • Episode 15

      Moments of Clarity

      aired: Mon, Feb 18, 2013

      In light of his ongoing tests, Ted isn't sure whether he should reveal his health concerns to his family.

    • Episode 14

      Bad Habits

      aired: Mon, Feb 11, 2013

      Dave bets Julie that she can't refrain from giving advice. For "mother-to-all" Julie, that's of course impossible.

    • Episode 13

      Filling the Void

      aired: Mon, Feb 11, 2013

      Jake is settling into a comfortable, productive routine with Sian when a familiar whirlwind blusters back into his life.

    • Episode 12

      Life's Suprises

      aired: Mon, Feb 4, 2013

      Julie muses on the nature of life’s surprises when she receives two big ones – the unexpected return of Nathan, as well as the sudden departure of Ben.

    • Episode 11

      The Right Time

      aired: Mon, Jan 28, 2013

      For Ben it finally feels like the right time to move on from Mel and start a new chapter with Emma.

    • Episode 10

      Letting Go

      aired: Mon, Jun 18, 2012

      Tension remains high in the Rafter house as Julie and Dave struggle to forgive each other and Ted, caught in the middle, is feeling the strain

    • Episode 9

      A Kiss Is Just a Kiss

      aired: Mon, Jun 11, 2012

      Dave fantasises that Julie takes the news of his kiss with Frankie at the conference quite well, but in reality he knows it’s not going to be that easy

    • Episode 8

      Unwritten Rules

      aired: Mon, Jun 4, 2012

      As Julie and Dave find themselves undergoing a period of squabbling, Julie muses on the unwritten rules of relationships.

    • Episode 7

      The Great Escape

      aired: Mon, May 28, 2012

      Ben finds himself unhappily disengaged from his home-life and his work.

    • Episode 6

      Secret Fears

      aired: Mon, May 21, 2012

      Dave finds himself having an unwanted erotic dream about Julie and her boss Adam and begins to fret about his secret fears coming up to the surface

    • Episode 4

      The Things We Do for Love

      aired: Mon, May 7, 2012

      Coby’s loving life at the moment – there’s a spring in his step and a twinkle in his eye not common in one so prone to mopery.

    • Episode 3

      The Power of Words

      aired: Mon, Apr 30, 2012

      With Valentine’s Day looming, Ben is increasingly aware of the power of words, especially those three little ones, which neither he nor Emma has said yet

    • Episode 2

      Great Expectations

      aired: Mon, Apr 23, 2012

      Explores how our expectations, both of ourselves and others, help us make sense of the world – when those expectations are met, that is

    • Episode 1

      Answering the Call

      aired: Mon, Apr 16, 2012

      Julie’s about to turn another year older and life seems good. The new, improved Rafters Electrical is up and running.

  • Watch Packed to the Rafters Season 4

    • Episode 22

      Endings and Beginnings

      aired: Sun, Mar 18, 2012

      Ben and Emma are both nervously looking forward to their first date. When Carbo and Retta return from the honeymoon from hell, Ben and Emma head out to a restaurant and enjoy a perfect evening.

    • Episode 21


      aired: Sun, Mar 11, 2012

      When Ben and Retta discover Carbo sleepwalking, they decide enough is enough — he's got to tell his parents he's already married before he hurts himself!

    • Episode 20

      Butterfly's Wings

      aired: Mon, Mar 5, 2012

      Dave and Julie discover how one inexplicable chain of events can almost end in disaster.

    • Episode 19

      Leap of Faith

      aired: Mon, Feb 27, 2012

      Ted is trying to find the new purpose in his life. He decides to do all the things he's always wanted to do, but has never had the time: home-brewing, volunteer work, finding a job — even skydiving.

    • Episode 18

      Sign of the Times

      aired: Mon, Feb 20, 2012

      Dave's increasingly exhausted as the demands of his new job take their toll, and for the first time in his life he forgets his anniversary.

    • Episode 17

      Small World

      aired: Mon, Feb 13, 2012

      Julie comes into contact with Matt Jennings, an affable and flirtatious taxi driver. Little does she know, that Matt is actually Tom's other son — Dave's half-brother.

    • Episode 16

      Second Chance

      aired: Mon, Feb 13, 2012

      Everybody is up in arms about Tom's disappearance with the insurance money.

    • Episode 15

      Risky Business

      aired: Mon, Oct 24, 2011

      Ben initiates a night on the town with the boys, and everyone is impressed by the up-market nightclub he takes them to.

    • Episode 14

      Trust Issues

      aired: Mon, Oct 17, 2011

      Ben opens up to Emma about Melissa's death, and the cathartic experience enables him to finally get some closure.

    • Episode 12

      You've Got to Have Friends

      aired: Mon, Oct 3, 2011

      Julie's new friendship with Donna is tested when she discovers that Donna suffers from Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    • Episode 11

      Swimming in the Gene Pool

      aired: Mon, Sep 19, 2011

      Grace tells her sons Jake and Alex that she's engaged, and both boys are happy for her until they find out that she has never actually divorced their father.

    • Episode 9

      From Little Things…

      aired: Mon, Sep 5, 2011

      The comic rivalry between Ted and Tom continues. Ted's convinced Tom isn't looking for work at all, instead sneaking off to spend time with an unknown lady friend.

    • Episode 8

      The Male Communication Handbook

      aired: Mon, Aug 29, 2011

      Dave relishes finally having a relationship with his dad, Tom, despite Julie's reservations about her recently paroled father-in-law.

    • Episode 7

      Sweet Sorrow

      aired: Mon, Aug 22, 2011

      Rachel's doubts are intensified as she visits Jake to invite him to her farewell dinner.

    • Episode 6

      The Dollhouse

      aired: Mon, Mar 14, 2011

      Ben is all too willing to help Nathan advertise his business when he realities Nathan's business name "Parts Exchange" reads as "Part Sex Change" when run together as a domain name.

    • Episode 5

      The Taste of Freedom

      aired: Mon, Mar 7, 2011

      Nathan examines what it means to be free as he receives potentially upsetting news — his divorce from Sammy is final.

    • Episode 4

      Other People's Eyes

      aired: Mon, Feb 28, 2011

      The aftermath of Jake's ill-fated rugby weekend is fully felt as Julie realizes how much perception and misperception can affect the lives of her family and friends.

    • Episode 3

      Careful What You Wish for

      aired: Mon, Feb 21, 2011

      Rachel wrestles with the potentially relationship-wrecking pitfalls of getting everything you want — particularly when truth is number one on the wish-list.

    • Episode 2

      In With the New

      aired: Mon, Feb 14, 2011

      As Council Clean-Up Days looms Dave gets the clean-out bug. He's distracted, however, by Nathan's return from the big road trip.

    • Episode 1

      What Lies Beneath

      aired: Mon, Feb 7, 2011

      It's been three months since Ben and Nathan left on their road trip around Australia. Bearded and tanned, Ben returns without Nathan and smooths over his family's concern with a plausible excuse.

  • Watch Packed to the Rafters Season 3

    • Episode 22

      One Day at a Time

      aired: Mon, Nov 15, 2010

      With Christmas and Ruby's first birthday fast approaching, Dave searches for the words to put himself and his family back on track.

    • Episode 21

      Rest in Peace

      aired: Mon, Nov 8, 2010

      Julie and Dave struggle to help their family rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the devastating tragedy as additional support comes from unlikely quarters.

    • Episode 20

      Perfect Bubble

      aired: Mon, Nov 1, 2010

      Newly unemployed Rachel is seeing the world in a new light - as her oyster. But first what she'd love more than anything is a holiday with Jake.

    • Episode 19


      aired: Mon, Oct 25, 2010

      Rachel takes a crash course in remembering to breathe as she juggles a toxic workplace and an estranged boyfriend.

    • Episode 18

      Between the Covers

      aired: Mon, Oct 18, 2010

      A wild night in Kings Cross teaches Nathan not to judge a book by its cover. Meanwhile, Carbo is making big plans for his proposal to Retta, but Ben is determined to intervene.

    • Episode 17

      Spark of Life

      aired: Mon, Oct 11, 2010

      Ted returns with renewed spark from a rejuvenating break, only to find all is not well with his family.

    • Episode 16

      When Worlds Collide

      aired: Mon, Oct 4, 2010

      Rachel's relationship with Jake is pushed to breaking point when her work and personal lives collide.

    • Episode 14

      Know Yourself

      aired: Mon, Sep 20, 2010

      In rapid succession, Dave's life teaches him that no human ever has total control of things — and his easy going ability to roll with the punches starts to fail him.

    • Episode 12

      Moments of Truth

      aired: Mon, Sep 6, 2010

      Nathan faces a life-changing moment of truth — the operation to donate a kidney to beloved grandmother Chel.

    • Episode 11

      Lessons in Happiness

      aired: Mon, Aug 30, 2010

      Rachel rides the ups and downs of happiness, struggling to find it in the frenetic pace of life.

    • Episode 10

      Out of the Comfort Zone

      aired: Mon, Aug 23, 2010

      Ben is forced to step outside his comfort zone when a moral stand clashes with workplace politics.

    • Episode 9

      The Price of Parenthood

      aired: Mon, Aug 16, 2010

      Someone's watching the Rafter house — and the surprise culprit leads to Dave and Nathan meeting Dave's dad Tom in prison for the first time.

    • Episode 8

      Rites of Passage

      aired: Mon, Aug 9, 2010

      Nathan is forced to question his motives for wanting to donate a kidney, triggering a crisis of confidence.

    • Episode 7

      Simple Needs

      aired: Mon, Aug 2, 2010

      Julie has been uncharacteristically disconnected from the daily ups and downs of her family, focusing entirely on baby Ruby.

    • Episode 6

      Home Coming

      aired: Mon, Jul 26, 2010

      Rachel is forced to deal with the fallout when Alex reacts badly to the many changes that have taken place in the Barton household in his absence.

    • Episode 5

      The Invisible Man

      aired: Mon, Jul 19, 2010

      Ted struggles with feelings of worthlessness when, returning home from a movie, he and Chel are attacked by a gang of teenage girls.

    • Episode 4

      A Good Husband

      aired: Mon, Jul 12, 2010

      Ben is plagued with unexpected doubts about his ability in the sack, while a miscommunication between Dave and Julie in the bedroom department sends her into a frenzy of frustration.

    • Episode 3

      To Tell or Not to Tell

      aired: Mon, Jul 5, 2010

      With all seemingly at peace in the Rafter world, Dave begins to wrestle with the dilemma of whether to tell Chel that her first love, his father Tom, is still alive

    • Episode 2

      Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

      aired: Mon, Jun 28, 2010

      Julie's confidence as a mum takes a beating when baby Ruby resists Julie's attempts to breastfeed.

    • Episode 1

      The Blank Page

      aired: Mon, Jun 28, 2010

      The birth of Julie's fourth child Ruby forces her to consider the concept of new life being like a blank page.

  • Watch Packed to the Rafters Season 2

    • Episode 22

      Nativity Play

      aired: Mon, Nov 23, 2009

      Julie faces her greatest challenge yet – the birth of her fourth and final child without husband Dave at her side.

    • Episode 21

      Unlimited Options

      aired: Mon, Nov 16, 2009

      Nathan has decided he has no possible job options left. But in a way that’s liberating – he’s free to consider impossible options

    • Episode 20

      Only a Heartbeat Away

      aired: Mon, Nov 9, 2009

      Julie is home from hospital, after collapsing at Ben and Mel’s wedding, on the proviso she remains in bed and rests.

    • Episode 19

      A Small, Traditional Affair

      aired: Mon, Nov 2, 2009

      Ben begins to bow under the pressure as his wedding day fast approaches, thanks to a chance meeting with Kat and the arrival of Melissa’s overbearing parents.

    • Episode 18

      Space Junk

      aired: Mon, Oct 26, 2009

      Rachel muses on the concept of ‘space junk’ in the universe, junk which can come crashing down and upset the perfect balance of the home planet.

    • Episode 17

      Putting the House in Order

      aired: Mon, Oct 19, 2009

      A no-frills, down-vibe farewell from Barrett’s confirms to Julie that she’s really not going to miss work.

    • Episode 16

      Mr Fix-It

      aired: Mon, Oct 12, 2009

      Ted deals with the difficulties in fixing relationships that are broken, and Ted’s attempts to repair the emotional damage to his family after last week’s explosive events.

    • Episode 15

      It's My Party

      aired: Mon, Oct 5, 2009

      Dave is determined to give Ben and Melissa the engagement party that he and Julie never had.

    • Episode 14

      First Instinct

      aired: Mon, Sep 28, 2009

      Julie is six months pregnant. As the Rafters prepare to spring a surprise birthday party on Chel, Julie ponders the power of motherhood

    • Episode 13

      Blurring the Lines

      aired: Mon, Sep 21, 2009

      With Nathan acting as our narrator, tonight’s episode deals with the male sexual urge – and whether men can choose or control their fantasies.

    • Episode 12

      Out of Left Field

      aired: Mon, Sep 14, 2009

      Ben considers the strength of his friendship with Carbo – just when Carbo needs him most. Carbo has never been good at seeing things coming out of left field.

    • Episode 11

      Power Play

      aired: Mon, Sep 7, 2009

      When Jake appears, fit and well and ready to go back to work, both he and Rachel are more than eager to resume their relationship.

    • Episode 10

      Ready to Catch You

      aired: Mon, Aug 31, 2009

      Ben takes us through a list of some things in life a person should always be spared from seeing.

    • Episode 9

      Naked Visions

      aired: Mon, Aug 24, 2009

      Ben takes us through a list of some things in life a person should always be spared from seeing.1.Their mother naked 2.Their dad crying 3. A long and significant pause following a heartfelt marriage proposal.

    • Episode 8

      What's in a Name?

      aired: Mon, Aug 17, 2009

      What is in a name? Plenty. For many, your name brands you at birth. It announces the sort of person you’ll become and helps define your place in the world.

    • Episode 7


      aired: Mon, Aug 10, 2009

      Sammy deals with the notion of things lost and found. In her case, realizing she has a strong voice and an unconditional place in the Rafter family.

    • Episode 6

      Little Arrows

      aired: Mon, Aug 3, 2009

      The days when Ted was so depressed over his wife’s death, with little will to go on living, have become a faint memory.

    • Episode 5

      Brave New World

      aired: Mon, Jul 27, 2009

      It’s a tense early morning for Julie and Dave as they attend the hospital for an important ultrasound.

    • Episode 4

      Glittering Prizes

      aired: Mon, Jul 20, 2009

      The baton of narration passes to Nathan as he ponders his childhood inability at Christmas-time to resist scrabbling around on top of his parents’ wardrobe for presents.

    • Episode 3

      Living by the List

      aired: Mon, Jul 13, 2009

      Narrated from the perspective of Rachel, tonight’s episode deals with the notions of the perfect list.

    • Episode 2

      Dodging the Issue

      aired: Mon, Jul 6, 2009

      Narrated from the perspective of Dave, the episode deals with Dave’s struggle to deal with a series of seeming betrayals in his life.

    • Episode 1

      Look Into My Eyes

      aired: Mon, Jun 29, 2009

      Viewed through Julie’s eyes, this episode explores the theme of perception and self-perception.

  • Watch Packed to the Rafters Season 1

    • Episode 22

      Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone

      aired: Mon, Mar 23, 2009

      Julie and Dave wrestle with the news that Julie is pregnant – do they want to keep the baby or not?

    • Episode 21

      What a Difference a Year Makes

      aired: Mon, Mar 16, 2009

      On the morning of the anniversary of their marriage and Louise's death, Nathan and Sammy reunite.

    • Episode 19

      Over the Moon

      aired: Mon, Mar 2, 2009

      The moon is nearly full and there’s weirdness in the air. Neighbours are at war, Ben begs the moon goddess for five minutes with Melissa.

    • Episode 18

      House of Cards

      aired: Mon, Feb 23, 2009

      Ben deals with the consequences of his one night stand with Kat - he has to tell Melissa.

    • Episode 17


      aired: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

      Dave's fatherly instincts are in overdrive when he learns that the new man in Rachel's life is Rob "Dumbo" Dunstan an old cricket chum of his.

    • Episode 16

      Having It All

      aired: Mon, Feb 9, 2009

      Rachel becomes a woman on a mission as she immerses herself in a an autobiographical novel – An Angel At My Table

    • Episode 12

      Removing the Block

      aired: Mon, Nov 10, 2008

      Struggling with the loneliness of the Christmas season and encouraged to embrace life by Louise's 'letter to the future' Ted attends a meeting of Friend Finders.

    • Episode 11

      Away from It All

      aired: Mon, Nov 3, 2008

      Julie spontaneously decides to drag her seemingly exhausted and dispirited family away for a restorative weekend

    • Episode 10

      All in the Planning

      aired: Mon, Oct 27, 2008

      Rachel faces the very scary possibility that she might be pregnant – with Daniel the only possible father

    • Episode 6

      Facing Demons

      aired: Mon, Sep 29, 2008

      In the aftermath of the sex video Rachel tells the story of how she met, fell in love and eventually left Daniel.

    • Episode 5

      Lines of Communication

      aired: Mon, Sep 22, 2008

      Julie is starting to feel very much the financial strain of the family’s new living arrangements.

    • Episode 4

      How Did We Get Here

      aired: Mon, Sep 15, 2008

      During a sleepless night Nathan reflects on his life and his relationship with Sammy.

    • Episode 3

      She Ain't Heavy

      aired: Mon, Sep 8, 2008

      Ben deals with the repercussions of his move next door and the shift in household dynamics as their new house-mate Melissa joins them there.

    • Episode 2

      Playing the Googly

      aired: Mon, Sep 1, 2008

      Dave processes the reality of sudden unemployment and a house that has been unexpectedly inundated with family members.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Mon, Aug 25, 2008

      The episode is focused around the 25th wedding anniversary of Julie and Dave, as their last child at home moves out and they look forward to a new life together, as empty-nesters.

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