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For the snack-crackers, see Cheez-Its.

Cheez TV was an Australian children's cartoon show, hosted by Ryan Lappin and Jade Gatt, that aired on weekday mornings on Network Ten. It began broadcasting on 17 July 1995 and it ended on 31 December 2004 with the presenters leaving. After eight months of being without presenters, it officially ended on 20 August 2005, and was replaced with Toasted TV.

Cheez TV
Cheez TV Logo.jpg
GenreChildren's television
Developed byBill McQueen
Directed byBernie Zelvis
Todd Decker
Presented byJade Gatt
Ryan Lappin
Lenka Kripac
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes2,547
Producer(s)Steve Kelly
Production location(s)Pyrmont, New South Wales
Running time90 minutes
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format4:3 (1995-2001)
576i (SDTV) (2001-2005)
Audio formatStereo
Original release17 July 1995 –
20 August 2005
Followed byToasted TV
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In January 2016, Lappin and Gatt launched the official Cheez TV Facebook page with the help of friend and podcaster Brendan Dando. The page features full episodes of the show from its original run, behind the scenes photos, competitions and more.

Cheez TV was the first show in Australia to have an internet address in 1995.



The two presenters, Jade Gatt and Ryan Lappin, editorialised and presented small variety segments in between cartoons. These short segments included parodies of Rove Live, Gardening Australia, Men in Black and numerous music video re-enactments. On occasion the hosts would interview special guests as well. For a period on The Big Cheez Gatt and Lappin were joined by another presenter, Lenka Kripac (member of Australian band Decoder Ring).

Cheez TV also aired during Saturday morning under the moniker of The Big Cheez. (Cheez TV was the first Western nation to air the final four episodes of the Zoids: Chaotic Century series in its English language version).

Former ShowsEdit

The following is an incomplete list of series which were shown on Cheez TV in the past.


Initially competing against Agro's Cartoon Connection on the Seven Network, the younger youth hosts and larger focus on showing cartoons allowed Ten to take the early morning children's TV crown off Seven.

During the show's run, Ryan Lappin was once nominated for Cleo Magazine's Bachelor of the Year only to lose to Australian swimmer Geoff Huegill. Jade Gatt also hosted late night music show Ground Zero.

During the later years of the show, Lappin and Gatt's editorials were quickly becoming notorious for their use of more adult-oriented humour which was inappropriate for their young audience.

On Saturday, 20 August 2005, it was the last episode of Cheez TV broadcast after 10 years on the air, although Lappin and Gatt's final on-air appearance took place on Friday, 31 December 2004. In 2005, only cartoons showed during Cheez TV. It was later replaced with Toasted TV in the same time slot, which continues to screen series such as Pokémon, Naruto, One Piece and Winx Club.

In 2010, a Facebook event scheduled for 7 October 2010 appeared, attempting to gain interest in a Cheez TV reunion show. It quickly attracted the attention of tens of thousands of Cheez TV fans. Jade and Ryan both had an interview with the E Team from U20 Radio Station which aired on 7 August 2010, where they briefly spoke to Peter Styles about the Facebook group and the show. However, after the group sent hundreds of petitioned emails to the networks, third parties[who?] made complaints which led to Facebook closing the group. It is unknown whether any consideration has been taken in relation to a Cheez TV reunion by any network contacted.

On 28 June 2011, the Adelaide Anime and Videogame Convention AVCon announced Cheez TV presenters Ryan Lappin and Jade Gatt as special guests. [1] The pair appeared in multiple guest panels throughout the weekend. [2]

On 22 January 2016, Ryan and Jade launched the official Cheez TV Facebook page with the help of friend and podcaster Brendan Dando, co-host of the Simpsons podcast 'Four Finger Discount', after Lappin discovered all of the tapes containing the episodes in his backyard.

The page features old episodes of the show as well as some new programming from Lappin and Gatt.

As of 30 July 2017, Ryan and Jade will be doing livestreams on twitch doing an impromptu version of the show on every Sunday night.

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