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On the Couch

On the Couch
Presented by Gerard Healy (2002-present)
Jason Dunstall (2014-present)
Jonathan Brown (2015-present)
Mike Sheahan (2002-2014)
Robert Walls (2002-2008)
James Hird (2009-2010)
Paul Roos (2011-2013)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 13
Running time Approx 60 minutes
Original channel Fox Footy Channel (2002-2006)
Fox Sports (2007-2011)
Fox Footy (2012-present)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 2002 – present
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On the Couch is an Australian television program focusing on current issues in the Australian Football League. From its debut in 2002, until 2006, it was shown on the Fox Footy Channel. From 2007 to 2011 it was broadcast on Fox Sports. From 2012, the show resumed broadcasting on Fox Footy. The show airs on Monday night and is hosted by Gerard Healy. It also features Jason Dunstall and Jonathan Brown.

Roos replaced James Hird for the 2011 season, who had sat on the couch since retiring at the end of 2008, but left to pursue a coaching career at Essendon.[1] The inaugural co-host from 2002 - 2007 was Robert Walls.

The shows format follows an "informal chat" style in a set that resembles a lounge room. It focuses more on in-depth coverage and discussions of topics as well as each week holding an interview with a player or coach.

The concept and style is similar to the now-defunct Seven Network program Talking Footy, which also featured Mike Sheahan as chief journalist.

Gerard Healy, Mike Sheahan and Robert Walls were the original members of the show. In 2009 James Hird replaced Walls[2] on the couch. When Hird left to pursue a coaching career with Essendon, Paul Roos[3] replaced him. In 2014, Roos left to coach the Melbourne Football Club and was replaced by long-time Fox Footy broadcaster Jason Dunstall. In 2015, Mike Sheahan announced that he was retiring from the show after 13 years. His replacement was recently retired Brisbane Lions triple-premiership player Jonathan Brown[4]


Various Fox Sports commentators have filled in along the way including Jason Dunstall, Brian Taylor and Alistair Lynch.


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  2. ^ James Hird on the couch
  3. ^ Paul Roos says Nathan Buckley is better off without Collingwood Magpies coach Mick Malthouse
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