Certain Women was an Australian television soap opera created by prominent Australian TV dramatist Tony Morphett and produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 1973 and 1976.
The idea for series reportedly grew out of Morphett's frustration with the lack of good roles for female actors on Australian TV at the time. The series premiered as a six-part mini-series, with each episode dealing with a different member of the Stone/Lucas family: Gillian, Marjorie, Helen, Jane, Freda and Dolly. The mini-series proved to be so popular that the format was revised into an ongoing series, making the transition from black-and-white to colour episodes along the way.
Other cast members in the series included Christine Amor, Diane Craig, Anne Haddy, Shane Porteous, Ron Graham, Peter Sumner, Kris McQuade, Betty Lucas, Vincent Ball, Brian Wenzel, Carmen Duncan, Jack Fegan, Bruce Spence, Sigrid Thornton, John Stanton, Kate Fitzpatrick and Charles Tingwell.
According to a 1999 article by Bob Ellis, almost all of the episodes of Certain Women were subsequently wiped by the ABC, although episodes were still being shown as late as 1981 on British television. This was done as part of an ongoing economy drive in the 1970s which led to the wholesale erasure of videotaped program segments, whole programs and in some cases entire series.