ABC Television was the television branch of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, launched in 1956. TUGS premiered on ABC in Australia on 10 June 1991. TUGS continued to run in syndication until 11 June 1993. ABC had also first aired Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends on 6 April 1987. Thomas and TUGS are both considered classic ABC shows.
As with Children's ITV in the UK, the 15 minute versions of 4 episodes were used for ABC airings.