1970s

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Barbara McNair Show, The

Barbara McNair Show, The The Barbara McNair Show had already been produced for a year in the U.S. before it shifted to Toronto. The one-hour musical variety show had a series of American guests, and enough Canadian guests and other elements to qualify as Canadian content. Some Canadian guests on the show: The Irish Rovers Rich Little Bobby Orr Andy Kim Tommy Hunter

Original Airdates1970-1971
TypeSeries

Beachcombers, The

★★★★

Beachcombers, The If there ever was a show that continues to live on in the hearts and minds of people almost four decades after it was first broadcast, it is The Beachcombers. Gibsons, British Columbia was the setting for the series' 19 year run beginning October 1, 1972 and ending December 12, 1990. Nick Adonidas was a law abiding and hardworking Greek bachelor. He ...

AkaSur la Côte du Pacifique
Original Airdates1972-1990
TypeSeries

Bethune

★★★★½

Donald Sutherland stars in Bethune, a 90-minute drama based on the life of Norman Bethune, the Canadian surgeon-inventor who was-one of the folk heroes to emerge from Mao Tse-tung's struggle to control modern China. Bethune was written by Thomas Rickam and derived from the biography Bethune by Roderick Stewart. Original music was by Hagood Hardy. Bethun ...

Original Airdates1977
TypeTV Movie

Beyond Reason

★★★★★

Beyond Reason was a psychic panel show from Winnipeg. Each week a panel of an astrologer, palmist and clairvoyant were asked to determine the identity of two guests. Clues were the guests' exact date and place of birth, palm print and a personal object. A separate section of the program, called the "Psychic Cyclopedia," showed short commentaries on s ...

Original Airdates1977-1980
TypeSeries

Bixby and Me

★★★★

Bixby and Me Bixby was a cat who lived in a tree and would encourage kids to stretch and exercise. After the routine, Bixby would say, "Bixby Says... Reeeeeelaaaax."

TypeSeries

Bluff

Bluff was a celebrity vs. contestant, story-telling guessing-game show, with host Edmonton's Mike Darrow and a celebrity panel. The celebrity panel told tales and contestants had to guess which was telling the truth. Bluff aired for one season on the CBC network. Riff Markowitz: producer

Original Airdates1976-1977
TypeSeries

Bob McLean Show, The

★★★★★

Bob McLean Show, The The Bob McLean Show succeeded Luncheon Date as CBC's lunchtime talk show broadcast. McLean continued the easygoing format that Elwood Glover had established in this program of music, interviews and features. In the summers of 1976 and 1977, material from the show was used for a Saturday evening series called The Best of Bob McLean. The 1976-1977 seas ...

AkaThe Best of Bob McLean; McLean At Large
Original Airdates1975-1981
TypeSeries

Bob Switzer Show, The

★★★

As a summer replacement for its noon hour talk show, Luncheon Date, the CBC ran a Vancouver show, produced by Doug Gillingham and featuring host Bob Switzer. The show was later retitled Switzer Unlimited.

AkaSwitzer Unlimited
TypeSeries

Bobby Vinton Show, The

★★★★½

Bobby Vinton hosted this half-hour variety series, created by executive-producers Chris Beard and Allan Blye. Celebrity guests, a comedy troupe, the Jimmy Dale Orchestra, the girl-group The Peaches, plus spots with talents like Billy Van and Jack Duffy were regular parts of the show. The series, produced at CFTO's Agincourt studios, had Canadians beh ...

Original Airdates1975-1978
TypeSeries

Body In Question, The

★★★★★

Body In Question, The The Body In Question was a series of thirteen hour-long programs on the human body, describing how and why it functions (and sometimes doesn't), and presented with great theatricality by Jonathan Miller, a noted theater and opera director who's also a physician. Produced by BBC-TV in association with the CBC, the Ontario Educational Communications Autho ...

Original Airdates1979
TypeSeries

Bonjour, Bon Jour

A daily, fifteen minute broadcast in both French and English for children, produced by Ken Buckley. Although bilingual, the program was not intended specifically for language instruction. Manon Bernard, who played Colette Jarry on the Radio-Canada series Rue des Pignons, talked or play-acted with Montreal schoolchildren and, occasionally, interviewed st ...

Original Airdates1977-1978
TypeSeries

Bowling For Dollars

★★★★½

Bowling For Dollars Bowling For Dollars was a "franchised" game show produced and broadcast by local TV stations all across North America. CKND Winnipeg and CKCO Kitchener were the only Canadian stations airing versions in Canada. The Canadian game was a five-pin version. Each bowler had a maximum of three turns. Players who bowled three successive strikes won the pot bu ...

TypeSeries

Buckshot Show, The

★★★★½

Buckshot Show, The The Buckshot Show was a half-hour show from CFCN-TV with host and creator Ron Barge (Buckshot) who entertained children in the Calgary area daily from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. With a group of puppet characters led by Benny the Bear, Heathcliffe the Dragon, Dafney the Dragon, Foghorn the Firefly, Rodney the Rodent and Farley Frick fro ...

Original Airdates1967-1992
TypeSeries

Caf' Conc', Le

★★★★★

Le Caf' Conc' was a short-lived bilingual variety series on CTV. It was set in a night club with a live audience and a line of cancan dancers. It was hosted by Daniele Dorice who welcomed guests such as Marilyn Michaels and Jean Paul Vignon.

AkaLe Caf Conc
Original Airdates1969-1970
TypeSeries

Canada A.M.

★★★½

Canada A.M. When Canada A.M. debuted on CTV on September 11, 1972, it was the private network's most costly, lengthy, and promising attempt to develop creative Canadian content. A potpourri of news and features patterned on NBC's Today (Dave Garroway, Today's original host, was a scheduled guest on the opener), the show came on at 7 a.m. every weekday for 90 minute ...

AkaCanada A.M. Weekend; Canada AM
Original Airdates1972-
TypeSeries

Canada After Dark

Canada After Dark Canada After Dark was an attempt at a late night talk by the CBC. The show was orientated more toward entertainment and less toward the informational programming we might have come to expect from the CBC. Canada After Dark lasted only half a season.

Original Airdates1978-1979
TypeSeries

Canada Vignettes

★★★★½

Canada Vignettes Canada Vignettes from the National Film Board of Canada were a staple throughout the late 70's and 80's. The vignettes varied in length from between 30 seconds to 5 minutes and touched a wide variety of Canadian history and present-time topics.

Original Airdates1977-?
TypeShort

Canadian Authors

Canadian Authors was produced in different centres throughout the country and organized for the CBC network through regional exchange.

Original Airdates1978
TypeSeries

Canadian Express

Canadian Express was "a movable musical mosaic" that took pop artists who were known in one part of the country and moved them electronically to another part, packaged as a one-hour musical magazine show. The Express started in Vancouver with host Terry Jacks, sax-player Bucky Adams in Halifax and Paul Horn in Victoria, playing his flute to a killer wha ...

Original Airdates1977-1980
TypeSeries

Canadian Reflections

Beginning in the summer months of 1978, in an afternoon time slot, the CBC gave air time to independent film productions that it had purchased. Still on the air 30 years later, Canadian Reflections is a documentary series about people and places.

Original Airdates1978-
TypeSeries

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