1980s

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100 Huntley Street

★★½

100 Huntley Street 100 Huntley Street, the flag-ship television program of Crossroads Christian Communications, was the first daily Christian television program in Canada. An interview/talk program, 100 Huntley Street, brings the Christian message to the viewer by exposing them to real people with real stories.

Original Airdates1977-
TypeSeries

20 Minute Workout

★★★★

20 Minute Workout Each show of this provocative aerobic exercise series started off slowly with stretching and limbering up before switching into high gear with an exhausting variety of movements that flowed into one another. The program had a fluid, sensuous look to it, unlike other exercise shows with their straight-on camera angles. The show's creator, Ron Harris, des ...

Aka:20 Minute Workout
Original Airdates1983-1985
TypeSeries

33 Brompton Place

★★★★

33 Brompton Place was an adult soap opera on Global which aired on Showtime in the U.S. the previous year. It was the first Canadian pay-TV drama series, although the theme song and dialogue both identified the series as taking place in Chicago. The five one-hour episodes told of the trials and tribulations of Toni, Robin and Patricia, three young wo ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeSeries

5-4-3-2 RUN

★★★½

5-4-3-2 RUN 5-4-3-2-Run was one of many copycats of the successful U.S. children's game show, Double Dare. The program was taped at BCTV studios in Burnaby, and aired across Canada on the CTV networks on Saturdays beginning in September, 1988. In the show, kids competed to be first to complete a series of physical tests in order to answer a question. Correct ans ...

Original Airdates1988-1990
TypeSeries

9B

★★★★★

9B In this 1986 CBC TV movie, Robert Wisden starred as high school teacher Bob Dawson and his class of hostile anti-social students who he decides to enter in a drama festival competition. The story was based on the experiences of Don Hunter and the real classroom 9B of '68, a class made up of all the so-called "problem students" in a northern B.C. school ...

Original Airdates1986; 1989
TypeSeries

Access

Access CBC Access was a half-hour current affairs program that invited groups of Canadians with ideas of national interest to make use of the network's facilities to air their views. The program looked for groups who felt they had been ignored by television — either because their views were considered too controversial, or alternatively too dull, or simply bec ...

AkaCBC Access; Take 30 Access
Original Airdates1974-1982
TypeSeries

Accident, The

CBC's The Accident starred Fiona Reid and Terrence Kelly in a tale of how the people of a small town coped when their hockey arena's roof collapsed under the weight of the ice and snow that built up, collapsing on top of the fans and players below. Many were killed in the tragic accident, but a few survived, trapped under tons of snow and steel.

Original Airdates1983
TypeTV Movie

Adderly

★★★★½

Adderly Adderly featured the exploits of Miscellaneous Affairs' best— and only— agent, V.H. Adderly (Winston Rekert). Formerly a high-ranking government agent, Adderly's run in with a sadistic adversary left him without his left hand— and a job. Down but not out, the sleuth joins the tiny Miscellaneous Affairs department where he steps all over the neat plans o ...

AkaCrimes en Solde
Original Airdates1987-1988
TypeSeries

Adrienne Clarkson Presents

★★★★

Adrienne Clarkson Presents Adrienne Clarkson Presents was a prime-time cultural affairs series on which Clarkson offers profiles of Canadian and international figures from the worlds of opera, ballet, folksinging, and the other arts. Adrienne Clarkson Presents was Canadian cultural programming at its very best. The series was originally titled Adrienne Clarkson's Summer Festi ...

AkaAdrienne Clarkson's Summer Festival
Original Airdates1988-1999
TypeSeries

Adventures of Snelgrove Snail, The

★★★★

The Adventures of Snelgrove Snail takes place in an underwater village of Snailsville. Some dramatic story action takes place among the various puppets representing undersea creatures. An educational theme runs through the program: episodes about pioneers and a homily about a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. The characters also demonstrate thei ...

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeSeries

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight was an hour-long weekday program on sex and male/female relationships. John Donabie served as host for a series that promised to examine the changing state of relationships in modern society. In particular, the program tried to concentrate on changes in men and the way they are perceived by women.

Original Airdates1979-1983
TypeSeries

Against All Odds

Sullivan Films created this anthology series of ten half-hour episodes by various producers such as Flowers in the Sand and Claire's Wish by Ikon Kino Films, God Is Not a Fish Inspector by Alan Kroker, New Tomorrow and Jimmy Luke by Film Arts Incorporated, The Highway by Keith Lott, City Survival by Red Snapper Films, and Corletto and Son by Cineflics ...

TypeSeries

Airwaves

★★★★★

Airwaves Airwaves was a comedy-drama series about urban life in the '80s as it was lived by an unusual family trio. Jean Lipton was a widowed, independent radio talk-show host who lived with her 19-year-old college dropout daughter and her 63-year-old college freshman father. Using the perspectives and wisdom of three generations, the trio relied on each oth ...

Original Airdates1986-1987
TypeSeries

Airwolf II

★★★★★

Airwolf II The series has been revamped with an all new cast. The brother that Stringfellow Hawke had been looking for during the original series has finally been found and is now the new pilot of the high tech helicopter. Dominic Santini's niece, Jo is also part of the team. Jason Lock is the new contact at the agency. And Mike Rivers is a hotshot pilot. In it af ...

Original Airdates1987-1988
TypeSeries

Al Oeming: Man of the North

★★★★★

Al Oeming: Man of the North was a thirteen-part series of nature films. Episodes featured Leslie Nielsen as well as zoologist and conservationalist Al Oeming. The series follows Oeming from the prairies to the high arctic as he tries to trap rare animals and endangered species for preservation at his Alberta Game Farm.

Original Airdates1980
TypeMiniseries

Alan Hamel Show, The

★★★½

Alan Hamel Show, The The Alan Hamel Show was described as "an afternoon visit with the top names in show business, literature, sports, science, journalism and politics." One regular gimmick: an instant opinion-poll meter. It was produced in Vancouver.

AkaThe Al Hamel Show
Original Airdates1976-1980
TypeSeries

Alan Thicke Show, The

★★★★½

Alan Thicke Show, The The Alan Thicke Show was an extremely popular talk-variety program. Segments of the Alan Thicke Show were used in early 1981 to produce Prime Cuts and from 1981-1983 to produce Fast Company. Prime Cuts consisted largely of excerpts of interviews previously seen on the daytime show. Fast Company contained fewer rerun segments and the shows were organized ...

AkaFast Company; Prime Cuts
Original Airdates1980-1983
TypeSeries

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

★★★★½

Alfred Hitchcock Presents This was an anthology series modelled after and frequently based upon the original series of the 1950s-1960s. This version featured remakes of episodes from the original series as well as original stories. NBC had attempted to create the new series, but when that fell through, production moved to Canada.

Original Airdates1985-1989
TypeSeries

All For Fun

★★★★

All For Fun All For Fun was a one-hour children's series produced by CKY-TV in Winnipeg. Al Simmons and his wife Barbara Freundl portrayed a variety of characters as they entertained and educated young viewers with skits, jokes, songs, experiments, crafts and visits to interesting places. The series taped two seasons and was syndicated to several markets, airin ...

Original Airdates1981-1983
TypeSeries

All in a Tube

In the spirit of problem-solving rather than didacticism, All in a Tube was designed by Rita Shelton Deverell for children. Religious Television Associates put up the money to develop the scripts and for Ms. Deverell's time and travel. She persuaded five private TV stations to participate. Each station assigned a producer, who worked with Ms. Deverell t ...

Original Airdates1979-1981
TypeSeries

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