1980s

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Hot Shots

★★★★½

Hot Shots Filmed in Toronto, Hot Shots followed the exploits of Crimeworld Magazine reporters Amanda Reed and Jason West, played by Dorothy Parke and Booth Savage. Some episodes of Hot Shots featured the cast of another Alliance series, Night Heat, in character. The series first aired on CBS in 1986. CTV aired it at the end of 1987.

Original Airdates1987
TypeSeries

Huckleberry Finn and His Friends

★★★★½

Huckleberry Finn and His Friends Huckleberry Finn and His Friends was a 26-part series documenting the exploits of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, based on books by American writer Mark Twain. The series was the only filmed version of the Twain classic to cover every episode in the original novel. Though this Canada-Germany co-produced series was filmed in 1979, it did not appear o ...

Original Airdates1981-1982
TypeSeries

Hymn Sing

★★★★

Hymn Sing In its Sunday afternoon time slot, Hymn Sing has continually been buffeted about in the broadcast schedule by sports programming. However, it remains one of the longest lived shows. Originating in Winnipeg, it was from the start a simply produced, elegant half-hour of hymns, spirituals, and inspirational music sung by a sixteen voice chorus.

Original Airdates1965-1995
TypeSeries

I Am a Hotel

★★★★★

I Am a Hotel I Am a Hotel was a music movie based on the songs Memories, Suzanne, Chelsea Hotel # 2 and The Guests, filmed at Toronto's King Eddy Hotel. The movie is a nostalgic experience of a "resident" (Leonard Cohen) in a hotel where young and old people live their dream (Suzanne), love (Memories and Chelsea Hotel # 2), separation (The Gypsy's Wife), and their b ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeSpecial

In Concert

Wilks and Close Associates prepared this series of concerts taped at the Ontario Place Forum over the summer of 1980, which the CBC aired at varied days and times over the next summer. Performers included Judy Collins, Maynard Ferguson, Murray McLauchlan, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Sergio Mendes, the Good Brothers, Dan Hill, Peter Tosh, Rita Coolidge ...

Original Airdates1981
TypeSeries

In Opposition

In Opposition was a Canadian television sitcom, which aired on the CBC in 1989. The show lasted only a single season. It starred Kathleen Laskey as Karen Collier, a rookie Member of Parliament, who represented the (fictional) riding of Moncton—Macquedewawa for the (also fictional) Dominion Party of Canada. The show also starred Lawrence Dane as her p ...

Original Airdates1989-1990
TypeSeries

Indian Legends of Canada

★★★★½

"Indian Legends of Canada" was a documentary series featuring Canadian Indian legends.

AkaLégendes indiennes
Original Airdates1983-1985
TypeSeries

Inspector Gadget

★★★★★

Inspector Gadget Bumbling Inspector Gadget battles the forces of M.A.D. with the aid of the various gadgets he has on his person: pop-up rollerskates, extensible arms, a helicopter-hat, etc. Despite the arsenal at his disposal (which is just as likely to misfire as work properly), Gadget never seems to be able to catch Dr. Claw, the mastermind behind M.A.D. Quite often, ...

Original Airdates1983-1986
TypeSeries

Introducing... Janet

Introducing... Janet Adah Glassbourg plays Janet in this 40 minute long made for TV movie. Janet is an over-weight girl who has a knack for making the other children in school laugh...by making fun of her own weight. In seeing the other kids reaction, she feels that she might have what it takes to be a comedian. She visits the local comedy club where she finds Tony Moroni ( ...

AkaRubberface
Original Airdates1981
TypeTV Movie

Iolanthe

In 1981 the Stratford Festival began a series of innovative Gilbert & Sullivan productions directed by Brian Macdonald with musical direction by Carriere, culminating in the productions of The Mikado, Iolanthe, and The Gondoliers in 1984. The Mikado toured to Britain and New York to favourable reviews. These productions were broadcast by the CBC TV (pro ...

Original Airdates1984
TypeSpecial

It's a Living

★★★★

It's a Living It's A Living celebrates the work Canadians do, and the Canadians who do the work. Every week our host, Peter Jordan, proves he's the hardest working man in television by trying all kinds of jobs belonging to all kinds of Canadians. He finds the humour in any kind of work or else the humour finds him.

Original Airdates1989-
TypeSeries

It's A New Day

★★★

It's A New Day Originally a once-a-week program in Manitoba, It's a New Day quickly expanded to air five days a week and now broadcasts on various stations throughout Canada, via satellite in the U.S. and Europe, and is streamed online throughout the world. For over 30 years, It's a New Day has been using the power of television to reach into hearts and homes with the ...

Original Airdates1976-
TypeSeries

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

★★★

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Putting a comic spotlight on the rock scene, this 13-week half-hour series gave bands and comedians a chance to strut their stuff. Host Ted Woloshyn and music director Fred Mollin exchanged banter, chatted up the audience and introduced musical guests, both in the studio and in a variety of club and concert settings. Field producers and stringers in ...

Original Airdates1987
TypeSeries

Jacinta

Jacinta Cormier hosted "Jacinta," a 3-part miniseries of music and song featuring a blend of pop, jazz and old favourites. For the series, Jim Duff's 12-piece band provided the back up and there was a special guest on each program. The three programs were video taped before live studio audiences at CBNT's studio two in St. John's.

Original Airdates1988
TypeMiniseries

Jack London's Tales of the Klondike

★★★★

William Macadam's Norfolk Communications produced this series of six, one hour dramas based on the stories of Jack London. The tales included The One Thousand Dozen, directed by Peter Rowe and starring Neil Munro; In A Far Country, with Scott Hylands and Robert Carradine; Scorn of Women, starring Eva Gabor; The Unexpected, with John Candy and Cherie Lun ...

AkaTales of the Klondike
Original Airdates1981
TypeMiniseries

Jackpot

★★★★★

Jackpot Jackpot! was revived on September 30, 1985. This version was taped in Toronto, Canada, and was hosted by Mike Darrow. The main game remained the same, with a few new changes. For one thing, the 'Expert' was now called the 'King/Queen of the Hill.' Among other new factors, a player could 'run the board' by answering all 15 riddles correctly; if so, he ...

Original Airdates1985-1988
TypeSeries

Jazz Canada

Jazz Canada featured studio concerts from Vancouver, Toronto, and Halifax with the country's top jazz musicians. The minimal sets and live-to-tape production techniques stressed the quality of the musical performances instead of conventional production values for a musical television show.

Original Airdates1980
TypeSeries

Jen's Place

Jen's Place This outstanding hour-long drama featured Megan Follows as a teenager coping with the unpredicted separation of her parents. Upon her return from summer camp, fourteen-year-old Jen learns that her parents have decided to separate. After an unsuccessful attempt at expressing her point of view on the horrific situation, Jen decides to play by her paren ...

Original Airdates1982
TypeTV Movie

John Allan Cameron Show, The

★★★★★

The John Allan Cameron Show was one of three musical series under the umbrella title of Trilogy. This self-titled variety half-hour was devoted to the Scottish and Irish musical tradition of the Maritimes. The singing host was backed by a bunch of fiddlers who called themselves the Cape Breton Symphony. The show was produced in Montreal and aired nation ...

Original Airdates1975; 1979-1981
TypeSeries

Johnnie Walters Show, the

★★★★½

The Johnnie Walters Show was an hour-long weekday morning program featuring celebrity interviews with the host Johnnie Walters. Also featured were movie reviews, a cooking segment, horoscopes, an exercise segment and an E.S.P. game that viewers could play to win cash and prizes. The Johnnie Walters Show was produced at CKCO-TV in Kitchener.

Original Airdates1975-198?
TypeSeries

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