1980s

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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

Canadian Superstars

Television networks developed the idea of packaging competitions among athletes to fill time during intermissions of hockey or football games. The Superstars contest purported to determine the greatest all-round athlete. It required participants to choose seven sports in which to compete, excluding their own sport. The choices were swimming, tennis, row ...

AkaCanada Superstars; World Superstars
Original Airdates1977-1981
TypeSeries

Care Bears, The

★★★★½

Care Bears, The Get ready, there's fun and excitement brewing in the clouds of Care-A-Lot! This charming animated series follows the Care Bears as they tackle the most difficult job of all: growing up. The Care Bears help each other and their friends come to the right decisions about life's little problems based on what their feelings tell them, good and bad. These lov ...

Original Airdates1985-1988
TypeSeries

Catalyst Television

Catalyst Television was an Edmonton-produced series which used dramatic vignettes and a specially-chosen studio audience to bring to light half-hidden social problems.

AkaCatalyst Television Theatre; Catalyst Theatre
Original Airdates1980-1983
TypeSeries

CBC Film Festival

In the summer of 1979, the CBC offered two series of feature films under this title, and another in the summer of 1980. Both series included Canadian feature films. At irregular intervals, the 1979 series also included interviews with Hollywood directors, such as Martin Scorsese, Samuel Fuller, George Cukor, John Schlesinger, Donald Siegel, John Stu ...

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeSeries

CBC Sportsweekend

CBC Sportsweekend CBC Sports covered a wide variety of events and competitions for its Saturday afternoon overviews. Often, the broadcast was divided into two major segments. After a year's run titled Saturday Sports Special, the program adopted a different format and title, Sportsweekend. The title later changed to CBC Sports Saturday, an exciting and fast-paced ...

AkaSaturday Sports Special; CBC Sports Saturday
Original Airdates1979-
TypeSeries

Chairman of the Board

★★★★★

Chairman of the Board was a 26-part drama series co-produced by Jim and Caroline Hanley. CITY-TV started airing the shows in prime-time in the spring of 1981, with TVOntario joining in at a later time. The Board was a fictitious body appointed by the government to decide individual cases which reflected significant social issues. In the spirit of com ...

Original Airdates1981
TypeSeries

Challengers, The

The Challengers was a series featuring Canadians from all walks of life who have challenged life on their own terms and made a success in various fields. Some may be famous, other relatively obscure but all have in common the attainment of reaching goals they set for themselves.

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeSeries

Champagne Charlie

Champagne Charlie Hugh Grant portrayed 19th century champange king Charles Heidsieck, the globe-trotting playboy founder of the world's most famous champagne-producing company during the mid-1800s in this CTV miniseries. Part 1 of the story followed Heidsieck from the age of 5 and his first few sips of the family nectar, through college, marriage, meeting his mistress an ...

Original Airdates1989
TypeMiniseries

Charlie Grant's War

★★★★½

Charlie Grant's War Charlie Grant's War was the real-life story of a heroic Canadian and a black era in Canadian history. R.H. Thomson starred as Charlie Grant, a diamond broker whose outrage at the plight of Jews under Nazi rule—and at Canada's own half-hearted assistance to the refugees- led him to use his position to spirit more than 600 Jews out of the city. Grant's he ...

Original Airdates1985
TypeTV Movie

Chasing Rainbows

★★★★

Chasing Rainbows Chasing Rainbows is a classic story of youth, love and ambition in the jazz age when skirts rose, morals fell and bathtubs overflowed with gin. It was the best time of all to be young. During the final tragic days of WWI, Jake Kincaid (Paul Gross) escapes court martial and wins a medal by saving the life of his commanding officer, Christopher Blaine ...

Original Airdates1988
TypeMiniseries

Check it Out!

★★★½

Check it Out! Don Adams portrayed Howard Bannister, the sarcastic manager of a large supermarket. A cynical but kind-hearted perfectionist, he tried to run a tight ship despite a tidal wave of employee inefficiency. Bannister was joined by his secretary Edna and six other main staff members: Alf, Marlene, Jack Christian, Leslie, Murray and Jennifer. Check It Out! ...

Original Airdates1985-1988
TypeSeries

Children of The Gael

★★★★★

Will Millar hosted this hour-long documentary about the turmoil in Northern Ireland and more specifically its effect on the children. In his commentary, Millar asked: "Who cares about religion and politics when you're 10 years old and get your hands blown off?" Children of The Gael was a provocative, frank and moving examination of the civil strife thro ...

Original Airdates1980
TypeDocumentary

Chinese, The

Patrick Watson presents filmed examination of the People's Republic of China. He examines the recent troubles of the Cultural Revolution which profoundly and violently disrupted the country. He also examines the nation in contemporary times after those troubles and how the nation has changed since then as it struggles to rejoin the world stage.

AkaLes Chinois
Original Airdates1982
TypeMiniseries

Circle Square

★★★★

Circle Square Circle Square was a syndicated variety show for children with themes which contribute to the mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development. The show was conceived in the tradition of evangelical television, combining information and personal experience. In each program, the children learned to resolve social (interpersonal relationships ...

Original Airdates1975-?
TypeSeries

Circus

★★★★

Circus Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages! This series offers the Big Top on the small screen, a weekly half hour of circus acts and musical entertainment. A couple of young, scrub-faced professional singers named Cal Dodd and Sherisse Laurence do the singing and crack the ringmaster's whip, but the main drawing-card is the age-old lure of the circu ...

Original Airdates1978-1985
TypeSeries

Cities

Cities was a thirteen week series of one hour documentaries, produced and directed by John McGreevy for Nielsen-Ferns. Each program featured an international celebrity who led viewers around a city that was his or her favourite, home, or a place with which he or she had a significant connection. Glenn Gould, for example, prepared the program on Toronto, ...

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeMiniseries

City Lights

★★★★

City Lights One of the best known celebrity interviewers, Brian Linehan, interviewed 2000-2500 guests for City Lights between 1973 and 1989. A new series of interviews, entitled simply "Linehan," aired on th WIC network and then WTN between 1995 and 1998.

AkaLinehan
Original Airdates1973-1989; 1995-1998
TypeSeries

CityLine

★★★

CityLine Host Marilyn Denis returns for another season of expert advice on your style, your health, your home and your happiness. Filmed in front of a studio audience, CityLine’s daily topics feature tips and live demonstrations on food, entertaining, home, health, fashion and more. The show began as CityLife in the fall of 1983 and was retitled CityLine in 1 ...

AkaCityLife
Original Airdates1983-
TypeSeries

Claim to Fame

Claim to Fame Host Mike McManus introduced his guests, every one of whom had a claim to fame. There was a guy, for example, who claimed he won fame by winning $10,000 for eating an electric razor in a wacky-stunts contest. The members of the Blue Team (composed of various celebrities) unanimously disagreed- they said that he won the $10,000, all right, but that he wo ...

Original Airdates1982-1983
TypeSeries

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