1980s

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CODCO

★★★★

CODCO CODCO was a Canadian comedy troupe from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known outside of the Martimes for a sketch comedy series which aired for five seasons on CBC Television from 1988 to 1993. Founded as a theatrical revue in 1973, CODCO drew on the province's cultural history of self-deprecating "Newfie" humour, frequently focusing on the cod fish ...

Original Airdates1988-1993
TypeSeries

Coffee Break

★★★★½

Coffee Break Originating from CBNT in St. John's, Coffee Break was a 30-minute news and general interest program broadcast on weekday afternoons or mornings. Shirley Newhook hosted the program which featured a wide variety of guests from every walk of life. Coffeebreak aired "live" for the first year or two, debuting in Sept. of 1974 and finished its run in 1990 ...

AkaCoffee Break with Shirley Newhook
Original Airdates1974-1990
TypeSeries

Comedy Factory

The Comedy Factory offered eight weekly half-hours in an anthology format that uses a repertory company of six actors. The repertory-company idea made The Comedy Factory like an anthology of unique, self-contained plays, each one a different comic exploration of characters and circumstances. The troupe was backed by a different guest star imported fr ...

Original Airdates1985
TypeSeries

Comedy Mill

★★★½

Comedy Mill The Comedy Mill was a Canadian sketch comedy series, which aired from 1986 to 1991 on Hamilton, Ontario's CHCH, and through syndication on other Canadian television stations. The show starred the husband and wife comedy duo of Steve Smith and Morag Smith. The show was a revival of their earlier Smith & Smith series, which ended in 1985. For the 85-86 ...

AkaSmith & Smith Comedy Mill
Original Airdates1986-1991
TypeSeries

Coming Attractions

Produced in Toronto by Sandra Faire, Coming Attractions was an entertainment news magazine. Hosts Patricia White and Bob Karstens presented news from the worlds of music, video, art, theatre, the movies, televison, and fashion.

Original Airdates1982-1983
TypeSeries

Corletto and Son

Corletto and Son was a tense family drama. Mike Corletto is 17 and dreams of becoming an iron worker like his father and uncle. He thinks higher education is a waste of time, and has failed a course in high school. His father Nick, on the other hand, is determined that his son will attend university and become an engineer. Nick is furious about the fail ...

Original Airdates1981
TypeTV Movie

Country Canada

★★★★½

Country Canada Country Calendar was a half-hour program on CBC which provided regular coverage of agriculture. It started on an interconnected network in Eastern Canada, with Norm Garriock's commentary on farm matters in the first half and Earl Cox on gardening in the last half. The CBC subsequently introduced editions of Country Calendar for other regions of the c ...

AkaCountry Calendar; Summer Country Canada
Original Airdates1954-2007
TypeSeries

Country Joy

Country Joy was a daily drama telling the story of the Brugencate family, headed by Dick Brugencate, a real estate agent and the mayor of Coronet, AB, and their changing fortunes as they strive to meet the challenges of everyday life.

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeSeries

Country Report

★★★★

Wayne Rostad hosted this rural lifestyles show out of CBC Ottawa. It quickly became a local hit, winning several Ottawa ACTRA Awards for Best Host and Best Program and two Anik Awards for Best Regional Variety Series. In 1987, Country Report evolved into a national CBC series, On the Road Again.

Original Airdates1979-1987
TypeSeries

Country Session

Country Session was a six-part series seen in prime time on Thursdays in Newfoundland. It starred Eddie Eastman, Jacinta Cormier and Bob MacDonald. Special guests appearred on each program performing to a studio audience.

Original Airdates1987
TypeMiniseries

Country West

★★★★★

Country West Country West was the last regularly-scheduled variety program produced by CBKT Regina, and was cancelled following the production of 13 episodes. The program offered considerable support to local and regional country music talent and was discontinued after it failed to achieve its projected network audience share.

Original Airdates1986
TypeSeries

Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog, The

★★★★

Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog, The The story of a champion Eskimo sled dog, named Kavik, who survives a plane crash in the wilds of Alaska and is found and cared for by a young boy, named Andy Evans, who brings Kavik back to his small hometown. But the dog's owner, George Hunter, takes Kavik back to his home in Colorado where the dog escapes and embarks on a 2,000-mile odyssey in search ...

AkaKavik, the Wolf Dog
Original Airdates1980
TypeTV Movie

Cross-Country Ski School

★★★½

The Sun Life Cross-Country Ski School was telecast Saturday mornings on CBC-TV, beginning the first week in January, 1980. It repeated for several more winters. Stephan and Luise Sander, Canadian national cross-country ski team members, demonstrated the diagonal stride, double poling, climbing and downhill techniques, turning, waxing, proper equipment a ...

AkaSun Life Cross-Country Ski School; Sun Life Ski School
Original Airdates1980
TypeSeries

CTV National News

★★★★★

CTV National News CTV National News is a newscast on CTV, which airs at 11pm local time on the main network across Canada. The current anchors are Lloyd Robertson on weekdays, and Sandie Rinaldo on weekends. The title CTV National News has been rarely used since the 1990s; weeknights, the program is now called CTV News with Lloyd Robertson and on the weekends, CTV News w ...

AkaCTV News with Lloyd Robertson; CTV News with Sandie Rinaldo
Original Airdates1962-
TypeSeries

Curious George

★★★★

Curious George Every weekday, these animated stories found George, the inquisitive little storybook monkey, in any number of situations, all of them faithful to the spirit of the original books and maintaining the joyous qualities that have delighted children, parents and educators over the decades. Three of the four-minute segments, 104 in all, were presented in a 15 ...

Original Airdates1979-1982
TypeSeries

Dale Harney's Magic Palace

★★★½

Dale Harney's Magic Palace was a variation on Harney's original show, entailing the introduction of other magicians who teamed up with Harney, focusing especially on card tricks or sleight-of-hand. They teamed up on more spectacular tricks, such as disappearing acts. The series was produced in Calgary.

TypeSeries

Danger Bay

★★★★

Danger Bay Animal rescue missions along British Columbia's rugged northwest coast provided much of the adventure for Danger Bay, a CBC family drama series. Veteran actor Donnelly Rhodes starred as 40-year-old Grant "Doc" Roberts, a veterinarian and the crusading Curator of Marine Mammals at the Vancouver Aquarium. A passionate and intelligent man, with an unconven ...

AkaCap Danger (French title)
Original Airdates1984-1990
TypeSeries

Dear Aunt Agnes

★★★★

Agnes Peabody was a lovable 65-year-old eccentric who moved in with her pre-teen nephew and teenage niece while the children's divorced parents were off pursuing careers in far-flung locales. The show was designed for eight to 12 year olds with a conscious effort to create a non-traditional family situation in which children are given the responsibil ...

Original Airdates1986; 1989
TypeSeries

Decision

★★★★★

CBMT-TV in Montreal introduced Decision, a political discussion broadcast, as a local program after the Parti Quebecois took power in the 1976 Quebec election. The CBC picked the show up for national broadcast in anticipation of the 1980 referendum on sovereignty association. Montreal Gazette writer and program host L. Ian MacDonald introduced the topic ...

Original Airdates1980
TypeSeries

Defence of Canada, The

This 3-part documentary tells about the military history of Canada and its contemporary military situation with particular focus on the international aspect of it. One of key subjects explored is how a small country like Canada has continually gotten itself into far flung theaters of war around the world that seem to be of no real concern for that count ...

Original Airdates1986
TypeMiniseries

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