1980s

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Emergency Room

Emergency Room was a half-hour Canadian-produced drama series focusing on the constant emotional and physical crises arising in Western General's ER. Kurt Reis portrayed Dr. Ricard Fielding, the head doctor and Denise McLeod portayed Dr. Anne Johnstone, the chief resident. The program lasted 24 episodes.

Original Airdates1988-1989
TypeSeries

Empire, Inc.

★★★★★

This six-part series traces three decades of an industrial and political dynasty in Montreal, from the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929 to the onset of the Quiet Revolution in 1960. The narrative revolves around Montreal financial tycoon James Munroe, his assistant, Gene Prudhomme, and Munroe’s wife, Catherine, whom Munroe married for her posit ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeMiniseries

Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper

This film tells a combination of how Ken Taylor and his Canadian Embassy staff in Teheran during the Iranian hostage crisis hid half a dozen American embassy staffers at great personal risk. It furthermore tells the story, which was revealed much later to the cover story for the joint CIA/Canadian rescue operation, of how Ken Taylor successfully smuggle ...

Original Airdates1981
TypeTV Movie

Eureka!

★★★★★

Eureka! Eureka! is a series of humourous, and information-packed programs that bring "boring" physics concepts to vibrant, vigorous life. Each program takes a simple and direct approach to the subject matter; while the basic concepts are explained in a voice-over, cartoon characters and a variety of animated objects demonstrate the principles on the screen. Con ...

Original Airdates1980
TypeSeries

Extra! Extra!

★★★★½

Extra! Extra! was a half-hour children's series which aired Saturday mornings on CTV. It told the story of a group of a group of youngsters who ran a neighbourhood newspaper from a garage. The program contained real-life newspaper interviews mixed into the program.

Original Airdates1988-1990
TypeSeries

Family Brown Country

★★★★

The Family Brown made its early appearances in the Ottawa Valley, and by 1970 had begun to tour across Canada, performing in clubs, at fairs, and in concert. It was seen 1972-85 on a nationally-syndicated TV series (initially 'Call It Country,' then 'Country Way,' and 'Family Brown Country'). The show originated from CJOH-TV, Ottawa.

AkaCall It Country; Country Way
Original Airdates1972-1985
TypeSeries

Family Pictures

Family Pictures was a CBC anthology series of half-hour dramas about contemporary family relationships. The dramas were produced in various CBC regional production centres.

Original Airdates1989-1990
TypeSeries

Fashion Television

★★

Fashion Television Fashion Television is a fast-paced magazine show with music, fashion videos, and interviews with the top designers of the world. Hostess Jeanne Beker travels to L.A., New York, Paris, Tokyo, Milan - wherever the forefront of fashion happens to be. Fashion Television began when Moses Znaimer, CITY-TV's head honcho, wanted to make use of the fashion vi ...

AkaFTV; FT
Original Airdates1985-
TypeSeries

Feelin' Good

Produced in Regina by the CBC, Feelin' Good was a daily half-hour on physical fitness, with Judi Osborne.

Original Airdates1980
TypeSeries

fifth estate, the

★★★★

fifth estate, the For a quarter of a century, the fifth estate has been Canada's premier investigative documentary program, acquainting viewers with a dazzling parade of political leaders, shady characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy.

Aka5th Estate
Original Airdates1975-
TypeSeries

Fighting Words

★★★★

Fighting Words In CBC's Fighting Words, panelists tried to divine the author of a passage by discussing its meaning and style. The panelists then further discussed the merits of the passage, its author, and their values. Starting November 1959, the show suspended its regular format and aired a conversation between Cohen and a special guest. In 1970, Cohen revi ...

Original Airdates1953-1962; 1970; 1982
TypeSeries

Final Offer

★★★

Final Offer Final Offer is the most comprehensive and candid look at collective bargaining on film. It takes viewers on an eye-opening journey behind the closed doors and into the smoke-filled rooms where labor and management negotiate. The filmmakers follow Bob White, president of the Canadian UAW, through the landmark auto strike at General Motors. We look on ...

AkaLa Dernière offre (French Title); Final Offer: Bob White and the Canadian Auto Workers Fight for Independence
Original Airdates1985
TypeDocumentary

Fish'n Canada Show, The

★★★★★

Fish'n Canada Show, The Fish'n Canada is one of Canada`s longest-running fishing shows. It is a series for the angler, with hosts Reno and Angelo Viola who travel to some of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations across the country to find out where and how to catch the best sports fish.

Original Airdates1989-
TypeSeries

Flappers

★★★★

Flappers The Me Decade totters to a close with a series set in the Whee Decade—the Roaring Twenties. May Lamb is the flustered owner of Le Club, a raffish Montreal nightspot she's barely old enough to drink in. She's pert, prim and all too naive for the staff, which includes Oscar, the tyrannical chef, who dabbles in foreign aid (to the States and in bottles); U ...

Original Airdates1979-1981
TypeSeries

Focus Ontario

Focus Ontario Since 1988, Focus Ontario has been the political show of record. From Premiers' to Cabinet Ministers, from backroom moves and shakers to today's Newsmakers.

Original Airdates1988-
TypeSeries

Follow Me

★★★★½

Follow Me was a series of 60 episodes produced by Trinity Television in association with CKND-TV Winnipeg. It dealt with the phenomenon of growth through faith among toddlers, teens, and right up to grandparents. Puppets, children, and guests encountered daily dilemmas and decisions through skits, games, and music. Each situation lead to personal victor ...

Original Airdates1979-1984
TypeSeries

For the Record

★★★★

For the Record For The Record was a series of one hour and ninety minute film dramas which started on the series Performance as a sub-series called Camera '76. Each year, the CBC produced four to six new programs and also repeated programs from previous seasons. For The Record productions generally dramatized a specific social problem or issue. One of the few cont ...

AkaCamera '76; Moments in Time
Original Airdates1977-1986
TypeSeries

Four on the Floor

★★★★

Four on the Floor In this 13-week CBC comedy series, famed comedy troupe the Frantics brought their radio and stage sketch comedy to television for the first time. Regular features on the series included the adventures of Mr. Canoehead, monologues by Mr. Interesting, computer games created by Paul Chato and music video spoofs. The series was later sold to the Showtim ...

Aka4 on the Floor; The Frantics
Original Airdates1986
TypeSeries

Fraggle Rock

★★★★★

Fraggle Rock Animated version of the popular Muppet series "Fraggle Rock". As in the original, the Fraggles are a group of odd creatures that live underground with the workaholic Doozers, while trying to avoid the giant Gorge's and the people in the human world.

AkaAnimé Fraggle Rock, Les; Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series
Original Airdates1987-1988
TypeSeries

Fraggle Rock

★★★★½

Fraggle Rock Doc and his dog Sprocket have a hole in their wall, behind which live little furry creatures known as Fraggles in a place called Fraggle Rock. The Rock is also home to the Doozers (who are knee-high to a Fraggle) and the Gorgs (who are giants that think they rule the Rock). One gang of Fraggles (Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, and Red), under the guidance ...

Original Airdates1983-1987
TypeSeries

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