1980s

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Fred Penner's Place

★★★★

Fred Penner's Place In 1984 the CBC inaugurated the popular children's TV show Fred Penner's Place. The daily series was introduced in the USA on the Nickelodeon cable network in 1989, by which time Penner stood among the leading Canadians in the children's music field. The young audience joins Fred in his own private place in a forest glade which he reaches through a ...

Original Airdates1984-1996
TypeSeries

Freddy the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner

★★★★★

Freddy the Freeloader sets out to have Xmas dinner in a very expensive New York restaurant with his good friend, the Professor. Along the way he stops in a hospital to entertain some children on Xmas. Red Skelton does a couple of songs on his own & a duet with Vincent Price.

Original Airdates1981
TypeTV Movie

Free to Fly

This aerobic workout series for children is presented by children and inspired by their own games and fantasies. Each 15-minute program in this medically approved series contains a warm-up, aerobics, and a cool-downthat will leave the participants relaxed and feeling great. With specially written musicand animated effects based on children’s art, the 2 ...

Original Airdates1984
TypeSeries

Friday the 13th: The Series

★★★★½

Friday the 13th: The Series An old antique dealer made a pact with the Devil to sell cursed antiques. When he dies, his store is inherited by his niece Micki and her cousin Ryan. With the help of Jack Marshak, they fight to retrieve the antiques from the people who bought them to stop them from causing harm.

Original Airdates1987-1990
TypeSeries

Friendly Giant, The

★★★★

Friendly Giant, The Bob Homme, as the good-natured Friendly Giant, introduces children to books and helps them see how these can answer their questions and enrich their everyday living. Puppets Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster, a good story, a bit of music and relaxed conversation and laughter, make up each 15-minute program. From 1958 until 1985, Homme wrote an ...

Original Airdates1958-1985
TypeSeries

Fromage

★★★★½

Fromage Fromage is an annual one-hour special on MuchMusic. Originally hosted by MuchMusic VJ Christopher Ward, Fromage pays "tribute" to the cheesiest music videos of the year. Since 1999, the program has been hosted by Ed the Sock. The show traditionally airs during the Christmas season, and features a countdown of the worst music videos of the year, with ...

Original Airdates1988-
TypeSpecial

Front Page Challenge

★★★★

Front Page Challenge Front Page Challenge was a long-running weekly news quiz show on CBC. Three regular panelists were joined by a guest panelist every week, and generally two guests were quizzed by the panelists for their identity or the identity of the news story they have been involved with, and then interviewed. A daytime version hosted by Fred Davis aired with the ...

AkaDaytime Challenge
Original Airdates1957-1995
TypeSeries

Funtown

★★★★

Funtown Funtown, produced by CKY-TV Winnipeg, was an hour-long variety show for younger children with Bob Swartz acting as Mayor and host. The show was made up of interviews with interesting people from the Winnipeg area, e.g., one show featured Indonesia and some Indonesians who had settled in Winnipeg and opened an Indonesian restaurant. National dances were ...

Original Airdates1986
TypeSeries

Gemini Awards

Gemini Awards The Geminis celebrate excellence in Canadian English-language television. The event has grown in prominence and stature to become one of the most prestigious cultural events in Canada. The Geminis were created to replace the Nellie Awards which ran for 15 years under the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. The CBC union endured mu ...

Original Airdates1986-
TypeSpecial

Genesis StoryTime

Genesis StoryTime was actually a cable channel consisting of story-telling using computer graphics in order to bring children's storybooks alive. The programs were presented without sound so as to encourage reading aloud. Although being Canadian in origin, the cable channel was mainly distributed in the USA, due to bureaucracy from the CRTC. Over 200 ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeSeries

George Dalgleish Show, The

★★★

On this program, George Dalgleish, well known handyman, author and radio phone-in host, demonstrated how many household, building and repair jobs could be done in an economical fashion by the home handyperson. Produced and broadcast by CKND-TV in Winnipeg, the series was also syndicated to other stations in Canada.

Original Airdates1979-1981
TypeSeries

God Bless the Child

God Bless the Child Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.

AkaLe Choix tragique (French title)
Original Airdates1988
TypeTV Movie

Going Great

★★★★½

Going Great Chris Makepeace was the host of this magazine-style series examining the activities of Canadian youth. As the show's host, Makepeace interviewed and became involved with teens and preteens who did unusual things well. Each half-hour show contained up to six items where viewers had the opportunity to meet talented and creative young people across Canada ...

Original Airdates1982-1985
TypeSeries

Going Places

★★★½

Going Places was a travel quiz show in which contestants competed for fabulous trips to world-wide destinations of their choice and an array of other prizes. In the game, two couples played for travel miles, but only the winning couple got the mileage. At the end of the show, they could triple their mileage on a final question. The program started ai ...

Original Airdates1973-1980
TypeSeries

Gold Trails and Ghost Towns

★★★★

Gold Trails and Ghost Towns Host Mike Roberts and master storyteller Bill Barlee take an historical journey into Canada's colourful past in Gold Trails and Ghost Towns. Filmed in their studio set which depicts a trapper's cabin, Mike and Bill delve into the opening of the West by seekers of gold and other precious metals at the turn of the century. Produced by CHBC-TV

Original Airdates1986-1996
TypeSeries

Golden Tales and Legends

Sullivan Films created this anthology series which included Kevin Sullivan's film The Fir Tree and Megan Carey, along with Ariadne Ochrymovich's The Juggler and Billy Goat's Bluff, along with John Kozak's The Golden Apple.

Original Airdates1985
TypeSeries

Gondoliers, The

★★★★★

Marco and Giuseppe Palmieri, the most favoured of all the gondoliers, choose Gianetta and Tessa to be their brides. While celebrating their marriages, Marco and Giuseppe are informed that one of them is really the King of Barataria - but it is not known which. Gianetta and Tessa are delighted with the idea of one of them being Queen. However, all are ca ...

Original Airdates1984
TypeTV Movie

Good Place to Come From, A

A Good Place To Come From was a trilogy of 90-minute programs, subtitled Growing Up Jewish In Sault Ste. Marie. It followed the warm and funny plight of two families: the Rosens and the Yanovers. The teleplays were written by Israel Horovitz, inspired by the short stories of Morley Torgov.

Original Airdates1980
TypeSeries

Good Rockin' Tonite

★★★½

Good Rockin' Tonite Good Rockin' Tonite was a Friday night music program produced in Vancouver, featuring music videos, in-depth interviews, contests and countdowns of the week's most popular singles and albums. The original host, Terry David Mulligan, conceived the program with producer Ken Gibson, who was behind the CBC's last rock-music effort in the '60s, (Let's Go) wh ...

AkaGood Rockin' Tonight
Original Airdates1983-1993
TypeSeries

Grand Old Country

★★★★½

Ronnie Prophet starred in CBC's The Ronnie Prophet Show in the summer of 1974 with an eleven week series of country music, variety, and comedy. In 1975, a CTV series called Grand Old Country was hosted by Ronnie Prophet, and formed a weekly half-hour setting in which a series of Canadian country singers and musicians could and did strut their stuff ...

AkaThe Ronnie Prophet Show
Original Airdates1974; 1975-1981
TypeSeries

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