1980s

Listings 

Great Debate, The

★★★

A lively debate show, moderated by Pierre Berton, The Great Debate featured a wide array of guest debaters, from Canadian nationalist Mel Hurtig to American actress Gloria Swanson. The debaters tackled a new controversial topic each week. First broadcast in 1974 on Global, the series ran into some financial trouble after a few years on air, went int ...

Original Airdates1974-1984
TypeSeries

Great Detective, The

★★★★½

Great Detective, The The Great Detective was inspired by exploits of John Wilson Murray, Canada's first government-appointed detective, set in the latter part of the Victorian era. The leading character Inspector Alistair Cameron, played by Douglas Campbell, was a fictional counterpart of Murray. Inspector Cameron was ably assisted by his friend, forensic scientist Dr. Chis ...

Original Airdates1979-1982
TypeSeries

Growing Up with Sandy Offenheim

★★★

Playing With Time produced a special program entitled Growing Up with Sandy Offenheim. The program was a delightful collage of song, dance, mime, animation and skits featuring children's songwriter Sandy Offenheim and her family, husband Harold and children, Nadine and Stephen. Based on Sandy's songs about childhood, the series of funny and painful vign ...

Original Airdates1981
TypeSpecial

Guess What?

★★★★½

This show was hosted by Jan Rubes. It aired starting in 1975 on TV Ontario (TVO). "Welcome boys and girls" was said by Jan in a friendly reassuring voice. He also sang the shows opening theme.

Original Airdates1975-1983
TypeSeries

Guess What?

★★★½

Guess What? Guess What? was a CTV game show featuring two families competing in general knowledge trivia. As each question was asked, a large board on the set lit up with six possible answers. The first correct answer gained the maximum number of points. With each incorrect guess, the point value of a correct answer decreased, and the question moved over to the oth ...

Original Airdates1983-1987
TypeSeries

Gunfighters, The

Gunfighters, The The Everetts, two brothers and a cousin are trying to make a go of their ranch in Kansas but Deke Turner, someone who wants to see them fail, is doing everything he can to see that happen. The younger brother's hero is Billy the Kid, and while during an argument with someone who works for Turner, he kills him in self-defense but Turner makes it appear t ...

Original Airdates1987
TypeTV Movie

Hamilton's Quest

★★★

Hamilton's Quest was a 10-part series about a young man who discovered, after his parents die in an accident on his 18th birthday, that he was actually not their biological son. The man, Sonny Hamilton, was bewildered by this turn of events and discusses his feelings with Stickman Wilkins - oddball black in a white Prairie town, owner of the local pool ...

Original Airdates1987
TypeSeries

Hangin' In

★★★★

Hangin' In The comedy show is situated at a downtown youth drop-in centre where problems ranging from sexual harassment to parents in a swingers' club are considered by Kate Brown, Mike Difalco and their receptionist, Doris Webster.

Original Airdates1981-1987
TypeSeries

Happy Castle

★★★★½

Long ago, in the magic forest of Be'twixt was the home of the Happy Castle, a wondrous place of beauty, friendship and laughter. But then, the evil Gloomella took over the Happy Castle and spread her gloom to all who lived there. However, the forest creatures of Be'twixt who had not fallen under Gloomella's spell turned to the all-seeing, all-knowing ...

Original Airdates1988-1989
TypeSeries

Harriet's Magic Hats

★★★★

Harriet's Magic Hats Harriet's Magic Hats, produced by ACCESS Alberta, was an information program to help young viewers explore future vocations. In each series of thirteen 15-minute shows, a seven-year-old girl, used a variety of hats from her Aunt Harriet's curious collection to introduce preschool, primary and upper elementary school viewers to a variety of occupations. ...

Original Airdates1980-1986
TypeSeries

Harrigan Featured

★★★★

Harrigan Harrigan was a half-hour show written, produced and hosted by Barry Dale. Beginning in 1969, it aired locally out of CJOH-TV in Ottawa for 2 seasons before moving to CKWS-TV in Kingston. There, it aired locally for another 2 or 3 seasons before being syndicated across Canada on CTV. Harrigan was a 209-year-old leprechaun who sang, danced, told storie ...

Original Airdates1969-1985
TypeSeries

He Shoots, He Scores

★★★★

He Shoots, He Scores He Shoots, He Scores was a drama series focusing on the hockey career of Pierre Lambert, played by Carl Marotte. The first season focused on Pierre's rookie struggles with The Quebec Nationals, and eventually winning the Stanley Cup. The second season picked up two years later and was shot largely in Europe. The Nationals had added another National Hoc ...

AkaLance et compte
Original Airdates1986-1988
TypeSeries

Headline Hunters

★★★★

Headline Hunters was a Canadian game show on CTV. The idea of the game was for contestants to identify a newsmaker or event from clues given in the form of headlines. During the final broadcast, host Jim Perry applauded the long-running show for promoting news literacy.

Original Airdates1972-1983
TypeSeries

Heaven on Earth

Heaven On Earth follows several children and teens as they are sent from their homes in Wales and England to Canada. Host families await them and each child must adapt to their new surroundings, deal with their new duties and families and survive by holding into their friendships. Heaven on Earth is based on historical events and focuses on the trials a ...

Original Airdates1987
TypeSeries

Hitchhiker, The

★★★★

Hitchhiker, The The Hitchhiker was a series of mystery-thriller stories, linked only by the character of The Hitchhiker, who would introduce and close each episode in the style of Rod Serling or Alfred Hitchcock. Occasional stories involved supernatural forces, but most plot twists stemmed only from the dark side of the human spirit.

Original Airdates1983-1989
TypeSeries

Hitting Home

Hitting Home Canadian businesswoman Dinah Middleton's is devastated when her teenage son, Alex, is killed by a hit-and-run driver. When the police fail to turn up any suspects, she turns private detective to track the killer down. She traces the murderer to New York, only to discover that the crime is not covered by the extradition treaty between Canada and the US. ...

AkaObsessed
Original Airdates1987
TypeTV Movie

Hobbledehoy

★★★½

Hobbledehoy was a magazine show for CBC Montreal produced by Denyse Adam with host Ian Finlay for children of the middle years. The show, written by Arnie Greenberg, was a combination of short items ranging from crafts to takeoffs on gourmet cooking to "kid-jokes and limericks," interesting out-of-the-way news items, and guessing games. The sequences we ...

AkaHobble De Hoy
TypeSeries

Hockey Night

★★★★½

Hockey Night What's a girl to do when her family picks up and moves to a small Ontario town where, according to one resident, fun hasn't even been invented yet? For Cathy, the answer's simple: strap on her goalie pads and try out for the boys' all-star hockey team. The result, of course, is bedlam. Local broadcaster Bum Johnston, for one, doesn't think a girl's plac ...

Original Airdates1984
TypeTV Movie

Home Fires

★★★★½

Home Fires Home Fires took viewers into the home of the Lowe family - a Toronto doctor, his wife and two teenage children - as they experienced the World War II from the homefront. Gerard Parkes starred as Dr. Albert Lowe, the family patriarch and a general practitioner in a working-class, ethnic district of Toronto. Kim Yaroshevskaya played Hannah Lowe, the docto ...

Original Airdates1980-1983
TypeSeries

Honky Tonk

Honky Tonk Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins created the illusion of a night on the town at an authentic Honky Tonk club with this weekly half-hour CTV variety series. The show captured the flavour of the urban cowboy craze. The Honky Tonk Dancers, The Hawks and bartender Eddie Shack were regulars, plus special musical guests brought in each week. The episodes produced by Bi ...

Original Airdates1981-1982
TypeSeries

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