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Airwaves

★★★★★

Airwaves Airwaves was a comedy-drama series about urban life in the '80s as it was lived by an unusual family trio. Jean Lipton was a widowed, independent radio talk-show host who lived with her 19-year-old college dropout daughter and her 63-year-old college freshman father. Using the perspectives and wisdom of three generations, the trio relied on each oth ...

Original Airdates1986-1987
TypeSeries

Alan Hamel's Comedy Bag

Alan Hamel's Comedy Bag was a variety series that stressed blackouts and slapstick comedy. Taped in Montreal, the half-hour program featured guests from the US, and was primarily aimed at the US market.

AkaComedy Bag
Original Airdates1972-1973
TypeSeries

All-Night Show, The

★★★★★

CFMT-TV's The All-Night Show was North America's first regular late-night marathon, running live nightly from after sign-off until 6:00 AM. In-studio host Chas Lawther, as Chuck the security guard, introduced an all-night viewing consisting of comedy skits, direct from Yuk Yuk's Komedy Kabaret, followed by some old favourite series such as "Twilight Zon ...

Original Airdates1980-1981
TypeSeries

Beachcombers, The

★★★★

Beachcombers, The If there ever was a show that continues to live on in the hearts and minds of people almost four decades after it was first broadcast, it is The Beachcombers. Gibsons, British Columbia was the setting for the series' 19 year run beginning October 1, 1972 and ending December 12, 1990. Nick Adonidas was a law abiding and hardworking Greek bachelor. He ...

AkaSur la Côte du Pacifique
Original Airdates1972-1990
TypeSeries

Big City Comedy

★★★★★

Big City Comedy "Big City Comedy" didn't mean that no one in Medicine Hat could watch this show- it was just a way of saying that this series was devoted to hip, fast-moving comedy. Each week, the six resident zanies had a celebrity guest— and such loony characters as Johnny Toronto, roving interviewer; the Pep Girl, who'd cheer you up whether you like it or not; and U ...

Original Airdates1980-1981
TypeSeries

Bizarre

★★★★

Bizarre Bizarre is the title of this series because bizarre is the word for it- not to mention its star, John Byner, who charges full tilt through a weekly half-hour of sketches, one-liners and blackouts on a host of bizarre subjects. They include Allan Blye and Bob Einstein, a Phil Donahue-type interview with the world's first trisexual; the Godfather's presid ...

Original Airdates1980-1985
TypeSeries

Butch Patterson: Private Dick

★★★★½

Butch Patterson: Private Dick Butch Patterson: Private Dick is a modern-day series steeped in the classic noir of the 1940's. It's a fast-paced comedy full action, deceit and enough hard boiled, rapid-fire dialogue to make Dashell Hammet spin in his grave with jealousy and a longing for proper grammar. Drawing its inspiration from the pulp novels issued by Ace Publishing, Harlequ ...

Original Airdates1999-2001
TypeSeries

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

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

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

Country Roads

★★★

Country Roads was a six-week CBC summer series which replaced the Tommy Hunter Show. It was an hour of country music with host and singer Ronnie Prophet and his regulars The Peaches, Joe Tardiff, The O.K. Chorale, Granny Gwen Nabors, Lynn Jones, Mike Graham, Cal Dodd and the Vandergun Puppets. Also performing was Dave Woods & The Country Roads Brass. ...

Original Airdates1973
TypeSeries

Excuse My French

★★★★½

Excuse My French was a CTV sitcom featuring the comic trials and tribulations of a marriage between Peter, an English-Canadian law student and Marie-Louise, a French-Canadian waitress. Stuart Gillard and Lise Charbonneau starred as the couple. Earl Pennington played Peter's father, a wealthy newspaperman who sees the solution to everything in dollar ...

Original Airdates1974-1976
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

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

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

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

Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The

★★★★

Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was a Canadian children's television series which was produced by CHCH-TV. It was syndicated to television stations across Canada and the United States. A quirky sketch comedy series, the show's cast included Billy Van, Fishka Rais, Guy Big, Mitch Markowitz, and Julius Sumner Miller. Van, in fact, played the vast ...

Original Airdates1971
TypeSeries

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

★★★

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Putting a comic spotlight on the rock scene, this 13-week half-hour series gave bands and comedians a chance to strut their stuff. Host Ted Woloshyn and music director Fred Mollin exchanged banter, chatted up the audience and introduced musical guests, both in the studio and in a variety of club and concert settings. Field producers and stringers in ...

Original Airdates1987
TypeSeries

It's Our Stuff

The Good Company — a group of young singers and dancers who also participated in show production — starred in this follow-up to their self-titled series from the previous summer with a fresh format and many new faces. The "new" Good Company did their "stuff" with songs, dances, comedy sketches and, sometimes, their own original compositions. Producer ...

Original Airdates1969
TypeSeries

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