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33 Brompton Place

★★★★

33 Brompton Place was an adult soap opera on Global which aired on Showtime in the U.S. the previous year. It was the first Canadian pay-TV drama series, although the theme song and dialogue both identified the series as taking place in Chicago. The five one-hour episodes told of the trials and tribulations of Toni, Robin and Patricia, three young wo ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeSeries

9B

★★★★★

9B In this 1986 CBC TV movie, Robert Wisden starred as high school teacher Bob Dawson and his class of hostile anti-social students who he decides to enter in a drama festival competition. The story was based on the experiences of Don Hunter and the real classroom 9B of '68, a class made up of all the so-called "problem students" in a northern B.C. school ...

Original Airdates1986; 1989
TypeSeries

Adderly

★★★★½

Adderly Adderly featured the exploits of Miscellaneous Affairs' best— and only— agent, V.H. Adderly (Winston Rekert). Formerly a high-ranking government agent, Adderly's run in with a sadistic adversary left him without his left hand— and a job. Down but not out, the sleuth joins the tiny Miscellaneous Affairs department where he steps all over the neat plans o ...

AkaCrimes en Solde
Original Airdates1987-1988
TypeSeries

Adventures In Rainbow Country

★★★★½

Adventures In Rainbow Country Adventures in Rainbow Country was a 26-week series, produced by Manitou Productions Ltd. of Toronto, with the CBC, ABC Television Films Ltd. of Britain and the Australian Broadcasting Commission as co-partners financing the project. It was seen on both English and French CBC-TV networks (as well as on British and Australian television). Adventures in ...

AkaAu Pays de l'Arc-en-ciel
Original Airdates1970-1971
TypeSeries

Against All Odds

Sullivan Films created this anthology series of ten half-hour episodes by various producers such as Flowers in the Sand and Claire's Wish by Ikon Kino Films, God Is Not a Fish Inspector by Alan Kroker, New Tomorrow and Jimmy Luke by Film Arts Incorporated, The Highway by Keith Lott, City Survival by Red Snapper Films, and Corletto and Son by Cineflics ...

TypeSeries

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

Airwolf II

★★★★★

Airwolf II The series has been revamped with an all new cast. The brother that Stringfellow Hawke had been looking for during the original series has finally been found and is now the new pilot of the high tech helicopter. Dominic Santini's niece, Jo is also part of the team. Jason Lock is the new contact at the agency. And Mike Rivers is a hotshot pilot. In it af ...

Original Airdates1987-1988
TypeSeries

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

★★★★½

Alfred Hitchcock Presents This was an anthology series modelled after and frequently based upon the original series of the 1950s-1960s. This version featured remakes of episodes from the original series as well as original stories. NBC had attempted to create the new series, but when that fell through, production moved to Canada.

Original Airdates1985-1989
TypeSeries

Anne of Green Gables

★★★★

Anne of Green Gables At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. Anne's a dreamer with an unusual point of view, far removed from Marilla's pragmatic ways, and it's only on trial th ...

AkaAnne, la Maison aux Pignons Verts
Original Airdates1985; 1987; 2000
TypeMiniseries

Backstretch

★★★★

Backstretch The lively, colorful and always dramatic world of small-town harness racing came to life in a CBC series called Backstretch. Set in and around the harness racing track in a rural Ontario town, the series charted the ups and downs in the lives of a vivid collection of characters who were affected by the excitement, drama and disappointment of the racing ...

Original Airdates1983-1984
TypeMiniseries

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

Bordertown

★★★½

Bordertown Bordertown is about a U.S. marshal (Richard Comar), who is an ex-gunfighter, and a by-the-book Canadian Mountie (John H. Brennan) who jointly patrol a town on the Canada-U.S. border. The lawmen share an interest in a beautiful French woman named Dr. Marie Dumont (Sophie Barjac).

AkaLes deux font la loi
Original Airdates1989-1993
TypeSeries

Campbells, The

★★★★½

Campbells, The The Campbells was the story of a Scottish doctor who arrived in Upper Canada in the 1830s with his three children to start a new life. It starred British actor Malcolm Stoddard as the father, with John Wildman as his elder son and Amber-Lea Weston and Eric Richards as the two younger children. The Campbells arrived in Canada with little money - only hop ...

AkaLe clan Campbell
Original Airdates1986-1990
TypeSeries

Canadian Reflections

Beginning in the summer months of 1978, in an afternoon time slot, the CBC gave air time to independent film productions that it had purchased. Still on the air 30 years later, Canadian Reflections is a documentary series about people and places.

Original Airdates1978-
TypeSeries

Cannonball Featured

★★★★½

Cannonball Cannonball was a series of half-hour family dramas about the adventures of two truckers who hauled freight on the highways of Canada and the U.S.A. American actors Paul Birch and William Campbell played the lead roles of Mike Malone and Jerry Austin and Canadian talent played the supporting roles. The thirty-nine episodes were also syndicated in the U ...

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Cariboo Country

★★★★½

Cariboo Country was a drama about the people of the fictitious community of Namko, in British Columbia. The first series in 1960 was produced in the CBC Vancouver's small television studio. The later episodes were broadcast as part of CBC's "The Serial" series and included a larger budget. Largely filmed in the magnificent range country of the Chilcotin ...

Original Airdates1960; 1964-1966
TypeSeries

Castle Zaremba

★★★★½

Castle Zaremba was an educational soap opera chronicling the adventures of real-life immigrants Kaz, Keith, Flo, Ricardo, Nikos and others in a real-life boarding house in central Toronto. The program was aimed mainly at acquainting immigrants with the language and customs of life in Canada. Castle Zaremba was one of the first programs on TVOntario, ...

Original Airdates1970-1971
TypeSeries

Catalyst Television

Catalyst Television was an Edmonton-produced series which used dramatic vignettes and a specially-chosen studio audience to bring to light half-hidden social problems.

AkaCatalyst Television Theatre; Catalyst Theatre
Original Airdates1980-1983
TypeSeries

Chairman of the Board

★★★★★

Chairman of the Board was a 26-part drama series co-produced by Jim and Caroline Hanley. CITY-TV started airing the shows in prime-time in the spring of 1981, with TVOntario joining in at a later time. The Board was a fictitious body appointed by the government to decide individual cases which reflected significant social issues. In the spirit of com ...

Original Airdates1981
TypeSeries

Chasing Rainbows

★★★★

Chasing Rainbows Chasing Rainbows is a classic story of youth, love and ambition in the jazz age when skirts rose, morals fell and bathtubs overflowed with gin. It was the best time of all to be young. During the final tragic days of WWI, Jake Kincaid (Paul Gross) escapes court martial and wins a medal by saving the life of his commanding officer, Christopher Blaine ...

Original Airdates1988
TypeMiniseries

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