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Classics Dark and Dangerous

★★★★★

Classics Dark and Dangerous was a CBC series of six half-hour dramas adapted for the screen from great mystery stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, D.H. Lawrence, L.P. Hartley, E.F. Benson, Issac Asimov and Robert Bloch.

Original Airdates1977
TypeSeries

Collaborators, The

★★★★

Collaborators, The The Collaborators were the forensic scientists who worked with the police. Michael Kane played the gruff and instinctive Detective Sergeant Jim Brewer, and Paul Harding and Toby Tarnow played the scientists, Dr. Charles Erickson and his assistant Liz Roman. The program attempted to deal with the investigative process in an egalitarian way, from the scen ...

Original Airdates1973-1974
TypeSeries

Country Joy

Country Joy was a daily drama telling the story of the Brugencate family, headed by Dick Brugencate, a real estate agent and the mayor of Coronet, AB, and their changing fortunes as they strive to meet the challenges of everyday life.

Original Airdates1979-1980
TypeSeries

D'Iberville

★★★★★

Radio-Canada collaborated with France, Belgium, and Switzerland to produce D'Iberville, a thirty-nine week dramatic series based on the life of Pierre Lemoyne, Sieur d'Iberville. D'Iberville was shot on location near Quebec City on sets representing Quebec and Montreal settlements at the end of the seventeenth century, and a full scale replica of d'I ...

Original Airdates1968-1969
TypeSeries

Danger Bay

★★★★

Danger Bay Animal rescue missions along British Columbia's rugged northwest coast provided much of the adventure for Danger Bay, a CBC family drama series. Veteran actor Donnelly Rhodes starred as 40-year-old Grant "Doc" Roberts, a veterinarian and the crusading Curator of Marine Mammals at the Vancouver Aquarium. A passionate and intelligent man, with an unconven ...

AkaCap Danger (French title)
Original Airdates1984-1990
TypeSeries

Degrassi High/Degrassi Jr. High

★★★½

Degrassi High/Degrassi Jr. High Degrassi High / Junior High was set in Toronto, and focused on the lives of teenage students. The characters were realistic and dealt with real life issues auch as sex, drugs, dating, pregnancy, rock and roll, and much more. The actors looked like real people, not models. This added to how realistic Degrassi was. Degrassi Junior High ran for three se ...

Original Airdates1987-1991
TypeSeries

E.N.G

★★★★½

E.N.G Set against the urban landscape of Toronto, E.N.G follows a "hard-hitting, aggressive television news team" as it tracks down the day's stories. E.N.G, which stands for Electronic News Gathering, stars Sarah Botsford as Ann Hildebrandt, a "tough, ambitious senior news producer"; Mark Humphrey as camera man Jake Antonelli, Hildebrandt's romantic partner; ...

AkaENG
Original Airdates1989-1994
TypeSeries

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

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

Famous Jury Trials

Based on a previous American drama, Famous Jury Trials starred real-life brothers Donnelly Rhodes and Tim Henry as a legal brother act. The series was pitched by CTV as "documentary dramas based on celebrated Canadian courtroom cases running daily in serial form for a week or two per trial." Rather, the series was heavily criticized for not being au ...

Original Airdates1970-1971
TypeSeries

First Person

The half-hour drama program, First Person, started as a twenty week, summer series and graduated in the autumn to a regular slot on the broadcast schedule. The title implied the techniques of narration or voice-over commentary by the protagonist or other characters in the story. The series featured both original dramas and adaptations of stories by ...

Original Airdates1960-1961
TypeSeries

Folio

★★★★½

Folio Folio followed Scope and preceded Festival as CBC's flagship program for quality drama and musical performance. Folio presented original Canadian stories and adaptations of classic plays and productions.

AkaCBC Folio
Original Airdates1955-1959
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

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

Front Row Centre

Front Row Centre was a title for CBC-TV's anthology of 90-minute classic dramas. The first season aired 6 dramas on a monthly basis, while the second and final season aired 8 dramas (6 of them new) on a weekly basis. (The CBC also used this title for a series of movies to replace the Saturday night hockey broadcast in the summer of 1962)

Original Airdates1976-1978
TypeSeries

Gift to Last, A

★★★★½

Gift to Last, A The series, A Gift To Last, originated in a special of the same name, produced for Christmas 1976. Over twenty-one episodes, the series traced the years 1899 to 1905 as seen through the experiences of an Anglo-Saxon family in small-town Tamarack, Ontario. The series, which had gained widespread popularity, ended when Pinsent, who with Peter Wild ...

Original Airdates1976; 1978-1979
TypeSeries

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

Great Detective, The

★★★★

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

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

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