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Here To Stay

One of Canada's great strengths comes from people who have left other countries and cultures and are now here to stay. Here to Stay was a series of six one-hour original teleplays dramatizing the lives of Canadian immigrants.

Original Airdates1976-1977
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

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

Hot Shots

★★★★½

Hot Shots Filmed in Toronto, Hot Shots followed the exploits of Crimeworld Magazine reporters Amanda Reed and Jason West, played by Dorothy Parke and Booth Savage. Some episodes of Hot Shots featured the cast of another Alliance series, Night Heat, in character. The series first aired on CBS in 1986. CTV aired it at the end of 1987.

Original Airdates1987
TypeSeries

Huckleberry Finn and His Friends

★★★★½

Huckleberry Finn and His Friends Huckleberry Finn and His Friends was a 26-part series documenting the exploits of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, based on books by American writer Mark Twain. The series was the only filmed version of the Twain classic to cover every episode in the original novel. Though this Canada-Germany co-produced series was filmed in 1979, it did not appear o ...

Original Airdates1981-1982
TypeSeries

Hudson's Bay

★★★★★

Hudson's Bay In this series, Barry Nelson starred as Jonathon Banner, chief trader of the Hudson's Bay Company. Banner presented an appealing personality. Played against the background of his demanding job was a strange paradox of character. Banner never struck a man with whom he couldn't reason, never shot a man whom he could strike. He was a reasonable and just ma ...

Original Airdates1959-1960
TypeSeries

Jake and the Kid

Jake and the Kid Jake and the Kid was a CBC drama series by W. O. Mitchell. Programs in the series chronicled the amusing and serious events in the lives of a boy, his mother and the hired man on their farm in the mythical community of Crocus, Sask. Mitchell's Jake and the Kid stories had been presented on CBC radio in past years. The characters were first seen on telev ...

Original Airdates1961-1963
TypeSeries

Katts and Dog

★★★★½

Katts and Dog Katts and Dog was a CTV dramatic, action-adventure series that enveloped a special love and friendship between officer Hank Katts and Rudy, his dog, as they performed their duties for the Metropolitan Police Department's K-9 Corps. Hank and Rudy got involved in all sorts of life-threatening situations, while Hank's widowed sister-in-law, Maggie Daven ...

AkaKatts & Dog; Rin Tin Tin K-9 Cop
Original Airdates1988-1993
TypeSeries

Last of the Mohicans

★★★★½

Last of the Mohicans Normandie Productions, the Canadian subsidiary of Television Programs of America, produced Last of the Mohicans in Canada, with U.S. stars and directors and Canadian crews, equipments, and supporting actors. The CBC guaranteed air dates for the 39 episodes, which were also syndicated to 139 stations in the U.S. and sold to networks in the U.K., Australi ...

AkaHawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
Original Airdates1957-1958
TypeSeries

Littlest Hobo, The

★★★★

Littlest Hobo, The Roaming through Canada in search of adventure and occasional stopping places made the Littlest Hobo a Canadian vagabond. The Littlest Hobo starred London, the great German Shepherd dog. All the filming ranged across Canada for appropriate episode locales. Hobo lived up to his name, going from one city or location to the other, never content to stay in ...

Original Airdates1963-1965
TypeSeries

Littlest Hobo, The

★★★★

Littlest Hobo, The The series follows the adventures of an extremely intelligent, wandering German Shepherd who walks into a different place in each episode of this long-running television series, and comes upon people down on their luck or in trouble. Hobo always befriends and helps the struggling person or persons. Then, when his job is done at episode's end, decline ...

Original Airdates1979-1985
TypeSeries

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years

★★★★½

Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years begins two years after the end of the Lonesome Dove series. After two years spent bounty hunting, womanizing, and drinking away the painful memories of his late wife, Hannah, Newt Call returns to town to find many things have changed. His brother-in-law, Austin, is now an alcoholic sheriff, who has never fully recovered f ...

Original Airdates1995-1996
TypeSeries

Lonesome Dove: The Series

★★★★½

Lonesome Dove: The Series Set in the small western town of Curtis Wells, Lonesome Dove: The Series follows first the romance and later the marriage of Newt Call and Hannah Peale, and the obsession that Clay Mosby, who owns most of the town, has with young Hannah, who looks remarkably like his late wife, Mary. In addition to the talented regular Canadian cast of Scott Bairstow ...

Original Airdates1994-1995
TypeSeries

Magistrate's Court

★★★★★

A daily syndicated half-hour program, Magistrate's Court dramatized the life of a police magistrate and the variety of cases with which he had to deal. Roy Jacques starred as the magistrate. The series was produced by Rai Purdy for Screen Gems, and originated from CHAN-TV in Vancouver for the first few years before production moved to CFCF-TV in Montrea ...

Original Airdates1963-1969
TypeSeries

Manipulators, The

The Manipulators, a mini-series of CBC-TV film dramas, starred Marc Strange and Roxanne Erwin. Created by Toronto writer-broadcaster Ed McGibbon, the twelve-episode colour series concerned a pair of probation officers and their involvement with the people assigned to their jurisdiction. The first 5 episodes aired in early 1970 and a second series of 7 w ...

Original Airdates1970-1971
TypeSeries

Material World

★★★★

Material World Material World started as a situation comedy about a young fashion designer, Kitty Reeves, who was anxious to establish herself in the fashion industry. In the first season, Kitty wanted to start her own business but couldn't break away from her grandfather Popsi, an industry veteran. The first season of episodes was shot as a sitcom, videotaped in fron ...

Original Airdates1990-1993
TypeSeries

Max Glick

★★★★

Max Glick Max Glick was a CBC family drama/comedy series based on the 1988 Canadian feature film "The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick." The series followed a 13-year-old protagonist coping with growing up Jewish in a small town (fictional Beausejour). Though few of the movie's cast made the transition to the series, the grandparents (Jan and Susan Rubes) retur ...

Original Airdates1990-1991
TypeSeries

McQueen

★★★★

McQueen was a tough, no-nonsense newspaper man — with a conscience. His first aim was producing good stories that sold papers — but he hated to see people get pushed around by authority. That's why he edited a column called The Actioneer, dedicated to helping ordinary people in their struggle to cope with the problems of a complex society. The series ...

Original Airdates1969-1970
TypeSeries

Men

Men Men focused on the personal and professional lives of four Baltimore friends in their 30s (a surgeon, a newspaper columnist, a lawyer and a police officer). They met every Tuesday night to play poker and do other "guy" stuff — like pick-up games of basketball. Men was something of a breakthrough for Canada's Atlantis Films, which produced the short-l ...

Original Airdates1989
TypeSeries

Mom P.I.

Mom P.I. Mom P.I. was a CBC comedy/drama following the adventures of Sally Sullivan, who figured to make a few extra bucks by helping private investigator Bernie Fox solve cases. Rosemary Dunsmore starred as Sally, the intuitive, single mother of two pre-adolescents working as a waitress in a Vancouver cafe. Stuart Margolin played the hard-nosed, time-warped pr ...

AkaMom, P.I.
Original Airdates1990-1992
TypeSeries

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