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Fred Penner's Place

★★★★

Fred Penner's Place In 1984 the CBC inaugurated the popular children's TV show Fred Penner's Place. The daily series was introduced in the USA on the Nickelodeon cable network in 1989, by which time Penner stood among the leading Canadians in the children's music field. The young audience joins Fred in his own private place in a forest glade which he reaches through a ...

Original Airdates1984-1996
TypeSeries

Funtown

★★★★

Funtown Funtown, produced by CKY-TV Winnipeg, was an hour-long variety show for younger children with Bob Swartz acting as Mayor and host. The show was made up of interviews with interesting people from the Winnipeg area, e.g., one show featured Indonesia and some Indonesians who had settled in Winnipeg and opened an Indonesian restaurant. National dances were ...

Original Airdates1986
TypeSeries

Genesis StoryTime

Genesis StoryTime was actually a cable channel consisting of story-telling using computer graphics in order to bring children's storybooks alive. The programs were presented without sound so as to encourage reading aloud. Although being Canadian in origin, the cable channel was mainly distributed in the USA, due to bureaucracy from the CRTC. Over 200 ...

Original Airdates1983
TypeSeries

George

★★★★½

George George told the story of a single Canadian man, younger woman (Trudy Young), a young boy and last but not least, George, their hell-raising, yet adorable Saint Bernard. They move to Switzerland to take up residence in the Swiss Alps with their nanny Frau Gerber. Most of the hilarious stories hinge around George and the young boy- especially when George ...

AkaGeorge the Dog
Original Airdates1972-1973
TypeSeries

Going Great

★★★★½

Going Great Chris Makepeace was the host of this magazine-style series examining the activities of Canadian youth. As the show's host, Makepeace interviewed and became involved with teens and preteens who did unusual things well. Each half-hour show contained up to six items where viewers had the opportunity to meet talented and creative young people across Canada ...

Original Airdates1982-1985
TypeSeries

Golden Tales and Legends

Sullivan Films created this anthology series which included Kevin Sullivan's film The Fir Tree and Megan Carey, along with Ariadne Ochrymovich's The Juggler and Billy Goat's Bluff, along with John Kozak's The Golden Apple.

Original Airdates1985
TypeSeries

Goosebumps

★★★★★

Goosebumps Goosebumps is a television series that aired on YTV. It is a horror anthology series for children, based on the Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine. The show ran for three full-length seasons, and an eight-episode fourth season; totalling 76 episodes. In total, forty-three of the original books were adapted. In the third season, the series' title was ...

AkaUltimate Goosebumps (third season title)
Original Airdates1995-1998
TypeSeries

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

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

Hammy Hamster

★★★★½

This series followed the original series, Tales of the Riverbank, which ran in the 1960's, but some changes had to be made to character names. Hammy Hamster sparked its own almost cult-like following of university students who actually set up fan clubs for the rodent. Hammy Hamster was filmed on the Isle of Wight, and tracked in Toronto to use Paul S ...

Original Airdates1972-1973
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

Head Hunter Show, The

★★★★½

The Head Hunter Show was a live, ad libbed program from CFCN-TV in Calgary. It was the first children's show in Calgary, pre-dating even the long-running Buckshot Show. On this Monday to Friday show, kids between 6 and 13 would perform, tell jokes and celebrate birthdays. It normally ran for an hour, but many times it ran longer to ensure the station wo ...

Original Airdates1961-1965
TypeSeries

Hi Diddle Day

★★★★½

Hi Diddle Day Hi Diddle Day was a CBC Ottawa production designed to entertain and inform young viewers. The uniquely-produced series starred a number of puppet characters (created, manipulated and voiced by Noreen Young) who lived in an unusual household. The setting was a remodelled Victorian house in Crabgrass, a typical small Canadian community. In the house lived ...

Original Airdates1968-1975
TypeSeries

Hidden Pages

★★★★

Hidden Pages The first regular dramatic presentation for children produced in CBC studios was Hidden Pages, with Beth Gillanders as hostess. Hidden Pages started as a fifteen minute broadcast from Toronto, later expanded into a half-hour, and, from 1956, originated in Vancouver. The program was developed as a means of encouraging children to read and to use the p ...

Original Airdates1954-1959
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

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

Homemade TV

★★★★½

Homemade TV, a CBC kid's series, featured four great entertainers-improvisers: Larry and Fred Mollin, Phil Savath and Barry Flatman. It was contemporary humor and satire with sight gags, adventure stories, and it was creative, imaginative and witty with the outstanding talents of the dynamite quartet. There were take-offs on well-known movies eg: Ricky ...

AkaHomemade Television
Original Airdates1976-1977
TypeSeries

Howdy Doody

★★★★

Howdy Doody Originally an American program, "Howdy Doody" was rewritten and recast by CBC, Canadianizing characters such as Buffalo Bill into Timber Tom. The program featured an ongoing storyline, and a cast of characters performing songs and slapstick to a live studio audience known as the peanut gallery. The CBC aired the all-Canadian version of "Howdy Doody" ...

Original Airdates1954-1959
TypeSeries

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