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Puppet People

★★★★½

Puppet People Ventriloquist Jerry Layne hosted Puppet People with his puppets Lester and Herbie. The program was produced at CFCF-TV in Montreal by Sidney M. Cohen and combined pre-taped comedy sketches which were played into a game show featuring children answering questions based on the sketches.

Original Airdates1971-1973
TypeSeries

Puttnam's Prairie Emporium

★★★★½

Puttnam's Prairie Emporium Originally a local program on CTV’s Regina affiliate CKCK-TV, Puttnam's Prairie Emporium found its way into CTV's Saturday morning children's program block for two seasons. Set in an old-fashioned general store where wishes came true and anything could happen, Puttnam's Prairie Emporium served up modern fables without being pedantic or boring. The em ...

Original Airdates1988-1990
TypeSeries

Raccoons, The

★★★½

Raccoons, The In the Evergreen Forest, there is a group of raccoons, the most rambunctious being Bert. Their home is peaceful and beautiful, but also threatened by the greedy aardvark industrialist, Cyril Sneer, who wants to destroy the forest for his own profit. Together with some dog friends and Cedric Sneer, Cyril's sympathetic son, they work to oppose Cyril throu ...

AkaLes amis ratons
Original Airdates1980-1989
TypeSeries

Randy Dandy

★★★★

Randy Dandy Rafael Markowitz, then known as Randy Martin, hosted this children's series on CHCH-TV. Fast-paced and swiftly varied, the show mixed a merry melange of cartoons, animated characters, curious props, hand puppets, special film effects and studio improvisations. Written with unusual skill to capture youngsters' interest, its host was backed up by clow ...

AkaRandy Dandy Show, The
Original Airdates1962-1966
TypeSeries

Razzle Dazzle

★★★★½

Razzle Dazzle Razzle Dazzle was the title of a Canadian children's program produced by the CBC between 1961 and 1966. The series was initially co-hosted by Alan Hamel and Michelle Finney, who were later replaced by Ray Bellew, and Trudy Young. There was also a cast of characters who appeared in every episode, most notably Howard the Turtle, who was considered the ...

Original Airdates1961-1966
TypeSeries

Readalong

★★★★½

Readalong Readalong was a lively 10-minute broadcast for readers from Grades 1 to 3. A cast of humans and talking puppets led by Boot had adventures which illustrated various principles of reading. It was reported that Readalong was used by 8 out of 10 reading teachers in Ontario, and it was also used in Alberta, B.C., Quebec and in about 30 U.S. states.

Original Airdates1976-1979
TypeSeries

Robin

Robin Roughly-drawn, narrated cult cartoon about a teenager and his friend, who don't seem to really do anything constructive with their lives, preferring instead to lie around - a bit like Beavis & Butt-Head, but without the nutty humour, TV or rock music. When they do venture into the world, they're likely to encounter drunks (whom they'll probably kick in ...

Original Airdates1997-1998
TypeSeries

Romper Room

★★★★

Romper Room Romper Room was a daily half-hour program for pre-school children. An invited group of children took part in each show, which had several regular features including Mr. Doo-Bee, Paddington Bear, the Magic Mirror and Doc, whose main concerns were health and safety regulations for children. Basic physical activity to encourage an active lifestyle and the ...

AkaRomper Room & Friends
Original Airdates1960-1992
TypeSeries

S'Kiddle Bits

★★★★

S'Kiddle Bits S'Kiddle Bits was a children's show broadcast weekdays at noon and hosted by Winnipegger Joey Gregorash. It was replaced in 1993 by Hi Noon, a program for adults also hosted by Gregorash, for one season.

Original Airdates1986-1993
TypeSeries

Schnitzel House

★★★★

The set of CHCH-TV's Schnitzel House was a little German Chalet type room. Cliff McKay hosted as Grandpa Schnitzel, complete with lederhosen. Grandpa Schnitzel sang the Schnitzel House theme song at the beginning and end of the show. It went, "Inky Dinky, Inky Dinky, Inky Dinky Schnitzel House."

Original Airdates1964-1967
TypeSeries

Size Small

★★★★½

Size Small Size Small was the Lumby family's television program for children. The original series of 65 episodes was hosted by mother Helen Lumby, produced by father John Lumby Sr., and along with 18 puppets, the show's performers include the three Lumby children: John Jr., Lisa, and Jeff. Although the music on the program was provided by a Toronto firm, The Mu ...

AkaSize Small Country, Size Small Island
Original Airdates1982-1987
TypeSeries

Something Else

★★★★½

When Stan (The Man) Johnson was dropped as the Maritime host of CBC-TV's Switchback, he and his sidekick Rufus the dog were hired by MITV (Maritime Independent Television Service), to produce Something Else, a half-hour children's talk show similar to Switchback. The program aired on Saturday and Sunday, and interestingly enough, ran opposite Switchback ...

Original Airdates1988-1989
TypeSeries

Special Place, A

★★★★½

A Special Place was a children's series produced in Hamilton by Bill Lawrence who also created and acted in the show. Lawrence pre-recorded voices for the two puppets (one of which was named Penny) and conversed on-camera with them. Sandy Hoyt appeared on the show as the elderly Mr. Nickel. The program aired in reruns on CHCH-TV until the mid 70's.

Original Airdates1971
TypeSeries

Sportstime!

Sportstime! Sportstime! was a CBC program from Toronto designed for sports-minded boys and girls, with Doug Maxwell as host. Each program was devoted to one sport. Sportstime! was scheduled for 13 weeks, and was intended to encourage participation in individual and team sports among the 8-to-14-year-old group.

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Stop, Look and Listen

Originally hosted by Warren Davis, Stop, Look and Listen was a 45-minute magazine for young people from six to sixteen from CBC Winnipeg. The show was originally in three segments — hobbies, history and music. Geoff Spurll conducted the Hobby Page segment, which also included chess instruction; Cec Montgomery handled the "Manitoba Diary" section, resear ...

AkaStop, Look, Listen
Original Airdates1960-1964
TypeSeries

Story Theatre

★★★★½

Winters/Rosen Productions produced this television version of the Broadway hit Story Theatre, which featured farcical recreations of fairy tales and fables from Aesop and the Brothers Grimm. The stories were acted out by a cast of noted actors and actresses, who on the show, travelled as a group, performing their stories throughout the countryside. T ...

Original Airdates1971-1972
TypeSeries

Swiss Family Robinson

★★★★½

Swiss Family Robinson After a violent storm leaves the Robinson family stranded on a deserted island, they must struggle to survive. With only each other and their wits to rely on, the parents, their two teenage sons and eight year-old daughter, try to build a life for themselves in this exotic and perilous uncharted territory. It is the family's resourcefulness, the harr ...

AkaRobinson Suisse
Original Airdates1974-1975
TypeSeries

Switchback

★★★★

Switchback was a popular Sunday morning kids series which was originally developed in Vancouver and was later produced other CBC regional stations, including Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. It was a live magazine variety show which employed a fast-moving format of rock videos, camp serials like Batman, puppets, personality interv ...

Original Airdates1981-1989
TypeSeries

Take Part!

★★★★★

Take Part! Take Part! was an afternoon kids show which premiered in 1986 on the Mid-Canada Network and aired on YTV beginning in 1988. It was hosted by Herb and Lois Walker. Segments included craft-making, cooking, and appearances by Crazy Mr. Twister. Children on Take Part were taught how to make their own puppets out of old shoe boxes, plastic jugs and cardbo ...

AkaPuppcorn; Puppcorn Place
Original Airdates1986-1990
TypeSeries

Tales of the Riverbank

★★★★½

Tales of the Riverbank Tales of the Riverbank was an ingenious series of stories with footage of actual animals and dubbed actors' voices to speak their dialogue. The main characters were rodents, Roderick the Rat and Hammy the Hamster. In supporting parts were Mrs. Duck, Mrs. Hen, Mr. Weasel, Mr. Guinea-Pig, and Mr. Squirrel. Paul Sutherland and David Ellison created the ...

Original Airdates1962
TypeSeries

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