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Background

Background tried to outline a topic in the news and discuss the events leading to the current situation. Most programs concerned immediate issues. Some involved more advance planning, such as segments on international business mergers, atomic fallout, and political situations in Poland, Bulgaria, and Portugal. The host and narrator for the series was Ri ...

Original Airdates1959-1962
TypeSeries

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

Bagatelle

★★★★★

A half-hour children's show, divided into two fifteen minute segments. The first segment, Au jardin de Pierrot, came from the French network. Pierrette Boucher, for six years a children's singing teacher, led a group of young children who sang popular French-Canadian folk songs in a playground set, complete with swings, sandboxes, and a carousel. Th ...

Original Airdates1974
TypeSeries

Bail Out

★★★★

Bail Out was a series created, written, hosted and produced by Barry McLoughlin and Ken Shaw. It was produced at CJOH-TV in Ottawa and aired on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. "Bail Out Airline" took off every week for adventures, antics, in-flight "movies" across Canada and around the world, comedy sketches, and weekly contests. Bill Swaffield directed the ...

Original Airdates1975-1976
TypeSeries

Ballad Singer, The

A program of folk songs for young people, performed by Greg Curtis. The short-lived, fifteen-minute broadcast was produced by Peggy Nairn for the CBC

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Ballads and Bards

★★★★★

Ballads and Bards Ballads and Bards was a quarter hour of folk songs featuring singer Reg Gibson and guitarist-vocalist Jim Pirie. Gibson, who had been a member of the chorus on Swingalong, and Pirie, guitarist with the Selkirk Settlers on Red River Jamboree, had a program of country music called Shenandoah on radio. In July 1962, they moved the program to television and ...

Original Airdates1962-1963
TypeSeries

Ballooner Landing

★★★★½

Ballooner Landing Created and written by Lee and Sandy Paley, Ballooner Landing is the farm home the couple shares with their lovable dog, 'Do Good', a shy pink parrot 'Prudence', and the anything-but-shy 'Tex Critter' the flea... plus all the little critters in 'Critter Corral'. In every episode, special guests arrive in a colourful hot air balloon for a half hour of mu ...

Original Airdates1988-1992
TypeSeries

Baloney!

Baloney was a primetime game show in which three guest comics told three outrageous stories based on a single theme, only one of which was true. Audience members voted for the story they thought was true, sharing in the jackpot if they were correct. 13 episodes were aired.

Original Airdates1988-1989
TypeSeries

Banana Splits, The

★★★★

The show The Bananas was a trial series which, by all accounts, was a success. Unfortunately, there were not sufficient funds to allow for further development of the series and it was replaced two or three days in the week by The Banana Splits, an inferior but popular syndicated film show of cartoons, music, comedy and serials- enthusiastically sponsore ...

Original Airdates1969
TypeSeries

Bananas, The

★★★★★

Rod Coneybeare had successfully blended teaching and humour for young people in collaboration with Charles Winter on their radio program, The Rod and Charles Show, and with Bob Homme on The Friendly Giant, where Coneybeare played the voices of Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe. With producer Robert Gibbons (who also produced Mr. Dressup), Coneybe ...

Original Airdates1969
TypeSeries

Bandwagon

Bandwagon succeeded In the Mood as the CBC's musical variety half-hour devoted to big band music. The earlier show had limited itself to earlier tunes of the swing era, while Bandwagon offered more up-to-date arrangements and a quickly paced show. The series was produced by Aubrey Tadman and Garry Ferrier, and directed by Barry Cranston. Regulars inc ...

AkaBandwagon with Bob Francis
Original Airdates1972-1975
TypeSeries

Banjo Parlor

★★★★★

Banjo Parlor was a Vancouver production with Belfast-born songwriter and instrumentalist Marty Gillan and guests performing familiar oldies before a hand-clapping studio audience.

Original Airdates1974-1975
TypeSeries

Barbara Frum

★★★★★

Barbara Frum hosted her own locally-broadcast public affairs program in Toronto for one season before the program moved to the national CBC network for seven shows in the summer of 1975. The shows featured both interviews with personalities and special segments devoted to isolated topics.

Original Airdates1974-1975
TypeSeries

Barbara McNair Show, The

Barbara McNair Show, The The Barbara McNair Show had already been produced for a year in the U.S. before it shifted to Toronto. The one-hour musical variety show had a series of American guests, and enough Canadian guests and other elements to qualify as Canadian content. Some Canadian guests on the show: The Irish Rovers Rich Little Bobby Orr Andy Kim Tommy Hunter

Original Airdates1970-1971
TypeSeries

Barney Boomer

★★★

A light comedy series produced for young people by the CBC's Schools and Youth Department. A young man, Barney Boomer, had built a houseboat on which he planned to sail the Great Lakes. He anchors in Sixteen Harbour, at a town called Cedarville, where he intends to visit his uncle, Captain Boomer, who lives in a lighthouse. His plans for a short stay di ...

Original Airdates1967-1968
TypeSeries

Barney's Gang

Barney's Gang Barney's Gang was a half-hour children's TV show from Vancouver which included filmed visits by a small group of youngsters to places of interest in and around Vancouver — a riding academy, the airport, a tugboat with a deep-sea diver, etc. From time to time west-coast Indian legends were told, with drawings to illustrate them, and there was also visits ...

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Barris & Company

★★★★

Barris & Company For the 1968-1969 season, the CBC tried to fill the slot usually left between the unpredictable end of Hockey Night in Canada and the national news with a talk and variety show starring Alex Barris. Unlike predecessors such as Juliette or In Person, which were produced on videotape, Barris & Company was designed to go to air live. Nevertheless, the CBC ...

AkaBarris & Co.; The Weekender
Original Airdates1968-1969
TypeSeries

Barris Beat, The

★★★★

A new TV variety program called The Barris Beat replaced Cross-Canada Hit Parade early in July 1956, for the summer months. The show was named after its master of ceremonies Alex Barris, Toronto newspaper columnist. A number or Canadian entertainers, including Dave Broadfoot, Doug Romaine, Jack Duffy and Sammy Sales, appeared on the show. But the pro ...

Original Airdates1956-1957
TypeSeries

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

Beast Machines: Transformers

Beast Machines: Transformers The Maximals awaken on their home planet of Cybertron with no memory of how they got there and instead of being greeted by there own kind they are chased by mindless Veicons created by Megatron(II). The Maximals must free Cybertron from Megatron and restore it back to it's organic life.

AkaTransformers: Beast Hunters; Beast Machines: Battle for the Sparks (second season title)
Original Airdates1999-2001
TypeSeries

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