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

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

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

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

Beast Wars: Transformers


Beast Wars: Transformers Two spaceships, one manned by benevolent Maximals, the other by evil Predacons, crash-land on a pre-humanoid planet while en route to Earth. Their crews assume indigenous animal forms to protect themselves from an overabundance of natural energy, transforming into robots to do battle. Thus, the Beast Wars have begun...

AkaBeast Wars; Beasties; Beasties: Transformers; Transformers: Beast Wars (last season title)
Original Airdates1996-1999

Beethoven Lives Upstairs


Beethoven Lives Upstairs Young Christoph is convinced his mother has rented out the upstairs room to a madman. That boarder is Ludwig Van Beethoven who is busy composing his Ninth Symphony, one of his greatest works. The boy and the cantankerously eccentric deaf composer eventually meet and Christoph begins to see the softer side of Beethoven as his music begins to win the boy ...

Original Airdates1992
TypeTV Movie



Beetlejuice Lydia loves everything spooky and morbid, causing her parents, friends and classmates to wonder about her. So, to escape from blonde snobs and homework, she calls on her best friend: the Ghost with the Most, Beetlejuice. The rude prankster takes his good-hearted mortal companion on many adventures in his home the Netherworld.

Original Airdates1989-1991

Beny Sport Review, The

In The Beny Sport Review, Al McCann introduced viewers and sports celebrities on the order of Eskimo quarterback Don Getty and Canadian curling champ Matt Baldwin.

Original Airdates1957

Best Years, The

Best Years, The CBC TV's The Best Years had a weighty mission: in the words of its producers, it wanted to become the "pre-eminent voice on senior's issues across Canada". The show was primarily a TV news magazine, but it took the perspective of the country's older citizens. At the same time, it attempted to appeal to other sectors of the population as well.

Original Airdates1986-1993

Bet Your Bottom Dollar

Bet Your Bottom Dollar was a Canadian-produced and originated night-time game show and was the first prime-time quiz series to offer contestants a chance to win up to $1000 in cash and a new car each week. The show offered contestants an interesting challenge to bet their knowledge for money and against each other. Each contestant to start the game r ...

Original Airdates1963



Donald Sutherland stars in Bethune, a 90-minute drama based on the life of Norman Bethune, the Canadian surgeon-inventor who was-one of the folk heroes to emerge from Mao Tse-tung's struggle to control modern China. Bethune was written by Thomas Rickam and derived from the biography Bethune by Roderick Stewart. Original music was by Hagood Hardy. Bethun ...

Original Airdates1977
TypeTV Movie

Bette Show, The


Bette Show, The The Bette Show focused on Bette MacDonald. Her co-stars (and co-writers) included brother Ed and comic Tim Steeves. The three of them performed numerous skits on-air, taking on different personas with each one. Premiering as a six-episode special in March of 1999, the show returned for another season. Featured characters include Girl Cop, Beulah Clax ...

Original Airdates1999-2000

Better Late

Better Late Better Late was a late-night, Johnny Carson type of show. The program was expensive and was cancelled when financial considerations became paramount. Better Late was one of the first programs from CFTO.

Original Airdates1961

Beyond Reality


Two university parapsychologists investigate reports of ghosts, out-of-body experiences, telekinesis and other unexplained phenomena that occur in ordinary people's lives.

Original Airdates1991-1993

Beyond Reason


Beyond Reason was a psychic panel show from Winnipeg. Each week a panel of an astrologer, palmist and clairvoyant were asked to determine the identity of two guests. Clues were the guests' exact date and place of birth, palm print and a personal object. A separate section of the program, called the "Psychic Cyclopedia," showed short commentaries on s ...

Original Airdates1977-1980

Beyond Suspicion


Beyond Suspicion A photo journalist (Stepfanie Kramer) gets a tip from an undercover cop about a major raid, but then finds herself in danger after witnessing the cop's murder from a hiding place. However, her view of the killer was restricted. She then gets involved with the cop's partner (Jack Scalia). But all the rest of the cops in the precinct consider him dirty. U ...

Original Airdates1994
TypeTV Movie

Big Bear

Big Bear With steadfast, incorruptible principles and a piercing foresight of historical trajectory, Chief Big Bear made history in the 1880s by refusing to surrender the Cree's ancestral lands to the Canadian government. Fearful of the bleak future he believed life on land-grant reservations would offer, Big Bear urged his people to unify with other tribes and ...

Original Airdates1998

Big City Comedy


Big City Comedy "Big City Comedy" didn't mean that no one in Medicine Hat could watch this show- it was just a way of saying that this series was devoted to hip, fast-moving comedy. Each week, the six resident zanies had a celebrity guest— and such loony characters as Johnny Toronto, roving interviewer; the Pep Girl, who'd cheer you up whether you like it or not; and U ...

Original Airdates1980-1981

Big Comfy Couch, The


Big Comfy Couch, The The Big Comfy Couch is about a little clown named Loonette and her doll Molly with their Big Comfy couch. The couch has everything known to man inside it - be it an umbrella, a hat, or a kitchen sink! Co-stars include Granny Garbanzo, Auntie Macassar (Seasons 1-5), and Major Bedhead, who pops in for visits. And unbeknownst to Loonette, two dustbunnies, ...

Original Airdates1993-1997; 2003

Big Revue, The


Big Revue, The The Big Revue was a variety television show. It was the first ever production of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's television network when both debuted in 1952. The show was directed by Norman Jewison, written by John Aylesworth and Frank Peppiatt and produced by Don Hudson. It first aired on September 9, 1952. The series was hosted by actress ...

Original Airdates1952-1953

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