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Four Seasons, The

The Four Seasons was five 15-minute episodes produced by Backing Productions of Toronto for the National Geographic Society of Washington, D.C. The series took a look at life on a dairy farm through the seasons, showing how seasons can affect what farmers do from seeding until harvest. The effect of the seasons on life in the pond, woodlot, and fields w ...

TypeSeries

Fourth Reading

Health-care restructuring, education reform, municipal issues: each week, TVO's Queen's Park analysts probe the issues of the day and discuss their impact on the province. Fourth Reading's regular panel of political pundits hold a round-table discussion on the issues of the week. Its name derives from the parliamentary convention that a bill receives ...

Aka4th Reading
Original Airdates1994-
TypeSeries

Fractured Phrases

★★★★½

This weekday afternoon series allowed contestants in the studio to play a word game called Fractured Phrases. Jim Perry was the host of the show for the first season when the show was produced in Montreal. The second season was produced in Ottawa and hosted by Les Lye. The purpose of the game was to phonetically decipher common phrases or names from ...

Original Airdates1965-1967
TypeSeries

Fraggle Rock

★★★★★

Fraggle Rock Animated version of the popular Muppet series "Fraggle Rock". As in the original, the Fraggles are a group of odd creatures that live underground with the workaholic Doozers, while trying to avoid the giant Gorge's and the people in the human world.

AkaAnimé Fraggle Rock, Les; Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series
Original Airdates1987-1988
TypeSeries

Fraggle Rock

★★★★½

Fraggle Rock Doc and his dog Sprocket have a hole in their wall, behind which live little furry creatures known as Fraggles in a place called Fraggle Rock. The Rock is also home to the Doozers (who are knee-high to a Fraggle) and the Gorgs (who are giants that think they rule the Rock). One gang of Fraggles (Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, and Red), under the guidance ...

Original Airdates1983-1987
TypeSeries

Frank's Bandstand

★★★★★

Frank's Bandstand was the Halifax segment of the Music Hop series. Frank Cameron introduced music with regulars Patricia McKinnon, Karen Oxley, D.J. Jeffries, and Brian Ahern and the Brunswick Playboys in this variety show from Halifax.

Original Airdates1964-1965
TypeSeries

Frankie Howerd Show, The

The CBC imported British comic Frankie Howerd, who had recently appeared in the BBC series Up Pompeii, to star in a situation comedy to be called Oooh, Canada.' Howerd's shtik was vulgar, typically English toilet humour and the bawdy double entendre, as he usually functioned as a character in the story as well as the show's host and commentator on the a ...

Original Airdates1976
TypeSeries

Franklin

★★★★½

Franklin Franklin is an animated show based on the best-selling books by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark that have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Franklin is a young turtle who, along with his animal friends, learns how he fits in the world and how the world fits him. Like most children, Franklin learns by making mistakes. When he fibs, gets los ...

Original Airdates1997-2004
TypeSeries

Freaky Stories

★★★★★

Freaky Stories Have you heard the one about the people who went to Mexico and brought home a sewer rat thinking it was a Chihuahua? Or a teenager who had a nest of spiders on her unwashed beehive hairdo? Yeah I bet you have. That's what Freaky Stories is all about. So get ready: you'll be grossed out and spooked by all the freaky things that happened to a "friend of a ...

Original Airdates1997-
TypeSeries

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

Freddy the Freeloader's Christmas Dinner

★★★★★

Freddy the Freeloader sets out to have Xmas dinner in a very expensive New York restaurant with his good friend, the Professor. Along the way he stops in a hospital to entertain some children on Xmas. Red Skelton does a couple of songs on his own & a duet with Vincent Price.

Original Airdates1981
TypeTV Movie

Free to Fly

This aerobic workout series for children is presented by children and inspired by their own games and fantasies. Each 15-minute program in this medically approved series contains a warm-up, aerobics, and a cool-downthat will leave the participants relaxed and feeling great. With specially written musicand animated effects based on children’s art, the 2 ...

Original Airdates1984
TypeSeries

Free Willy

★★★★★

Free Willy In this animated series, Jesse gets a job at the marina where he reunites with Willy and Jesse finds he has the power to talk with animals by relaxing his mind. They team up with both human and animal friends to fight The Machine, a half human/robot who's out to pollute the oceans for his own personal gain.

Original Airdates1994
TypeSeries

French for Love

Gerard and Sheila Arthur, the husband and wife team who were heard on CBC radio in Time for French, were the creators and principals of this television series, which presented conversational French for English-speaking audiences. In sketches, with dialogue in both French and English, the Arthurs argued in such a way that the audience could understand th ...

Original Airdates1965-1966
TypeSeries

Friday Island

★★★★

Friday Island was a fictional Gulf island off Canada's west coast, and was the setting for this adventure series from CBC Vancouver. Friday Island followed the adventures of the Granger family from Ottawa who, while holidaying on the island, decide to establish a lodge there. Grandpa and Aunt Sophie lived with the Grangers, and Archie and Annabelle r ...

Original Airdates1962-1963
TypeSeries

Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui

★★★★

Friday Night with Ralph Benmergui was a Canadian television variety show, which aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1992 to 1994. The show aired at 10 p.m., following Prime Time News. Although the show was successful in the ratings at first, its audience gradually declined until the show's cancellation in the spring of 1994.

Original Airdates1992-1994
TypeSeries

Friday the 13th: The Series

★★★★½

Friday the 13th: The Series An old antique dealer made a pact with the Devil to sell cursed antiques. When he dies, his store is inherited by his niece Micki and her cousin Ryan. With the help of Jack Marshak, they fight to retrieve the antiques from the people who bought them to stop them from causing harm.

Original Airdates1987-1990
TypeSeries

Friendly Giant, The

★★★★

Friendly Giant, The Bob Homme, as the good-natured Friendly Giant, introduces children to books and helps them see how these can answer their questions and enrich their everyday living. Puppets Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster, a good story, a bit of music and relaxed conversation and laughter, make up each 15-minute program. From 1958 until 1985, Homme wrote an ...

Original Airdates1958-1985
TypeSeries

Friends of Gilda

A 90 minute CBC special, featuring Gilda Radner's former Toronto Godspell and Second City co-stars reuniting to do some bits for the Genesis Research Foundation.

Original Airdates1993
TypeSpecial

Frigidaire Entertains

Byng Whittaker and Frosia Gregory were the hosts for this half-hour, musical variety show, which had the format of a masked ball. The three Niosi brothers, Bert, Joe, and Johnny, provided music, as did the orchestra, conducted by Jimmy Namaro.

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

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