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Right On

★★★★

This CBC afternoon half-hour show for teenagers was produced as a live telecast, and featured young Canadian performers. Among the regulars was Martin Short, then featured in the Toronto production of Godspell. The band, led by pianist Gary Gross, included Stan Perry on drums, Bob Edwards on guitar, Dave Young on bass, Paul Zaza on percussion, and Gene ...

Original Airdates1972-1973
TypeSeries

Rita & Friends

★★★★½

Rita & Friends In its three-year run of 45 shows, Rita and Friends presented a diverse cross-section of more than 100 Canadian musicians. Performers have included Joni Mitchell, Roch Voisine, Shania Twain and Ashley MacIsaac.

AkaThe Rita MacNeil Show
Original Airdates1994-1997
TypeSeries

Ritter's Cove

★★★★★

Ritter's Cove Karl Ritter was an elderly pilot whose procrastination over a medical examination lost him his licence to fly. He was forced to hire Kate Ashcroft as his replacement to keep his single airplane aloft and his transport business afloat. The age-old conflict between youth and age, change and tradition, enthusiasm and experience provided continuing dram ...

Original Airdates1980-1981
TypeSeries

River Inn, The

Catherine McKinnon headlined River Inn, a CTV series of musical-variety half-hours featuring Canadian performers. The original resident backing group, the Brian Browne Trio, was replaced halfway through the season by an ensemble led by pianist John Arpin and featuring clarinetist Henry Cuesta and drummer Mickey Shannon.

Original Airdates1968-1969
TypeSeries

Riverdale

★★★½

Riverdale was a Canadian prime time soap opera which ran for three seasons (from 1997 to 2000) and is regarded as one of Canada's most successful soap operas. The series was set in the Toronto community of Riverdale, which had the reputation of being home to many CBC employees at the time. It focused on a variety of characters and their interactions ...

Original Airdates1997-2000
TypeSeries

Road Show, The

The Road Show was a series of 4 one-hour programs produced by CBC Winnipeg. It replaced The Tommy Hunter Show in June 1977. The hosts, the Prairie Dog Band, and humourist and doggerel writer Peter Paul Van Camp taped shows in the three Prairie provinces. Ian Tyson was their guest for the program shot at the Royal Winter Fair in Brandon, MB. Dick Damron ...

Original Airdates1977
TypeSeries

Road to Adjustment, The

The Road to Adjustment, produced for the CBC's Farms Department, interrupted the run of Explorations for a four-part series on the farming and fishing industries in March, 1960.

Original Airdates1960
TypeSeries

Road to Avonlea

★★★★½

Road to Avonlea The series is set in the fictional small town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, in the early 20th century (1898-1910). There, 10-year-old Montréal heiress Sara Stanley (Sarah Polley) is sent by her wealthy father to live with her two maiden aunts, Hetty and Olivia King, to be near her late mother's side of the family. The show's focus shifted over the y ...

AkaAvonlea
Original Airdates1990-1996
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

Robocop

Robocop Alex Murphy is Robocop, a cybernetic policeman. A creation of a vast corporation, he fights crime and occasional corporate conspiracy in the near-future of Old Detroit.

AkaRoboCop: The Series
Original Airdates1994
TypeSeries

Rocket Robin Hood

★★★★

Rocket Robin Hood In the year 3000, Rocket Robin Hood and the rest of his merry men form an intergalactic version of their medieval namesakes. From their base on Sherwood Asteroid, the heroes endeavor to free the good peoples of the space ways from the tyranny of Prince John and the Sheriff of N.O.T.T. (National Orbital Terrestrial Territories). This fifty-two episode ...

Original Airdates1967-1969
TypeSeries

Rockets, The

★★★★½

The Rockets in this children’s Saturday morning television series were a group of young performers aspiring to careers in show business – and were played by a talented bunch of youngsters who were making confident steps in that direction themselves. The Rockets was CTV's replacement series for Let's Go, which was also produced in Winnipeg. Part musical ...

Original Airdates1987-1992
TypeSeries

Rolf Harris Show, The

★★★½

Australian-born Rolf Harris, versatile at comical spoofing, dancing and playing strange "down-under" instruments, took centre stage in his own unique half-hour comedy-musical produced in Vancouver at CTV's local affiliate, BCTV. Harris welcomed top name performers from fields afar to join in the anything-goes antics on the show.

Original Airdates1976-1978
TypeSeries

Rolie Polie Olie

★★★★★

Rolie Polie Olie This amazing 3-D series pays tribute to the cartoon shorts of the early 1930s, depicting the tumultuous, touching and sometimes hilarious childhood of a young robot. The series' clever and plucky clockwork hero, Olie lives in a magic, futuristic all-robot world of blue skies and happy helpful machines, a world where virtually everything from baby carria ...

Original Airdates1998-2003
TypeSeries

Rollin' on the River

★★★★½

Rollin' on the River The Winters-Rosen production company produced an hour long special titled, "Rollin' on the River" starring Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. The success of the single show convinced the producers to syndicate a half hour series of the same name starring the same group. This CTV television series featured Kenny Rogers and the First Edition on a studio- ...

AkaRollin' (new title)
Original Airdates1971-1973
TypeSeries

Romance of Science, The

The Romance of Science was a series of 13 educational films that dramatized the lives of great scientists. Subjects included James Watt and the steam engine; Michael Faraday and induction, with William Needles; John Dalton and the atomic theory; Christian Gauss and his contributions to mathmatics; Helmholtz and electricity, starring Norman Ettlinger; An ...

Original Airdates1960
TypeSeries

Romeo & Juliet

★★★★★

The Stratford Festival stage production of Shakespeare's drama. This smooth and well-crafted production makes no bones about being filmed theatre as opposed to a film adaptation. The viewer is reminded by stage hands changing props and intermittent audience applause that stage and not screen conventions apply. At the same time closeups and changes of vi ...

Original Airdates1993
TypeSpecial

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

Rona Jaffe's Mazes and Monsters

Rona Jaffe's Mazes and Monsters This unusual psychological drama based on Rona Jaffe's best-selling novel. The title for this 1982 Canadian-American TV-movie is the name of a game that's engrossing to four college students: Jay Jay, who's brilliant if a bit eccentric; sensitive and winsome Kate; quixotic, wistful Daniel; and transfer student Robbie, whose affability belies a deep-seat ...

AkaMazes and Monsters
Original Airdates1982
TypeTV Movie

Ronnie & Julie

Ronnie & Julie Although they come from opposing political families, star-crossed teens attempt a lasting romance based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. For Ronnie Monroe, 15, and Julie Cappell, 14, it’s love at first sight. They meet at a political debate between his mother, Elizabeth Monroe, and her father, Arthur Cappell, opposing mayoral candidates who are kee ...

AkaRonnie et Julie (French title)
Original Airdates1997
TypeTV Movie

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