Show on Shows

Show on Shows was a CBC-TV half-hour weekly profile of artists and the arts. The program cast a wide net on culture with interviews and discussions.

Original Airdates1964-1965

Show That Jack Built, The

A musical variety show, this half-hour broadcast featured Jack Shapira and his orchestra and musical guests, including Norman Brooks, Shirley Shaw, the Altones, Donna Andert, Lou Pollack, Denny Vaughan, the Ad Libs, Sylvia Murphy, Georges LaFleche, and Allan Blye.

Original Airdates1958-1959


Showdown Host Paul Hanover was on hand every week to guide the musical game of Showdown, the CTV show that featured musical mysteries, memory testing, and offered exciting prizes. The programs were based on the ability of contestants to recognize popular tunes. In February, 1962, a new twist was added that brought the viewing audience right into the game. A s ...

Original Airdates1961-62


Showtime Sponsored by Canadian General Electric, The CGE Show featured the Leslie Bell Singers, a choir of twenty-one young women, and the Howard Cable Orchestra. The program's title changed from The CGE Show to CGE Showtime, and it then became known simply as Showtime. Orchestra leader Howard Cable was the constant throughout the show's history, and a s ...

AkaGeneral Electric Showtime; The CGE Show; CGE Showtime; Showtime with Howard Cable; Summer Showtime
Original Airdates1952-1959

Shulman File


City-TV hired Dr. Morton Shulman in 1977 to host The Shulman File, possibly the very first TV "attack journalism" show. His confrontational interviewing approach infuriated many, but others applauded his willingness to say out loud the things they were thinking, but wouldn't have dared to say. No subject was off-limits, but such was the program's popu ...

AkaShulman's Greatest Hits
Original Airdates1977-1984

Side Effects


Medical drama set in Toronto at the Kingsview Family Clinic. Nadia Capone played the level headed chief doctor; Albert Schultz the unctuous callous doc Joseph Ziegler the crusader Anna Pappas the resident killed off at the beginning of the 2nd season and Jovanni Sy the good hearted doc who sometimes had trouble relating to people. Eve Harris played the ...

Original Airdates1994-1996



Sidestreet Sidestreet succeeded The Collaborators as the CBC's main drama series and moved away from the violence of the typical police show with protagonists who were community service officers instead of ordinary detectives. Sidestreet concentrated on issues such as blockbusting, strikebreaking, rape, poverty, and the problems of the elderly in the city, instead ...

Original Airdates1975-1978

SIDS: A Special Report

SIDS: A Special Report SIDS: A Special Report is an examination of the medical dilemma of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Hosted by Emmy Award winning journalist Linda McLennan, SIDS: A Special Report, interviews numerous medical professionals/specialists giving us a better understanding and explanation of this deadly affliction.

Original Airdates1995

Sight and Cast

Sight and Cast was a CBC half-hour program on hunting and fishing with outdoors writer Tiny Bennett.

Original Airdates1965-1966


A summer season, magazine format program, Sightline combined planned and rehearsed segments with live, remote coverage of events like the 1962 World's Fair in Seattle, the International Air Show at Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition, the Calgary Stampede, or the International Square Dance Festival in Victoria.

Original Airdates1962

Sing a Song

Sing a Song was one of three musical series under the umbrella title of Trilogy. Sing a Song featured the Pied Piper of centennial year, Bobby Gimby, celebrating Ca-na-da and Tin Pan Alley with a regular group of singers and weekly guests and ran for 17 weeks.

Original Airdates1975

Sing Ring Around


Sing Ring Around Originally attached to Junior Roundup, this quarter-hour segment presented music, stories, poetry, and dancing for preschool age children, with Donna Miller and her doll friend, a monkey named Cheeky. In her music room Donna played and sang along with records that had to do with a particular subject, like animals or trains, or devoted a show to a story. ...

Original Airdates1961-1963

Singalong Jubilee


Singalong Jubilee Singalong Jubilee replaced Don Messer's Jubilee for eight summer seasons on CBC, and they were for many years the principal network shows produced in the Atlantic region. In a cluttered set with a lot of different nooks that permitted the large cast of singers and musicians to perform separately and as a chorus, the broadcast was an informal program of ...

Original Airdates1961-1973

Sit Back With Jack

A half-hour musical variety show, Sit Back With Jack replaced Stage Door and succeeded The Show That Jack Built as the regular spot for Jack Shapira and his orchestra. The show featured Wally Keep, a singing cab driver; Father Clayton Barclay, a harpsichordist; the singing blacksmith Vince Lovallo; and ventriloquist Bobby Swartz and his dummy Elmer. The ...

Original Airdates1960

Six for Summer

This half-hour public affairs show ran on every other week in the summer of 1955. It included a program on contemporary France, with an interview with writers Jacques Servan-Schreiber and Raymond Aron, and a program on labour relations, which included segments of a National Film Board production.

Original Airdates1955

Sixties, The

Produced with the cooperation of the Canadian Association for Adult Education, The Sixties replaced Citizens' Forum as a weekly discussion of current issues. Occasionally the show featured a profile of a person in the news, but generally limited itself to a panel discussion. Subjects ranged from the impact of the press on public opinion to Canadian-orie ...

Original Airdates1963-1966

Size Small


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


Skate! Lori makes her way to Olympic training camp, only to be seduced by her unscrupulous coach. Having succumbed to the pressures of training, her coach and the media, she rises to the occasion and fights back, taking victory on her own terms. This made-for-TV movie was originally telecast in Canada under the title Skate and aired in the US as Blades of C ...

AkaBlades of Courage
Original Airdates1988
TypeTV Movie



SketchCom A creation of the Air Farce's Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson which gives a half and hour to comedy troupe's to support up and coming artists, shine lights on little known troupes, and honour better known stars. Each troupe usually appears in only one or two episodes, sharing half the epsiode with another. It's a small taste of the underground Canadian co ...

Original Airdates1998-1999

Ski School

Ski School was a CBC series of 4 fifteen-minute lessons on the fundamentals of skiing, filmed at Banff.

Original Airdates1962-1964

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