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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

North of 60

★★★★

North of 60 Beginning in December, 1992, North of 60 brought the world of Native Canada into the homes of city and suburban residents. It was a hugely successful series for CBC throughout the country, but especially so in the North, where small towns would nearly come to a standstill on Thursday evenings to watch the show. Set in the fictional town of Lynx Riv ...

AkaAu Nord du 60ème
Original Airdates1992-1998
TypeSeries

Tiny Talent Time

★★★★

Tiny Talent Time Tiny Talent Time was a long-running and hugely successful television program on CHCH television, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For almost four decades (1957 to 1992) the talent and variety program showcased the talents of local children in an entertaining family genre. The show was marked by a characteristically home-spun style and had great appeal to many ...

AkaToday's Talent Time
Original Airdates1957-1992; 2000-2001
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

Pig and Whistle, The

★★★★

Pig and Whistle, The Set in a studio recreation of a British pub, Pig and Whistle starred British actor/singer John Hewer as the host of an inn that featured resident singers, dancers and an orchestra, plus guests, with members of the public forming the invited audience at tables round the room. Toronto singer Kay Turner was the barmaid, and the Carlton Show Band were regul ...

AkaPig 'n' Whistle; Pig & Whistle
Original Airdates1967-1977
TypeSeries

Romper Room

★★★★½

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

Just Like Mom

★★★½

Just Like Mom Just Like Mom was a game show built on a child-mother relationship. Viewers wrote in requesting the opportunity to participate from all parts of Canada. Producer Paul Burford said that the source of the request was usually the child. The show was originally hosted by Stephen Young and Catherine Swing. Executive producer Fergie Olver later took over host ...

Original Airdates1980-1987
TypeSeries

Harrigan Featured

★★★★

Harrigan Harrigan was a half-hour show written, produced and hosted by Barry Dale. Beginning in 1969, it aired locally out of CJOH-TV in Ottawa for 2 seasons before moving to CKWS-TV in Kingston. There, it aired locally for another 2 or 3 seasons before being syndicated across Canada on CTV. Harrigan was a 209-year-old leprechaun who sang, danced, told storie ...

Original Airdates1969-1985
TypeSeries

W5

★★★★

W5 W5 is a CTV news magazine television series which has aired on the CTV Television Network since 1966. The one-hour Sunday night W5 was renamed CTV Reports for the 1977-78 season with a companion half-hour, also called CTV Reports, on Thursdays replacing Maclear. The Sunday program title reverted to W5 in the 1978-79 season, and the Thursday program was ...

AkaW-5; W-FIVE; CTV Reports; The New W5; Inquiry
Original Airdates1966-
TypeSeries

Wok with Yan

★★★★½

Wok with Yan In Wok with Yan, chef Stephen Yan demonstrated how to cook oriental dishes with a wok. A kind of Galloping Gourmet of the 1980s, Yan achieved notoriety for his energy and ebullience and for the bad puns on the word, "wok," printed on his apron.

Original Airdates1980- ?
TypeSeries

Tommy Hunter Show, The

★★★★

Tommy Hunter Show, The Over its 27-year run on CBC, The Tommy Hunter Show was noted for nurturing Canadian country music, which it showcased alongside big-name American country stars. Hunter wanted to break with the hokey, country-hick feel characterized by shows like Hee Haw, though, and tried to present country music as "respectable". The result was a program that some labe ...

AkaTommy Hunter Country
Original Airdates1965-1992
TypeSeries

20 Minute Workout

★★★★

20 Minute Workout Each show of this provocative aerobic exercise series started off slowly with stretching and limbering up before switching into high gear with an exhausting variety of movements that flowed into one another. The program had a fluid, sensuous look to it, unlike other exercise shows with their straight-on camera angles. The show's creator, Ron Harris, des ...

Aka:20 Minute Workout
Original Airdates1983-1985
TypeSeries

Camp Cariboo

★★★★

Camp Cariboo As the title suggests, an attempt is made to bring all the fun of summer camp to television. Knowing that children of this age group are attuned to fast-paced action, the pace is moderated by the recognition that young viewers want to interact directly with the programming they watch. To that end, the show is set in an idyllic camp setting where there i ...

Original Airdates1986-1989
TypeSeries

Cannonball Featured

★★★★½

Cannonball Cannonball was a series of half-hour family dramas about the adventures of two truckers who hauled freight on the highways of Canada and the U.S.A. American actors Paul Birch and William Campbell played the lead roles of Mike Malone and Jerry Austin and Canadian talent played the supporting roles. The thirty-nine episodes were also syndicated in the U ...

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Razzle Dazzle

★★★★½

Razzle Dazzle Razzle Dazzle was the title of a Canadian children's program produced by the CBC between 1961 and 1966. The series was initially co-hosted by Alan Hamel and Michelle Finney, who were later replaced by Ray Bellew, and Trudy Young. There was also a cast of characters who appeared in every episode, most notably Howard the Turtle, who was considered the ...

Original Airdates1961-1966
TypeSeries

Big Top Talent

★★★★

Big Top Talent was an often unintentionally hilarious, low-budget children's talent show. "Big Top Talent" featured Oopsy T. Clown, perhaps the creepiest children's show host in history, and Billy Barty as the little mailman. Local children would sing, dance, juggle, etc, to impress Bonkers and their TV audience ... and everybody always won a balloon. ...

Original Airdates1980-1983
TypeSeries

Bixby and Me

★★★★

Bixby and Me Bixby was a cat who lived in a tree and would encourage kids to stretch and exercise. After the routine, Bixby would say, "Bixby Says... Reeeeeelaaaax."

TypeSeries

Do It For Yourself

★★★★½

Do It For Yourself Do it For Yourself was a half-hour how-to show which featured Mary Bellows doing the fix-it solo and there was also a segment dedicated to plants with Mary along with John Reeves. We produced 278 half hours and the show ran for 3 years on the CBC network. It also aired on the USA network, Lifetime and PBS in the United States. If I so say so myself it w ...

Original Airdates1982-1985
TypeSeries

Treehouse Club, The

★★★★½

Treehouse Club, The Each week a group of children climbed the ladder to the Treehouse to be greeted by Danny and his puppet friends JoJo and Frank. The show was built around Danny Coughlan's ability as a singer and his skill in drawing. The content was based on Ted Rooney's five textbooks which deal with reading, mathematics, spelling, grammar and sensory-motor body balanc ...

Original Airdates1971-?
TypeSeries

Mr. Dressup

★★★★

Mr. Dressup Ernie Coombs hosted this simple format TV show as Mr. Dressup. With his puppet friends, originally Casey and his dog Finnegan, he taught pre-school subjects with games, music and simple activities. To add to the fun, Mr. Dressup would always open up his tickle trunk that contains any costume for any role he wants. Mr. Dressup emerged from an earlier ...

AkaMr. Dress-Up
Original Airdates1967-1996
TypeSeries

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