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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

SCTV

★★★★½

SCTV SCTV was unlike any other comedy series on the air. What SCTV did for the most part was satirize television itself. Using the premise of a fictitious network, it mimicked existing media stars and no-talents from networks to the local backwater UHFs. The SCTV Network had its own talk shows and parodies of everything on television ranging from musical var ...

AkaSecond City Television; SCTV Channel; SCTV Network
Original Airdates1976-1984
TypeSeries

Forest Rangers, The

★★★★½

Forest Rangers, The The Forest Rangers took place in and around a village called Indian River, but the real focus of the story was an abandoned fort that had been taken over by the Junior Rangers. The fort was their headquarters, where they set up their ham radio, and helped keep watch for forest fires and other conservational offences. They ran up against not only poacher ...

AkaLes cadets de la forêt; Razzle Dazzle with the Forest Rangers
Original Airdates1963-1966
TypeSeries

Mr. Piper

★★★★½

Mr. Piper The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation purchased this 39-episode children's series from Pied Piper Films Ltd. of Toronto. Host for the show was Toronto opera singer Alan Crofoot. Each weekly half-hour program consisted of four segments. The first, Tale Time, was a fantasy story using graphics with Crofoot's voice over film as narration. Other segment ...

AkaMister Piper
Original Airdates1963-1965
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

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

Buckshot Show, The

★★★★½

Buckshot Show, The The Buckshot Show was a half-hour show from CFCN-TV with host and creator Ron Barge (Buckshot) who entertained children in the Calgary area daily from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. With a group of puppet characters led by Benny the Bear, Heathcliffe the Dragon, Dafney the Dragon, Foghorn the Firefly, Rodney the Rodent and Farley Frick fro ...

Original Airdates1967-1992
TypeSeries

Archie and His Friends

★★★★½

Archie and His Friends Archie and His Friends, produced by CKY-TV Winnipeg, was an on-going half-hour series for pre-school children in which ventriloquist Uncle Bob and puppet Archie Wood entertained children with crafts, animals and birthday telephone calls. Guests of interest to children were introduced frequently. Other puppet characters on the show included Grandpa Wood, ...

Original Airdates1965-1986
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

Pasquale's Kitchen Express

★★★★

Pasquale's Kitchen Express Pasquale's Kitchen Express was a fast-paced, fun half hour of cooking, singing (and eating!) that appealed to everyone. In each episode, Chef Pasquale Carpino showed the audience his own brand of haute cuisine as he philosophized and serenaded us with light opera while preparing a full course meal for four people, in record time. Approximately 340 ep ...

Original Airdates1988-1992
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

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

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

Littlest Hobo, The

★★★★

Littlest Hobo, The The series follows the adventures of an extremely intelligent, wandering German Shepherd who walks into a different place in each episode of this long-running television series, and comes upon people down on their luck or in trouble. Hobo always befriends and helps the struggling person or persons. Then, when his job is done at episode's end, decline ...

Original Airdates1979-1985
TypeSeries

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

Switchback

★★★★

Switchback was a popular Sunday morning kids series which was originally developed in Vancouver and was later produced other CBC regional stations, including Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. It was a live magazine variety show which employed a fast-moving format of rock videos, camp serials like Batman, puppets, personality interv ...

Original Airdates1981-1989
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

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

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

Here Come the Seventies

★★★★

Here Come the Seventies was a half-hour documentary series that looked ahead at anticipated technological marvels and innovations we could expect during the 70's. The program was described as a "pop public affairs show."

AkaHere Come the 70s
Original Airdates1970-1973
TypeSeries

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