Top Rated Programs 

Red Fisher Show, The

★★★★

The Red Fisher Show was a long-running Ontario fishing programme, with the Red and a celebrity guest either out on a lake in a small boat, or talking about the trip back at "Scuttlebutt Lodge", a studio set. The show started as a radio talk show program in 1963 and moved to television in 1968. Red Fisher is widely know as the man who spawned the fishing ...

Original Airdates1968-1989
TypeSeries

Gold Trails and Ghost Towns

★★★★

Gold Trails and Ghost Towns Host Mike Roberts and master storyteller Bill Barlee take an historical journey into Canada's colourful past in Gold Trails and Ghost Towns. Filmed in their studio set which depicts a trapper's cabin, Mike and Bill delve into the opening of the West by seekers of gold and other precious metals at the turn of the century. Produced by CHBC-TV

Original Airdates1986-1996
TypeSeries

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

Schnitzel House

★★★★

The set of CHCH-TV's Schnitzel House was a little German Chalet type room. Cliff McKay hosted as Grandpa Schnitzel, complete with lederhosen. Grandpa Schnitzel sang the Schnitzel House theme song at the beginning and end of the show. It went, "Inky Dinky, Inky Dinky, Inky Dinky Schnitzel House."

Original Airdates1964-1967
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

Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The

★★★★

Hilarious House of Frightenstein, The The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was a Canadian children's television series which was produced by CHCH-TV. It was syndicated to television stations across Canada and the United States. A quirky sketch comedy series, the show's cast included Billy Van, Fishka Rais, Guy Big, Mitch Markowitz, and Julius Sumner Miller. Van, in fact, played the vast ...

Original Airdates1971
TypeSeries

Wayne and Shuster Show, The

★★★★

Wayne and Shuster Show, The Wayne and Shuster started their regular appearances on CBC television with The Wayne and Shuster Hour in October 1954, and have provided comedy that ranged from clever and literate to god-awful corn, at a rate of one show a month in the beginning, reduced to four shows a season in later years. Exact titles for their shows have varied: The Wayne and Shus ...

AkaWayne and Shuster Hour, Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour
Original Airdates1954-1990
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

Lynette Jennings Homeworks

★★★★

Lynette Jennings Homeworks Lynette Jennings Homeworks was a weekly show that communicated affordable within-reach advice to consumers in the areas of renovation, home improvement design and decorating. After studying architecture and performing arts at the University of Michigan and Chicago's DePaul University, she relocated to Canada in 1971. The following year, Lynette bega ...

AkaLynette Jennings' Home; Lynette Jennings HouseSmart
Original Airdates1990-1996
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

Just Like Mom

★★★★

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

Kids in the Hall, The

★★★★

Kids in the Hall, The The Kids in the Hall are a sketch comedy troupe, set apart by their cross-dressing antics and seemingly infinite supply of unique characters. Although writer Paul Bellini, various extras, and sometimes even an actual woman appear in the sketches, for the most part, the five main cast members portray every single character themselves. Recurring character ...

Original Airdates1988-1994
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

Edison Twins, The

★★★★

Edison Twins, The Join teen-aged science whizzes Tom and Annie Edison as they meet the challenges of everyday life with just the right combination of humour, courage, curiosity and scientific know-how. The Edison twins share more than a birthday; each has a special gift for solving problems. That's very lucky, since their daily adventures always seem to lead them to a pr ...

Original Airdates1984-1986
TypeSeries

Danger Bay

★★★★

Danger Bay Animal rescue missions along British Columbia's rugged northwest coast provided much of the adventure for Danger Bay, a CBC family drama series. Veteran actor Donnelly Rhodes starred as 40-year-old Grant "Doc" Roberts, a veterinarian and the crusading Curator of Marine Mammals at the Vancouver Aquarium. A passionate and intelligent man, with an unconven ...

AkaCap Danger (French title)
Original Airdates1984-1990
TypeSeries

King of Kensington

★★★½

King of Kensington Larry King owned and operated a variety store in Toronto's crowded, multicultural Kensington Market. In the tradition of the television comedy series, most of the action took place in one or two sets, principally King's store and attached house. Larry was a portly, garrulous fellow whose business was everyone else's business. He ran the shop with his wi ...

Original Airdates1975-1980
TypeSeries

Raccoons, The

★★★½

Raccoons, The In the Evergreen Forest, there is a group of raccoons, the most rambunctious being Bert. Their home is peaceful and beautiful, but also threatened by the greedy aardvark industrialist, Cyril Sneer, who wants to destroy the forest for his own profit. Together with some dog friends and Cedric Sneer, Cyril's sympathetic son, they work to oppose Cyril throu ...

AkaLes amis ratons
Original Airdates1980-1989
TypeSeries

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