Back in April, we asked you to help celebrate Canada’s 150th year as a country. The question: what are your favourite Canadian television series of all time? Thanks to everyone who took the time to send their list of faves and the memories they have of those programs as well.
Here’s a sample of some of the feedback we got. Feel free to add your own thoughts and favourites in the comments section below.
Seeing Things, Traders and Cold Case. â€”Christian
1. Slings and Arrows
2. Corner Gas
3. Rookie Blue
That was my Top 3, but I also liked a lot: Due South, The Collector, Rent-A-Goalie, Almost Heroes, Seed, Being Erica, MVP, Wild Roses, Cra$h & Burn, The Guard, Flashpoint, ReGenesis, Lost Girl, Sanctuary, Continuum and Dark Matter. â€”Roger
1. Da Vinciâ€™s Inquest
2. The Red Green Show
3. Due South
4. Corner Gas
I have listed my favourite Canadian TV shows through the years. I believe the are all Canadian. If not, please let me know. Some go way back. Some are current.
The Friendly Giant
Whatâ€™s for Dinner
Red Green Show
This Hour has 22 Minutes
Rick Mercer Report
Quentin Durgens, MP and SCTV. â€”Steve
The Littlest Hobo
Da Vinciâ€™s Inquest
There was a time when CBC had Kids in the Hall, CodcoÂ and Street Legal all on one night. That was a great night for Canadian TV. Two innovative and edgy comedies from different parts of Canada followed by a great slick sexy drama that got into some issues. (I did work on Kids as a graphic artist, but Iâ€™m speaking here as a viewer.) â€”Gary
Wynonna Earp: there are not enough superlatives to describe how much I love this show.
Lost Girl: my true introduction to how Canadians do genre TV and how special the Canadian are who make it.
(On behalf of my nephew, a pint-size shout out to his faves: Wild Kratts and Paw Patrol.) â€”Laura
Nice list. Here are a few of mine, mostly oldies.
The Trouble With Tracy
Red Green/Comedy Mill/Smith and Smith (basically any S&S production)
You Canâ€™t Do That On Television
The Dini Petty Show
The Pig and Whistle
The Elephant Show
A Gift to Last (Gordon Pinsent mini-series)
Definition/Beat The Clock (game shows count, right?)
Which reminds me of Front Page Challenge, and that other one that pitted two teams of high school students against each other. The name escapes me. I could go on but Iâ€™ll stop here. Oh! I just have to add Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. Really miss him. â€”Chris
I have many shows that I like and out of all of them, Iâ€™ll highlight two that I regard as ground-breaking. After years of American programs with courtroom settings:Â Street Legal was the first to show how the Canadian system worked. Within the personal lives of the characters, it dealt with issues of feminism, mixed-race relationships, and schizophrenia, just to name a few. For a more recent show, it has to be X Company. I canâ€™t name a series that had me living from one week to the next with such anticipation. We learned something about our history that had been mostly ignored. In this age of social media, we were able to connect with other viewers from around the world as well as the actors and creative minds involved. â€”Mel
My Top 3 are Slings and Arrows, SCTV and the 80s era Anne of Green Gables. More recent â€¦ I still miss the weirdness of Call Me Fitz and want to know what happened to Jimmy Reardon on Intelligence. â€”Diane
2. Kids in the Hall
3. Trailer Park Boys
4. Corner Gas
5. Kenny vs. Spenny
6. Wok With Yan!
8. Schittâ€™s Creek
Iâ€™m not going to rank them but off the top of my head, Iâ€™ll say these are my favourite Canadian shows.
Billable Hours (I still quote this show all the time, underappreciated and hilarious)
The Stargate TV shows (frequently campy as hell but still enjoyable)
You Canâ€™t Do That On TelevisionÂ