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2014-03-29 11:18:49 PM
Continuum
 
2014-03-29 11:19:25 PM

strife: I remember 'Kids in the Hall' during my college days between 2000 to 2004.


Wow. You were late to the party. The show started in 1988 and was canceled in 1995.
 
2014-03-29 11:20:44 PM

semiotix: jso2897: Da Vinci's Inquest. One of the best shows on TV period.

Agreed. Not because it's a Canadian police procedural, but because of it.

DA VINCI
There's more of this tainted heroin out there. You need to get into that warehouse, warrant or no warrant, or there are going to be a lot more dead kids on my table, you understand?

SHANNON
We're not allowed to enter private property without a warrant.

DA VINCI
GODDAMMIT! You're right, we need to work within the system.

SHANNON
I think that would be for the best.

DA VINCI
Sorry I got a little weirdly non-Canadian there for a second.

SHANNON
No, I'm sorry.

DA VINCI
Sorry.

SHANNON
Sorry.

DA VINCI
No, really, I'm sorry.

SHANNON
I'm sorry too.


I love the fact that it's quiet, and calm, and dark, and slow. It's in color, but it feels like black and white.  It's a welcome relief from CGI drenched procedurals and shoot-em-ups.
 
2014-03-29 11:21:11 PM

some_beer_drinker: [www.vancouversun.com image 620x400]


This too.
 
2014-03-29 11:21:16 PM
Kids In The Hall and SCTV were already mentioned (I loved Dave Foley's comment on "The Middle" that mentioned the kids out in the hall.)

No love for "How It's Made"?  That show did so much on hockey-related products!  And the blow mold episode focused on TPI, the Canadian manufacturer.
 
2014-03-29 11:22:19 PM
I've been watching the recommendations come in and I watch some and I don't watch others but there was this one show that apparently only I thought was fantastic that was on about 10 years ago called This is Wonderland.  Dramedy about the criminal justice system in Toronto.
 
2014-03-29 11:22:58 PM

Bathia_Mapes: LtDarkstar: Oh and I miss this...

[img.fark.net image 208x160]

Aired in both the US and Canada, but Canada got the better extended-edition of the episodes *shakes tiny fist*

*sigh*... I wish they would have made a movie.. had a huge cult following in it's day.

They did, sort of. Nick Knight (1989) was intended to be the series pilot, but wasn't picked up at the time.  When it was made into a series in 1992 it got all new cast, except for John Kapelos (Schanke).

Nick Knight was played by Rick "Jessie's Girl" Springfield in the 1989 movie.


Ya, I know.. I really don't count that as a movie based on the series tho... the original "pilot" with rick springfield was just so lame. Geraint is much better :D
 
2014-03-29 11:24:15 PM
Kith
This hour has 22 minutes

Insecurity (which... Did anyone else see that? We stumbled on it and it was awesome)

Curling!

Growing up Red Green

/Michigander
//no cable growing up
 
2014-03-29 11:24:28 PM
Did watch KITH regularly, saw one Air Farce sketch, and I've been watching Undercover Boss Canada when there are reruns for the American version.

Wished I was born earlier so I could watch SCTV.
 
2014-03-29 11:25:04 PM
I'm watching Corner Gas, good show not flashy just enjoyable.
 
2014-03-29 11:26:25 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-29 11:26:53 PM

supayoda: Lost Girl, and I'm shocked more guys don't watch it. Bitten is a favorite as well.

Saving Hope, because... well...

[ilarge.listal.com image 850x1273]


Could be because when Syfylis channel started airing commercials for it here in the US, it seems kinda like a chick show. I've learned better since then, and prefer to find a way to watch the Canadian version nowadays. Plenty of reasons for a guy to watch it.

2.bp.blogspot.com

i.imgur.com

media.showcase.ca
 
2014-03-29 11:27:21 PM
31.media.tumblr.com

BRING IT BACK!
/Wesley
 
2014-03-29 11:27:29 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Canadian humor is painful.


They always apologize in a passive aggressive way which is really a thinly veiled criticism*. It lends itself to comedy quite well.

* Colin Macharie

I also used to watch Mercer at the gym with 22 Minutes, but now I'm in a city that doesn't get CBC on basic cable.

Also, if people didn't see Buddy Cole on Colbert... Twas awesome.

/trees bien
 
2014-03-29 11:27:52 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: There's Canadian tv shows?


Airwolf!
 
2014-03-29 11:28:04 PM

spunkymunky: Red Green. Trailer Park Boys.


Forgot trailer park boys, dammit!
 
2014-03-29 11:29:20 PM
Canada's Worst Driver

Man that one blond chick... I still don't think she's real.
 
2014-03-29 11:29:49 PM

Spaced Lion: BRING IT BACK!
/Wesley


It wasn't Canadian... Was it? It aired on MTV in US but I know it aired in Canada a bit longer from the torrent rips.

/sees pool
//flips the biatch
 
2014-03-29 11:29:50 PM
Let's see...

Shows no longer on the air:

Blood Ties
DaVinci's Inquest
Forever Knight
F/X: the Series
SCTV
The Kids in the Hall
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
Trailer Park Boys (yes yes, I know it's coming back)
You Can't Do That on Television

Shows that are currently airing:

Continuum
The Listener
Lost Girl
Murdoch Mysteries
Saving Hope


And on a side note, I've figured out what it is about Canadian TV I like so much: the producers generally don't give up on a show unless the core concept is just bad.  The Listener is one of many where they did a fairly significant retooling between the first and second season because certain things just didn't work, yet the premise itself was good.  If a US network had been producing it the thing would have been dropped like a rock, which is not just conjecture since NBC was co-airing it at the time and dropped it after 7 episodes.  CTV however decided they could fix it, and sure enough they did: right now the show is preparing for its fifth season.

If US networks would spend the same kind of effort on shows that Canadians do then we'd have a lot more great TV shows here.  Instead not only are shows dropped for being just marginally iffy in some areas, shows frequently get cancelled for "low ratings" that were caused by things completely unrelated to the show.  The debacle with the Babylon 5 spin-off Legend of the Rangers springs to mind: TNT didn't pick it up due to "low ratings", completely ignoring the fact that it was due to the West Coast airing having been bumped by about an hour and a half from a basketball game running over.
 
2014-03-29 11:30:12 PM

redoctober65: The Red Green Show


Seconded. Those are timeless. And available online and DVD!
 
2014-03-29 11:30:38 PM
I loved Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix - it's basically a Victorian-era McGuyver as a Toronto Detective. It could have been in New York or Chicago just as easily, but it's easy going nature fit well into a Canadian setting, and I loved the drop-ins (real life characters like Nikolai Tesla and A.C. Doyle)
 
2014-03-29 11:31:56 PM

lewismarktwo: Canada's Worst Driver

Man that one blond chick... I still don't think she's real.


Love that show. I miss Canada's worst handyman.

/Neon Rider
 
2014-03-29 11:33:25 PM

Excelsior: [www.911dvd.net image 420x570]

/Discontinued, of course.
//Original UK version was better


Argh totally forgot the Primeval half-spin-off-half-continuance was a Canadian production.
 
2014-03-29 11:33:52 PM
When I was a kid I loved the "Red Green Show" and "This Hour Has 22 minutes". Recently watched "Little Mosque on the Prairie" and enjoyed it.
 
2014-03-29 11:35:23 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: Actually, I'd watch 10 hours of Trailer Park Boys just for 10 minutes of J Rock


Nome sain

http://youtu.be/N68t7NvuTgQ
 
2014-03-29 11:35:39 PM
Corner Gas
Trailer Park Boys
Rick Mercer
Stargate SG-1
Stargate Atlantis
Red Green
the new Fargo I am sure will be good
Mike Holmes
 
2014-03-29 11:36:23 PM

LtDarkstar: Geraint is much better


Oh, I agree 100% :-D
 
2014-03-29 11:40:25 PM
11:27 of Lahey's best shiatisms...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R8At-Qno_o
 
2014-03-29 11:41:03 PM
No love for the King?

www.cbc.ca
 
2014-03-29 11:41:24 PM
Highway Thru Hell. Ice Road Truckers. And I don't even drive a big rig.
 
2014-03-29 11:41:24 PM
Endgame was a pretty sweet Monk-esque mystery show.
 
2014-03-29 11:42:03 PM
Do Canadian YouTubers count? If so I like Etho and VintageBeef (both Minecraft players)
 
2014-03-29 11:42:13 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: It wasn't Canadian... Was it? It aired on MTV in US but I know it aired in Canada a bit longer from the torrent rips.

/sees pool
//flips the biatch


Upon further inspection, the production was shared between Canada and the US. But it did a full run on Teletoon before premiering on MTV, and MTV never aired the last 5 episodes.

/STAMOS!
 
2014-03-29 11:43:58 PM
There were quite a few good ones over the years...
Friendly Giant - Probably the most mellow show to ever air on television. Just a guy hanging out with a giraffe and a rooster in a bag
Twitch City
North of 60
Corner Gas
Kids in the Hall
Forever Knight - only started watching it because I didn't have cable back then
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
The Fifth Estate
and who could forget Wok With Yan
 
2014-03-29 11:44:48 PM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: [sp1.yimg.com image 350x313]


I bet "Trailer Park Boys" is one foreign comedy PBS stations will never air....

/ probably considered too crude for the PBS audience
// too much like us, culturally...
 
2014-03-29 11:45:44 PM
I don't believe English Canadian TV exists anymore; we all watch American shows.
Quebec, where the govt pumps money into the French culture machine, has lots of TV shows. Quebecois watch more American (mostly dubbed) English TV than French from France TV but mostly their own stuff.
I think because as English Canadians we can so easily obtain culture from the giant culture machine next door, that we're stereotypically kind of bland and blase and that we're probaby a bit lazy, that we don't do much of our own stuff. Or just bad copies of better American stuff (Littles Hobo notwithstanding).
The French have little choice; if they don't do it for themselves no one else will.
 
2014-03-29 11:46:15 PM
Most of the obvious faves are here but the guy (Chris Haddock) who did Da Vinci's Inquest also did this show (2006).  I was seriously bummed a couple years ago when I got to the end of the 2nd season (on Netflix) only to find it had been cancelled.  The official statement was lack of viewers but there were rumors that the Canadian govt didnt like the way it was portrayed and put some pressure on the studios to pull it.  I thought it was much better than DVI.

/KITH
//SCTV
///need to start on TPB though
 
2014-03-29 11:47:05 PM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-03-29 11:47:20 PM
Not that I really get to watch TV after we had kids, but The Red Green Show.

I assume that's been covered already...
 
2014-03-29 11:48:18 PM

yukichigai: Let's see...

Shows no longer on the air:

Blood Ties
DaVinci's Inquest
Forever Knight
F/X: the Series
SCTV
The Kids in the Hall
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
Trailer Park Boys (yes yes, I know it's coming back)
You Can't Do That on Television

Shows that are currently airing:

Continuum
The Listener
Lost Girl
Murdoch Mysteries
Saving Hope


And on a side note, I've figured out what it is about Canadian TV I like so much: the producers generally don't give up on a show unless the core concept is just bad.  The Listener is one of many where they did a fairly significant retooling between the first and second season because certain things just didn't work, yet the premise itself was good.  If a US network had been producing it the thing would have been dropped like a rock, which is not just conjecture since NBC was co-airing it at the time and dropped it after 7 episodes.  CTV however decided they could fix it, and sure enough they did: right now the show is preparing for its fifth season.

If US networks would spend the same kind of effort on shows that Canadians do then we'd have a lot more great TV shows here.  Instead not only are shows dropped for being just marginally iffy in some areas, shows frequently get cancelled for "low ratings" that were caused by things completely unrelated to the show.  The debacle with the Babylon 5 spin-off Legend of the Rangers springs to mind: TNT didn't pick it up due to "low ratings", completely ignoring the fact that it was due to the West Coast airing having been bumped by about an hour and a half from a basketball game running over.


I think it has more to do with the Canadian Content laws.   There has to be Canadian shows for there to be a Canadian network (20%. I believe), so the suits aren't so worried about the shows right out of the gate.   Hell, they probably don't care if you just show Canadian women in wet bathing suits jumping on trampolines, as long as it satisfies content laws (as an aside....producers, I totally have a more expanded concept about the trampoline thing.....product placement and plus.....double plus even!)

Miss Relic, though

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-29 11:50:43 PM

redoctober65: The Red Green Show


"If the women don't find you handsome, and least they should find you handy."

It's one of the funniest shows I've ever seen.
 
2014-03-29 11:51:20 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Kith
This hour has 22 minutes

Insecurity (which... Did anyone else see that? We stumbled on it and it was awesome)

Curling!

Growing up Red Green

/Michigander
//no cable growing up


I _loved_ Insecurity.  Having been reminded of it, I just looked it up to see if there might be a third season, but found it was cancelled, in part due to low ratings and in part because the province where they filmed disconinuted tax credits they utilized.  That's too bad.

Spaced Lion: [31.media.tumblr.com image 320x240]

BRING IT BACK!
/Wesley


th↑s

img.fark.net
I miss it.
 
2014-03-29 11:57:31 PM

Rixel: I think it has more to do with the Canadian Content laws. There has to be Canadian shows for there to be a Canadian network (20%. I believe), so the suits aren't so worried about the shows right out of the gate. Hell, they probably don't care if you just show Canadian women in wet bathing suits jumping on trampolines, as long as it satisfies content laws (as an aside....producers, I totally have a more expanded concept about the trampoline thing.....product placement and plus.....double plus even!)


I don't know.  If a US network was subject to the same rules (and somehow was having trouble with that 20%) they wouldn't bother renewing a troubled show, they'd just dump it and put some new show on the air instead.  I imagine that even though Canada doesn't have nearly as many TV pilots floating around, there are enough that a Canadian network could take that approach if they wanted.  And yet, for the most part they don't; that's not just by necessity, there's a fundamental difference in attitude there, one I desperately wish we'd adopt stateside.
 
2014-03-29 11:59:02 PM
There is a new show I saw recently called Mother Up with Eva Longoria playing a former music agent/hipster/party girl who had kids and now since she separated went to live in the suburbs. The Mom is such a bad parent she makes Homer look like Super Nanny.
 
2014-03-30 12:00:14 AM
Kids in the hall is the only the I know off hand that I watched a lot.
 
2014-03-30 12:00:26 AM
Just For Laughs
 
2014-03-30 12:02:58 AM

ilikeracecars: Does Supernatural count?


That.

Albeit the fact that all the sets are in Canada near Vancouver when the show is ostensibly set in various US locations with  widely variant flora, fauna, and climate can sometimes be a little jarring for anyone that's actually driven around in either place.

Still a fun show, though.

// Sometimes catch myself humming the "Ghostfacers" theme to myself randomly for no reason, not sure why that's stuck with me for four damned years or whatever even though they got displaced narratively by the one-expression Dr. Horrible chick and her "Caliban from Narbonic lifted wholesale" storyline.
 
2014-03-30 12:03:43 AM
What? Nobody else liked

images.huffingtonpost.com

?
 
2014-03-30 12:04:23 AM

Spaced Lion: [31.media.tumblr.com image 320x240]

BRING IT BACK!
/Wesley


Fun Fact - creators of Clone High wrote The LEGO Movie.  Voice of Lincoln was the same actor, and they sat him near Cleopatra in the scene they're both in.
 
2014-03-30 12:08:25 AM
I miss when our PBS station ran The New Red Green Show.

/ Keeping my stick on the ice.
 
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