Ram-30's Top 40 Canadian Television Shows.

by ram-30 | created - 27 Feb 2011 | updated - 24 Dec 2011 | Public

Here is my list of the Television Shows produced in Canada that have been the most influential, in my opinion, to Canadian culture.

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1. The Forest Rangers (1963–1966)

30 min | Family

The Forest Rangers was a 1960's Canadian television series that dealt with the adventures of junior forest rangers in the Canadian wilderness.

Stars: Ralph Endersby, Peter Tully, Graydon Gould, Michael Zenon

Votes: 117

3. The Beachcombers (1972–2004)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of a professional lumber salvager and his friends in Gibsons, British Columbia.

Stars: Bruno Gerussi, Robert Clothier, Rae Brown, Pat John

Votes: 444

4. North of 60 (1992–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mystery drama series about trials and tribulations of Aboriginal people in the fictional town of Lynx River, Northwest Territories.

Stars: Tina Keeper, Tracey Cook, Tom Jackson, Timothy Webber

Votes: 449

5. SCTV (1976–1981)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

Stars: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas

Votes: 1,899

6. Corner Gas (2004–2009)

30 min | Comedy

The life, or lack thereof, of a proprietor of a gas station, which is the only stop for miles around and a hub of action on the Prairies.

Stars: Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Eric Peterson

Votes: 5,114

7. Da Vinci's Inquest (1998–2006)

44 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

A Vancouver cop turned coroner searches for truth and justice with the help of his friends.

Stars: Nicholas Campbell, Donnelly Rhodes, Venus Terzo, Ian Tracey

Votes: 1,030

9. Avonlea (1990–1996)

PG | 60 min | Drama, Adventure, Family

A young rich girl is sent to live with relatives on Prince Edward Island in the early 1900s.

Stars: Zachary Bennett, Lally Cadeau, Mag Ruffman, Cedric Smith

Votes: 3,636

10. The Wayne & Shuster Show (1955– )

Comedy

Sketch comedy feauturing Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster.

Stars: Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Ben Lennick, Don Gillies

Votes: 207

11. The Red Green Show (1991–2006)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy

Red Green airs his handyman show from Possum Lodge, Canada, and also experiences some zany adventures in real life.

Stars: Steve Smith, Patrick McKenna, Rick Green, Bob Bainborough

Votes: 2,153

12. Degrassi High (1987–1991)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The lives and trials of students of a city high school.

Stars: Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Maureen Deiseach, Angela Deiseach

Votes: 2,487

13. The Newsroom (1996–2005)

22 min | Comedy, Drama

Resuscitation of the acclaimed 1996-97 series that picks up nearly a decade later. We again follow the exploits of George Findlay in this biting satire of the day-to-day operations of the mainstream news media.

Stars: Ken Finkleman, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines, Matt Watts

Votes: 459

14. The Kids in the Hall (1988–1994)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Votes: 8,081

15. Due South (1994–1999)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The cases of a cynical American police detective and a upright Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable in the city of Chicago.

Stars: Paul Gross, Beau Starr, Tony Craig, David Marciano

Votes: 5,696

16. Wojeck (1966–1968)

60 min | Drama

A coroner searches for truth and justice with the help of his friends, while trying to hold his family together.

Stars: John Vernon, Patricia Collins, Ted Follows, Carl Banas

Votes: 38

17. Mr. Dressup (1967–1996)

30 min | Family

An amiable man teaches preschool subjects with his puppet friends with games, songs and the infinite number of costumes inside his tickle trunk.

Stars: Ernie Coombs, Judith Lawrence, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Susan Marcus

Votes: 597

18. Night Heat (1985–1989)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

The exploits of the detectives of the Mid South Precinct, in a generic North American city not unlike New York (but a lot like Toronto), chronicled through the eyes of newspaper columnist ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Hylands, Allan Royal, Jeff Wincott, Sean McCann

Votes: 288

19. The Nature of Things (1960– )

60 min | Documentary

Various science documentaries are presented.

Stars: David Suzuki, Niobe Thompson, Jennifer Gardy, Chris Hadfield

Votes: 157

20. ReBoot (1994–2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the inner computer world of Mainframe, a guardian program sprite and his friends defend the system from threats from viruses and the User.

Stars: Michael Donovan, Kathleen Barr, Garry Chalk, Michael Benyaer

Votes: 4,744

21. Codco (1986–1992)

30 min | Comedy

A Newfoundland, Canada focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Cathy Jones, Greg Malone, Tommy Sexton, Mary Walsh

Votes: 182

22. Heartland (II) (2007– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Family

A multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centered on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times.

Stars: Amber Marshall, Shaun Johnston, Graham Wardle, Chris Potter

Votes: 7,733

23. Seeing Things (1981–1987)

Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

A newspaper journalist has strange visions which help him in the solving of crimes.

Stars: Louis Del Grande, Janet-Laine Green, Martha Gibson, Frank Adamson

Votes: 260

24. The Friendly Giant (1958–1985)

15 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

In his castle, a giant and his friends tell stories and play music for the young viewers.

Stars: Bob Homme, Rod Coneybeare

Votes: 346

25. Less Than Kind (2008– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

15-year-old Sheldon Blecher is overweight, with a self-destructive driving instructor father and pyromaniac mother who never quite seem to fit into their community. His egotistical ... See full summary »

Stars: Jesse Camacho, Benjamin Arthur, Wendel Meldrum, Nancy Sorel

Votes: 489

27. Definition (1974–1989)

30 min | Game-Show

A cross between Hangman and Scrabble, players try to solve puzzles by guessing missing letters. Very similar to "Wheel of Fortune" but without the wheel.

Stars: Jim Perry, Dave Devall, Jean Christopher, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 27

28. Twitch City (1998– )

30 min | Comedy

This comedy series stands halfway between the average sitcom and Tarantinoesque production. It focuses on Curtis, a weird couch potato who never leaves his home and watches the Rex Reilly ... See full summary »

Stars: Don McKellar, Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie, Daniel MacIvor

Votes: 435

29. Quentin Durgens, M.P. (1966–1971)

60 min

Quentin Durgens, M.P. was a CBC Canada television series, which aired on CBC Television from 1965 to 1969. It was one of the first hour-long drama series produced by the CBC, and helped to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Cavall, Eric Grouix, Suzanne Lévesque, Gordon Pinsent

Votes: 13

30. Mixed Blessings (2007– )

Comedy, Drama

A widowed Ukrainian plumber and a widowed Cree waitress fall madly in love resulting in a riotous fireworks display of conflicts with friends and family.

Stars: Gary Basaraba, Tina Lameman, Big Daddy Tazz, Griffin Powell-Arcand

Votes: 35

31. Inside the Box (2006–2007)

30 min | Game-Show

Inside the Box revolves around the content of iconic TV programming, pitting three contestants against one another as they try to identify memorable shows, actors and TV characters from the... See full summary »

Star: Sam Kalilieh

Votes: 176

32. Chez Hélène (1959–1973)

15 min | Family

"No one ever knew what it was about" said another contributor. It was actually a pretty good early attempt at educational TV, with conversations and stories designed for the audience to learn French. Very friendly and comfortable.

Stars: Hélène Baillargeon, Madeline Kronby, Florence Schreiber

Votes: 24

33. The Swiss Family Robinson (1974– )

30 min | Adventure, Family

Follows the adventures of a Swiss family shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island in 1801. It is loosely based on the classic novel by Johann Wyss.

Stars: Chris Wiggins, Diana Leblanc, Ricky O'Neill, Heather Graham

Votes: 117

34. Little Mosque on the Prairie (2007–2012)

22 min | Comedy

A satirical view at a Muslim community living in Mercy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Stars: Zaib Shaikh, Sitara Hewitt, Debra McGrath, Manoj Sood

Votes: 2,285

35. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )

TV-PG | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.

Stars: Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris

Votes: 8,895

36. Ace Lightning (2002– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

When a bolt of lightning strikes his house, a British teenager's life is turned upside-down when the characters from his video game come to life in his own backyard.

Stars: Marc Minardi, Thomas Wansey, Shadia Simmons, Ashley Leggat

Votes: 305

37. Slings and Arrows (2003–2006)

60 min | Comedy

In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Gross, Martha Burns, Stephen Ouimette, Susan Coyne

Votes: 2,308

39. Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2002–2005)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Based on a true story, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye follows the adventures of Sue Thomas at the FBI in Washington, D.C. She's one hard-headed, soft-hearted woman whose talent for reading lips helps ... See full summary »

Stars: Deanne Bray, Yannick Bisson, Rick Peters, Marc Gomes

Votes: 1,593

40. The Fifth Estate (1976– )

60 min | Documentary, News

Investigative journalist news documentaries are presented.

Stars: Bob McKeown, Mark Kelley, Gillian Findlay, Linden MacIntyre

Votes: 153



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