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The Great Canadian Check-In of 2017

Old 03-10-17, 10:01 PM
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I'm ashamed to admit that I have never tried poutine. I should self-revoke my citizenship. Nor have I tried a peameal bacon sandwich, which is supposedly Toronto's signature food.
I'm also loath to confess that I know very little about Stompin' Tom or his music.
I'm also a Canadian who has never tried poutine. I have no desire to, it looks like a heart attack on a plate. I've tried peameal bacon but don't like it at all, and have no interest in Stompin' Tom. So you are not alone, sir.
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When I was little, we only watched Quebec/French Canadian tv so I grew up with shows you probably never heard of like "Bobino et Boninette" and "Capitaine Bonhomme". Except for Saturday mornings when I'd religiously get up to watch American cartoons (Bugs Bunny and Loony Tunes stuff). As a teenager, I started watching more US tv, sitcoms like "All in the Family" and NFL football. I can't really recall watching "Canadian" shows though.

Hmmm... except for this, which was pretty funny:

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Trailer Park Boys
Corner Gas
The Kids in the Hall
SCTV

Canadian TV is tough. It is pretty rare for a Canadian show to be really good.
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I remember seeing this as a kid. Good times.
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Trailer Park Boys
Corner Gas
The Kids in the Hall
SCTV

Canadian TV is tough. It is pretty rare for a Canadian show to be really good.
True. Some of my favourites...
Tom Green (on Rogers TV, before he went to MTV)
Twitch City
Kenny vs. Spenny (guilty pleasure...)
Old 03-11-17, 01:37 AM
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It's been twenty years, but I remember North of 60 being one of the few dramatic Canadian shows that was really top-notch. Particularly the character arc of TeeVee over the years. He's one of my favourite TV show characters.

And while I hate to give Paul Gross props, Slings and Arrows was wonderful.
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You're an honorary Canadian! Holy shit, Rocket Robin Hood, what a horrible show that was! Though I'm not a superhero enthusiast, I do have fond childhood memories of the 1960s Amazing Spiderman and Mighty Hercules cartoon shows, both of which were Canadian-made.
Rocket Robin Hood was awesome!! I used to dress my GI Joes up as the Rocket Robin Hood guys!

Yep, and I remember the Spiderman show (I think he even fought some of the same villains as RRH, as the company reused the same animation.) I can still remember the Hercules theme song. And they always had the Max the 2000 Year Old Mouse shorts in there, too.

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Twitch City
I caught Twitch City when it was shown on some US cable channel (Bravo, maybe?). That "Planet of the Cats" episode was a classic!
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Awesome! Everyone should watch Twitch City.
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Checking in a little late, but "The Hammer" represent!

I agree that there's not a lot of great Canadian TV. Although Orphan Black should be included, but maybe it's only "good". However I find Canadian television newsmagazines very good.. ie. The Fifth Estate, W5, Marketplace, etc. I've mentioned some fantastic Canadian films in the Criterion thread a few weeks back.

I may be heading up to Ottawa in the late spring/early summer for a little vacation - and it times up nicely with Canada's 150th.
Old 03-11-17, 05:06 PM
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One of the best TV shows ever made in Canada was Ken Finkleman's The Newsroom. It was nothing less than brilliant in its first couple of seasons (and Tanya Allen was seriously, extremely cute!), while later seasons were merely good.

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However I find Canadian television newsmagazines very good.. ie. The Fifth Estate, W5, Marketplace, etc.
True. Fifth Estate is the better of the two, but W5 has been around for more than 50 years. I used to like Marketplace, but it suddenly became far too precious and pseudo-hip when Jim Nunn and Jacquie Perrin left.
I've mentioned some fantastic Canadian films in the Criterion thread a few weeks back.
Yeah, there are legion great Canadian films, but it's a small industry compared to the American one. Overall, I find the French-Canadian film industry better and more unique than that of English Canada.
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I have had sex with two different women in Canada and one of them was even Canadian. What's that get me? Heck, I even paddled in a canoe with one of them (alas, no actual sex in the canoe).
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I'm still somewhat here.

King of Kensington.
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Oh yeah, I remember King of Kensington.

And as a kid, Mr. Dressup, of course. With Casey and Finnegan. And The Friendly Giant.
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Somehow I forgot about you, LorenzoL. Sorry. Come on in, and close the door behind you before you catch a cold! Take off your toque.

Ky-Fi, I loved the irresistible piano theme music for Mr. Dressup, and Ernie Coombs was a talented performer and extemporaneous artist (his drawings were my favourite part of the show), but I found Mr. Rogers a warmer, gentler presence for children, though Coombs was no slouch in that department.
Did you know that Rogers and Coombs both went to CBC to apply for Mr. Dressup in the '60s, and Coombs got the job, so Rogers went back to the States and eventually developed "Mr. Rogers" for PBS. I think that story is correct. I haven't double-checked it.

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No love for "The Littlest Hobo" ?
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No love for "The Littlest Hobo" ?
Yes. The show itself wasn't great, but again, the theme song is classic Canadiana:

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Forgot about W5 and The Fifth Estate, used to watch that quite a bit. Also watch Orphan Black for the brilliant Maslany.

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This thread is anti-American. It should probably be locked, eh.
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Somehow I forgot about you, LorenzoL. Sorry. Come on in, and close the door behind you before you catch a cold! Take off your toque.

Ky-Fi, I loved the irresistible piano theme music for Mr. Dressup, and Ernie Coombs was a talented performer and extemporaneous artist (his drawings were my favourite part of the show), but I found Mr. Rogers a warmer, gentler presence for children, though Coombs was no slouch in that department.
Did you know that Rogers and Coombs both went to CBC to apply for Mr. Dressup in the '60s, and Coombs got the job, so Rogers went back to the States and eventually developed "Mr. Rogers" for PBS. I think that story is correct. I haven't double-checked it.
Interesting. As a kid, I loved Mr. Dressup and Sesame Street, but I never liked Mr. Rogers, for some reason.

And who else watched the original run of The Starlost? Vintage Canadian sci-fi!
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I used to get up early Saturday mornings to watch Hilarious House of Frightenstein, before all the cartoons started.

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Originally Posted by chase3001 View Post
Trailer Park Boys
Corner Gas
The Kids in the Hall
SCTV

Canadian TV is tough. It is pretty rare for a Canadian show to be really good.
Originally Posted by Dan View Post
True. Some of my favourites...
Tom Green (on Rogers TV, before he went to MTV)
Twitch City
Kenny vs. Spenny (guilty pleasure...)
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Checking in a little late, but "The Hammer" represent!

I agree that there's not a lot of great Canadian TV. Although Orphan Black should be included, but maybe it's only "good". However I find Canadian television newsmagazines very good.. ie. The Fifth Estate, W5, Marketplace, etc. I've mentioned some fantastic Canadian films in the Criterion thread a few weeks back.

I may be heading up to Ottawa in the late spring/early summer for a little vacation - and it times up nicely with Canada's 150th.
I picked up Twitch City on DVD a few years back. Great show!
Made in Canada
The Newsroom
The Vacant Lot (Sketch show that took over when The Kids In The Hall stopped production)
Billable Hours

For a good, but for some reason not highly acclaimed, 'real' Canadian film, The Bay Boy is up there. Keifer's first big role.

Of course, Goin' Down The Road is another.

Porky's is obviously better known.
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Interesting. As a kid, I loved Mr. Dressup and Sesame Street, but I never liked Mr. Rogers, for some reason.
Yeah, we all have different reactions. To me, Mr. Rogers was the epitome of a "nice guy".
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Of course, Goin' Down The Road is another.
Top-10 material right there.

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