I’m gonna go out on a whim here and assume that the majority of people who are reading this are American. I don’t blame you, it’s fine, no worries. But I am not American. I am Canadian! And like all great Canadians, I’m hilarious. Hahahaha. Ha. Okay, anyway. We make TV up here. Crazy, right? What shows are made in Canada, you ask? Well, let’s see, we have: Supernatural, Bates Motel, Suits, Arrow, Once Upon a Time, The X-Files, Falling Skies, Queer as Folk, and so many more but the list is getting long now. Anyway, those are just several of the bajillion shows that are filmed up here. And the list will only grow longer, considering the state of the Canadian dollar right now, but that’s a different conversation. Now I know you’re wondering: Sonja, what about Canadian TV shows? Well, friends. I’ve got you.
Most likely the most popular of all the shows that I will list, Orphan Black is a show about several identical women who are all clones. Ohhhh. One of the best shows on television right now, Orphan Black is one of my favourites for obvious reasons: the acting, the dialogue and writing in general, the cinematography, the STORY, the characters that I have become so invested in, and obviously, Helena. Orphan Black features well known Canadian actors and also introduces some breakthrough performers. Make sure to catch up on all the seasons before season 4 comes out in a few months!
Not too many comedies are filmed in Canada, but Schitt’s Creek hits close to home for me. Literally, because my best friend lives right down the street from where it films. I grew up watching Dan Levy on MTV and Eugene Levy on American Pie. Also, did you know there is another Levy in that show? Sarah Levy! She plays Twyla. Anyway, this show is hilarious. Catherine O’Hara is also in it, playing a former actress and spitting out nothing but hilarity. The show also showcases hilarious female actresses, such as Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire. Please watch, guys! It’s on Netflix and it’s funny and it only gets better! It’s on it’s second season now so you know it’s goooood.
Guys! This show is amazing. It follows two cops, Ben Chartier and Nick Barron and is set in Montreal! ALSO ALSO, it’s based on the French (Quebec) version of 19-2, but since it was so popular, they had to do an English remake. If that’s not a clear as day sign telling you to watch it, then I don’t know what is! In class, our teacher showed us a clip from season 2 episode 1 involving a school shooting (no spoilers, don’t worry). This episode was a game-changer in television. Even if you don’t want to watch the show, I would highly recommend watching that episode. It’s fantastic and I was left speechless by the end.
So, that show 19-2 I mentioned seconds ago. Ben Chartier is played by Jared Keeso, a Canadian actor. If you check out this article that I previously posted, you will see that I make a shoutout to Letterkenny and Keeso! Based off of the webseries that is posted on YouTube, Leterkenny is about the small town problems that happen in a town of 5000 people in Ontario. Letterkenny will be available on CraveTV starting February 7! That’s in a few days, so keep your eyes open and get ready.
A show that ended (in my opinion) well before it’s time, Being Erica was this super funny and super relatable show about a woman who has the “resources” to go back in time and change her most regrettable moments from her past. When I say she has the “resources” to do this, I mean she has this guy named Dr. Tom who can take her into any moment in her past. Who wouldn’t want this? LOTS of people. But it’s fun, hilarious, endearing, romantic, hopeful, and creative. I love this show and I have nothing bad to say about it other than WATCH IT! You’ll even recognize some actors like ummmmm this actress named Tatiana Maslany? She’s kinda big now, eh?
Showing us that teachers don’t have it all planned out, Mr. D is about a teacher who is just as lost as the kids are. He somehow makes his living working as a teacher, even though he pretty much has no clue what he’s doing. For example, check out this clip here where he talks about grading papers. Isn’t that how we would all grade papers, realistically? Because I know I would. ANYWAY, this show is hilarious. And it’s super Canadian. I love it and everyone should too!
I would urge everyone reading this to watch at least one episode from any of these that you haven’t seen! Give Canadian TV a show, guys! Our budgets are lower and we don’t have access to all these fancy beaches that you guys do on the west coast in California, but we’ve got beautiful cities and wonderful actors and hard-working Canadian crews! Let me know in the comments what you thought about any of these!! I’d love to know what you guys think!