Canadian Television Comedy Drama: The New Millennium

by EilisNiGhliasain | created - 07 Mar 2018 | updated - 8 hours ago | Public
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1. 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: 2,284

2. Kim's Convenience (2016– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store.

Stars: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang, Simu Liu

Votes: 4,497

A lovely, true to life, modern day scenario for a Canadian family with a Korean background living in downtown Toronto amongst an assortment of eclectic characters.

Here's a view of season three that premières in January, 2019:

Éilís anticipates a romance between Jung (Simu Liu) and Shannon ( Nicole Power). You can see and hear the chemistry crackle between these two. Canadian television is great for this sort of lab work.

3. Michael: Every Day (2011)

22 min | Comedy

Michael and David have been seeing each other, professionally, twice a week for 15 years. They're making progress. Dr. David Storper is a psychiatrist specializing in cognitive behavioral ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Martin, Matt Watts, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Pablo Silveira

Votes: 379

Incredibly underrated - especially in Canada! A sequel to "Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays" and a 2018 Canadian Screen Award nominee for best comedy series. A gem. Canadiana at its finest.

4. 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: 2,307

5. 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

Canadians seem to miss these regional, original gems from their country because APTN's "Mixed Blessings" only lasted a year! But Éilís could still watch the Network with analogue rabbit ears. So she managed to see the whole season. A year later she saw one of the stars from it (Gary Basaraba) on a dvd from the Banff Public Library "Mad Men Season Five!" Éilís gasps at the difference in personalities the actor portrays. To this day, she asks herself did Mr. Basaraba really personify a fine Fort McMurray, Ukrainian Canadian Alberta single parent plumber named Hank; as compared to creepy Jaguar executive Herb? Actress Tina Lameman is equally as good as a Cree widow playing his - Hank's not Herb's - lover and immediately committed partner, Josie with vitality to spare. Cuddle up on your couch and enjoy their chemistry.

6. Mohawk Girls (2010–2017)

22 min | Comedy

Mohawk Girls is a half hour dramatic comedy about four young women figuring out how to be Mohawk in the 21st century. The series centers around four twenty-something Mohawk women trying to ... See full summary »

Stars: Brittany LeBorgne, Heather White, Maika Harper, Jennifer Pudavick

Votes: 215

Provocative depiction of life for four young beautiful Mohawk women living on their First Nation inside and outside of Montréal. Great acting and tight writing. "Mohawk Girls" creator, director and activist, Tracey Deer has won numerous kudos for her work on and off the set.

You can watch APTN's "Mohawk Girls" season five online at this link: (

7. Snakes & Ladders (2004– )

60 min | Drama

Shannon Jennings, fresh out of university, finds herself immersed in the political backrooms of Ottawa in her new job as executive assistant to a federal Cabinet Minister.

Stars: Amy Price-Francis, Jeremy Akerman, Robert Bockstael, Kim Dunn

Votes: 18

8. The Hour (2004–2014)

60 min | Comedy, Music, News

A Canadian talk show hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos.

Stars: George Stroumboulopoulos, Ali Hassan, Naomi Snieckus, Liz Walaszczyk

Votes: 552

Mr. Stroumboulopoulos engages his guests - ranging from Adam Beach to Drew Barrymore - with such authenticity. Why not watch his online program reruns "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight?" They're worth it for the candidness of the guests alone:

9. Les beaux malaises (2014– )

23 min | Comedy

The hilarious adventures of a simple-minded man.

Stars: Martin Matte, Julie LeBreton, Emilie Bierre, Patrice Robitaille

Votes: 536

The CBC promotes this interesting spectacle from Québec by contrasting it with "Seinfeld". It's better and more realistic. Éilís never watched "Seinfeld". But she's viewing every episode of "Les beaux malaises" that's now showing online on CBC Gem. Why not practice your French? Watch the strangest funeral in the history of television (S1E8). And copy and paste this link and view "Embarrassments" for free in Canada:

A note on the series' "captioner". They use American spelling for Canadian place names like the "Bell Centre"/ "Centre Bell". And spelled words like "colour", color / "humour"/ humor and "neighbour" / neighbor. It's insulting. Canadian taxpayers indirectly contribute to public television in their country. The least they should expect are their stadiums and orthography reflected in subtitles.

They are important and crucial to the enjoyment of a film or tv series for people reading them. Éilís found the "Embarrassments" translation, the American spelling in it and; the amount of English words in Québec French in "Les beaux malaises", disturbing. She lived and studied in Montréal and never heard the "dumbing down" language that's in this show.

This show was witty, Canada. Why the low rating? Éilís laughed with every episode; all 10 of them: Actors Helena Joy and Rick Roberts never looked so gorgeous.

11. The Best Laid Plans (2014– )

266 min | Comedy

In order to get out of national politics, a disillusioned speechwriter runs a federal election campaign in a supposedly hopeless riding with an eccentric candidate.

Stars: Jonas Chernick, Kenneth Welsh, Jodi Balfour, Sarah Allen

Votes: 150

This series is now playing online: (

Éilís' loves Canadian Screen Award CSA winner and nominee: "The Best Laid Plans." Veteran Canuck actor Kenneth Welsh depicts the fill-in eccentric electoral candidate Angus and Jonas Chernick, as Daniel, his manager and confidante; mingling with gorgeous assistants and activists and writing the opposition leader's speeches. What: you don't like "in your face politics?"

12. Dan for Mayor (2010– )

30 min | Comedy

A man named Dan who doesn't know anything about politics decides to run for mayor of his city; Shenanigans ensue.

Stars: Fred Ewanuick, Mary Ashton, Paul Bates, Benjamin Ayres

Votes: 543

Despite the mediocre reviews, this short-lived series is refreshingly different. How many thirtiish, apolitical men win a small Ontario town mayoralty race by default? This unique and engaging premise - and actor Fred Ewanuick as Dan, the new mayor of Wessex - are the reasons to watch this nice and easy program.

13. Schitt's Creek (2015– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

When rich video-store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup in Schitt's Creek.

Stars: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy

Votes: 20,946

Regarding last season, the episode "Housewarming" broadcast February 5th, 2019 is brillant; one of the best:

Have fun at the slumber party when Ted kisses David with such whimsy and frivolity. And the expressions on the faces of Alexa, Patrick and Stevie when the handsome vet does so; they look like a jack- in- the-box popped up in front of them.

Mr. Rose is also babysitting Roland and Jocelyne's son: Roland Jr. the same night as the pajama party. Johnny changes the really cute baby's bottom and settles him down to sleep with great relish and care. It sounds simplistic. But Johnny complicates the scenario with his fatherhood reflections.

Éilís looks forward to David and Patrick's wedding in season six; or not. And she wants to know actor Jennifer Robertson's character Jocelyn Schitt better, too. That happened a bit in episode four, season five (Jan 29-19). Ms Robertson portrayed an exhausted, underappreciated, overlooked, schoolteacher and new mother with such finesse.

Merci to Dan Levy for creating an emotionally crippled television character who lacks long-term relationships in his life. Nice change. Éilís relates. Patrick's here now, David! Could Éilís get a Patrick (Padraig), too?

The writers, producers, directors and actors are -as Moira (Catherine O'Hara) would put it - "to die for" in this - yes, Éilís' believes it Canadian - show. Although, "poison oak" is "poison ivy," "soda" is "pop," "sofa" is "couch" and commencement speech (mucho dinero) - is convocation talk (libre normalmente); in Canada. Additionally, Éilís' has never heard a properly genuine Canadian celebrity or music reference on "Schitt's Creek," so maybe she's not so sure about the nationality of it. The Canadian public broadcaster, CBC produces the series; and the "Canada Media Fund" funds it, after all.

As Éilís' profile indicates, she maintains strict policies for her Can con; and reputation. So, she believes should her government. The shows Canadian taxpayers indirectly pay for can comfort the Americans with "local" folklore. They can figure it out.

14. Robson Arms (2005–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Robson Arms is an older Tudor styled two-story walk up apartment building located in the west end of Vancouver. The building is inhabited by a variety of tenants, who interact with each ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Dedrick, Tom Saunders, John Cassini, Helena Yea

Votes: 399

Another incredibly underrated Canadian comedy drama courtesy of CTV.

Why is "Friends" - now to be fair, Éilís witnessed a mere 10 minutes of that series - preferable to enjoying the too few three seasons of relatable and realistic "Robson Arms?" John Cassini plays the best sketchy caretaker ever.

And there are guest stars like Margot Kidder, William B. Davis, Will Sasso, Mark McKinney, Megan Follows and Shirley Douglas. It's difficult not to name drop. Sorry! And the creators, writers, producers Susin Nielsen and Gary Harvey; a thousand kudos for your contribution to Canadian television. No one ever forgets walking the halls of "Robson Arms."

This "reality" series redefines the genre. And if you cannot attend TIFF 2019, these shorts from novice Canadian filmmakers might fill a void. Breathe deeply. Enjoy the unusual. Prepare for surprises. Who can resist host Steve Patterson?

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