My Fave Canadian TV Shows from the 70S and 80S

Introduction:

There were some great TV shows on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) back in the 70s and 80s. Here's a list of my favorite TV shows that I watched growing up.

King of Kensington (1975-1980)

This show starred Al Waxman as Larry King, the King of Kensington. It was a sitcom and it was based on his family and their variety store in Toronto's multi-cultural Kensington market. Their store was a meeting place in the community. It had a funny song as their theme song, really catchy and memorable.

Seeing Things (1981-87)

Seeing Things was a show about a reporter Louie Ciccone, who works at the Toronto Gazette. He has visions that are able to solve murders - he has clairvoyant abilities and premonitions of what's going to happen. He's a quirky character and he's trying to get back with his ex-wife.

SCTV Network (1976-1984)

A comedy show about a TV network with parodies of various tv show genres: comedy, crime, talk shows, even commercials. This is where alot of comic greats had their beginnings. To name a few: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas and Harold Ramis. Bob and Doug McKenzie was featured on SCTV with their take on the "Great White North", two beer-guzzling brothers who fit all the "Canadian" stereotypes. They had a TV show called the Great White North, which was a segment of SCTV that lasted 2 1/2 minutes, meant to be a filler for the show, but ended up with a cult following and is still popular to this day. This comedy show's cast wrote and performed the many "characters" on SCTV.

Bizarre (1980-85)

This show was a half-hour sitcom starring John Byner. It was sort of stand-up, talk show and skits all rolled into one. Super Dave Osborne would perform, he was sort of like a Canadian version of Evil Knievel, but with cheesy special effects. He usually ended up as just a talking head in a helmet and feet, and alot of bleeped profanities going on. It was a crazy show, very enjoyable.

Wok With Yan (1980-1982)

Wok with Yan was a Chinese cooking show with Mr. Stephen Yan as the cooking host. It aired from 1980-1992, with a second edition that was produced in the early 1990s. He also made really great easy to follow recipes, with humour mixed in. His apron always had a different saying on it, involving the word Wok, like WOK THIS WAY. I still remember him saying "two tablespoonfuls of sesame seed oil" in a thick Chinese accent, swirling oil into the wok. He always had a guest at the end who joined him in the meal he made. He was a host with the most and was interesting and fun to watch.




Final Thoughts

These CBC shows were awesome. I wish they could bring some of them back on the air, even once and awhile.


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