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    ladycanuck

    [1]May 16, 2007
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    The Top 50 Most Successful Canadian Dramas & Sitcoms

    In this post I'm gonna provide you with a list I've carefully put together of what I consider to be the most successful Canadian TV series' of the past. To clarify, this list will only include live-action scripted primetime series. No soaps or animated, news or current events shows will be contained--sitcoms and dramas only. Plus, I'm not including shows made in other languages (such as French ones) To be considered for the list, these shows must have aired principally on a Canadian network and must have taken place in Canada or have had distinctly Canadian characters.

    Now, to begin with the list. First of all, there haven't been all that many "success stories" when it comes to scripted TV series in Canada. By "scripted" I am referring to sitcoms and dramas. The situation was never great but in recent years it has become considerably worse. Shows made in this country don't seem to last very long and lasting long (ie. having a great many episodes made) are ultimately what denotes success. And "success" does not automatically mean a show was "good", just that it managed to attract viewers or attract network support to keep it on the air. After all, some really good-quality shows have neglected to gain viewers while some fairly bad-quality shows did gain many viewers. At the same time, some shows which never succeeded in attracting viewers, managed to stay on the air. So just for clarification, this list is about the quantity of episodes made rather than the quality. Sometimes the show had both, but not always. Here's the list:

    1. The Beachcombers (1972-1989) 387 episodes + 2 telemovies
    2. Street Legal (1986-1994) 124 episodes + 1 telemovie
    3. Danger Bay (1984-1989) 123 episodes
    4. Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-current) 119 episodes
    5. The Littlest Hobo (1979-1985) 114 episodes
    6. King of Kensington (1975-1980) 111 episodes
    7. Katts & Dog (1988-1992) 107 episodes
    8. Da Vinci's Inquest & Da Vinci's City Hall (1998-2006) 104 episodes + 1 telemovie
    9. The Forest Rangers (1963-1966) 104 episodes
    10. North of 60 (1992-1997) 90 episodes + 5 telemovies
    10. The Campbells (1985-1989) 100 episodes
    12. Cold Squad (1998-2005) 98 episodes
    12. E.N.G. (1989-1994) 96 episodes + 1 telemovie
    14. Night Heat (1984-1989) 96 episodes
    15. Road to Avonlea (1989-1996) 91 episodes + 1 telemovie
    16. Psi Factor (1996-2000) 88 episodes
    17. Traders (1995-2000) 83 episodes
    18. Bordertown (1989-1993) 78 episodes
    18. Paradise Falls (2001-2004) 78 episodes
    20. Forever Knight (1992-1996) 72 episodes
    20. Degrassi Junior High & Degrassi High (1987-1991) 70 episodes + 1 telemovie
    22. Edgemont (2001-2005) 70 episodes
    22. Due South (1994-1999) 68 episodes + 1 telemovie
    24. Corner Gas (2004-current) 69 episodes
    25. Wind At My Back (1996-2001) 65 episodes + telemovie
    26. Counterstrike (1991-1994) 66 episodes
    27. Made In Canada (1998-2003) 65 episodes
    27. Madison (1993-1997) 65 episodes
    27. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992-1995) 65 episodes
    27. Lexx (1998-2002) 65 episodes
    27. Ready or Not (1993-199 65 episodes
    27. Student Bodies (1997-2000) 65 episodes
    33. Neon Rider (1989-1994) 62 episodes
    34. Puppets Who Kill (2002-current) 53 episodes
    35. Life With Derek (2005-current) 52 episodes
    35. Regenesis (2004-current) 52 episodes
    35. Instant Star (2004-200 52 episodes
    35. Instant Star (2004-200 52 episodes
    35. Blue Murder (2001-2004) 52 episodes
    35. African Skies (1991-1994) 52 episodes
    35. Northwood (1991-1994) 52 episodes
    35. Material World (1989-1993) 52 episodes*
    35. Mentors (1999-2003) 52 episodes
    44. Trailer Park Boys (2001-current) 49 episodes + 1 movie
    45. Check It Out (1985-1989) 47 episodes
    46. Emily of New Moon (1998-2002) 46 episodes
    47. Diamonds (1987-1989) 45 episodes
    48. Seeing Things (1981-1987) 43 episodes
    49. The Collector (2004-2006) 40 episodes
    50. The Odyssey (1992-1995) 39 episodes
    50. The Eleventh Hour (2002-2005) 39 episodes
    50. Black Harbour (1996-1999) 39 episodes
    Edited on 03/09/2008 11:34am
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    maritimer00

    [2]May 16, 2007
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    Great list!...no Red Green Show?....

    I could have sworn Beachcombers had 2 telemovies....
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    HelloStuart

    [3]May 17, 2007
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    I wouldn't say "successful" as much as you simply list the longest-running Canadian TV series. Plenty of American shows have a run a long time without having a large audience ("King of the Hill" and "Scrubs" come to mind).
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    ladycanuck

    [4]May 17, 2007
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    maritimer00 wrote:
    Great list!...no Red Green Show?.... I could have sworn Beachcombers had 2 telemovies....

     You are right. Beachcombers did have two telemovies--I changed it on the list. I didn't include Red Green because that's not a scripted show, is it? Or maybe it is, I guess maybe it might me.

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    CosmicSneakers

    [5]Feb 4, 2013
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    I thought Red Green was scripted....just was one of the shows that allowed adlibbing and improve and was broken into various skits which centered around the episode plot. Cause at 300 episodes, it's the 2nd show that am aware of to break 300 episodes(or in this case, just meet 300)....plus one movie.

    Edited on 02/04/2013 4:41am
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