Black Harbour

CBC (ended 1999)


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Black Harbour

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A Canadian drama about a family that is forced to move from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia.
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  • A decent show that was underappreciated by the network but also has its writers to blame.

    I came to Black Harbour long after it went off the air and that was only because of one of its stars, Geraint Wyn Davies, is my favorite actor (thank goodness for tape trees). Black Harbour never aired where I live although it was sold to Europe by CBC.

    I liked the show from the very first episode because it was decidedly different from the regular stuff that swaps across the ocean to us. We're used to all the US shows that deal with crime, violence, money, you name it. I like those shows too but they try very hard to surpass each other in how spectacular they are and in consequence lose their individuality.

    Along comes Black Harbour, and it wasn't spectacular at all. It dealt with small-town problems in Nova Scotia. It had regular people, believable characters. People that could be your neighbors, your family --- that could be you. It was unspectacular in the best sense of the word. It was refreshing to have a show that concentrated on a story, on characters, and it was cast with actors who clearly know their craft.

    Sadly the show went down the road a lot of shows take after a while: they try to 'spice up' their stories. It started in season 2 when Tasha began an affair with a boy who turns out to be entangled in a family feud that has deadly consequences. The old Romeo-and-Juliet setting – nothing wrong there if it stays within a certain limit. It worked out for season 2, but the writers clearly went over the top in season 3 when they squeezed two rather unbelievable plot-lines into the 13 short episodes of the season. First Kathy finds out she is the product of an illicit affair and her mother wasn't her real mother at all. So she sets out to find out about her real mother and digs up a long-lost brother in the process who turns out to be the crook with the heart of gold who ends up in prison. In the meantime Len, who unwisely messed around with the local crime boss, goes off on a trip to find himself in a monastery after he had a vision of some medieval knight. It seemed that towards the end the writers tried to cram material that might have been meant for a fourth season into the remaining episodes ending with a sweet but rather sudden reunion of Nick and Kathy.

    Still, Black Harbour is and will remain one of my personal favorites because the superb acting made up for a lot.

  • A pretty good TV show.

    This was a pretty good television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites ( and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.moreless
  • When Katherine Hubbard’s mother takes ill, she is forced to return to Black Harbour, Nova Scotia to care for her mother. Nick, her husband is a director that has fallen on hard times and is forced to go with her.moreless

    Black Harbour was a show that I believe American audiences would have liked. It was well written and acted in.

    All the men and women who were in it did a very good job.

    The only problem with it as far as the powers that be could see, is that it was done in Canada, with Canadian actors and takes place in Canada. That's three strikes as far as the American executives are concerned. When will the PTB here realize there is talent in places like Canada, Australia and other English speaking countries?

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