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Douglas Coupland's bestselling novel is adapted for the small screen by two top Canadian writers. Set in 2005, the show revolves around a group of video game programmers whose last names all begin with "J". They live and work in a development "pod", which they refer to as the "JPod", within a company that resembles Electronic Arts, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Raugi Yu

Raugi Yu

Kam Fong

David Kopp

David Kopp

Ethan Jarlewski

Benjamin Ayres

Benjamin Ayres

Casper "Cowboy" Jesperson

Steph Song

Steph Song

Brianna "Bree" Jyang

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Carol Jarlewski

Emilie Ullerup

Emilie Ullerup

Kaitlin Joyce

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  • Jpod=cult classic Sadly for some reason CBC refuses to see this is a great show/product when most of the stuff they make is boring trash. voices the peoples outrage for the show being cutmoreless

    So as for the review...

    Well jpod is a smart sexy mix of That 70s show/The IT crowd/entourage like feeling. Why the CBC would cannibalize there own product when it is of a quality far surpassing all of there other content i will never understand. It is like what the automotive industry did to the electric car. Which is why everyone should really watch "Who Killed The.Electric Car". How crap like the border n such are renewed when this is not i will never be able to understand. It really blows the mind...

    Anyway back to why Jpod is so great. This is because the series is not the same crap force feed to the sheep masses by the sh!t tones. Lawyer this doctor that and lets not forget the cops. Instead of doing the same thing over and over again this show does what Dexter/psych/the Tudors does and shows what original programing can achieve. Smart funny witty sexy hilarious i could go on and on forever...

    However instead of my view lets see what the vast majority of the people posting on the CBC site said. Here are some excerpts. LauraHalliday wrote:

    jPod was fun. Quirky. Differnt. Messing with time slots is always a good way to kill a show.

    Brian303 wrote:

    I just created an accont on CBC's website to lament the cancellation of jPod. It's the only show I care about on TV and I'm frustrated that my tax dollars will be used to fund fearmongering drivel like The Border and other homogenized tripe on the CBC.

    AnthonyTsui wrote:

    The writing was so much funnier than other programs that are returning (*little mosque*), I really had high hopes for little mosque, but it just wasn't good.

    Djinn_PAWN wrote:

    jPod cancelled? How unfortunate. I'm not really sure how you gather your 'accurate' ratings for shows but my household, and my friend's households made an effort to watch jPod every week. Not on-line, or recorded, but as soon as it hit the CBC's airwaves. We are that excited about the show. (((( Yes ratings thats what is important even tho they are not really accurate)))))

    AndrewL wrote:

    I want to you thank you CBC...

    Thanks for canceling one of the last two shows I actually still watch on television: jPod.

    Thanks for demonstrating that modern, intelligent, witty, Canadian-created comedies have no place on a television station that gobbles up my tax dollars.

    Raven119 wrote:

    As a 40-something myself, I thoroughly enjoy jPod. When I first heard back in early 2007 that the novel was going to be made into a series, I could hardly wait for the first episode. RobOrszulik wrote:

    Once again the CBC has seen fit to cancel inventive, creative and edgy televsion series like jPod and Intelligence, and kept the bland, formulaic, post-9/11-its-all-about-security The Border. I'm disappointed, but not surprised.

    jPod Mama wrote:

    I have had a sick feeling in my stomach ever since CBC announced the cancellation of jPod. So much so, I have decided to sign up and let you know what a horrendous mistake the CBC is making!

    I have 4 kids, and my time is valuable, television is not a top priority for me and if I am going to invest my time to watch a show, it has to be great - and jPod is brilliant! What were the "Powers that Be" at the CBC thinking when they decided to not renew the best show CBC has rolled out since, well, I can't even remember? And it goes on and on forever. It is funny that the CBC seems to have reset the Peoplerecommendedthis per comments down to a fraction of what they used to be. Some comments had 200-300 Peoplerecommendedthis thumbs up. Tho maybe the cbc system uncounts them i donno... As for the show watch it online at cbc and there is other ways to download it as well (ITunes etc)

    ALSO CHECK OUT search for jpod to see find the artical that renews pure crap and cancels greatness for many many many more comments about how great Jpod was :*( Here are 20 Reasons to Save jPod - Pictures(at * Reason #1: Awesome Fans * Reason #2: Distinctively Canadian * Reason #3: Kam Fong * Reason #4: Internet Audience * Reason #5: Word of Mouth * Reason #6: Younger Viewers * Reason #7: The Novel * Reason #8: Relevant * Reason #9: Humour * Reason #10: More Appropriate Timeslot * Reason #11: Online Advertising * Reason #12: DVD Sales * Reason #13: New Viewers * Reason #14: International Exposure * Reason #15: 15 LEO Nominations * Reason #16: There's Nothing Else Like It * Reason #17: Creative Genius * Reason #18: Canadian Culture * Reason #19: Douglas Coupland * Reason #20: Podsters

  • A boat carrying a pile of money just left CBC's harbor and set sale for obscurity. Good job Ceeb.

    The greatest crime in the history of Canada is probably the whole Robert Picton fiasco followed by the Paul Bernardo mess. But the cancellation of jPod is probably pretty low on the list... But a crime nonetheless.

    I can't think of another show on any network on the planet that sums up the folks straddling the X and Y Generational lines better than jPod. There's literally nothing on television to compare it to. In the literary word you can compare it to the works of the man himself, Douglas Coupland along with his contemporaries Chuck Palahniuk and Max Berry.

    CBC missed the money train on this one because this is the first show that transcended television. Not only was it a modest hit on CBC (of which the audience grew week to week) but it was a huge hit on the web. People from around the globe were downloading this off of file sharing sites and really digging it. You can make a strong argument that jPod was indeed the first true international hit show. Think of the profit margins. Think of the evolutionary possibilities.

    Onto the show. It's the wittiest thing on TV by a league or two and it has such an incredible cast of which there is no Lisa Simpson (ie weak link). The acting can be kind of cardboard like at times but show me a show that doesn't have those moments in the first season. Fantastic, just amazing. 10/10.moreless
  • JPod follows a group of game programmers whose all last names begin with the letter "J" and the way they live their lives in the pod as well as out.

    JPod is a new quirky Canadian show that took me by surprise. It is loosely based on the book "JPod" by Dougland Coupland. By loosely, I mean the characters and their personality, and the rare bits of story line that are transposed from the book.

    The comedic TV series has an original feel to it, a certain edge that hooks you in and doesn't let go until you find yourself counting the seconds til the next episode starts. Backgrounds of characters such as being raised in a lesbian commune, or one's mother growing weed give the show its quirky, yet somehow realistic feel. The characters are vivid and well portrayed and of course there are some clichés such as, " boy falls for new girl". However characters like Kam Fong ( a Chinese smuggler) and Jim Jarlewski ( a washed up actor but an avid ball-room dancer) really bring this show to life and make the side plots as, or even more, interesting than the main plot. Overall JPod is a nice new show that will keep you entertained once a week, and will inevitably end up with you starting to read the book, just as I am!moreless
  • A bunch of programmers whose surnames start with the letter "J" are put into the "jpod" group to design games at whatever the name of the game company.

    Great idea, really really bad execution. I was constantly thinking what's on the other channels. I got to the end of episode 2, somehow, but original thought stuck nice concept, bad performance.

    Main Character's household:

    -Mum professional Horticulturist -> growing weed

    -Father supposed ex great ballroom dance turned actor want-a-be -> can't keep his dick in his pants

    -Brother Real estate Agent/Developer/etc helps trading in people (Chinese boat people)

    The Workplace

    Ethan Jarlewski - Main Character

    Brianna "Bree" Jyang - Token unwanted daughter in Asian family "Why couldn't you have been a boy"

    Casper "Cowboy" Jesperson - Sex Crazed maniac

    John Doe - Had his name changed recently to become statistically average due to growing up in a lesbian commune

    Kaitlin Joyce - Ex Overweight high school drop out mum, who worked for Applemoreless
  • Set in 2005, the show revolves around a group of video game programmers whose last names all begin with "J". They live and work in a development "pod", which they refer to as the "JPod", within a company that resembles Electronic Arts.moreless

    The only reason I originally heard about J-pod was through several forums talking about future Canadian shows. Looking for something different from the unsual dross that we are served, I tuned in to see what was what and boy, am I glad I did.

    The quirky nature of this show will not appeal to everyone but people with a broad sense of humour will really enjoy this. The premise is unique in itself and as the show progress I look forward to seeing just what menanderings all the characters get up to.

    Even though the show is titled Jpod, the show similarly focuses on the Jarlewski family. Its is these scenes that really make the show for me. C'mon, who not going to find funny a family whos mum (Sherry Miller) is a pot dealer who at the same time, thinks family values are important. A dad (Alan Thicke) who was an ex-ballroom dancing champion who now is an acting with a wandering eye. A brother who is a real estate agent but in hos spare time, likes to dable in chinesse orginized crime and finally the main character, Ethan (David Kopp), a video game programer who tries to keep everything together.

    This is a very enjoyable show and one that is highly recommened.moreless

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