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    The Nature of Things

    The Nature of Things

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    CBC
    This multi-award-winning show has been broadcast in more than 80 countries, including the United States, on The Discovery Channel and PBS. On the air since 6 November 1960, it is one of the longest-running television shows in Canada. Biologist and geneticist David Suzuki has hosted the show since 1979.moreless
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    Seaway

    Seaway

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    CBC (ended 1966)
    Stories of the Special Police on The Saint Lawrence Seaway.
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    NHL Stanley Cup Finals

    NHL Stanley Cup Finals

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    CBC
    Hockey Night In Canada has been a national institution in Canada since 1952, when Foster Hewitt's familiar "Hello, Canada!" ushered hockey fans into the era of television. The first NHL game to be televised on Canadian Broadcasting Company was a game in Montreal on Oct. 11, 1952 and the first Finals in 1953, which were broadcast in French on CBC Radio-Canada only in Quebec, perhaps only in the Montreal area. Rene Lecavalier was the play-by-play man and only the three games in Montreal were televised. English language telecasts began in 1954 with Danny Gallivan at the microphone. Danny was followed by Bill Hewitt and Bob Cole were the primary play-by-play announcers through the 2008 Finals. Beginning in 2009, Jim Hughson took over the play-by-play duties with Craig Simpson alongside for color commentary.

    The Finals telecasts have been hosted by Ron McLean since 1987. He also hosts the popular Coach's Corner with the outspoken Don Cherry.moreless
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    Strange Paradise

    Strange Paradise

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    CBC (ended 1970)
    Set in an island in the Caribbean, Strange Paradise deals with Jean Paul Desmond, one of the wealthiest men in the world, who makes a pact with the devil to bring his wife back from the dead. His beautiful sister-in-law, Alison Carr, tries to help him, whilst the mysterious Raxl, housekeeper and Voodoo Priestess, has a war of her own with the evils of Maljardin, the plantation where everything takes place.moreless
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    Rocket Robin Hood

    Rocket Robin Hood

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    CBC (ended 1969)
    The decendant of the the original outlaw from Sherwood, Rocket Robin Hood and his Merry Men battle the forces of the evil Prince John and Sheriff of N.O.T.T. (National Outer-space Terrestrial Territories) in the astounding year 3000. The Ballad of Rocket Robin Hood (lyrics) Come gather around me, Space travelers surround me, Hark now to the ballad of Rocket Robin Hood. I may well confound you, Astound you, spellbound you, With heroes and villains, the bad and the good. Watch now as our rockets race here from afar, For now, with our Robin, we live on a star! ...Three. Two. One. Blast off! Band of brothers, marching together. Heads held high in all kinds of weather. With fiery blasts, our roaring rockets rise, Beyond the air, beyond the skies! At the sight of Robin, take your stand, With the gallant leader of our band. Send a joyous shout throughout the land For Rocket! Robin Hood!moreless
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    Vacation Time

    Vacation Time

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    CBC (ended 1968)
    Canadian variety show
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    The Forest Rangers

    The Forest Rangers

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    CBC (ended 1966)
    The Forest Rangers was a mid 60's show that ran on the CBC for three seaons and detailed the adventures of a group of children, operating from a fort, who helped the forest service protect the forests of Northern Ontario.moreless
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    The Wayne and Shuster Show

    The Wayne and Shuster Show

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    CBC (ended 1986)
    The Wayne & Shuster show was a long running variety show that aired in Canada. The comedy duo performed "literate" comedy, combined with slapstick. Their show aired under a variety of show names: The Wayne and Shuster Comedy Special, The Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour and Super Comedy with Wayne Shuster.moreless
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    The Friendly Giant

    The Friendly Giant

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    CBC (ended 1985)
    The friendly giant introduces children to books and helps them see how books can enrich their everyday lives. With the help of puppets Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster, the friendly giant teaches children to love reading.moreless
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    Mr Dressup

    Mr Dressup

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    CBC (ended 1996)
    Mr. Dressup (Ernie Coombs) and his puppet friends enjoy a mixture of stories, crafts, songs, drawing and dressing up. Daily, Mr. Dressup invites children into his creative world, and makes them feel safe, important and valued. Mr. Dressup teaches children about morality and tolerance, and opens up a world of imagination for them to enter and explore. Mr. Dressup was a long-running children's show in Canada on CBC-TV, which originally started as a short spin off of the children's show 'Butternut Square'. When Butternut Square was cancelled due to budget constrains, Ernie Coombs presented a new improved (and much more budget friendly) version called Mr. Dressup. The show went through a major change after Judith Lawrence, the main puppeteer responsible for Casey and Finnigan, went into semi-retirement. After that, 'Casey and Finnigan' episodes were filmed only for a couple weeks each year, leaving the rest of the year to welcome in a host of new puppets and characters like Chester the crow, Alex, Truffles, Granny and grand-daughter Annie, and Lorenzo the raccoon. The show successfully ran for 30 years (1967-1996)moreless
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    Wojeck

    Wojeck

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    CBC (ended 1966)
    Welcome to the Wojeck guide at TV.com. Wojeck premiered as an episode of Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre in the episode Tell Them The Streets are Dancing. Based on the exploits of real-life Toronto coronor Dr. Morton Shulman, Dr. Steve Wojeck was a medical examiner and tireless crusader against drug abuse, elderly abuse, police abuse, auto safety, Indian abuse, industrial abuse, etc. In short, a Canadian version of Quincy, M.E. that predated that show by a decade. One of the CBC's first dramas, the series was widely acclaimed for its direct and sometimes harsh exploration of contemporary social issues. Wojeck himself was a stalwart, quiet man driven to outrage over the injustice he confronted. He was supported by his wife Marty and his children Steve and Judy, and they dealt with many normal family issues of the day. After two seasons the show was cancelled due to a combination of factors: the writers and producers ran out of ideas, they were unable to find a U.S. buyer for the series, and Shulman himself withdrew his support since the show ran advertising for Chrysler. Later, the series was "completed" with a 1992 TV movie, Wojeck: Out of the Fire, which had Wojeck return to Toronto on a search for a baby killer and to reconcile with his now ex-wife Marty. Despite its early cancellation, the show's art, direction, and writing remain a tribute to the talent of the time.moreless
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    The Festival

    The Festival

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    CBC (ended 1969)
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    Music Hop

    Music Hop

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    CBC (ended 1967)
    Canadian music show
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    Reach for the Top

    Reach for the Top

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    CBC
    Since 1965, Reach For the Top pits High Schools across Canada against each other in a quick question gameshow that applies general knowledge, Canadian history, politics, province history and much more into one challenging competition. Originally on CBC, Reach For the Top has been aired on many networks, now securing a spot on Knowledge Network.moreless
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    Barney Boomer

    Barney Boomer

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    CBC (ended 1968)
    This year-long program was a Canadian children's series.
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    This Hour Has Seven Days

    This Hour Has Seven Days

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    CBC (ended 1966)
    Canadian news program
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    Friday Island

    Friday Island

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    CBC (ended 1963)
    This series featured the Grangers, a family from Ottawa who had come to vacation on Friday Island, just off the coast of British Columbia, and had decided to make it their home. The Grangers came complete with sons Stephen and 'Tadpole'. In addition to numerous relatives, the show also featured Annabelle and Archie, feuding business partners who hadn't spoken in years. The series aired Friday nights on CBC at 5:30 PM from 19 October 1962 to 12 April 1963.moreless