Taking the Falls

CTV (ended 1996)


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Taking the Falls

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The show was a short-lived comedy about ex-cop private detective Terry Lane and hot-shot corporate lawyer Catherine McVicar working together in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Despite the show's short run it managed to receive a Gemini nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series (1997) - Edward Atienza in episode Last Rite.
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  • This show was Canadian without falling into the clichéd Canadian stories, which may have been it's downfall.

    This show was Canadian without falling into the clichéd Canadian stories. It occurred in Canada, and was about Canadians, but didn't flaunt that fact. It featured original plotlines and characters, and really had allot going for it, but it just didn't survive in the Canadian market, which promotes either American content or the classic Canadian stories occurring in the prairies or out east. The acting was impressive, and really brought out the characters. I really loved the episode where they're hired to find Elvis, it's really amusing. And some of the cameos were great, Mump and Smoot even had a guest spot!moreless
  • Short-lived despite the original ideas and excellent cast.

    At the first look the show seemed to have some potential. It had excellent cast of Canadian actors (including Cynthia Dale still well remembered from her Street Legal glory), shot against the backdrop of gorgeous Niagara Falls and a unique storyline. Yet the episodes were slow and despite a lot of humour not funny. The fact that it was a one hour comedy with no laugh track didn’t help. The stories had a lot of potential, but they seemed to focus very locally on Niagara Falls and it’s quirkiness. Well-known and talented guest stars added some spark to the show but failed to generate much interest. It seems the creators didn't manage to produce the kind of show that they originally intended. With some fine tuning and a few changes it could have been made into a fast-paced and fun mystery/detective show, but alas it didn't happen.moreless