Quality Television Eh: TV Shows You Didn’t Know were Canadian

It seems nowadays that no matter where you look there’s always a new TV show popping up — and they’re getting better and better. Apart from the great shows that are obviously foreign, it might come as a surprise that many of the series you came to love are actually from Canada.

While many of these shows were based in Canada, others cast actors who were primarily Canadian, or used a Canadian crew. However, there are also American shows filmed in Canada, because it’s cheaper than Los Angeles. and New York.

1. Vikings

The Vikings TV series tells the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Norse farmer who eventually became one of the greatest Scandinavian kings by exploring and raiding England, France, and the Mediterranean. Aired on the Canadian History Channel, it was renewed for a sixth season.

It was created by a joint effort between Canadian Take 5 Productions and Irish Octagon Films. Many of the main cast and crew are Canadian and while the series is based in England and Ireland, some scenes were even filmed in Sault Ste. Marie.

2. Orphan Black

Orphan Black is a science fiction thriller about a woman named Sarah Manning discovering she has several clones. As their lives get entangled, the show touches on topics about the moral implications of human cloning and how it affects personal identity.


The show was a joint collaboration between BBC America and Bell Media’s sci-fi channel Space. It was filmed in Toronto and produced by local company Temple Street Productions. The majority of the characters are Canadian, including Tatiana Maslany, who was praised for aptly playing all of Sarah’s clones.

3. Inspector Gadget

If you were a kid during the ‘80s, you will remember the famous TV show Inspector Gadget. It was a cartoon series about a clumsy police detective, who used many cyborg gadgets to fight his arch-enemy Dr. Claw and the evil M.A.D organization.

The series was co-produced by Canadian animation studio Nelvana and American DiC Entertainment. It was considered the 54th best in IGN’s Top 100 Best Animated TV Shows and was even made into a movie featuring Matthew Broderick.

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