The 1980’s were a great time for a lot of things; memorable movies, music, and of course television! Sure, America had some great shows, but so did us Canadians. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how many of these programs you can remember. If you don’t remember them, or weren’t around when they aired, I’ve put a description below each title.
(Okay, technically the show had been on the air for several years by the time 1980 rolled around, but it ran all the way through the end of the decade.)
It followed the life of Nick Adonidas a log salvager in British Columbia who earned a living travelling the coastline with his partner Jesse Jim aboard their logging tug Persephone tracking down logs that had broken away from barges and logging booms. The series also focused on a supporting cast of characters in Nick’s hometown of Gibsons, often centering on a café, Molly’s Reach, run by Molly, a mother figure to virtually all the characters in the series.
This was a live dance music television program that aired on MuchMusic and Citytv starting in 1988. The name originated from a nightclub that once existed at Citytv‘s first studio at 99 Queen Street East in Toronto.
Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without a show produced in Ottawa. In fact, our studio sits on the land where it was filmed between 1979 and 1990. It featured teenage actors doing sketch comedy and performing music, most notably launching the careers of Alanis Morissette, and screenwriter Bill Prady, who would write and produce shows like The Big Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls and Dharma and Greg.
Finally, who doesn’t love a show about a dog who wanders from town to town, helping people in need? People kept on trying to adopt him, but he appeared to prefer to be on his own, and would head off by himself at the end of each episode.