What Should I Watch? Best TV Shows Streaming in Canada

If you are fighting an insurance company for your disability benefits then you have more time at home.  We are all at home more because of the pandemic and this means there is more time to binge-watch television shows from all across Canada on different streaming networks. At Share Lawyers, we represent clients from provinces all over Canada, so we have put together a list of some shows filmed in Canada as well as shows that are set in Canada. 

Anne With an E (CBC Gem)

The series is the latest in a long list of adaptations from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 classic work of children’s literature, Anne of Green Gables, about a plucky orphan (Amybeth McNulty) whose passions run deep finds an unlikely home with a spinster and her soft-spoken bachelor brother. Filmed on location in Prince Edward Island, Anne With an E tackles a range of issues such as orphaning, child abandonment, psychological trauma, social issues such as pressure for conformity, gender inequality, racism, religion and freedom of speech. The series won Canadian Screen Awards for Best Dramatic Series in both 2017 and 2018. Fans of the popular 1980s TV adaptation starring Canadian actress Megan Follows would enjoy the recent iteration of the character. 

Being Erica (CBC Gem)

In this comedy/drama, Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk) begins seeing a therapist to deal with regrets in her life, only to discover the therapist (Michael Riley) has the ability to send her back in time to actually relive these events and even change them. It quickly becomes apparent the therapy’s true purpose is not to let Erica erase her regrets, but to help her improve her future by learning from past mistakes and making different decisions in the present. Filmed in Toronto, Being Erica is the rare series that focuses on the inner life of a single woman, and explores Erica’s fears, past experiences and interpersonal struggles throughout each episode.

Burden of Truth (CBC Gem)

Corporate attorney Joanna Hanley (Kristin Kreuk) returns to her small hometown of Millwood, Manitoba in order to represent a large pharmaceutical company against a group of sick girls, but starts to see that these girls need her help. Filmed in Winnipeg, Selkirk, and Sanford, Manitoba, Burden of Truth looks at the legal world through a distinct lens by highlighting systemic corruption, injustice and discrimination in the legal system, including anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism.

Corner Gas (Crave)

Deriving its name from the roadside gas station in the fictional town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, this comedy series show focuses on the lifestyle of small-town folk. Filmed entirely in Saskatchewan, Corner Gas is the only fictional sitcom (as opposed to sketch comedy series) in which sitting prime ministers have appeared. In 2006, Corner Gas was also the only Canadian-made top-20 TV show in all of Canada (other than hockey). The series ended in 2009, but Corner Gas Animated, featuring most of the original cast, debuted in 2018. 

Coroner (CBC Gem)

Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), a former emergency room doctor turned coroner, teams with Toronto detectives to solve weekly murder mysteries. Recently widowed after her husband’s unexpected death, she struggles to come to terms with her past as she pursues the truth and raises her teenage son Ross (Ehren Kassam). Filmed partly in Pickering and Crother’s Woods in East York Ontario, Coroner does not shy away from depicting Jenny Cooper’s mental health struggles, including severe anxiety and panic disorder. The show also tackles dementia (Jenny’s father Gordon suffers from Lewy Body Disease) and PTSD (the character of Liam is a veteran of the Afghanistan War). 

Frontier (Crave)

Frontier chronicles the North American fur trade in late 1700s Canada and follows Declan Harp (Jason Momoa: Game of Thrones, Aquaman), a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson’s Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada, which has become corrupt and engages in illegal activities to enrich itself. Filming locations include James Bay; St. John’s, Newfoundland; Morrisburg, Ontario; and Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. The series has been praised for its lack of pretension as well as its action-packed set pieces. 

Heartland (CBC Gem)

The series is based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke and follows Amy Fleming (Amber Marshall) and her older sister Louise “Lou” Fleming (Michelle Morgan) on their family ranch in Alberta, known locally as Heartland, where they live with their widowed grandfather Jack Bartlett (Shaun Johnston), their father Tim Fleming (Chris Potter), and hired farmhand Ty Borden (Graham Wordle). In 2015, Heartland became the longest-running, one-hour scripted drama in Canadian TV history. The series, currently on its 14th season, is filmed on location in Alberta, and brings a family-friendly approach to stories of life on a horse ranch. 

Hudson and Rex (CBC Gem)

This charming police procedural is based on the Italian-Austrian drama Kommissar Rex, and focuses on Detective Charlie Hudson, a Major Crimes detective of the fictional St. John’s, Newfoundland Police Department. He is partnered with Rex, a multi-scent trained German Shepherd with an excellent ear for unique sounds. Rex’s keen nose and ears are instrumental in helping Detective Hudson advance the investigations in each episode. John Reardon, who plays Detective Hudson, is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, while the series itself is filmed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Kim’s Convenience (CBC Gem)

This groundbreaking comedy series depicts the Korean-Canadian Kim family that runs a convenience store in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto: parents “Appa” (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and “Umma” (Jean Yoon) – Korean for dad and mom, respectively – along with their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang) and estranged son Jung (Simu Liu). Kim’s Convenience has been nominated for and won multiple Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Comedy Series. Filmed on location in Toronto, Ontario, the series offers an opportunity for Asian-Canadians to see themselves on screen and broadened cross-cultural understanding in the country. The family’s convenience store scenes are shot in an actual convenience store located on Queen Street East in Toronto.

Locke & Key (Netflix)

This supernatural horror drama, partly filmed in Ontario, is based on the IDW Publishing comic series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. After Rendell Locke is murdered, his wife Nina decides to move with their three children to Massachusetts to live in Rendell’s family home. The children soon discover a number of mysterious keys that unlock various doors in magical ways. They also become aware of a demonic entity that is searching for the keys for its own malevolent purposes. Recently renewed for a third season, the show deftly mixes horror and supernatural elements with themes of loss and trauma. Locke & Key is filmed in Toronto, Ontario and Lunenberg, Nova Scotia and was recently renewed for a third season.

Lost In Space (Netflix)

This reimagining of the 1965 series of the same name (itself a reimagining of the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson) follows the adventures of a family of space colonists whose spaceship veers off course. Lost In Space has used several Canadian locations to create an otherworldly aura, such as Drumheller Hoodoos in the Alberta badlands; Brohm Ridge and Mount Garibaldi (near Alice Lake) and Watts Point Quarry in Squamish, British Columbia; and Lower Seymour Reserve in Vancouver, BC. This science-fiction series also boasts two Canadian actors: Taylor Russell (Judy Robinson) and Molly Parker (Maureen Robinson).

Mohawk Girls (CBC Gem)

The comedy-drama Mohawk Girls focuses on the lives and loves of four twenty-something Mohawk women trying to find their place in the world, while being torn between family pressure, tradition, obligation, and the intoxicating freedom of the “outside world.” Series creator Tracey Deer was born in 1978 and grew up in a large, close-knit Mohawk family in Kahnawake, a reserve in Quebec. The four members of the main cast are also of indigenous descent: Brittany LeBorgne grew up with Deer on Kahnawake, while Winnipeg-reared Metis performer Jenny Pudavick, Heather White (of Mohawk-Stoney descent), and Inuit actress Maika Harper play the other three leads. The show is filmed on location at the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory and around the Greater Montreal area.

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Mr. D (CBC Gem)

Starring comedian Gerry Dee as the titular character, this comedy series follows the hilarious and ridiculous misadventures of an underqualified school teacher named Gerry Duncan. Dee, who created, wrote, and executive produced the series, based the character on his ten years teaching physical education in high school before he left for a career in stand-up comedy in 2003. The series uses Citadel High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the location for the fictional Xavier Academy. 

Murdoch Mysteries (CBC)

Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, this series explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch Mysteries is currently on its 14th season, and combines the police procedural elements of crime dramas with the clever narrative devices of Sherlock Holmes. The series’ Ontario filming locations have included Parkwood Estate and Gardens in Oshawa, Rockwood Conservation Area in Guelph, and Balfour House in Hamilton among many others. 

Riverdale (Netflix)

Based on the long-running comic series, this pop-culture savvy and popular teen drama follows Archie Andrews’ life in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image. Riverdale often pays homage to other movies and TV series, such as David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (Madchen Amick of Twin Peaks fame plays Betty Cooper’s mother Alice). The series is filmed in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, and features iconic locations such as the Strathcona and Queen’s Park neighbourhoods.

Schitt’s Creek (CBC)

After their business manager embezzles the family business, the wealthy Rose family loses its fortune and relocates to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke. Now living in a motel, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy, SCTV) and Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara, SCTV)—along with their adult children, David (Dan Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy, Eugene’s real-life daughter and Dan’s real-life sister)—must adjust to life without money and with each other. The delightfully goofy fish-out-of-water sitcom won all seven major comedy awards at the 72nd Annual Primetime Emmys. Filming locations include Ontario small towns like Goodwood, Orangeville, and Unionville, as well as well-known locations like Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area and Applewood Farm and Winery.

Supernatural (Amazon Prime Canada)

Starring Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, this massively popular series follows the two brothers as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. The show’s active fanbase is often referenced in the storylines and the series frequently plays with horror and pop culture tropes to comic effect. Filmed mostly in Vancouver, Supernatural recently finished its 15-season run in 2020. 

Wynonna Earp (Crave)

Based on the comic book series by Beau Smith, this supernatural-western series follows the titular character, (played by Melanie Scrofano), the great-great-granddaughter of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. In the series, Wynonna returns to her hometown of Purgatory, near the Canadian Rockies, where she battles revenants, the reincarnated outlaws that Wyatt killed. Filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta, the series has been praised for its depiction of a same-sex relationship between Wynonna’s sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and town sheriff Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell).

The X-Files (Amazon Prime Canada)

Inspired by TV series like Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Twin Peaks, The X-Files revolves around Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. The show, whose first five seasons were shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, originally ran from 1993 to 2002 and also included two movies. The series was revived for two additional seasons from 2016 to 2018. The X-Files added the phrases “I Want To Believe” and “The Truth is Out There” to the TV lexicon and inspired later TV series such as Supernatural, particularly with its blending of self-referential comedy and horror.

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