TV slows down in the summer, and many of our favorite shows go on hiatus. It’s a good time to check out the offerings from other English-speaking nations. Canada is so close and with a similar culture, so it only makes sense to check out Canadian TV.
In fact, a lot of popular shows came from Canada, and even Hollywood loves filming up north. We can’t access channels like CBC, CTV, and Citytv, but many of the shows are distributed to North America through services like Hulu and Netflix.
If you’re not already familiar with Canadian TV, check out one of these great shows currently airing there. Otherwise, you can always go back to one of the best American cable shows from 2018 to see what you missed.
Amy Fleming is a young woman with an extraordinary gift – she can nurse injured horses back to life. She and her family stick together through thick and thin over the course of 12 seasons, making this the longest-running one-hour drama in Canadian TV history.
Ransom is actually a joint production between Canada’s Global, France’s TF1, Germany’s RTL, and CBS in the United States. The show follows a hostage negotiator working with law enforcement to subdue some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. It’s a police procedural with much higher stakes.
Cardinal adapts the crime novels of Giles Blunt to the small screen, with two detectives (the titular John Cardinal and his partner Lisa Delorme) investigating the worst crimes in the fictional city of Algonquin Bay. No serial killer or drug dealer is safe in this gritty crime drama.
7. Hudson & Rex
Yes, I know – who needs more police TV shows? But what if I told you this police procedural drama stars the most adorable German Shephard? Yeah I figured you’d be interested.
6. Workin Moms
Catherine Reitman (Maureen Ponderosa from Always Sunny) created, produces, directs, and stars in this Canadian sitcom about a group of working mothers. Just finished with its third season, it mixes humor with the problems privileged white women face becoming adults.
If you haven’t already fallen in love with the residents of Letterkenny, you’re missing a heartwarming yet laugh-out-loud adventure. The skirmishes between the hicks, skids, and natives is a redneck Game of Thrones anyone from a small town can enjoy.
4. Dragon’s Den
Shark Tank is a cultural phenomenon in the U.S., and the Canadian version was started three years earlier. That means there are a TON of pitches you’ve missed by not watching. In fact, two of the sharks (Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary) are actually Canadians who started as Dragons and ran concurrently as both for a period. Even the newer sharks are great, and they regularly let cannabis businesses pitch.
Andy and Mark are brothers, but they couldn’t possibly be more different. This odd couple reunites with their father 30 years after his divorce from their mother only to find the town is a lot different (and weirder) than they remember.
2. Schitt’s Creek
Fans of Arrested Development will love this fish-out-of-water sitcom created by (and starring) father/son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy. The citizens of Schitt’s Creek get crazier with every season, and the Rose family truly develops into (almost) likeable characters over time. It’s also the first show in my memory featuring a pansexual main character. This show is easily a classic in any country, and you’ll fall in love with it after one season, guaranteed.
1. Kim’s Convenience
Remember when Eddie Huang sold his memoir to ABC and then spent years trashing the show they made? Fresh off the Boat isn’t a bad show, but it’s very whitewashed and Americanized. Kim’s Convenience is the show Huang wishes ABC made. It’s well-written, funny, and a much more accurate portrayal of the Asian-American immigrant lifestyle I remember. There aren’t many shows anywhere on TV as funny as Kim’s Convenience.