The Canadian entertainment industry is much looked up to, considering the great sketch comedies that come from that space. The recent sweep at this year’s Emmy Awards by a certain Canadian comedy should stand proof. And if you’re in for the whole package, here are top 7 Canadian shows you can stream on Netflix right now!
The Canadian television sitcom, based on Ins Choi’s 2011 play of the same name, features the Korean-Canadian Kim family, that runs a convenience store in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto. The show revolves around the proprietor of the store – Kim, a middle-aged man who is gruff and only as friendly as he needs to be. While concentrating his efforts on moving forward in the business, he ensures that his grown children stay on the straight and narrow. This quiet, low-drama show, set amid a loud, bustling, changing neighbourhood, has won six Canadian Screen Awards.
The supernatural, Western horror series, developed by Emily Andras, is based on Beau Smith’s comic book series of the same name. Wynonna Earp is different from the usual zombie story with an interesting twist of incorporating a fierce female warrior. The show follows the journey of Wynonna Earp, the outcast descendant of a ruthless lawman Wyatt Earp. Wynonna teams with an immortal Doc Holliday to defeat hungry demonic revenants who are reincarnated outlaws from the Wild West, that the elder Wyatt killed. She returns to her hometown of Purgatory, near the Canadian Rockies, where she battles revenants. The show is described as campy, suspenseful and exciting by Netflix.
The Emmy-winning, Canadian comedy sitcom is created by Dan and Eugene Levy. The show follows the trials and tribulations of a wealthy family, who were defrauded by their business manager and are forced to move to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke. Schitt’s Creek is one of the most joyful shows on television at the expense of feeling like a less cynical Arrested Development crossed with an inverted Beverly Hillbillies. The show is hilarious, witty, delightful and has a refreshingly forward-thinking take on pansexuality. Schitt’s Creek is anchored by a phenomenal performance by Catherine O’Hara as the family matriarch.
Starring Catherine Reitman, Jessalyn Wanlim, Juno Rinaldi, and Dani Kind, the show follows four friends undergoing the daily challenges of being working mothers. The show would be first of its kind that doesn’t seem to be patronising to the real life actual workin’ moms in the audience. The show revolves around working mothers in their thirties, who struggle to balance love, life, family as they return to work after their maternity leaves in modern-day Toronto, Canada. The show takes a different spin as each mother uniquely deals with the intricacies of motherhood.
Anne With an E
The Canadian series, created by Moira Walley-Beckett, is a worthwhile adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 classic work of children’s literature, “Anne of Green Gables”. The story follows a plucky orphan whose passions run deep. She finds an unlikely home with a spinster, Marilla Cuthbert, and her soft-spoken bachelor brother, Matthew. The show brought a surprisingly modern sensibility to Anne’s world with the thoughtful expansion of the original story and is sure to appeal to adults who grew up reading it. The show also has an anti-bullying and female empowerment message fit for children.
This Canadian historical-drama series, co-created by Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, chronicles the North American fur trade which happened in Canada/Rupert’s land during the 18th Century, sometime between the years of 1763 and 1779. The show, produced by Discovery Canada, includes several well-backed historical facts. The story follows an Irish-Cree outlaw, Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), who attempts to wrest control over the fur trade from the mighty Hudson’s Bay Company, that is currently run as a front for illegal activities. The action and mystery, along with some intriguing twists and turns in the series, makes for an interesting insight into a usually undiscussed part of Canadian history.
The Canadian miniseries, directed by Mary Harron and written by Sarah Polley, is based on Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel of the same name. The show, set in the 19th century Canada, follows the story of a woman who is accused of murder. She is evaluated by a psychiatrist to know whether she can be pardoned due to insanity. The six-part series is based on the centuries-old true story in rural Ontario. The show, described as cerebral and intimate by Netflix, will keep you on the edge of your seat with the drama and suspense.
There you go. Pure, Canadian fun. And if that ain’t your cup of tea, here are other gems for you.