Top Five: Canadian TV Shows for Canada Day

Looking for some Canadian TV shows to binge? Why not try some of these!

  1. Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH. If you can’t deal with blood and trauma this probably isn’t for you, but if you want to see behind the scenes of a real emergency room then this is your best chance. A documentary crew in Vancouver General Hospital follow the doctors, nurses, and other emergency personnel as they treat a range of minor to life-threatening injuries and illnesses. You grow attached not just to the patients, but to the amazing staff as you see them develop in the two seasons.
  2. 19-2. I’ve only seen the English, but there’s also a French version that came first. Although looking at a whole precinct, 19-2 focuses on two cops – one black, one white; one from Montreal, one from the country – and their rocky partnership. Although character-driven with fantastic acting and emotional depth, there’s also enough action to keep anyone entertained.
  3. Saving Hope. Taking a different spin on the medical genre from Emergency Room, this is a drama following a female surgeon as she deals with everyday life at Hope-Zion hospital after her fiancé ends up in a coma and an ex-boyfriend starts working alongside her. This is never short on interesting relationships or medical problems to keep viewers engaged, but is also willing to delve into more serious topics of death and the afterlife on a regular basis.
  4. Continuum. More of a sci-fi listing than the others, this show follows a woman from 2077 stuck in present day Vancouver, as she tries to take down a group of criminals.
  5. Are You Afraid of the Dark. Now I know this is a kids show, and an older one at that, but the nostalgia of it is just too good. A great show to give you more scary stories for campfires this summer, and to reminisce about the fashion choices of the 90s.

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