Canada's 30 Funniest TV Shows

by basheerbrother | created - 10 Feb 2014 | updated - 10 Feb 2014 | Public

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1. Corner Gas (2004–2009)

30 min | Comedy

The life, or lack thereof, of a proprietor of a gas station, which is the only stop for miles around and a hub of action on the Prairies.

Stars: Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Eric Peterson

Votes: 5,224

Probably the most successful Canadian show of all time, starring Brent Butt!

2. SCTV (1976–1981)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

Stars: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas

Votes: 1,917

This show and its variations that came after it was a groundbreaking and still hilarious sketch series. One of the very best of all time, featuring some all time comedy legends (John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin and more)!

3. This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992– )

Comedy, News, Talk-Show

This skit-filled Canadian comedy show pokes fun at the Canadian government and other national happenings.

Stars: Cathy Jones, Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford

Votes: 779

The show has been running for more than 20 years and even though Rick Mercer is gone and so are May Walsh, Greg Thomey and others who have come and gone over the seasons, original and hilarious cast member Cathy Jones is still there.

4. The Kids in the Hall (1988–1994)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Votes: 8,117

This show and SCTV duke it out with Monty Python for best sketch series of all time in my mind.

5. Twitch City (1998– )

30 min | Comedy

This comedy series stands halfway between the average sitcom and Tarantinoesque production. It focuses on Curtis, a weird couch potato who never leaves his home and watches the Rex Reilly ... See full summary »

Stars: Don McKellar, Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie, Daniel MacIvor

Votes: 436

Kind of a weird show but those who liked it really loved it, me included! Maybe Don McKellar's best work.

6. Video on Trial (2005– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

It's all about dish, dirt and deconstruction as top pop culture experts analyze today's hottest music videos with candid commentary, scathing reviews and tongue-in-cheek profiling.

Stars: Debra DiGiovanni, Trevor Boris, Ron Sparks, Boomer Phillips

Votes: 625

Much Music's best show of all time featuring Canada's best comedians (Debra Digiovanni, Ron Sparks, David Kerr, plus dozens more).

7. Trailer Park Boys (2001–2018)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

Three petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park.

Stars: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth

Votes: 34,460

This show and its movie spinoffs about trailer park dwelling criminals and those around them have thousands and thousands of fans across the country.

8. Kevin Spencer (1999–2005)

30 min | Animation, Comedy

Kevin Spencer is a sociopath addicted to cough syrup/booze and cigarettes. He is guided primarily by emotion and will go to any lengths to satisfy his needs with no worries about future ... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Lawrence, Thomasin Langlands, Mike Wetmore, Dave Bigelow

Votes: 397

OK so a lot of people hated it but it was definitely a cult hit and for people like me it was incredibly original and hilarious! One of the best animated shows this country has ever produced (sorry Chilly Beach).

CBC stand-up comedy series.

10. Comedy Now! (1997– )

Comedy

30 minutes of straight-up, stand-up comedy.

Stars: Lee Marshall, James Cunningham, Terry McGurrin, John Wing

Votes: 252

After Comics! went off the air this show filled the standup comedy TV void in Canada.

11. Republic of Doyle (2010–2014)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jake Doyle and his father Malachy run a private investigations agency in St. John's, Newfoundland. Their cases involve them in all sorts of dealings - not all of them on the right side of the law.

Stars: Allan Hawco, Krystin Pellerin, Mark O'Brien, Marthe Bernard

Votes: 2,890

CBC series about a detective in Newfoundland.

12. Wonderfalls (2004)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Jaye Tyler is a loner living in Niagara Falls who, after graduating college, has fallen into a care-free comfortable rut living in a trailer park and working as a retail clerk in the Falls ... See full summary »

Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso, William Sadler

Votes: 11,749

Any other Wonderfalls fans out there?

13. Being Erica (2009–2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

"Therapist" Dr. Tom - who is constantly spouting famous and not so famous historical quotes - is Erica Strange's savior and worst enemy.

Stars: Erin Karpluk, Reagan Pasternak, Michael Riley, Kathleen Laskey

Votes: 8,694

Strange but funny series about a therapist who can send his patient back in time to fix past mistakes.

14. This Is Wonderland (2004–2006)

44 min | Comedy, Drama

Alice De Raey is a newly minted attorney who joins the chaotic world of criminal justice in Toronto. She's exposed to the seamier side of life, the backroom deals that make the system work accompanied by the usual eccentric characters.

Stars: Cara Pifko, Michael Riley, Michael Healey, Siu Ta

Votes: 275

A CBC series I loved that only got one season about a young public defender, her co-workers and many clients.

15. Due South (1994–1999)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The adventures of an impossibly upright Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable and his American colleagues in the city of Chicago.

Stars: Paul Gross, Beau Starr, Tony Craig, David Marciano

Votes: 5,743

Hugely successful series from the 1990's about a Mountie who is sent to work at the Canadian embassy in Chicago, where he ends up partnering with a street wise Chicago cop and fighting "real" crime. Starring Paul Gross.

16. Just for Laughs (2002– )

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

This show features stand-up comedy at its best.

Stars: Mike MacDonald, Dom Irrera, Lewis Black, Ari Shaffir

Votes: 231

Standup comedy show from Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival, the biggest comedy fest in the world.

17. Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010–2012)

TV-MA | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A stoner metalhead named Todd Smith, his crushee Jenny, his best friend Curtis, and the geeky Hannah, search their high school for a mayhem-causing Satanic spell book, while being opposed by Atticus, the evil guidance councillor.

Stars: Alex House, Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull, Melanie Leishman

Votes: 3,321

The title says it all! Either you watched it or you didn't. Fun, original and super campy.

18. The Red Green Show (1991–2006)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy

Red Green airs his handyman show from Possum Lodge, Canada, and also experiences some zany adventures in real life.

Stars: Steve Smith, Patrick McKenna, Rick Green, Bob Bainborough

Votes: 2,166

Everyone knows Red Green!

19. Kenny vs. Spenny (2002– )

22 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Reality-TV

Two best friends, Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice, face each other in various competitions. At the end of each episode, the loser gets humiliated.

Stars: Kenny Hotz, Spencer Rice, Sebastian Cluer, Tzafi Hotz

Votes: 8,827

Two friends fight it out every week on this reality series, where they challenge each other to do stupid stunts (i.e. who can gain the most weight) and the loser has to do a humiliating challenge.

20. You Can't Do That on Television (1979–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Comedy

Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water.

Stars: Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy

Votes: 1,723

An all time classic! It's old but airs in reruns and is still funny and weird.

21. Undergrads (2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The misadventures of a group of childhood friends who keep in touch even while they go to separate colleges.

Stars: Pete Williams, Josh A. Cagan, Rob Tinkler, Jene Yeo

Votes: 2,504

Funny animated series about a group of guy friends going to college.

22. Tripping the Rift (2004–2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Tripping the Rift is a CGI science fiction comedy television series. The universe is modeled largely after the Star Trek universe, with references to "warp drive" and "transporter beam" ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Root, Maurice LaMarche, John Melendez, Gayle Garfinkle

Votes: 2,206

Funny but super low brow show about aliens, perverts, and alien perverts!

23. The Wayne & Shuster Show (1955– )

Comedy

Sketch comedy feauturing Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster.

Stars: Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Ben Lennick, Don Gillies

Votes: 207

Classic Canadian TV comedy series. Never seen it but I'm sure all our parents watched it, it seems to be incredibly famous and well loved!

24. Bizarre (1980–1985)

25 min | Comedy

A half hour sketch comedy show that is not politically correct. It showcased the talents of veteran performers John Byner (the host) and Bob Einstein as Super Dave Osbourne.

Stars: Sandy Webb, George Allen, Tanya Boyd, Richard Dawson

Votes: 514

Another old sketch series, kind of weird and really racy, starring Bob Einstein.

25. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein (1971– )

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The scary and silly goings-on at a mad scientist vampire's home/lab.

Stars: Billy Van, Guy Big, Mitch Markowitz, Joe Torbay

Votes: 574

I love, love, love, love this old weird show from Hamilton! Fishka Rais rocked!

26. The Newsroom (1996–2005)

22 min | Comedy, Drama

Resuscitation of the acclaimed 1996-97 series that picks up nearly a decade later. We again follow the exploits of George Findlay in this biting satire of the day-to-day operations of the mainstream news media.

Stars: Ken Finkleman, Peter Keleghan, Karen Hines, Matt Watts

Votes: 458

This show lasted a few seasons and then returned years later, also on CBC. Very funny and original show about the self-centered manager of a newsroom and his employees.

27. The Tom Green Show (2002)

Comedy, Talk-Show

A comedy show featuring tom green with random sketches

Stars: Tom Green, Glenn Humplik, Derek Harvie, Phil Giroux

Votes: 804

The original (and in my opinion easily the best) Tom Green show!

28. The Industry (1998–2002)

22 min | Comedy

Back stabbing execs at a Canadian TV network stop at nothing to get ahead.

Stars: Rick Mercer, Peter Keleghan, Leah Pinsent, Dan Lett

Votes: 384

After Rick Mercer left This Hour Has 22 Minutes he did this hilarious series about a Canadian TV and movie production company, also starring Peter Keleghan.

29. Puppets Who Kill (2002–2006)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

The series takes place in a halfway house for very bad puppets and features four felonious puppet inmates who are doing time with their human caseworker as they wait until that glorious day.

Stars: Dan Redican, James Rankin, Gord Robertson, Bruce Hunter

Votes: 397

Dan Redican stars as a social worker who runs a halfway house for criminals. The interesting thing though is that all of the criminals happen to be puppets... some of them pretty sociopathic, and even homicidal.

30. Satisfaction (2013– )

30 min | Comedy

Satisfaction is a half hour single camera sitcom about being on the verge of adulthood, and struggling with the next step. Whether it's committing to a career, a relationship, or living ... See full summary »

Stars: Luke Macfarlane, Leah Renee, Ryan Belleville, Chanelle Larocque

Votes: 472

Sadly short lived series about a couple living with their hard-drinking, out of work friend.



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