Are you on the hunt for some stellar Canadian shows to curl up with this weekend? Well, Kiwi streamer, you’re in luck!
We’ve compiled a ranking of the top 20 Canadian shows, many of which happen to be some of the top shows to watch on Paramount in New Zealand.
So, whether you’re across the pond in NZ or right here in the Great White North, you can tune in to these amazing productions. From hilarious comedies to heart-pounding dramas, our homegrown talent has been brewing up some seriously addictive television.
1. The Last of Us (2023–)
A global pandemic has brought the world to its knees, eh? Step into the shoes of a grizzled survivor who’s paired with a 14-year-old girl that might be humanity’s last hope. This series is tense, emotional, and keeps you on the edge of your couch.
2. Vikings (2013–2020)
History buffs, unite! Journey back to the era of legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, a warrior keen on exploring and raiding distant lands. It’s a wild, brutal ride filled with epic battles, intense drama, and a deep dive into Viking culture.
3. Workin’ Moms (2017–2023)
Say hello to four moms from Toronto, tackling the wild world of parenting, careers, and romance. Full of heartfelt moments and hilarious situations that’ll make you say, “Been there, done that.”
4. Fringe (2008–2013)
Mystery meets science in this mind-bending series. An FBI agent teams up with a quirky scientist and his clever son to uncover unexplained phenomena. You’ll find yourself getting tangled up in the twisting plotlines and complex characters.
5. Smallville (2001–2011)
Imagine being a teenager and dealing with growing up – while also discovering you’ve got superpowers. This coming-of-age series offers a fresh take on the Superman story, following young Clark Kent in Smallville, Kansas, as he learns to control his alien powers.
6. Heartland (II) (2007– )
Family is at the heart of this show. Set in Alberta, it tells the tale of multiple generations living together, celebrating the highs and supporting each other through the lows. If you love horses and stories about family, you’ll find plenty to like here.
7. Schitt’s Creek (2015–2020)
This one’s a hoot. A wealthy family loses everything and ends up in Schitt’s Creek, a town they once bought as a joke. They’re hilariously out of their element, trying to navigate life without their wealth. Watching them squirm and eventually grow? Priceless.
8. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)
Forensic science takes the spotlight here. Follow an elite team of investigators as they comb through crime scenes in Las Vegas, unraveling the truth one piece of evidence at a time. Real brain-tingling stuff.
9. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
Imagine stumbling upon an interstellar gateway, then forming a secret military team to explore other planets. That’s Stargate SG-1 for ya. It’s loaded with action, drama, and plenty of alien encounters.
10. Slasher (2016– )
If you’re into horror, this one’s for you. This anthology series features a new rampaging serial killer each season, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats. It’s gruesome, it’s tense, and it might just keep you up at night.
11. Letterkenny (2016– )
A small-town comedy packed with clever quips and hilarious banter. It’s all about rural folks getting by, with a bunch of unforgettable characters. Get ready to laugh your socks off.
12. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
Step back in time with Detective Murdoch as he uses radical forensic techniques for the 1890s to solve gruesome murders in Toronto. A historic detective show that’ll keep you guessing.
13. The Tudors (2007–2010)
Love history and drama? Dive into the turbulent reign and marriages of King Henry VIII. It’s full of courtly intrigue, passion, and power struggles.
14. Sullivan’s Crossing (2023– )
A top neurosurgeon, Maggie Sullivan, moves back to her small-town roots after a scandal. She’s got to start over, reconnect with her past and figure out a new future. Talk about life changes!
15. The Man in the High Castle (2015–2019)
A gripping alternate history tale where the Axis powers won WWII. In this dystopian America, a young woman discovers a film that may topple the totalitarian regimes. Prepare for a thrilling ride!
16. Kin (2021– )
Dive into the gritty underworld of Dublin with this tale of a family caught up in gangland war. Despite all the danger, it’s the bonds of blood and family that remain unbroken.
17. The Killing (2011–2014)
This isn’t your everyday crime show. A police investigation and a family’s grief interlock after a teenager’s body is found in a submerged car. It’s dark, moody, and deeply compelling.
18. Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
More Stargate action, this time exploring a network in the Pegasus Galaxy. The team comes face-to-face with the powerful Wraith. If you loved SG-1, you’re gonna be hooked to Atlantis.
19. Alaska Daily (2022–2023)
Follow a journalist seeking a fresh start in Alaska, working for a newspaper in Anchorage. It’s a moving story about starting over and seeking truth in the vast Alaskan wilderness.
20. Three Pines (2022)
Join Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he uncovers long-buried secrets beneath the idyllic surface of a Quebec village. It’s a crime drama filled with mystery and surprising revelations.
Well, there you have it folks, the top 20 Canadian shows that are shaking things up from Toronto to New Zealand and beyond.
Whether you’re a sci-fi junkie, a history buff, or just a fan of good ol’ fashioned humor, there’s a Canadian show with your name on it. Enjoy!
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