Canvember 2013: Canadian TV Shows (1)

06 Nov

While Mondays I’ll continue with the regular review posts during Canvember, I want to step a bit away from the books to look at other Canadian content, things that people might not realize is Canadian . So I thought I would take some time talking about 4 Canadian TV shows! This post, I want to talk about Space Cases and Queer as Folk.

Space Cases: Intro video of S1&2

This was a SF series that aired on Nickelodeon with 2 seasons (1996 – 1997) before suffering cancellation. The series revolves around a group of misfit students and two adults who are stranded far from home aboard an alien ship. Due to the sudden cancellation, it never got a proper series finale so a lot of the story threads were left hanging and unfinished. It was shot in Montreal, Quebec, though I suspect it was largely on a sound stage given the low-budget nature of it.

Some worthy regular cast members are:
Walter Emanuel Jones: former black power ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
George Takei: Do I REALLY have to say why you should know him? He played the main villain of the series, wearing a lizard suit, but his voice is recognizable
Jewel Staite: I’ve been loving this Canadian beauty since 1996. Ironically she also plays a brilliant mechanic.

Even Mark Hamill guest stared for an episode, though it’s been awhile so I don’t remember his character all that well.

Queer as Folk

Based on Russell T Davis’s British series Queer as Folk, portrayed the lives of gay men Brian (Gale Harold), Justin (Randy Harrison), Michael (Hal Sparks), Emmett (Peter Paige), and Ted (Scott Lowell); a lesbian couple, Lindsay (Thea Gill) and Melanie (Michelle Clunie); and Michael’s mother Debbie (Sharon Gless) and his uncle Vic (Jack Wetherall). While the story was set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it was filmed within Toronto.

While the original series last only 2 season, it’s US/Canadian counterpart lasted 5 seasons (2000 to 2005) and quickly departed from the original series. The series covered a wide range of topics: coming out, same-sex marriage, ex-gay ministries, recreational drug use and abuse, underage prostitution, gay-bashing, safe sex, HIV/AIDS, and casual sex.

Clip: This scene is in the UK version as well. A bit of a back story to before you watch it: Michael’s mom Debbie wanted him to join her in the Gay Pride pride but Michael was scared to join in since he wasn’t out to his co-workers and feared getting fired by his homophobic manager. The series deals with a lot of series matters, and graphic sex so I wanted to pick a more light-hearted example. Also it’s a lot more work-safe

Next week I’m going to look at Due South and Flashpoint.


Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Canvember, Uncategorized


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2 responses to “Canvember 2013: Canadian TV Shows (1)

  1. mdickeson

    November 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Space Cases. Which isn’t that surprising, I guess, since I’m not that familiar with tv [especially pre-2000-ish]. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Though the lack of a proper finale is kind of a big deal. How serialized is the show?

    Wait, George Takei speaks in it? Oh my.

    • Cookie

      November 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Space Cases is a good show (for its time anyways lol). The show got a season finale but yeah, lack of a series finale is a pain since it does leave multiple things unresolved. I don’t think the series is playing much on TV anymore but I know I’ve seen full eps on Youtube.

      George doesn’t just *speak* on it but he has a regular part through the show as a villian 😀



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