With the animated series of Canadian hit Trailer Park Boys arriving on Netflix in May, we are reminded that there is a lot of good programming coming out of Canada. While we talk a lot about the latest Korean, Indian, or Spanish shows, we can sometimes forget about Canada and just mix their programming with everything coming out of the United States. But Canadian television has its own distinctive feel and tone that appeals to many viewers.
Let’s celebrate Canada with these 10 excellent Canadian shows that are currently available to stream on Netflix.
In this miniseries written by the Canadian actress Sarah Polley based on the Margaret Atwood book of the same name. It tells the story of a woman (Sarah Gaddon) accused of murder through her interactions with a psychiatrist who has been assigned to decide if she is insane. The action is set in 19th century rural Ontario.
Anne with an E
The most recent adaptation of the famous Canadian story with our lead, Anne Shirley, played by the young Amybeth McNulty. She is an orphan who finds herself staying with brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert in Avonlea, on Prince Edward Island. She brings new high spirits to the quiet community and the aging pair.
In this sci-fi drama starring Jennette McCurdy and Jesse Carere, we start with the pregnant teenage daughter of a minister living in a small community trying to deal with the stigma of her situation. This soon becomes the least of her problems when a mysterious disease comes to town and kills everyone over the age of 22.
Led by the charismatic Jason Momoa, this violent period drama tells the story of the fur trade in 18th century Canada. Momoa plays a half-Irish half-native Canadian adventurer who is trying to break the Hudson Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade and seek revenge. But can he avoid becoming corrupt himself? Co-produced with Discovery Canada.
Meet the Kim family, a Korean-Canadian family that runs a convenience store in Toronto. With subtle but laugh out loud humor, the show deals with everyday issues, but with the added complexity of the clash of cultures. But we never fall into stereotypes as the drama stays firmly on the family dynamics.
This sci-fi series stars Tatiana Maslany as several different clone versions of herself. One clone assumes the identity of one of her sister clones after witnessing a terrible death. This then begins to unravel the bigger story of the clones and leaves us wondering how many of them there are! It addresses issues of identity and the ethical implications of cloning.
Reality TV meet drama in this show were actors play real detectives as they tell the stories of the cases that have most haunted them. Starring Michael Douglas Cake, Liana Montoro and Tyrone Benskin.
This Canadian western is set in a small town on the Alberta-Montana border in the 1860s where a group of women bands together in order to protect themselves after their husbands are killed Starring Cara Gee, Melissa Farman and Tattiawna Jones, while the show only ran for one season, it received a lot of attention in local awards.
Much as it says on the tin, Catherine Reitman, Jessalyn Wanlim, Dani Kind and Juno Rinaldi star as a group of friends that are dealing with the struggles of being working mums in modern day Toronto. Much like Sex in the City, women will be arguing about which mum each of their friends is. The show is smart and full of empathy. New episodes are also landing on Netflix in May.
A supernatural western horror based on the comic books of the same name, Wynonna is the great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Wyatt Earp, who was not just a lawman, but a supernatural policeman. Wynonna, played by Melanie Scrofano, continues his work in her home town near the Canadian Rockies.