If you know of any other movies or TV shows, American, British, but also non-English language, with some sort of significant Canadian on-screen element (a principle character, etc.), e-mail me here. Since these aren't reviews per se, I'm happy to include entries on films and TV series I haven't seen myself.
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A bit off the topic, but interesting to note: a series of very popular British radio serials from the 1950s and 1960s, lumped under umbrella title Journey into Space, featured a multi-national crew of space explorers including two Britons, an Australian, and a Canadian.
All in a Family (Hong Kong)
Any Human Heart (UK)
How I Met Your Mother (USA)
The Larry Sanders Show (USA)
The New Avengers
Northern Exposure (USA)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (USA)
De Zomer van '45 (Dutch)
a.k.a. Summer of '45
Twin Peaks (USA)
Barney Miller (comedy USA) - a mugging victim is Canadian, leading to jokes with the victim claiming she must have been an obvious target, so clearly a foreigner.
Bionic Woman (drama USA) - 2007 remake of the 1970s series about an average woman with robot parts recruited by a covert American spy agency. In one episode, a sub-plot has her playing body guard to the spoiled daughter of a Canadian arms manufacturer. The series itself may be filmed in Canada (certainly the arms manufacturer was played by a Canadian actor -- Malcolm Stewart)
Boston Legal (drama USA) - Comedy-drama about the various, not wholly ethical, lawyers at a Boston law firm. In one plot thread in an episode, series principals James Spader and William Shatner go fishing in B.C. The episode plays with some environmental themes and wraps up with a scene of the two characters in a Canadian court room (with legal robes yet)! In real life, Shatner was born in Canada.
Chicago Fire (drama USA) - Or: "Emergency: The Next Generation", being a drama about a Chicago Fire department, mixing daring rescues with soap opera drama (and despite my flippancy, it's actually pretty good). In one episode, a comic sub-plot has a couple of Canadian firemen visit the station as part of a work exchange, arousing the ire of one of the regulars who, it turns out, once had a bad experience in Canada. Funnily, the show has him recognize their nationality by their accents...yet no one making the episode realized that Canadians usually pronounce lieutenant as "leftenant". They also refer to the "commonwealth of Canada" -- huh? Though a Canadian would just refer to "Canada" (no accessories) if they wanted to emphasize the exoticness, they could've had them say the "Dominion of Canada."
CSI: Miami (drama USA) - Successful spin-off from the hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigators". Apparently in the second season opener, the characters investigate two murders, including of a Canadian model, leading to the involvement of the Canadian government. And, apparently, the Canadians were the good guys!
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (comedy USA) - the inventor hero meets and aids a debonair Canadian super-spy, ala James Bond -- actually, this may be a Canadian series. I'll have to check that.
Law & Order (drama USA) - a Canadian woman flees back to Canada, and the heroes work to have her extradited but face the problem that the Canadian government wants a guarantee she won't face the death penalty. Canadians like to think of themselves as being buddy-buddy with Americans, so when American movies or TV shows take a nasty attitude to Canada, Canadians assume it's all in fun. I think that's a little naive. Case in point was this story, in which Canada seemed to be portrayed as the "evil, foreign empire" even to the point of the protagonists making some odd, derogatory claims about Canada. Admittedly, I've never been impressed with Law & Order (the series where no crisis can't be solved before the next commercial break). Still, there you go. Canadian actress Jill Hennessey was a regular for a few seasons.
The Lone Gunmen (comedy-drama USA) - An episode where the heroes, in a minor sub-plot, end up tracking a bear poacher to a secret meeting in a Vancouver warehouse. Filmed in Vancouver, three of the stars of this light-hearted X-Files spin-off (see below) are Canadian.
MAD TV (comedy USA) - This sketch comedy series was inspired by the popular comic book, though really it's just a variation on Saturday Night Live. Canadian Dave Foley guest starred in one episode and delivered a very funny, absurdist monologue acknowledging his Canadianess and pointing out differences between the US and Canada ("Americans are ruled by a president...Canadians are ruled by a small boy with super powers").
Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (historical-mystery U.K.) - A series of TV movies -- mainly fiction, but inspired by the fact that the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, had been the assistant to Dr. Joseph Bell (played by Ian Richardson), a part time police forensics consultant who Doyle himself claimed had been the model for Holmes. In the first of the movies (aired under the title: "Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes") a pivotal supporting character is from Canada...though the filmmakers themselves seem a bit muddled about the difference between Canada and the United States, making references that are more clearly American than Canadian (perhaps because the real life person did live in both countries).
Murder, She Wrote (drama USA) - at least three episodes. One, set in Quebec, seemed suspiciously like they had intended to make it British, but thought it'd be easier to set it in Canada. All the guest stars were British and it's pretty...awkward. Maybe to apologize, they did a subsequent episode set at the Calgary Stampede that was much more authentically Canadian. Another episode (brought to my attention by a friendly e-mailer) involves Native Indian rights in B.C. -- guest starring Canadian actor Graham Greene.
Out of Order (comedy-drama USA) - Made-for-cable (and you know what that means) drama about a screenwriting couple. In one episode, the lead (Eric Stoltz) is briefly in Canada to oversee a movie he wrote. That's one of the few times a Hollywood production has, in the narrative, acknowledged that lots of Hollywood movies are shot in Canada...in fact, Out of Order itself is filmed in Canada, with some Canadian actors cropping up in small supporting parts.
Saturday Night Live (comedy USA) - a sketch about America being conquered by Canada. SNL producer Lorne Michaels is Canadian.
The Saint (drama British) - 1960s series starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar, the globe hopping debonair crime fighter of the shady background. In the episode "Judith", Templar is in Montreal trying to prevent a tycoon from cheating his inventor brother. Julie Christie was one of the guest stars in the episode (putting on a North American accent).
The Simpsons (comedy USA) - Long running animated sitcom has thrown in a few Canadian jokes from time to time. In 2002, an episode had the Simpsons come to Toronto so that Bart could pursue his girlfriend. The episode was heavily -- I mean heavily -- hyped in Canada, getting cover spots on TV guides and everything. Yet when the episode aired, the Canadian sequence amounted to about 5 minutes of screen time! Doh! (as series regular Homer would say). Not one of the series' better episodes (kind of meandering and episodic), nonetheless there were some amusing gags. In the 2004 season, another episode has Homer trying to bring cheap Canadian prescription drugs into the U.S. -- a little more biting and political than the previous Canadian-themed episode.
Six Feet Under (serio-comic drama USA) - Edgy, critically acclaimed HBO series revolving around a family who runs a funeral parlour. In its final season, one of the supporting characters hires a Canadian nanny (for one episode), who is portrayed as kind of flakey and a little too guilelessly nice (inviting a homeless man to the house for lunch without asking her employer).
South Park (comedy USA) - Kyle's little brother is an adopted Canadian orphan. And in another episode, the kids come to Canada (done as a Wizard of Oz parody).
Suits (drama USA) - Legal drama about a high priced firm (the hook being the firm has a major secret that could see them all disbarred -- one of the characters, though a legal eagle, didn't actually graduate from law school!) In a 3rd season episode a couple of characters have a brief meeting in Toronto. Why -- isn't really clear. Since the series itself is shot in Toronto, perhaps the cinematographer had just been pestering the producers to let him use the skyline in a shot (the scene is shot from a low angle to show off the buildings). One of the series' stars -- J. Patrick Adams -- is Canadian.
Tarzan (adventure USA) - a short-lived 2003 reinterpretation of the Tarzan saga in the "Smallville" mould, set in New York with Jane (Sarah Wayne Callies in her first major role) a police detective. In one episode, a guy she's investigating is from Toronto (hence why his priors don't immediately show up when she does a background check) -- the clue? He uses Raptor (the Toronto basketball team) as an internet handle. The series was filmed in Toronto (and I think Callies actually has a Canadian connection -- even later making her home in B.C.) Just as an aside: this was a series which I kind of dismissed when I saw one or two episodes but, later, long after it was cancelled, I watched the whole series...and actually dug it a lot more, particularly if you view the 8 episode run less as a series, and more like a "mini-series", with a developing story arc that runs through them. Worth seeking out and giving a second look.
That 70s Show (comedy USA) - Some of the characters go up to Canada to buy some beer, but end up held at customs by some overzealous Mounties (played by Canadian actors -- and SCTV alumni -- Dave Thomas and Joe Flaherty). Everyone even ends up singing the Canadian national anthem (and doing a fine job of it, too)! Series regular, Tommy Chong, is Canadian.
The West Wing (drama USA) - Considering that Canada is the US' neighbour, biggest trading partner, and military ally (including the bi-national NORAD), it's perhaps curious how little presence Canada has had in this popular drama about life in the American government. Particularly since the series' president -- an intellectual and Pulitzer Prize winner (played by Martin Sheen) -- seems modelled more after some Canadian prime ministers than he is after any American president. One might even say Canada was being conspicuously ignored for the first few seasons. However in its third seasons it threw in a few minor references and one major one. In one episode, there's a humourous sub-plot where one of the regulars, secretary Donna, discovers through a quirk of border re-evaluation, that she's really a Canadian (though her American citizenship is re-instated by episode's end). This leads to a climactic scene where the Canadian flag is hoisted during a party and the Canadian national anthem is sung. Another joke sub-plot in a later season has a border clash between yahoos threatening to escalate into an international incident. Yeah, the West Wing people seem to see Canadian as fodder for jokes and buffoonery but, given the undercurrents of xenophobia in the series, I suppose Canadians should be grateful they aren't taken more seriously by the filmmakers. Canadian Gary Farmer guest starred in one episode as an Indian Chief seeking a meeting. Other Canadians have cropped up in minor parts (I seem to recall Cameron Daddo and Barbara Eve Harris in different episodes, to name two).
The X-Files (drama USA) - has featured more than one foray onto Canadian soil (it is a global conspiracy, after all). Though no significant character has ever been Canadian, the early seasons of this cult series were filmed in Canada and many of the pivotal actors have been Canadian -- particularly in the case of parts that started out minor but grew in importance, such as The Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and many of the others involved in the series' conspiracy sub-plot, like Krychek (Nicholas Lea), and Laurie Holden (can't remember her character's name) as well as good guys the Lone Gunmen (see above). One episode, which featured a shooting at a Vancouver chess tournament, was awkward. The crime takes place on Canadian soil, but next thing you know, the F.B.I. has the villain in custody -- how'd that happen, eh?
Zero Hour (drama USA) - part of the genre of serialized mystery-thrillers (that tend to be ill-fated when it comes to ratings -- and this was cancelled after three episodes!), this one from the more outlandish end of the spectrum, starring Anthony Edwards and involving secret societies and globe hopping intrigue that ties back into Nazi-era experiments. In the first episode (and spilling over into the start of the second) the American characters' follow one clue into the Canadian arctic -- one of the few (possibly first?) times Nunavut has been referenced in an American TV show.
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