These 15 Comedy TV Shows May Be Canada's Best Export
While British and American comedies seem to get all the love, Canada's comedy TV shows are top notch, and thanks to the success of Schitt's Creek, they're finally starting to get the attention they deserve. The Rose family, with their penchant for sarcasm and bold sartorial choices, are a great introduction to Canadian humor — just make sure your appreciation for comedy from the Great White North doesn't end there. Thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, there's more international TV available than ever before, and that includes all manner of Canadian comedies, from the recently concluded Schitt's Creek to the long-running Republic of Doyle.
Ready to indulge in some Canadian goodness, eh? Read on to discover 15 Canadian TV comedies that you can stream right now.
No list of must-watch Canadian comedies would be complete without Schitt's Creek. The Rose family's story of redemption through motel living and small-town hospitality is one of the funniest shows in recent memory. It's also one of the warmest, thanks to its effortlessly inclusive storytelling and emphasis on family and community.
Set in a Toronto convenience store run by the Korean-Canadian Kim family, Kim's Convenience is the rare comedy that can make you laugh until it hurts in one scene and cry from its emotional blow in the next. Whether the Kims are working to repair the rift between patriarch Appa and his son Jung or bickering over whose turn it is to mind the counter at their store, this underrated series is unlike anything else on TV.
Balancing motherhood and work is tricky — and full of moments ripe for the comedy treatment. In Workin' Moms, four new moms bond over bizarre baby groups, returning to their careers post-baby, and preserving their sense of self in this realistic — but somehow still riotous — series.
Seinfeld proclaimed itself to be the show about nothing, but that honor should really go to the brilliantly subtle comedy of Corner Gas. Set in the isolated small town of Dog River, the comedy includes a cast of eccentric characters who spend their time chatting at the gas station, taking staycations before they were cool, and generally enjoying living the quiet life. Not a lot happens in this gem of a show, but just hanging out with gas station owner Brent and the rest of Dog River's residents is entertaining enough.
Like many Canadian comedies, Letterkenny focuses on the residents of a quirky small town — but don't expect the residents of Letterkenny to remind you of the Roses. The show focuses on siblings and farmers Wayne and Katy and their pal Squirrely, as well as the feuds that brew among the town's three main factions: the Hicks, the Skids, and the Hockey Players. The show's wild and utterly unique take on rural Canada is absolutely must see.
Trailer Park Boys
With 12 seasons and two feature films, Trailer Park Boys might just be the ultimate binge watch. The mockumentary-style series follows Ricky, Bubbles, and Julian, three residents of a quirky trailer park community who are always coming up with creative new ways to dodge the park's former supervisor.
Republic of Doyle
Fans of American P.I. comedies will love Republic of Doyle. Private investigator Jake Doyle and his father will take on any case, big or small, in the port city St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Whether the dad and son duo are investigating a murder or something more mundane, this comedy-drama manages to deftly balance its wry sense of humor with more dramatic beats.
If you find yourself daydreaming about taking a tour around Canada, then Still Standing is the show for you. In the comedy-reality hybrid, actor and comedian Jonny Harris travels to small towns all across Canada to immerse himself in the culture and explore each community's unique sense of humor.
Being Erica mixes together time travel and the sweet humor that naturally comes with the struggle to find your path in life to create a heartwarming journey for its hero, Erica. After she shares her long lists of regrets with her therapist, Erica ends up undertaking an immersive treatment that allows her to explore all the roads not traveled in her life.
Jerry O'Connell stars as Harley Carter, America's favorite procedural star, in this Castle-esque comedy-drama series. After having a very public breakdown, Carter returns to his hometown in Ontario, Canada, to hide from the Hollywood spotlight, but when residents think he's an actual detective, Carter embarks on a real-life crime-solving journey full of hilarious missteps.
The Indian Detective
Comedian Russell Peters manages to take a high-intensity setup — a dangerous conspiracy in need of unraveling — and add in laughs and a comfort TV vibe in The Indian Detective. Peters stars as a Toronto cop visiting his father in Mumbai, India, when he stumbles upon a potentially deadly case that he can't resist trying to solve.
Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall takes on the role of a wife dissatisfied by her marriage in the dark comedy Sensitive Skin. In hopes that a change of scenery will also resuscitate their relationship, the Jacksons sell their home and move to a trendy apartment in the city. However, it doesn't take long for them to realize it's going to take more than a new locale to save their marriage.
18 to Life
Stacey Farber of Degrassi: The Next Generation fame stars in the modern Romeo and Juliet tale that is 18 to Life. Teens Jessie Hill and Tom Bellow decide to get married right after high school, a decision that leaves their families — neighbors with absolutely nothing in common — facing the fact that their lives are now intrinsically linked.
Just try not to get '80s flashbacks when you see Jason Priestley and Molly Ringwald as parents to a crop of overachieving kids in Raising Exceptions. Four out of five of the couple's kids are precocious youngsters who already have their whole lives planned out, but it's their average son Emmett who keeps the picture-perfect family grounded in reality.
Slings and Arrows
Before Schitt's Creek took the world by storm, Canada's most critically acclaimed series might very well have been the acerbic Slings and Arrows. This three-season dramedy follows the rebirth of the fictional New Burbage Festival, which focuses on Shakespeare productions. At the helm of the theater's resurgence is Geoffrey Tennant, a slightly mad genius who often talks to the ghost of his dead mentor. Darkly funny, sharp, and deeply moving, Slings and Arrows is a certified classic (and well worth paying the $4.99 a month price of an Acorn TV subscription long enough to marathon all 18 episodes).