You may think that film and television producers flock to the typical American hotspots like Los Angeles and New York when considering locations for their next projects; and while in some cases that is true, a lot of TV shows and movies are still filmed up north in Toronto every year. Producers love filming in Canada these days because of the favourable conversion rate for the American dollar - in other words, they're getting more bang for their buck by using our studios and our cities, though they might often try to conceal any on-screen hints that their work was filmed north of the border. Aside from the obvious examples of Suits, Being Erica, and Degrassi: Next Class that 99% of Torontonians know of by now, below is a compilation of shows and films shot in Toronto that you can currently catch on Netflix!
Note: An asterisk (*) signifies that the show/film is available on the American version of Netflix (because we all know how to oh-so-sneakily change our IP addresses by this point, yes?).
1. Covert Affairs (5 seasons, 2010-14)
Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett
Filmed At: Downsview Park Studios
Expect: A fresh-faced, inexperienced Annie Walker works under the guidance of blind tech operative Auggie to face the challenges that come with being a CIA operative.
2. Pacific Rim* (2013)
Stars: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
Filmed At: Pinewood Toronto Studios; Bluffer's Park; Hearn Generating Station on Unwin Ave
Expect: A war between humans and monstrous sea creatures, and a former pilot must pair up with a trainee in order to - you guessed it - save the world from the impending apocalypse.
Photo Cred - Netflix
3. Heroes Reborn (1 season, 2015-16)
Stars: Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay
Filmed At: Cinespace Studios; U of T Mississauga
Expect: A terrorist attack leaves a Texan city destroyed, and because of being blamed for the tragedy, anyone with supernatural abilities are either hiding out or trying to evade those among them with less-than-honourable motives.
4. Spotlight* (2015)
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
Filmed At: Pinewood Toronto Studios; St. Basil's Church on St. Joseph St; Bay-Adelaide Centre on Bay St; The Globe and Mail offices on Front St; Mercatto restaurant
Expect: The Boston Globe investigation into the scandal of child molestation within the local Catholic Church.
5. Hannibal (3 seasons, 2013-15)
Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelson, Caroline Dhavernas
Filmed At: Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre; Casa Loma; Fairmont Royal York; Valley Halla house in Rouge Valley; David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill; St. James Park on King St
Expect: The exploration of the early relationship between the famed Dr. Hannibal and his patient Will Graham, a young FBI criminal profiler. Graham is a bit unnerved by his ability to empathize with serial killers, to say the least. It doesn't help that the doctor seems to be manipulating Graham's sanity, either.
6. Enemy* (2013)
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
Filmed At: U of T Scarborough; St. James Town neighborhood; Knox College; Gardiner Expressway; Lake Shore Boulevard
Expect: A man searches for his doppelganger after spotting him in a movie.
7. Between (2 seasons, 2015 - )
Stars: Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen
Filmed At: Cinespace Film Studios
Expect: Everybody over the age of 21 in the small town of Pretty Lake has died from some unknown disease, and Wiley Day, the pregnant teenage daughter of a minister, must band together with whoever is left to survive in the quarantined town.
Photo Cred - Netflix
8. Special Correspondents (2016)
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga
Filmed At: Fairmont Royal York; Winchester Street in Cabbagetown; Argyle Lofts at Dovercourt and Argyle; Luna Cafe on Dovercourt; Scarborough Bluffs; Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre on St. Joseph
Expect: A radio journalist and his accomplice concoct a scheme to fake their own kidnapping so they can hide in New York during a rebel uprising in South America. Needless to say, it doesn't go as smoothly as planned.
9. Orphan Black* (4 seasons, 2013 - )
Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris
Filmed At: Mariner Terrace; Hearn Generating Station; Tommy Thompson Park; Angus Glen Community Centre in Markham; Thompson Hotel on Wellington; Morse Street Public School on Carlaw; Jim's Restaurant on Queen; Rosewater restaurant; The Cameron House bar; Knox College; Kelly Library; St. Michael's College; Bay-Adelaide Centre
Expect: Imagine witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like you. That's the conspiracy Sarah Manning is pulled into, and it only gets weirder from then on. Seriously.
10. Bitten* (3 seasons, 2014-16)
Stars: Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt, Greg Byrk
Filmed At: Cinespace Studios, Revival 629 Studio
Expect: Elena Michaels is a photographer in Toronto. Normal enough. Then a supernatural world of werewolves appears from Elena's past and makes its way back into her life. Not so normal. It doesn't help that she's also the only living female werewolf in a mystical world she'd much rather forget about.
11. Schitt's Creek (2 seasons, 2015 - )
Stars: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy
Filmed At: Pinewood Toronto Studios; Main Street Unionville
Expect: Successful businessman. His soap star wife. Their two pampered kids, a son and socialite daughter. They go suddenly broke and thus forced to leave their wealthy life behind to find themselves now living up Schitt's Creek (get it? geeeeet it?).
12. The Strain* (3 seasons, 2014 - )
Stars: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand
Filmed At: Massey Hall; Roy Thomson Hall; the Liberty Grand complex; U of T's Wycliffe College; Knox College; Playdium batting cage in Mississauga; Hy's Steakhouse on Adelaide; The Chase Fish and Oyster restaurant; Metro Convention Centre; Union Station; Metropolitan United Church; Harbourfront's Toronto Music Garden; Cadillac Lounge; Fairmont Royal York; Acadia bookstore on Queen; Berkeley Street Church; The Carlu on Yonge St; Mississauga City Hall
Expect: A viral outbreak destroying the city of New York seems to have ties to an ancient, evil strain of vampirism.
Photo Cred - Netflix
13. Dark Matter (2 seasons, 2015 - )
Stars: Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr.
Filmed At: Unfortunately, all IMDb will tell us on this one is simply that it's filmed in Toronto. Ah well, still counts! ;)
Expect: A group of people wakes up on a deserted spaceship without being able to remember who they are or why they're there, so they intend to look for answers.
14. Goosebumps (4 seasons, 1995-98)
Stars: R. L. Stine, Kathryn Short, Cody Jones
Filmed At: Similar to Dark Matter, all we know from IMDb about this one's filming location is that it shared screen time between Toronto and Bellevue, Washington.
Expect: Ahh, good ol' Goosebumps. Loved or hated it, this 90s show was likely a staple in your before-bed-TV time as a kid. If by some chance you've still never heard of it though, Goosebumps focuses on a different 'spooky story' every episode. If you're feeling for a serious dose of nostalgia right now, the intro theme song is up on YouTube. Are you flashbacking to when you were an 8-year-old again or nah?!
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