We all know from living in Canada that a lot of TV series and movies are filmed all across the country. But it can be a little annoying when they show our cities as something they're not. Often Toronto and Vancouver get used for American cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia but doing that takes away the culture of our cities that differentiates us from the U.S. That's why finding Canadian TV shows that are actually set and filmed in Canada is so important.
We can relate to these characters, jokes, and plotlines more than any other show. You may think that shows that are set in Canada are hard to come by but maybe you just didn't realize they were set in Canada. We've been so trained to assume shows take place in the U.S. even if we see familiar buildings and streets. Next time you're watching a new series, if the characters don't directly say where they are, a key way of determining the setting is by paying attention to the type of currency characters use! Here are some TV series you can watch that take place in Canada.
Rating: 90% on Rotten Tomatoes
Probably one of the biggest shows to come out of Canada right now, although the show is vague, Eugene and Dan Levy have confirmed that the show does take place in Canada. Schitt's Creek follows a rich family that goes bankrupt and are forced to move to a town that stands as the last asset they own. You can watch Schitt's Creek on Netflix Canada.
Rating: 7.2/10 on IMDb
Workin' Moms is also streaming on Netflix Canada and is filmed and set in Toronto. It follows four mothers returning to regular life in the city after their maternity leave comes to an end.
Trailer Park Boys
Rating: 8.4/10 on IMDb
There's a reason why Netflix rebooted this show back in 2014. Trailer Park Boys is about a group of men, some of whom have a criminal record, who decide to live in a trailer park in a suburb of Nova Scotia.
Rating: 8/10 on IMDb
If you're starting to notice a theme, you're not alone. A lot of Canadian shows are comedies, including Kim's Convenience. What can we say? We're just hilarious. Kim's Convenience follows a Korean-Canadian family's day-to-day life owning a convenience store.
Rating: 7.7/10 on IMDb
Rookie Blue is Canada's very own crime show. It also takes place in Toronto and follows five rookie cops through their everyday lives and all the problems that arise from being in the police force, whether it's their work or home life.
Rating: 7.5/10 on IMDb
Saving Hope is like the Canadian version of Grey's Anatomy. The show is about two doctors who are engaged. On the day of their wedding, one of them is involved in a car accident that puts them in a coma. The seasons follow both pairs as one navigates real life and the other is supernaturally aware while being unconscious.
Rating: 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
It was never specified whether or not Orphan Black took place in Canada until season five when one of the characters finally admitted they were in Toronto. Orphan Black follows Sarah, an orphan who witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. She takes on her identity and delves into a conspiracy that has the two of them marked as clones.