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16 Canadian TV Shows That Totally Shaped Your Childhood

Because you really wanted a tickle trunk.

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If you grew up in Canada in the late '80s and '90s, you probably watched these TV shows when the street lights came on (or on Saturday morning while eating your French Toast Crunch):

2. The Friendly Giant

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Look up! Waaay up!

While us millennials were only treated to reruns of this iconic TV show, Friendly managed to make an impression on our generation. Admit it, you totally wanted to be invited to the castle to sit in one of those little chairs.


4. The Elephant Show with Sharon, Lois, and Bram

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Hands up if you know all the words and the actions to "Skinnamarink".

We'll ignore the fact that this show was based on the premise that 3 adults and 1 elephant lived platonically together and were constantly followed around by a random group of kids.

"Skinnamarinky dinky dink, skinnamarinky do..."

5. Today's Special

OMG I wanted to live in a department store so bad. Did anyone else sneakily try putting hats on mannequins when their mom wasn't looking? No? Just me?

PS. We were all obviously pretty tough preschoolers—that mouse is the stuff of nightmares.


11. Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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I don't know who sat down and thought: "What kinds of TV shows do '90s kids need?" and came up with horror anthologies, but here we are.

Arguably scarier than Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of The Dark? had Canadian kids answering "yes, yes we are".


14. The Odyssey

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This show was delightfully confusing. Where was Jay really? Who's dead? Who's alive? How are these children, who never grow older than 16, reproducing? So many questions. So many reasons to tune in next time.


16. And finally... Breaker High

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Guys, these kids went to high school on a cruise ship. Ridiculous? Yes. But we could also dream about going to Language Arts in tankinis and sunglasses.

Oh, and Breaker High brought us a more grown-up Ryan Gosling. So there's that.