Don’t get us wrong: We love Game of Thrones as much as the next person (is it April 12 yet?), but the truth is, you don’t need to travel to Westeros for good television. In fact, some of the best shows out there are produced right here in the great white north.
In honour of the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards (Sunday, March 1 on CBC), we decided now was as fine a time as any to round up some outstanding Canadian series that if you’re not already watching, you really should be.
So cuddle up under that Hudson’s Bay blanket, pour yourself a glass of CC and settle in for the night with some great Canadian television. After all, it won’t be getting warm outside any time soon.
Canadian TV shows you need to be watching right now
19-2This Montreal-based series is so unique we're not sure what to compare it to. But given its groundbreaking style and gripping content, let's just say it's the Hill Street Blues for a new generation.
Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on BravoBravo
Orphan BlackOne part United States of Tara, another part Alias and a dash of Lost is the best way to describe this clone-tastic show.
Season 3 premiere: April 18 at 9 p.m. ET on SpaceSpace
VikingsEver wondered what Game of Thrones would look like if it had less magic and more history? Well, now you do. History
Sensitive SkinEver wonder what the girl looked like after the happily ever after? Turns out it's not always so happy. Kim Cattrall going through a dark mid-life crisis is a must-see.
Season 1 available on TMN GoHBO Canada
Saving HopeIf Touched By An Angel and ER had a love child, this would be it. These docs perform some of the most realistic-looking (and often gruesome) surgeries on any TV show, period.
Seasons 1-3 available on CraveCTV
Rookie BlueThink Grey's Anatomy but with cops and even more relationship drama. Lots and lots of relationship drama.Global
BittenOne part Twilight, another part The Vampire Diaries and a dash of Supernatural and you've got this show, starring Laura Vandervoort.
Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on SpaceSpace
X CompanyThis is probably what The Americans would look like if it ever met Agent Carter.CBC
MotiveAside from an amazing array of guest stars, this crime drama is unique in that it tells you who the killer and victim are upfront. It's then up to you (and the detectives) to figure out the why.
Season 3 premiere: March 8 at 10 p.m. ET on CTVCTV