Canadian TV is chock-full of beloved shows that bring on a wave of nostalgia at their very name. But most of those shows would be very different if they took place in the current era of smartphones and social media. From The Littlest Hobo to Breaker High, we imagine just how some of our homegrown shows would change if they’d had our modern-day access to technology.
The Littlest Hobo
Discovering that Hobo can use an iPhone seems like a huge advance in dog-human relations – after all, if he can text, we can actually know what the dog is thinking. But hopes are quickly dashed when his new friends realize he texts only in emojis. Octopus, hamburger, skull? Prayer hands, cupcake, ghost sticking his tongue out? What the hell is this dog trying to say?!
Ashley is not fooled for a second by the limo driver who claims to be a foreign prince – after all, she’s been following the prince on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine for months. Unfortunately for Ashley, the real prince has no interest in her – but he is impressed by Sean and Jimmy, who have become social media stars in their own rights with their viral video “Back At It Again With The Bucket Hat.”
Ready Or Not
Seeing Instagram as her ticket to popularity, Amanda struggles to present the illusion of the perfect life – she can never seem to pick the right filter for her brunch, or the right brick wall against which to photograph her outfit. Even more infuriating is that Busy’s music career is taking off on Vine. She’s not even posting entire songs! How do you become a music star with just six-second videos?! Luckily, their friendship is saved when Busy lets Amanda start singing backup.
Edison High doesn’t even have the budget for one newspaper, let alone two, so the Student Bodies staff are forced to put their entire operation onto Tumblr. However, Cody’s frequently misogynistic, homophobic, and, frankly, unfunny cartoons are torn apart by the Tumblr community, and soon the school has been flooded by so many complaints from around the world that the whole Student Bodies crew is expelled. When they leave Edison High for the last time, all the other students cheer.
Road to Avonlea
Looking for a community of forward-thinking women, Sara Stanley joins a Facebook group dedicated toward’s women’s issues. However, she’s horrified to discover that the group is only interested in posting gossip and snarky comments about female celebrities. “What does Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie have to do with getting women the vote?” She asks. She’s quickly booted out of the group, and Felicity immediately rebukes her over Facebook messenger for embarrassing her online.
Anne of Green Gables
Anne’s boat trip down the river is instantly Snapchatted to everyone, with the caption “LMAO DEAD!” Quickly followed by, of course, another snap of Anne as her boat starts sinking: “SHIIIIIT MY BOAT.” Luckily Gilbert has been following her Snapchat story religiously and he’s quick to rescue her – but can’t stop himself from making fun of which filters she uses.
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes
People used to be impressed with Shirley’s encyclopedic knowledge, but once everyone got smart phones, suddenly nobody needed the teenage detective anymore – they all had the information they needed at the tip of their fingertips. Lacking any real mysteries to solve, Shirley instead focuses her efforts on a popular Instagram account for her hat collection.
My Secret Identity
Andrew’s just a 14-year-old with superpowers, and while he knows the importance of keeping his identity a secret, he also has a teenager’s desire for fame and notoriety. Although he doesn’t put his real name on his @Ultraman Twitter account, he is dumb enough to put his school picture as his profile photo, and then only follows kids from his school. Before long, the secret’s out, and Andrew learns a valuable lesson about cybersecurity.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
The Midnight Society runs into trouble when, every time one of their members starts telling their spooky story, someone pulls out their iPhone and finds the exact urban legend the tale is based on. “Yeah, we’re all subscribed to the NoSleep subreddit, Gary,” Tucker points out. The seventh time in a row this happens, Gary pours all the water onto the fire and declares that the Midnight Society has been disbanded – for good.
As Catwalk struggles to make a mark in the music business, they hit it big with a gimmicky video that quickly earns millions of views on YouTube. It seems like things are going well, until the band realizes that their fans are now less interested in their music and more concerned with how their next video will be bigger, better, and more elaborate. Even worse, everyone keeps pointing out how Daisy looks exactly like that girl from Party of Five.
When Jay goes into a coma and enters the no-adult world, he learns that in this new reality, no kid over 16 uses Snapchat. “No way, but my mom uses Snapchat,” he says. “See, here, she just put one of the rainbow puking filters on our dog!” The knowledge that parents are starting to use social media sends all the kids into a panic, the reality crumbles, and Jay wakes up back in the real world with a slight headache but none worse the wear.
The Friendly Giant
The friendly giant has the best of intentions when he starts his own YouTube channel, only to find that the comment section is filled with eagle-eyed commenters who point out that the chair he pulls out with his “giant” hand is clearly doll furniture. A huge scandal ensues as the giant is revealed to be just a normal-sized man using forced perspective! Even worse, the commenters are ruthless when criticizing his recorder music. The “giant” deletes all of his accounts and swears off social media forever.
Big Wolf On Campus
Tommy Dawkins spent most of Big Wolf On Campus trying to rid himself of his lycanthropy – the poor guy was so ashamed of who he was. But thanks to the rise of Tumblr, Tommy is finally able to find a community of furries who teach him that being a werewolf is nothing to be ashamed of. Even better, once he starts attending the annual convention, his dating life is wilder than ever before.