Best new Canadian TV Shows (2017 overview - TV & Netflix)

If there’s one show that put Canada back on the map of television series, it must be Orphan Black (2013) – a rightful hit. Also, the warrior stories in Vikings (2013) hail from Canada, representing its relevance. Below, an overview of the best recents shows from the land of woods, snow and people who may talk French.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best Canadian TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Lawrence Hill, Michael Hirst & Mike Clattenburg Canada's best creators?

2017 releases - most anticipated titles to watch

Ransom (1-1-2017 | CBS)

A show based on the experience of a real-life negotiator who together with his partner travel around the globe helping organizations and companies to resolve complex conflicts. Including crime cases. Pretty suspenseful stuff so far.
CreatorFrank Spotnitz & David Vainola
StarringSarah Greene, Luke Roberts & Nazneen Contractor
Themesaction, drama,
CountryCanada France

Cardinal (25-1-2017 | CTV)

A crime mini series from Canada about detectives investigating the murder of a young girl. It's an adaptation of the mystery novel Forty Words of Sorrow by Giles Blunt.

CreatorAubrey Nealon
StarringGlen Gould, Deborah Hay, Eric Hicks & David Richmond-Peck
Themesyouth, detective,

Mary Kills People (25-1-2017 | Global TV)

A medical drama in which an ER doctor secretly helps the terminally ill to end their own lives in a respectful manner.
StarringCaroline Dhavernas, Jay Ryan, Richard Short, Lyriq Bent

Bellevue (12-1-2017 )

When in a small Canadian town a transgender teen goes missing, a detective played by Anna Paquin is on the case. It brings her in a tough spot, as she must also investigate and suspect people she has known her whole life.

Photo of Bellevue
StarringAnna Paquin, Marianne Farley & Aymeric Jett Montaz |

Best Canadian TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

Best Canadian TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Vikings (Since 3-3-2013 , Season: 4 - History)
  2. The viking Ragnar Lothbrok aims to conquer new territories in the West, but his chief wants to continue their travels to the familiar East. The tension between the two vikings rises, and culminates into a fierce battle. Very nice show for people who are into fantasy, blood en brave Scandinavian seafaring warriors.

    CreatorMichael Hirst
    StarringTravis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick & Clive Standen
    Similar tv showsGame of Thrones, The Tudors
    Themestradition, drama, historical,
    Keywordsaction-packed, educational, historical,
    CountryCanada Ireland {Republic}
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Trailer Park Boys (Since 22-4-2001 , Season: 10 - Showcase)
  4. The crazy adventures of three trailer park residents who try to get rich taking fruitless shortcuts.

    CreatorMike Clattenburg
    StarringJohn Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells & Mike Smith
    Similar tv showsIt's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    Themesfriendship, comedy, crime,
    Keywordsaddictive, dramatic, entertaining, funny, top-notch,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. Fringe (Since 9-9-2008 , Season: 5 - Fox)
  6. Olivia Dunham is a FBI special agent with a complicated task: she needs to look into weird stuff, together with a scientist, his son and a junior FBI agent . Whilst doing so, they come across connections to their own lives and a paralel universe. Yes, that sounds like The X-files, but The Fringe clearly found it's own voice. Very recommendable.

    CreatorJ. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
    StarringAnna Torv, Joshua Jackson & John Noble
    Similar tv showsLost, 24
    Themesscience, drama, science fiction,
    Keywordsaction-packed, advanced, awe-inspiring, dramatic, funny,
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. Blue Mountain State (Since 11-1-2010 , Season: 3 - Spike)
  8. Three freshmen fight the battles that need to be fought entering Blue Mountain State - a place for football and girls.

    CreatorEric Falconer & Chris Romano
    StarringDarin Brooks, Alan Ritchson & Page Kennedy
    Similar tv showsEastbound & Down, Entourage
    Themescollege, friendship, comedy, sports,
    Keywordsdynamic, funny, hilarious,
    CountryCanada United States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  9. Orphan Black (Since 30-3-2013 , Season: 3 - Space)
  10. A young and streetwise woman witnesses the suicide of a girl that looks just like her. She then discovers that she’s been cloned, that she has many other clones spread throughout the world and that someone wants her dead. Naturally, malicious organizations and mystic key figures come across her long and surprising journey.

    CreatorGraeme Manson & John Fawcett
    StarringTatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce & Jordan Gavaris
    Similar tv showsLost Girl
    Themesidentity, science, drama, science fiction,
    Keywordsaction-packed, awe-inspiring, complex, dynamic, intriguing,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

Canada country statistics

Country popularity
Country ranking#3
Familiar facesTatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce & Jordan Gavaris
Trending showsYoung Drunk Punk, Open Heart & Book of Negroes
Amount of country shows per year from 2010 to 2017

98 Canadian TV series scheduled for release this year.

For a country with such a small English language film industry, Canada does surprisingly well in terms of TV. Through calloborations with France and the US, they make high quality drama's that are watched all over the world. And the amount of tv shows is increasing almost every year.