We’ve been watching Slings & Arrows on Netflix, which is totally the best TV show you’ve never heard of, and are kind of surprised that they swear. That nice young man from the Kids in the Hall says fuck! Don fucking Draper doesn’t say fuck! So I looked the show up on Wikipedia and saw it aired on “Movie Central” and “The Movie Network” in Canada.
So then I realized I know less than nothing about Canadian media. I mean, I assume they get a lot of shows from the media producing giant to the south, but I know the government hands out a lot of money to the arts up there too. And I’m vaugely aware that there’s the CBC, but I don’t know if that’s like the BBC or like PBS or what. And I have no idea what the standards are and how much original programming is produced in Canada. (I do know we shoot tons of our shows up there, of course.)
So - can you say “fuck” on a network show in Canada? Basic cable? High-channel cable? (“Art” channel cable?) Premium cable? To hear the “f-word” on American TV you pretty much have to go to premium cable (HBO, Showtime, etc.) Come to think of it, I don’t even know if Canada has the same kind of tiered programming that we do at all.
So what is Canadian TV like at all, and do Canadians hate our weirdly censored-for-sex-and-language-but-brains-on-the-wall media?