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10 great BC-shot TV shows you can stream this BC Day long weekend


From The Killing to Maid to Firefly Lane, here are 10 great shows to watch this long weekend that were made right here in B.C.

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After spending a day outside — hopefully — enjoying beautiful B.C., why not continue your B.C. Day plans by watching a B.C. shot series on one of the many streaming services?

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The B.C.-based TV/film business, which brings in $3.3 billion annually, delivers a lot of opportunities to excitedly point out familiar locations. So, in a bid to help you keep your viewing B.C. based, here are 10 shows that earn the homegrown moniker.


Melissa Barrera as Liv in Keep Breathing.
Melissa Barrera as Liv in Keep Breathing. Photo by Ricardo Hubbs /NETFLIX

1. Keep Breathing

Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: Shot all over the province, this six-episode scripted show is kind of Alone meets dramatic thriller. Keep Breathing tells the story of a young, ambitious lawyer (Melissa Barrera) who finds herself stranded in the remote wilderness of Northern Canada. The battle isn’t just surviving the harsh surroundings but navigating the harsh personal realizations that flood her mind once she realizes she is truly alone.

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Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder and Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden in The Killing.
Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder and Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden in The Killing. Photo by Frank Ockenfels /3/AMC

2. The Killing

Where you can watch it: Disney+

What it’s about: This may be a few years old (2011-2014) but thanks to our lush and moody rainforest backdrop and fabulous writing this highly acclaimed Vancouver-shot, Seattle-set crime drama is still a deliciously dark and tense thriller. Based on the Danish crime drama Forbrydelsen), it stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman shine (or, better yet smoulder) as two complicated cops that take their work seriously.


Neil Patrick Harris is pitch perfect as Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Neil Patrick Harris is pitch perfect as Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Photo by Joe Lederer /Netflix

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: Based on the book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, this fun, multi-layered family series got plenty of well-deserved kudos for its look, tone and wonderful weirdness. Neil Patrick Harris is pitch perfect as the creepy Count Olaf. And the wonderfully laconic and hugely lovable — watch The Tick — Patrick Warburton shows up as Lemony Snicket. Co-creator and director Barry Sonnenfeld — The Addams Family, Men in Black, The Tick — delivers his usual detailed and stylish wackiness. It is a visual wonderland.

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Jaz Sinclair (left) and Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Jaz Sinclair (left) and Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Photo by Diyah Pera /Netflix

4. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: For more fantasy fun, we head to fictional Greendale and life with Archie Comics’ favourite half witch, half teenager Sabrina Spellman. Sabrina is played by plucky Kiernan Shipka, who has so far managed to move from child star (Sally Draper on Mad Men) to teenage star without falling apart. Kudos. This Vancouver/Langley shot story is a dark coming-of-age tale that comes complete with large servings of horror and witchcraft. What about a talking cat? Well, you’ll have to tune in to see.


Rylea Nevaeh Whittet and Margaret Qualley in Maid.
Rylea Nevaeh Whittet and Margaret Qualley in Maid. Photo by RICARDO HUBBS /NETFLIX

5. Maid

Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: Based the Stephanie Land memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Maid is a wonderful small, contained Vancouver Island-shot series about a single mom named Alex (Margaret Qualley) who escapes an abusive relationship, only to find herself in the very tough spot of struggling to provide for her young daughter. Alex’s plight is made even worse as she must also keep an eye on her bipolar and dangerously spontaneous mother Paula played here beautifully by Qualley’s real life mom Andie MacDowell.

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Katherine Heigl (left) and Sarah Chalke star in the new Vancouver-shot Netflix series Firefly Lane.
Katherine Heigl (left) and Sarah Chalke star in the new Vancouver-shot Netflix series Firefly Lane. Photo by Netflix

6. Firefly Lane

Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: The Lower Mainland plays the backdrop to this series based on the novel of the same name by Kristin Hannah. Firefly Lane is a story about a friendship that begins between two teen girls in the 1970s and runs through — at least where the first season ends — to their adulthood in the early-2000s. The adults are played by Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl, who it seems has returned from the showbiz abyss, or worse yet, Suits. The Firefly Lane gals are best pals but very different. One’s the messy, hot chick with some celebrity. The other is the unfulfilled nerd who deep down, for once, wants to be the centre of attention. Obviously, no new territory is trod here but that’s OK, because Chalke and Heigl make it a great palette cleanser from the heaviness of the world.

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Alexandra Breckenridge and Tim Matheson star in the Netflix series Virgin River.
Alexandra Breckenridge and Tim Matheson star in the Netflix series Virgin River. Photo by Courtesy of Netflix

7. Virgin River

Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) needs to get the heck out of Dodge or, in this case, Los Angeles. So, she decides to become a fish out of water and take a job as a nurse practitioner in a tiny town in the very Northern part of the state. Based on the Robyn Carr novels, this romantic drama sees Mel come to the realization that an easy fresh start isn’t always a given in a small town full of strangers and secrets. Like Firefly Lane, the Lower Mainland-shot show, offers up some straightforward, no heavy lifting required entertainment.


Schmigadoon, a new AppleTV show that launches Friday, features Ottawa’s Warren Yang (pictured, in pink) in the cast. Credit Robert Falconer, Apple TV+
Schmigadoon, a new AppleTV show that launches Friday, features Ottawa’s Warren Yang (pictured, in pink) in the cast. Credit Robert Falconer, Apple TV+ Photo by Robert Falconer /Apple TV+

8. Schmigadoon! 

Where you can watch it: Apple TV

What it’s about: Speaking of ways to improve the mood, this six-part musical comedy is pure joy. Shot in Vancouver Schmigadoon! is, as the name suggests, a takeoff of the classic 1940s Lerner and Loewe Broadway show Brigadoon. Now in a contemporary setting the new show focuses on a couple (Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key) in a rut. To try to pep things up they decide to go a wandering and come across a bridge that leads them onto a sound stage packed with singing stars like Christen Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Aaron Tveit, and Jane Krakowski. This is the second Sonnenfeld show on this list and, like A Series of Unfortunate Events, it’s a pleasure to look at.

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Takaya, standing on rocks howling, in a scene from the documentary Takaya: Lone Wolf.
Takaya, standing on rocks howling, in a scene from the documentary Takaya: Lone Wolf. Photo by Cheryl Alexander /CBC

9. The Nature of Things

Where you can watch it: CBC Gem

What it’s about: Over six decades the iconic Canadian show — hosted by Vancouver’s David Suzuki since 1979 — The Nature of Things has peeled back the layers on everything under the sun. Actually, the sun has probably been covered here, too. Being the OG of TV doc series, The Nature of Things’ library is vast, but you can narrow it to B.C. content by calling up the documentaries Listening to Orcas and Takaya: Lone Wolf. The West Coast in all its glory.


Bruno Gerussi (left) and Jackson Davies star in The Beachcombers.
Bruno Gerussi (left) and Jackson Davies star in The Beachcombers. SunMedia

10. The Beachcombers

Where you can watch it: Amazon Prime

This may seem random but why not celebrate the province with a trip down memory lane to a TV show that was the essence of the B.C. coast. This Prime offering is a collection of episodes chosen over the series’ entire run of 350 episodes from 1972-1990. Enjoy some raucous ocean travel in the Persephone with log salvagers Nick (Bruno Gerussi) and Jesse (Pat John). Tuck in for some fictional comfort food at Molly’s Reach and curse Relic’s (Robert Clothier) schemes. This is history.


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