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The Red Green Show is a Canadian half-hour sketch comedy television show produced by Steve Smith and Rick Green. Smith stars as the titular character, Red Green, and the show also features many other characters. The Red Green Show is a self-proclaimed parody of many country fishing and handyman TV shows. The show ran in Canada between January 4, 1991 (although filming began in 1990) and April 7, 2006 and had exactly 300 half-hour episodes in total, including several holiday specials. The show was also broadcast on PBS in the United States, beginning with a test run in the early 1990's on WTVS, the PBS affiliate in Detroit, Michigan[1], and reruns of the show are still broadcast in some areas. For a brief time, the show was also broadcast on Foxtel in Australia and Mercury Television in New Zealand.[2]

A full-length feature film based on The Red Green Show, Duct Tape Forever, was also produced, and the entire series is available on DVD.

FormatEdit

The main setting for The Red Green Show is the Possum Lodge, in which a television show by the same name is being produced. While the real show encompasses fictional characters and settings, the fictional show is structured as a fishing and handyman show in which Red is the star. The fictional show is produced and directed by Red's nephew Harold until season 9, when Harold leaves Possum Lodge to work at a company in the city. In most episodes, the plot of the fictional show is the same as that for the real show. However, some episodes particularly in the first season, where Harold is critical of Red's "boring" stories center more around the fictional show's production than the stated plot or storyline. For example, in The Network Deal, Harold attempts to line up a contract between the show and a major American television network, and in the premiere episode of the 8th season, Red agrees to start paying Harold to produce the show.

SeasonsEdit

Main article: Episode Guide

Number Episodes First air date Last air date Title Network
1 24 January 4, 1991 1992 The Red Green Show CHCH-TV
2 1992 1993
3 September 22, 1993 March 2, 1994 CFPL-TV
4 1994 1995 The New Red Green Show Global
5 September 30, 1995 1996
6 September 30, 1996 1997
7 17 1997 1998 CBC
8 14 1998 1999 The Red Green Show
9 17 October 8, 1999 December 17, 1999
10 18 October 13, 2000 2001
11 17 October 12, 2001 January 25, 2002
12 18 October 18, 2002 March 7, 2003
13 October 24, 2003 March 5, 2004
14 October 1, 2004 February 25, 2005
15 19 October 28, 2005 April 7, 2006

Production NotesEdit

The Red Green Show was produced for 300 half-hour episodes, first on CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario, And then, on CFPL-TV in London, Ontario and then, by the Global Television Network, to finally end on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for Season 7.

The series finale, Do As I Do, was filmed on November 5, 2005, at Showline Studios in the Port Lands neighborhood of Toronto, since CBC was, at the time, locking out Canadian Media Guild members, thus rendering the usual Canadian Broadcasting Centre soundstages unusable.

In the fall of 2014, the transcripts for the 2003-2005 seasons were released for pay download on the Red Green Shop. Since then, transcripts for previous seasons have been released for pay download as well.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2014/11/02/entertainment/doc5453c0522f9ee606241785.txt?viewmode=fullstory
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/19970718204138/http://www.redgreen.com/redtv.html

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