6 March 2018
Today’s Top Picks
My top picks for this week are Caught and Little Dog. I’m excited to announce these picks as both are Canadian shows airing on CBC. I don’t want to give too much away about these shows, so I’m going to avoid spoilers as best I can.
Airing on Monday nights, Caught is set in 1978 and follows David Slaney (Allan Hawco) after he breaks out of prison. You don’t know too much about the characters that are introduced at first as that is part of the mystery and intrigue. We do know that Slaney was in jail for dealing drugs, but we don’t know much else about his arrest or the years previous.
Within the first episode, however, Slaney is roped into completing another “job” all while a manhunt is underway to find him and put him back in jail. Part of the team attempting to catch Slaney is disgraced detective Roy Patterson (Paul Gross), whose intentions may not be what they appear.
My favourite part of this show, however, has to be the music. I’m a huge fan of music from the 60s and 70s, so to hear so many songs that I know and love is incredibly fun. Whoever picked the music did an excellent job of adding to the feel of the show as the songs really fit with the scenes. Overall, I would recommend this show for sure and with only two episodes already aired, it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up. Trust me, it’s 100% worth the watch.
Following Tommy “Little Dog” Ross (Joel Thomas Hynes), Little Dog is a comedy/drama which airs on Thursday nights. Ross, a boxer who walked out of a match years ago, forfeiting the match, is offered a rematch against Rico “Havoc” St. George (Dwain Murphy). This could be his chance to redeem himself in the eyes of not only the town, but his family as well.
The first two episodes aired back to back last week and had my entire family hooked. The acting is brilliant and the story is so interesting. Tommy Ross honestly deserves to be protected at all costs. He is such a sweetheart and his family is just awful to him. Throughout the first two episodes, I just wanted to reach into the screen and give him a hug. His life seems to be in shambles and I felt so bad for him. He was an incredible boxer, with a great record, and I can’t wait to uncover more of his story.
The dynamic between this family is also intriguing. So far, I’m not really a fan of any of them—aside from Tommy Ross, whom I love—though I want to like his sister, Ginny, simply because she is played by Katharine Isabelle, an actress who has been in so many great shows/movies that I’ve seen over the years. We’ll have to wait and see I guess.
Overall though, I absolutely recommend Little Dog. It has all the qualities of an entertaining show: comedy, drama, and a whole lot of heart.
I’m really enjoying these Canadian shows that are airing lately. We have so much talent in this country and I’m incredibly proud to support shows like Caught and Little Dog.