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The best TV shows to binge on CBS All Access in Canada for April 2021

Looking for laughs or craving some courtroom drama? CBS All Access delivers the goods.

Hoping to compete with already entrenched services like Sundance Now, Amazon Prime, AcornTV and Shudder, CBS All Access Canada has hit the ground running with a solid library of TV shows. Admittedly, what we have here isn’t the most current content going, at least when compared to Netflix and the like. That said, I’ve found CBS AAC to be quite the goldmine for golden oldies…

The top 5 shows on CBS All Access

  1. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  2. Elementary
  3. The Twilight Zone
  4. Under the Dome
  5. The Good Fight

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)

When improv actor and comic Stephen Colbert left his “The Colbert Report” character behind The Late Show franchise was reborn in style in the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York. Boasting one of the most annoying and/or amusing Donald Trump voice impressions in modern media, Colbert routinely skewers current events and hosts exclusive interviews with the most famous actors, athletes, politicians, comics, artists and musicians in entertainment today. Even better, joining Colbert is his bandleader, Julliard-trained Jon Batiste, and house band Stay Human.

Cast:

  • Stephen Colbert as Himself – Host
  • Jon Batiste as Himself – Bandleader
  • Alexander Armstrong as Dominic
  • Rob James-Collier as Joe

Elementary (2012)

Even though I went into this series skeptical, being a diehard fan of Sherlock and Benadryl Cucumberthatch in general, Elementary still managed to win me over. What we have here is yet another modern-day reimagining of the world’s greatest detective, but with a number of key twists on the formula. Firstly, the Watson in this crime-solving duo is played by a no-nonsense Lucy Liu, and this Holmes has been lured across the pond from Scotland Yard to come solve the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Regardless of these rearrangements of premise, Elementary delivers some cracking whodunnit mysteries that are on par with the best brain teasers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Cast:

  • Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes
  • Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson
  • Jon Michael Hill as Det. Marcus Bell
  • Aidan Quinn as Cpt. Thomas Gregson

The Twilight Zone (1959)

About as oldie as oldies can get, but still a goodie. The Twilight Zone is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. And I’m willing to bet that many modern audiences who watch it today will find themselves quite familiar with the source material here, thanks to the many spoofs done of The Twilight Zone by The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror halloween specials (and Futurama’s superb “The Scary Door” segments).

Cast:

  • Rod Serling as Narrator
  • Vaughn Taylor as Mr. Carsville

Under the Dome (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, Under the Dome is the strange tale of Chester’s Mill, a small Maine town that becomes utterly encapsulated by a colossal, transparent and seemingly indestructible dome. Completely cut off from the outside world, thanks to no Internet access, mobile coverage or radio signals, this sleepy town becomes a powder-keg of violence when old grudges are stirred up by an increasing lack of resources. Can the world’s military find a way to break in before everything turns to hell? Likewise, can a handful of switched on curious dome-folk discover the origin and purpose of their imprisonment?

Cast:

  • Mike Vogel as Dale “Barbie” Barbara
  • Rachelle Lefevre as Julia Shumway
  • Alexander Koch as Junior Rennie
  • Eddie Cahill as Sam Verdreaux

The Good Fight (2017)

Sadly, a lot of spin-off shows aren’t worth the price of the paper their scripts are written on – The Good Fight is an exception. Continuing roughly one year after The Good Wife wrapped up, an enormous financial scam has sullied the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously erasing the fortune of her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart. Ousted from her law firm, now called “Lockhart, Deckler, Gussman, Lee, Lyman, Gilbert, Lurie, Kagan, Tannebaum & Associates”, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms in an effort to make both a comeback and a difference in the world.

Cast:

  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
  • Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn
  • Rose Leslie as Maia Rindell
  • Erica Tazel as Barbara Kolstad

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Disney+
Disney+ [CA]
CA$8.99
7 Days
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
Prime Video
Prime Video [CA]
CA$5.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
3
Yes
Residents of Quebec aren't eligible for a free trial of Amazon Prime
Fubo TV Canadian Basic
Fubo TV [CA]
CA$15.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
2
Yes
fuboTV offers sports streaming for Canadians as well as Cloud DVR recording for live events and options for additional packages.
Shudder
Shudder [CA]
US$4.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Shudder is a screaming service dedicated totally to contemporary and classic horror flicks.
Curiositystream
CuriosityStream [CA]
US$2.99
No
On-demand streaming
Yes
Yes
YouTube Premium
YouTube Premium [CA]
CA$11.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
1
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Crave + Movies + HBO package
Crave + HBO [CA]
CA$19.98
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Includes hit movies and current HBO seasons, as well as six live streaming channels (Crave 1, Crave 2, Crave 3, Crave 4, HBO Canada, HBO Canada 2)
Crave
Crave [CA]
CA$9.99
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Gives you access to Crave originals, past seasons of HBO shows, Showtime series, and a limited number of Family and Kids titles.
Acorn TV
Acorn TV [CA]
US$4.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Acorn TV offers British TV shows on-demand.
CBS All Access
CBS All Access [CA]
US$5.99
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic [CA]
CA$9.99
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard [CA]
CA$13.99
No
On-demand streaming
2
No
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium [CA]
CA$16.99
No
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
SundanceNow
Sundance Now [CA]
US$6.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Club Illico
Club Illico [CA]
CA$9.99
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
Club Illico offers French TV shows and movies for a French-Canadian audience.
YouTube Premium Family Plan
YouTube Premium Family Plan [CA]
CA$17.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
6
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