36. 'The Red Green Show'
It was meant to be a send-up of those handyman shows you would see on those UHF channels way down the dial, but comedian Steve Smith's long-running show about rural, folksy handyman Red Green (a character he invented on his sketch show Smith & Smith) evolved into something that was less vignette-driven and more character-based. Every week, Green would demonstrate how to customize household objects into cockamamie inventions — a rotating TV aerial that helped you ice skate easier, earmuffs made from cottage-cheese containers. The meat of the series, however, ended up being Smith's DIY host jawing with his nephew Harold, his best friend Humphrey, the klutzy outdoorsman Bill and anybody else who'd drop by Possum Lodge. U.S. viewers eventually discovered this popular Canadian show on local PBS stations, and to this day, the mere mention of the phrase "duct tape" will cause TRGS fanatics to crack up on both sides of the border.—DAVID FEAR