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A Dog By Any Other Name (Season 6)

Although the writers were clearly beginning to run out of steam (at least, arguably), the sixth season of the Littlest Hobo was not intended to be the last.1Matthew Fraser. “Canadian shows on CTV agenda,” The Globe and Mail, May 22, 1985, S5. Mulroney-era changes in subsidization policy, financial troubles at CTV, changing tastes, and the unfortunate decision to use Hobo to fill Cancon quotas ensured that it would nevertheless be so.2Hobo almost seems to have been the only show used for this purpose as it seems to have become a byword for “Cancon policy filler programming” in reports on the policy. See Jeffrey Simpson, “A dramatic void,” The Globe and Mail, September 12, 1986, A6; John Haslett Cuff, “New Canadian content rules could reduce TV ad revenues,” The Globe and Mail, September 24, 1986, C5.

Although the writers were clearly beginning to run out of steam (at least, arguably), the sixth season of the Littlest Hobo was not intended to be the last.3Matthew Fraser. “Canadian shows on CTV agenda,” The Globe and Mail, May 22, 1985, S5. Mulroney-era changes in subsidization policy, financial troubles at CTV, changing tastes, and the unfortunate decision to use Hobo to fill Cancon quotas ensured that it would nevertheless be so.4Hobo almost seems to have been the only show used for this purpose as it seems to have become a byword for “Cancon policy filler programming” in reports on the policy. See Jeffrey Simpson, “A dramatic void,” The Globe and Mail, September 12, 1986, A6; John Haslett Cuff, “New Canadian content rules could reduce TV ad revenues,” The Globe and Mail, September 24, 1986, C5.

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1. Matthew Fraser. “Canadian shows on CTV agenda,” The Globe and Mail, May 22, 1985, S5.
2. Hobo almost seems to have been the only show used for this purpose as it seems to have become a byword for “Cancon policy filler programming” in reports on the policy. See Jeffrey Simpson, “A dramatic void,” The Globe and Mail, September 12, 1986, A6; John Haslett Cuff, “New Canadian content rules could reduce TV ad revenues,” The Globe and Mail, September 24, 1986, C5.
3. Matthew Fraser. “Canadian shows on CTV agenda,” The Globe and Mail, May 22, 1985, S5.
4. Hobo almost seems to have been the only show used for this purpose as it seems to have become a byword for “Cancon policy filler programming” in reports on the policy. See Jeffrey Simpson, “A dramatic void,” The Globe and Mail, September 12, 1986, A6; John Haslett Cuff, “New Canadian content rules could reduce TV ad revenues,” The Globe and Mail, September 24, 1986, C5.
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A Dog By Any Other Name (Season 5)

I chose it because Glen Eagles Motel seems to have contained a Timmins pennant. The Glen Eagles burnt down in 1990. The site at Twyn Rivers / Sheppard is now a “vista”.

The fifth season is about where I begin to remember (in my dullest possible memories) seeing Littlest Hobo episodes as they aired. Granted, when the season was going, I was approaching two years, but I also know that MCTV aired Hobo reruns frequently.

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A Dog By Any Other Name (Season 4)

In Season 4, Hobo’s human partners were more likely to give him a name than they were in Season 3. It might have been due to the multi-part episodes.

In Season 4, Hobo’s human partners were more likely to give him a name than they were in Season 3. It might have been due to the multi-part episodes.

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A Dog By Any Other Name (Season 3)

Hobo knows that something is amiss.

Carrying on this little series, in The Littlest Hobo, Season 3, the show’s writers were less likely to ensure that his human companions gave him a name. Of the season’s eighteen episodes, he was named seven times.

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A Dog By Any Other Name (Season 2)

A dog of many names and many adventures.

I haven’t exactly hidden that The Littlest Hobo is one of my favourite shows. In addition to being a consummate piece of Canadiana, it was the first show I ever really was able to identify and I get to play “where in Toronto is this” when I watch. The other day, Kathleen remarked that it would be funny if someone had tracked all of the names that Hobo was given by his human costars through the series. Although someone may have, after a brief search, I did not find a source. A bit surprised, I figured that I’d go ahead and do it myself.

Continuing on with Season 2.

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A Dog By Any Other Name (Season 1)

The finest of all the dogs.

I haven’t exactly hidden that The Littlest Hobo is one of my favourite shows. In addition to being a consummate piece of Canadiana, it was the first show I ever really was able to identify and I get to play “where in Toronto is this” when I watch. The other day, Kathleen remarked that it would be funny if someone had tracked all of the names that Hobo was given by his human costars through the series. Although someone may have, after a brief search, I did not find a source. A bit surprised, I figured that I’d go ahead and do it myself.