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The Red Green Show 

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Red Green airs his handyman show from Possum Lodge, Canada, and also experiences some zany adventures in real life.


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Red Green is a bearded Canadian carpenter who's really handy with his hands, and can find great uses for duct tape. He hosts "The Red Green Show", where he and his nerdy nephew, Harold, teach the viewers how to make excellent and useful crafts, as well as give marriage advice, from their home at Possum Lodge. Also, he plays games with Dalton Humphries where he must try to get him to guess a word by giving examples of it or saying a sentence it would be used in. Red also appears in a black-and-white series with the bungling Bill Smith were they show young viewers things like how to hunt and the existence of gravity. Other characters who frequently appear are the deprived Ranger Gord, who lives on top of a 100-foot tower on top of a 200-foot hill, has been guarding the watch tower for 16 years without a vacation and has no friends; the golf-obsessed loser Bob Stuyvestant who knows nothing about women; Buzz Sherwood, a daredevil pilot; and Winston Rothschild III, a loyal! Written by Bloggers!

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25 September 1991 (USA)  »

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The New Red Green Show  »

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Bernice (Red's wife) is mentioned in almost every episode, but has only appeared onscreen once - and even then, we only see her hand and part of her arm (peeking around from behind the front door of their house). See more »


In season 7, Ranger Gord's tower falls down and Gord appears in the Lodge for the first time. He also appears in the Lodge during season 8. However, in Season 9, Gord is back in his tower, without any mention of leaving it (or the tower falling down). See more »


Glen Braxton: It is physically impossible to drink a five-gallon pail full of water while lying down.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the Possum Lodge members gather in a basement, say the Possum Oath (Quondo omni flunkus moratati) and, in later seasons, The Man's Prayer, before Red makes some opening comments to the men based on the content of the episode. See more »


Referenced in Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 3 (2007) See more »

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A superb sitcom from Canada.
28 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I used to think that "The Red Green Show" was stupid, but as I watched more episodes I caught on to how great this show is. It really does a superb job of poking fun at the "male bonding" craze that was going on in the 1990's and the entirely male cast represent all sorts of hilarious stereotypes of manhood. They do it so well and it always makes me laugh. And hard at that, too.

Steve Smith portrays Red Green, the leader of the Possum Lodge that's 135 beer stores away from Toronto. His mis-adventures mostly involve the goings-on in his lodge with real and fictionally members of his fraternity. Smith delivers a great performance as the grizzled "King of Men" but it's Patrick McKenna's Harold, Green's nephew that steals most of the episodes. McKenna's character is a nerdy but loveable bumbler who always flashes those pearly whites, has hilarious mannerisms, and just shines with his lack of aloofness. Plenty of recurring characters shine in this series. Co-creator Rick Green's ode to Harp Marx/Teller in the Green narrated "Adventures With Bill" are always a hoot, as Bill always seems to be abused by Red AND Murphy's Law. Gordon Pinsent's compulsive liar/tall tale teller Hap Shaughnessy, Oscar-nominated actor Graham Greene's explosive specialist Edgar Montross, and Peter Keleghan's lonely teary-eyed Ranger Gord are just three of the hilarious people Red interacts with.

Don't forget those classic "Handyman's Corner" segments where his "Handyman's secret weapon" (Duct tape) is always regularly abused; they rule. The Red Green Show, along with Absolutely Fabulous, are two sitcoms that Americans need to watch to understand why some people think that American sit-coms have lost their touch.

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