NEXT looks at streaming Best Bets all week, today, CBC Gem.
Netflix might be battling with the likes of Crave and Prime for the best streaming content on the internet, but while the leviathans duke it out, we find refuge in the safe northern haven of CBC Gem. And Gem offers a totally free option. Offering CBC originals, offbeat independent productions and a (common)wealth of British content, Gem is the quirky cousin of big streaming behemoths.
We’re flocking to the platform not only to support Canadian media but to discover captivating new movies, documentaries and series that we just can’t find anywhere else. See: the British edition of The Office, PEN15’s haunting and hilarious look at 7th grade and a biopic of local legend Nav Bhatia, a.k.a. the Toronto Raptors Superfan.
Since Omicron has blessed us with more hygge time — that’s a Nordic term for the feeling of coziness and curling up at home — we’ve committed to scouring our favourite streaming platforms for hidden gems and not-to-be-missed new series. Read on for the best of CBC Gem.