CBC Television Network

Plouffe Family, The, aka La Famille Plouffe

Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1954 to 1959

Broadcast Medium: Television

Aired weekly at the following times on CBC

November 1954 to May 1955            Thursdays 8:00-8:30 
November 1955 to May 1956            Fridays 10:00-10:30 
November 1956 to May 1958                Fridays 8:30-9:00
November 1958 to May 1959              Fridays 9:30-10:00

Based on the novel by Roger Lemelin, this was a weekly drama about the life and times of a working class family in Quebec. It debuted on Radio Canada, in French, in 1953 and was a huge hit in Quebec. It aired on the English network of CBC from 1954 to 1959, with the same cast, live. But the English-speaking audiences failed to grow after 4 seasons. The competition from American Networks, who beamed their signal into Canada, was too stiff and the show wasn’t renewed. What made this program special was its unique ability to entertain audiences, in two languages, with a continuing saga of one family in Post-War Quebec. It was a 

Jean Duceppe, Paul Guèvremont & Amanda Alarie

genuine attempt to offer viewers some insight, albeit fictional, into the lives of their Quebecois neighbours.

Principal Cast:

Théophile Plouffe – Paul Guèvremont 
Joséphine Plouffe – Amanda Alarie 
Napoléon Plouffe – Emile Genest 
Ovide Plouffe – Jean-Louis Roux, Marcel Houben 
Guillaume Plouffe  – Pierre Valcour 
Cécile Plouffe – Denise Pelletier 
Gédéon Plouffe – Doris Lussier 
Démérise Plouffe  – Nana de Varennes


Written by John Corcelli – April, 200