30 Shows That Prove Crave Is Better Than Netflix Canada (2023)

With Netflix's prices going up,shows coming and going, andmy never-ending desire to support Canadian businesses, I've decided it's time to make the switch to Crave TV. Founded in 2014, the company has built up a solid base of orignals, but where it wins out is access to HBO and Showtime series.

Below are 30 shows that make switching to Crave more than worth it for me. Maybe you need your Riverdale, but I'll have Sex and the City, Twin Peaks, and Drunk History and that seems like a win to me...

Crave has a bunch of great orignal series as well as a ton of hilarious comedies like Letterkenny, Workaholics, and Arrested Development.

Most of the shows I've listed below are great binge-worthy dramas, though.

1. The Sopranos

Often considered one of the best shows of all time, this gangster drama is a whirlwind of suspense.

While you might already know how the series ended (no spoilers here!), you can still partake in the splendor that is the entirety of the Sopranos on Crave. And if you've never watched it, now's your chance!

2. Game of Thrones

Winter is already here soooo you might as well start binge watching Game of Thrones!

All your Westeros drama in one place.

3. Seinfeld

Do I really even need to say anything?!

It's Seinfeld!

4. Shameless

If you're not already watching Shameless then to be honest, I'm kind of jealous of you.

That's cause it's a great show with 8 seasons already out so if you do dive in now, you've got sooo much to look foward to. This show is the definition of never a dull moment and it helps that the actors are really amazing, too.

5. Homeland

This Emmy-award winning, ongoing Showtime series stars Claire Danes as a CIA officer.

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If you like spy thrillers and fantastic acting, Homeland won't let you down.

6. Westworld

This weird and wonderful show dives into the world of artificial intelligence, and what AI means for humans.

With a stellar cast including Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thandie Newton to name a few, HBO really delivered with this suspenseful drama.

7. True Detective

Another show on the list that I would consider on of my favourites of all time. Honesly, I never watched the second season but I can't wait for the third.

The first season stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives who are on a case together despite tense relations.

8. Broad City

Kind of like Sex and the City if they were broke and high all the time. If you are in your twenties, love to laugh, and have never seen this show then GO WATCH IT NOW.

While many might try to say it's for girls, I know a ton of dudes that think Abi and Ilana are completely hilarious. Trust me, this show is amazing.

9. Sex and the City

The original Broad City, the ladies from Sex and the City are staples in most modern women's lives.

Whether you're a Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, or Miranda, the entirety of SATC is bound to entertain for hours.

10. The Newsroom

The Newsroom is one of my favourite shows of all time and if you're a fan of Aaron Sorkin then I'm sure you know why.

With Jeff Daniels at the helm, this ensemble cast does a remarkable job of telling the story of a group of journalists who do their best to tell stories as they happens, live on the news.

11. Twin Peaks

This weird and wacky cult classic made a comeback last year. Whether you care for the reboot or not, the original is available on Crave and it is amazing.

Go ahead and see what Riverdale is trying so hard to acheive.

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12. The Handmaid's Tale

Based on the book by Canada's own Margaret Atwood,The Handmaid's Tale is a chilling dystopian thriller.

Expect tons of suspense and sexual outrage while watching this ongoing series starring Elizabeth Moss.

13. True Blood

Kind of like the adult Vampire Diaries,True Blood is another HBO classic that has always been a fan favourite.

I've never seen it, which is all the more reason to switch to Crave and give it a go.

14. Doctor Who

For fans of the Time Lord, there is no better place to catch all the seasons of the Doctor in all his forms.

They've even got all the Christmas specials ready for binge season!

15. Orphan Black

This Emmy-award winning show is a Canadian science fiction series that is full of suspense, unexpected turns and... a lot of Tatiana Maslanys.

The show is about a girl who sees herself jump in front of a train — and realizes that person was her clone... and one of many.

16. GIRLS

The true SATC 2.0, Lena Dunham's GIRLS blazed the trail for female storytelling on the small screen

If you like honest, sometimes unlikeable characters who are quirky, fun and even frustrating at times, this show is a must-see.

17. Star Trek

Crave obviously has the lockdown on Star Trek because they have literally every season.

Start from the OriginalSeries and work your way to the current season and you will be the ultimate Trekkie.

18. Entourage

One of HBO's cult classics,Entourage ran for seven years, so there's no shortage of episodes to keep you entertained.

Loosely based on Mark Wahlberg's experience breaking into the Hollywood scene, the show follows a young actor, his brother, and two of his best friends he has brought on up from Queens, New York.

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19. Big Little Lies

One of the most brilliant shows of the year,Big Little Lies stole the show with its knock-out ensemble cast of beautiful and talented women, including Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern.

I won't ruin anything but I will say... the end is amazing.

20. Masters of Sex

One of Showtime's more recent orignals, Masters of Sex follows the start of the scientific research of sex in all its steamy, awkward glory.

It also features Janice Ian from Mean Girls... yes, that is the same person.

21. Dexter

All eight seasons of this slasher series are available on Crave.

This Showtime original aired from 2006-2013 and the first couple seasons have amazing ratings on Rotten Tomatoes... the second season has a 100% Tomatometer score!

22. House of Lies

Staring Don Cheadle as a bigshot consultant, House of Lies is a quick-moving and edgy dramedy.

Alongside Cheadle are Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz, so you know the comedic timing is on point.

23. The Wire

This is another HBO show that is often touted as being "the best of all time," so it's definitely worth a watch.

Every season of this critically acclaimed drama is available on Crave.

24. Band of Brothers

Produced by Stephen Speilberg and Tom Hanks, this American war miniseries won Best Miniseries at the Emmys and the Golden Globes in 2001.

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With a fantastic cast and interviews from real veterans, this show is war drama at its very best.

25. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

This ongoing superhero drama stars Clark Gregg has he reprises his role of Agent Coulson from the Ironman and Avengers movies.

With strong ratings and two Emmy nods this year, this could just be your new favourit superhero show.

26. Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams as a reporter who returns to her hometown to report on several murders of young girls.

Her mother is played by Patricia Clarkson and again, no spoilers but... wait for the end.

27. Big Love

Another HBO classic show staring Bill Paxton, alongside Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin who play two of his three wives.

Over the five seasons the show explores the family that practices polygamy in today's modern society.

28. Californication

Another Showtime cult-classic,Californication follows the life of Hank, a writer who begrudgingly moves from New York to L.A. and never seems to get over it.

Watch him hilariously screw up nearly every relationship in his life as he drinks, smokes and seduces his way across L.A.

29. Show Me A Hero

Based on the true story of the mayor of Yonkers, Show Me A Hero tells the story of a man who is just trying to do right by his city.

Catherine Keener co-stars as a racist townsperson and she delivers one of the best performances in this ensemble cast.

30. United States of Tara

Penned by the writer of Juno,United States of Tara follow a woman with multiple personality disorder.

Toni Collette stars as Tara and she is an absolute knock-out.

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FAQs

Is CraveTV better than Netflix Canada? ›

Netflix and Crave both serve users with substantial content from documentaries to sitcoms, but diverge in areas such as regional availability, subtitle use, and value. Considering factors from both outlets, Netflix provides a better system for the average consumer.

Is there anything good to watch on Crave? ›

Be it comedy, drama or horror, this list of the crème de la crème of Crave has something for every taste.
  • Industry (2020) Cast: ...
  • Euphoria (2019) Cast: ...
  • The Flight Attendant (2020) Cast: ...
  • Your Honor (2020) Cast: ...
  • The Undoing (2020) Cast: ...
  • Raised by Wolves (2020) Cast: ...
  • I May Destroy You (2020) Cast: ...
  • Succession (2018) Cast:
10 Nov 2022

How can I get Crave TV for free? ›

Yes, Crave does offer a free trial, just like how most streaming platforms offer a free trial of some sort. As almost every customer wants to first see what the platform has to offer, a free trial is the best way to do this. Crave's free trial lasts seven days and can be started online through the Crave website only.

How much does CraveTV cost per month in Canada? ›

Crave Total

Every year after the first year, the subscription costs $199.90 a year which equates to $16.6 a month. If you sign up for the monthly Crave Total plan, you can pay $19.99 a month, which equals about $240 for the year.

Should I get Crave or Netflix? ›

Netflix offers SD, HD and Ultra HD (4K) resolutions on your television depending on which package you choose. Crave doesn't currently stretch to 4K signals. Netflix offers a decent array of shows and movies at 4K so you can watch in style if you have a compatible device.

Which TV subscription is the best in Canada? ›

Which streaming service in Canada is the best?
  • Best Value: Netflix at $9.99 per month for a large catalogue of movies and TV shows still leads.
  • Best Movies: Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+
  • Best TV Shows: Crave for HBO, Showtime and Starz TV shows, Netflix for their original content titles.

Is CraveTV free with Amazon Prime? ›

Is Crave TV free with Amazon Prime? Crave TV and Amazon Prime Video are totally separate streaming services with separate fees.

What's good for binge watching? ›

Happy binging!
  • Breaking Bad. AMC. Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston star in what's arguably one of the best television shows of all time. ...
  • Only Murders in the Building. Hulu. ...
  • The Umbrella Academy. Netflix. ...
  • Stranger Things. Netflix. ...
  • Game of Thrones. HBO. ...
  • Mare of Easttown. HBO. ...
  • The Bear. Hulu. ...
  • The Sopranos. HBO.
29 Sept 2022

Is Crave a hack? ›

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What is the cheapest way to get Crave? ›

How much is Crave? Crave now offers 2 subscription plans. Whichever one your choose gives you access to the same content, but you'll be able to watch on more screens with the more expensive plan. Crave Mobile costs $9.99 per month, while Crave Total is $19.99 per month.

Is Crave $20 a month? ›

The best series and movies including the latest Originals from Crave, HBO, HBO Max, Showtime, the entire HBO library and the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Enjoy in English and French. $20. 00/mo.

Why is Crave no longer available? ›

Due to technical limitations, as of October 18, 2021, the Crave app will no longer be supported on older versions of Samsung Orsay and some Tizen models, and will cease to function.

What is the best alternative to Netflix? ›

  1. Hulu. Hulu is the go-to alternative for many previous (and some current) Netflix users. ...
  2. Disney+ Disney+ is home to many of the most popular entertainment brands in the world, including Star Wars and Marvel. ...
  3. Peacock. ...
  4. HBO Max. ...
  5. Paramount+ ...
  6. Amazon Prime Video. ...
  7. Your local library.
6 Aug 2022

Can I share my Crave account? ›

You can have up to 5 devices connected to a Crave account, but you can't be streaming Crave on all 5 devices at the same time. Members of your household can watch Crave on the maxTV set-top box and up to 2 other devices (phone, tablet, computer, streaming video player) at the same time.

Who owns Crave TV Canada? ›

Crave (initially named CraveTV) is a Canadian subscription video on demand service owned by Bell Media.

Is Crave worth buying? ›

Cravetv.ca has a consumer rating of 1.12 stars from 392 reviews indicating that most customers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. Cravetv.ca ranks 176th among TV Shows sites.

Is HBO better than Crave? ›

Crave offers original content, reality tv, old music programs, award shows, and kid's content. Both platforms stream in H.D. and allow users to stream on multiple devices at the same time. Winner: Both options provide users with quality content, but HBO Max gives you more for your money.

Which streaming service is worth the most money? ›

They might get a lot of flack but even at their rising prices, Netflix is probably the best value for money service in On-demand streaming.

What's better than Netflix Canada? ›

Best Netflix Alternatives in Canada
  • RiverTV.
  • Amazon Prime Video.
  • Disney+
  • AppleTV+
  • Paramount+
  • Crave TV.
  • DAZN.
  • Britbox.
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What is the best streaming service in Canada 2022? ›

Netflix tops the list of streaming services in Canada because it offers the best overall value at affordable pricing. For the best TV shows, HBO Max is recommended while Apple+ and Disney+ offer the best movies. A completely free streaming service with good content is also a good deal, although it might come with ads.

Is Crave free with Rogers? ›

Enjoy the best series and movies including the latest originals from Crave, HBO, HBO Max, Showtime and more. Add Crave to your Ignite TVTM package and get the first month free ($19.95/mo thereafter)!

How much is Netflix per month in Canada? ›

Watch Netflix on your smartphone, tablet, Smart TV, laptop, or streaming device, all for one fixed monthly fee. Plans range from US$6.99 to US$19.99 a month.

How much does bell charge for CraveTV? ›

*Currently $9.99/month plus tax; thereafter – subject to change. Get 6 months on us when you subscribe to the Crave pack with select TV and Internet bundles. Looking to sign up for Mobility, TV and Internet?

What should I watch right now 2022? ›

Lord of the Rings, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Paper Girls, Andor, She-Hulk, Halo, The Sandman, Ms. Marvel and more make their debut, while Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Boys, Westworld and Bridgerton return. Plus it's the end as Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Ozark and The Walking Dead reach their final seasons.

What is the best series out now? ›

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  1. Andor. Network: Disney+
  2. The White Lotus. Network: HBO. ...
  3. Welcome to Chippendales. Network: Hulu. ...
  4. Wednesday. Network: Netflix. ...
  5. Warrior Nun. Network: Netflix. ...
  6. Sex Lives of College Girls. Network: HBO Max. ...
  7. Fleishman Is in Trouble. Network: Hulu. ...
  8. Spy x Family. ...
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What is the longest thing to binge watch? ›

  • ER. Long TV shows: ER. Seasons: 15. ...
  • Will and Grace. Long TV shows: Will and Grace. Seasons: 11. ...
  • Modern Family. Long TV shows: Modern Family. Seasons: 11. ...
  • Friends. Long TV shows: Friends. Seasons: 10. ...
  • The Big Bang Theory. Long TV shows: The Big Bang Theory. Seasons: 12.

Is Crave hard to cancel? ›

If you signed up directly with Crave and wish to cancel:

It can be accessed through the user icon in top right corner of home page. Click on Subscriptions. In the top right corner of your subscriptions page, click on Cancel Subscription. Follow the steps until you see the confirmation page.

Can two people use a Crave account at the same time? ›

Crave Total subscribers can stream Crave on up to four devices at the same time. Crave Mobile subscribers can stream Crave on one mobile device (mobile/tablet app or web browser) at a time.

Does VPN work on Crave? ›

It's easy to unblock Crave TV (or really, any geo-restricted service) with a VPN. Just follow the simple instructions below and you can watch your favorite shows and movies from the US or anywhere else in the world.

Do you get Crave for free with Bell? ›

You can get access to Crave directly through Bell Mobility with a monthly subscription on your Bell bill, or as a 24-month bonus when you subscribe to an unlimited Ultimate plan. Enjoy the Crave content library,* including thousands of hours of the best series and movies from Crave, HBO, HBO Max, Showtime and more.

Did Crave get more expensive? ›

The basic package ($9.99/month) migrated to a mobile service available on a single device (thus making it incompatible with family sharing or watching via Roku or Apple TV systems). Crave Plus was renamed Crave Total (this is where you'll find HBO and HBO Max, Showtime and movies) for $19.99/month.

Is Crave just Canadian? ›

Crave is only available for use within Canada. All videos downloaded while in Canada can be watched when traveling outside Canada. However, offline downloads expire 48 hours after a video has been watched.

What changed with Crave? ›

Crave drops $9.99 basic package, adds mobile-only streaming option instead. Price increases are heading to some Crave subscribers as the Canadian streaming platform rejigs its service to introduce a new mobile-only option.

Is Crave free with Shaw? ›

Crave is free to download however, you will need to be subscribed to a Shaw TV plan in order to add Crave to your account. Once you've downloaded the app you can select the menu button from the home page of the app, then choose Sign In.

What is the difference between Crave and Crave plus? ›

Meanwhile, the higher tier called Crave Plus has been renamed Crave Total but otherwise offers the same broader lineup of HBO series, some HBO Max shows, Showtime and recent movies for $19.99. Downloaded shows and movies are optional and up to four streams can take place at the same time.

Is Crave crashing? ›

Included with a subscription to: Crave(EN, FR) STARZ(EN)

Why is Crave so glitchy? ›

All programs in Crave are tested before they are released into production, so the most common cause of skipping in the video is the condition of your internet connection. Some Android devices experience skipping or stopping playback.

Whats new Crave Canada May 2022? ›

The Matrix Resurrections, Shoresy and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Season 7 are hitting Crave this month. Bell has announced all of the new movies and shows coming to its Crave video streaming platform in May.

What is the best free alternative to Netflix? ›

Tubi is available on 10 streaming devices. You'll find Tubi on the popular Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Playstation, and Chromecast devices. It's also available for TiVO, Android TV, Xfinity, and Cox Contour. If you have a smart TV from Samsung, Sony, or Vizio, the Tubi app is installed on the TV.

How can I get Netflix for free without paying? ›

To get a free account for a month, sign up for a free trial with an email account and payment option that isn't already registered to another account. You may be able to share Netflix login information with a friend or a roommate in exchange for paying a small portion of the fee.

How many tvs can use Crave? ›

Crave Total subscribers can stream Crave on up to four devices at the same time. Crave Mobile subscribers can stream Crave on one mobile device (mobile/tablet app or web browser) at a time. Click here to learn more about our plans.

Can you watch Crave offline? ›

To download a movie/TV show on the Crave app, navigate to a show/movie title, and press the download icon. Once the movie/show has been downloaded, you can watch it offline by navigating to “My Cravings” and then the “My Downloads” section of the Crave app.

Can you cancel Crave after free trial? ›

You can cancel your subscription at any time. Since Crave is a pre-paid service, once you cancel, you have access to your subscription until the end of our current billing cycle.

Is Netflix or Crave better? ›

Netflix and Crave both serve users with substantial content from documentaries to sitcoms, but diverge in areas such as regional availability, subtitle use, and value. Considering factors from both outlets, Netflix provides a better system for the average consumer.

What was Crave called before? ›

Crave (TV network)
Programming
ReplacedMovie Central (in Western/Northern Canada, as of March 1, 2016)
Former namesFirst Choice (1983–1984, 1989–1993) First Choice Superchannel (1984–1989) The Movie Network (1993–2018)
Links
Websitecrave.ca
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How much is Crave Canada per year? ›

Crave Total

Every year after the first year, the subscription costs $199.90 a year which equates to $16.6 a month. If you sign up for the monthly Crave Total plan, you can pay $19.99 a month, which equals about $240 for the year.

Is Crave Canada worth it? ›

Cravetv.ca has a consumer rating of 1.12 stars from 392 reviews indicating that most customers are generally dissatisfied with their purchases. Cravetv.ca ranks 176th among TV Shows sites.

Is there a better service than Netflix? ›

  • Hulu. Hulu is the go-to alternative for many previous (and some current) Netflix users. ...
  • Disney+ Disney+ is home to many of the most popular entertainment brands in the world, including Star Wars and Marvel. ...
  • Peacock. ...
  • HBO Max. ...
  • Paramount+ ...
  • Amazon Prime Video. ...
  • Your local library.
6 Aug 2022

Is Crave TV free with Amazon Prime? ›

Is Crave TV free with Amazon Prime? Crave TV and Amazon Prime Video are totally separate streaming services with separate fees.

What are people replacing Netflix with? ›

What is the best Netflix alternative?
Netflix AlternativePrice# of Titles
HuluStarting at $6.99/month3,000
Amazon Prime Video$14.99/month (with Amazon Prime membership) or $8.99/monthAbout 26,000
HBO MaxStarting at $9.99/monthMore than 2,500
Apple TV+$4.99/monthAbout 60
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13 Jul 2022

What is Netflix closest competitor? ›

Top three Netflix competitors: Who's challenging the industry...
  • No. 1: Amazon.com.
  • No. 2: HBO Go.
  • No. 3: Vudu.

Is there free TV in Canada? ›

Through a partnership with Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B), Pluto TV now offers Canadian audiences a wide spectrum of free programming including iconic TV and film franchises across popular genres such as drama, comedy, lifestyle, kids, movies, around-the-clock news and more.

What is the #1 streaming service? ›

Comparison of Top Live TV Streaming Services
NameBest ForRatings
NetflixOnline Streaming of Original and Old Content5/5
Sling TVAffordable and Simple Content Streaming3.5/5
Apple TV +Streaming Original Content on Apple Devices, Roku, Fire TV and more.3.5/5
Hulu TV Live Plus65 + channels with Hulu Streaming library4.5/5
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Is Crave free on Roku? ›

No, it is not free. Remember, you need to have your own subscription to Crave to use it, even if you have it downloaded to Roku. You can still download the Crave app though, before you have your subscription.

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