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Bomb Girls

TV series Bomb GirlsNetwork: Reelz
Episodes: 20 (18 + movie) (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: September 11, 2012 — May 26, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Meg Tilly, Jodi Balfour, Charlotte Hegele, Ali Liebert, Antonio Cupo, Sebastian Pigott, Peter Outerbridge, Anastasia Phillips, Jim Codrington, and Lisa Norton.

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TV show description:
Set in 1940s Toronto, this TV series explores the lives of various women who find themselves thrust into new worlds. They work in munitions factories, building the arms that keep their overseas husbands, lovers, brothers, and sons alive and fighting.

While they’re building bombs, the women also find themselves flourishing with newfound freedom, discovering strengths they never before imagined. At the same time they’re often woefully under-equipped for the new challenges they face. Amid propaganda and sexual harassment, crossing social and cultural boundaries, these remarkable women form a unique sisterhood.

Lorna Corbett (Meg Tilly) met her husband Bob (Peter Outerbridge) at age 18 before he shipped out to the Great War, and married after their affair left her pregnant. Bob returned a broken man, shell-shocked and paralyzed, and their dream of a happy life vanished. Lorna quietly relishes her new job as it’s a chance to escape an oppressive home and is secretly jealous of the other ladies’ happiness. She’s determined not to let them make the same mistakes she did. Lorna is especially resentful Gladys and seeks to break the spirited girl, even though she recognizes her own long-lost exuberance.

Gladys Witham (Jodi Balfour) is a wild child and the only daughter in a wealthy Rosedale family. Gladys’s privileged life has made her fearless with an appetite for life and she’s always gotten what she wanted. Now, what she wants is changing and its far less superficial. Does this leave room for James Dunn, her fiance?

New to Toronto, Kate Andrews (Charlotte Hegele) is eager to please and gifted at lifting spirits thanks to a staggeringly talented singing voice. Beneath her smile is a sheltered, insecure girl who’s on the run from her abusive street-preaching father. Cobbling together a new identity, Kate appears to have evaded punishment and her past, for now.

Betty McRae (Ali Liebert) is a recent arrival from rural Saskatchewan. An early arrival to Victory Munitions, Betty quickly rose through the ranks to be a well-regarded worker who doubles as Blue Shift’s on-floor trainer of the new workers. She fled her troubling past to live in a place with fewer men to mistrust. Betty has a hard attitude but for some reason, this doesn’t seem to apply to her interactions with Kate.

Blue Shift’s materials controller, Marco Moretti (Antonio Cupo), is responsible for the raw materials coming into the factory, as well as the export of every finished bomb. He gained his experience from his family’s fireworks factory, and now supports his mother, sister and nieces as the sole breadwinner. His father has been locked away in an internment camp alongside hundreds of other Italian immigrants. Though Marco considers himself a Canadian, he knows others see him as a potential enemy and is unable to enlist.

James Dunn (Sebastian Pigott) is smart, attractive, wealthy, and poised to take the world by storm. He’s a decent man whose refinement haven’t resulted in snobbery. Still, having been largely sheltered from the world’s harsh truths, he’s woefully innocent about matters of the heart. While he’s drawn to Gladys, her exuberance often threatens to overwhelm him. He was an American before Pearl Harbor and still doesn’t feel that the war is truly his to fight.

Vera Burr (Anastasia Phillips) is a Blue Shift worker and was disfigured in an accident at the factory and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. African-American Leon (Jim Codrington) works in the warehouse at Victory Munitions. A jazz musician and singer, he saves Kate from an attempted assault. Edith McAllum (Lisa Norton) is a floor worker at Victory, is close friends with Lorna, and befriends Bob while dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s death.

Series Finale

Episodes #19-20
The two-hour movie has not aired yet.
First aired: May 26, 2014.

What do you think? Do you like the Bomb Girls TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?


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{ 238 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill November 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Excellent show in every way. PLEASE RENEW!!
So rare to get this level of quality on TV.
If not TV, Netflix should continue production as an exclusive series.


Karen Vickers November 4, 2014 at 12:38 am

Sad to see it end! My husband & I really enjoyed it. We are looking forward to the movie at least.


Lizzy October 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Bitterly disappointed Bomb Girls has been cancelled. It was a brilliant series. Hope whoever writes and produces it will see some of these comments and realize their mistake. So much horrid violence and scifi on these days…..rubbish, then a decent programme gets taken off!!! ridiculous. If the film was supposed to wrap it up….it didn’t . I thought it was a catch up and was waiting for more to at least round things up. Far too hurried. BRING IT BACK!!!!


Charlie October 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Totally Agree.
Bomb Girls is / was one of the finest Dramatic series to hit the airwaves in recent times. We have all become too complacent and allow the rubbish to continue while well executed dramas get thrown away.
Maybe Netflix will pick it up….. Lets hope


William45 October 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I love Bomb Girls. Dishearten that the series was cancelled. The show was well written dealt with many social issues as well as personal issues. I hope Netflix will pick up production because the show can provide a wonderful history of women’s rights and change in the social position not only in the 40’s but also the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s up to the present time.


michael elia October 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

why do some of the great shows get cancelled. bring it back !!!!


Marilyn September 4, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Love this series. I just found out about it on Netflix. Please don’t cancel this series, it has just begun. It’s amazing and I telling all my friends about it!


Charlie September 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Perhaps Netflix will consider production of this wonderful show. Good quality shows are few and far between.


Patsy R. bates August 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I love this program….the actors were perfect, the story was appropriate. It was perfect.
I had just alerted my friends to watch the series. So …they bought the first two episodes.
Please, please do no cancel one of the best series, ever! Please, please… takes awhile for TV viewers to catch on. I remember Downton Abbey took at least until the second and third season to really get rolling.
It will work out…come back.


Sandy August 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

Started watching this show during a all day running of it, it was the first time that I had heard of it. Have been waiting for the new season to start, didn’t know that it had been cancelled. Hope that it will be renewed, love the show.


Bill G. July 15, 2014 at 10:53 pm

It should definitely be renewed. I never heard of this show until it hit Netflix. I watched both season on my Roku player and thought it was GREAT. I am utterly baffled as to how this show got canceled. Hopefully somebody will see the error and give the show another chance.


Elena ramirez June 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm

My friends and I (20) of us love the show . Please don’t cancel.


Stephanie June 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm

My friends and Love the show and hopes it will continue. Please continue the episodes.


Dorene Rielly June 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I feel it should continue, at this point. We are left wondering what will happen to them during the war and then how their characters are changed with the war’s end


Margie Hadley June 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

So upset this series was cancelled with some of garbage TV we see today i.e. Reality Shows and one violent show after another is was a great watch. I missed the finale so hope you will air it again (some notice would be nice) better yet BRING BACK THE SERIES!


melissa July 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I second that hon!!!! I have been trying to find a copy of the movie finale but there doesnt seem to be one atm :( hope they show it n give notice like u said :)


minna June 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

I loved the two hour movie and cannot wait for more of the same. IF you are unable to sell the series to another station or, better yet, continue the series here. Please try.


larry Walsh June 9, 2014 at 7:14 pm

We have watched series from day one until just recently and reelz no longer has it list. Is there any way we can see the remaining episodes after session 2 episode 12/


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