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Bomb Girls

TV series Bomb GirlsNetwork: Reelz
Episodes: 18 (hour) + two-hour movie
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

Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy (series ending movie)
It is the Spring of 1943 and the Battle for the Atlantic rages as an Axis victory seems inevitable. The one hope the Allies have – production of newly developed sonar equipment – is moved to Victory Munitions when the British factories are bombed. Under the increased pressure, the women of Vic Mu — Gladys, Lorna, Kate, Betty and Vera — band together in a tight bond of support and friendship. Then, in the darkest hour of the war, a new and disturbing menace appears – a saboteur among the factory workers.
First aired: May 26, 2014.

What do you think? Do you like the Bomb Girls TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a third season?

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{ 247 comments… read them below or add one }

L. Pollock March 21, 2014 at 12:29 am

A really great show. So much reality junk on TV that it is a shame to cancel a show with great writing and characters. I have watched it on Netflix here in the US and would love to see a Season 3.


Theresa March 20, 2014 at 6:08 am

I just heard that the 2 hour (final) movie is coming to TV on Thursday, March 27. I will watch it however I still think they should have left Bomb Girls on as a series. I, like so many others, enjoyed it so much!


DONNA HATFIELD February 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm



robert February 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

leave on cheap junky reality shows and take quality off shame


Charlie February 18, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Have to agree.

Bomb Girls is a wonderful show with great acting and writing. Keep it on, Bring it back. We can do without the kardashians and the other dummies from the jersey shore , they add nothing to society other than to teach our young people how to be selfish and one dimensional. Bomb Girls teaches how to pull together as a united society. Which do you think we need more in these troubled times?


andrea February 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Please bring this shlw back. I have sstayed up every night watching this on netflix. I couldnt stop watching ans telling my friends about it. I really want to know what was in that note in the last episode.


Fran February 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

I love Bomb Girls. It’s been very interesting watching a WWII series from a Canadian point of view. Please put it back on!


Kaz Crischuk February 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

My wife and I have followed the series from inception and enjoyed the show with its all-Canadian content. The stories are crisp and attention-grabbing. The acting is believable and the characters are brought to life effortlessly. Homosexuality was gratuitous and introduced probably because it’s the rage in Hollywood right now. Had it been more suggested than overt, it would not have detracted from the series as a whole. Unless there are serious financial reasons for not renewing its mandate, we would watch the ongoing saga of the Bomb Girls.


Erin Wilcox February 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

This show is great. Not many TV shows are set in the WWII time period. Please keep this show.


Charlie Tappa February 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I’ve got to agree. Save this show. America and Canada needs a show that depicts the country citizens pulling together and working for a common good. Maybe we can all learn a lesson and be entertained by talented and beautiful actress’s at the same time.


Julia February 3, 2014 at 4:57 am

I enjoyed watching this series . Very good character acting and their roles were written for them. And hoping the series well not be cancel, and have a final.


Wady January 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

I love the bomb girls!please put them back on! They are the best tv show on earth!!


judy January 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

This is a wonderful program, the best I have seen in years, please do not cancel.


Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Please renew. Love this show


Kathy Dills January 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Watched all the episodes in one weekend. I’m hooked and want more! Please do not cancel.


denise January 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Wonderful series. Please don’t cancel!


Loretta Plouffe January 22, 2014 at 12:37 am

I just discovered this wonderful series in January, 2014 and am disappointed that Bomb girls is cancelled. Please renew.


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