Find out where, or if, Canadians will be able to watch programs from the new factual TV streaming service.
The fourth season of The Good Fight, the critically lauded legal drama starring Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, and Delroy Lindo among others, was released in the U.S. beginning in April 2020. W Network controls the broadcast rights to new episodes in Canada and originally promoted broadcasts on the same day as their U.S. releases, but later said it would reschedule them for later in the year.
On July 29, W's parent company announced that season 4 of The Good Fight will air Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, which started September 3. So far, W is sticking to that schedule; however, as W has noted in the past, any TV schedule is potentially subject to change without notice.
W Network is available through most Canadian cable, satellite, and IP-based TV providers, as well as two over-the-top options: Corus' StackTV package for Prime Video ($12.99 per month on top of a subscription to Amazon Prime, which is $7.99/month or $79/year), and VMedia's RiverTV service ($16.99/month). Note that for cable subscribers, episodes are available on demand through TV provider authentication, but they may only be available through W for a few weeks after broadcast.
While the series was commissioned (ordered) by CBS All Access in the U.S., season 4 episodes will not be available on the Canadian version of CBSAA before they air on W. Past practice suggests that each episode will likely be added to CBS All Access Canada about a week after it airs on regular TV.
Finally, Amazon.ca is currently showing Season 4 as being available to order on DVD. We haven't tried ordering ourselves, but as of late September, it is showing as "in stock", despite the season having not yet finished on regular TV in Canada.
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Read on for further explanation.
The first season of The Good Fight debuted in February 2017 and was commissioned by CBS All Access, the American network's streaming service.
As CBSAA was not available at the time in Canada, CBS (whose studio division produces the show directly) sold the Canadian premiere broadcast rights to Corus Entertainment, whose broadcast network Global aired The Good Wife (of which The Good Fight is a spin-off). For the first three seasons, Corus usually aired new episodes the same day of their U.S. release on its W Network linear cable channel, and has also aired episodes from time to time on Global (simulcasting occasional broadcasts on CBS).
W Network was originally planning a similar day-and-date release pattern for season 4, having scheduled the season premiere for Thursday, April 9, 2020, the same date as its American release. That April 9 broadcast was subsequently pulled by W Network, and replaced with a broadcast of one of the Hunger Games films. (To be clear, the American release date for the premiere did not change.)
We reached out to Corus / W Network for comment and were provided with this statement (emphasis ours):
W Network has postponed The Good Fight season 4 premiere which was originally scheduled for April 9, to a later date this year. Current events have led to programming shifts and adjustments to our schedule and we aim to broadcast the new episodes consecutively once a new date is confirmed. For up-to-date schedule information, visit our schedule page. Please remember that all schedules are subject to change without notice.
The reference to a desire to air episodes "consecutively" is likely alluding to some of the disruption caused by production shutdowns with The Good Fight (and many, many other programs) due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
Whereas previous seasons had new episodes released over consecutive weeks, CBS All Access announced that episode 2 would be released on April 16 but episode 3 would not be available until two weeks after that, April 30. Subsequent episodes were released weekly, but the season ended early with episode 7 on May 28, with the rest of the current storyline deferred to a newly-ordered fifth season.
It appears that W Network was waiting until CBS's release plans for the rest of the season were firmed up before scheduling a new Canadian premiere date for season 4, such that the season can air over consecutive weeks rather than having gaps between episodes.
Corus subsequently announced on June 23 that it will air the season as part of W Network's fall 2020 schedule. It then announced on July 29 that the season will air Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT starting September 3.
If you have further questions or other feedback about this, you may wish to contact W Network directly.
We are aware that there are a few other sources that have suggested that CBS All Access – which is now available in Canada and offers past seasons of The Good Fight (see next section) – would be offering the new season in Canada immediately. However, in past years it only posted episodes after they had first aired on W, consistent with other CBS programming carried by Corus channels like Survivor or NCIS. CBSAA's Twitter help account had replied to a few inquiries from Canadians indicating that it would not be releasing season 4 in Canada "at the moment":
That being said, with W Network finally starting to air the season (as of this update in September 2020), season 4 episodes should start becoming available on CBS All Access in Canada very soon.
Where can I catch up on seasons 1-3?
If you haven't yet seen the first three seasons of The Good Fight or want to rewatch, all three seasons are now available for streaming on Prime Video Canada (available with Amazon Prime, which is $7.99 per month with one-month free trial in most provinces), as well as the Canadian version of CBS All Access ($5.99 per month with one-month free trial). Note that these seasons are no longer available on-demand through W Network for its TV provider subscribers.
- September 10, 2020 – Updated links including link to DVD pre-order page for season 4.
- July 29, 2020 – Noting Corus' announcement of a revised airdate.
- June 23, 2020 – Noting Corus' announcement that W Network will air season 4 in fall 2020.
- May 14, 2020 – Updates related to CBSAA announcement that season 4 will end after the seventh episode.
- April 18, 2020 – Further clarification re CBSAA in Canada.
- April 9-10, 2020 – Added clearer summary at the top of the article. Noted tweets from CBSAA to Canadian viewers saying that it will not be immediately adding season 4.