The Second City First transferred its sketch format to television in 1963, with a series of specials produced in England for British television. 1976, Andrew Alexander Sahlins and partner Len Stuart, brought the Toronto Second City company together to begin writing for television. John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, and Dave Thomas, along with Harold Ramis, Del Close, Sheldon Patinkin, Alexander, and Sahlins, emerged a television series.

SCTV became the call letters for the fictional Second City television station and a highly successful seven year series was launched. SCTV began its broadcast history on Global television in Canada and in syndication in the States but moved on to NBC and than to the Cinemax Cable Network. The cast, including John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, Dave Thomas, and later Martin Short, received unqualified praise from both the Canadian and American press and developed an ever increasing loyal following.

SCTV received 13 Emmy Award nomination, and two Emmy Awards for best writing. The was a total count of 185 half hour shows produced.