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[[caption-width-right:300:The title, obviously.]]

A Canadian drama produced by the CBC, ''The Border'' premiered in January 2008 and aired for three seasons before being cancelled in the winter of 2010. So far as of 2011, there's no word on whether the third season will have a proper conclusion.

''The Border'' follows a fictional group of agents who comprise the Immigration and Customs Security agency (ICS). The ICS was ostensibly created by the Canadian government to handle trans-border matters concerning national security, including terrorism and smuggling after the events of September 11, 2001 and is under the portfolio of Public Safety Canada.

According to Peter Raymont, one of the producers of the Border, the show had been conceptualized back in 2001 prior to 9/11 before and after they pitched work for the [=CBC=] a three hour documentary mini series, commissioned by [=TVOntario=] and other broadcasters entitled "The Undefended Border".

The Border had been nominated for five awards at the 2009 Monte Carlo Television Festival after it had a previous nomination for Best TV Drama at the 2008 Monte Carlo Television Festival. In addition, it had 9 Gemini Awards and 1 Young Artist Award.

The show's broadcasting rights had been sold to several countries, including the United States on ION Television. In Quebec, the show had been shown in French via Séries+.

Not to be confused with the 1982 Creator/JackNicholson film with [[SimilarlyNamedWorks the same name]].
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!!This TV series features examples of:

* ADayInTheLimelight: To the other ICS agents in both the TV and DVD extras (The Psych tests) aside from Mike.
* ActionDuo: Gray and Layla, later with Liz and sometimes with Darnell. Al and Darnell. Mike and Maggie and sometimes with Bianca.
* ActionGirlfriend: Liz Carver (played by Grace Park) is this to Gray Jackson.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: An episode deals with a [[spoiler:Canadian company selling facial recognition surveillance software to China.]]
* BikerBabe: Khalida Massi, introduced in the third season, is one to some extent. This gets Slade's attention.
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: Somewhat literally, in that [[spoiler: the series' third-season finale, and ''de facto'' series finale, ended this way in the midst of a shootout between trapped ICS agents and a besieging gang from a Mexican drug cartel. WordOfGod is still unknown.]]
* CanadaEh: And how! Set rather blatantly in UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}}; most of the cast are Canadians as well.
* CowboyCop: Gray Jackson, at least temporarily [[spoiler: after the deaths of Layla and his father]].
* TheCutie: Zoe Kessler, daughter of ICS chief Mike Kessler.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Kessler commanding ICS with the rank of Major. [[GhostInTheShell Shouldn't it be all familiar?]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Heironymous Slade.
* FictionalCounterpart: Canada Customs standing in for the Canada Border Services Agency, and Département de Police du Québec standing in for the Sûreté du Québec. According to Denis [=McGrath=], this was done due to legal concerns to get clearance in using the names of the real agencies.
* FriendOnTheForce: Al with the Toronto Police Service as he's a liaison officer with ICS.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: ICS
* HandsomeLech: Mike Kessler; lampshaded by his daughter Zoe in conversation with his ex-wife.
* HeroicBSOD / WhatTheHellHero: Occurs to Gray ''in spades'' after [[spoiler: the deaths of Layla and his father, whereupon he goes [[CowboyCop temporarily rogue]].]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Mike near the end of the 1st season after he [[spoiler: learns that the Canadian government is harboring an ex-Croatian warlord to help them hunt down more infamous warlords from the Bosnian War by giving him facial surgery. He goes on his own to help the survivors hide from him by asking an ex-JTF-2 subordinate of his to provide protection while he contemplates assassinating the ex-warlord before someone else took the shot for him.]]
* IronLady: ICS second-in-command Maggie Norton.
* KilledOffForReal / AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Layla, in the second season finale.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Many of Kessler's superiors in the Canadian government are portrayed as this.
* PlayfulHacker: Slade, ICS' designated computer expert.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The domain of ICS nemesis Andrew Mannering's company, Trucott Solutions Inc., by the 2nd/3rd seasons.
* ProfessionalKiller: A few episodes have this as the plot. Daisy, aside from being a M16 agent deployed to Toronto, [[spoiler:is a black ops assassin originally sent in to kill a Nigerian drug dealer to prevent a crisis from erupting back in Britain.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mike Kessler.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The fictional ICS headquarters (and real-life production facility) were set in a building formerly belonging to the Rochester fast ferry. It was considered ideal thanks to the full-featured customs facilities left over from its original purpose.
* RetiredBadass: ICS chief Mike Kessler, formerly a Major in Canada's Joint Task Force 2.
* ShakyCam: The damn camera does not stay still for longer than a nanosecond on this show. Shots are sweeping in every possible direction as well as snap zooming in and out. The cameraman was probably weaving like a drunk to achieve the effect.
* ShoutOut: Resident computer-hacking expert Slade is fond of these, Khalida to a lesser extent.
* TheAtoner: See HeWhoFightsMonsters.
* TheConscience: The point of the entire show. The creators said in an interview that they wanted the show to be compared like 24 "with a human conscience."
* TheWarOnTerror: Some of the episodes either have this or a mix of this with other subplots. One of the episodes is set in Afghanistan.
* TokenMinority: There are in ICS, given that Canada is a multinational country. You got Layla (South Asian), Darnell (African) and Khalida (Algerian). In DHS, you got Bianca (Cuban-American from Florida) and Liz (Asian-American from Idaho).
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Portrayed in some episodes concerning Afghanistan and Iraq.
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