2/5/09

Forty miles from nowhere and way beyond normal!

Since I received the Canadian television show "Slings and Arrows" on DVD a couple of years ago for my birthday, and was so impressed with the show, I have tried to find other Canadian television shows to watch.

I had heard of a show called Corner Gas, and so I put it on my Netflix list. It had been at the top of my lists for months, because there was a very long wait for the show. I guess, because it is so popular.

Well, the first season finally arrived this week, and I understand why it was such a long wait. And it was well worth it. I am usually not a big sitcom fan, but this show is laugh out loud funny. The characters are real, and the humor is intelligent. How refreshing!!

According to Wikipedia, Corner Gas is a Canadian television sitcom created by Brent Butt, airing on CTV, in Canada, WGN America in the United States, and SBS in Australia. 1.5 million viewers tuned in to the initial premiere of Corner Gas on January 22, 2004. Deriving its name from the roadside gas station located in the fictional town of Dog River, the series revolves around life in a small-town in Saskatchewan. The series is scheduled to complete its run following broadcast of its sixth season in the spring of 2009 with a total of 107 episodes.[1]

The cast of Corner Gas


Corner Gas is the only gas station for 60 kilometres (37 mi) in any direction (according to season one, episode one “Ruby Reborn” and season one, episode two "Tax Man"). Brent Leroy (Brent Butt) is the proprietor of the station and Wanda Dollard (Nancy Robertson) works at the station’s convenience store as a retail assistant. An adjoining coffee shop (The Ruby) is owned by Lacey Burrows (Gabrielle Miller), who inherited it from her Aunt Ruby.

The show became an instant hit and has never gone below the million-viewer mark.[2] Corner Gas has been the recipient of six Gemini awards, and has been nominated almost 70 times for various awards.[3]

To find out more about this television show, go to www.cornergas.com.

2 comments:

Beez said...

If you want more Canadian comedy, you need to check out "SCTV" or "The Red Green Show." Both are hysterical. KUID carries "Red Green" on Saturday nights. The CBC used to broadcast "SCTV" in syndication but I don't know whether that's still true ot not.

Silver Valley Girl said...

Beez,

Thanks for reminding me of these two shows. So many great comedians came out of SCTV. I've seen a little bit of The Red Green Show. Another one I've wanted to see is "Kids in the Hall". So now my Netflix queue is full of Canadian tv shows. Looks like I have lots of laughs ahead. Canadians definatly have their own brand of humor, and I really enjoy it.