Corner Gas



Quirky Canadian comedy is fun for teens and up.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series has some fun poking fun at small-town life, but it's done in a manner that's more jovial than mocking. It also evokes a sense of home and belonging. Comedy is the main objective, and there's no guilt in finding humor in the characters' harmless antics because their friendships always trump their conflicts.

Positive role models

The characters are known to play pranks on each other or tease about their friends' personality quirks (perpetual unemployment or low pain tolerance, for example), but it's all in good fun and never causes any real harm


Police officers carry guns.


A few kisses, plus rare mentions of people sleeping together. In at least one scene, full-body nudity is implied -- though sensitive areas are always obscured by well-placed props. A budding relationship between adults spawns awkward flirting.


Words like "ass," "hell," and "damn" are used sporadically.


There's no effort to obscure food brand names like "Popsicle" and "Shake and Bake," but they're not especially prominent, either.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The local bar is a favorite hangout for adults, who drink mostly beer.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's very little content that's not age-appropriate for teens in this quirky Canadian sitcom, which derives its refreshingly smart humor from daily life in a small town. Sexual references are mild, drinking is infrequent and never excessive, and strong language is limited to the occasional "damn" or "ass." While kids and young tweens won't grasp the situational humor, this is a great choice for parents and teens to enjoy together.

What's the story?

To an outsider, it may not seem like much happens in the fictitious town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, but the proud residents would tell a different story. There's plenty of drama -- and lots of gossip -- to be shared, and, as the only filling station for miles around, Corner Gas is always at the center of the (relative) hustle and bustle. For comedian Brent Butt, who plays station's proprietor Brent Leroy, CORNER GAS is the tale of what his life could have been had he not left his own small Canadian hometown to pursue loftier goals than pumping gas.

Is it any good?


If thoughtful, witty humor tickles your funny bone, then Corner Gas deserves a spot on your TV itinerary. Just as Seinfeld pointed out the humor in life's most tedious moments, this clever Canadian series pokes droll fun at the ins and outs of life in a place where everyone knows everyone else's business.

The talented ensemble, colorful characters, and spot-on writing make this show an unexpected gem; the best part is that the lack of edgy content makes it perfectly age-appropriate for young teen viewers. So if you're searching for a sitcom to enjoy with your teens -- without any potentially awkward bedroom scenes -- give this one a try.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how entertainment styles differ in shows from other countries. What does it mean for a show to be "Canadian" or "British"? How much of a show's entertainment value depends on a viewer's familiarity with the nuances of the place it was made? Did you find this series funny? Was it obvious that it wasn't an American-made show? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Brent Butt, Fred Ewanuick, Gabrielle Miller
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypopcorn_004 January 13, 2011

My Favorite! The best!

This show makes me SOOO proud to be a canaidian who lives so close. It's my favorite all-time TV show. It's witty, clever, funny and includes humour for older watchers too. Lots of sarcasm. Karen, Wanda and Hank are my top 3 fave characters! You will NEVER go wrong watching Corner Gas! Brent Butt is a genius!!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byMegan Hall November 21, 2009

perfect for old children, tweens, teens and adults

Love it!
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byJL December 25, 2008

So Funny!

If you like word-play and sarcasm this show is perfect for you. Some fantastic lines and awesome face expressions. Some language, a little more than necessary and a couple of the episodes are a little off-color but the show is usually pretty clean. I love the show, it is soo funny. 4 stars. It cannot have a 5 because of the language and the couple of episodes they put in, but overall, very good.


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