Corner Gas

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Quirky Canadian comedy is fun for teens and up.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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

Violence

Police officers carry guns.

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, and 12 year old Written byRuth Wilson November 29, 2015

The "Boring Saskatchewan" Stereotype Will Soon Be Long Gone.

This show is the best show I have watched since moving to Canada from Utah eleven years ago. I have watched hundreds of new shows—at least 25 of them being Cana... Continue reading
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 f... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMegan Hall November 21, 2009

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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