Who had ever thought a Canadian situation comedy would be sorely missed? This is the case for Corner Gas after CTV airs the final episode of this sitcom. The network is giving this great show an appropriate send-off with It’s Been a Gas, a half-hour look at Corner Gas that airs Monday April 13th at 7:30. Even this show is better than the stuff you get in these circumstances. The 107th and last episode will air at 9:30 P.M. You can also catch the shows again April 19th on The Comedy Network
It’s Been a Gas is not a clip laden retrospective, thank Brent. Comedian and star Brent Butt just goes around asking cast members about their experience doing Corner Gas and what they remember most, what they liked the most, and so on. There are some behind the scenes stuff but nothing too schmaltzy.
Unlike American situation comedy send-off shows where everyone makes it absolutely clear how all the fellow actors were great yada yada yada, the Corner Gas actors are more down to earth and believable in their commentary. Nobody comes off as arrogant or a class A bs-er.
The thing It’s Been a Gas does not really get is why Corner Gas was such a hit. Yes, the actors were good and they played real characters. The reason the show lasted is because none of the characters became stereotypes of themselves i.e. none of the characters ended up playing themselves on the show.
The show was also successful because it actually had a sense of humor, something rare in Canadian situation comedy where waving flag, spreading the maple syrup, and getting every possible ethnic group in the show seems to be the point of the show.
Finally, Corner Gas will always be a welcome rerun on Canadian TV because the show did not overstay its welcome.
The 107th and last episode of Corner Gas will air Monday April 13th at 9:30 P.M. You can also catch the shows again April 19th on The Comedy Network
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