What else is like Corner Gas?
January 18, 2020 2:56 PM   Subscribe

So, after watching and re-watching the Corner Gas series, first on random YouTube channels, then on Amazon Prime when it became available, I am nearing to the end of the last season. What else is out there that is *just* like it? Preferably on Prime.

I am looking for more feel-good, light-hearted comedy like "Corner Gas". I loved most of the characters and their consistency throughout, I liked their low-key adventures. I liked the views of Saskatchewan prairies :) My favorite characters were Davis, Hank, and Karen - I guess I just like to see good-natured people going about their daily quiet lives, with humor!

Things that I was NOT so keen on was that the humor in some of the other characters (rarely, but still) skirted around just being mean (even if we were supposed to understand that this is hyperbole, for comedic effect), and the sometimes over-the-top absurd cameos and breaking the "fourth wall" moments when the characters speak directly to audience.

I would really like to find a similar show to continue with. What have you got, Metafilter?
posted by Ender's Friend to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
I loved CG too,, I think the Corner Gas torch was passed to Schitt's Creek :)
posted by wats at 3:13 PM on January 18 [10 favorites]


It's really hard to find a good match; the gentle, quirky humor of that show was special. Have you seen Little Mosque on the Prairie? I think it has a similar, if perhaps not so weird, vibe. I found the episodes on YouTube, but it looks like it's on Prime but you have to pay.

Also, Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson made a show after CG called Hiccups. At least the first few previews of the eps are on YouTube, in case it seems appealing to you.
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 3:17 PM on January 18


Kim's convenience is light hearted
posted by Ftsqg at 3:31 PM on January 18 [14 favorites]


Seconding Kim’s Convenience
posted by nathaole at 3:39 PM on January 18


Coming here to say Kim's Convenience and also, if you can get it, Letterkenny.
posted by jessamyn at 3:40 PM on January 18 [2 favorites]


Really love Little mosque
posted by PinkMoose at 3:51 PM on January 18


Something else that's /sort of/ like it in that it's an ensemble comedy about an isolated town with a lot of heart is "Northern Exposure"

Though NE has some twin peaksy elements that Corner Gas doesn't the two shows are definitely linked in my mind.
posted by signsofrain at 3:59 PM on January 18 [2 favorites]


Yes, Letterkenny! It's available on Hulu if you have it.
posted by bahama mama at 4:11 PM on January 18 [2 favorites]


Have you taken a look at Mum? It’s available through the Britbox streaming service.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:20 PM on January 18


I haven't seen CG so I'm guessing here, but your description reminded me of Rosehaven's vibe, especially in the second season.
(It's also set in Tasmania, which seems unusual enough to be worth noting.)
posted by trig at 4:26 PM on January 18


For feel happy comedy I really liked Durrells in Corfu.
posted by zeikka at 5:31 PM on January 18 [1 favorite]


The film "The Dish"
posted by nickggully at 6:37 PM on January 18


Dan For Mayor! It was literally the sequel to Corner Gas.
posted by nouvelle-personne at 7:20 PM on January 18 [1 favorite]


Nthing Kim's Convenience! It's available on Netflix and CBC Gem.
posted by snowysoul at 8:41 PM on January 18


Did you know Corner Gas was recently revived as an animated series?
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:03 PM on January 18


Northern Exposure.
posted by pompomtom at 1:03 AM on January 19 [1 favorite]


Not Canadian, but Vicar of Dibley is both hilarious and sweet.
posted by basalganglia at 11:08 AM on January 19 [1 favorite]


Detectorists
posted by Bron at 11:53 AM on January 19 [4 favorites]


Gavin and Stacey
posted by girlpublisher at 12:11 PM on January 19 [4 favorites]


Seconding Detectorists. Maybe Spaced for the everybody's-a-misfit-but-people-like-each-other-anyway thing. Slings and Arrows for the mostly easygoing Canadian thing.
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 5:21 PM on January 19


I was also going to recommend Corner Gas The Animated Series. It uses all the same actors, except Emma, who died.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:28 PM on January 19


oh, and I know you're looking for TV, but after you finish the show you'll want to watch Corner Gas: The Movie.

Though be warned the animated series renders the movie ending non-canon.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:14 AM on January 20


Things that I was NOT so keen on was that the humor in some of the other characters (rarely, but still) skirted around just being mean (even if we were supposed to understand that this is hyperbole, for comedic effect)

If you didn't like this, be cautious of the Kim's Convenience recommendations. Basically all the characters become absurd self-centred assholes over the course of season two. It's less bad if you don't binge, and it eased up about halfway through S3. Schitt's Creek is almost the opposite character arc.

I recommend looking at Bob's Burgers, Life in Pieces, and Baronnes Von Sketch.
posted by cCranium at 1:09 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I just want to say thank you for this question because I'd never heard of Corner Gas but it turned out I was looking for exactly that, for the reasons you list.
posted by needs more cowbell at 6:14 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


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