9.23.2006

dog river

Did anyone see the new Corner Gas this week? Is it still funny? I'm watching the repeat on Comedy tonight.

Please tell me it's still funny. Of all the shows Canadians told me about, this is the only one I really liked. It would be nice if we got another full season before the inevitable decline.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

It appears that I am once again able to comment in spite of my Beta Blogger account.

I will use this superpower to make the following inflammatory comment: Canadian (fiction) television is all crap.

L-girl said...

Welcome back!

Television is mostly crap, Canada is no different than the US in that regard.

But Corner Gas makes me laugh. And Rick Mercer does not.

Talk about inflammatory!

Diamond Jim said...

Amateur: Including Slings & Arrows?

Scott M. said...

Not the best in the series, but still worth a good laugh or two.

Anonymous said...

Jim, I have not seen Slings and Arrows (the Green-Eggs-and-Ham school of reasoning). Should I?

Anonymous said...

Well, television may be mostly crap, but not the small percentage of it that I actually watch!

Rick Mercer makes me laugh, but not nearly as much as Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. (I am not sure that Rick Mercer fits into the "fiction" category, anyway.)

Corner Gas makes me laugh, too, but not as much as various big-budget US sitcoms. My mind is not closed to the possibility of good Canadian TV but I don't take anybody seriously who thinks this is something we do better than the (US of) Americans.

Scott M. said...

Last night's Corner Gas was quite good... something for you to look forward to Laura!

L-girl said...

Last night's Corner Gas was quite good... something for you to look forward to Laura!

Yay. Thanks. :)

I did like the season premiere, by the way. Still funny.

L-girl said...

Well, television may be mostly crap, but not the small percentage of it that I actually watch!

Right, me neither. I guess we all feel that way!

Rick Mercer makes me laugh, but not nearly as much as Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.

Not even in the same league.

(I am not sure that Rick Mercer fits into the "fiction" category, anyway.)

Oh yeah, I forgot that disclaimer.

Corner Gas makes me laugh, too, but not as much as various big-budget US sitcoms.

Like what? I can't think of a single US sitcom that is funny. Seinfeld was brilliant for many years - truly a cut above. But since that show tanked, I can't think of another funny one that's not a cartoon.

Anonymous said...

We can still count Seinfeld I think since it is still on all the time (and still funny). And we can count the cartoons, can't we?

Actually now that I think about it the only current non-cartoon sitcoms that I watch are The Office, which is funny but of course not original and not as funny at the BBC original, and Trailer Park Boys, which is (dammit) Canadian. Hmmm. I may have to revise my theories in the face of certain facts if I want to remain part of the reality-based community. Maybe I will stop reading this blog, it's forcing me to re-evaluate my prejudices. Can't have that.

I guess I am a cheap laugh but I will admit that I enjoy Raymond, too.

L-girl said...

We can still count Seinfeld I think since it is still on all the time (and still funny).

Hilarious and extremely smart for the first four seasons. OK for two more. Horrid after that. But the classics are amazing.

And we can count the cartoons, can't we?

As a "big budget sitcom"? Nah.

But what do I know, I don't make the rules.

I loathe The Office. That's definitely a love-it-or-hate-it show. I'm in the hate it camp.

And I'm apparently the only Canadian who doesn't like Trailer Park Boys.

I may have to revise my theories in the face of certain facts if I want to remain part of the reality-based community. Maybe I will stop reading this blog, it's forcing me to re-evaluate my prejudices. Can't have that.

:-)

You have discovered the secret danger lurking beneath wmtc!

I guess I am a cheap laugh but I will admit that I enjoy Raymond, too.

It's a very popular show.

...

On the cartoon front, I wish someone would revive The Critic and Dr. Katz. Anybody remember those?

Diamond Jim said...

Amateur: watch Slings & Arrows only if you like your characters drawn so sharply that they manage to be realistic, extreme, and hilarious all at once, or if you like your writing so sharp that there's not a false note in a whole six-eposide season.

Oh yeah, and if you like Shakespeare.

Diamond Jim said...

Laura, on post-Seinfeld sitcoms I have five words for you:

Curb Your Enthusiasm and
Arrested Development.

L-girl said...

Laura, on post-Seinfeld sitcoms I have five words for you:

Love Curb, hate Arrested.

Allan and I are both big Larry David fans. We are friends with a good friend of his (I think Allan once played on their softball team and Jerry Seinfeld showed up, just before he was famous), and have followed his career avidly. Curb is tremendous - although I sometimes find Larry's character just too annoying!

But I really dislike Arr-Dev. It just seems wacky for the sake of wacky to me.

I must have a weird sense of humour. So many things that other people find funny don't do anything for me.

Anonymous said...

It's a very popular show.

Now you're just being mean.

I know a number of Canadians who don't like Trailer Park Boys. They all happen to be grandparents, but don't read too much into that ...

Have you seen the original BBC Office?

Jim, thanks for the heads-up and I will try it (in my house, with a mouse perhaps).

L-girl said...

Have you seen the original BBC Office?

Only.

Since I loathe it, I've never been motivated to watch the US version.

I know a number of Canadians who don't like Trailer Park Boys. They all happen to be grandparents, but don't read too much into that ...

Are you saying seniors don't know quality programming when they see it? Or grandparents don't have a sense of humour? Hmmm??