After swimming in some murderous melodramas it seemed like a breath of fresh air to dip back into Dog River. That's the tiny fictional Saskatchewan town where Corner Gas takes place. It's the creation of Brent Butt, a Canadian comedian, writer and actor. He plays Brent Leroy, the owner of the gas station next to a café called The Ruby. The first series started airing January 22 2004 and there were 13 episodes. Besides Brett the cast regulars included Gabrielle Miller as Lacey Burrows, Fred Ewanuick as Hank Yarbo, Nancy Robertson as Wanda Dollard, Eric Peterson as Oscar Leroy, Janet Wright as Emma Leroy, Lorne Cardinal as Sergeant Davis Quinton and Tara Spencer-Nairn as Constable Karen Pelly.
All the characters are highly entertaining and the scripts give the actors wonderful situations to play around in. The stories are simple, in the first episode Lacy Burrows moves to Dog River from Toronto when she inherits her Aunt Ruby's café. People are a bit upset when she paints the café and changes the menu a bit. They all forgive her when the new sign, naming the café The Ruby, goes up.
In the second episode Kids In The Hall member Kevin McDonald plays a tax man who comes to Dog River to talk to Oscar about his past deductions. Oscar and Hank come up with a stupid plan to get the tax man. In another Lacey offers a free Pilates Class without knowing about Wanda's Mat Class and only Davis shows up. People don't communicate too well in Dog River and people in Saskatchewan and Toronto don't often speak the same language.
In the 5th episodes the mystery of the Grad 68 painted on the town's water tower is explained and in the following episode the town decides to build a big dirty hoe. You know, to celebrate the farmer, and his big dirty hoe. That doesn't turn out so well but most of the characters enjoy saying big dirty hoe a lot.
Brent and Davis clash over who has the smallest cell phone and Lacy puts a building on the historic register that would have been better torn down. There's a failed trip to the Grey Cup and a whole bunch more laughs.
Even though I've seen these episodes 2 or 3 times already, they still make me laugh. I would put the series in my top ten favorite sitcoms anytime.