Watching: A Canadian Charmer

Or a cartoon adventure.

By Margaret Lyons

Dear Watchers,

If you’re in the middle of another “Office” rewatch, be warned that the show is moving to Peacock on Jan. 1; Seasons 1 and 2 will be free to stream, but 3-9 will require a Peacock Premium subscription.

Have a safe week.

I like banter

Brent Butt, foreground, is the creator and star of “Corner Gas.”CTV

‘Corner Gas’

When to watch: Now, free on IMDb TV (which you can also access through Amazon).

Truly nothing happens on this Canadian comedy — in the best way. In the absence of big stories or complex arcs, there are just … lots and lots of jokes. Most are in the form of mild pedantic bickering, à la “Sports Night,” and plenty are in the “we do things our own quirky way in this small town” vein, à la “Northern Exposure.” The show, which aired from 2004-09, is set in Dog River, Saskatchewan, and centers on Brent (Brent Butt, also the show’s creator), who runs the gas station, which is also sort of a community hub. Sometimes “Corner Gas” feels a little like if “Cheers” had five Cliffs, or if “Gilmore Girls” focused more on Taylor, but this only becomes a problem if you accidentally watch, oh, 49 episodes in a row without watching any other shows in between. Ask me how I know! If you miss the lightness of “Schitt’s Creek,” watch this.


I’m in an earth-tones phase

A scene from “Hilda.”Netflix


When to watch: Now, on Netflix.

Season 2 of this fantasy woodland series maintains the show’s brains and charm, a warm and happy antidote to screechy, repetitive, consumption-oriented children’s programming. You do not have to be a child to enjoy “Hilda” and its adventurous spirit, though; you just have to be someone who enjoys shows where characters say, “That must mean the librarian is a witch!” or yell, “Fly, Cedric, fly!” to a pigeon with an elf on his back. If you follow multiple ceramicists on Instagram, this is for you.



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