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Happy Thanksgiving Eve Morons! I hope all of you are looking forward to a relaxing day with family and friends. I will be hosting both tomorrow, along with several local Morons. I can tell you, I'd rather spend time with Morons than with the finest people on Earth.

So, imagine that it's tomorrow after dinner. You sink back into your armchair with a groan, fighting a Tryptophan induced stupor. Deciding to watch TV, you pick up the remote, but there's nothing good on TV. What do you do? Well, you might come back here and see how people answered tonight's question: What are some obscure or semi-obscure television series that you can recommend? I'll start out with a few:

Corner Gas and Corner Gas Animated. Set in the fictional town of Dog River (played in the series by Rouleau, Saskatchewan), this screamingly funny Canadian sitcom follows the lives of a group of small town residents on the Canadian prairie. You'll never believe how much stuff happens in a place where there is not a lot going on. The live action series aired in 2004 and ran for 6 seasons and a movie, they just wrapped up a 4 season animated edition that is just as funny as the first one. It should be, it features the same cast and writers, with the exception of actress Janet Wright, who passed away in 2016. In a touching tribute, since the animated show isn't anchored to the reality of real life Rouleau, they put a statue of “Dog River founder Jane T Wright” in the town square. A nice homage.

If you ever got to Rouleau (I've been there, someone asked if I would help tear down a barn, and who wouldn't want to do that?) you can see the gas station and The Ruby, the principle sets from the show. There are not many other traces of “Dog River” left, recently the “Dog River” grain elevator burned down. Iconic 'Corner Gas' grain elevator destroyed in early morning fire

Men At Work From 2012, this sitcom lasted for 3 seasons, following 4 20-something guys navigation the dating and work scene in Chicago. I found it to be well written and quite funny, the show did a real good job of capturing the verbal sparing that goes one when guys are just being guys. It kind of slid off the radar when star Danny Masterson was accused of rape, last I heard the trial was still dragging on.

The Great Indoors lasted for one season, it was about a Field And Stream type magazine that goes completely digital, bringing Gen-X head writer and outdoorsman Jack back to the office where he has to deal with a staff comprised of whiny Gen-Z types. The characters started out as total stereotypes, but they did start to develop as the season went on, and the writers made sure that the zingers and growth went both ways. I thought it deserved another season, but whatcha gonna do?

Anyhow, those are my picks, what do you guys recommend?


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