TV Comedy Pokes Fun at Census

Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | by Mark Tucker

The Canadian TV comedy, Corner Gas, takes place in the fictional small town of Dog River located in Saskatchewan.

In this episode, Hank and Oscar are hired to complete the census. The humorous result shows a genealogist’s worst case scenario for census enumerators:

NOTE: Those not familiar with the TV series might not know that the second house Hank and Oscar visit is Oscar’s own home.

Trying to do your research, do you ever feel like Hank & Oscar were hired to count your ancestor?


  1. “Remember when we went to that one house, and asked how many people they had… and they TOLD US?? HAHAHAHAHAHAH!” Love it!!!

    Yes, I’m certain that Hank and Oscar found ALL of my ancestors, as well as those of my clients! Thanks for sharing, Mark.

    Comment by Elizabeth O'Neal — 6 Apr 2011 @ 10:43 am

  2. That’s brilliant! I never thought I’d see comedy that only a genealogist can truly appreciate.

    Comment by MN Family Historian — 7 Apr 2011 @ 7:05 am

  3. Holy funny! That was exactly the laugh I needed! It wouldn’t be so funny if it were not so close to how it feels when you look at the census sometimes. He, he, he!

    Comment by Katie Chapman — 8 Apr 2011 @ 9:55 pm

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