More than 800 people packed into Hardisty's community centre Monday night to watch the finale of The Week the Women Went, the CBC-TV show featuring the town in east-central Alberta.
The program follows a week last June, when Hardisty's women went for a vacation in the Rockies and left the men to fend for themselves.
Since debuting in January, more that five million Canadians have tuned in to watch how the men juggled work, child care and running a household, among other tasks.
Shirley MacFadyen said the experience has been surreal.
"We all feel kind of freaked out about the attention we're getting because although we're seeing ourselves on TV, we're still the same people, we're still the same community," she said Monday.
Everyone in the small town 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton gathered for a special screening of the final episode, which featured a surprise marriage proposal and a wedding.
Town administrator Tony Kulbisky, one of the men who was left alone, said while the results weren't always pretty, he thinks Hardisty came out looking pretty good.
"No one's holding their heads low at all. There have been some pretty amazing episodes where it talks about some issues that I know some people wouldn't be comfortable talking about and people have been talking about it openly, and saying hey I've got nothing to fear, come and visit us in Hardisty, we're the real deal."