Trailer Park Boys

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Trailer Park Boys
TrailerParkBoys Poster.jpg
Trailer Park Boys cast, circa season 4
Genre Mockumentary
Comedy-drama
Created by Mike Clattenburg
Written by Mike Clattenburg
John Paul Tremblay
Robb Wells
Barrie Dunn
Jackie Torrens
Mike Smith
Jonathan Torrens
Iain MacLeod
Timm Hannebohm
Directed by Mike Clattenburg
Starring John Paul Tremblay
Robb Wells
Mike Smith
John Dunsworth
Pat Roach
Lucy Decoutere
Sarah E. Dunsworth
Cory Bowles
Michael Jackson
Barrie Dunn
Jeanna Harrison
Ellen Page
Shelley Thompson
Tyrone Parsons
Garry James
Sam Tarasco
Jonathan Torrens
Composer(s) Blain Morris
Tonicsounds
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 55 + specials (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Mike Clattenburg
Barrie Dunn
Michael Volpe
Editor(s) Jeremy Harty
Irving Thatcher
Sarah Byrne
Location(s) Halifax Regional Municipality
Running time 22 minutes (regular episodes)
43 minutes (specials)
Production company(s) Showcase Television
Topsail Entertainment
Trailer Park Productions
Distributor DEX Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Showcase (seasons 1–7)
Netflix (season 8-present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (seasons 1–6)
1080i (HDTV) (Seasons 7–present)
Original run Original series:
April 22, 2001 (2001-04-22) – December 7, 2008 (2008-12-07)
Revival series:
2014 (2014) - present
Chronology
Followed by Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)
Countdown to Liquor Day (2009) Don't Legalize It (2014)
External links
Website

Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian comedy mockumentary television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg that focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The television series is a continuation of Clattenburg's 1999 film of the same name and premiered on the Showcase television network in 2001.[1] The planned final season ended in 2007, and the planned final episode, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys," premiered as a special on Showcase on December 7, 2008, ending the initial run of the series. A second film—Countdown to Liquor Day—was released in Canada on September 25, 2009. A third film has completed production and will be released in Canada in April, 2014 after issues during production. With the films, stage shows and continued international interest in the original series, an eighth season started production July 2013 to air in 2014. In January 2014, pre-production had begun on a ninth season. In March 2014, Netflix announced plans to air seasons eight and nine, with three new specials, later this year exclusively on their streaming service.[2]

History[edit]

In 1998, director Mike Clattenburg wrote and directed a film short titled "One Last Shot," which was shot in black and white. The film followed the exploits, in documentary style, of Ricky (Robb Wells) and Julian (John Paul Tremblay), two criminals doing what they did just about every day. In the following 1999 feature film "Trailer Park Boys," also in black and white, the character Julian states to the camera in the film that he wanted his life to be documented after receiving a telephone psychic's prediction that he would die soon. He hoped that the film would deter others from the life of crime he had chosen.

The feature film was shown at the Atlantic Film Festival in 1999, and it caught the attention of producer Barrie Dunn who saw potential for a TV series. Clattenburg and Dunn, along with Wells and Tremblay worked on a proposal for a 13-episode season of the show, and travelled to Toronto to pitch the show to The Comedy Network. After being turned down, they made a snap decision to pitch the show to Showcase before returning home to Nova Scotia.

They found that the network was receptive, and sent them back with a commitment to a first season, with the provision that a second experienced producer (which ended up being Michael Volpe) be brought on board to assist the team. The first six 30-minute episodes were then written and filmed. Some modifications were made to the characters and story line for the series, and more humour was added to the series in comparison to the film.

The biggest change from film to series was the addition of Mike Smith's "Bubbles" character, who was originally developed for the earlier short film "The Cart Boy;" a film that Smith, Wells, Tremblay, and Clattenburg worked on together in 1995. Smith's character was soon to grow from a recurring character to one of the show's primary protagonists (even though in the earlier film, "Bubbles" was the name of Smith's character's cat). Trailer Park Boys resided with Showcase for its first seven seasons.[3] Beginning with the eighth season, the series will be released through Netflix.

Early seasons were shot in various trailer parks in Nova Scotia, but the crew were not welcomed to film again due to complaints from residents. A space was purchased and a functional trailer park set was built in Dartmouth for later seasons, giving the staff more freedom than at previous locations.

Plot[edit]

Episodes revolve around the protagonists Ricky, Julian, Bubbles and their misfit accomplices Cory and Trevor trying to make money through petty crime while staying out of jail. Their schemes are complicated by vindictive trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey and his shirtless assistant Randy as Ricky and Julian's incompetence competes with Lahey's own drunken ineptitude. Throughout the series, Ricky and Julian end up in and out of jail with most, but not all, of their plans falling apart.

Later seasons changed this formula with the final episode of the season showing that their schemes had been successful, and the boys' future looking optimistic. The first episode of the following season would then show them sheepishly explaining how everything went wrong for them in the interim, thus bringing the story back to square one.

Characters[edit]

Each of the characters has their own particular trademark mannerism or trait. Julian often takes a leadership role and comes up with plans, and is never seen without a rum and Coke-on-the-rocks in his hand. Ricky thinks he is dumb and looks to Julian for advice. His speech is often laced with malapropisms and eggcorns and he is known to mess things up. Bubbles wears Coke-bottle glasses, drives a go kart, lives in a shed with a bunch of cats and gets upset and tears up when the boys fight. Trailer Park Supervisor Jim Lahey is normally intoxicated and shoehorns the word "shit" into his cautionary metaphors. His assistant, Randy, is almost always shirtless and is taunted for his love of cheeseburgers. There are also four pairs of minor characters: Cory and Trevor help out Ricky and Julian and look up to them; Mr. Lahey and Randy; Lucy and Sarah, Lucy is the mother of Ricky's daughter and Sarah is her roommate; and J-Roc and T, J-Roc thinks he's black despite his skin colour and the two are amateur rappers.

Main cast members[edit]

Actor Character Duration
Robb Wells Ricky Season 1–present
John Paul Tremblay Julian Season 1–present
Mike Smith Bubbles Season 1–present
John Dunsworth James "Jim" Lahey Season 1–present
Patrick Roach Randy Season 1–present
Lucy Decoutere Lucy Season 1–present
Sarah E. Dunsworth Sarah Season 1–present
Barrie Dunn Ray Season 1–present
Tyrone Parsons Tyrone, a.k.a. "T" Season 1–present
Jonathan Torrens Jamie, a.k.a. "J-Roc" Season 1–present
Cory Bowles Cory Season 1–6, 8
Michael Jackson (actor) Trevor Season 1–6
Jeanna Harrison-Steinhart Trinity Season 1, 3–present
Shelley Thompson Barbara Lahey Season 2–present
Garry James Detroit Velvet Smooth Season 3–5
Ellen Page Treena Lahey Season 2

Recurring cast members[edit]

Actor Character Duration
George Green Officer George Green Season 1–present
Jacob Rolfe Jacob Collins Season 1–present
Jim Swansburg Detective Ted Johnston Season 1, 5–7
Bernard Robichaud Cyrus Season 1–2, 4–5, 8
Sam Tarasco Sam "Caveman" Losco Season 1–2, 4–present
Richard Collins Philadelphia "Phil" Collins Season 4–7
Mio Adilman Terry Season 5
Nobu Adilman Dennis Season 5
Sebastian Bach Himself Season 7–present
Brian Huggins "Shitty" Bill Season 5–7
Linda Busby Linda (J-Roc's mom) Season 1–3

Cory and Trevor's departure[edit]

Michael Jackson was also a production assistant behind the scenes for seasons 2–6. During this time Jackson, like many of the other actors on the show, was paid minimum scale (wage) despite the show's growing success. Tension grew between the producers (Barrie Dunn and Mike Volpe) and Jackson due to working conditions and creative disagreements about the show's storylines becoming repetitive. Jackson notified the writers that he would fulfill his contract up to and including season 6, as he was close friends with the series' creator Mike Clattenburg. The producers and writers did not directly address the issue of Cory and Trevor leaving the show at the end of season 6 even though they knew of their impending departure for some time beforehand.[4] However, the characters' departure from Sunnyvale was addressed in season 7 and their names have been part of the continuing Trailer Park Boys storyline. Cory Bowles did return for Season 8.[5]

Style[edit]

The series is consistently shot in a mockumentary style (including the use of long takes), but often the camera crew became engrossed in the plot. On several occasions, the camera and boom mic operators are spoken to by the characters, and often end up becoming directly involved in the action. In one episode, a crew member is shot, and they are also enlisted several times to help the characters when a pair of extra hands is needed. All of this is intended to produce the feeling that these are real events that are happening to real people, when in reality, the show is loosely scripted, with much of the dialog ad-libbed from very basic plot points laid out beforehand.

Furthering the myth that Trailer Park Boys is nonfiction, many of the actors (particularly Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith and John Dunsworth) often make public appearances without breaking character.

The cinematographic style of the show is split between rough handheld camera work and clearly planned camera work; the latter sometimes involves crane shots and quite clearly pre-arranged fixed-camera shots.

Popularity[edit]

The show became very successful in many countries. The show's lead trio formerly toured with Our Lady Peace, and with Guns N' Roses, with whom Bubbles sings his trademark song "Liquor and Whores."[6] The Trailer Park Boys have also appeared in music videos with The Tragically Hip, while Bubbles has appeared with George Canyon and Snow, and they have been presenters at numerous award shows – always in character. Several famous artists appear on the show, such as Alex Lifeson from Rush in "Closer to the Heart," singer Rita MacNeil in the season four finale "Working Man," Brian Vollmer from Helix, Sebastian Bach from Skid Row, and the late singer/songwriter Denny Doherty of The Mamas and the Papas in the season seven finale "A Shitriver Runs Through It."

The show is a great success for the cable network Showcase, where it is the network's highest-rated Canadian series. It airs in Australia on The Comedy Channel, in the United Kingdom and Spain on Paramount Comedy, in the Republic of Ireland on 3e, in Iceland on SkjárEinn, in New Zealand on TV 2, in Israel on Xtra Hot, in the Netherlands on Comedy Central Netherlands, in Denmark on DR2, in Portugal on SIC Radical, in Germany on Comedy Central Germany, in Finland on Nelonen, in Bulgaria on Nova Television, and in Poland on Comedy Central Polska. In the United States, BBC America formerly aired a censored version of the show, but it is no longer part of their lineup. On February 5, 2009, satellite provider DirecTV began airing the series in the United States on its channel The 101 Network, uncensored, at the rate of two episodes per week. DirecTV aired the entire seven-season run of Trailer Park Boys, plus both specials.[7] All episodes aired on DirecTV are in 16:9 widescreen format (although not in High Definition resolution), as opposed to the standard definition 4:3 aspect DVD releases of the first five seasons. It is also available on Netflix.

Actors John Dunsworth, John Paul Tremblay, and Robb Wells can be seen in the MGM 2002 movie Virginia's Run starring Gabriel Byrne and Joanne Whalley. John Dunsworth plays a local cop while John Paul Tremblay and Robb Wells play active and verbal townsmen similar to their Trailer Park Boys characters. Actors are credited as cop for John Dunsworth, J.P. for John Paul Tremblay (credits as J.P. Tremblay), and Robb Wells as Rob. The movie was filmed in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

Ratings[edit]

Most ratings for show when originally aired are unknown, but season 3 had an average of 300,000 viewers per episode.[8]

Episodes[edit]

Feature films[edit]

The Movie[edit]

The second Trailer Park Boys movie to be produced (the first being the original black and white production that sparked the series), Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (also known as The Big Dirty) was released on October 6, 2006, and distributed by Alliance Atlantis. Ivan Reitman produced the movie, Mike Clattenburg directed it, and Clattenburg and Robb Wells co-wrote it. It was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Motion Picture, but did not win. This movie and later on the second one, also paved the way for its popularity in the U.S.

Countdown to Liquor Day[edit]

The franchise's second feature film, Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day, was released in Canada on September 25, 2009.[9] The movie serves as sequel to the last televised episode, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys".

Don't Legalize It[edit]

In May 2012, Mike Clattenberg announced on his Twitter page that a third film in the Trailer Park Boys franchise was in development.[10] Principal photography for the third installment was scheduled to begin in October 2012, but was pushed back to March 2013;[11] filming began on March 17, 2013.[12] On April 20, 2013, the production moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where filming took place at Parliament Hill during the 4/20 weekend.[13] [14] Entertainment One announced that the third film, titled Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It, will be released in Canada on April 18, 2014.[15]

DVD releases[edit]

Alliance Home Entertainment has released all seven seasons of Trailer Park Boys on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Episodes Release date
The Complete First and Second Seasons 13 May 27, 2003[16]
The Complete Third Season 8 April 6, 2004[17]
The Complete Fourth Season 8 April 12, 2005[18]
Christmas Special 1 November 15, 2005[19]
The Complete Fifth Season 10 May 9, 2006[20]
The Complete Sixth Season 6 May 8, 2007[21]
The Complete Seventh Season 10 May 6, 2008[22]
The Complete Series 55 June 16, 2009[23]
The Complete Collection 55 October 11, 2011[24]

Continuation of Trailer Park Boys[edit]

The Trailer Park Boys franchise has continued past the original run of the television series, almost without interruption. The cast and crew took the summer of 2008 off, but a new special one-hour episode titled "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys" aired in Canada on December 7, 2008.[25] Series creator Mike Clattenburg announced on November 12, 2008 that the special would be followed by a sequel movie scheduled for Canadian release on September 25, 2009 (Countdown to Liquor Day), which would be "the end of Trailer Park Boys," and that no additional seasons will be made.[26]

In January 2009, the boys were in character at select venues nationally including Massey Hall in Toronto. They performed the Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show. The premise was that they were fulfilling court order community service and must put on a puppet show aimed at demonstrating the dangers of using alcohol and drugs.

In November 2009, Wells, Tremblay and Smith announced that they would be starring in a new television series called The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour, which aired on Action in 2010. The series was given an order of six episodes. The actors also served as writers and executive producers for the series.[27]

In March 2010, the boys did a show in character at Massey Hall in Toronto called "The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour".[28] The tour expanded throughout 2010 and 2011 with live theatre performances worldwide including the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland, with further performances in Australia and New Zealand in 2012.

In November 2010, the boys did a sketch for Funny or Die, called "MashUpPiece Theater: The Wire / Trailer Park Boys".[29]

In February 2012, Wells, Tremblay, and Smith played guest roles on the FX animated series, Archer, as a radical Nova Scotian separatist terrorist, a compatriot disguised as a Mountie, and a real Mountie, respectively.

In October 2012, Barrie Dunn officially announced a third Trailer Park Boys film. Filming began in March 2013 and ended in late April. The film is set to be released in Canadian theaters on April 18th, 2014.

Two Trailer Park Boys actors and one guest star died in early 2013; Brian Huggins, who portrayed Shitty Bill, in March,[30] and both Richard Collins[31] and guest star Rita MacNeil[32] in April.

On July 4, 2013, it was announced that Tremblay, Wells and Smith acquired the rights to Trailer Park Boys and confirmed it would return with an eighth season. Principal production took place from July-September 2013,[33] back on location in an existing mobile home community in Truro, Nova Scotia. In late September 2013, Mike Smith announced on the SwearNet Facebook page that the cast and crew had also returned to the location in September to shoot content for two new specials, that Season 9 had been "rough cut" into ten episodes, and that SwearNet was seeking network deals in addition to its plans to webcast the new material.

On December 27th 2013, Smith confirmed on Twitter that a ninth season will go into production in Spring 2014.

On March 5th, 2014, Netflix announced that the two new seasons of Trailer Park Boys will air exclusively on their streaming service later this year. In addition to season 8 and 9, the network will also air three specials, Community Service Special, Swearnet Special, Trailer Park Boys Xmas and two new films, Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It and Swearnet, after their theatrical release later this year.[34]

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