Trailer Park Boys
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|Trailer Park Boys|
Trailer Park Boys cast, circa season 4
|Created by||Mike Clattenburg|
|Written by||Mike Clattenburg
John Paul Tremblay
|Directed by||Mike Clattenburg|
|Starring||John Paul Tremblay
Sarah E. Dunsworth
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||55 + specials (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Halifax Regional Municipality|
|Running time||22 minutes (regular episodes)
43 minutes (specials)
|Production company(s)||Showcase Television
Trailer Park Productions
|Picture format||480i (SDTV) (Seasons 1 - 6)
1080i (HDTV) (Season 7)
|Original run||April 22, 2001– December 7, 2008|
|Followed by||Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)
Countdown to Liquor Day (2009)
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 Sackville, 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. The final season ended in 2007, and the final episode, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys," premiered as a special on Showcase on December 7, 2008, ending the series. A second film—Countdown to Liquor Day—was released in Canada on September 25, 2009. A third film is in the process of being shot as of March 2, 2013 and is intended to end on April 21, 2013. It is expected for a 2013-2014 release date.
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 entire seven-season run.
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.
Each season revolves around the recurring themes of Ricky, and Julian (and to a lesser extent Bubbles) constantly trying to figure out new ways to get rich, get high, and stay out of jail. Their schemes are often complicated by vindictive trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey, and his perpetually shirtless assistant, Randy, as Ricky and Julian's incompetence competes with Lahey's own ineptitude. Though the boys mostly save themselves from being caught, every once in a while their plans fall through, such that each of the early seasons always began with the boys getting out of jail and ended with them being re-incarcerated.
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.
Each of the characters has their own particular trademark mannerism or trait: Julian is almost never seen without a glass of rum and Coke-on-the-rocks in his hand; Ricky's speech is often laced with malapropisms and eggcorns; and Bubbles wears Coke-bottle glasses, drives a go kart and lives in a shed with a bunch of cats. Trailer Park Supervisor Jim Lahey is normally seen intoxicated while carrying a bottle of whiskey and his assistant Randy is almost always shirtless. There are also four constant pairs of characters: Cory and Trevor; Mr. Lahey and Randy; Lucy and Sarah; and J-Roc and T.
Main cast members 
|Robb Wells||Ricky||Season 1–7|
|John Paul Tremblay||Julian||Season 1–7|
|Mike Smith||Bubbles||Season 1–7|
|John Dunsworth||James "Jim" Lahey||Season 1–7|
|Patrick Roach||Randy||Season 1–7|
|Lucy Decoutere||Lucy||Season 1–7|
|Sarah E. Dunsworth||Sarah||Season 1–7|
|Barrie Dunn||Ray||Season 1–7|
|Tyrone Parsons||Tyrone, a.k.a. "T"||Season 1–7|
|Jonathan Torrens||Jamie, a.k.a. "J-Roc"||Season 1–7|
|Cory Bowles||Cory||Season 1–6|
|Michael Jackson||Trevor||Season 1–6|
|Jeanna Harrison-Steinhart||Trinity||Season 1, 3–7|
|Shelley Thompson||Barbara Lahey||Season 1–7|
|Garry James||Detroit Velvet Smooth||Season 3–5|
|Ellen Page||Treena Lahey||Season 2|
Recurring cast members 
|George Green||Officer George Green||Season 1–7|
|Jacob Rolfe||Jacob Collins||Season 1–7|
|Jim Swansburg||Detective Ted Johnston||Season 1, 5–7|
|Bernard Robichaud||Cyrus||Season 1, 2, 4, 5|
|Sam Tarasco||Sam "Caveman" Losco||Season 1–2, 4–7|
|Richard Collins||Philadelphia "Phil" Collins||Season 1-7
|Mio Adilman||Terry||Season 5|
|Nobu Adilman||Dennis||Season 5|
|Sebastian Bach||Himself||Season 7|
|Brian Huggins||"Shitty" Bill||Season 5–7|
|Mike Smith||Danny||Season 1–7|
|Linda Busby||Linda (J-Roc's Mom)||Season 2-3|
Cory and Trevor's departure 
Michael Jackson was also a production assistant behind the scenes for seasons 2–6. During this time, Michael, as many other actors on the show, were paid minimum scale (wage) despite the show's growing success. Tension grew between the producers (Barrie Dunn and Mike Volpe) and Michael due to poor working conditions and creativity disagreements with the show's storylines becoming repetitive. Michael 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 refused to address the issue of Cory and Trevor leaving the show at the end of season 6 even though knowing this for some time beforehand.
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 and much of the dialog is 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.
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." 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 singer/songwriter Denny Doherty 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. 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 in 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.
Season 3 had an average of 300,000 viewers per episode.
Feature films 
The Movie 
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, the second one, also paved the way for its popularity in the U.S.
Countdown to Liquor Day 
The franchise's second feature film, Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day, was released in Canada on September 25, 2009. The movie serves as sequel to the last television episode, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys".
Don't Legalize It 
It was confirmed on October 22, 2012, that production on a third film will begin in March 2013.. Filming was concluded in late April, and a release date is set for 2013-2014. An official announcement/reveal is set for June 2013.
DVD releases 
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|
|The Complete Third Season||8||April 6, 2004|
|The Complete Fourth Season||8||April 12, 2005|
|Christmas Special||1||November 15, 2005|
|The Complete Fifth Season||10||May 9, 2006|
|The Complete Sixth Season||6||May 8, 2007|
|The Complete Seventh Season||10||May 6, 2008|
|The Complete Series||55||June 16, 2009|
|The Complete Collection||55||October 11, 2011|
After Trailer Park Boys 
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. 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.
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.
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". The tour expanded throughout 2010 and 2011 with live theatre performances worldwide including the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland, with future performances in Australia and New Zealand in 2012.
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 confirmed a third Trailer Park Boys film will begin production in March 2013. During the filming process, Brian Huggins, who portrayed Shitty Bill on the show, passed away with Richard Collins dying on the last week of filming.
See also 
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- "Trailer Park Boys: What really happened to Corey and Trevor...". SaintJohnShawn.com. June 13, 2007. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- ""Liquor And Whores" Bubbles and Guns n Roses live Halifax NS". YouTube. November 21, 2006.
- "TPB premieres on DIRECTV tomorrow!". TrailerParkBoys.com. February 4, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- Jonathan Durbin (November 24, 2003). "Trailer Park Boys (Profile)". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys 2". TrailerParkBoysMovie.com. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys sign on for third film". The Chronicle Herald. October 22, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "Trailer Park Boys: The Complete First and Second Seasons (Collector's Edition)". Amazon.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys: The Complete Third Season". Amazon.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys: The Complete Fourth Season (Deluxe Two-Disc Set)". Amazon.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys: Fifth Season (Deluxe 2-disc Set)". Amazon.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys: Season 6 (Deluxe 2-disc Set)". Amazon.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys: Season 7 (Deluxe 2-disc Set)". Amazon.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys: Seasons 1-7". Amazon.ca. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys Complete Collection". Amazon.ca. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "Trailer Park Boys : The End?". Showcase.ca. June 18, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "A Message From Mike Clattenburg". Showcase.ca. November 12, 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "Trailer Park Boys write, star in new series". CBC News. November 12, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- "Event Detail". MasseyHall.com. March 10, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- "MashUpPiece Theater". funnyordie.com. November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010.
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