Trailer Park Boys
Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary television series. The show focuses on the misadventures of a group of outrageous trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The television series, a continuation of Clattenburg's 1999 film of the same title, premiered on Showcase in 2001. There are three films in the series: The Movie, released on October 6, 2006; Countdown to Liquor Day, released on September 25, 2009; and Don't Legalize It, released on April 18, 2014. The seventh and final season of the series' original run on Showcase ended in 2007, with its final episode, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys", premiering as a one-hour special on December 7, 2008.
|Trailer Park Boys|
|Created by||Mike Clattenburg|
|Voices of||Mike Smith|
|Theme music composer||Blain Morris|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||105 (+10 specials) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||approx. 23 minutes (S1–S7)|
23–32 minutes (S8–S12)
30–47 minutes (specials)
|Original release||Original series |
April 22, 2001 –
December 7, 2008
September 5, 2014 –
In 2013, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith, the actors who respectively portrayed Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, purchased the rights to the show from the original producers and created their own internet streaming network, "Swearnet". In March 2014, Swearnet began co-producing new seasons of the show, partnering with the streaming service Netflix to produce an eighth and ninth season, as well as three new specials. Season 8 premiered on September 5, 2014, followed by Season 9 on March 27, 2015.
A new eight-part series, Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: Europe, became available for streaming on Netflix on October 28, 2016. A vlog series on Swearnet called State of the Union confirmed a second season taking place in the United States. Titled Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA, it premiered on Netflix on November 24, 2017. A spin-off series aired on Netflix on March 31, 2019, as an animated series and continuation of the original release. In October 2019, Smith revealed that filming had begun on another season.
In 1998, director Mike Clattenburg wrote and directed a short film titled One Last Shot, which was shot in black-and-white. The film followed the exploits of two friends, Rob (Robb Wells) and Gary William or GW (John Paul Tremblay), although it is not based in the same setting as Trailer Park Boys. It was the first time Robb, John Paul and John Dunsworth worked together. In the 1999 feature film Trailer Park Boys, the character Julian states to the camera 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 the 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 traveled to Toronto to pitch the show to The Comedy Network. After being turned down, they suddenly decided 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 storyline for the series, and more humor 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 soon grew from a recurring character to one of the show's primary protagonists (although 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. Beginning with the eighth season, the series was released through Netflix.
Early seasons were shot in various trailer parks in Nova Scotia, but the crew was not welcome to film again due to complaints from residents. 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. When the series returned from hiatus beginning with Season 8, it was shot at Bible Hill Estates Trailer Park in Truro, Nova Scotia, with every subsequent episode being filmed at that location. After the 12th season, they ceased filming at the location and removed all sets and props from Bible Hill Estates, which still exists as an operating land lease community.
On September 1, 2014, Netflix announced that season 8 of Trailer Park Boys would be available on September 5. Season 9 of Trailer Park Boys was made available on March 27, 2015. On June 1, 2015, Swearnet officially announced that the production of Season 10 was underway. On March 28, 2016, Netflix released season 10 of the Trailer Park Boys. It consisted of 10 episodes and includes appearances from several well-known stars such as Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Kimmel, Doug Benson and Tom Arnold. Two episodes were directed by Bobby Farrelly. On April 2, 2016, and on April 20, 2016, Lucy DeCoutere and Jonathan Torrens announced they were leaving the show. On May 30, 2016, filming and production began for Season 11 of Trailer Park Boys. On July 5, 2016, filming for Season 11 was completed and editing began. On February 22, it was announced that Season 11 would air March 31, 2017. On March 31, 2017, Season 11 aired. On June 19, 2017, it was announced that filming of the twelfth season is officially underway. On October 16, 2017, John Dunsworth died at the age of 71, with Season 12 marking his final appearance on the show. Season 12, the final season produced as part of the Netflix deal was made available on March 30, 2018.
On October 16, 2017, actor John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey, died after a short illness. Filming for the twelfth season had begun in June 2017 and concluded in August, marking his final appearance on the show. The final episode of Season 12 featured a tribute to Dunsworth.
Setting and charactersEdit
Episodes revolve around Sunnyvale Trailer Park residents Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles trying to make money through petty crimes while avoiding the police. Their schemes are complicated by the interference of the park's vindictive alcoholic supervisor Jim Lahey and his assistant and romantic partner, Randy. Ricky and Julian's incompetence is rivaled by Lahey's drunken ineptitude. Throughout the series, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles end up in and out of jail, with most of their schemes collapsing into failure. Later seasons adopted a cyclical formula: each season finale featured the boys' schemes succeeding, and their future looking optimistic, while the next season's premiere would show them explaining how everything had gone wrong in the interim. Fans learned to expect that seasons would somehow end with some or all of the main characters going to jail.
Each character has his or her own trademark mannerism or trait. Julian often takes a leadership role and devises schemes, all while holding a Cuba Libre on the rocks in his hand. Ricky believes himself to be dumb, and his speech is often laced with malapropisms that fans call "Rickyisms"; he lives in a dilapidated 1975 Chrysler New Yorker (nicknamed "the Shitmobile"), and grows marijuana. Bubbles wears spectacles that magnify his eyes to an unusual extent, drives a go-kart, and lives in a shed with many cats; he is the least likely to face any repercussions for the trio's illegal activities. Alcoholic trailer park supervisor and ex-cop Jim Lahey usually attempts to derail the Boys' schemes, and nearly always shoehorns the word "shit" into his cautionary metaphors that fans call "Shitisms." Randy is Lahey's assistant and lover; he never wears a shirt unless he absolutely has to and is often taunted for his large gut and addiction to cheeseburgers.
There are also a number of minor characters. Ricky's wheelchair-bound father Ray is a former trucker and self-declared Calvinist, who is secretly committing disability fraud, in addition to being an alcoholic and gambling addict. Barbara is the trailer park owner and Lahey's ex-wife. Cory and Trevor are hapless best friends who assist and idolize Ricky and Julian, often unaware that they will serve as scapegoats when Ricky and Julian's plans inevitably go awry; Jacob later replaces Trevor after his disappearance from Sunnyvale. Lucy is the mother of Ricky's daughter Trinity, while Sarah, a friend, moved in with Lucy after Ricky's first imprisonment. J-Roc is a white aspiring rapper who genuinely thinks he is black; he is rarely seen without his friend Tyrone, who actually is black.
The series is shot in a mockumentary style (including the use of long takes), featuring handheld camera work. Characters often speak directly to crew members, who frequently become involved in the plot. In one episode, a crewman is shot; in another, one is tased by Jim Lahey. The show is loosely scripted, with much of the dialogue ad-libbed from basic plot points. These aspects are intended to evoke a sense of realism. The trio have stated that many of the show's most popular moments were not in the script. To support the "lore" that the show is nonfiction, many of the actors (particularly Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth and Patrick Roach) often make public appearances in character.
|Julian||John Paul Tremblay||Main|
|Jim Lahey||John Dunsworth||Main|
|Sarah||Sarah E. Dunsworth||Main|
|Barbara Lahey||Shelley Thompson||Main||Main|
|Jacob Collins||Jacob Rolfe||Recurring||Main|
|George Green||George Green||Recurring||Main||Recurring||Main|
|Sam Losco||Sam Tarasco||Recurring||Main||Recurring||Recurring||Main||Recurring|
|Detective Ted Johnston||Jim Swansburg||Recurring||Recurring||Recurring||Main||Recurring|
|Philadelphia "Phil" Collins||Richard Collins||Recurring||Main|
|Detroit Velvet Smooth||Garry James||Recurring||Main|
|Treena Lahey||Ellen Page||Main|
|Marguerite Murphy||Marguerite McNeil||Recurring||Main|
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||6||April 22, 2001||May 27, 2001||Showcase|
|2||7||June 23, 2002||August 4, 2002|
|3||8||April 20, 2003||June 8, 2003|
|4||8||April 11, 2004||May 30, 2004|
|5||10||April 17, 2005||June 19, 2005|
|6||6||April 16, 2006||May 21, 2006|
|7||10||April 8, 2007||June 10, 2007|
|8||10||September 5, 2014||Netflix|
|9||10||March 27, 2015|
|10||10||March 25, 2016|
|11||10||March 31, 2017|
|12||10||March 30, 2018|
Trailer Park Boys: The MovieEdit
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 DayEdit
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 televised episode, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys".
Don't Legalize ItEdit
In May 2012, Mike Clattenburg announced on his Twitter page that a third and final film in the Trailer Park Boys franchise was in development. Principal photography for the third and final installment was scheduled to begin in October 2012, but was pushed back to March 2013; filming began on March 17, 2013. On April 20, 2013, the production moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where filming took place at Parliament Hill during the 4/20 weekend. Entertainment One announced that the third and final film, titled Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It, would be released in Canada on April 18, 2014. The film picks up shortly after where Season 7 of the TV show left off, and centres around Ricky's concerns that if the Canadian government legalized and controlled marijuana sale, it would put his grow-op out of business.
Trailer Park Boys: Xmas SpecialEdit
In 2004, the Christmas Special was made featuring Randy, J-Roc, Barb, and Jim Lahey in a flashback time setting before the time of the pilot episode. The movie sheds background insight on the origins of Sunnyvale Trailer Park and the characters.
Live in Fuckin' DublinEdit
A new 80-minute special titled Trailer Park Boys: Live In Fuckin' Dublin debuted on June 1, 2014, exclusively on Netflix. Footage from the trio's May 9, 2013, performance at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, the Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show, was collected for a concert film. The live show contains an introduction and epilogue shot in the format of a Trailer Park Boys episode, with the premise that the boys are arrested in Dublin and forced to serve community service by staging a puppet show discouraging drug and alcohol use. Some elements from the television series return in Live in Fuckin' Dublin, such as Alex Lifeson's (from the band Rush) feud with Ricky, Ricky's inadvertently gluing objects to his nose, and Conky's many resurrections. The film was released on June 1, 2014. The season 8 episode "Community Service and a Boner Made with Love" contains a similar premise.
Live at the North PoleEdit
On November 15, 2014, Netflix released a new 90-minute special, titled Trailer Park Boys: Live at the North Pole. This is a concert film of their choice. It was filmed on location at the State Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Drunk, High, and Unemployed (Live in Austin)Edit
On December 9, 2015, a new 75-minute special debuted on Netflix, titled Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High, and Unemployed Live In Austin. Ricky, Julian and Bubbles bring their trailer park humor out onto the stage for a night of liquor, schemes and an intoxicated acting demo. The boys are at it again in Texas. Bubbles is auditioning for a movie in Austin, TX, and brings the boys with him. Alcohol, drugs and shenanigans await them live on stage.
Spin-offs and other mediaEdit
On October 28, 2016, Trailer Park Boys Out of the Park: Europe was made available to stream on Netflix with 8 episodes. On November 7, 2017, the cast announced through social media that "Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA" would be available on Netflix on November 24, 2017. This is the second season in the "Out of the Park" spin-off series. On March 31, 2019, Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series was released on Netflix. The second season was released worldwide via Netflix on May 22, 2020.
On April 20, 2017, an animated, story-driven mobile video game, entitled Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money (as the TV show's only video game), was released on Android and IOS devices. The game was later ported to PC and released February 15, 2018 on services such as Steam. 
Entertainment One (formerly Alliance Home Entertainment) has released all twelve seasons of Trailer Park Boys on DVD in Region 1. The Say Goodnight to The Bad Guys special was also released on Blu-ray.
|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|
|Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys||1||December 7, 2010|
|The Complete Eighth Season||10||December 9, 2014|
|The Complete Ninth Season||10||June 2, 2015|
|The Complete Tenth Season||10||October 4, 2016|
|The Complete Eleventh Season||10||April 3, 2018|
|The Complete Twelfth Season||10||April 2, 2019|
|The Complete Series||55||June 16, 2009|
|The Complete Collection||55||October 11, 2011|
|Dressed All Over (The Complete Collection)||55 eps., 2 specials and 2 films||November 5, 2013|
The show became very successful in many countries. The show's lead trio formerly toured with Our Lady Peace, with whom Bubbles sings his trademark song "Liquor and Whores". On January 13, 2017, Trailer Park Boys and Bubbles finally released "Liquor & Whores" as an EDM track produced by Canadian Multi-Platinum producer, Marc Mysterio on Sony Music. 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. 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 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 the 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.
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