Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary sitcom television
series created by Mike Clattenburg that began airing in 2001 as a
continuation of his 1999 film bearing the same name. The show
follows the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents,
including two lead characters in and out of prison, living in the
fictional "Sunnyvale Trailer Park" in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The
series premiered on Showcase on April 20, 2001, and originally ran
for seven seasons before concluding with a one-hour special on
December 7, 2008 titled "Say Goddnight To The Bad Guys"
The series spawned three films: 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.
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. Starting in March
2014, Swearnet co-produced new episodes of the show with the
American streaming service Netflix, and the eighth season premiered
on September 5, 2014. Several specials and mini-series were made in
the years that followed. An animated spinoff series premiered on
March 31, 2019.
In October 2019, filming began on a spinoff series, Trailer Park
Boys: Jail, which premiered on Swearnet on January 1, 2021.
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. These included Woodbine Home Park, an unnamed collection
of trailers in central Dartmouth next to the Tufts Cove Generating
Station, Timberlea Mini Home Park and Greenridge Mobile Home Park.
Seasons 5 to 7 were filmed at a custom built set near Bissett Lake
in Cole Harbour. For this location, trailers were placed around an
existing 2 floor building which also served as the set of the jail.
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 was 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 March 31, 2019, Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series premiered
on Netflix. Smith later revealed in October that filming for
another season titled Trailer Park Boys: Jail had begun. A second
Christmas special, featuring never-before-seen footage of John
Dunsworth prior to his death, premiered on Christmas Day, 2020. On
January 1, 2021, Trailer Park Boys: Jail premiered on Swearnet.
Premise Setting and characters
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 s**tmobile"), and grows marijuana.
Bubbles wears spectacles that magnify his eyes to a hyperbolic
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 "s**t" into his cautionary metaphors that fans
call "s**tisms." 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 legal, but not
biological father Ray, who uses a wheelchair, 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 occasionally 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
Films and specials
Trailer Park Boys
The initial Trailer Park Boys movie was shown in 1999. It was
directed, produced, and written by Mike Clattenburg. The film was
shot in black-and-white, and it followed the criminal exploits of
Robb Wells as Ricky LaFleur and John Paul Tremblay as Julian. The
plot centered on Julian as he wished to document his life of crime
after a psychic reading over the phone predicted his death. The
movie was initially shown on the Showcase network prior to the TV
show's airing. It featured various other cast members who would
later appear in the TV series: Lucy DeCoutere as Ricky's fiancé
Lucy, Jeanna Harrison-Steinhart as Ricky and Lucy's daughter
Trinity, Sam Tarasco as Ricky and Julian's associate Sam, and Cory
Bowles and Michael Jackson as two dim-witted friends Cory and
Trevor respectively. A few other cast members who later appeared in
the TV show also portrayed different characters in the film, such
as Patrick Roach as the alcoholic dog owner Patrick (instead of the
TV show's character Randy) and Mike Smith as the location sound
recordist (instead of the TV show's character Bubbles). A short
clip of the film's climax was shown during the pilot episode of
season 1 which connected the film to the TV show.
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Main article: Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
A movie based on the television series (and the second film in the
franchise to be produced overall), titled 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.
Countdown to Liquor Day
Main article: Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day
The second film based on the series, Trailer Park Boys: Countdown
to Liquor Day, was released in Canada on September 25, 2009. The
movie serves as a continuation to the show's original seven season
Don't Legalize It
Main article: Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It
In May 2012, Mike Clattenburg announced on his Twitter page that a
third film was in development. Principal photography 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 plot centers on Ricky's concerns that if the Canadian
government legalized and controlled marijuana sale, it would put
his grow-op out of business.
Live in f**kin' Dublin
A new 80-minute special titled Trailer Park Boys: Live In f**kin'
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 f**kin' 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
Drunk, High & Unemployed Live from Austin Texas
A new live special titled Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High &
Unemployed Live from Austin, Texas debuted in 2016, exclusively on
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
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, 2008
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
Other media Comics
On February 17, 2021, it was announced that the Trailer Park Boys
Incorporated have collaborated with Devil's Due Publishing to make
a comic book adaptation of the series which will only consist of
one-shots and miniseries.
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 s**triver Runs Through It".
The show was a great success for the cable network Showcase, where
it was the network's highest-rated Canadian original series.
Internationally it aired in Australia on The Comedy Channel, the
United Kingdom and Spain on Paramount Comedy, the Republic of
Ireland on 3e, Iceland on SkjárEinn, New Zealand on TV 2, Israel on
Xtra Hot, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland on respective local
versions of Comedy Central for these three European countries,
Denmark on DR2, Portugal on SIC Radical, Finland on Nelonen and
Bulgaria on Nova Television. BBC America once aired a censored
version of the series in the United States. On February 5, 2009,
satellite provider DirecTV began airing the series in the country
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 (depending on the country where the service is
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