Trailer Park Boys For Beginners
What's to like about this classic sitcom from Canada
The following is an overview for those who are interested but have not yet watched the Trailer Park Boys. Please note: What follows will provide no new information for those who are fans of the show.
Trailer Park Boys (TPB) is a Canadian sit-com, filmed in mockumentary style in and around a fictitious trailer park called “Sunnyvale,” somewhere in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The main action involves three thirtyish men, Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Rob Wells), and Bubbles, (Mike Smith). The men have been friends since childhood and their lives revolve around petty weed selling, and larceny. It also involves their regular visits to jail.
Their main nemesis is trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth), and his constantly shirtless assistant Randy (Pat Roach).
Other residents in the park include Jamie/AKA J-Roc (Jonathan Torrens), Corey and Trevor (Corey Bowles and Michael Jackson), Lucy (Lucy Decoutere), Sarah (Sarah Dunsworth).
The show ran for seven seasons on Showcase, Canada. There were also two specials that ran on Showcase and two movies: Trailer Park Boys: The Movie and Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day.
The show has been syndicated to a number of countries and Tremblay, Wells, and Smith have toured the world, performing live shows.
The story behind the story is that Julian was told by a psychic that he would not live long. The prediction spooked Julian into talking a film crew to follow his life.
Each installment of TPB is relatively basic: Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles come up with a scheme to get money through illegal means with the ever watchful eyes of Lahey and Randy.
Social-economic limitations are always the subtext to each episode. Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles all have limited education and job prospects.
After his parents fled when he was five, Bubbles grew up alone in a tool shed. Ricky’s mother bolted from the park early on and Julian was raised by his grandmother, whose trailer he inherited. Ricky lives in a car that Julian used to own.
The personalities of the main characters often drive the action. Ricky, thick and argumentative, is quick to brawl but also knows that the weed he grows is of a particular high quality.
Julian, a bit of a ladies man, is also a schemer and smooth talker. He struggles to keep Ricky in check but is also quick to back his friend up.
Bubbles is often a reluctant participant in the schemes, largely because he is the smartest of the three as well as their moral compass. Ricky and Julian are his only family.
Jim Lahey is a former cop whose law enforcement career ended in large part because of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles. His booze-fueled diligence is heavily steeped in a desire for revenge.
Rounding out the action are Corey and Trevor, “jail cover” dimwits who are tasked by Ricky and Julian with the most subordinate of illegal tasks; Jamie AKA J-Roc, a fledgling rapper entrepreneur who along with his “crew,” happily provide assistance to Ricky, Julian and Bubbles when needed, Lucy and Sarah. Lucy is Ricky’s girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. Sarah is best friends with Lucy and, in the past, was involved with Ricky.
Why I recommend this show:
If you are not bothered but coarse language, mild violence and weed humor and you like to laugh, TPB is for you.
It has a simple, straightforward storyline, and is loaded with funny lines and physical humor. Most of all, the characters are memorable.
While the show has ended production, it is syndicated around the world. I am able to watch the show and movies through Netflix instant streaming. There are a number of internet sites that offer the shows.
The fastest way to check out whether the show would be of interest to you is to check out the many clips that are on You Tube.
If you like to laugh easily and often, this is a show for you.