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Trailer Park Boys

Created by Mike Clattenburg
Written by
Robb Wells
John Paul Tremblay
Mike Clattenburg
Mike Smith
(2004-2006; 2014-present)
Jonathan Torrens
(2005-2006; 2015-2016)
Iain MacLeod
Barrie Dunn
Timm Hannebohm
Jackie Torrens
Directed by
Mike Clattenburg
Warren P. Sonoda
(2014-2015; 2017)
Ron Murphy
Cory Bowles
Jonathan Torrens
Jay Baruchel
John Dunsworth
(2014; 2017)
Robb Wells
John Paul Tremblay
Mike Smith
John Dunsworth
Patrick Roach
Lucy DeCoutere
Sarah E. Dunsworth
Cory Bowles
(2001-2006; 2014-present)
Michael Jackson
Barrie Dunn
Jeanna Harrison
(2001; 2003-present)
Jacob Rolfe
(2001-2005; 2007-present)
Shelley Thompson
Tyrone Parsons
Doug Barron
(2002; 2006; 2014-present)
Jonathan Torrens
Ellen Page
Garry James
Voices of Mike Smith
Theme music composer Blain Morris
Composer(s) Blain Morris, Marc Mysterio
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes 105 + specials (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Gary Howsam
Erica Benson
Norm Bolen
Rachel Fulford
Laura Michalchyshyn
Producer(s) Original series:
Mike Clattenburg
Barrie Dunn
Michael Volpe
Jonathan Walker
Revived series:
Mike Smith
John Paul Tremblay
Robb Wells
Cinematography Adamm Liley
David Albiston
Mike Clattenburg
Jeremy Harty
Irving Thatcher
Sarah Byrne
Caley MacLennan
Mike Clattenburg
Running time 30 minutes (regular episodes)
47 minutes (specials)
Production company(s)
Trailer Park Productions (2001–07)
Topsail Entertainment (2001–07)
Showcase Television(2001–07)
Sunnyvale Productions (2014–present)
Swearnet Pictures (2014–present)
DEX Distribution (2001–08)
Entertainment One (2014–present)
Original network
Showcase (2001–07)
Netflix (2014–present)
Picture format
480i (SDTV) (2001–07)
1080i (HDTV) (2007)
1080p (HDTV) (2014–present)
Audio format
5.1 Surround Sound
Original release Original series:
April 22, 2001 – December 7, 2008
Revived series:
September 5, 2014–present
External links
Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian mockumentary television series created and directed by Mike Clattenburg. The show 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, a continuation of Clattenburg’s 1999 film of the same title, premiered on Showcase in 2001.[1] 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.

A few years later, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith, the actors who 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.

Later that year, the show received the green light for two more seasons and began production on Season 10. During that time, the Canadian government granted the cast and crew money to help produce the new season and a new spin-off series. Season 10 premiered on Netflix on March 28, 2016.[2][3]

A new 8-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.

Season 11 premiered on March 31, 2017.[4] On June 19, 2017, the cast confirmed that the twelfth season had been greenlit and that filming had begun. Season 12 premiered on Netflix on March 30, 2018.


3.1Main cast members
3.2.1Cory and Trevor
3.2.3Phil Collins
3.2.4Shitty Bill
3.2.7Jim Lahey
7.1The Movie
7.2Countdown to Liquor Day
7.3Don’t Legalize It
8.1Live in Fuckin’ Dublin
8.2Live at the North Pole
9DVD releases
10Continuation of Trailer Park Boys
12External links
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 JP (John Paul Tremblay), although it is not based in the same setting as Trailer Park Boys, but rather 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 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 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.[5] 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, and every subsequent since then has been filmed at that location.

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 lover, Randy. Ricky and Julian’s incompetence is rivaled by Lahey’s drunken ineptitude.

Throughout the series, Ricky and Julian 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.

Main article: List of Trailer Park Boys characters
Each of the characters 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 looks to Julian for advice; his speech is often laced with malapropisms that fans call “Rickyisms”, he is usually quite incompetent and is also known for his trademark sideburns. Bubbles wears spectacles that magnify his eyes to an unusual extent, drives a go-kart, lives in a shed with many cats, and gets upset when Ricky and Julian fight. Trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey is normally drunk, and nearly always shoehorns the word “shit” into his cautionary metaphors that fans call “Shitisms”. His assistant and lover Randy is always shirtless unless forced to wear a shirt, and is frequently taunted for his large gut and addiction to cheeseburgers.

There are also three pairs of primary minor characters. 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. Lucy is the mother of Ricky’s daughter Trinity, while Sarah moved in with Lucy after Ricky was imprisoned. J-Roc is a white aspiring rapper who genuinely thinks he is black; he is rarely seen without his friend T, who actually is black.

Because some actors have come and gone over the years, the cast is listed by how many seasons they’ve appeared on throughout the show.

Main cast members[edit]
Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ricky LaFleur Robb Wells Main
Julian John Paul Tremblay Main
Bubbles Mike Smith Main
Jim Lahey John Dunsworth Main
Randy Patrick Roach Main
Sarah Sarah E. Dunsworth Main
Tyler “Tyrone” “T” Tyrone Parsons Main
Barbara Lahey Shelley Thompson Recurring Main
Cory Cory Bowles Main
Jamie “J-Roc” Jonathan Torrens Main
Lucy Lucy DeCoutere Main
Trinity Jeanna Harrison Main
Jacob Collins Jacob Rolfe Recurring
Officer/Chief George Green George Green Recurring Main Recurring Main
Ray LaFleur (Flower) Barrie Dunn Main
Trevor Michael Jackson Main
Sam Losco Sam Tarasco Recurring Main
Recurring Main Recurring
Cyrus Bernard Robichaud Recurring
Recurring Main
Main Recurring
Detective Ted Johnston Jim Swansburg Recurring
Recurring Main Recurring
Philadelphia “Phil” Collins Richard Collins
Recurring Main
Detroit Velvet Smooth Garry James
Recurring Main
Treena Lahey Ellen Page Deleted scene Main
Marguerite Murphy Marguerite McNeil
Recurring Main
Cory and Trevor[edit]
In addition to his role as Trevor, Michael Jackson was also a production assistant behind the scenes for seasons 2–6. During this time, Jackson and many of the 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 Jackson due to working conditions and creative disagreements. Jackson gave notice that he would fulfill his contract up to and including season 6, as he was close friends with the series’ creator Mike Clattenburg.[6]

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.[7] Their departure from Sunnyvale was addressed in season 7 and their names have been part of the continuing storyline. Cory Bowles returned for Season 8 and has since appeared in each following season, with Jacob Rolfe’s Jacob Collins character filling Jackson’s role as Cory’s sidekick. In season 10, Bowles is credited as a director on some episodes.[8]

Barrie Dunn, who played Ricky’s allegedly disabled, alcoholic father Ray, was last involved with the franchise in the 2014 film Don’t Legalize It, which served as a farewell to the character, as Dunn no longer wished to be on the show.

Phil Collins[edit]
Richard Collins, who portrayed Jacob Collins’s father Phil Collins in Seasons 4-7, died of a heart attack on April 15, 2013. His last involvement with the franchise was also the film.

Shitty Bill[edit]
Actor Brian Huggins died on March 29, 2013 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

On April 2, 2016, Lucy DeCoutere announced that she was resigning from the show after co-star Mike Smith was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman (All charges were dropped within one month due to lack of evidence).[9] Later that day, publicist Sheila Roberts said that DeCoutere had informed the show’s producers a few weeks before Smith’s arrest that she would not be returning for the show’s next season.[10]

On April 20, 2016, Jonathan Torrens announced that he had also left the show, tweeting, “Playing J-Roc has truly been one of the greatest pleasures & privileges of my life. But it’s time to hang up the ol’ do-rag.”[11][12][13][14] In response to fans’ reactions, he tweeted, “Truly moved & humbled by all your best wishes and kind words. The real legacy of Trailer Park Boys will always be the loyalty of its fans.”[15] Torrens last appearance as J-Roc with the rest of the cast was on “Trailer Park Boys Podcast” episode 33, released March 18, 2016.[16]

Jim Lahey[edit]
On October 16, 2017, actor John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey, died after a short illness.[17] Filming for the twelfth season had begun in June 2017 and concluded in August.[18][19]

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.

Furthering the myth that Trailer Park Boys 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.

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”.[20] On January 13, 2017, Trailer Park Boys and Bubbles finally released “Liquor & Whores” as an EDM track produced by Canadian Multi-Platinum Producer, Marc Mysterioon Sony Music.[21][22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

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 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.

Main article: List of Trailer Park Boys episodes
The Movie[edit]
Main article: Trailer Park Boys: 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 and later on the second one, also paved the way for its popularity in the U.S.

Countdown to Liquor Day[edit]
Main article: Trailer Park Boys: 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.[25] The movie serves as sequel to the last televised episode, “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys”.

Don’t Legalize It[edit]
Main article: Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It
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.[26] Principal photography for the third and final installment was scheduled to begin in October 2012, but was pushed back to March 2013;[27] filming began on March 17, 2013.[28] On April 20, 2013, the production moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where filming took place at Parliament Hill during the 4/20 weekend.[29][30] 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.[31] 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.[32]

Live in Fuckin’ Dublin[edit]
While touring the Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show, footage from the trio’s May 9, 2013 performance at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland 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 Pole[edit]
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.

DVD releases[edit]
Alliance Home Entertainment has released all seven seasons of the original run of Trailer Park Boys on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Episodes Release date
The Complete First and Second Seasons 13 May 27, 2003[33]
The Complete Third Season 8 April 6, 2004[34]
The Complete Fourth Season 8 April 12, 2005[35]
Christmas Special 1 November 15, 2005[36]
The Complete Fifth Season 10 May 9, 2006[37]
The Complete Sixth Season 6 May 8, 2007[38]
The Complete Seventh Season 10 May 6, 2008[39]
The Complete Series 55 June 16, 2009[40]
The Complete Collection 55 October 11, 2011[41]
Dressed All Over (The Complete Collection) 55 eps., 2 specials and 2 films November 5, 2013[42]
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.[43] 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.[44]

In January 2009, the boys were in character at selected 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 2011. The series was given an order of six episodes. The actors also served as writers and executive producers for the series.[45]

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.[46] 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.[47]

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 and final Trailer Park Boys film. Filming began in March 2013 and ended in late April. The film was released in Canadian theaters on April 18, 2014.

Two Trailer Park Boys actors and one guest star died in early 2013; Brian Huggins, who portrayed Shitty Bill, in March,[48] and both Richard Collins[49] and guest star Rita MacNeil[50]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,[51] 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 8 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 27, 2013, Smith confirmed on Twitter that a ninth season will go into production in spring of 2014. Although creator Mike Clattenburg, along with producers Barrie Dunn and Michael Volpe, are not involved, they gave their blessings to the trio and are credited as the original creators on the revived series.

On March 5, 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.[3]

A new 80-minute special titled Trailer Park Boys: Live In Fuckin’ Dublin debuted on June 1, 2014, exclusively on Netflix.[citation needed]

On September 1, 2014, Netflix announced that season 8 of Trailer Park Boys will be available on September 5.

On November 15, 2014, Netflix released a new 90-minute special, titled Trailer Park Boys: Live at the North Pole.

Season 9 of Trailer Park Boys was made available on March 27, 2015.[citation needed]

On June 1, 2015, Swearnet officially announced that the production of Season 10 is underway.[52]

On December 9, 2015, a new 75-minute special debuted on Netflix, titled Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High, and Unemployed Live In Austin.

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 October 28, 2016, Trailer Park Boys Out of the Park: Europe was made available to stream on Netflix with 8 episodes.

On February 22, it was announced that Season 11 would air March 31, 2017.

On March 31, 2017, Season 11 aired.

On April 20, 2017, an animated greasy and 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.

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 ever on the show.

On November 7, 2017, the cast announced through social media that “Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA” will be available on Netflix on November 24th, 2017. This is the second season in the “Out of the Park” spin-off series.

As of July, 2018, no announcements have been made regarding future production, leading to speculation that the series will take a hiatus or perhaps return as an animated production. The Trailer Park Boys Podcast and live appearances continue.

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