Park Boys (BBC America)
Trailer Park Boys is a popular Canadian sitcom/mockumentary focusing
on the misadventures of ex-convicts living in a fictional 'Sunnyvale
Trailer Park', located near Halifax, Nova Scotia. The show's creator and
director is Mike Clattenburg, best known for his work on this and 'This
Hour Has 22 Minutes'. Clattenburg is no stranger to CBC Television, having
previously directed a number of productions for CBC, including 'Pit Pony',
'Street Cents', 'The Bette Show' and a variety of segments for 'Sesame
‘Trailer Park Boys’ has been aired on BBC America and is apparently
among the network's highest rated Canadian series.
Well that's the nuts and bolts taken care of, but how did our deputy editor
feel about the show?
"This Canadian comedy series has apparently been touted as The
Office from the other side of the pond.
Although it would be incredibly easy (not to mention overwhelmingly lazy)
for me to agree with that sentiment, the fact is that Trailer Park
Boys bears absolutely NO resemblance to Ricky Gervais comic
masterpiece whatsoever, except that it is filmed in a mockumentary
style. It actually reminded me more of Kevin Smiths Clerks
and Mallrats movies.
The reason I bring that up is because I feel it is something of an insult
to both parties to compare them with each other at all. The Office
was gut burstingly funny in a cringemaking I cant believe
he just said that kind of way, and those who didnt find it
at least a LITTLE bit funny must have been born without a funny bone.
Trailer Park Boys however, whilst amusing in places, is a
far more tongue in cheek affair; in fact in some places its downright
serious. I know there are some folk who believe this to be the funniest
programme of all time, but to be honest, I dont think I laughed
out loud once.
Thats not to say I didnt like it I found it quite fascinating,
and am certainly intrigued to see more. I think perhaps I need to get
to know the characters before it has any kind of laughing
gas effect on me.
The basic premise of the series, for those of you whove not seen
it yet, centres around Ricky (Robb Wells) and Julian (John Paul Trembley)
whose lives were shaped growing up in Sunnyvale Trailer Park. Both have
just been released from jail after eighteen months inside, and most of
the episodes focus on those twos exploits since their return.
So, take my advice. Do NOT approach this as Canadas answer to The
Office. If you do, you are likely to hate it. Take it as an original
work in its own right however, and youll take great pleasure in
watching this pairs antics and be left wanting more.."