Trailer Park Boys

Common Sense Media says

In cult comedy, guys sell pot, make poor choices.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are usually repercussions, including jail time, for the boys' actions -- but it doesn't stop them from breaking the law again and again.

Positive role models

The boys have an oddly supportive friendship that's ruled by codependence, but neither is someone you'd want your kids emulating. Most characters have serious flaws.

Violence

Violence includes fighting, punching, and kicking. Many characters carry (and fire) handguns and threaten each other with weapons. 

Sex

Characters talk about sex and make sexually charged comments, but actual nudity is blurred. A minor characters makes amateur porn films involving trailer park residents.

 

Language

Unbleeped swearing includes words like "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The boys run an illegal "grow-op" throughout the series, selling pot to trailer park residents and sometimes smoking it themselves. Julian drinks rum and Coke by the tumblerful (even while driving), and Ricky guzzles vodka and other hard liquor.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Trailer Park Boys focuses on a pair of mobile home-dwelling buddies with prison records and a history of iffy behavior -- from armed robbery to bootlegging to selling drugs. They're often seen drinking hard liquor from open containers, and they run an illegal "grow-op" selling pot for most of the series. Unbleeped language flows freely in the form of "f--k" and "s--t," and violence includes gun-toting and some gang activity. There's sexual content, too, including amateur porn with blurred-out nudity.

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What's the story?

Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Ricky (Robb Wells) are TRAILER PARK BOYS, longtime friends who can't seem to escape the cycle of crime that keeps them stuck in the Sunnyvale Trailer Park. And, although they're constantly trying to figure out their lives, their string of shady business deals -- from bootlegging to drug-pushing -- always leads them back to the same place: home. Other residents include Bubbles (Mike Smith), a bespectacled loner who repairs shopping carts for a living, and trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth), a former police officer who's the boys' biggest nemesis.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Inspired by creator Mike Clattenburg's 1999 film of the same name, Trailer Park Boys is a cult comedy that originally aired on Canadian television and, in later seasons, found its way to streaming providers. It's an acquired taste for sure, but the show's success attracted Canadian stars such as Ellen Page, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, and Alex Lifeson of Rush and at one point even saw the show's central trio sharing a stage -- in character, of course -- with Guns N' Roses.

Older teens might well be drawn to the show's outlandish plot lines and quirky characters, particularly Bubbles, who proved to be the breakout star. (Also, the ability to stream the series will make binging awfully tempting.) But parents should be aware that, if their kids watch, they'll be cheering on two serial mess-ups who make terrible role models.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Trailer Park Boys' use of stereotypes. When does a caricature go from being funny to being offensive? Where do you draw the line?

  • What are the risks of using crime, drug use, and socioeconomic stereotypes as a punch line? Does poking fun at people who make iffy choices downplay the consequences of their behavior?

  • How does Trailer Park Boys compare with other mockumentaries? What does it do differently, and does it work?

TV details

Cast:Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells
Network:Online
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCheeseburger743 March 12, 2015
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

It's not as bad as you think

It has some violence but pretty minor. The sexual themes are mostly from a character who shows up like once every season. When he is there the porn videos are not seen, nether discussed much. Quite a bit of language but no worse than call of duty. The characters deal pot sometimes but it is not seen.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymasterofpigeons March 11, 2015
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

It's pretty funny...once you get past the swearing and drug usage.

It's a hilarious character-related humor show…if you're old enough to handle f bombs every other sentence, marijuana usage and alcohol drinking, gun usage and some slapstick-esque type of humor. If you're not comfortable with the aforementioned things, find another show to watch.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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