Trailer Park Boys

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
In cult comedy, guys sell pot, make poor choices.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

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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 & Representations

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


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.



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

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bychristine2281 October 23, 2015
Adult Written bySBC2000 November 23, 2020
Teen, 16 years old Written bystartrekfordays April 11, 2021

Immature and vulgar, but packed with hilarious fun and plenty of charm.

Listen: This show is not for everyone. At first, I saw it as a raunchy, unfunny piece of trash. I hated the stupid characters, the drugs, the language, the guns... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLeonvol February 3, 2021

Incredible show

I really think this is one of the best shows ever. The whole show is funny, when you see the show you just laugh.

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?

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 Elliot 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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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