7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Trailer Park Boys


Season 8 of Canada’s favorite mockumentary, , premiers Friday, September 5th on Netflix. It’s been seven years since Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles have made a new season of the show, though they’ve released specials and films since then.

1. It Was One Of The First Mockumentary TV Shows In The Modern Era, Predating The UK version of

While certainly didn’t invent the mockumentary style, he did bring it to the attention of the people in charge of green lighting TV shows. After the massive success of US version of The Office, there were tons of new mockumentary style TV shows. But what you don’t know is, The Trailer Park Boys premiered on Canada’s Showcase channel 3 months before The Office on April 22nd, 2001. Series creator, Mike Clattenburg, made a short mockumentary film called “One Last Shot”, which he eventually devolped into the show.


 

2.  A 15 Year Old Ellen Page Shows Up In Season 2

Way before Hard Candy, Juno and X-Men, a young Canadian girl by the name of Ellen Page showed up in the second season of Trailer Park Boys as Sunny Vale Trailer Park Supervisor Jim Lehey’s daughter. She hasn’t shown her face since and no real references have been made to her since. Which is probably for the best since her “dad”, Jim Lehey, turned into a insane, bisexual, alcoholic, weed smoking mad man in later seasons.


 

3.  The Actors Who Played Trevor & Corey Left They Show Because They Were Being Treated Like Their Characters In Real Life

These two characters, who were fan favorites, were the moronic lackeys to Ricky and Julian for the first six seasons of the show. They dissapeared mysteriously between seasons and no one knew what happened. Eventually, the actor who portrayed Trevor, Michael Jordan, posted a blog telling their side of the story. They blamed shitty pay and mistreatment as to why they eventually decided to leaved, calling out the producers of the show.

http://saintjohnshawn.com/2007/06/13/trailer-park-boys-what-really-happened-to-corey-and-trevor/


 

4.  Jim Lahey Is A Shakespearean Trained Actor

John Dunsworth, who plays Jim Lahey Trailer Park Supervisor, wasn’t always the mad man he seems like on television. Before linking up with series creator Mike Clattenburg, Dunsworth was immersed in local theater in Halifax and created his own playhouse.


 

5.   Series Creator Mike Clattenburg Has Nothing To Do With This New Season

The guy who started it all won’t be with the boys this time around. The rights to the show were bought from him by Ricky, Julian and Bubbles so now this new season is totally in their hands. Mike gave them his blessing. They all became writers on the show as the seasons went on so have some solace in that.

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6.  Bubbles Had His Own Bar In Halifax Called Bubbles Mansion

In 2006, Mike Smith – who plays Bubbles, opened his own bar based on the character and show called Bubbles Mansion. By 2010 it closed down. They blamed the city ordinance that banned them from charging $1 for drinks in downtown Halifax. After the price sky rocketed to $2.50, they could no longer compete. If only anyone in Halifax had a job, maybe the business could of flourished.

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7.  They Built Their Own Trailer Park To Shoot The Show In

The first few seasons were shot in trailer parks around Nova Scotia until so many complaints built up against them that they weren’t allowed to come back to film. They ended up buying a plot of land for season 5 and constructing their own trailer park set in the actors home town. During the hiatus between seasons that set is no longer around and they ended shooting this new season in a trailer park in Truro, Nova Scotia. Lets hope they can control themselves this time.

 

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30 Comments

  1. Binary Daoist

    September 5, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Break out the hot knives

  2. youfuckinguys

    September 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I highly doubt Shakespeare trained that guy, Hicks.

  3. XTallOne

    September 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

    @youfuckinguys Double, double toil and trouble.  Fire burn and cauldron bubble and shit tornadoes are a coming.  Yes they are.

  4. tripleogtim

    September 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Season 8 was great

  5. RonsCigar

    September 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Fact #8: Pepper Hicks is an honorary Trailer Park Boy

  6. Saskopite

    September 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    J-Roc is the Tito of trailer parks

  7. iamwhatiseem

    September 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    One Last SHot is not the name of the first pilot. So your first “fact” is erroneous.
    One Last Shot is a short film that Mike filmed that he did not like, and to this day refuses to release.
    One Last Shot, according to Dunsworth barely resembles TPB. The Pilot was Mike taking his developing idea in another direction, that eventually became TPB.

  8. Beer

    September 5, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Hash hockey !!!

  9. JamesRademacher

    September 6, 2014 at 2:16 am

    “These Carts are public domain Ricky”

  10. FrankCeranko

    September 6, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Heres a fact.. Trevors name is Michael Jackson not Jordan… Wrong celebrity.

  11. iamwhatiseem

    September 6, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Here’s another fact, everyone knows they built their own trailer park.

  12. deliciousv

    September 6, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    there are WAY more than 7 things that I don’t know about this mess

  13. sterlingblue

    September 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Conky is the single greatest puppet character in the history of television.

  14. thedaringdragoon

    September 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Could HAVE, not could OF. Come on, have some integrity.

  15. comeon

    September 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Interrobang Staff,
    Do yourself a favour, and SPELL CHECK before you publish posts. This is pitiful, embarrasingly bad writing.

  16. DanStevens

    September 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    FrankCeranko I was going to say something about that. I doubt this writer ever watched the show.

  17. joe kunt

    March 30, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Oh the irony of your post…. You don’t even realize how many errors you’ve made in your attempt to flame the writers. One of them was even A FUCKING SPELLING ERROR! You are a miserable jackass.

  18. Your Mom

    May 18, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    @joe kunt “favour” is the correct Canadian spelling.

  19. gogglez

    June 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Great subject. Weak writing.

  20. sk11

    July 18, 2015 at 1:15 am

    @Your Mom He’s talking about embarrassingly is missing an ‘s.’

  21. BuffBrew

    September 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Why hasn’t anybody asked what happened to their $485,000 they made in season 7? Season 8 they’re broke again. Why!?!?!?

  22. Noname

    November 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    This was answered in “say good night to the bad guy”

  23. James Agnew

    February 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Nova Scotia Represent, yasss.

  24. James Agnew

    February 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    @youfuckinguys I seriously hope you got smarter since September 2014, It didn’t say he was trained by Shakespeare himself, he’s a trained Shakespearean, which means he specializes in William Shakespeare’s work (meaning he is trained to perform in plays inspired and created by Shakespeare), seriously though, do your research first, you mindless internet junkie.

  25. MarcChisholm

    April 1, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Humour me, stupid TMZ writer and tell me what the unemployment rate is is Halifax? It’s nice that you threw in, “if anyone in Halifax had a job”. Their unemployment rate is about the same as the American unemployment rate. 5-6%, good job at being an ass.

  26. crabbo

    June 3, 2016 at 8:08 am

    @thedaringdragoon yeah really, you pom wanna-bes are closer to the fuckin english language for fuck’s sake

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    June 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Sarah, of “Sarah and Lucy”, is the daughter of Jim Layhe.

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  29. trailerparkboyFAN4eve

    July 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Lol Hes obvisously talking bout real life and plus why is everyone sayin you spelt that wrong you spell goodnight anyway you want there saying that cause you put a space between good and night whitch is nothing

  30. trailerparkboyFAN4eve

    July 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Nvm i thought you were talking to guy here but i still dont know what your saying i still didnt see no spelling mistakes at all ???? Except for he spelt leave leaved whitch i dont think its spelt like that and i even had a second at every single word so yeah no spelling mistake