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"Listen, Ricky, you're only at school for one reason, and that's to sell drugs."


A black comedy mockumentary set in a trailer park called Sunnyvale in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (outside Halifax).

The show revolves around Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles, two career criminals and their orphaned childhood friend, respectively, and their misadventures as they pursue various get-rich-quick schemes besides growing and selling weed. Once in a while they branch out into legitimate business, usually for misguided reasons or with illegal methods.

The three are constantly at odds with the drunken trailer park supervisor (but not owner) Mr. Lahey and his sidekick Randy. Mr. Lahey, an ex-cop, is determined to send the boys back to jail permanently and thereby regain his lost standing, while balancing his alcoholism and the destruction of his personal life. Also residing in Sunnyvale is Lucy, Ricky's on-again-off-again girlfriend and mother to his daughter Trinity; Cory and Trevor, roommates used as lackeys and scapegoats by the boys; Ray, Ricky's father and a fake paraplegic; and J-Roc and T, two would-be rappers.


The show is considered to be a classic of Canadian culture, and the fact that the show received funding from the Canadian government is testament to its following, as is the fact that the likenesses of the Boys can be seen in bars and public attractions across the country.

Following a mishap with mushrooms at the end of season 12, the show became animated and is now Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series.

The original seven seasons aired in Canada on Showcase Television; the show was picked up by Netflix who produced an additional five seasons plus several movies and the animated series. Several characters also make their own shows on the side, available on the SwearNet website (though most of the episodes are locked behind a paid subscription).


A man's gotta trope, Mr. Lahey:

  • Adam Westing: Alex Lifeson as a homeless, down on his luck version of himself in Out Of The Park: USA
  • Aesop Amnesia: Ricky would have this constantly if Julian and Bubbles didn't keep reminding him of their past disasters. Done comically in Live from Fuckin' Dublin. On the way to Dublin, the customs agent lets them through without pressing them (even giving Julian an excuse for taking booze through customs by pointing out that he's carrying a fake mixed drink to stay in character), then offhandedly asks as a joke if Ricky has any drugs. Ricky immediately admits he does, under the impression that "anything you take with you on a private jet is your private property". This puts them in a lot of hot water and ruins Bubbles' chance to see Rush live, which was the whole point of going there. After they get back home, they go through Canadian customs, and this time, they get through with no problems... until, at the very last second, the agent, even more jokingly than the agent in Dublin, asks Ricky if he has any drugs, and again Ricky openly admits it, again citing a law he made up in his head (this time, it's "we didn't bring back any more than we left with, so they cancel out").
  • The Alleged Car:
    • The "Shitmobile" (1975 Chrysler New Yorker 4 door hardtop... well, 3 door hardtop now). The driver's side front door doesn't open, the passenger side front door is missing entirely, and it requires a specific method of key turning to start it. It breaks down periodically, but is also shown to be nigh indestructible. The boys have knocked down parking meters and even walls with it, and still been able to drive away. In an AMA on Reddit, the boys acknowledged the car did give them actual problems (the brakeline once broke while shooting it driving down an actual street), but still runs to this day.
    • Most of the cars in the show start out in good condition, but usually end up this way by the end of the season. Mr. Lahey's car ended up providing parts for the Shitmobile at the end of one season. In a later season, Randy steps out of the trailer to see Lahey passed out drunk in the front seat with the roof of the car completely gone (and this car isn't a convertible). Despite this, none of the characters have any problems driving it. Funny enough, after Lahey becomes a cop again, his cop car also loses its roof.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The concept of Swish (an alcoholic drink distilled from old liquor barrels) has to be something created for the show, right? Nope. Swish is very real, and it's just as nasty as the show makes it out to be.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • The show is set in modern day, but much of the things in the show are very outdated. Most of the cars are from the 80s, when the boys play video games on occasion its always an older system like the SNES, and even when they get cell phones they are always many years out of date. You can just chalk it up to being poor and unable to afford newer things.
    • Although it must be noted that Bubbles has always had an internet connection and a decent computer in his shed since nearly the beginning.
  • Arc Words: "Greasy" is often used as an adjective to describe criminal activities, and the criminals doing said activities, much the same way one would use "shady" or "sketchy".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the episode Jim Lahey is a Fuckin' Drunk and He Always Will Be there is a brilliant self-parody of the boys' proclivity to mix crime with ridiculous bullshit:
    Randy: Hey boys, we got a complaint that someone is gettin' high, drunk, and playing space in the middle of the street.
  • Artistic License – Law: Common throughout the series
    • In season 3 a judge allows Ricky to smoke in court. In real life a judge cannot authorize an illegal action, even a minor one like smoking in a public building. Also while Ricky proved there wasn't enough evidence to convict them of stealing gas(except Cory and Trevor) but they were still guilty of operating an illegal gas station and public endangerment(Ricky smoking while working with gasoline) but neither of these are mentioned by the judge.
    • Erica(the cop Julien dates in season 3) wouldn't have the option to let Ricky and Julian off with a warning when they were caught with stolen property since it was an active investigation.
    • The boys put on a rap concert on J-Roc's mom's property, with the justification that the property is owned rather than leased. The problem is the property is still not zoned for such an outdoor event, and the boys don't have a licence to dispense the alcohol.
    • The way Lahey and Randy get their jobs back in season 4. You can't take over another person's job because of a wager.
    • In the first episode of season 5 Sarah has a peace bond put in place to keep Ricky at minimum 50 feet from Cory and Trevor. This isn't possible for 3 reasons: 1. At the time Ricky hadn't threatened Cory and Trevor or harmed them so there was no grounds for the bond. 2. Sarah isn't C&T's legal guardian and can't have a peace bond placed on their behalf. 3. A Canadian peace bond would be measured in metres, not feet.
    • Season 6 has Randy evicting park residents without following proper legal procedure ie proper notice and multiple written warnings.
    • A minor example, Officer Ted is seen shopping in Cory and Trevor's "convenients" store, despite it being an illegal business that was confirmed on television to sell loose cigarettes(selling cigarettes at all without a tobacco licence is illegal) and bootleg DVDs.
    • Lahey wouldn't be automatically reinstated to the force just because the original complaint against him was debunked, especially since he's served time in both prison and a mental institution since being fired(either of which would automatically disqualify him from police service). His real recourse would have been a lawsuit to compensate for lost wages.
    • The same episode has Lahey sign a peace agreement agreeing to let the boys grow dope. Contracts allowing illegal activities can't be enforced.
      • However, this was probably an informal "contract" between Lahey and the boys in that he'd turn a blind eye to any illegal activity if he was the only one to witness it - he mentions in Season 7 that the rest of the local police department senses something is suspicious and has been pressuring Lahey to crack down on the boys with search warrants.
      • It was clearly shown to be a written contract in the season 6 finale as a scene showed Bubbles having Mr. Lahey sign it. Also there would be nothing to hold him to an informal agreement.
    • This episode also has the surveillance tapes Randy stole from Lahey stated by the police to be unusable due to being removed illegally from private property. This would only apply if the Randy was acting as an agent if the police, which he wasn't as Ted was unaware of his actions. At most Mr Lahey or Barb could have pressed charges against Randy for breaking and entering, but the evidence would still be admissible.
    • Similar to Mr Lahey's reinstatement mentioned above, George Green and Ted Johnson could not be reinstated to the police force after being convicted of assault, especially when it was a case of police brutality. Made even more ridiculous in season 11 where it's revealed that George has become the new chief of the local police. So he not only got promoted despite his criminal record and poor reputation, he went through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief in roughly 2 years, after being a beat cop since at least 1977.
    • Season 10 has Barb taking Julian to court contesting Jim's sale of his shares in Sunnyvale to Julian. Only Jim could contest the sale unless he was mentality incompetent and Barb was his guardian,and those shares would revert back to Jim, not Barb, if the sale was deemed illegal. Also even if the sale was voided, Julian would still own the shares he legally obtained from Barb at the end of season 8 and owned throughout season 9, while Jim would still own the majority of the park. Instead they act as if Julian now owns 100% of the park(without explaining how he obtained Barb's shares) and Barb is somehow awarded full ownership after the court case despite Julian and Jim still legally owning the shares they obtained attend end of season 8.
    • Season 10 also seems to flipflop on whether or not Sunnyvale is private property. Julian's lawyer says he can arrange for the park to be made private property, however the fact that Ricky and Lahey barred from the park in season 9 would indicate that the park is already private, and indeed the fact that the park can be owned implies it to be so.
    • In the court case against Barb the judge forces the proceedings to go ahead dispite Julian's lawyer being unavailable, and she openly acuses Julian of misconduct, showing she was far from impartial. At the very least Julian would have a guaranteed appeal.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Tom Arnold appears As Himself in Season 10 and his character is a huge fanboy of the in-universe show. He shows up dressed like Ricky, gets a kick out of Ricky's stupidity (particularly the Rickyisms), and is extremely excited about getting to ride in the Shitmobile and go cart salvaging with Bubbles. He also pays $10,000 to bang Lucy, but they end up not going through with it.
  • As Himself: Alex Lifeson of Rush (the rest of the band cameos) in Closer to the Heart, Rita Mc Neil in the season 4 finale and Sebastian Bach throughout season 7. Snoop Dogg, Tom Arnold, and Doug Benson appear in the later episodes of season 10.
    • The aforementioned Bach and Lifeson appear in Out Of The Park: USA, along with Tommy Chong, Tony and Riley Hawk, Johnny Reid, Tom Green and Verne Troyer
  • Ass Shove: In season 9, Randy gets a drunken Col. Dancer to submit by shoving his thumb up Dancer's ass. Or as Bubbles calls it, "checking his oil."
  • Asshole Victim: Arguably Lahey's entire job description.
  • Back Story: How Julian and Ricky first got sent to jail, what happened to Bubbles' parents.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • Mr. Lahey at the end of Countdown to Liquor Day, but it's definitely a pyrrhic victory. It's implied he'll eventually kill himself with the liquor. After he falls into the pool, it shows how he has no control over himself anymore and nearly drowns. He`s got nobody to care for him anymore because he nearly killed everyone he knows, everyone wants him dead and there`s no way he can show his face in public again. The boys are getting out of jail in 2 weeks, Bubbles has a girlfriend and every loose end is tied up. The bad guy does not win: he becomes a pariah and the "protagonists" are going to be okay.
    • Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys ends with Lahey successfully getting his rivals thrown in prison on what are, by the standards of the show, technicalities.
    • The end of Season 5, with Lahey successfully extorting several thousand dollars from Julian, ruining their plans to sell a massive amount of hash, almost getting them killed in a gunfight, getting Ray, Ricky, Julian, Corey and Trevor sent to jail (J-Roc and T go as well, briefly) and getting an award for bravery from the police.
  • Big Beautiful Man:
    • Randy is frequently derided for being perennially shirtless and having a large hairy gut, but he is seen to be attractive and romantically involved with many characters. There is of course Jim Lahey. Barb Lahey is seen to be checking out Randy while he is working and briefly is in a three-way relationship with Jim and Randy. Lucy and Randy have several rendezvous throughout the series and even have a love child together. Randy also dates Officer Ted in season six. He is also seen to have several signed photographs from male celebrities from his days as "Smokey."
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • In one episode, "Zesty Mordant". "Mordant" is "zesty" in Quebec French, and is drawn in the episode from snack food.
    • In Canada, a variety of Doritos are called the "Zesty Cheese" flavour, and due to Canadian labeling laws, the label has to also show the French version, so the label is fun to read as Zesty Mordant.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Season 8, amazingly. Yep, the boys end up getting sent to prison, just after they're able to conjure up enough money from the oil sale to save the park. But for once, Lahey manages to FINALLY get his comeuppance for all the times he's fucked over the boys and gets arrested too.
    Ricky: Lahey is lucky he's not in general population, or I would have a fucking piece of him already.
    • Season 10. After Barb gets the park back, Julian talks Barb into not evicting the gang after all - just him, as penance for his Jerkass behavior over the past year. Even post-prison Barb doesn't have the heart to turn this down, so Lahey and Randy get reinstated, the gang party together after Trinity and Jacob's wedding, and Julian just quietly leaves town.
    • The earliest example came from season 2 though there’s an emphasis on the ’sweet’ part. Ricky and Julian are back in jail but only got a two month sentence and Ricky gets his grade 10. To top it all off, Freedom 35 was a complete success, so the boys will have a lot of money waiting for them when they get out.
    • Season 3 ends with Julian getting arrested and missing out on the cruise, although Bubbles, Lucy, Sarah, Cory and Trevor all enjoy themselves. Ricky also bonds with Trinity and takes over the trailer park supervisor job while Lahey is in jail.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Just ask the unfortunate victim of Steve French.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Bubbles.
  • Berserk Button: Several
    • Calling Ricky stupid or, in the early seasons, insulting his lack of Grade 10. He also hates being called "Reveen". He loathes squirrels just as much as being called "Reveen", because they eat his dope plants and cause electrical fires that wreck half his trailer.
    • Sam Losco has a few, but mostly being called a Caveman.
    • Lahey-Don't insult Randy when he's around.
    • Julian is arguably the most level-headed person on the show, but referring to him as Patrick Swayze will just lead to a very bad day for the person who says it.
      • Additionally, when the Trailer Park Association President refers to him as an "alkie" he completely flips and tells Ricky (who'd he'd been trying to control) to go ahead and do whatever.
    • Anyone who insults or threatens Bubbles will soon face the wrath of both Julian and Ricky, especially the former.
    • Even though Bubbbles is usually the Only Sane Man, harming his kitties or calling him a "Googly-Eyed Bastard" makes him go nuts.
  • Book-Ends: The seasons, and then the movies, always begin and end with scenes in the jail.
  • Boring, but Practical: Growing and selling weed. As Sarah puts it in the first season, Ricky has had a winning scheme for years: Scrounge up enough cash to buy some weed, use the weed to make brownies, sell the brownies, invest the money in a grow-op and reap major rewards. Problems only come up when the boys start using guns. Subsequent seasons showed Sarah to be absolutely right. Every season where the boys grew dope ended with them earning a massive amount of money but also ended with them arrested for a different crime.
  • Breather Episode: Season 6 — which features a scant 6 episodes of relatively low-key plots — feels like a breather season, coming off the intense S5 (which featured the boys at their most broke, desperate and given to infighting, plus several gunfights) and preceding the over-the-top plot of S7. Somewhat of a case of Real Life Writes the Plot, as it was shot immediately after the first movie, and both the filming resources and the crew were exhausted.
  • Broke Episode: More or less every episode, really. Season 5 has them especially broke, with the boys being so destitute that they can barely scrounge up food and liquor (eating things like bread crusts soaked in bacon grease; a deleted scene shows them trying to choke down cat food) and even the normally stable Julian is forced to sleep in a tent next to the Shitmobile.
  • Bumbling Dad: Ricky, who clearly loves Trinity, and does his best to support her, even if his best isn't that great.
  • The Bus Came Back: Corey comes back after he and Trevor were released from the mental institution. They visited New York, where Trevor got on a subway train before Corey and the train left without him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Corey and Trevor.
    • To the Point where the actors portraying the two left the show because they felt mistreated.
    • If Corey and Trevor aren't getting beaten up or wounded, Ricky is.
  • Canada, Eh?:
    • Very much so. The accents, plus the love of Rush and hockey...
    • They also use a lot of local Halifax-area slang in the dialogue. "Con college" is apparently a Haligonian (a term used to describe a resident of Halifax) term for jail.
      • In The Delusions of Officer Jim Lahey, Lahey says "let's go to the LC." "LC," as most anyone from Nova Scotia can tell you, is the slang term for the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (NSLC).
    • There's also the scenes at the King of Donairs pizza place and several appearances in The Movie from Propeller, a microbrew from Halifax.
    • "Jesus Murphey" is also used sometimes.
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • For the most part, the Pilot Movie seems to fall under this, except for part of the ending which was referenced in the beginning of the first episode. Among other things, Julian was addicted to cocaine, Randy was a different person, and Bubbles didn't seem to exist. It's also worth noting that (perhaps because Bubbles didn't exist) the Boys were more prone to, well, Kicking the Dog and therefore were much more monstrous and unsympathetic characters, whose primary employment was being hired by people to kill their neighbours' pets.
    • The Christmas Special seems to also Retcon parts of the first season, most notably Bubbles's shed (the original burnt down in season two, but this special takes place nearly three years before that and yet uses the new one).
    • Most everything in the movies and specials don't seem to count towards the "regular" continuity. The first theatrical movie was essentially just redone plots of the series, Leahy's departure from the park for the tropics and break up with Randy (from Countdown) seemed to have never happened, and Bubble's parent's bus home from Don't Legalize It is completely absent from Season 8.
      • The one thing that could possibly point to some level of continuity between Don't Legalize It and Season 8 is the tremendous amount of weed Ricky has at the season's opening, as he was granted a government permit to grow weed at the end of Don't Legalize It and talks in Season 8's first episode about enjoying his "retirement."
    • Bubbles and Ricky were antagonistic toward each other in the first few episodes. As the show went on, this was quietly dropped and the backstory became the two (along with Julian) were always best buds since grade school. Then, you could easily chalk up the Bubble/Ricky friction as them having a spat.
    • Lahey's daughter seemed to fall under this after her appearances in Season 2. She's never seen or mentioned again, even after Barb moves in with him and Randy. Probably because Elliot Page played her and his career was taking off at the time.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Averted. The guys actually fairly effective small-time criminals, helped in no small part by Lahey's incompetence. What usually chucks them in jail is either their ambition exceeding their capabilities, or sheer bad luck.
  • Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': At the end of season four, Ricky decides "fuck it" and tries to go to jail. First he throws beer bottles at the cop shop shouting to be arrested. He proceeds to break into a liquor store and rob it, drunk-drive to a parking lot, informing a crowd of passers-by of the list of crimes he's committed and begging them to call the police, only to be thwarted again when he then starts firing a handgun he has illegally into the air and the bystanders run away. Finally, he takes a stolen truck, chains it to an ATM, goes up to the security camera, announces his name and intention to go to jail, then rips the ATM out and drags it back to the park. When the ATM is opened, Julian, Lahey and Randy get covered in dye and get arrested, and Ricky becomes park supervisor.
  • Captain's Log: Being a mock-reality show, the characters frequently appear in "interview" segments throughout the episodes, describing the events of the episode, or their motivations to the camera crew.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Cyrus has "Fuck off, I got work to do."
    • Courtesy of the Collins' family: "Baaaaaaaaam!!!"
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: "Who's The Microphone Assassin" sees this happen to J-Roc, and he doesn't handle it so well. "Turn that shit off, muthafucka!!!"
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
  • Celebrity Paradox: A Mind Screwy mid-credits scene at the end of the movie SwearNet has Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles meeting with their own actors to sign a contract for the eighth season, despite the movie already establishing that they are in fact the actors who play Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles on Trailer Park Boys. This scene is apparently canon, since it is directly referenced in the first episode of said season.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The majority of the cast, but especially Danny, the screaming dude who never appears on screen.
  • Coming-Out Story:
    • When Ricky's car crashes into their trailer, Randy and Mr. Lahey emerge dressed as a bumblebee and Indiana Jones, respectively. Explanations soon follow.
    • And in season one, Julian found Randy and Lahey dressed up in similar costumes, and promised not to tell anyone (a promise he kept).
  • Cold Reading: Ricky uses this as one of his methods to trick cops. He asks if they know Jim (because almost everybody knows a Jim) and pretends to be a mutual acquaintance, resulting in the cop letting them go.
  • Compensating for Something: In one episode, Ricky drives into a Dodge Ram with a giant lift kit and smoke stacks, which he claims are only driven by hobbits. Sure enough, the owner climbs down and is a very short man.
  • Cool Car: Julian's Monte Carlo, which he stole from Dennis and Terry. He initially balked at the obnoxious spinning rims it has and was reluctant to steal it (and be seen driving it) even though they needed to make a quick getaway, but overtime he comes to really like it, which of course is cue for something bad to happen to it.
  • Courtroom Antic: Any time Ricky is in a courtroom. Besides interrupting people with no regard for legal process, it's established that he simply cannot think clearly unless he can smoke and swear, enough so that a judge allows him to do both in court so he can properly make his arguments. This gets a Call-Back in Live from Fuckin' Dublin, where he swears in a courtroom in Ireland, prompting the judge to tell him to "stop fucking swearing", but both him and the judge do so for the rest of scene, and the judge rants at Ricky about how he should have bought drugs in Ireland and helped their economy instead of bringing them in.
  • Crapsack World: A lot of the show's darkness comes from the fact that if the various characters weren't suffering from a variety of crippling emotional and personal problems, they'd all probably be a lot happier, though season two takes the cake when the boys return from prison to find the park a disaster area.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Bubbles, minus the "crazy" (Conky not withstanding) and minus the "lady".
  • Crossover: Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, and Randy guest starred on an episode of Epic Meal Time.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Ricky and Julian make money growing weed no problem, but whenever they bring violence and theft into the mix, they quickly end up in jail. Even discussed by Sara and Lucy in season one.
  • Daddy DNA Test: Averted. J-Roc and Tyrone both have sex with the same two women, who both get pregnant. Rather than find out who is the father of each baby and risk losing their friendship, they decide to be co-dads to both.
  • Darker and Edgier: Don't Legalize It is this relative to the preceding movies and later seasons, featuring understated humor, more emotional scenes and a somewhat bleaker tone more in line with the first two seasons. The series' trademark debauchery and antics are of course still present, but the shift in tone is still very noticeable.
  • A Day in the Limelight: We get a J-roc-centered episode in season 3, entitled "Who's The Microphone Assassin?"
  • Demonic Dummy: Conky, an old dummy that Bubbles was very attached to, to the consternation of his friends.. In season 8, Bobby Turkalino takes this role.
  • Denser and Wackier: Season 10 takes the slapstick, profanity and guest appearances to even higher levels.
  • Documentary Episode: The entire series concept.
  • Downer Ending: Pretty much all the seasons end with the boys going to jail.
  • Driven to Villainy: Lahey after it's revealed in Season 6 that when Lahey was fired from the police force for "drinking", it was actually because a young Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles trashed his cop car and accidentally doused him in liquor, and another cop happened to show up at the worst possible moment. Also counts as Create Your Own Villain. Bubbles says that up until then, Lahey used to be a really nice guy.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Seen mostly in the first season:
    • The plot centered mostly around Julian's attempt to get out of the park, put his criminal past behind him and make something of himself, with later-series-regulars Ricky, Bubbles, and Lahey relegated to supporting characters. In general, Julian's character was shown more as a blue-collar everyman haunted by his bad life decisions rather than the confident career criminal he became in later seasons. The season emphasized that a great deal of Julian's reluctance to leave the park came from his desire not to abandon Ricky, despite Ricky's consistent inability to get his life together.
    • On that note, Ricky was also played as more vulnerable and moody. His brash attitude came from a defense mechanism over being depressed at his poor lot in life, as opposed to the cocky Never My Fault swagger of later seasons.
    • Bubbles started out as a weird side character and didn't become one of the boys until season two. Lahey is also a much meeker character, getting bullied around by Cyrus in the pilot (something that later drunk Lahey wouldn't put up with).
    • While later seasons jokingly presented Canadian jail as a fun experience that Ricky actually enjoyed, it was played with quite a bit more drama in S1; Ricky mentions once that he "still has nightmares" about his last stint in prison.
    • Overall, Season 1 had a bit more of a dramatic tone mixed in with the comedy. It was still far from a dramedy, but the slower pacing sets it noticeably apart from what the series would later become. This continued through Season 2 (though the pacing picked up a bit on account of greater confidence from the actors), started moving toward more comedic elements in Season 3, and shifted to its more traditionally comedic tone by Season 4.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Season 9 has quite possibly the most upbeat ending as of yet.
  • Enfant Terrible: The Bottle Kids. They don't care who you are, they'll pelt your car or trailer with bottles.
  • Even Beggars Won't Choose It: In the movie "Don't Legalize It", Ricky says that the "house" that Bubbles' parents left him in their will (actually a rusty old school bus with furniture and appliances inside) is a piece of shit. When Bubbles reminds Ricky that he lives in a car with one door missing, Ricky matter-of-factly says "I know." Of course, Ricky is probably only saying this because he doesn't want Bubbles to decide to live there for good, away from him and Julian.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Julian. Male characters frequently comment on how he's "sexy", and it would make a great drinking game to take a shot everytime the line "I love you Julian" is uttered.
  • Everybody Knew Already: In Season 8, everyone except Randy knows from the start that Donald and Donna are the same person.
  • Everybody Smokes: Even the kids.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep":
    • Bubbles. His real name is never given on the show. The nickname is derived from his love of a bubble-making machine he had as a child (not from his bulbous glasses, as is often speculated).
    • The prequel Christmas Special has him getting the bubble maker as an adult (his parents left it for him as a Christmas present before they abandoned him as a child and he had kept it wrapped, not wanting to open it until he is with his family again, but Ricky and Julian tell him that they are his real family and convince him to finally open it). With it is a note from his mother in which she calls him Bubbles, so maybe His Name Really Is "Barkeep".
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Julian cusses Ricky out for using children to help him steal barbecues, pointing out that he's contributing to the delinquincy of minors.
    • In the second movie, J-Roc is helping the boys steal their way back onto their feet, but admonishes them when he learns they stole a sign from a church.
      J-Roc "Old people need their beans!"
    • Also in the christmas special they won't steal anything that could be a present for a kid.
  • Everyone Is Bi:
    • Canon examples, Lahey and Randy of course, and Sam Losco admitted to being with "a few dudes". Context examples, Sarah's marriage to Corey and Trevor, the "male crush" that Corey and Trevor have on Ricky and/or Julian (Trevor even at one point suggesting sucking the venom out of a snake bite on Ricky's penis, but backed off when Ricky seemed less than responsive to the idea) and there's always Sarah and Lucy.
    • Also the early episode in which Ricky wonders if he and Julian are gay. Throughout the series they remain at least 'co-dependent'.
      Ricky "I'm not gay, I love Lucy... wait a minute, maybe I am gay."
    • Every cop on the show seems to bi, if not outright gay. At one point after Lahey becomes a cop again, George Green and Ted Johnson dump a load of paperwork on him so that they can go watch Chippendale dancers all night.
    • The movie The Big Dirty has Ricky say that Lucy is "one-eighth gay", and that the reason they hooked up in the first place was because they had slept with a lot of the same girls in high school (of which Sarah was one). Of course, the movie's canon is ambiguous, as it contains several inaccuracies to the show, so it might just be an example of The Movie trying to be Hotter and Sexier.
  • Evil Debt Collector: In a rare example of the protagonists taking on this role, the Boys were forced to do this to pay their bill after Sam Losco (who was working as a veterinarian) treated a dog Julian was taking care of that ate some of Ricky's hash brownies, and patching up one of Ricky's gunshot wounds. They had to steal a riding mower belonging to a farmer who was another one of Sam's clients and owed him a lot of money...only for Ricky to get shot in the process.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: The boys will never make enough money to set themselves up for life (or if they do, they spend it all immediately), and Mr. Lahey will never get rid of them permanently. The format is played with a bit in the later seasons though— in Season 6, Lahey becomes a cop again, Randy becomes trailer park supervisor and more.
  • Faking the Dead: "Don't Legalize It" opens with Ray's funeral. At the end of the movie, Ricky receives a video tape in the mail from him saying that he's alive and living in Florida, having faked his death for the insurance money.
  • Foreshadowing: Some examples in Season 7.
    • In the first episode, the police mention someone is stealing luggage from the airport. In the second episode, we find out that it's J-Roc and Tyrone.
    • When Ray gets thrown in an American jail for trying to hire a prostitute that turned out to be an undercover cop, he writes a letter to Ricky mentioning how much cheaper cigarettes are in the US. Later in the season, when the boys are about to sell a lot of dope to Sebastian Bach, he says he couldn't get the money because his wife found out about the deal, but he can trade them for an equal value of cigarettes, which will sell in Canada for more money.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted:
    • Whenever the Boys manage to score a major drug deal, they typically either spend it all or have it stolen from them.
    • The Season Three opener has Ricky blowing his whole wad that they spent the previous season scamming (and going to jail for) in the space of the first day out of prison. Julian's doesn't last much longer.
    • At the end of one of the seasons, Cory and Trevor steal all of the money off of a huge drug deal. In the first episode of the next season, they are tricked into signing it all away.
  • A Fool for a Client:
    • Ricky mentions in prison in the first season finale that he represented himself, but he regrets not using the court appointed attorney.
    • Subverted again, albeit in another way, in the third season episode "If I Can't Smoke And Swear I'm Fucked" and in "The Big Dirty" movie when Ricky fires the court-appointed attorney and defends himself and the rest of the crew. In "If I Can't Smoke And Swear I'm Fucked", he gets the judge to acquit them all except for Cory and Trevor. In "The Big Dirty", he not only gets the judge to let them all go except for Cory and Trevor, but also convinces the judge to let them keep the money they had on them, since there was no evidence the cash was stolen.
  • Fowl-Mouthed Parrot: Talk-O the parrot says nothing but vulgar insults.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: When Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Cory and Trevor are all arrested for stealing gasoline, Ricky tricks the court into thinking that Cory and Trevor were the only ones who knew the gasoline was stolen.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Season 7, Bubbles is reading a note on a sheet of paper. At the bottom of the paper is an extra sentence that Bubbles doesn't read out loud, and is only on-screen for an instant. It reads "If you are freeze framing this on DVD your fucked!"
  • Fully Automatic Clip Show: In the first episode of season 7, Corey and Trevor are in a mental institution, a fact being kept secret from the boys. Ricky is pissed that they ran off, and talks about how he always treated them very well. We cut to a series of clips from previous episodes showing the reality of that statement.
  • Gargle Blaster: Swish, a type of moonshine made by extracting the alcohol trapped in the wood of old liquor barrels, which Julian briefly becomes hooked on after he loses his trailer. Notable in that it's the only time in the entire series we've seen Julian actually get drunk off the liquor he's constantly holding.
    Bubbles: Swish is this old, dirty, shitty-tastin', homemade fuckin' liquor that you can... ugh, you can barely get 'er into ya, but... my fuck does it ever get ya some drunk.
  • Genius Ditz:
    • Ricky, whenever confronted by police or security, unless it's at a Hospital. He's also a master at growing marijuana and turning it into hashish. One episode also demonstrates that he's got a fairly good knowledge of the law, to the point where he actually successfully argues that he needs to smoke and curse in court to properly defend himself.
    • He once brazenly walked into an office building and stole all their furniture while everyone was still there, telling them he was a mover and new furniture was on its way. The office workers helped him move it.
    • J-Roc shuts down Lahey at one point by quoting real estate law, and in later episodes discusses his drug dealing using terms straight from business school.
    • As the show goes on, Lahey demonstrates that he's an effective hunter and trapper, even when he's drunk out of his mind. Unfortunately, his prey happens to be Ricky.
      • Whether it's true or not, Lahey firmly believes that being drunk actually makes him more competent. After all, he is the liquor. When being chastised for his drinking by Randy he often makes protests like "The liquor helps me think!" or "The liquor makes it clear!"
  • Greaser Delinquents: Cyrus styles himself after one, even though the series takes place in the 2000s.
  • Grey-and-Grey Morality:
    • While none of the characters are saints, the show never really gets that dark, nor are any of the characters that evil. Granted this is a world where firing guns never results in any casualties.
    • A case could actually be made that the show has Black-and-White Morality, just with the legal alignments flipped; the criminals are largely pretty nice people who got fucked by circumstances, whereas the people enforcing the laws are morally ambiguous at best and usually straight up Jerkasses.
  • Happy Ending Massage: In Season 9, Sarah, Donna, and Tyrone run a spa that gives out these. Tyrone isn't too happy as the clients are all old ladies, but he can't say no to the amount of cash he's raking in, as many clients request him specifically. Eventually he has a change of heart about old ladies and at the end of the season he's shown dating one.
  • Happy Ending Override: Season 7 ends with everyone on top of the world. No one is in jail, everyone is happy where they are, families are together, etc. Then the show was renewed for season 8 and returned to the usual misery.
  • Hummer Dinger: When Ricky goes to the junkyard, he crashes into a Dodge Ram with a massive lift kit and smoke stacks, which he calls ridiculous and says trucks like that are only driven by hobbits. Then two very short men climb out.
  • Human Mail: Cory and Trevor are mailed to a Snoop Dogg concert...along with lots of marijuana.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Before Bubbles introduces Ricky to Shitty Bill, he warns Ricky not to call him "Shitty Bill". When it cuts to the next scene, Bubbles amiably calls him "Shitty" several times. Thyeen again, Bubbles only said to not call him "Shitty Bill", which he never does.
    • In Out Of The Park: USA, Ricky (who lives in the one doored Shitmobile) calls Alex Lifeson's car a piece of shit
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode name is a line of dialogue from the episode.
  • I Am the Trope: Lahey in the Liquor variant. Who else?
  • Insistent Terminology: From the first movie. It's not a strip joint! it's a gentlemen's club!
  • Irony: Ricky hates going to jail, but the one time he deliberately tries to get arrested, everyone but him gets arrested instead.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Bubbles wakes up in the middle of ordering an enormous breakfast, and is very disappointed.
    Bubbles: Fuck... That was gonna be delicious.
  • Jive Turkey:
    • Sort of. J-Roc isn't actually supposed to be hip, but he thinks he is.
    • Lampshaded by Cory and Trevor "...he's just a white kid from a Trailer Park."
  • Kayfabe: The Boys are known for making public appearances in-character.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Lahey's life gets pretty miserable as the show goes on, but he's been making other people miserable for years.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Bubbles loves his kitties.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: In Season 8, Jacob gets Groin Attacked by a dog. He gets fixed up at the hospital but is told that he won't be able to have children. Later, Trinity reveals that she's pregnant. Guess who the father is.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Lahey had suffered a stroke sometime between "Countdown to Liqour Day" and "Don't Legalize It". For most of the movie he has to walk around with a cane and he doesn't have much range in his facial expressions. Somehow receiving a shock from a police taser cures him.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Most of the cast, minus the girls. Ricky wears exactly one outfit a season (track pants and a colorful shirt), Julian always wears a form fitting black muscle t-shirt and black pants (save Season 1, where he wore blue jeans), Bubbles is always in a flannel, Randy wears (nothing but) a pair of too-tight white pants, Lahey's park supervisor uniform (until he's reinstated as a cop, then he's almost never seen out of uniform).
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The last episode of season 10 sees Lahey reveal this about Ricky. Although it still remains a secret to the characters (except Barb, who was blackmailing Lahey with it all season) as the only person he told was Ricky, who was in a coma at the time.
  • Malaproper:
    • Ricky's continuous use of faulty phrases and muddled wordplay, called "Rickyisms" by the show's producers.
    • Ricky gets into an argument with Julian and Bubbles when he suggests they "put two turnips in heat", as opposed to "turn up the heat".
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Terry and Dennis walk around their house wearing open bathrobes and nothing else. It makes the boys pretty uncomfortable.
  • Meaningful Name: Ricky's daughter is named "Trinity". It's implied that she might be Julian's.
  • Memetic Badass: Invoked in Season 9 when Ricky butchers "getting the hang of this" into "getting like Hank at this". When asked who Hank is, Ricky replies that he doesn't know him personally, he's just the guy who everyone compares you to when you get good at something.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Julian tries to convince Ricky to propose to Lucy by making up a story about how everyone in the park thinks he's gay because he's been with Lucy for so long without marrying her. Ricky being as dumb as he is, is instead convinced that he's actually gay.
  • Mockumentary: The style of the filming. While it does make more of an effort to keep the believability of a camera crew following these guys around in often implausible situations (cutting to security camera footage, the cast often directly address the crew or even involve them (usually Ricky), they do often get forgotten, especially season 6 (season 7 made up for it with more of an effort to remind everyone that this is supposed to be a documentary).
  • Morality Pet: Bubbles is this for Ricky and Julian. They get really pissed off when someone upsets him. Bubbles himself has his cats.
  • The Movie: Four. Five, if you count the pilot movie. Seven if you count the TV special, "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys", and the Christmas special.
  • Never My Fault: Ricky is a master of this. In one noteable example from Season 5, it looks like he's about to apologize to Bubbles, only to end up blaming Julian, Cory and Trevor, the entire rest of the park, and Bubbles before halfheartedly mentioning that he may have been at fault as well.
  • The Nicknamer: Ricky. Especially with Randy and Lahey or anyone he doesn't like. An excellent example appears at the end of season 7 "This is Canada with drunkey the clown and his little gut friend and two alien Trevors and f*cking Jacob the twig alien and the Forest Pricks."
  • Nominal Hero: Rick and Julian occasionally go up against characters who are treated as bigger threats to the quality-of-life in the park, such as recurring villain Cyrus, or Ex-"SAS Colonel" Leslie Dancer in Season 9.
  • Obfuscating Disability:
    • Ray pretends to be in a wheelchair to receive disability money.
    • Bubbles is regularly underestimated because of his glasses by park outsiders.
  • Once a Season:
    • No matter what Julian inevitably goes to jail at the end of each season, prior to the Netflix seasons.
    • In every season from 8 to 11, Jim Lahey will at one point drink an entire 13oz mickey of hard liquor in one chug.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Shitty Bill, whose childhood accident gave him the nickname which has stuck to this day.
  • Only One Name:
    • Every regular on the show that's not related to Jim Lahey. Taken to the extreme that the boys are only referred to by their first names (or nickname in Bubble's case) in COURT.
    • When Bubbles is taken to the hospital for a tooth infection, the receptionist asks for his last name. Julian says it's "just Bubbles".
  • Only a Flesh Wound:
    • Ricky is shot in the leg by Mr. Lahey at one point and he has to wait for medical attention while the cops, Mr. Lahey, Randy and Julian all argue.
    • Ricky seems to be written for this trope. He's been shot multiple times, once with a homemade ARROW by Lahey, and at one point he was dead for 6 minutes.
      Ricky: So the fuck what if you were shot? I was DEAD you dummies. You should call a DUMBULANCE.
    • Ricky also survived being inside an exploding trailer once, even if he himself admitted that it was only because the full bathtub inside made him "fire retarded".
    • In the Countdown to Liquor Day movie, Randy is shot through the belly, but it's "only a fat wound".
  • Only Sane Man: Bubbles tends to be one of the smarter and more law-abiding residents of Sunnyvale. This is mentioned in "The Bible Pimp", when a Bible salesman asks if Bubbles is crazy and Ray tells him Bubbles is "The sharpest guy in the park". Tyrone could count as well, he appears to be the most level-headed and "normal" person in the park.
  • Out-Gambitted: Sunnyvale is in serious debt and in danger of being sold. Ricky, Julian and Bubbles plan to buy the park for themselves with the money from their latest dope sale. They're double-crossed by Cory and Trevor, who steal the money and try to buy the park for themselves. They're outsmarted by Barbara Lahey, who tricks them into giving her the money. She then uses it to pay off Sunnyvale's debts without having to sell it.
  • Pac Man Fever: Most times characters are shown playing video games are at least decently accurate, but one example in Season 10 is so ridiculous it almost has to be a deliberate parody. Cory and Jacob play a Nintendo 64, with Cory using an N64 controller and Jacob using a Gamecube controller. With Atari 2600 sounds coming from the TV, of course.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Everyone. Especially Julian when his get-rich-quick schemes go bust.
  • Police Are Useless: Zigzagged. Ricky is excellent at fooling the cops, especially George Green. However, usually at season's end the boys get busted for their schemes.
  • Product Placement: Near the end of Season 12, Bubbles creates a new beer that Julian dubs "Freedom 35". A year before Season 12, they released their own beer by the same name.
  • Punny Name: In Season 9, Tyrone's taxi service "T's Axi".
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Corey and Trevor get put in a mental institution after their mistreatment. They're released and visit New York, but Trevor steps on a subway train before Corey and the train leaves without him, so Corey comes back to the park.
    • Randy reveals he and Lucy put the son they had up for adoption.
  • Read the Fine Print: The premise of Out of the Park. Swearnet offers the boys an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe. Julian didn't read far enough in to see that they need to complete embarrassing or hopelessly difficult tasks to receive any money at all from the Jerkass Swearnet rep, and have to struggle with food, pot, and booze shortages throughout the trip.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Almost everything Ricky does that involves breaking the law.
    Ricky: (proudly) People think no one's dumb enough to do it [commit robbery] in broad daylight. But guess what? I am.
  • Running Gag: Tons, including:
    • Randy's gut. He has almost never been seen with a shirt on. Even in the episodes that take place in winter.
    • Randy always taking off his pants (or trying to) before a fight, or even just really heated confrontations.
    • Randy and Mr. Lahey's "relationship" and the odd situations they would be found in for the first few seasons.
    • Julian almost always has a rum and coke in his hand. When he doesn't it's because he's doing something that takes two hands, and someone else is holding it.
      • He even manages to not spill it while rolling a car over without a seatbelt.
      • Or that time he was tazed by Lahey.
      • Or that time he was shot by Lahey.
      • If Julian needs both hands to drive, it sits in full view on the dashboard.
      • In Season 8 he switches from rum to Liquormen's Ol' Dirty Canadian Whisky, a fictional brand that became an in-universe sponsor of the show, therefore he gets the whisky for free.
      • In Season 9, the park bans alcohol, and Julian can't take his glass inside. He often catches himself with his arm up as if he's holding it, even though it's not there.
    • Phil(idelphia) Colins and his gut and burps.
    • Randy (and Phil, in the later seasons) and Cheeseburgers.
    • Calling Sam Losco a "Caveman" or something similar.
    • "Bottle kids!"
    • When Ricky says "Smokes, let's go" and someone (usually Cory and Trevor) give him their cigarettes.
      • At one point it even works on the opposing prosecutor in a courtroom.
    • Mr. Lahey and his shit analogies - shithawks, shitropes, etc.
      • Also, when talking about Julian, he will invariably always throw in "sexy" as an adjective.
        He's playing sexy hardball with us.
    • Ricky being able to try to talk his way out of everything. Something usually happens that messes it up, but the man's talent for bullshitting is something to behold.
    • Ricky falling when trying to run. Also people throwing things. Ricky in particular throws things like a big kid throwing a tantrum.
    • Ricky getting shot.
    • People treating Cory and Trevor like dogs:
      • *Whistles* "Come here boys" *Whistles*
      • "Trevor! Trevor drop him!"
    • Whenever a fight happens, an off-screen character named Donny yelling "WHAT IN THE FUCK?"
    • In Out of the Park: USA, Julian stealing credit cards in almost every celebrity encounter.
    • Almost every season ends with someone in jail. It's usually Ricky and/or Julian, but characters like Bubbles, Lahey, Randy, Cory, Trevor, Jacob and Sarah have all been arrested at least once. Season 6 was unusual in ending without anyone getting arrested.
  • Series Fauxnale:
    • Originally the creators wanted to end the series at season five, but after wrapping up filming for the season they decided to stick with the series a little longer. So if you didn't like the series finale or how the second movie ended, you can just pretend that "The Shit Blizzard" was the final episode.
  • Shot in the Ass: Ricky gets a slug in the gluteus maximus in S 1 E 4...courtesy of his daughter, no less. It's an accident, but still...
  • Shout-Out:
    • Ricky and Lucy, anyone?
    • At the trailer park supervisor election, the spitting image of Travis Bickle can be seen in the background, with the mohawk, aviators and jacket.
    • Bubbles shows the camera crew a super-barbecue he made out of two barbecues and says "I'd like to see that Red-Blue-Green cocksucker put one of those together, duct tapin' it."
    • Season 11's Luke, I Am Your Father is a brilliant one to the trope namer, with Lahey telling Ricky he's his father while engaging in a "sword fight" (actually a hockey stick and a broom) and using much of the original dialogue from the movie.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Ricky. Not as much as many examples, but enough to count.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: Subverted, given that both the Boys and their enemies were all either residents of Sunnyvale or rival criminals. Most of the characters with more education and income were depicted as either impartial observers (especially the film crew) or victims of the Boys' crimes, who the Boys sometimes even tricked or forced into helping them with their schemes.
  • Split Personality: A new character in Season 8, Donald, doesn't seem to have any idea that he sometimes dresses in drag and pretends to be his twin sister Donna. When Randy asks about his sister, he says that she died in a tragic accident. Assuming that's true, the split personality he developed he may be some sort of Bill Dauterive-style coping mechanism. Despite this, Randy and Donna continue to date, saying that what Donald doesn't know won't hurt him.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: In Season 9, we never see Donald, only Donna, implying that she took over completely.
  • Start of Darkness: An overarching theme of the series is the complete psychological and emotional collapse of Lahey.
  • Status Quo Is God: Things always, one way or another, go back to the way they were. Ricky and Lucy's on-again-off-again status, Lahey's alcoholism, the boys going to jail, everyone being broke, etc. If it doesn't happen at the end of the season then it happens at the beginning of the next one.
    • The final episode of season 10 sees bridges dropped on several new characters, and several new plotlines and characterizations hand-waved away.
  • Sticky Situation: In one episode, Ricky accidentally glues a toy truck to his hand and a rag to his nose (which makes him hallucinate due to the glue fumes he's constantly breathing in). Bubbles also mentions a time when he was trying to build a model plane and accidentally glued one of the wings to his penis when he went to go have a pee.
    • Ricky also has problems along these lines in some versions of the live show.
  • Stocking Mask: Standard issue for the guys whenever they do an armed robbery.
  • Stock Scream: Anyone who's watched more than a couple of episodes should be familiar with the frequent off-screen cries of "WHAT IN THE FUCK?!!!" The "WHAT IN THE FUCK!?" and "FUCK OFF WITH THE GUNS!" lines are attributed to a single character, Donny (sometimes Danny), voiced by Mike Smith and is never seen on-screen (later seasons have him appear on screen, but blurred out).
  • The Stoner: Ricky grows, smokes, and sells dope. Other than theft, Ricky's main source of income is his drug dealing.
  • Story Arc: Every season has something big going on. Even the first season has Julian's quest to get Ricky off his lawn and married off to Lucy.
  • Take a Third Option: In "Don't Legalize It", Bubbles has to decide whether to live in the home his parents left him or to stay in Sunnyvale. He eventually decides to have the home transported to Sunnyvale and sets it up on his lot.
  • Take That!: Ricky struggled to pass Grade 10 in Canada, but was able to easily pass Grade 11 while in an American jail because the tests are so much easier down there. Ray was also able to pass Grade 9.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Every main character will deliver one to another character several times over the series. The amount of permutations is quite amusing.
  • Title Drop:
    • "Fuck you, you greasy trailer park boy."
    • The title of every episode is also a line of dialogue in the episode.
  • The Tooth Hurts: "Conky" has Bubbles dealing with an infected tooth and the Boys trying to get it out of him.
  • Trash the Set: In Countdown to Liquor Day Mr. Lahey gets drunk and Marvin Heemeyers his way around the park in a steam digger. In another episode, Ricky destroys the kitchen of the supervisor's trailer, pulling out the faucet and ripping off doors from the cabinets, stove and fridge.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Trinity drinks, smokes and is even responsible for getting her dad Shot in the Ass early on in Season 1 (albeit accidentally, but still...)
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 10, Barb gets out of prison and becomes a bitter, spiteful thug... until the last episode.
    • Julian also gets this in Season 10. His ownership of the Park has gone to his head: He makes his employees at his new bar work triple shifts, abuses Randy and gives him next to no authority, and worst of all uses Trinity's wedding money to buy a lawyer but refuses to pay it back to Ricky. Like Barb though he comes around in the end and pulls a Heroic Sacrifice after his schemes fail to stop Barb.
  • Unishment: The boys don't really consider jail to be that bad (as long as they can get access to cigarettes, booze, and dope). Ricky in particular seems to enjoy himself there, even more so at the end of Season 7 when he and Ray are sent to an American jail, which both of them consider luxurious in comparison to their own.
  • Villain Protagonist: Ricky and Julian are petty criminals by trade who regularly cause mayhem around the park.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lahey is completely broken in Season 9, after failing to have sex with Barbara again after she decides to stay in a Hotel with Donna and Sara after drinking a ton. He falls off the wagon and dips into the confiscated vodka with Randy which Barb walks in on and breaks down. As the last few episodes go on he is clearly distraught with Julian leaving the park and tries to kill himself by filling a hot tub with the vodka, planning to drink until he passes out and drowns (at one point he also puts his gun to his head to make Randy get Julian). It naturally comes to its conclusion when Julian gets Lahey to sell the park to him and Julian kicks him out of the park right then and there. His interview afterwards is the most incoherent thing possible.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene:
    • Randy, who is not the best looking man on the planet, is always shirtless.
    • Lampshaded by Lucy in the last season who refers to him as "sexy".
      • Randy ended up impregnating Lucy while Ricky was in jail between seasons. Their son takes after his dad in the wardrobe department.
    • Season 9 finally gives an explanation for it: wearing a shirt gives him a really bad rash.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • So what happened to Trina Lahey, Jim and Barb's daughter? Was she only staying for the summer in season two? Did she move in with relatives?
    • No explanation is given for what happened to Phil Collins and Shitty Bill after their actors died.
    • At the beginning of Season 5 it's revealed that Lahey has bought Julian's trailer and Julian's main objective is to buy it back, as it was his grandmother's trailer and he cherishes it. But after the season the plotline is forgotten, with Julian buying a new trailer and his old trailer becoming the Supervisor's trailer (a perk that had been removed from the job in Season 4). Yet in Countdown to Liquor Day Julian is said to be living in his grandmother's trailer.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Season 8 introduces Randy's new assistant Donald (not to be confused with Donny, the "WHAT IN THE FUCK?!" guy), as well as his "sister" Donna, who is obviously Donald in drag. It's mostly Played for Laughs since Randy is the only one who can't tell and gets into a relationship with Donna thinking she really is a different person, until The Reveal that Donald himself isn't even aware of what he's been doing.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Jacob and Trinity actually thought of a normal name for their newborn son (they were going to name him after Ray), but Jacob screwed up when he was filling out the birth certificate application. Specifically, he wrote the name where the address should go and vice versa. As a result the baby's legal name ended up being "The Motel". They call him "Moe" for short.
  • Working-Class People Are Morons: No, they aren't. The show repeatedly subverts this trope:
    • Bubbles seems like a Rare Male Example of the Crazy Cat Lady trope, but he's also very well-read in classical Greek philosophy. Ray correctly describes him as the "sharpest guy in the park".
    • Ricky's father Ray has a thorough knowledge of Calvinism, which he tries to share with the camera crew.
    • Jim Lahey quotes Shakespeare on more than one occasion.
    • Ricky is a pretty big moron most of the time, but he's nothing short of brilliant when it comes to growing dope and turning it into hash or honey oil, as well as conning authority figures like judges and the police. When he buckles down and really makes an effort, he can also do well at school, or at least well enough to pass.
    • Julian is an ace when it comes to handling the "business" side of drug dealing. In the earliest episodes, he was thinking about going to community college to get an education and get a legitimate job. There's no doubt he would have been very good at it, too.
  • Your Mom: In season ten, Ricky talks to the Confession Cam about how he finds sex for the purpose of getting pregnant to be much more boring than regular sex, comparing it to the chore of fueling an eighteen wheeler. Bubbles, who is some distance in the background, mishears this.
    Bubbles: Did you say you banged an eighteen wheeler?
    Ricky: No, but your mom did.


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