Follow TV Tropes


Western Animation / Paradise PD

Go To
And when you think park rangers could help our community...

Paradise PD is an adult animated sitcom released on Netflix on August 31, 2018, starting with 10 episodes. The show is as follows:

Paradise PD follows "a small-town police department. They’re bad cops. Not bad like no nonsense. Not bad like cool. Bad like shitty."

The cast so far is as follows:

  • Dana Snyder as Stanley Hopson and Dusty Marlow
  • Cedric Yarbrough as Gerald Fitzgerald
  • David Herman as Kevin Crawford
  • Tom Kenny as Chief Randall Crawford
  • Sarah Chalke as Gina Jabowski
  • Kyle Kinane as Bullet
  • Grey Griffin as Mayor Karen Crawford

The show is created by Roger Black and Waco O'Guin, the creators of Brickleberry . You can watch the first trailer here. Netflix renewed the show for Season 2. Waco O'Guin stated on Twitter he'll post the Season 2 release date "when they let me".


This show provides examples of:

  • Advertising by Association: The trailer clearly states "From the twisted minds that brought you Brickleberry "
  • An Aesop: "Black and Blue" has one that basically all news have an agenda and twist any given story to fit it. Also, that PTSD is a real issue that must be taken seriously.
  • Anti-Humor: Prop-Cop. The only character who laughs at his jokes is Fitz and he's just pretending to avoid suspicion.
  • Auto Erotica: The entire plot to episode 4. Grey Griffin plays the voice of the car in her Azula voice, upping the hilarity.
  • Authority in Name Only: Well if the phrase "No one wants to be a cop anymore" doesn't sell this idea, what will?
  • Bad Santa: The season 1 finale reveals that Santa Claus is one of the higher ups in the meth ring, though not the Kingpin himself.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Kevin asks Karen why women all hate him. Karen tells him that he needs to understand that all women are different - and so they probably all hate him for different reasons!
  • Advertisement:
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The opening credits show everyone on Paradise P.D. as violent and ready for action. Though this is only true for Gina.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Hopson was aboard the Titanic and he pushed off a female passenger to get a lifeboat reserved for him.
  • Big Red Devil: One appears at the end of "Dungeons & Dragnet."
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: Randall and Karen get back together and Dusty manages to kill Santa Claus, who was the one who created Argyle Meth. But then Dusty gets imprisoned under false charges of being the Kingpin(since no one believes his Santa Claus story)and gets locked in with Two Toes' mother who wants to kill him and Gina can't bring him back. Kevin believes to have closed the case, though he notices some inconsistencies, but it is revealed that Fitz is the real kingpin(having faked being in a coma and killed off the other members of the task force) and he plans to kill Kevin next.
  • Black Comedy: Very dark, can rely on a lot of jokes with pedophilia, incest, rape and gore all within a single episode!
  • Body Horror: The inbred dolphin/human hybrids that live in the sewers.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Handicop's has an irrational hatred of Scots. When he miraculously gains the ability to move and speak, he has a distinct Scottish accent.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Delbert and his sister in episode 8.
  • Buffet Buffoonery: In "Karla", Dusty mentions he's had some arguments with staff at Red Lobster over All-You-Can-Eat.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Randall is the show's main Chew Toy.
    • Kevin as well per his stupidity.
  • Chubby Chaser: Gina is super-into morbidly obese Dusty, and encourages him to eat more so he'll maintain or better yet expand his girth. In episode 8, Joe Biden also stalks Dusty and wants to screw him.
  • Civilized Animal: Bullet talks and behaves very much like a person, but he's technically the force's drug-sniffing dog and sleeps in a dog house. He's also bitter because he was taken from his parents as a child and sold like property.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Dusty is a male example, his apartment is full of cats and he's months behind on his rent because he spends all his money buying luxury stuff for them such as indoor jacuzzis, flying drones, plasma TVs, braces, etc.
  • Crying Indian: While he believes he is part Native American, Dusty provides an example of this.
  • Darker and Edgier: With the show being on Netflix as opposed to television like Brickleberry was, it can get away with a lot more raunchy content. The show will also not be censoring "Fuck" like Brickleberry did on TV.
  • Descent into Addiction: In "Karla", Randall gets unknowingly addicted to cocaine (which Bullet hid) because Dusty mistook it for flour to make fried chicken that Randall ate. Even Bullet, who is a hopelessly huge junkie, thinks Randall has a problem.
  • Dirty Old Man: Hopson takes this up to eleven.
  • Driving Question: Who is the kingpin behind the operation of Argyle Meth.
  • Elder Abuse: Hopson gets abused a lot all because Randall tries to get rid of him for being too old to be a cop but won't retire Hopson because he refuses to pay his pension. Also Randall could most definitely get in legal trouble if he outright fired Hopson just for being old.
    • In episode 2, Hancock glues Hopson to the police station's ceiling.
    • In episode 3, Randall sends him to a retirement home where it turns out it's a Soylent Green-esque human cryogenic farm being used by Red Lobster where they slowly turn elderly people into delicious seafood meals by injecting sea creature DNA into them! After Hopson escaped from there by some miracle but still mildly mutated with lobster and scallop parts, Randall still insisted Hopson go back to that home! Hopson uses his new gigantic lobster arm to change Randall's mind.
    • In episode 7, Hopson gets hit by a truck and dies, but he gets refused access to Heaven by Jesus Christ because he failed to defecate in a water slide before dying, so Jesus pushed him back to earth - where his body has been sealed in a coffin by fat oaf Dusty who refuses to dig back up Hopson complaining he's hungry and wants Arby's, so then Hopson dies of oxygen deprivation and went back to Heaven and from there you get the idea of the vicious circle Hopson is trapped in.
    • In episode 8, Randall chains him to a log in a forest and Hopson gets deprived of food and water only escaping by stripping off his clothes (even leaving his glasses behind) and getting back to the police station stark naked.
  • Face Palm: Randall does one in the pilot episode as he sulks over the fact all of his cops are very poorly trained to fight crime (or in Gina's case, overly violent and brutal).
  • Fan Disservice: So much of it. There's mutilated genitals, naked old people and the only porn anyone can access is the kind that their mothers have been in.
  • Flawless Token: Gina is the only woman on the force, and also the only officer who's actually good at her job, to the point where the others can't last a day without her. Not that she's perfect, what with the psychotic addiction to violence and the sexual harrassent of her coworkers and all, but several of the guys are equally immoral without the saving grace of being badass. The season one finale reveals that she's actually one of two competent cops, Fitz apparently being an evil genius using Obfuscating Stupidity to do his work. Fitz just happens to be the only ethnic minority on the force.
  • Gorn: Expect to see all sorts of horrific injuries. Kevin getting his face torn off, reattached and secreting pus being a stand-out examples. Kevin's task force are all killed off in a horrific manner.
  • Groin Attack: Episode 1 has a young Kevin accidentally shoot his dad, Chief Randall, in the balls. Twice. This traumatic injury ruined Chief’s sex life, caused his wife to leave him note , and required him to take testosterone patches to keep his masculinity in check.
  • Hidden Villain: The Kingpin, behind the operation of distribution of Argyle Meth in the city. Fitz turns out to be him.
  • Human Trafficking: Dusty's fried chicken is so good you'll sell your kids to slavery!
  • Hypocrite: In "Dungeons & Dragnet", Preacher Paul leading a mob against D&D thinking it turns players gay (like his son) is shocked to see the Devil (and by extension, everything else in Christianity) is real. Also, he's gay and his spouse calls him out.
  • I Banged Your Mom: Hancock to Randall. Heck, he married Randall's mom! And thanks to Kevin a pornographic video of Hancock and Randall's mom got out to the public in episode 7.
  • Immune to Bullets: Dusty is so fat that no bullets of any caliber can get through his layers of fat, instead getting stuck in his fifth fat layer until he sneezes, causing them to go flying every which where.
  • Ironic Name: While the town is named Paradise, it's afflicted by a budget crisis and has a high volume of drug crime activity.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Gina didn't talk about her lack of memories before adulthood or the hole in the back of her head because she thought that was normal for everyone.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Red Lobster gets angry that Dusty's Chicken Truck managed to destroy their business within a matter of days (because Dusty's chicken has heroin in it) and wanting to win back their customers, Red Lobster orders Dusty to give them the recipe for the chicken. When Dusty refuses, they whack Bullet in the testicles with a cheddar biscuit. Though then again, the cheddar biscuit might not have worked if they tried it on Dusty himself because his body fat could deflect it.
  • Kamehame Hadouken: Bullet does one of these in the opening credits. It's possible he's just hallucinating that he can do that.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Quite a bit in episode 9 in regards to this show basically being a Spiritual Successor to Brickleberry. Kevin even slips up and refers to Fitz as Denzel.
  • Logic Bomb: Dusty, Fitz and Gina in "Black and Blue" create a fake news story so contradictory that its breaking news. As in it makes it impossible for the anchors to say anything, makes the robot anchors fry their circuits and breaks the news.
    Hannity: "It would appear that a black trump supporter has mounted a muslim transsexual NRA supporter while she's performing an abortion on a pro life, pro gay nazi?"
  • Lost Food Grievance: In episode 9, Dusty has this and cries when he sees some guy throw away a half-eaten cheeseburger.
  • The Magic Poker Equation: A variation applied to Dungeons & Dragons, which is presented not as a game of tactics and probability, but as a contest in how often you can roll a 20. Semi-justified in that the players are said to be using a special technique for rolling to get the die to stop on the right number - but in the actual game, that'd be less a mark of a great player and more a mark of a great dirty cheater.
  • The Mole: The ending of episode one reveals that the head of the Argyle Meth operation is among the Paradise PD officers. The season finale reveals that it's Fitz.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: In episode 8, Delbert invokes this because he wants to be the one to screw his own sister!
  • Nepotism: Kevin joined the police force not because he qualified and it was always his life's dream, but because his mom is the mayor.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Just like Brickleberry, lots of real-life celebrities are lampooned here.
    • Dolphin Lundgren, Johnny Depp, Joe Biden, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Brendan Frasier.
    • One episode features a Stephen Hawking-esque cop at the academy who claims to hate Puerto Ricans, but it turns out he was confusing them with Scottish people. When he briefly gets his ability to talk and move back just before he's killed, he turns out to be Scottish himself.
    • When Randall was forced to choose which one civilian out of several to save from a burning apartment on fire (they only have resources to save one), one mother holds up her baby signaling she wants the baby to be saved. Randall rejects the baby, rebuking "I'm not Kevin Spacey!"
  • Off with His Head!: Gina beheads the Possum Pizza mascot with just a headbutt (mascot's costume head included!)
  • Parental Abandonment: Gina eventually discovers this is what happened to her: her criminal family used her as a human shield while fleeing from Russel by boat decades ago, leading to her amnesia.
  • Police are Useless: Paradise PD is so financially underfunded they're running low on ammunition. It's later established that Gina is pretty much the only competent cop on the force and is the sole reason Paradise hasn't fallen apart. When she briefly quits the force in one episode the rednecks end up taking over the police station due to the sheer incompetence of the other cops(particularly Dusty, who sings inspiration songs to criminals about quitting drugs instead of actually busting them).
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Chief Hancock's pranks against Randall always seem to involve hurting himself far worse than he hurts Randall - for example, he married Randall's mother just to spite him, meaning that he can taunt Randall about it every time they meet at the price of being stuck in a loveless marriage with a much older woman. Neither of the two ever seem to realise that, though, but consider Hancock to have "won" each time.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Parodied with Kevins task force, which consists of a failed prop comic, siamese twins and a Stephen Hawking-expy.
  • Robosexual: At one point, Kevin gets assigned a high-tech sentient car, and promptly starts a sexual relationship with it.
  • Rated M for Manly: "Karla" shows that Kevin's interests are this, though he himself is decidedly not.
    Kevin: Carbortion Rex isn't a car monster, mom. He's a car dinosaur. Duh!
    Karen: Everything you're saying right now is vagina-poison.
  • Reduced to Ratburgers: Kevin after his parents kick him out of the house on Thanksgiving.
  • Restaurant-Owning Episode: Dusty and Bullet open up a fried chicken truck in episode 4.
  • Secret Identity: Tommy Two Toes originally had a double identity as Karen's dentist boyfriend, planning to both make money off meth, and from people losing their teeth to it. And of course, there's the identity of the Kingpin.
  • To Serve Man: Bullet finds out that Red Lobster's stock is made from old people.
  • Shout-Out: The second episode reveals that all dogs go to Heaven, at least according to a dream/vision that Bullet has.
  • Spiritual Successor: It's basically Brickleberry with cops, with some of the same voice actors like David Herman and Tom Kenny even returning to play similar characters.
  • Split Personality: In "Black and Blue" Fitz develops this as a result of the media treating him like he was two separate people: one racist cop and one black thug. He not only starts Talking to Themself, but at one point each of the personalities even tries to take the other one hostage.
  • Spoof Aesop: "Everyone You Know is a Molester", including the guy singing this song.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Dusty gets suspicious of how many times Ethel has treated him to the pizza buffet.
    Gina: Yeah like I'd put your health at risk just because it turns me on sexually.
  • Strawman News Media: Both liberal and conservative media turn up in "Black and Blue" and are parodied mercilessly as being ignorant, biased and making rash assumptions by taking verbal statements out of context.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: In episode 9, Gina disgustedly learns that Dusty's DNA tests claim he is 1/64th Native American because he routinely consumes sandwiches covered in mucus and semen provided by the Native American cooks he keeps aggravating by complaining they didn't add enough... stuff... to his sandwich.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Gina gets sexually harassed by a Stephen Hawking-like cop the same way she sexually harasses Dusty. And yes, just like Dusty, Gina gets pissed and keeps demanding her "lover" to stop.
  • Teeny Weenie: The otherwise handsome and well-build Chief Hancock has one.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The comic book store owner turns out to really enjoy having Gina beat him.
  • The Unfair Sex: Gina's attitude probably wouldn't get as many laughs if she was a man.
  • Wham Shot: A member of the Paradise PD executing Two Toes and being revealed to be the Kingpin.
  • Working with the Ex: Randall and Karen are exes who got divorced, however, she is now his boss, being the mayor of the town.
  • World of Jerkass: There seems to be not a single person in Paradise who isn't astonishingly selfish, and most of them are outright malicious and sadistic besides.
  • Yandere:
    • Gina to Dusty.
    • Joe Biden to Dusty.
    • Handicop (the Stephen Hawking parody) to Gina.
    • Karla, Kevin's new car, goes Axe-Crazy upon noticing that Kevin smells like the inside of his old car.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: