Throughout the entire series (from Season 1 to Season 7, including the Christmas Special, but not the movies), the word "fuck" is said a total of 1,284 times (averaging 46 times an episode). The word "shit" is said a total of 967 times in the series (averaging 31 an episode). From all uses of the words, 74.3% of the time, it is said from Ricky.
The first 4 seasons were filmed in different trailer parks in Nova Scotia, Canada. The pilot was filmed in Spryfield, Nova Scotia. The first season was filmed in Sackville, the second in Dartmouth, the third in Lakeside, the fourth in Dartmouth again (in a different park than the second). For the Christmas special and season 5 and onward, they have used a park they purchased in Dartmouth.
The character of Jim Lahey (portrayed by John Dunsworth), is shown to be a severe alcoholic in nearly every episode of the show. In reality, John Dunsworth does not drink, and the "liquor" that Jim Lahey drinks during the show is usually iced tea.
In the episode "Friends with the Benedicts" the song "A Question of Faith" by Sandbox plays in the background in the scene in Ricky's ice rink trailer. Mike Smith (Bubbles) played guitar for the same band in the 90s
Ricky's car (infamously known as the "Shitmobile") has only been referred to by its name 8 times. Twice by Lahey, once by Bubbles and once by a female police officer in the episode "Where in the Fuck Is Randy's Barbeque." Also by Tom Arnold 4 times in season 10.
Actor Mike Smith AKA Bubbles owned a bar in downtown Halifax which he called "Bubbles Mansion". This bar featured shopping carts, pictures of Bubbles holding kitty's, and even a Trailor which was used as a walk in freezer. The bar is no longer open.
In addition to the disappearance of Randy and Lucy's baby in the 7 year hiatus between seasons 7 and 8, the two babies that J-Roc and T were going to be "co-daddies" to also disappeared without explanation.
One of the more popular running jokes is Ricky's use of eggcorns and portmanteaus. Frequently messing up common phrases I.e. "getting two birds stoned at once", or incorrectly pronouncing large words i.e. "psychopisalogical". They are commonly known as 'Rickyisms'
Throughout the show, the characters, mostly Mr Lahey and Randy, are seen drinking copious amounts of alcohol. When it was rum or rye, it was typically iced tea. And clear liquors were simply water. However Julian's drinks reportedly did however usually contain real rum. And the Marijuana seen smoked on-screen is also reportedly real.
A running theme of the show is the boys being in jail at the beginning of a season, then spending the rest of the episodes committing crimes and evading police, only to end up back in jail in the season finale.
Julian is prepetually seen carrying a glass of rum and coke with ice clinking around in it. Even in situations where the drink should have spilled he seems to always recover it. This is most noticeable in Season 2, episode 7 where the boys flip a vehicle and a trailer hauling weed. When Julian climbs out of the crashed car his drink appears to have not spilled a single drop.
After season 2, Barb sends her and Jim's daughter Treena away. She is never mentioned again except in season 4, episode 7, where Jim drunkenly asks Barb to marry him so that he, Treena and Barb can be together again.
Bernard Robichaud, the actor who plays Cyrus, is considered one of the nicest actors on the show. Many of the producers and other actors consider him a pleasure to work with according to a Reddit AMA done by the boys.
Barrie Dunn, who plays Ricky's father, Ray, is in real life an experienced Lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He left the show after the film Don't Legalize It reportedly to pursue law full time. But there were also rumors that many of the actors and other producers found him hard to work with and asked him to leave the show.
During the entire run of the show, the boys are seen drinking out of containers that are never actual cups, other than Julian. They drink from cups made out of old 2L bottles, coffee pots, dog food bowls, and dish soap bottles to name a few.
Several celebrities have made cameos on the show. Including Rush guitarist, Alex Lifeson, Nova Scotia native singer Rita McNeal, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, and many others. In most cases, the actors were big fans of the show and asked Clattenburg to be given roles. Alex Lifeson is a huge fan, and appeared in the season 3 episode Closer to the Heart, as well as the both the first Trailer Park Boys Movie, and Countdown to Liquor Day as a cross dressing undercover police officer.
Mr. Lahey frequently asks Randy if he wants to "hit the LC". It is short for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Wherein the provincial government licenses and sells liquor to the citizens of the province.
After season 10 aired, during filming for season 11, Jonathan Torrens (Jroc) announced he would be permanently leaving the Trailer Park Boys. He said that he wishes to pursue other artistic projects but thanked the loyal fans of the show for its past and continued success. In season 11, T says that Jroc and MCFlurry went on a cross-country rap tour.
Season 10 is the lowest rated season. Many fans were less impressed than with previous seasons due to the major deviations from traditional "trailer park boys" humour and gags. Its average rating per episode is 7.6, much lower than normal. The highest rated season is 4, with an average of 9.2. The highest rated episode is season 3's Closer to the Heart with a 9.5. The lowest is season 10's The Super Bling Cowboy with 7.0.
In the episode 'Fuckin' Way She Goes' Ray explains that the trailer he purchased with Tammy had just been paid off affer a 35 year mortgage. A trailer of that size in the year 1970 cost around 4500 dollars at a high estimate. On a 35 year mortgage the payment per month would have been roughly 11 dollars.
In season 11, we finally meet Donny, the loudmouth of the trailer park usually heard during intense moments on the show. He is shown as an older man in a white undershirt with white underwear completely unconcious, but his face is blurred out. Donny is still voiced by Mike Smith. His trademark line being "what in the fuck!"
After season 8 the boys are frequently seen drinking 'Liquormans' whiskey. It is actually a real alcohol that can be purchased in liquor stores across Canada. It is produced by the boys as a form of merchandise for the show.
Due to the popularity of the show, the main actors have since done tours where, in character, they will perform on stage and act out skits or other such antics on stage. They tend to remain in character at all times even back stage, or out in the crowds when getting drinks or food. They have also been known to attend concerts of bands like Rush or Helix and hang out in the crowds in-persona.
Trademark saying: JRoc throughout the series repeats the line "know what im sayin" in various styles and cadences. He is criticised by T in season 2 for "too many 'knowmsayins'". To which JRoc asks him if he's the knownsayin police.
After season 6, Cory and Trevor left the show. It was explained in the show that they finally snapped and had to go to a mental hospital. However in real life, as explained on a blog post from Michael Jackson (the actor who played Trevor) the actors had terrible experiences with the Director, Mike Clattenburg, throughout the first six seasons of the show. They both were reportedly not paid properly, even after the show gained popularity, and claimed to be harrased by staff on set. However, after Clattenburg left the show, Wells, Smith, and Tremblay purchased the rights to it. They then invited the actors back, to which Cory Bowles happily accepted. And Bowles has now even been a director and producer behind the scenes. Nevertheless, Jackson refused to come back, stating that part of his life is over. In the show in the first episode of season 8, Cory explains Trevor's absence by claiming that during a trip to New York City, Trevor boarded a subway train and the doors closed before Cory could get on with him, never seeing him again.
The most drinks Mr Lahey has reportedly had in one go is 49. Randy explains this in season 5 episode 1 after Jim tries killing Ricky in the previous season 4 finale. It is possible that in season 9, when Lahey becomes the LiquorSnurf that he has in fact consumed more alcohol than his previous record of 49 drinks. Especially considering he cannot speak coherently during those scenes, despite his normal ability to talk relatively normal even while extremely intoxicated.
After season 10, Lucy Decoutere left the show due to allegations against Mike Smith, who plays Bubbles. It was alleged that he assaulted a female with whom he was aquainted with. Later however it was revealed they were simply having a heated discussion and no assault took place. Decoutere has still said she does not intend to return to the show. In season 11, Ricky explains that squirrels chewed wiring in his trailer which caused it to burn down, forcing Lucy to leave him once again. This time almost definitely permanently.
In season 11 episode 6, Julian and Bubbles, while searching through medical records, discover that Ray's real last name is LaFleur. He changed it to Flower when his fellow truckers began mocking him for his french heritage. It is possible that this is Ricky's adoptive last name if Ray was the true legal guardian of Ricky. It would not be Lahey, as discovered through blood tests that Jim is not actually Ricky's dad. We still do not know who Ricky's biological father is, much less his surname, and as far as Ricky is concerned by the end of the season, Ray always was his true father blood or otherwise.