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They Might Not Be The Best...But They're The Best We Got. See more »
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An irreverent look at what goes on behind-the-scenes in the city of Reno's police department. Full summary »
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Thomas Lennon brings comedy to NBC
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 12 October 2009, 5:00 AM, PDT)

Comedy Central cancels 'Reno'
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 13 August 2009, 3:00 PM, PDT)

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Cast

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Cedric Yarbrough ... Deputy S. Jones / ... (88 episodes, 2003-2009)

Niecy Nash ... Deputy Raineesha Williams / ... (88 episodes, 2003-2009)

Robert Ben Garant ... Deputy Travis Junior / ... (88 episodes, 2003-2009)

Thomas Lennon ... Lieutenant Jim Dangle / ... (88 episodes, 2003-2009)

Kerri Kenney ... Deputy Trudy Wiegel / ... (88 episodes, 2003-2009)

Carlos Alazraqui ... Deputy James Garcia / ... (73 episodes, 2003-2008)

Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Deputy Clementine Johnson / ... (73 episodes, 2003-2008)

Mary Birdsong ... Deputy Cherisha Kimball / ... (42 episodes, 2004-2008)
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Series Directed by
Michael Patrick Jann (41 episodes, 2003-2007)
Robert Ben Garant (15 episodes, 2005-2009)
Thomas Lennon (3 episodes, 2006-2009)
Brad Abrams (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Writing credits
Robert Ben Garant (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
Kerri Kenney (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
Thomas Lennon (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
David Lincoln (16 episodes, 2008)

Series Produced by
Danny DeVito .... executive producer (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
Robert Ben Garant .... executive producer (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
Kerri Kenney .... executive producer (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
Thomas Lennon .... executive producer (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
Michael Patrick Jann .... consulting producer (58 episodes, 2004-2009)
Sandi Yi-Trimble .... producer / co-producer / ... (54 episodes, 2005-2009)
Peter Principato .... co-executive producer (26 episodes, 2004-2009)
David Lincoln .... co-producer (15 episodes, 2009)
Mark Nasser .... associate producer (14 episodes, 2003)
John Landgraf .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2004-2009)
Michael Shamberg .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2004-2009)
Stacey Sher .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2004-2009)
Paul Young .... co-executive producer (13 episodes, 2004-2009)
Penny Adams .... producer / co-executive producer / ... (11 episodes, 2006-2009)
Karen Thornton .... associate producer (10 episodes, 2006-2009)
Sabrina Wind .... co-producer (5 episodes, 2003)
Faye K. Cottrell .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2004)
Stephen C. Grossman .... producer (2 episodes, 2004)
Ellie Hannibal .... co-producer (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Original Music by
Stephen Phillips (11 episodes, 2004-2009)
Tim P. (10 episodes, 2004-2008)
Craig Wedren (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Cinematography by
Joe Kessler (85 episodes, 2003-2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Christian Hoffman (43 episodes, 2004-2009)
Ben Daughtrey (10 episodes, 2003)
Ivan Victor (7 episodes, 2008)
Debra F. Simone (5 episodes, 2004)
John Refoua (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Justin Donaldson (3 episodes, 2009)

Laronda Morris (unknown episodes)
Mark Stepp (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Sasha Adkinson (14 episodes, 2009)
Julie Ashton (10 episodes, 2004-2008)
 
Series Production Design by
Colin D. Irwin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Robert W. Joseph (15 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jill Sprayregen Henkel (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
Amy Vuckovich (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Robin Royce (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
 
Series Costume Design by
Mary Ann Bozek (14 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Makeup Department
Courtney Carell .... makeup department head / makeup supervisor (55 episodes, 2003-2007)
Shauna Giesbrecht .... makeup department head / makeup supervisor (32 episodes, 2004-2009)
Gina Bonacquisti .... hair supervisor (24 episodes, 2006-2009)
Laine Trzinski .... key hair stylist / department head hair stylist / ... (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Leo Corey Castellano .... key makeup artist (15 episodes, 2009)
Colette Slattery .... hair stylist supervisor (2 episodes, 2004)
Silvina Knight .... key makeup artist (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Tony Gardner .... special makeup designer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Production Management
Penny Adams .... unit production manager (16 episodes, 2003-2009)
Jim Sharp .... executive in charge of production (15 episodes, 2009)
Jeffrey Harlacker .... post-production supervisor (6 episodes, 2003)
Elayne Schneiderman .... production supervisor (6 episodes, 2003)
David Menteer .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 2004)

Giampaolo Debole .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
Sandi Yi-Trimble .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Berke .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
Dave Halls .... second assistant director (16 episodes, 2008)
Brad Abrams .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 2003-2009)
Grace Liu .... second second assistant director (15 episodes, 2008)
Giselle Gurza .... second assistant director / first assistant director (10 episodes, 2004-2009)
Xochi Blymyer .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Diane Calhoun .... second second assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
John Isabeau .... assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Robin Jorden .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Richard J. Levin .... assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Shawn Pipkin .... second second assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
John Tagamolila .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2003)
Eugene Davis .... additional assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)
Keri Bruno .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Heather Grierson .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2009)

Steve Hart .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Steven Miller .... set dresser / props (29 episodes, 2004-2005)
Joshua Meltzer .... property master (28 episodes, 2003-2007)
Chuck Coffman .... leadman / set dresser (22 episodes, 2003-2008)
Taylor Vaughan .... props (16 episodes, 2008)
Deborah Toms .... lead person (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
Steven R. Miller .... props (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Warner .... leadman (14 episodes, 2009)
Dan Haberkorn .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 2005)
Lanie Mimikakis .... assistant props (13 episodes, 2005)
Joseph Fedo .... swing gang boss (12 episodes, 2005)
Guillaume DeLouche .... property master (12 episodes, 2008)
Allison Gross .... on-set dresser (11 episodes, 2009)
Stacy L. Henning .... on-set dresser (7 episodes, 2005)
Brian McStotts .... set dresser (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Charles Guanci Jr. .... props (6 episodes, 2003)
James Harris .... construction coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
Robert W. Joseph .... leadman (6 episodes, 2003)
Justine Wu .... on-set dresser (2 episodes, 2007)

Lynn Sharrot .... first assistant props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Craig Plachy .... sound re-recording mixer (87 episodes, 2003-2009)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... sound mixer (43 episodes, 2005-2008)
Sean Byrnes .... sound utility (30 episodes, 2006-2008)
William F. MacPherson .... sound mixer (16 episodes, 2004)
Stu Mckee .... boom operator (16 episodes, 2004)
Don Hale .... production sound mixer (5 episodes, 2003)
Tamara Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 2003)

Brady Schwartz .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Wouter van Herwerden .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
James Fredburg .... special effects coordinator / special effects (30 episodes, 2003-2004)
Neil Smith .... special effects / special effects coordinator (15 episodes, 2003-2009)
James Bomalick .... special effects technician (6 episodes, 2003)
Marcus Gaede .... special effects production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Kevin Harris .... special effects coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
Jack Lynch .... pyrotechnician (6 episodes, 2003)
Ian O'Connor .... pyrotechnician (2 episodes, 2008)

Eddie Surkin .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Joe Russo .... visual effects (13 episodes, 2005)
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital artist (6 episodes, 2003)
Nicholas Hasson .... digital intermediate editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Lee Roderick .... lead compositor (6 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Stunts
Steve Hart .... stunt coordinator (88 episodes, 2003-2009)
Steve Stafford .... helicopter stunt pilot (16 episodes, 2004)
Brian Avery .... utility stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Tom Bahr .... stunt driver (6 episodes, 2003)
Chick Bernhardt .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Juan Bofill .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Chuck Borden .... utility stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Stacy Courtney .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Alex Edlin .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Artie Malesci .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
David Ott .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Chris Papajohn .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Lou Simon .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Tony Snegoff .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Boni Yanagisawa .... stunts (6 episodes, 2003)
Liisa Cohen .... stunt double (5 episodes, 2003)
Kristopher Medina .... stunt double (5 episodes, 2003)
Laura Owen .... stunt double (5 episodes, 2003)
Nathan Siebring .... stunt double (5 episodes, 2003)
Ryan Christopher Keys .... stunts (2 episodes, 2003)
Norman Mora .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Lisa Dempsey .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alex Daniels .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2008)

Jeff Danoff .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Dina L. Margolin .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Pat Romano .... stunt rigger (unknown episodes)
Michele Waitman .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ethan Phillips .... gaffer / camera operator (43 episodes, 2003-2005)
Kirk F. Smith II .... assistant camera (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nicholas Franchot .... grip (16 episodes, 2004)
Ryan Bradley .... best boy (15 episodes, 2009)
Jason Puliti .... lighting technician (11 episodes, 2008)
Kelly Price .... grip (6 episodes, 2008)
Alan Gitlin .... digital imaging technician (4 episodes, 2003-2005)
Jeff Andrus .... key grip (4 episodes, 2003)
Michael Avallon .... generator operator (4 episodes, 2003)
Dominic Bartolone .... camera utility (4 episodes, 2003)
Aaron Bowen .... camera utility (4 episodes, 2003)
Bernard Cistrunk .... best boy (4 episodes, 2003)
Janos Csoma .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2003)
John Rogers .... camera operator: Reno (4 episodes, 2003)
Deron Tse .... additional best boy grip (4 episodes, 2003)
Justin Wells .... camera utility (4 episodes, 2003)
Stefan Wilking .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2003)
Earl Woody .... gaffer (4 episodes, 2003)
Dee Nichols .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Ben Ceccarelli .... animator (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Casting Department
Sasha Adkinson .... extras casting (18 episodes, 2007-2008)
Stacey Tenenbaum .... casting assistant (16 episodes, 2008)
Amanda McCann .... casting associate (12 episodes, 2008)
Toni Magon .... casting associate (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Judy Cook .... casting associate (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura N. Flores .... costumer (27 episodes, 2005-2007)
Anthony T. Lukins .... key costumer (14 episodes, 2003)
David S. Heifetz .... costumer (5 episodes, 2003)
Alex Bates .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Roger F. Powell .... post-production coordinator / assistant editor (38 episodes, 2005-2009)
Bill Admans .... on-line editor (26 episodes, 2003-2004)
Gigi Rivkin .... assistant editor (16 episodes, 2004)
Liza Cardinale .... assistant editor (16 episodes, 2008)
Richard A. Dominicus .... assistant editor (16 episodes, 2008)
Damien Smith .... first assistant editor (15 episodes, 2009)
Evan Ahlgren .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 2009)
Christian Hoffman .... supervising editor (9 episodes, 2009)
Sara Glembocki .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2005-2007)
Cortney Carrillo .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Eric Bidinger .... colorist (6 episodes, 2003)
Steve Bobertz .... associate editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Gary Burritt .... color timer (6 episodes, 2003)
Dave Canseco .... post-production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Marisa Clayton .... digital intermediate project manager (6 episodes, 2003)
Joe Talbot Hall .... apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2003)
Bryan Park .... film editorial (6 episodes, 2003)
Jim Passon .... color timer (6 episodes, 2003)
Tony Milus .... post-production assistant (5 episodes, 2003)
Robb Porter .... post-production coordinator (4 episodes, 2003)
David Kuther .... promo editor (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Keith Dabney .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2004)

Lenny Duge .... post-production duplication (unknown episodes)
Jason Pauley .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Craig Wedren .... composer: theme music / composer: main title theme (73 episodes, 2003-2008)
Ryanne Kim .... music and media licensing (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jed Smith .... composer: additional cues (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tim P. .... composer: additional music / composer: theme music (5 episodes, 2003)
Stephen Phillips .... composer: additional music / composer: theme music (5 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Transportation Department
Irv Press .... driver (27 episodes, 2005-2007)
Michael Avallon .... driver (21 episodes, 2003-2009)
Frank Mejerski .... transportation coordinator (15 episodes, 2003-2009)
Richard Denson .... driver (14 episodes, 2003)
Dennis Lape .... driver (10 episodes, 2003-2009)
Neil Chisholm .... driver (6 episodes, 2003)
Gary Jackson .... driver (6 episodes, 2003)
Dana Schisler .... driver (6 episodes, 2003)
Jay Wylie .... transportation coordinator (2 episodes, 2004)

Joey Freitas .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Billy Kane .... transportation co-captain (unknown episodes)
Robert Rowland .... driver (unknown episodes)
Jerry Smith .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Tano Tropia .... location manager (57 episodes, 2003-2007)
Susan A. Sullivan .... script supervisor (37 episodes, 2003-2009)
Grace Hall .... assistant production coordinator / production coordinator / ... (36 episodes, 2003-2009)
Gina Mauro .... clearance coordinator (31 episodes, 2007-2009)
Bill O'Donnell .... production coordinator / production secretary (27 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jason Carro .... production assistant (25 episodes, 2005-2007)
JP Sarro .... production assistant (21 episodes, 2005-2007)
Andrea McGee .... production assistant (17 episodes, 2007-2008)
Steve Stafford .... aerial coordinator (16 episodes, 2004)
Dennis Curlett Jr. .... production assistant (16 episodes, 2008)
Angela McDowell .... production assistant (15 episodes, 2009)
David Lincoln .... assistant to executive producer / story editor (13 episodes, 2003-2008)
Chad Silver .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2003)
Andrew Dumas .... digital utility (13 episodes, 2005)
Joseph B. Cho .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2008)
Elissa Cohn .... assistant production coordinator (9 episodes, 2009)
Cosmos Kiindarius .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2005)
Allie Bruni .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mike Hoover .... production accountant (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jay Mason .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brooke Spector .... production accountant (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Oscar Aguirre .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Mark Alvarez .... first assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Fred Baron .... production executive (6 episodes, 2003)
Bruce Benson .... pilot (6 episodes, 2003)
Kevin Bertolini .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Larry Bornstein .... technical consultant (6 episodes, 2003)
John Brown .... location production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Christy Busby .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Jenna Calabrese .... intern (6 episodes, 2003)
Chris Carman .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Cindy Ceglarek .... second assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Amy Cohn .... unit publicist (6 episodes, 2003)
Billy Concha .... key on-set production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Andrew Cone .... key assistant location manager (6 episodes, 2003)
Brandon Cuicchi .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Debby Freeman .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
Lily Garcia .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Matt Haggerty .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
R. Colette Hailey .... location manager (6 episodes, 2003)
Robb Hastigan .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Connie Hendrix .... assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Michael Hersey .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Tilu Khalayi .... assistant post-production accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Alex Leach .... location manager (6 episodes, 2003)
Jana Lundy .... assistant production office coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
Paul-Michel Pierre-Benoist .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2003)
Raul Rodriguez .... intern (6 episodes, 2003)
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Dani Rotstein .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2003)
Marlene Sharp .... adr voice (6 episodes, 2003)
Michelle Stevens .... first assistant accountant (6 episodes, 2003)
Lee Wall .... key assistant location manager (6 episodes, 2003)
Gina White .... clearance (6 episodes, 2003)
Karla Zambrano .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2003)
Aaron Jay Kenny .... assistant to production accountant (6 episodes, 2007-2008)
Steve Dale .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2003)
Michael DeSantis .... production accountant (4 episodes, 2003)
Synthia Learned .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2004)
Jackie Morris .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2004)
Anthony J. Saenz .... location manager (2 episodes, 2008-2009)

Michael C. Watkins .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 2003)
Alex Apple .... key assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Jay Blasco .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tracy L. Moody .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
22 min (88 episodes)
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Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:MA (some episodes) | Hungary:18 | Singapore:M18 | USA:TV-14
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Trivia:
Niecy Nash wore prosthetics to make her body appear larger to play her character Raineesha Williams.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: A few minutes before Deputy Johnson is proposed to, you are able to see a shadow of a cameraman on the closed door on the right of the screen. However, this sort of thing occurs in many episodes and isn't a goof since the characters know they are being filmed and occasionally even speak directly to the camera operators.See more »
Quotes:
Deputy James Garcia:Are you a lesbian?
Deputy Cheresa Kimball:No!
Deputy James Garcia:If you're not a lesbian, prove it. Kiss Junior.
Deputy Cheresa Kimball:No, I'm not kissing Junior!
All:[shout] Kiss Junior! Kiss Junior!
Deputy Cheresa Kimball:No!
Deputy Trudy Wiegel:Suck his dick! Suck his dick!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Tosh.0: Tron Guy (#1.11)" (2009)See more »
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47 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Shots Fired: Comedy Central scores a hit with this hilarious screwball farce, 6 July 2004
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com

Network: Comedy Central; Genera: Comedy/Sketch; Content Rating: TV-14 (for strong language and sexual content; Classification: Contemporary (Star range: 1 - 4)

Season Reviewed: 5 seasons

From the outset, a full-length parody of 'Cops' wouldn't sound like any groundbreaking comedy. With it's well known traditions and often copied style, 'Cops' has long been the subject of parody for years before arguably becoming a parody of itself. However, 'Reno 911!' does you one better. From Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kennedy and Ben Garant - the creators of 'The State' and the now forgiven and forgotten 'Viva Variety' - 'Reno' takes that 'Cops' mold (and 'Rescue 911!' title sequence) and populates it with a world of realized original characters.

In 'Reno' this comedy troupe has found a perfect cross between the improvisational sketch comedy series and the episodic televisions series. The show, as you might expect, is largely improved which can be good or bad (as seen in last year's disastrous 'Life with Bonnie'). The show's hit-and-miss laugh ratio is lower than it probably would be if it was scripted, but what we gain in the trade-off is this wonderful naturalistic dialog. The crew have an ear for recreating that often witty but just as often dull, monotonous and uncomfortable naturalistic conversation. If 'Reno' were any funnier it would be in the stratosphere. I love the opening title sequences.

The entire cast is note-perfect. We have straight-laced Jonsey (Cedric Yarbrough), Garcia (Carlos Alazraqui), a racist, lonely, complex shell of a man, Clementine (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is the truck stop waitress turned cop "with a full dance card", Junior (Garant) is the incompetent, fully of stories, young cadet and Rainessha Williams (Niecy Nash) is the sassy, booty-licious femme-fetal cop. The show bounces all these characters off each other, matching them up in odd pairs and letting the nuances in them create the sparks. Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kennedy have given themselves the juiciest roles and approach brilliance in them. Kenney's Trudy Weigel is superbly dysfunctional beyond any simple description and Lennon's Jim Dangle is poised to be the breakout character of the show. Like Mr. Garrison in 'South Park' and Stewie Griffen on 'Family Guy', Dangle is a character than can get a laugh from me almost anytime he opens his mouth. It has a knack for creating scenarios where, in an odd way, the set-ups can be funnier than the punch line. Just the idea that Jim Dangle is going to show up to Trudy Weigel's house and "give her the thrill of her life" is funnier than ultimately seeing the Asian man she's hiding in her kitchen.

'Reno' knows its way around the 'Cops' traditions, making ample use of streakers with strategically placed edit blurs (also brilliantly hiding the faces of the cast doubling up), belligerent roadside pull-overs, hookers with bad wigs and crazy domestic disturbance calls that reveal fetishes best kept behind closed doors. But it also knows it needs to be more than that. The episode plots are as hilariously strange as it comes and veiled thinly enough to support any number of tangential gags. In one episode the group is put on suicide watch for Trudy Weigel and she flips out because they look disappointed she didn't go through with it. In another, they venture to the Burning Man festival and get lost along the way in full rave gear. In a particularly inspired episode they compete for 2 tickets to an execution with a suspect scavenger hunt.The bumbling officers get visits from the FBI, Homeland Security, British officers and in 2 classic episodes a religious tele-evangelist and Reading Ron (Brian Unger) featuring a show-stoppping bit with a cat on a roof. Watch continuously and you'll see running gags and continuity coming out in what otherwise seems like randomized chaos. These cops view enforcing the law as a happy side effect to the real joy of holding their power over the citizens of the burned-out Nevada suburb, abusing it gleefully and not above pulling guns on themselves.

'Reno 911!' was originally produced as a pilot for Fox and sat on the shelf for 2 years before Comedy Central came calling (and it became an almost instant hit). Sounds like something Fox would do. It's all for the best as 'Reno' on Comedy Central is given free range to do things every week that would have gotten them throw off the air at Fox. Jokes around rape, accidental shootings, cops planting evidence and screwing with the citizens (in a time when the media loves to put a wedge between cops and the people), red-necks & every racial demographic known to man, discussions on when it's appropriate to use the N-word, terrorists in the post-9/11 world (with the greatest of ease I might add, a subject most shows trip over themselves to run from) and everything else you might imagine would give a network suit a conniption fit are peppered well into the show. It enthusiastically leapfrogs from one set piece to the next in an attempt to offend anyone and everyone it can and getting big laughs with it.

I largely consider Comedy Central a dumping ground, but admire their drive to take chances - which is more than you can say for the networks. 'Reno' is a show that isn't crude for the sake of it or the edgy in appearance only. It is a gutsy, frequently hysterical series in which the gags are expertly delivered (and edited together) by a well developed cast of comic talents. A real screwball farce that roams freely around without politically correct borders or boundaries, the likes of which you just don't see much of on TV today. And you want, silly slapstick? 'Reno' proves that even the age-old kick-in-the-groin gag, if done well, can still be funny. An acquired taste, but well worth it.

* * * / 4

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