I will hereby remove any Trailer Park Boys influence from my reviewing process and rate this show simply on it's own merit. I will forget that the guys behind 'Drunk and on Drugs Funtime Happy Hour' had helped produce one of the greatest recent comedy shows I have had the pleasure to watch. Because let's face it. The characters in Trailer Park Boys were perfect. They were an ensemble. They all mattered and they were all constructive to the overall quality of the show. I loved everything about the show, from Lahey's continual battle with alcohol and all things sexy, Ricky's take on the English language and his justification of skewed logic and the incredible creation of the character 'Bubbles' to even the most minor of roles. Phil Collins, Jacob, J-Roc, Ray, Trevor, Cory, Lucy, Sarah....they were all so important.
But with this new show there is nothing. Perhaps I just don't 'get it' or maybe I'm never high enough but the show is just poor all round. To those unaware of the plot, J.P, Rob and Mike (Julian, Ricky and Bubbles) are creating a new show but are constantly given some blue drugs created by Doctor Funtime. They get into a number of scrapes and are constantly on the run from a local mafia man and a knife wielding madman amongst other things. Inbetween this ridiculous plot are a number of...well, I suppose i'll call them 'subplots' for now. Basically, it's the boys dressed up as 'characters', much like 'Little Britain' or similar sketch comedy shows. I expect to most, what little humor there is to absorb from them would lie in their appearance. From fat disk jockeys to silly superheroes. There are all of the hallmarks of a costume budget gone wild. In between drugged dazes, the boys find themselves struggling to keep it together, whilst the television network tries in vain to keep on top of the show.
It might sound confusing or just stupid. But that is basically what you will be watching. There is little to laugh about here. A show like this can only work if the characters are watchable, humorous and absorbing. These characters are pointless, bland and definitely not watchable. There is no sign of cohesive plot, no apparent sign of comedy and pretty much nothing to keep you watching.
If a TPB fan is about to embark on this, please don't. You'll only be terribly disappointed. I imagine this is a show that can only have been produced whilst on drugs, yet I think even those higher than a boeng 747 will struggle to enjoy this show.
A mild 3/10
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