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Reno 911 - The Complete First Season (2003)

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Television movie directed by Ben Garant, Michael Patrick Jann, and Thomas Lennon (III)

From the creators of the flamboyantly fabulousViva Variety(and when willthatbe released on DVD?) comesReno 911, Comedy Central's most arresting comedy series. Ride along with the cluelessly cracked squad of the Wahoe County Sheriff's Department, who … see full wiki

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1 review about Reno 911 - The Complete First Season (2003)

FUNNY stuff!!

  • Mar 9, 2005
Rating:
+4
RENO 911 was a delightful discovery for me. I don't have cable TV, so I had always heard about it but never seen it. So the miracle of DVD really paid off here!!

Filmed in a pseudo-documentary style, obviously meant to evoke COPS, RENO 911 is extremely fast-paced and wickedly funny.

It's got a cast of mostly unknowns, and they are cut loose to obviously improvise a great deal. The show is clearly quite low-budget, but this actually kinda helps the COPS style. Jerky camera work, obvious direct-to-video production values and a jump-cut style. It's essentially a series of bits from one ridiculous bust to another, with a couple of small threads of plot running throughout a given episode (a standout being the impending marriage of a highly flirtatious female cop to a totally worthless, drug-carrying felon...the reactions of her fellow cops and the progression of the story are priceless...and essentially abandoned by the next episode).

The character of Dangle, the team leader, is especially priceless. He wears sunglasses, a tight mustache and very tight short-shorts. He's gay and he's a tightass of the first magnitude. He's self-deluded but remarkably seems to be a leader that the rest of the cops look up to...a little. Another character, Weigel, is a female cop with extreme issues about...well, just about everything, from her fellow cops to sex to more sex. Uptight, with crazy hobbies and the VERY false idea that she fits into the team well.

Not every gag on the show works well. Some are roll on the floor funny (like the VERY first scene of the very first episode...a suprise birthday party gone wrong...I had to stop the darn DVD to finish laughing), while others are a bit lame and pointless. BUT, it flies by, and if something doesn't strike your funnybone..give it about 30 seconds and you'll be back in the spirit. Each episode is only about 22 minutes, so I find it to be a great way to kill a few minutes at the end of a long day. No time for a movie? Need a hard laugh or two? You can't go wrong with RENO 911.

I can't recommend the show for kids...it's got some raw stuff...nothing horrendously explicit, but certainly nothing for kids under 15 or so. Otherwise, it's ABSOLUTELY a show worth seeing.

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