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A group of talented improv players were seen on this Comedy Central weekly, which mercilessly spoofed such reality series as Cops. Heading the Washoe County Sheriff's Department in Reno, NV, was Lt. Jim Dangle (played by Thomas Lennon, who also co-produced), a sexually ambivalent lawman who preferred to show up at a crime scene wearing the shortest of shorts. Dangle's team included the silent but deadly Travis Junior (Robert Ben Garant, another co-producer); the nerdish, heavily medicated Trudy Weigel (Keri Kenney, likewise a member of the production team); flamboyantly streetwise Williams (Niecy Nash); and sexpot Clementine Johnson (Wendi McLendon-Covey). On the off chance that anyone would take the lampoonish hand-held photography and ad-libbed dialogue seriously, the producers served up such nonsensical episodes as the opener, in which the squad went after a pervert who molested department-store mannequins. Assembled by the same gang responsible for the Latino variety-series satire Viva Variety!, Reno 911! debuted July 23, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Close
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review by . September 11, 2009
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We've all seen the show COPS where a documentary crew follows police men around on their duties of arresting perps and keeping the peace?  Well Reno 911! takes that idea solely to the city of Reno Nevada where all sorts of saucy goings on are, and supplies the Reno Sherrif's dept as it's stars.  The only cavet:  The Sherrif's dept is ingratiatingly incompetant, predjadiced and inept at almost everything they do, especailly when it comes to fighting crime.      …
Quick Tip by . January 08, 2010
COPS style show focussing on the silly goings on in Reno Nevada's Sheriffs dept. Silly premise gets milked good to good effect.
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