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Reno 911!

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COPS riding the short bus 'round town

  • Sep 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.

Headed up by Lt. Jim Dangle who is constantly fitted with snug bike shorts, the rest of the gang includes a motley group such as bad tempered veteran cop Garcia, violent redneck bedecked in a bulletproof vest Junior, constantly medicating and brain damaged Weigel, smooth talking sometimes, sexually promiscous other times Jonesy, sassy and power abusive Williams and slutty hippie type Johnson.  Every character is unique in attitude or behavior and yet can mix and match with each other terrifically.

Shot with a largly improv style to help cover any mistakes sometimes very obvious with times you can tell they screwed up or are covering up and making it up badly as they go.  it does offer a very loose style.  Planned out events are usually great like a runaway trailer with porn magazines flying out the sides or even the seasonal openings before the shows like testing body armor or tailing suspects and trying to read license plates only to crash and have the airbags deploy.

Some characters have come into the show and others leave as seasons go on.  The show has been as good as it's always been but the later seasons do suffer from the same bits from other seasons such as Prostitution stings gone bad or the Sherrifs trying to stop stupid kids from doing crazy stunts and even the same trouble makers like Terry the gay rollerskater or Andrew a loud troublemaker whoes usually at a brothel.  The best part is that even when you think a joke is going to turn out a certain way, 10 to 1 says it doesn't which keeps you guessing.

Reno 911! looks stupid at first and there really isn't anything special about it other then the talent involved is great and takes a thin premise and stretches it and wrings it out for all it's worth and even now after season 6 it still can go on and on.  The best part is, it's fake cause something tells me that if this show was real, the city of Reno would be on fire right now.
Conversations and Confessionals Anti Terrorism training Teri at her mother's grave Lt. Jim Dangle address's his team Junior leads a field trip through jail More talks in front of the camera

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September 11, 2009
I love this show! Actually I never watched it til I met an acquaintance who plays Cindy the Sex Slave and looked for all the episodes she's been in. From what I understand, the entire season is shot in only a few days, and is mostly improv, a lot of which gets left on the cutting room floor. It is pretty amazing that they've been able to use the same premise for so many seasons! Your review describes it perfectly!
September 12, 2009
I'm glad you enjoyed it. This is one of those shows that you hope that if the show ended, the cast would work on something else.
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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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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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