This may be copyright infringement, but then, it’s a show that promotes stealing

12Oct07

Here’s something Candace stumbled across that so delighted her as a Canadian living abroad that it brought tears to her eyes: an online archive of Trailer Park Boys episodes posted on Google Video and Guba. While the show is seemingly in perpetual rotation on Showcase, this is still good news to Canadians; not only can they watch any episode on demand, but there’s now minimal chance of accidentally sitting through even a single excruciating second of Billable Hours to get to it. If you’re not Canadian and don’t know what all the fuss is about Trailer Park Boys, think of the mockumentary style of The Office with infinitely more swearing and rampant drug and alcohol use. It’s hilarious.

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I haven’t been exploiting Google Video like I should, but it’s amazing, really. A few days ago, Candace and I watched the 1984 PSA video Strong Kids, Safe Kids, which I found after checking out a couple of YouTube excerpts in a Bill Simmons column. And as Simmons would say, it’s off the Unintentional Comedy scale. It’s hosted by Henry Winkler in a dual role as the Fonz and himself in a series of gay sweaters. “I’m very glad to see you!” he points offscreen at the start of the video, which then cuts to a shot of a very apprehensive-looking child.

The thing is definitely from 1984, with appearances from all the big stars of the era, including Pacman, Mariette Hartley, Scrappy Doo, and a wide-eyed John Ritter, who seems to have been given a bump of coke immediately prior to filming. Who’s next? I wondered. Dexy’s Midnight Runners? Or maybe Men at Work (“Who touched you? Who can it be now?” they’d sing.) Conspicuous by his absence is Emmanuel Lewis, although the video does feature the “No, Go, Tell” strategy from the old PSAs he used to be in; as I’ve mentioned, I used to get that mixed up with “Stop, Drop, and Roll”. But the Smurfs are there, which raises the prospect that someone’s tried to molest Baby Smurf. My money is on Pedophile Smurf. I knew they should have let Gargamel grab that guy.

The highlights are of course the anatomically explicit penis- and vulva-related song sung by a guy who’s a dead ringer for Steve Rhoads on Married with Children, as well as the Honk Lady, who demonstrates a kind of honking noise kids should make when they’re in danger (she also demonstrates a weird dead-eyed sick zombie face that would sexually repulse anyone, although I’m not sure that’s part of the strategy). I like when Fonz tries out the honk and then says, “I like that!” Really? You like the sound of kids in danger, Fonz? Maybe; he also threatens to run over the viewers’ knees with his motorcycle.

All in all, it’s the funniest 42 minutes of child molesting-related material you’re likely to watch this year. Two thumbs up (and a big “Aaaaaay!”).



5 Responses to “This may be copyright infringement, but then, it’s a show that promotes stealing”

  1. i have a rule that ironic humor can’t exceed 4 minutes in length. Then you’re just watching out of genuine interest in the subject and not some reverse hipster cool because uncool logic.

  2. Comparison to The Office, might be a little off, but this is an interesting take on Trailer Park Boys. Are we looking at a similiar phenomenon as we did with Bob and Doug in the 80s? hmmm. Food for thought.

    Allan Nichols
    The Canadian Expat Association
    http://www.thecanadianexpat.com

  3. 3 Candace

    “If you’re not Canadian and don’t know what all the fuss is about Trailer Park Boys, think of the mockumentary style of The Office with infinitely more swearing and rampant drug and alcohol use. It’s hilarious.”

    Don’t forget the piss jugs.

    Man, now I’m homesick!

  4. “My money is on Pedophile Smurf.”

    Where is this ‘Peter Lynn’? I want to shake your hand, sir.

  5. 5 Steve

    I have noticed that there are a few episodes of “Trailer Park Boys” that are not on Google video. It does however have the Christmas Special and the movie. If anyone hasn’t seen this show, tie them up and force them to watch it. I have gotten hooked on this show, and from what I’m told, all episodes are all available on uTorrent. Your friends will thank you for making them watch this. Conky is brilliant.


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