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  • Starring: Carlos Alazraqui, Kerri Kenney, Niecy Nash
  • Summary: From the folks that brought you "The State" and "Viva Variety!" are back for some law-enforcement mayhem. Meet the men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff's Department, led by Lt. Jim Dangle (Tom Lennon) -- a straight-and-narrow cop who might not be all that "straight" after all. Deputies include a former topless showgirl and a 5-foot-4 veritable crime-fightin' machine. On tonight's premiere episode, Lt. Dangle declares Reno a zero-tolerance town. Unfortunately, the entire population has heard the news and is obeying every rule.

    Awards & Nominations
    •2004 GLAAD Media Award - Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series

    Reno Trivia
    •Almost all character dialogue is improvised by the actors.
    •The main actors frequently appear on the show as other characters with their faces blurred. For example, Kerri Kenney often played Jackie, the unbalanced prostitute.
    •One of the apartment buildings seen in Season 2 was torn down shortly after filming was finished in Carson.
    •According to an interview with 'Thomas Lennon' , the main cast member who ruins the most takes by laughing out loud is Carlos Alazraqui.
    •This show uses improvisation, as 99% of the lines are unscripted.
    •Filming Locations: Carson, California, USA & Reno, Nevada, USA.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    When the series premiered in July, 'Reno' looked like a one- or two-joke stunt, a smartly sustained 'Saturday Night Live' sketch. ... As this series has evolved, its format has proven remarkably expansive and emotionally rich, using parodic elements to explore these characters and place them precisely in a social environment.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 8, 2013
    An exceedingly funny spoof of Cops that also manages to dismantle the entire crime-show genre. [23 Jul 2003]
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 8, 2013
    Outrageous. ... Thanks to inspired editing, it all hangs together. [14 Jul 2003]
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jul 8, 2013
    "Reno 911!" isn't quite as rich and subtle as the best improvised comedy - the basic format becomes repetitive, and the performers sometimes drive the material into absurd directions when it might have been funnier to keep things smaller - but all in all, it's still a very funny show. [23 Jul 2003]
  5. Reviewed by: John Maynard
    Jul 8, 2013
    The result: extreme silliness but more than enough laughs to make the half-hour investment worthwhile. [23 Jul 2003]
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 8, 2013
    This brand of humor can be an acquired taste, but fans with a tolerance for out-there buffoonery will want to make the trip to "Reno." [20 Jul 2003]
  7. Reviewed by: John Ruch
    Jul 8, 2013
    Possibly the least funny thing on TV. [23 Jul 2003]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. CBZ
    Feb 12, 2011
    Short and fun episodes that make fun of the Cop reality TV shows out there. Each character is stranger than the previous one and together they make an explosive mix. It reminds me of Super Troopers. Expand