- Starring: Carlos Alazraqui, Kerri Kenney, Niecy Nash
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
•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.… Collapse
- Genre(s): Comedy
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Jul 23, 2003
- Episode Length: 30
- Air Time: 10:30 PM
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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.
An exceedingly funny spoof of Cops that also manages to dismantle the entire crime-show genre. [23 Jul 2003]
Outrageous. ... Thanks to inspired editing, it all hangs together. [14 Jul 2003]
"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]
The result: extreme silliness but more than enough laughs to make the half-hour investment worthwhile. [23 Jul 2003]
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]
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