Follow-Up Review: The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour

While I stand by my initial reaction to The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour, now that I have seen the other episodes I can’t recommend this series. All the potential that this show held never paid off.

The surrealist nature of the first show seems to have been abandoned, preferring a more absurdist approach of throwing the variety of characters into various combinations, seeing what kind of laughs can be gotten. While this style of storytelling worked for Trailer Park Boys, it doesn’t here. Trailer Park Boys was grounded in a reality of everyday banality, making the outrageous situations all the more amusing. The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour is so far removed from reality, we have no frame of reference to see what is out of proportion, and thus humour is lost.

I’d hope we’d have an understanding of who, what and why regarding the pirates, gangsters, superheroes, radio station DJ and the other characters played by Wells, Smith and Trembley, but it never came. Not to mention the show, in its last scene, seems to admit to the viewer it does not know how to end this story.

My biggest disappointment was John Dunsworth. Nothing short of brilliant as the tragic and flawed Jim Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, he is wasted as an armless pizza maker… or something like that.

All in all, The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour is talking loud, but not saying much.

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9 Responses to “Follow-Up Review: The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour”


  1. 1 CharlotteWeb August 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I think the problem with this series is that there wasn’t enough of it… six 22 min episodes wasn’t enough time to explore the characters and the back stories. Shame, because I found it fun to watch and was always left wanting more. I’ve watched each episode a couple of times and they get funnier with every viewing.

    I really hope Shaw has the balls to renew the show, it has so much potential and with a bit more time (and money?) this could become another classic like TPB.

  2. 2 BrandonLPZ September 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Lol what are you saying Papa karlson is hilarious i think John did an exellent job with his characters.
    I really enjoy the craziness and absurd comedy that they have its like some sort of amusement park, yeah they left some info about the characters out but they’ll probably let us know more in the next season..

    i really love the acting, its really unique.. you cant fake the kinda shit they act.
    Really good show
    To be honest i loved trailer park boys but im beginning to love Drunk and on drugs even more.

  3. 3 EJS April 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

    At first i felt kind of angry how the show was, but i agree with CharlotteWeb about it being more and more funny the more times you watch it. Honestly i can’t imagine this show getting another season, but if they do i hope they get some substantial material to deliver the audience. Also in regards to the reviews comments about John Dunsworth, i couldn’t agree more, not that papa Karlson wasn’t a good charachter, but more that John Dunsworth should have as many charachters as the other three, Jim Lahey was done so amazing that half the time i honestly wondered if he was really drunk. I love TBP and i hope to god these guys get another shot at this because of the many years they kept me ROFL.

    • 4 Matt Moore April 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks EJS. I’m with you on Lahey. I think he’s one of the best characters in television as an episodic medium. The boys had their stories, but never really moved too far out of their comfort zone. Jim Lahey’s battle with alcoholism was played for laughs, but is also very, very real and very, very tragic. Right up to the end of Count Down to Liquor Day. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. 5 Gina July 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The drunk and on drugs happyfuntime hour is ridiculous, not funny, and is too chaotic. I am probably the biggest trailer park boys fan, I think it is the funniest show ever made. Honestly I would rather watch TPB over and over than even watch a minute of this new show. Big disapointment from these actors who are better then this.

    • 6 Matt Moore July 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Gina. My guess is the boys wanted to do something different and went down a path that didn’t lead to where fans wanted them to go. I have to wonder what they’re doing now.

      • 7 Terri Schiebenes July 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        They bought the rights to TPB and started their own network on the Internet called Swearnet dot com, and they announced they will be doing a season 8 of TPB.

      • 8 Matt Moore July 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm

        Hey, that’s really cool! Thanks for letting me know Terri. Hope the boys do well.


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