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Comedy Central's Reno 911 is one of those rare shows that shouldn't work, and yet it surprisingly does. As the third season of the show opens, the inept officers of the Reno, Nevada sheriff's department are freed from prison and leading new lives, only to be re-united again and eventually re-instated as cops, much to their dismay. The improvised jokes and gags come as fast and furious as a long time fan of the show would come to expect, yet pretty much everything here still manages to feel fresh. Thomas Lennon (Dangle) and Robert Garant (Junior) are still the funniest attractions of Reno 911, and even when a new recruit (Mary Birdsong) joins the force, the show still keeps rolling along. There's plenty of other hilarity that ensues throughout the season, including Weigel (Kerry Kinney-Silver) planning to wed her serial killer boyfriend; not letting a little thing like him sitting on death row spoil her plans of matrimony. All in all, the third season of Reno 911 only improves everything that the surprising Comedy Central hit has laid out, and while these cops are definitely not the best, you can't deny that they're not the funniest.
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on July 10, 2006
You can try and emulate this show but it would be hard. Rarely have seven actors (eight now as Mary Birdsong joins after a few episodes, evening out the man-woman ratio) been able to create such vivid characters that are funny and pathetic and yet never cross over the line into stupidity. The chemistry among all the leads is amazing and no matter who they're paired up with, they pull it off every time.

Season Three begins with the conclusion of the story arc from Season Two. The cops are now in jail, in tight quarters and driving one another nuts. Once that storyline is resolved, they're back on the beat. Dangle meets a young man who could be his son and that's bad for Dangle -- because he's desperately attracted to the young man. Jones enjoys a brief moment in the spotlight as a voiceover artist. Garcia refuses to introduce the cops to a mystery woman, so of course they all spy on him. A children's TV host tries to do a show on location and it all goes very, very wrong. The scene with Junior rescuing a cat from a roof is one that seems pretty standard at first; we know something will go wrong (things ALWAYS go wrong with Junior), just not what. However, what does happen is so horrifying yet so blasted funny that you'll be staring at your TV set in disbelief while laughing so hard you can't breathe.

Thankfully Season Three, like Season Two, is uncensored and it's amazing what a world of difference that makes. All the bleeping from TV can make a scene seem disjointed, and I never thought I'd say this, but the profanity makes every situation funnier. Also, the more you watch an episode, the more you can pick up on the asides, and the off-the-cuff comments that enrich each scene even more.

I think the secret to what makes Reno so good is that while the characters and situations are nuts, there's something very real about the Reno cops. They live in substandard housing, they smoke, they drink, are unlucky in life and love, and they try to find their happiness wherever they can. This is illustrated in the scene when Jones tells Junior what he would do if he had two million dollars, that he'd tell off his family and when Junior asks him why he doesn't do that now, Jones states it's because his family is supporting him. Another scene shows the cops at the end of their shift, sitting on the front lawn of the station, smoking and making small talk and I got the impression they really didn't have anywhere else to go. (Not one of the characters is married, oddly enough.) I think if the actors played these characters straight, it would be too sad for words. They don't have much going for them, and it's only their job that gives them authority and power that they want. God love 'em. You may not want Dangle, Weigel, Jones and the gang in your precinct but there's no denying they're the funniest cops you'll see.
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on September 15, 2015
Reno 911 started out as a cross between Cops and Police Academy. It was very entertaining without being overly crude. By season three, the show was more like the Porky's movies; it was getting very raunchy and less funny. After Season Four the show wasn't worth watching at all.
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VINE VOICEon May 19, 2007
The 7th episode of the season features a series-best performance from Cedric Yarborough as Jones, who gains instant fame as the voice-over talent for High Sierra Carpets. The series is based on characters who have varying degrees of insanity and instability (but for the most part let those traits bubble just below the surface). In this episode, however, Yarborough gives an unrestrained, over-the-top tour de force performance. Deputy Jones proves that the higher they climb, the harder they fall, and the episode is laugh-out-loud hilarious. The fun doesn't stop there...the season starts with the entire cast in jail (picking up from season 2), moves toward their inevitable showdown with former D.A. (and part-time serial killer) Mike Powers, and much, much more. The eleventh episode...with the officers performing security duty on the set of "CSI"...features some of their best extended improv to date. The scene with Dangle and Junior guarding "M. Helgenberger's" trailer just keeps getting crazier and crazier. Apparently he REALLY wanted that towel! This is ensemble comedy at its finest.
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on January 25, 2014
This was a Christmas present for my Son-in-Law. I personally have never watched this television series, but he has from the very start. I purchased the 1st three seasons and plan on buying the complete set for his birthday. He's ben thanking me since Christmas morning. He personally recommends RENO 911.
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on November 16, 2013
What can you say about Reno 911 but that it is an exceptionally funny show that makes fun of itself and leaves everyone laughing. I love the episode where Jones gets a job doing a radio commercial but ends up staring at a billboard of a turtle doing his lines! "...and the installation is freee-e-e!"
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on March 30, 2013
If you like cops then you will love this show because they combine comedy in funny instinces but be aware that their are crude and questionable jokes soo I recommend this show for an older audience and to anyone who has every seen episodes its worth buying the seasons
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Reno 911! is a hilarious mockumentary-style spoof of a "Cops" reality show; the acting is superb and I couldn't stop laughing! They keep the action going; I wasn't ever bored and they even went through the trouble of filming some of the scenes in a real working police substation in Carson, California! These are great performances with minimally scripted material; much of this is improvised with actors making up their lines as they go along. There is Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy Jones who is forever trying to be the ultimate ladies' man; Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, a remarkably curvaceous cop with an attitude; Robert Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior who is something of a redneck; Thomas Lennon as flamboyantly gay (but usually in denial) Lieutenant Jim Dangle; Kerri Kenney as manic depressive, racist sociopath Deputy Trudy Wiegel; Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia who has his own racial attitudes; Wendi McLendon-Covey as loose woman Deputy Clementine Johnson and, in season three, Mary Birdsong as a newcomer to the force , the somewhat closeted "I Am Not a Lesbian" Deputy Cherisha Kimball.

I don't want to spoil things for you, so I'll just mention a fraction of what happens. The season begins with the force still in jail; but they are released after a most unexpected turn of events! You'd think their problems would be over as they rebuild their lives but that won't be quite so easy. Look also for what happens when Garcia has a mystery lady friend in his life--the other cops are shocked he's never mentioned her especially when everything indicates that he's going to marry her! In another particularly well done episode that many reviewers have mentioned, Jones has his big "show biz" break when he does a voice-over for a commercial; Jones dreams of being able to tell the other cops where to go and we see how that all plays out.

In addition, Deputy Wiegel decides to marry Craig, the "Truckee River" serial killer; and how Deputy Williams and the other deputies prepare for such an oddball wedding makes for very funny and unexpected situations. There's a major SARS scare for Wiegel, Jones and Dangle while other sidesplitting episodes show the Sheriff's Department getting a new Humvee cruiser and what happens when Deputies Williams and Garcia are responsible for guarding Liberace's piano.

The two DVD set comes with bonus features; we get "extended outtakes from the `cart-jacking' and the set of CSI" and "action figure promos." There are even more extended outtakes and some of the episodes offer an optional running commentary that really made me laugh!

Reno 911! had a great third season and any fan of this series should get this two DVD set. The episodes are uncensored which makes them even funnier! I agree with the reviewer who writes that these people are people we can relate to in one way or another; but I also think that the fact that these cops are such "clown-like" characters with their sometimes silly physical appearances and often strange behavior makes this an outstanding comedy series.
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Reno 911! is a hilarious mockumentary-style spoof of a "Cops" reality show; the acting is superb and I couldn't stop laughing! They keep the action going which kept my attention; I certainly wasn't ever bored! If this show is new to you, I recommend you try watching an episode--you may well become hooked; and I am impressed that they even filmed some of the scenes in a real working police substation in Carson, California! These are very clever performances with minimally scripted material; and so much of this is improvised that these actors must be brilliant to have done all this. The members of the force include Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy Jones who is forever trying to be the ultimate ladies' man; Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, a remarkably curvaceous cop with an attitude; Robert Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior who is something of a redneck; Thomas Lennon as flamboyantly gay (but usually in denial) Lieutenant Jim Dangle; Kerri Kenney as manic depressive, racist sociopath Deputy Trudy Wiegel; Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia who has his own attitudes; Wendi McLendon-Covey as the loose woman Deputy Clementine Johnson and Mary Birdsong as the somewhat closeted Deputy Cherisha Kimball.

And this episode has a lot going on! Jones gets a job doing a voice-over for a carpet company; and now he hopes to make huge amounts of money--so much, in fact, that he can afford to quit the force, enter show-biz and live amongst the stars! Of course, the episode shows how this all plays out with a few interesting unexpected results. In addition, things aren't easy when Deputies Garcia and Junior respond to an emergency call--they're getting shot at but it isn't with bullets! Can they nab the perpetrators and haul them off to jail? Watch and find out! There's another situation when Dangle and Wiegel try to do a crime scene investigation of a murder involving drugs and look for Mia Guzman doing a great job of playing Kiki in this episode. The rest I'll leave out so you can enjoy it all the more.

I recommend Reno 911! episodes and season DVD sets for people who like hysterically funny spoofs of reality shows like "Cops" and improvised comedy. Fans of the actors will not be disappointed.
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Reno 911! is a hilarious mockumentary-style spoof of a "Cops" reality show; the acting is superb and I couldn't stop laughing! They keep the action going which kept my attention; I certainly wasn't ever bored! If this show is new to you, I recommend you try watching an episode--you may well become hooked! They even went through the trouble of filming some of the scenes in a real working police substation in Carson, California! These are great performances with minimally scripted material; much of this is improvised with actors making up their lines as they go along. There is Cedric Yarbrough as Deputy Jones who is forever trying to be the ultimate ladies' man; Niecy Nash as Deputy Raineesha Williams, a remarkably curvaceous cop with an attitude; Robert Ben Garant as Deputy Travis Junior who is something of a redneck; Thomas Lennon as flamboyantly gay (but usually in denial) Lieutenant Jim Dangle; Kerri Kenney as manic depressive, racist sociopath Deputy Trudy Wiegel; Carlos Alazraqui as Deputy James Garcia who has his own attitudes; Wendi McLendon-Covey as the loose woman Deputy Clementine Johnson and Mary Birdsong as the somewhat closeted Deputy Cherisha Kimball.

And this episode has lots of situations to make you laugh! I loved it so much I watched it twice! We see what happens when Deputies Garcia and Williams are assigned to guard Liberace's piano at the Washoe Mall; things don't exactly go as expected. Meanwhile, Clementine Johnson is enjoying the gifts lavished upon her by 74 year old Larry the "Hot Tub King;" and when Larry proposes Clementine happily says yes! But when Larry unexpectedly dies Clementine has to figure out a way to marry him anyway--after all, she "always wanted to be a widow." Make that an incredibly rich widow, that is! A few people from the Sheriff's Department hatch a plan to help Clementine marry the deceased Larry; the rest of the story gets interesting indeed!

There's still more to the episode that will make you laugh; I'll leave that out so you can enjoy without spoilers!

I recommend Reno 911! Episodes and season DVD sets for people who like hysterically funny spoofs of reality shows like "Cops" and improvised TV comedy. Fans of the actors will not be disappointed.
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