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RENO 911!
Reno cast v8.jpg
Cast of season 6
Format Comedy
Created by Robert Ben Garant
Thomas Lennon
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Starring Thomas Lennon
Kerri Kenney-Silver
Cedric Yarbrough
Niecy Nash
Robert Ben Garant
Carlos Alazraqui (season 1-5)
Wendi McLendon-Covey (season 1-5)
Mary Birdsong (season 3-5)
Ian Roberts (season 6)
Joe Lo Truglio (season 6)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 87 (List of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run July 23, 2003 (2003-07-23) – July 8, 2009 (2009-07-08)

RENO 911! is an American comedy television series on Comedy Central that originally ran from 2003 to 2009. It is a mockumentary-style parody of law enforcement documentary shows, specifically COPS, with comic actors playing the police officers. Most of the material is improvised, using a broad outline, and with minimal scripted material. The series spawned a film, Reno 911!: Miami, featuring the same cast.

On August 13, 2009, Thomas Lennon announced through Twitter that the show had ended its six-year run.[1]



The show is a satire of the FOX Television show COPS, which follows actual police officers through their daily duties (often chasing criminals and intervening in domestic disputes) in Washoe County, Nevada. Reno 911! features members of a fictitious, inept Reno Sheriff's Department, distinct from the actual Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Office, both of which are absent in the show. In the course of their duties patrolling both Reno and the rest of the county, the deputies sometimes address the camera directly as though being interviewed. The show dealt heavily in politically-incorrect and 'racy' humor, including many jokes about race, sexual orientation, drug and alcohol abuse, rape, and so on.

Only the basic plot elements of the show were scripted, with the dialogue improvised, enhancing the illusion of reality (a practice referred to as retroscripting). Unlike COPS, which the show parodies, Reno 911! Sheriff's deputies were constantly cursing, causing much of their dialogue to be "bleeped" for broadcast. The actors often performed their own stunts. A constantly-changing cast of weirdos, prostitutes, homeless persons, survivalists, political figures, celebrities etc. were portrayed by comedian friends of the primary cast or the cast themselves (whose faces were blurred in the style of COPS to keep them distinct from their officer characters). During the entire show, the police radio was from Grand Theft Auto 2.

As the show progressed into Season Four, the show's characters occasionally referred to their own program. They insist that the show's producers told them the videotaped footage was going to be used for a FOX Television documentary series titled Heroes on Patrol, that they have no control over what is shown, and that the show only seems to capture moments of incompetence. The many "good" incidents are allegedly left out of the final edit.

Development history

In Thomas Lennon's words, Reno 911! came about, "like the best of ideas, through total desperation." [2] Following the end of Viva Variety, The State alumni worked on a series of pilots for Fox Television, one of which, after a year's worth of dedicated writing, was terminated the day before shooting. It was scheduled to begin in the fall of 2000.[2][3] With a month left before the pilot was expected to be due (and half of the budget still unused), the team asked if they could produce another pilot with the remaining resources, and the Fox executives agreed. Working quickly to take advantage of this, the initial Reno 911! pilot was conceived and shot in five days.[2] Cedric Yarborough, who had been hired for the cast of the canceled pilot, said that the cast was advised to "come up with [their] own characters" and return for filming.[3]

As originally written, the sheriff's department material would have served as link material between traditional comedy sketches; the canceled project was being considered for the Fox Saturday lineup, and the team thought at the time that the COPS format was a natural framework for sketch comedy. However, during the shooting—and especially the editing—they realized the police element was more interesting than the sketches, and the finished pilot was, according to Robert Ben Garant, "remarkably similar" to the series that eventually aired.[2] Nevertheless, Fox turned down the completed pilot. According to Lennon, their decision not to pick the show up was influenced by a scene, preserved in the eventual Comedy Central pilot, involving Lt. Dangle passionately kissing a man.[4] It was another two years before Comedy Central greenlit the project.[3]


The establishing shots for the show were filmed in Reno, and everything else was filmed in Southern California and some parts of Oregon. Many of the main scenes of the show were shot over the course of many hours, such as the briefing room scenes. According to the DVD commentary for season three, all morning briefing scenes for a season may be filmed on one 10-hour day with different basic plot elements to be used in different episodes. Actors would contribute their dialogue as they were inspired to do so.

The show was continued for two additional seasons with Comedy Central running a special of the show titled Reno 911!: Off Duty on March 21, 2004. The fourth season began on July 9, 2006 and was comprised of 14 episodes. Comedy Central aired the first seven in the fall of 2006 and the last seven in the spring 2007. Also in early 2007, a theatrical film based upon the series entitled Reno 911!: Miami was released in North America, featuring the complete TV series cast. The Season Four spring debut drew 1.3 million viewers during the week of March 26 to April 1, 2007.

On October 9, 2006, Comedy Central confirmed 13 new episodes to make up Reno 911! Season Five, though the season actually contained 16 episodes. Production of Season Five started in January and wrapped up in April. Reno 911! Season Five premiered on January 16, 2008. On March 27, 2007, Superstation WGN acquired the first four seasons of the half-hour comedy for a two year run. The syndicated Reno 911! is a part of their late night comedy block. Reruns are currently syndicated to broadcast stations. In 2007, Lennon and Garant later appeared in-character on a comedy compilation CD, Comedy Death-Ray, released on September 11, singing a song about why not to use drugs.

On November 10, 2008, Comedy Central confirmed 10 new episodes to make up Reno 911! Season Six, the final season. Principal photography was done between November and December 2008. Carmen Electra was a guest star on an episode filmed December 5, 2008 at Grant High School (Los Angeles, California). Season Six premiered on April 1, 2009 on Comedy Central. Season Six consisted of fifteen episodes. Cast members Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Mary Birdsong did not return for the final season and their characters' absence was explained as fatalities from an explosion in the Season Five finale. In addition, actors Ian Roberts and Joe Lo Truglio were added to the principal cast as Sergeant Jack Declan and Deputy Frank Salvatore Rizzo, respectively.

On August 13, 2009, Thomas Lennon announced through Twitter that the show had ended its six-year run.[5] In response to the cancellation, residents and officials of Reno petitioned to save the show with efforts including a fundraiser where 500 participants tossed 50,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other in downtown.[6]


Cast and characters


Cast history

  • Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Ben Garant, Joe Lo Truglio, frequent Reno 911 director Michael Patrick Jann and many of the frequent guest stars are members of The State, a comedy troupe who had a popular sketch series which aired for several seasons on MTV in the early 1990s.
  • Lennon and Kenney-Silver were the stars of Viva Variety, a former Comedy Central series. Their co-star, Michael Ian Black, has also appeared in several Reno 911 episodes. Garant was Viva Variety's head writer and co-creator; it was a spin-off of a sketch on The State.
  • McLendon-Covey is a current member of The Groundlings theatre company, located in Los Angeles.
  • Alazraqui is the voice of many cartoon characters, such as: Mr. Weed from Family Guy (1999-2001); Lazlo and Clam from Camp Lazlo; Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life; Winslow and Lube from Catdog; Monroe the enchanted dog from The Life and Times of Juniper Lee; and, Denzel Crocker from The Fairly OddParents. He also was the voice of Spyro the Dragon in that series' first installment. Alazraqui is also the current voice of the Disney character Panchito, of The Three Caballeros.
  • Nash is the host of Clean House on the Style Network. She also appeared in Cookie's Fortune, also as a cop.
  • Yarbrough is the voice of Assistant District Attorney Tom DuBois and Col. Stinkmeaner in the cartoon version of The Boondocks and plays a prison guard in the film Meet the Fockers, and an Army sergeant in an episode of Arrested Development
  • Birdsong worked on several Comedy Central programs prior to joining the cast of Reno 911. She appeared in programs such as The Daily Show; Crossballs; Contest Searchlight; and, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil. Before joining Reno 911 as a main cast member, Birdsong made a guest appearance in season 2 as Lisa, a Caucasian woman disguised as a Japanese masseuse. She won a Theatre World Award in 2007 for her Broadway debut with Martin Short in the musical "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me!"
  • Season six newcomers Joe Lo Truglio and Ian Roberts are no strangers to Reno 911. Both appeared as guest stars in past seasons, and both also appeared in Reno 911: Miami. As a member of The State, Lo Truglio is an old friend of the three creators and has worked with them on numerous projects. Roberts is a founding member of the popular Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy troupe, who had their own Comedy Central sketch show from 1998-2000. Other remaining members of the troupe (Matt Besser and Matt Walsh) have also appeared in recurring guest roles throughout the seasons. Amy Poehler is the only member of the "UCB 4" to have never appeared on the show in any form.

Throughout the show's run, all three main cast members from Stella (who were also from The State) have made appearances as characters. While Michael Showalter remains the exception on the TV series, he appears in the film, along with all of the cast members of The State.

"The State" Crossovers
Actor On Reno 911! On Reno 911: Miami
Thomas Lennon Lt. Jim Dangle Lt. Jim Dangle
Robert Ben Garant Deputy Travis Junior Deputy Travis Junior
Kerri Kenny-Silver Deputy Trudy Wiegel Deputy Trudy Wiegel
Michael Patrick Jann Director Tattoo Shop Owner #1
Joe Lo Truglio Shopkeeper (1 episode)
Deputy Frank Rizzo (recurring)
Tattoo Shop Owner #2
Ken Marino Frank

Cadet Jared Reese
Sgt. Andrew Blake

Deaf Tattoo Artist
David Wain Sensual Masseur


Breen the Plumber
Michael Ian Black Kevin the Sex Offender


Ron of Ron's Tattoo
Kevin Allison N/A Tattoo Victim
Michael Showalter N/A Paul
Todd Holoubek N/A Tattooed Guy

Main crew members

Reno 911!: Miami

The series spawned a movie released in 2007. In the movie, the deputies are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention and locks over 2000 police in a hotel in Miami Beach during spring break.

DVD releases

DVD Name Release date Ep # Additional information
The Complete First Season June 22, 2004 14 Alternate Scenes, Audio Commentary from the entire cast.
The Complete Second Season Uncensored June 14, 2005 16 Over 90 minutes of Alternate/Deleted Scenes, Director and Cast Commentary, Drug Arrest Prevention Seminar - Live Performance from HBO's 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
The Complete Third Season Uncensored July 11, 2006 13 Deleted scenes, extended outtakes, and commentary with the cast and crew.
The Complete Fourth Season Uncensored June 26, 2007 14 Alternate/Deleted scenes, extended outtakes, and commentary with the cast and crew.
The Complete Fifth Season Uncensored July 15, 2008 16 Alternate/Deleted scenes, extended outtakes, Featurette: Cop Psychology Inside the Minds of Reno's Deputies.
The Complete Sixth Season Uncensored July 7, 2009 15 Alternate/Deleted scenes, extended outtakes, and commentary.
DVD Name Release date Additional information
Reno 911!: Miami June 19, 2007 Audio Commentary, Alternate / Extended Scenes, Trailers, Easter Eggs, and the featurette "Making a Spoof."
Reno 911!: Miami: Unrated June 19, 2007 Audio commentary, Alternate / Extended Scenes, Trailers, Easter Eggs, Public Service Announcements, and the featurette "World Premiere."
Reno 911!: Miami: More Busted Than Ever Unrated Edition September 23, 2008 Intro to "The Lost Version", Audio commentary, Extended Scenes with optional commentary, Blooper Reel, Public Service Announcements, Theatrical Trailer, Easter Eggs.

Best of Releases

DVD Name Release Date Additional Information
Reno's Most Wanted Uncensored February 13, 2007 A compilation of Reno 911!'s best scenes from the first four seasons.


  1. ^ Comedy Central Cancels "Reno", Hollywood Reporter, August 13, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d The Sound of Young America: Interview with Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, and Kerri Kenney-Silver, May 22, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Topel, Fred (2007). "One on One with Cedric Yarbrough". Retrieved April 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ Scott Aukerman. Comedy Death Ray Radio 01 Indie 103. (May 21, 2009). Podcast accessed on Mar 14, 2010.
  5. ^ Comedy Central Cancels "Reno", Hollywood Reporter, August 13, 2009
  6. ^ [1], USA Today. August 30, 2009

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Reno 911! (2003-2009)


Season 1 Quotes

  • Terry: Have you ever had skittles? They're like pure sugar!
  • Officer Garcia has been shot
Deputy James Garcia: Oh, God, call for help.
Deputy Trudy Wiegel: Help. Help.
Deputy James Garcia: Use your goddamn radio.
  • repeated line
Deputy Raineesha Williams: White people are crazy.
  • repeated line
Deputy Raineesha Williams: Ya know what I'm sayin'?
  • Deputy Trudy Wiegel: Lt. Dangle and I have a very special relationship. We're like a brother and sister... except a brother and sister who have sex.
  • Talking to a Klan member
Deputy Jones: Ok, let me tell you... D.T.A.M.S: Don't take another motherfucking step.
  • Terry: I heard a rumor.
Deputy Trudy Wiegel: What's that, Ter?
Terry: Mexican werewolves are coming up from Mexico and selling crack.
  • Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Hey Terry, Sheriff's Department!
Terry: Hey Guys!
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Hey.
Terry: Whats goin' down?
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Well, I'll tell ya' whats goin' down Terry, you know that they've installed a camera right here at this red light here.
Terry: Oh my god!
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Yeah, and it takes a picture whenever someone runs a red light.
Terry: Oh wow, that's awesome, it's like the future is here.
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: It is awesome.
Deputy Travis Junior: So you know why we're here?
Terry: Why, was there a fire?
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: You've been chargin' three bucks, you run up when the car is at a red light, and you give a HJ during the red light.
Terry: Oh my god, that sounds, that's not something that I would ever do.
Deputy Travis Junior: Except we've got about...
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: We got about 38 photos of you and that's only last night.
Terry: Well, I can see how you would think that, but I sell... oranges.
Deputy Travis Junior: You sell oranges?
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: You sell oranges?
Terry: Mmhm!
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: I'll take some.
Deputy Travis Junior: Yeah, I'd like some too.
Terry: I've sold out, I've sold out of my oranges... I run out and people are like beep beep, I go okay, and say you're driving and I just put it in their lap.
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Well...
Deputy Junior: I don't know about that.
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Come on Terry.
Terry: I can't, I have to call my girlfriend... listen I don't even know what you're talking about.
Begins tugging Terry away on his roller skates
Deputy Travis Junior: We're talking about you giving hand jobs at three bucks a pop at this red light up here that's what we're talking about.
Terry: Okay okay, a hand job is still a job, okay?
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Come on easy does it, Xanadu it right into the car.
Terry: You Xana-Don't it!
Lieutenant Jim Dangle: Did he just say "Xana-Don't it?"
  • talking to a junior high class
Deputy Trudy Wiegel: Now, I don't care if you wear mini-skirts. I don't care if you wear Dungarees. I don't care if you're good at basketball, I don't care if you're fun to be around. But you can rest assured that every one of you, at some point, is going to be raped.
  • Deputy Garcia: Criminals are the vomit of society and we are the sawdust.
  • said of a prostitute
Deputy James Garcia: God vomited and there was Jackie.
  • Deputy Trudy Wiegel: Raineesha Williams is a loudmouth, backstabbing, Jew. I wanna say Jew but I think she's in fact very openly Catholic, which I have a problem with, too.

Season 2 Quotes

  • (The whole group is in the conference room except Dangle.)
Jones: Who's your guys' best friend in the world?
Garcia: Santa Claus?
Junior: Yeah, that's what I was gonna say, Santa Claus.
Jones: Nope. Jones is your best friend, 'cause guess who's got tickets to the game!
{Everyone cheers}
Jones: We're going to University of Reno!
Williams: To Jonesy! (everyone holds up their coffee mugs in a toast)
(Dangle enters skipping)
Dangle: Hello Gang!
Williams: Good Morning!
Dangle: Good morning indeed, very good morning indeed!
Williams: Yes it is, yes it is.
Dangle: I've been promoted!
All: (unenthusiastically) What?
Williams: Really?
Dangle: I'm going up to Carson City. (everyone cheers) Going to Carson City: Nevada State Police Director of Public Relations, Jim Dangle!
(Everyone claps)
Dangle: I'm goin', girl! And I made some reservations for Friday night, at Dan Swanky's, and thought maybe we could have a farewell dinner at Dan Swanky's at eight. I look forward to seeing you there and I'm going to miss you a whole lot of missing you all!
(Everyone grimaces - the get-together is the same night as the game.)
Johnson: ...I think Saturday is a great day for Dan Swanky's.
Jones: Yeah, I agree.
Dangle: What part about my reservation at Dan Swanky's didn't I make clear? I mean, I made a reservation at eight on Friday.
Jones: Sir, I, uh, I got us all tickets to the Lady Wolfpack, there's a final conference game and, well, this doesn't happen very often... sir.
Dangle: It's mandatory. It's mandatory. How's that?
Jones: Sir, I, uh, it's just...
Dangle: Are we talking about the Lady Wolfpack still?
Jones: I just...
Junior: Could we for a second?
Dangle: Hey, you know what's flying in? (makes helicopter sound) Oh. A period. To your fucking sentence about the Lady Wolfpack, just arrived.
  • [In regards to Inspector Smiley, an English transfer to the department for the day as part of the "Badges Across the Water" program.]
Dangle: Smiley reminds me of someone from Mary Poppins... Not Vic, the Chimney Sweep, but another friend of Mary Poppins we never met.
Wiegel: That's funny, because Smiley also reminds me of someone from Merry Poppins. Who, for instance, comes riding in on some sort of jaloppy with Whipped ices, and he says, "Come along, children, I have whipped ices!" And when they get close enough to him, he grabs 'em, and rapes the shit out of 'em, and then tosses them in the back seat, and then, off he goes. And then: "Chip chip cherryoh!"
[Dangle is speechless.]

Other Seasons

Travis: Now that I've said that out loud, it sounds really stupid, so it probably isn't true.

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