Letterkenny (TV Series 2016– )

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Letterkenny (TV Series 2016– )

Quick-witted, fast-paced snappy comedy about rural folk getting by in a small town.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Canada
IMDb  8.6 /10
Creators
Creator Jared Keeso
Creator Jacob Tierney
Information
Release Date2016-02-07
Runtime30mins
GenreComedy
Content RatingTV-MA (TV-MA)
AwardsTop Rated TV #199 | 13 wins & 30 nominations.
CompanyNew Metric Media
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Wayne / ... 54 episodes, 2016-2019
Daryl 54 episodes, 2016-2019
Katy 54 episodes, 2016-2019
Dan 54 episodes, 2016-2019
Reilly 54 episodes, 2016-2019
Jonesy 54 episodes, 2016-2019
Stewart 54 episodes, 2016-2019
Roald 51 episodes, 2016-2019
Glen 35 episodes, 2016-2019
Connor 8 episodes, 2016-2019
Gail 30 episodes, 2016-2019
McMurray 28 episodes, 2016-2019
Bonnie / ... 28 episodes, 2016-2019
Coach 23 episodes, 2016-2019
Tyson / ... 22 episodes, 2016-2019
Joint Boy 22 episodes, 2016-2019

Letterkenny (TV series)

Letterkenny is a Canadian television sitcom created by Jared Keeso, developed and written primarily by Keeso and Jacob Tierney, directed by Tierney, and starring Keeso alongside Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett, and K. Trevor Wilson. The series began as a YouTube web series titled Letterkenny Problems, and it was commissioned as a television series by Crave in March 2015. It debuted in February 2016, and later also aired on The Comedy Network. The show follows the residents of Letterkenny, a small rural community in Ontario loosely based on Keeso's hometown of Listowel, Ontario.

In June 2020, the series was renewed for a ninth season, which was released on December 25, 2020, on Crave in Canada, and the following day on Hulu in the United States.

In the United States, Letterkenny is distributed by Hulu and the first two seasons debuted on July 13, 2018. Subsequent seasons were added on December 27, 2018. In May 2019, Hulu acquired exclusive rights to the series and future seasons in the United States.

At the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, the series won the award for Best Comedy Series.


Overview

Letterkenny revolves around a small rural Canadian community of the same name, and most episodes open with the text: "There are 5000 people in Letterkenny. These are their problems." The series focuses on siblings Wayne and Katy, who run a small farm and produce stand with help from Wayne's friends Daryl and Squirrely Dan. It also focuses on ice hockey players Reilly and Jonesy, two best friends who are involved in an on-and-off polyamorous relationship with Katy. Episodes deal with small-town life amongst different types of people: the farmers (the "hicks"), the out-of-towners who make up the local ice hockey team, the town's closeted minister, the drug addicts (the "skids"), members of the nearby First Nation reserve (the "natives"), the local Mennonites and Québécois. Plots often revolve around Wayne defending his reputation as "the toughest guy in Letterkenny", the exploits of the town's hockey team who rarely win, Wayne's attempts to break up Katy's relationships with various men he dislikes, the skids' schemes to rip off the residents of both Letterkenny and the natives, and Wayne's dating life after dumping his high school sweetheart who cheated on him. In an effort to subvert the usual trope of small-town residents having lower intelligence levels, one of the show's running jokes is that almost every character possesses the ability to think quickly and come up with a near-constant barrage of wordplay and puns, as well as have sophisticated views on worldly topics.


Cast and characters

  • Jared Keeso as Wayne
  • Nathan Dales as Daryl
  • Michelle Mylett as Katy
  • K. Trevor Wilson as Squirrelly Dan
  • Dylan Playfair as Reilly
  • Andrew Herr as Jonesy
  • Tyler Johnston as Stewart
  • Alexander De Jordy as Devon (seasons 1–2)
  • Dan Petronijevic as McMurray (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
  • Melanie Scrofano as Mrs. McMurray (season 2–6, 8–present)
  • Jacob Tierney as Glen (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
  • Lisa Codrington as Gail (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
  • Kaniehtiio Horn as Tanis (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
  • Evan Stern as Roald (season 3–present; recurring seasons 1–2)
  • Mark Forward as Coach (season 3–present; recurring seasons 1–2)
  • Sarah Gadon as Gae (seasons 3, 6; guest star season 5)
  • Kamilla Kowal as Bonnie McMurray (season 9; recurring seasons 1–8)

Production

Letterkenny is the first original series commissioned by Crave, and premiered on that platform on February 7, 2016.

The show has its roots in Letterkenny Problems, a short-format web series created by Keeso and released on YouTube in 2013. The original Letterkenny Problems consisted almost entirely of Keeso and Dales trading off comedic one-liners while simply standing in various locations. Letterkenny Problems garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Original Fiction Program or Series Created for Digital Media at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards in 2014. The town of Letterkenny portrayed in the series is fictional, and not based on the actual ghost town in Renfrew County.

Tierney and Michael Dowse are also involved in the production of the series. Tierney also has a supporting role as Pastor Glen in the series, whose cast also includes Michelle Mylett, Dylan Playfair, Andrew Herr, Tyler Johnston, Lisa Codrington, Alexander De Jordy, Kaniehtiio Horn and K. Trevor Wilson.

The series is filmed in Sudbury, Ontario. On March 10, 2016, Letterkenny was renewed for a second season of six episodes. On August 8, 2016, just weeks after production wrapped on Season 2, CraveTV announced that they had ordered a third season. On March 17, 2017, a St. Patrick's Day special episode, "St. Perfect's Day" was released. The third season, shot during the winter season, was released on Canada Day, July 1, 2017. A Halloween episode was announced on October 2, 2017, which was released on October 20, 2017. The fourth season of six episodes was released on December 25, 2017. On October 23, 2017, it was announced that the series had a new media partner which agreed to a production commitment for 40 new episodes, a 26 city Letterkenny Live! tour beginning in February 2018 and the expansion of Letterkenny merchandise. The six-episode fifth season was released on June 29, 2018.

The Letterkenny Christmas special was released on November 23, 2018, followed by the 6-episode Season 6 on December 25, 2018. The Valentine's Day Special was released on February 1, 2019, followed by the 6-episode Season 7 on October 11, 2019. Season 8 (7 episodes) was released on December 25, 2019, and Season 9 (7 episodes) was released on December 25, 2020.


Episodes

Letterkenny seasons
SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16February 7, 2016
26December 25, 2016
SpecialMarch 17, 2017
36July 1, 2017
SpecialOctober 20, 2017
46December 25, 2017
SpecialMarch 23, 2018
56June 29, 2018
SpecialNovember 23, 2018
66December 25, 2018
SpecialFebruary 1, 2019
76October 11, 2019
87December 25, 2019
97December 25, 2020

Season 1 (2016)

Letterkenny season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Ain't No Reason to Get Excited"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyFebruary 7, 2016
Daryl and Katy try to help Wayne, while Wayne reconnects with his inner fighter.
22"Super Soft Birthday"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyFebruary 7, 2016
Wayne and Katy plan for Daryl's annual super soft birthday party.
33"Fartbook"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyFebruary 7, 2016
Dan's farting inspires a genius idea for the Hicks.
44"Wingman Wayne"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyFebruary 7, 2016
It's competition time in Letterkenny! The first Hick to score some tail gets fifty bucks off their bar tab.
55"Rave"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyFebruary 7, 2016
Daryl comes up with the idea to start a pest removal business. Stewart decides to become a superstar DJ and host his own rave.
66"A Fuss in the Back Bush"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyFebruary 7, 2016
The town descends into a revenge-fueled brawl, thanks to the Skids and their shady business practices.

Season 2 (2016)

Letterkenny season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
71"A Fuss at the Ag Hall"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2016
The Hicks attempt to establish order at Ag Hall while Reilly and Jonesy make the jump to Senior Hockey.
82"The Election"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2016
The Hicks, Skids, and Hockey players participate in a Letterkenny election.
93"Relationships"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2016
Wayne doubles down on finding love.
104"The Native Flu"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2016
Riley and Jonesy have an away game on the Rez.
115"Uncle Eddie's Trust"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2016
Wayne and Katy inherit some money. Folks from Letterkenny pitch them on why it should be theirs.
126"Finding Stormy a Stud"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2016
Tension rises around Letterkenny while Wayne looks for a stud to breed with his beloved German Shepherd "Stormy".

St. Patrick's Day special (2017)

Letterkenny St. Patrick's Day special
No.
overall
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
13"St. Perfect's Day"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyMarch 17, 2017
The hicks help Daryl recall an amazing St. Patrick's Day party.

Season 3 (2017)

Letterkenny season 3 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
141"Sled Shack"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJuly 1, 2017
The hicks try to improve their sled shack.
152"Puck Bunny"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJuly 1, 2017
The hicks try to lure D-Gens from Up-Country to the sled shack. Reilly and Jonesy learn the identity of the Puck Bunny.
163"MoDeans 2"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJuly 1, 2017
Modean's reopens. The hicks have a bone to pick with Jivin' Pete.
174"Les Hiques"Jacob TierneyJonathan TorrensJuly 1, 2017
The hicks go ice fishing in Quebec and meet their French-Canadian counterparts.
185"The Battle for Bonnie McMurray"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJuly 1, 2017
Bonnie McMurray invites Katy and the guys to a hot tub party.
196"Bradley is a Killer"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJuly 1, 2017
The hicks are excited for Bradley's arrival. The hockey team bonds.

Halloween special (2017)

Letterkenny Halloween special
No.
overall
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
20"The Haunting of MoDean's II"Jacob TierneyLynne KammOctober 20, 2017
The Hicks help their old pal Gail get to the bottom of a strange brew happening at the local bar.

Season 4 (2017)

Letterkenny season 4 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"Never Work a Day in Your Life"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2017
It's Gail's birthday, but in an effort to forget Rosie, Wayne is non-stop chorin'.
222"A Fuss at the Golf Course"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2017
The Hicks and McMurrays defend the majestic Canada Goose down at the local golf course. The turf war for the Dollar Store continues.
233"Way to a Man's Heart"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2017
Tanis recruits the Hicks, who recruit the Hockey Players, to help with a feud on the Rez.
244"Letterkenny Talent Show"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2017
Letterkenny locals put on their special skills on display with their own talent show.
255"The Letterkenny Leave"Jacob TierneyJesse McKeownDecember 25, 2017
The Hicks attend a hot tub party at the McMurray's. The Hockey Plays decide to do whatever it takes to get gains.
266"Great Day for Thunder Bay"Jacob TierneyJonathan TorrensDecember 25, 2017
The Bay Brothers return home for Hay and all of Letterkenny wants to be the one to throw them a party.

Easter special (2018)

Letterkenny Easter special
No.
overall
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
27"Super Hard Easter"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyMarch 23, 2018
It's Easter and it's Daryl's turn to hide the eggs. Glen and his unlikely sidekicks put on a Passion Play.

Season 5 (2018)

Letterkenny season 5 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
281"We Don't Fight at Weddings"Jacob TierneyTrevor Risk & Jared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJune 29, 2018
The Hicks, Skids, and Hockey Players attend a Letterkenny wedding.
292"The Ol' College Try"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJune 29, 2018
Wayne tries on a new relationship. The Skids get deeper into the Dark Web. The Hockey Players meet their new team.
303"Hard Right Jay"Jacob TierneyJesse McKeownJune 29, 2018
An out-of-towner causes a ruckus in Letterkenny.
314"Letterkenny Spelling Bee"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJune 29, 2018
Competition heats up at Letterkenny's Adult Spelling Bee.
325"Back to Back to Back"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyJune 29, 2018
The Hockey Players try to win their first championship and Stewart is visited by some old friends.
336"Bock et Biche"Jacob TierneyJonathan TorrensJune 29, 2018
The Hicks and Hockey Players travel to Quebec for Anik's pre-wedding party.

Christmas special (2018)

Letterkenny Christmas special
No.
overall
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
34"The Three Wise Men"Jacob TierneySonja BennettNovember 23, 2018
The Hicks throw a Christmas party.

Season 6 (2018)

Letterkenny season 6 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
351"What Could Be So Urgent?"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2018
Wayne and Marie Fred wonder about a stranger's urinal habits. Reilly and Jonesy begin a takedown tourny with Dax and Ron.
362"Bush Party Season"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2018
The Hicks host a bush party. The skids make an enemy.
373"The City"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2018
The Hicks take a trip to the City, cause when a friend asks for help, you help them.
384"Dyck's Slip Out"Jacob TierneyJonathan TorrensDecember 25, 2018
The Hicks attempt to help Noah Dyck and Anita Dyck find their daughters.
395"Different Strokes For Different Folks"Jacob TierneyTrevor RiskDecember 25, 2018
It's the annual Century Club challenge at Modean's. Katy is disturbed by McMurray.
406"Yew!"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2018
There's trouble in paradise for Anik and Dary. Wayne makes a decision about Marie Fred. As Scottie Wallis would say, "Yew!"

Valentine's Day special (2019)

Letterkenny Valentine's Day special
No.
overall
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
41"Valentimes Day"Jacob TierneyTrevor RiskFebruary 1, 2019
The gang tries speed-dating, and Wayne finds an unlikely friend.

Season 7 (2019)

Letterkenny season 7 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
421"Crack N Ag"Jacob TierneyTrevor RiskOctober 11, 2019
The boys start a call in show called "Crack N Ag" to help other farmers and residents of Letterkenny.
432"Red Card Yellow Card"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyOctober 11, 2019
To help streamline and speed up the conversation, Wayne uses a soccer yellow card, red card system.
443"Nut"Jacob TierneyTrevor RiskOctober 11, 2019
Dan's private viewing habits are exposed.
454"Letterkenny vs Penny"Jacob TierneyJonathan TorrensOctober 11, 2019
To help raise money for Don Cherry's Pet Rescue Foundation, Wayne and Katy go head to head to see who can collect the most pennies.
465"W's Talk, Baby"Jacob TierneyJonathan TorrensOctober 11, 2019
Tanis tries to get the Irish back together.
476"In It To Win It"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyOctober 11, 2019
Daryl heads back to Quebec. The Hockey Players battle the Native team.

Season 8 (2019)

Letterkenny season 8 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
481"Miss Fire"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2019
The Hicks support Wayne. Reilly and Jonesy continue the hunt for the big ship. Stewart has made some changes.
492"National Senior Hockey Championship"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2019
The Hicks continue to be there for their friend. The Hockey Players play Quebec. Stewart learns to fight.
503"The Rippers"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2019
Wayne's American cousin plans a road trip south of the border.
514"Ferda"Jacob TierneyTrevor RiskDecember 25, 2019
The Hockey Players start a club for men. The skids go to the city.
525"Yard Sale Saturday"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2019
Everybody's dickering on Yard Sale Saturday.
536"Holy Sheet"Jacob TierneyJonathan TorrensDecember 25, 2019
The Hicks help the Mennonites with some choring.
547"Day Beers Day"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2019
It's Day Beers Day. Katy takes a trip.

Season 9 (2020)

Letterkenny season 9 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed byWritten byOriginal release date
551"American Buck and Doe"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2020
Post fight with Dierks, the hicks/skids and hockey players attend an American Buck and Doe.
562"Kids with Problems"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Mark ForwardDecember 25, 2020
Kids with problems are given important life lessons...and hot dogs.
573"Scorched Earth"Jacob TierneySonja BennettDecember 25, 2020
Katy takes her scorched earth strategy to Letterkenny. Gail gets some action of her own.
584"Mitsvah"Jacob TierneyDaniel HarrochDecember 25, 2020
The hockey players learn about Judaism.
605"Sleepover"Jacob TierneyTrevor RiskDecember 25, 2020
Sleepover activities only; movies, board games and girl talk.
596"Breastaurant"Jacob TierneyJared Keeso & Jacob TierneyDecember 25, 2020
A breastaurant opens in Letterkenny.
617"NDN NRG"Jacob TierneyJared KeesoDecember 25, 2020
Tanis starts her own energy drink.

Littlekenny

In 2019, Bell Media announced the launch of Littlekenny, a six-episode animated spinoff. The series, an origin story focusing on the main characters as children, premiered on June 28. Episodes are between two and four minutes in length, and more closely follow the original Letterkenny Problems format than the extended universe of Letterkenny.

Littlekenny episodes
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Littlekenny Problems #1"Jared KeesoJared KeesoJune 28, 2019
A boy from Letterkenny tells you his problems.
2"Daryl"Jared KeesoJared KeesoJune 28, 2019
Wayne makes a friend.
3"Littlekenny Problems #2"Jared KeesoJared KeesoJune 28, 2019
Two boys from Letterkenny tell you their problems.
4"Daryl's First Super Soft Birthday"Jared KeesoJared KeesoJune 28, 2019
Wayne and Katy attend Daryl's birthday party.
5"Littlekenny Problems #3"Jared KeesoJared KeesoJune 28, 2019
Two boys from Letterkenny tell you even more of their problems.
6"Daniel"Jared KeesoJared KeesoJune 28, 2019
Wayne and Daryl make a friend.

Home media

Several seasons of the series were released on DVD in Canada by Elevation Pictures, while Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released DVDs of the series in the United States.


Reception

Critical reception

John Doyle of The Globe and Mail called the series "refreshing and intoxicating", and "funny, mad, droll, childish, and spiky." Focusing on the show's characteristic use of often thick Ontario dialect, he wrote that "Not since Trailer Park Boys launched have we heard the flavourful, salty Canadian vernacular used with such aplomb and abandon"; but also that "Almost all the conversations are raw comedy and utterly plausible as small-town guy talk, not just in Canada but in villages and parishes wherever the grass grows." Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone called the show "marvelously goofy" and "strange, simple, delightful".

The series has also been praised for its complex and fully-rounded depiction of its First Nations characters, which the producers attribute to the show's practice of involving the actors directly in the creation, writing and costuming of their characters.

Ratings

CraveTV has stated that Letterkenny's debut was the biggest debut of any series on their platform since it launched in 2014, and that as of March 10, 2016, nearly one in three subscribers have watched the series.

Accolades

Accolades for Letterkenny
AwardCategoryNomineeResult
2nd Canadian Screen AwardsBest Original Fiction Program or Series Created for Digital MediaLetterkenny ProblemsNominated
2016 Canadian Comedy AwardsBest TV ShowLetterkennyNominated
5th Canadian Screen AwardsBest Comedy SeriesMark Montefiore, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jared Keeso, Jacob TierneyWon
Best Direction in a Comedy Program or SeriesJacob Tierney ("Super Soft Birthday")Won
Best Writing in a Comedy Program or SeriesJacob Tierney and Jared Keeso ("Super Soft Birthday")Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic RoleJared KeesoNominated
Best Achievement in CastingJenny Lewis and Sara Kay ("Rave")Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic SeriesNathan DalesNominated
Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program or SeriesErin Deck ("Super Soft Birthday")Nominated
Duncan Christie ("Ain't No Reason To Get Excited")Nominated
2017 WGC Screenwriting AwardsBest Script From a Rookie SeriesJared Keeso & Jacob Tierney ("Ain't No Reason to Get Excited")Nominated
Best TV ComedyJared Keeso & Jacob Tierney ("Super Soft Birthday")Won
6th Canadian Screen AwardsBest Comedy SeriesMark Montefiore, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jared Keeso, Jacob TierneyNominated
Best Direction in a Comedy Program or SeriesJacob Tierney ("The Election")Won
Best Writing in a Comedy Program or SeriesJacob Tierney and Jared Keeso ("Relationships")Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic RoleJared KeesoNominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic SeriesK. Trevor WilsonNominated
Best Photography in a Comedic SeriesJim Westenbrink ("Relationships")Nominated
Best Picture Editing in a Comedic SeriesChristopher Minns ("The Election")Nominated
Best Sound in a Fiction SeriesRick Penn, Jamie Sulek, Devin Doucette, Kieran Sherry, Rob Ainsley, Clive Turner ("Relationships")Nominated
Best CastingJenny Lewis, Sara KayNominated
7th Canadian Screen AwardsBest Comedy SeriesLetterkennyNominated
Best Lead Actor, ComedyJared KeesoWon
Best Writing, ComedyJared Keeso, Jacob TierneyWon