We’ve always thought a lot of reality TV shows pure caca, but TruTV has squeezed out a winner. Tirdy Works, debuting tomorrow, is truly #1 in #2.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, this series centers around poop. Or more specifically, moose poop and the ways the citizens of tiny Somerville, Maine are turning turds into treasure. What started as a joke by Mary Winchenbach, a pot-smoking lesbian wife, mother and budding stand-up comic, became a full-time business after a video of her poop-related products went viral.
In the premiere episode, Mary’s wife Deb delivers an ultimatum: The fun-but-struggling business must turn a profit by the end of winter (which, dramatic twist, is forecast to be one of the most brutal in recent memory). This sets forth a quest to bring together other citizens of the town to help source Bullwinkle bombs, make products and fulfill the ever-growing stack of orders.
Tiger King features a plethora of small-town characters with varying levels of dental issues, but many of them were utterly vile and unlikeable. In Tirdy Works, nestled among the 561 denizens of Somerville are some truly hilarious, unbelievably memorable people that prove that blue-collar life doesn’t have to be a punchline. Except when they want it to be.
From the single town store boasting “Guns, Wedding Gowns, Cold Beer” on the sign to the town center that houses both the volunteer fire brigade and a hall for public suppers, it’s clear from the get-go that it takes a unique personality to survive living here full-time.
Among the townsfolk helping Mary’s dung dreams come true are Tammi, a.k.a. The Bitch on the Hill, whose pet rat rides around in her robe pocket all day; Mary’s deaf carpenter son-in-law and resident prankster, Courtney; Mary and Deb’s three adopted children; and kind-hearted, gun-toting 16-year-old, Dale.
They each bring something different to the story, but the common thread is their sense of humor and willingness to work hard. We’ve already seen the first two episodes and can’t wait to spend more time with Mary and her crew.
Because quite frankly, they’re the shit.
Tirdy WorksPhoto by Michael David Wilson
Premieres Tuesday, May 5