Television Review: “Shoresy” — A Spin-off That Falls Short

By Sarah Osman

The Canadian sports comedy Shoresy works as its own series, but it doesn’t match the sharp wit of its predecessor, Letterkenny.

Shoresy, streaming on Hulu.

Shoresy (Jared Keeso) and Nat (Tasya Teles) in Shoresy.

Let’s face facts, most spin-off series fail in comparison to the original (remember Joey?) Still, there are the rare occasions where the spin-off is as good as, or in some cases even better, than its celebrated predecessor. Shoresy, a sequel to the Canadian comedy Letterkenny, doesn’t fall into either of these categories. It works as its own series, but it doesn’t match the sharp wit of its inspiration, Letterkenny.

Shoresy focuses on the titular character (played by Jared Keeso, who also starred in and co-created Letterkenny), the foul-mouthed, never seen hockey player who taunted Reilly and Jonesy with jabs about their mothers while he was sitting on the toilet. It’s odd that, out of all of the residents in Letterkenny, Shoresy is the one who landed his own series. Ironically, the fact that we knew so little about Shoresy the first time around works: we don’t have any preconceived notions of the character. There is much to learn about him, and by the end of the first season Shoresy has been fleshed out as a character, which includes an interesting backstory. The hilarious fourth episode contains a number of revelations: Shoresy has a foster family he cares a great deal about and, surprisingly, he can be very gentlemanly towards ladies he likes.

The series follows Shoresy as he moves to Sudbury to join a triple A-level hockey team (hockey fans, feel free to explain to me the significance of that to me in the comments). The biggest problem for Shoresy is that the team constantly loses and, if there’s one thing he hates, it’s losing. Shoresy makes an ambitious deal with the owner, Nat (Taysa Teles). He swears he will whip the team into shape so that it will never lose again. He brings in new players (whom he calls “sluts”), a fresh coach, and fires up a determination in all concerned to get butts into seats, which is all that Nat cares about.

Unlike Ted Lasso, Shoresy isn’t a feel-good sports comedy. There are endearing moments, but the series is full of snarky one-liners and Shoresy’s trademark insults. There are a few hilarious running gags, such as the trio of “Jims” on the team (who refuse to go by anything other than Jim), a feud with a player about pooping in the lake, and the hockey players’ deep love for drumsticks (the ice cream).

As in Letterkenny, the women are the ones who really run the show. Nat and her coworkers Miigwan (Kelani Elizbeth Rose) and Ziigwan (Blair Lamora) are in charge. They roll their eyes (begrudgingly) whenever Shoresy saunters into their office, each woman putting up with his boorish machismo in her own way. The joke is that men are led to think they are in charge when it is the females who are really turning the screws that matter. All three characters are of Ojibwe descent, and it’s refreshing to see Indigenous women given so much autonomy and power.

So, why isn’t this series as delightful as Letterkenny? Two major reasons: it lacks the other’s rapid fire jokes and rich chemistry. Other issues that hold Shoresy back: it is saddled with a conventional plot, it is new, and I’m just not Canadian enough to understand all of the jokes. The show has potential, but it hasn’t quite found its footing — yet. Perhaps it will take Shoresy time, a second season if it comes, to attain the cult classic status of its predecessor.

Sarah Mina Osman is a writer residing in Wilmington, NC. In addition to writing for the Arts Fuse, she has written for Watercooler HQ, Huffington Post, HelloGiggles, Young Hollywood, and Matador Network, among other sites. Her work was included in the anthology Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences in the Trump Era. She is currently a first year fiction MFA candidate at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. When she’s not writing, she’s dancing, watching movies, traveling, or eating. She has a deep appreciation for sloths and tacos. You can keep up with her on Twitter and Instagram: @SarahMinaOsman


  1. JT on June 9, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    You’re literally smoking crack. Shoresy is phenomenal. The fact that you can’t comprehend minor league hockey should have been reason enough for your editor to have 86’d this piece. They need to be slapped for allowing it!

    • Nico on June 10, 2022 at 9:31 pm

      Dude she said that Wayne called his teammates “sluts”… that’s Nat and the girls things. This writer either didn’t watch the show and/or has never loved a small team. Never went to a college game that wasn’t American Football or basketball where they get pro amount of fans at the game. This show incredibly captures the intimate relationship a small amount of people in a small city develops with a semi pro team.

    • Lucy on June 11, 2022 at 8:10 pm

      That’s a Texas sized 10-4.

      If the writer didn’t hear any rapid fire jokes or see rich chemistry,…She only watched half of the episodes. Shoresy came together at the end with 10x the heart that Letterkenny has. I didn’t think it was possible but Shoresy is the better show.

    • PheistEwon on June 12, 2022 at 8:08 am

      Yeah, this review is definitely written by someone who might not get it. I’ve already been through the show 4 times, since release. I’ve been through Letterkenny 11 times. There are rumors Jared Keeso pulled his tooth for the show. All the players we see were, or are real players. The scene of the fight between a fan and Dolo actually happened and is real footage, because of the exact reason mentioned. Even the fights in the show are real, but are fought at 25% power. This is the dedication to the show. All this is told in interviews by the actors and players.

      • Kel on June 18, 2023 at 10:44 pm

        I’m pretty sure he lost that tooth playing hockey when he was younger. He just utilizes it during the show.

        • Ames on July 19, 2023 at 1:12 pm

          He actually had it removed on purpose just for Shoresy. That’s dedication.

    • Kel on June 18, 2023 at 10:42 pm

      This is all wrong. Shoresy is amazing and as much as a love Letterkenny, I love Shoresy more and I don’t play or know much about hockey.

    • Stacks on August 21, 2023 at 8:48 pm

      Amen. The show is my fav

  2. How Are Ya Now Podcast on June 12, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Shoresy is a completely different show.
    Nat, Miig, and Ziig refer to the boys as “sluts”. Shoresy calls them “studs”.

    Shoresy is homage to Keeso’s love of hockey. He wanted to play pro, couldn’t, his fallback career was acting. He didn’t want to have this be Letterkenny Part Deux.

    Put your jibs in!

  3. Don on June 12, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    This is hard to respond to but here goes.
    Letterkenny is amazing. We all agree on this.
    We all knew the jokes would be typical of not only of shoresy but locker rooms throughout sports. This show in 6 episodes breaths life into a character who was just known for his chirping and rough play. Keeso is unbelievable (much like sticks) in his complete change from wayne.
    The cast in 5 episodes melds into a team and u care about all of them.. each with his or her own feel and charisma…(except maybe JJ (Yukon Cornelius) who i felt fell flat)
    Da boys are so unique and fun. The Jim’s are beauties!
    Sanger is a delight and even Michaels has his moments.
    The real star is of course big sexy..

    Try watching it without wanting it to be letterkenny. Its so good

  4. Tomy on June 13, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    It’s awesome I love it

  5. Todd Peterson on July 1, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Is this writer trolling for views? Forget about any comparisons to Letterkenny. This is a much different show. It’s more real and authentic than Ted Lasso. It’s also more fun with loads of chirping (especially in the first few episodes) and dynamic characters. Despite decades of underdog sports shows and movies, Shoresy feels fresh. Having played many years of hockey myself in my youth, the show takes me back to the pain of losing, the triumph of winning, and the rollercoaster of feeling invincible, then feeling useless – both personally and as a team. Hockey is different than other sports and how we live our lives outside sports, but at the core it’s hope, struggle, and heart like much of life. Not sure how the writer missed all of that. All I can say is, “give your balls a tug, tit f’er.”

  6. Patti on July 12, 2023 at 9:15 pm

    This show is unique and wonderful !! I have probably watched the series 10 times. It lightens my heart..funny..teamwork..strong women…great music. I can’t wait for season 2.

  7. Stacks on August 21, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    I personally like Shoresy better than Letterkenny, which is crazy because I love letterkenny. But Shoresy in my opinion is better and has more potential because it has the same comedic quality but more of a story and direction. I feel like you can watch letterkenny anywhere any season and enjoy it, but Shoresy is a start-to-finish type show that pulls you in immediately and keeps you watching.

  8. Stick Tap on September 1, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    I love that every single comment here defends the brilliance of the show. I stumbled upon this review while looking up something else & had to read it because WTAF? Shoresy is the best show I’ve ever seen, hands down, and I am a bonafide TV snob.

    I agree with some comments that you really can’t compare the two as one is practically sketch comedy with its rapid fire jokes and practically no continuing plot and the other is an actual story and a damned good one. But if I had to pick the “better” of the two, there is no contest for me. Oh, & I loved Ted Lasso, but Shoresy has so much more heart because it all feels so authentic (Policetti brothers aside).

    So much about how it was done is simply genius, from turning an obnoxious bit character in LK into a deep and wonderful guy to the beautiful authenticity of the fun that those guys have on the ice because they are all actual hockey players, most who have been on a professional level (& a few with zero acting experience) and so much in between. How even a casual viewer couldn’t see the chemistry between the characters is outright baffling.

    To each their own, but Shoresy is phenomenal & it’s kind of sad to see anyone not get it. Give your balls a tug.

  9. Jack Dis on December 9, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    Sorry Charlie, but Shoresy is actually BETTER than Letterkenny and do not blow any of that “doesn’t match the sharp wit” nonsense either.

    What did you even watch??

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