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Operation Repo vs. Lizard Lick Towing: Two different looks at reality repos

Mechele R. Dillard's picture

Operation Repo and Lizard Lick Towing are both reality repo shows on truTV, but offer viewers vastly different looks at the repo business.

Before watching Operation Repo on truTV recently, my only experience with reality repo was watching Lizard Lick Towing, also on truTV. So far, it seems like the two shows are worlds apart.

There is going to be similarity between all repo operations. For example, there are always going to be ticked-off, unreasonable people involved. There are always going to be people swearing up and down that it is a mistake, that they have already made their payments, that they never missed any payments to begin with, that they have no idea what the repo team is talking about when they say that the lien-holder is calling in his lien on the car in question. In short, the target is never, ever to be trusted.

Sometimes people will give up their cars easily, but that's in real life; you're not likely to see a lot of those repos on either Lizard Lick Towing or Operation Repo. But, the Operation Repo guys do a couple of things that really do leave the Lizard Lick team in the dust.

First of all, that cool repo truck that the Operation Repo guys drive—now, THAT is the way to do it. Forget this bulky, cannot-get-anywhere-easily hauler. Nah, Lou can just back up to a car, flip the towing gear out, slide in, hook up, and get that repo out of Dodge and back to his lot. The Lizard Lick guys, they are always having to go to crazy lengths to get cars hooked up, because (1) the hauler attracts just a bit of attention and (2) it's a lot more difficult to swoop in just anywhere and hook up with a flatbed.

Second, the Operation Repo guys really seem to have a lot cooler heads. Ronnie and Bobby on Lizard Lick don't necessarily start the fights they get into, but they really don't do a whole lot to make sure they don't happen, either. When Lou and Froy were repoing a car from a hothead who had been snitched on by his brother-in-law, they didn't give the guy reason to take it up a notch. Ronnie and Bobby go in talking, but Lou and Froy seem like they will really keep talking until there is truly no other way; Ronnie and Bobby appear relieved when the swinging starts sometimes, just to try and get a quick end and exit to the repo.

Either way, repo reality shows are a kick to watch, and both of these shows on truTV are entertaining, just in different ways.

Oh, and Lou had a bit of a prediction about the brother-in-laws from last night's episode:

“Normally, I'd say family comes first. But, if their family feud gets me a car and gets me paid, I'm all for it,” he laughed. “You know, these knuckleheads are bound to be just like Froy and myself: EX-brother-in-laws,” he chuckled, shaking his head.

Operation Repo airs on truTV on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Lizard Lick Towing airs on truTV on Mondays at 10 p.m.

Want to read more about Operation Repo and Lizard Lick Towing? Search "Operation Repo" and "Lizard Lick Towing" right here on Huliq!

Image: Courtesy truTV, photo by Mark Hill


Submitted by Laubers Lockout... (not verified) on
I believe that operation repo and lizard lick towing are real companies but that 98% of their material is scripted, to check out a real repo man that i found on you tube check out reponut

Submitted by WaTowOp (not verified) on
Those who believe Lizard Lick Towing, Operation Repo, All Worked Up, and the other similar shows on TruTV are real seem to be overlooking this statement, which comes right from the FAQ on the TruTV website: "Q: Is truTV a reality network? A: No. Our focus is on series that feature real-life situations. That is why we're using the theme 'Not Reality. Actuality.' for the network. The goal is to let people know that truTV programming is different from typical reality shows, which often involve contests or other highly staged events." That statement is intentionally convoluted and confusing, but it basically confirms that TruTV does not offer REALITY (real) programming but instead features shows like Lizard Lick Towing that show "real-life situations." In other words: Scripted.

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