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5.7/10 TV

Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  4
Final episode date  10 December 2014
4/10 IMDb

Genre  Docudrama
Original language(s)  English
First episode date  20 July 2011
Network  truTV
Robert Ashenoff Jr. smiling with Robert Ashenoff Sr. in the 2011 tv series South Beach Tow

Created by  Jennifer Lopez, Simon Fields
Starring  Lakatriona Brunson, Christie Ashenoff, Robert Ashenoff Jr, Jerome "J-Money" Jackson, Eddie Del Busto, Dave Kosgrove, Davy DeSoto, Gilbert PerezWanda
Cast  Lakatriona Brunson, Christie Ashenoff, Robert Ashenoff Jr, Dave Kosgrove, Robert Ashenoff Sr

Similar  Lizard Lick Towing, Wreck Chasers, Container Wars


South beach tow bernice defies death and seeks revenge

South Beach Tow was an American television series that portrayed dramatized reenactments of the day-to-day business of Tremont Towing, a family run towing business in Miami Beach, and South Beach Towing, a towing company in Gladeview created by the workers of Tremont in Season 4. Airing on the American cable channel truTV, the show ran for four seasons. Although the program is fictionalized, Tremont Towing and South Beach Towing are real towing companies used by the city of Miami Beach for towing illegally parked cars. The series ran from July 20, 2011 through December 10, 2014. The show ended on Season 4 Episode 13 ("Checkmate.") The episode aired December 3, 2014 which ended the story on a cliffhanger. A week later a bonus episode ("Bernice's Top 20" Season 4 Episode 14) aired concluding the series with 87 Episodes. The show was cancelled without an official announcement by truTV stating the cancellation of the show. Season 5 will not air.


Robert Ashenoff Jr., Robert Ashenoff Sr., Jerome Jackson, Eddie Del Busto, Davy Desoto, Lakatriona Brunson, and Christie Ashenoff in the 2011 tv series South Beach Tow

South beach tow rapping smart car owner makes stupid mistake


Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson posing beside a car while wearing black shades and an orange t-shirt

According to cast member Christie Ashenoff, the idea for the program came after Tremont towed the car of Simon Fields: "He tells us that a few days later a light bulb went off in his head that if he lost his mind, that everyone else must too". Jennifer Lopez produces the program through her production company, Nuyorican Productions.


The show's scenes generally center on the cast towing vehicles and facing different levels of opposition from vehicle owners. South Beach Tow also portrays Tremont Towing engaging in several disputes with a rival towing company called The Finest Towing (which eventually becomes Goodfellas). The Finest is owned by Robert Sr's rival, Larry Diaz shown to employ very corrupt drivers who go as far as stealing tows, injuring Tremont drivers, and once putting sugar in several of Tremont's trucks' gas tanks. Larry is also a rage driven man built on taking down Robert and Tremont Towing.The drivers at Finest responsible for the latter were arrested on camera, although those scenes were part of the staged script. Tremont Towing continues to rival with Finest, now named "Goodfellas" - which is now part of Tremont. After the Mid-Season Finale of Season 3, Perez convinced Robbie to work on the side with him at his own towing company which was called R&P Towing (Robbie & Perez). Robbie eventually got fed up with Christie being in charge of Tremont when he felt he should have gotten the manager promotion and she makes a big decision without him (she was thinking about selling Tremont to Felix Hernandez ), so with that Robbie quits Tremont. Christie eventually found out in Season 3 Episode 23 (50 Shades of Bernice), that Perez and Robbie were working together. Perez then locked everyone out of Tremont which gave him the opportunity to steal the repo orders. In the Season 3 Finale (Deuces, Tremont), Christie and Perez planned a partnership between R&P and Tremont, which ends up being the end Tremont and R&P Towing . In the Season 4 Premiere, (Apocalypse Tow) things go haywire when the R&P Towing office explodes (due to a towed person throwing his cigarette in the building while they were in the middle of an exterminating process and had a gas leak), but they were able to get this back on track.

Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson wearing black shades and an orange and blue t-shirt

In the second episode of Season 4 (Flipping Out), the crew moved to Miami, located at the former Goodfellas lot, which is now called "South Beach Towing" thanks to Kosgrove coming up with the name. Meanwhile, Bernice and her mother, Reva, start a food truck business out of a food truck they repossessed in the Season 3 Finale.

Staged performances

Robert Ashenoff Jr., Robert Ashenoff Sr., Christie Ashenof, Jerome Jackson, and Eddie Del Busto in the 2011 tv series South Beach Tow

Although the show is officially classified as a reality television program, it depicts actors performing reenactments of events. When questioned on the program's veracity, a spokesman said that the show "features real people and is based on real situations. Due to production needs, some scenes are reenacted". At the end of each episode, during the credits, a disclaimer is now posted "The stories that are portrayed in this program are based on real events".

Robert Ashenoff Jr., Robert Ashenoff Sr., Jerome Jackson, Eddie Del Busto, Davy Desoto, Lakatriona Brunson, and Christie Ashenoff in the 2011 tv series South Beach Tow

Prior to truTV's admission that scenes were reenacted, several news outlets reported evidence that the show was not a true "day in the life" documentary. Rumors persisted about the obvious use of wireless microphones by everybody with a speaking part in the show and the over the top nature of much of the program's content. The celebrity gossip blog Radar posted a video of actors politely awaiting the start of a violent scene.

Tremont Towing Drivers

  • Lakatriona Brunson - as Bernice (Driver and Assistant Manager as of Season 3)
  • Jerome "J-Money" Jackson - Driver
  • Eddie Del Busto - Driver
  • Gilbert Perez - Driver
  • Robert "Robbie" Ashenoff Jr. - Son of Robert Ashenoff Sr. and senior driver at Tremont Towing
  • Davy Desoto - Driver (Started in season 3)
  • Frankie - Driver (Only in Season 1)
  • Tremont Towing Office Managers

  • Christie Ashenoff - Dispatcher at Tremont Towing and daughter of Robert Ashenoff Sr.
  • Robert Ashenoff Sr. - Founder and owner of Tremont Towing.
  • Dave Kosgrove - Dispatcher as Tremont Towing (Started in Season 2) and former Miami-Dade County Inspector.
  • South Beach Towing Office Managers

  • Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson - Assistant Manager
  • Christie Ashenoff - General Manager (25%)
  • Robert Ashenoff Jr - Co-Manager (24%)
  • Gilbert Perez - Co-Manager (51%)
  • Dave Kosgrove - Dispatcher
  • South Beach Towing Drivers

  • Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson - Driver
  • Jerome "J-Money" Jackson - Driver
  • Eddie Del Busto - Driver
  • Gilbert Perez - Driver
  • Robert "Robbie" Ashenoff Jr. - Driver
  • Davy Desoto - Driver
  • Niki - Driver (Introduced in the Season 3 Finale she robbed Perez for his bank deposit and started as a driver in Season 4 to pay Perez back the money she took from him)
  • Season 5 (N/A)

    The series was cancelled in America, and Season 5 will not air.


    In America the series premiered on the channel truTV on July 20, 2011 and ended on December 10th, 2014. The show concluded with Season 4 Episode 14 (Bernice's Top 20)

    In Italy, the series premiered on DMAX in 2011 and is now ended.

    In Australia, the series premiered on GO! on September 1, 2015.


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