Skip to main content

Sad Sacks (and Funny Guys): An Advance Review of Season Two of HBO's "The Life and Times of Tim"

Imagine a world where the very simplest of actions, the most basic of decisions, could produce a flood of absurd consequences.

You'd likely be too terrified to even step outside of your box-sized Manhattan apartment but for Tim, the hero and titular character of HBO's animated comedy The Life and Times of Tim seems to have not heeded the lesson that if you stick your hand in the flames, you're likely to get burned.

Season Two of HBO's cheeky The Life and Times of Tim begins tonight and finds Tim (voiced by series creator Steve Dildarian) attempting to get out of a slew of bizarre circumstances that he has found himself in by dint of being, well, Tim.

Whether it's his possible replacement at the nebulous company Omnicorp by a homeless man named Vince (guest star Tony Hale), thanks to his efforts to grow a beard, or suffering through a terrible revival of a 1940s play ("it's like an Arthur Miller play... only slower") so that his friend Stu (Nick Kroll) can score from pot from his drug dealer-turned-actor. (Hint: don't use "tickets" as a codeword for pot to buy some from a wannabe actor.)

Throughout it all, Tim wanders through life being painfully average yet finding himself in some rather extraordinary and unusual situations (witness his attempts to prevent a jilted pharmaceutical saleswoman from driving them both of the George Washington Bridge in a stolen car in an upcoming episode). The results are hysterical yet painful, much like that of HBO's other animated comedy launching tonight, The Ricky Gervais Show, which the pay cabler is airing back-to-back in a one-hour block of they-didn't-just-say-that-did-they? comic mirth.

All in all, The Life and Times of Tim will make you laugh... and make you thankful that your life isn't quite as bad as poor Tim's. At the very least, your job isn't in danger of being taken over by a manipulative homeless man. Or, perhaps, maybe it is...



Season Two of The Life and Times of Tim begins tonight at 9:30 pm ET/PT on HBO.

Comments

Unknown said…
Thanks for the great review. We're so excitd we're back on the air... and awesome guest stars. Drama is my favorite episode. The Will Forte line never got old even after we heard it a hundred times in edit!
Jordan said…
Tony Hale was great as Vince, the homeless guy (sorry, I mean hobo). Tim plus The Ricky Gervais show is brilliant fun!
Lisa said…
TLaToT is a terrific show that hasn't gotten enough attention! So droll...great to read more praise for the series!

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

BuzzFeed: Meet The TV Successor To "Serial"

HBO's stranger-than-fiction true crime documentary The Jinx   — about real estate heir Robert Durst — brings the chills and thrills missing since Serial   wrapped up its first season. Serial   obsessives: HBO's latest documentary series is exactly what you've been waiting for.   The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , like Sarah Koenig's beloved podcast, sifts through old documents, finds new leads from fresh interviews, and seeks to determine just what happened on a fateful day in which the most foul murder was committed. And, also like  Serial  before it,  The Jinx may also hold no ultimate answer to innocence or guilt. But that seems almost beside the point; such investigations often remain murky and unclear, and guilt is not so easy a thing to be judged. Instead, this upcoming six-part tantalizing murder mystery, from director Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing the Friedmans ), is a gripping true crime story that unfolds with all of the speed of a page-turner; it

BBC Culture: Matthew Weiner: Mad Men’s creator on its final episodes

The creative force behind the period drama talks about where his characters are as his show begins its final episodes. “We left off with everyone’s material needs being met in an extreme way,” says Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner of where we last saw the characters on his critically acclaimed period drama when the show went on hiatus 10 months ago. “Then the issue is, what else is there?” That is the central question with the return to US TV of the AMC hit, one demanding to be answered by both the show’s characters, and its creator whose success is the envy of the television industry. Mad Men has been a defining part of Weiner’s life for the last 15 years. He wrote the pilot script on spec while he was a staff writer on CBS’ Ted Danson sitcom Becker in 1999, using it to land a writing gig on HBO’s The Sopranos in 2002. It would take another five years, filled with multiple rejections, before the first episode of Mad Men would make it on the air. Someone with less determination or vision