The Life & Times of Tim : Season 1

  • Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 28, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 8 out of 52

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  1. Jun 22, 2017
    10
    Slipping under the radar over the course of its three season run, The Life and Times of Tim never gained the attention many feel it deserves. Its sitcom setup and plot structure lend perfectly to the shows dry humour. Despite being fully animated, the show does not tend to stretch the boundaries of realism. It instead uses its animation helps to distance it from other animated shows andSlipping under the radar over the course of its three season run, The Life and Times of Tim never gained the attention many feel it deserves. Its sitcom setup and plot structure lend perfectly to the shows dry humour. Despite being fully animated, the show does not tend to stretch the boundaries of realism. It instead uses its animation helps to distance it from other animated shows and even live-action sitcoms. The show is perhaps able to be viewed as the animated counterpart of fellow HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    The creation of the show was handled by Steve Dildarian, who also provides the voice for the titular character. Tim’s friend Stu is voiced by Nick Kroll (The League, Kroll Show), who portrays the simpleton character with ease. The show also boasts some well-known guest stars over its duration. Included guest voices are Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul), Elliott Gould (M*A*S*H, Friends), Aziz Ansari (Masters of None, Parks and Recreation) and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars Episodes IV-VI, Batman (1989)).

    Although the show is not entirely ground breaking, it does have enough comedic substance to entertain viewers and even bring it above many other similar shows, especially animated. The writing helps provide an unconventional dialogue along with its dry and subtle humour. The humour of the show is perhaps the reason behind why it never achieved the mainstream popularity that it so well deserves.

    All factors of the show work well with each other and culminate to become a fantastic and fun show, provided you can handle the rough and rigid animation. While it may bore some viewers and throw them off, it is all round a fantastic show with great jokes, albeit very dry. It is at least worth a watch to test the waters, the first episode or two would provide a necessary base of what to expect throughout the series.
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  2. Jan 17, 2012
    10
    As hilarious as it is unknown. I was lucky enough to discover this hidden gem early on in season 1 & I've been hooked ever since. Tim is a guy you root for even though you know he is going to screw up at every possible turn. The beauty of the show is that it airs 2 15 minute episodes instead of 1 30 minute episode -- this essentially prevents them from dragging things out or needingAs hilarious as it is unknown. I was lucky enough to discover this hidden gem early on in season 1 & I've been hooked ever since. Tim is a guy you root for even though you know he is going to screw up at every possible turn. The beauty of the show is that it airs 2 15 minute episodes instead of 1 30 minute episode -- this essentially prevents them from dragging things out or needing filler. If you like Todd Margaret or The Office (the real one on the BBC, not the garbage American knock-off), Tim is a MUST WATCH show. Expand
  3. Jan 9, 2012
    10
    best cartoon in the world!!!!! hands down. stan is my favorite character he is always pissed off and yells at easy target tim often. the swearing and adult humor is what makes this cartoon so great.
  4. Sep 4, 2011
    10
    Very very funny.Dry,subtle and smart humour.Probably one of the funniest animated shows currently on tv.A must for any comedy fan.The voice-over acting is amazing.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Oct 24, 2008
    9
    Refreshing alternative to Adult Swim shows, brilliantly written comedy that makes you cringe at times due to the sheer absurdity of the situations.
  6. WillM.
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    This is some really good stuff.
  7. RonP.
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    One of the best shows on TV right now. A mix between The Office and a little Family Guy.
  8. CameronS.
    Oct 20, 2008
    8
    Might grow to be repetitive, but so far this show has my eyes watering. Love having something new to watch.
  9. AndrewL.
    Oct 16, 2008
    10
    this show introduces a new kind of humor not seen to tv in a while, and succeeds beautifully. Tim's dry humor is hilarious and although different from family guy, the simpsons, or south park, is still just as funny, or even more so. Tim is a likeable character who is extremely nice, but has horribly poor judgement; which can land him in some very bad, and hilarious, situations. 10/10
  10. RafiKugler
    Sep 29, 2008
    10
    Fantastic. One of the funniest things on TV. Thank you HBO.
  11. EdK.
    Sep 28, 2008
    10
    Loved it. Found the humor right on target.
  12. NoahB.
    Sep 28, 2008
    9
    I don't know what's with some of the low scores on here.... It's not easy to make me laugh out loud by myself, but I was actually dying during this. It's like Home Movies without boundaries. Good stuff. If you're a fan of absurd dead pan humour this is your show.
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. 30
    The animation is rudimentary and the jokes aren’t much better.
  2. I didn't find much of it funny, but on a kind of purely analytical level I can see how the jokes are supposed to work, and might well work on some.
  3. Sophomoric and crude, The Life & Times of Tim may be a viable alternative for fans of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.