Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Recommendation: The Life and Times of Tim

Another animated gem on HBO is Life and Times of Tim, now ending its second season. This show reminds me somewhat of Home Movies, one of my favorite adult-oriented cartoons of a few years back. It is very smart and dialogue-driven, complemented by an assortment of great voice actors. I'm not sure if the dialogue is as much improvised as it is great writing, but just listening to the characters' banter is as humorous as the plot of the episodes.

The main character is, of course, Tim, a young employee in NYC's Omni-Corp. Tim is the normal one of the bunch, surrounded by an assortment of eccentric characters—his girlfriend Amy, neighbourhood prostitute Debbie, his coworker Stu, and the Boss of Omni-Corp, to name a few. Tim's best intentions get him involved in situations that invariably spiral out of control and end badly for him.

This half hour show is broken into two fifteen minute episodes. If you're a fan of such shows as Home Movies, Venture Brothers, Frisky Dingo, and the like, this one will be appreciated.

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