The Life & Times of Tim

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The Life & Times of Tim
Genre Animated Sitcom
Format Animation
Created by Steve Dildarian
Written by Steve Dildarian
Directed by Steve Dildarian
Voices of Steve Dildarian
Mary Jane Otto
Matt Johnson
Nick Kroll
Peter Giles
Opening theme "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" by Hank Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30
Production
Executive producer(s) Steve Dildarian
Mike Clements
Tom Werner
Production company(s) Media Rights Capital
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Picture format 480i (SDTV) 1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 28, 2008 – February 17, 2012
External links
[www.hbo.com/tim/ Website]

The Life & Times of Tim is an HBO comedy animated television series, which premiered on September 28, 2008. The series was created by Steve Dildarian, and is about a hapless man in his mid-20's named Tim (Steve Dildarian) who lives in New York City with his girlfriend Amy. Throughout the series, Tim constantly finds himself in increasingly awkward situations in both his work and personal life.[1]

The first season aired in 2008 and has since been aired in numerous countries, and has developed a cult following. The second season debuted on February 19, 2010 on HBO. On June 4, 2010, HBO announced it was canceling the show. There were rumors that it was going to be picked up by another network.[2] On the 16th of August, 2010,[3] it was announced HBO had reversed their original decision to cancel the show, and as a result, a third season was ordered.[3] Season 3 of The Life and Times of Tim premiered on December 16, 2011.[4] The first season was released on DVD on February 9, 2010, the second season was released on DVD on December 13, 2011, and the third season was released on DVD on December 18, 2012.

On April 20, 2012, HBO cancelled the series after three seasons.[5]

The theme song is "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" performed by country music star Hank Williams.

Production[edit]

It is the first HBO animated original since Todd McFarlane's Spawn, which aired from 1997 to 1999. Life & Times was originally developed for Fox in 2007, but was instead picked up by HBO for 10 episodes. The first season ran from September 28, 2008 to November 30, 2008 on HBO.

Dildarian, in addition to providing the voice of Tim, serves as the series' executive producer. Dildarian is most notable for his famous "Budweiser Lizards" campaign. He is also known for his animated short Angry Unpaid Hooker, which was awarded the Best Animated Short at the 2006 Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and is the basis for The Life & Times of Tim. Tom Werner (That '70s Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and The Cosby Show), Jimmy Miller (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Borat) and Mike Clements executive produce as well.

The show aired its last original episode on February 17, 2012. HBO has canceled the series.[6]

Cast[edit]

  • Steve Dildarian as Tim, the title character and protagonist of the show. Tim is an unassuming white collar worker for "Omnicorp", a fictional corporation in New York City. Although well-meaning, he almost always finds himself in greatly embarrassing scenarios, often as a consequence of bad judgment or lying.
  • MJ Otto as Amy, Tim's long-suffering girlfriend.
  • Nick Kroll as Stu, Tim's stoner best friend and co-worker.
  • Matt Johnson as Rodney, Tim's other friend, assistant to The Boss, and Staten-Island guido-type.
  • Peter Giles as The Boss (aka Percy Davis), the self-absorbed head of OmniCorp. He met Tim when he entered his office to request a promotion. He acts friendly towards Tim and misuses him to do degrading tasks such as pretending to have pood on the floor when he sneaks his dog in or taking his daughter to her prom. He promises Tim a promotion for these tasks but inevitably something always goes wrong.
  • Bob Morrow as Debbie the Prostitute; Gay Gary; additional characters. Alan Tudyk took over as the voice of Debbie in season 3.

Guest voices have included Bob Saget as Party Marty (a coworker of Tim's), Jeff Garlin as Stu's dad, Melanie Lynskey as Becky, Cheri Oteri as Blobsnark, Bashko's daughter, Daniel Tosh as Theo the "Internet Technology" guy, Trevor Moore as Larry, owner of "Larry's Bras & Hooker Outfits", Aziz Ansari, Elliott Gould as Dr. Fishman, Bob Odenkirk as the "Bathroom Guy," and Marc Wootton as Ringmaster.

Episodes[edit]

Each 30 minute episode consists of two 15 minute segments.

Season 1: 2008[edit]

# Total Title Original air date
1 1 "Angry Unpaid Hooker/Rodney's Bachelor Party" September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28)
Tim tries to explain to his girlfriend and her parents why a prostitute is in his apartment; Rodney makes up a fake story about what Tim did at his bachelor party and tells the office staff. 
2 2 "Latino Tim/The Priest Is Drunk" October 5, 2008 (2008-10-05)
Tim is asked by his boss to act like he's the Hispanic Vice President of his company, and begrudgingly agrees; while at his girlfriends sister's wedding, Tim strikes up a conversation with an unconventional priest. 
3 3 "Senior Prom/Tim Fights an Old Man" October 12, 2008 (2008-10-12)
In order to get a promotion, Tim agrees to take his boss's daughter to her senior prom; Tim gets into fight with an elderly man, after trying to give him his seat on the bus. 
4 4 "Mad Dog Tim/Monday Night Confession" October 19, 2008 (2008-10-19)
Tim's co-workers give him a new nickname; Tim confesses something extremely embarrassing he did while at a baptism. 
5 5 "Tim, Stu and Marie/Miss February" October 26, 2008 (2008-10-26)
Stu invites Tim to join him on his first date with Marie, which Tim later regrets; while buying a Valentine's day gift for Amy, Tim makes a critical mistake. 
6 6 "Bashko's Hairy Daughter/Tim's Not Singing" November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02)
Tim tries to help Bashko's daughter to get a good job; Debbie tries to help Tim out when he messes up with his co-workers. 
7 7 "Hottest Babes on the Planet/Suck It Philly" November 9, 2008 (2008-11-09)
Tim gets into trouble after Rodney and Stu pull a prank in the office; Tim shows Amy's father a good time. 
8 8 "Insurmountable High Score/Tim vs. the Baby" November 16, 2008 (2008-11-16)
Tim accidentally messes up the mail guy's life in a bad way; Amy begins to think that Tim is anti-baby after he tells a woman breastfeeding her offspring at a café to cover up. 
9 9 "Mugger/Cin City" November 23, 2008 (2008-11-23)
Tim tries to help a mugger after the mugger robs Tim on the subway; Tim is sent on business trip with one of his older co-workers. 
10 10 "Theo Strikes Back/Amy Gets Wasted" November 30, 2008 (2008-11-30)
Tim's boss encourages him to have an affair with his wife; Amy gives Tim a free pass, where he can do whatever he wants, after Amy gets naked at a party in front of his friend Stu. 

Season 2: 2010[edit]

# Total Title Original airdate
1 11 "Tim's Beard/Unjustly Neglected Drama" February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19)
Tim's post-breakup beard receives a negative reception at the office; Stu's pot dealer (Will Forte) persuades Tim and Stu to attend his play. 
2 12 "The Comeback Sermon/Atlantic City" February 26, 2010 (2010-02-26)
Tim helps the priest (Rick Gomez) return from his suspension; Tim, Stu and Rodney take the day off from work to go to Atlantic City, where they run into to a stripper (Jamie Denbo) who looks familiar. 
3 13 "Legend of the Month/Marie's Dead Husband" March 5, 2010 (2010-03-05)
The situation worsens when a female firefighter (Missi Pyle) tells Tim to claim she saved him; Tim discovers a secret about Marie. 
4 14 "The Girl Scout Incident/Rodney Has a Wife" March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12)
After being accused of hating children for not buying Girl Scout cookies at work, Tim then agrees to take a Boy Scout troop on a camping trip; Tim assists Rodney in winning back his wife Rochelle (Debi Mazar) who is cheating on Rodney with a hockey player (Andrew Daly). 
5 15 "Pharmaceutical Sales Rep Gone Wild/Amy's Got a Gun" March 19, 2010 (2010-03-19)
Tim is caught in the middle of a battle between a sleazy doctor (Jason Mantzoukas) and a suicidal pharmaceutical sales rep (Jessica St. Clair); After getting mugged, Amy goes overboard when she buys a gun. 
6 16 "The Salty Jazz/Jews Love to Laugh" March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26)[7]
The Boss spends a night out with Tim, Rodney and Stu; Amy's Jewish friend (James Urbaniak) regrets buying Tim's favorite bar. 
7 17 "Nagging Blonde/Tim & the Elephant" April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09)[8]
Tim tries to get his rightfully earned money from a gambling addict (Aziz Ansari); When Stu falls in love with a protester (Casey Wilson) against elephant cruelty, one of the animals grows attached to Tim. 
8 18 "Debbie's Mom/The Escape Artist" April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16)[9]
After Debbie is stung by a bee, Tim meets Debbie's mom (Jennifer Coolidge) and learns some disturbing details about his future; When Tim is picked from the audience to assist an escape artist (Paul F. Tompkins) at a work retreat, the act doesn't go quite as planned. 
9 19 "Personality Disorder/Stu is Good at Something" April 23, 2010 (2010-04-23)[10]
Tim's costume gets him in trouble at work and is diagnosed with a personality disorder by a child psychologist (Elliott Gould), which his boss wants to take advantage of; When Stu discovers he has a new talent after the elder O'Flaherty (J.K. Simmons) replaces the bar pool table with a ping-pong table, he takes on a tough challenger (Judah Friedlander). 
10 20 "London Calling/Novelist" April 30, 2010 (2010-04-30)[11]
The Chairman of Omnicorp (Alfred Molina) takes a liking to Tim; Tim decides to become a writer after an interesting meeting with a drunken novelist (Philip Baker Hall

Season 3: 2011–2012[edit]

On June 4, 2010, HBO cancelled The Life & Times of Tim and tried to sell it to Adult Swim, Comedy Central, and TBS. On August 16, 2010, HBO reversed their plan to cancel the series, ordering a third season of 10 episodes. The season premiered on December 16, 2011 and ended on February 17, 2012. HBO cancelled the series for the second time on April 20, 2012.

# Total Title Original airdate
1 21 "The Model from Newark/Tim's Hair Looks Amazing" December 16, 2011 (2011-12-16)[4]
Tim becomes an assistant to a women's professional basketball player (Kym Whitley); Tim has to find a new barber shop to get a haircut. 
2 22 "Percey Davis Boulevard/Cool Uncle Stu Balls" December 23, 2011 (2011-12-23)
The Boss seeks Tim's help when a parade is held in his honor; Stu feels rejected when his nephew (Paul Rust) stops by for a visit. 
3 23 "The Caddy's Shack/The Sausage Salesman" December 30, 2011 (2011-12-30)
Tim gets back his high-school job as a golf caddy; Tim claims to be a sausage salesman to Amy's parents. 
4 24 "Super Gay Eduardo/The Pros and Cons of Killing Tim" January 6, 2012 (2012-01-06)
Tim tries to help an immigrant worker (Horatio Sanz); former Omnicorp employees file a class action lawsuit with Tim as a key witness. 
5 25 "A Tale of Two Rodneys/Keith to the Rescue" January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13)
Tim ends up with a female assistant named Rodney (Natasha Leggero); the boss goes to extremes to keep his dog following a divorce. 
6 26 "Pudding Boy/The Celebrity Who Shall Remain Nameless" January 20, 2012 (2012-01-20)
Tim is embarrassed by his past on a business trip; Tim and Amy move into a new co-op building, but are confused by a confidentiality agreement. 
7 27 "Strip Club Hostage Situation/Game Night" January 27, 2012 (2012-01-27)
Tim's corporate credit-card bill breaks a company record; Game night at Amy and Tim's is interrupted when Tim ventures out in bad weather to buy a popular game. 
8 28 "Action-Packed Heist/Fall Foliage" February 3, 2012 (2012-02-03)
The boss uses a ruse to plan a heist to get Keith back from his ex-wife; Tim joins a fall foliage tour (Fred Willard) and embarrasses himself in several confusing mishaps. 
9 29 "The Well Dressed Snitch/Pray for the Jets" February 10, 2012 (2012-02-10)
Tim's inappropriate semi-formal attire and miscommunication over a shoot for GQ/GQ Magazine leads to more problems with OmniCorp; The priest returns with some gambling concerns that turn into problems for Tim (features Bob Einstein as bookie's voice). 
10 30 "The Smug Chiropractor/Corporate Disaster" February 17, 2012 (2012-02-17)
After implying that chiropractors are not doctors Tim is in trouble with one of Amy's friends (Rob Huebel); Following a disaster caused by Omnicorp Tim is elected as the new spokesperson. 

International syndication[edit]

Country Broadcasters Time Slot Notes
 Australia SBS2 Thursday, 9:10pm Premiered originally on Showcase on July 4, 2009.
 Arab League Showtime Arabia Mon-Wed, 10:30pm Premiered June 10, 2009
 Hungary TV6 Saturday-Sunday, 21:00 Premiered May 29, 2010
 Denmark DR2 Fri, 9:25pm Premiered October 30, 2009
 India FX
 Ireland RTÉ Two Thursday, 11:55pm Premiered January 7, 2010
 UK Sky Atlantic Monday, 10:00pm Premiered June 9, 2009
 US HBO Premiered September 28, 2008.
 Israel yes Stars Comedy Sunday, 22:30
 Greece FX Tuesdays, 22:30 (Repeat) Fridays 22:55
 Malta FX Tuesdays, 21:30 (Repeat) Fridays 21:55
 Portugal FX
 Poland Fox (Poland) Wednesdays, 22:00 (Repeat) Saturday 06:30, (Repeat) Sunday 23:50
 Canada HBO Canada Premiered October 30, 2009
 Italy DeeJay TV, FX 1st season aired from January 16, 2010, and 2nd season aired from April 12 to April 30, 2010
 Netherlands RTL 5 2010 TBA
 New Zealand Comedy Central Mondays 21:00 unknown
 Russia 2x2 Weekends 21:00 Premiered on "2x2 Animation Night" festival May 14, 2010,[12] Premiered October 9, 2010 on TV. 2 seasons have aired to date.
 Sweden Kanal 5 Mondays, 22:30 Premiered June 7, 2010
 Spain Antena.neox Tuesdays, 00:45 unknown
 Norway MAX Saturdays, 17:50
 France AB1 Saturdays, 22:25
 Turkey FX

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. 'The Life & Times Of Tim' Canceled by HBO But May Find New Cable Home, deadline.com (June 4, 2010).
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  5. ^ ""The Life & Times Of Tim" Canceled, Again, By HBO - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
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