Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories

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Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories
Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories intertitle.png
Also known as Bedtime Stories
Genre Comedy horror
Surreal comedy
Dark comedy
Anthology
Created by Tim Heidecker
Eric Wareheim
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 13 (and 1 pilot and 2 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 11 minutes
22 minutes (select episodes)
Production company(s)
Distributor Williams Street
Release
Original network Adult Swim
Picture format 2:1 HDTV
Audio format Stereo
Original release Pilot:
October 31, 2013
Official:
September 18, 2014 – present
External links
Website

Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories (also known as Bedtime Stories[1]) is an American horror comedy television series on Adult Swim. Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories was created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the comedy duo Tim & Eric, who have been working with the network for several years with various shows and projects. The pilot episode aired on October 31, 2013, and the series officially premiered on September 18, 2014.[2]

Production[edit]

According to the network, the series would mark a stylistic departure from the duo's previous Adult Swim show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, instead being formatted as an anthology series.[2] Initial reports indicated that the series would have a quarter-hour running time.[3][4] Reviewers, the network and Heidecker have commented that the series is inspired by The Twilight Zone,[1][2][5] with the latter stating they will explore "different genres and different tropes" in the anthology format.[1]

The series' pilot aired midnight, October 31, 2013, as a Halloween special. According to Heidecker, the pilot was produced in the same year that it aired, and the show had not been produced yet, waiting to start production toward the end of the year.[1]

On May 7, 2015, two new half-hour episodes were announced to be in production.[6] They aired in the fall of 2015.

On June 16, 2016 Tim Heidecker announced in an interview that Season 2, consisting of at least six full 30 minute episodes, will be aired in 2017.[7][8]

Season 2 premiered on September 10, 2017.[9][10]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (2013)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
"Haunted House"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimOctober 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)1.268[11]
In order to collect their rich grandfather's inheritance, Tim, Eric & Zach must move to his haunted house for the rest of their lives. (Guest stars Zach Galifianakis)

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Hole"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimSeptember 18, 2014 (2014-09-18)1.152[12]
Family man Dennis "Murph" Murphy (Eric) moves next door to Brenner (Tim), a friendly bully who torments Murph for declining his offer to hang out.
22"Toes"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimSeptember 25, 2014 (2014-09-25)N/A
Detective Miller (M. Emmet Walsh) confronts toe removal specialist Dr. Stork (Bob Odenkirk) about some troubling inconsistencies with a medical waste investigation.
33"The Bathroom Boys"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimOctober 2, 2014 (2014-10-02)0.827[13]
Tim, Eric and Zach are three weird guys who work and secretly live in the men's public restroom of the Stanton Building, where one day they run embarrassingly low on mints. Zach has a chance encounter at the candy store during his mint refill run, leading to a risky triple-date with the Bathroom Boys and three sisters from England. (Guest stars Zach Galifianakis, Lauren Cohan)
44"Angel Boy"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimOctober 9, 2014 (2014-10-09)1.003[14]
Before his son Patrick's Sweet 17 party, Dan Dimler (Eric) is visited by Scotty Andrews (Tim), a hydrophobic young man who sells Dan his new DVD and enraptures him with his divine singing voice.
55"Roommates"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimOctober 16, 2014 (2014-10-16)0.843[15]
Hollywood actor and talented mixologist Franklin Bing (Tim) welcomes fellow actor and out of work barista Tony K. Dort (Eric) as his new roommate. Their initial friendship becomes increasingly strained as Franklin learns of Tony's erotic misadventures.
66"The Endorsement"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimOctober 23, 2014 (2014-10-23)0.817[16]
In order to protect his reputation and avoid low company, actor Jason Schwartzman strictly avoids product endorsement deals until his agent proposes a novel arrangement: the ad will never be seen in the US, and the entire photo shoot will take place while he is asleep. The endorsement appears to work great until Jason realizes how the photos were absurdly manipulated. (Guest stars Jimmy Kimmel, Shira Lazar, Dawnn Lewis, Jason Schwartzman, Brent Weinbach)
77"Baby"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimOctober 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)N/A
Jordan Terp (John C. Reilly) answers an ad for a baby-based personal development program but is instead robbed of all his possessions by a pair of con artist brothers (Tim & Eric) posing as creepy life coaches. (Guest stars Laurie Metcalf)

Specials[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Sauce Boy"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimNovember 6, 2015 (2015-11-06)
Goodfella Bobby Balogna (Tim) helps struggling addict Gary Royce (Eric) overcome his debilitating addiction but the cure comes at a price as Gary finds himself indentured to the mob.
"Tornado"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimDecember 4, 2015 (2015-12-04)
A tornado devastates St. Charles County and rips Matt's parents' septic tank out of the ground, causing it to land on the church-run county hospital and spill the copious collected semen from his teen years all over the place. Matt must confront Father Krang to re-bury his past. (Guest stars Lance Reddick, Kurtwood Smith)

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
81"Baklava"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimSeptember 10, 2017 (2017-09-10)N/A
Barry “Big Bear” (Eric) is a salesman at the Fazoli piano store. He is desperate to win a sales contest, and earn a bonus. He needs the money; his daughter Janey (Summera Howell)[17] has been kidnapped, and he needs the bonus not only to save her, but also to save the city of Dallas which is threatened. Frustrating him in his work are the continual interruptions of his neurotic boss, Mr. Crown (Tim) which cause Barry to lose multiple sales. Mr. Crown has recently become obsessed with his new favorite desert: baklava. When he can’t get this sweet treat he becomes suicidal, attempting suicide multiple times.
92"The Duke"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimSeptember 10, 2017 (2017-09-10)N/A
At the absurd Pamungo Casino, where scratcher lottery tickets are the game of choice, Brian loses his wife but gains a dad - The Duke (Ray Wise), a mysterious and hypnotic stranger. (Guest Stars Rhea Perlman (misspelled "Pearlman" in the credits) Maureen, and Jorge Garcia as Brian)
103"Angel Man"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimSeptember 17, 2017 (2017-09-17)N/A
In this sequel to Season One's "Angel Boy", Dan Dimler (Eric) escapes from a mental institution to see Scotty Andrews (Tim), who now works at an underground night club while perfecting his new musical style.
Note: Following the initial airing of this episode, a double-length "Extended Cut" was released exclusively on Adult Swim's website.[18]
114"The Demotion"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimSeptember 24, 2017 (2017-09-24)0.98[19]
Flight controller Will Schiffler (Will Forte) goes through unorthodox sleep therapy techniques (with T and E as the therapists) after his lack of sleep, and subsequent sleeping on the job cost the lives of hundreds in plane crashes. Guest starring Sarah Sutherland as Dana, Will's coworker and love interest, and Fred Willard as Dan, his supervisor.
125"Squat"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimSeptember 24, 2017 (2017-09-24)0.81[19]
Slobbish and overweight IT technician Forrest Gumb (Tim) is convinced to try out an automated and potentially deadly "AUTOGYM" health club. The CG trainer "Trent" is voiced and portrayed in animation by Eric. The disturbing experience at the gym makes him question his own existence. Guest starring Kris Lofton, Emily Rowan and Emily Berry.
136"Butter"Tim Heidecker & Eric WareheimTim Heidecker & Eric WareheimOctober 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)0.96[20]
Southern butter saleswomen, Belle (Tim) and her lover, Bonnie (Eric), adopt various children from around the world to assist in their butter production and shop upkeep. After a strange encounter with a wealthy business man, Jackson, who claims to want to educate Mongo and will donate a substantial amount of wealth to their business, in exchange for having custody of Mongo, one of Belle's favorite children, they agree to the proposal. Though, Belle feels something isn't right.

References[edit]

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