Imagine if in Everybody Loves Raymond that Ray was just a little bit more spineless and slightly less intelligent, and then place him in an environment where everyone around him is much more inclined to take advantage of his seeming inability to stop a bad situation from getting ten times worse. That’s HBO’s fantastically written but crudely drawn series The Life & Times of Tim. Voiced by Steve Dildarian, Tim represents a side of us we’ve all unwittingly given in to at one point or another in our own lives, at that times when we know we should have objected to a situation we knew was becoming increasingly unfavorable to ourselves, but in an effort to be a charitable or easy going individual we let it happen. In a way, the series becomes almost therapeutic as it lets us get those moments out of our system via a proxy, and the third season puts Tim through hell in a number of ways that keep that therapy hilariously satisfying.
Starting where the second season left off, Tim is unemployed and that fact has begun to annoy his ridiculously forgiving girlfriend, Amy (M.J. Otto). After a few failed attempts at working as a personal assistant to a women’s basketball star and a caddy, Tim returns to the job he got canned from, but in a way lets everyone around him resent him for the one time he makes a definitively and obviously selfish decision. Through it all his best friends (Nick Kroll, Matt Johnson) betray or lead him astray depending on what they think will be funnier, and each time Tim is forced into an embarrassing quandary--like cursing the name of the obnoxiously likable Hugh Jackman.
Along with solid writing and acting, the show benefits from strong guest appearances by the likes of Melanie Lynskey, Jennifer Coolidge, Rob Corddry, and many more.
DVD Bonus Features
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"The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete Third Season" is on sale December 18, 2012 and is not rated. Animation, Comedy. Directed by Steve Dildarian. Written by Steve Dildarian, Luke Del Tredici. Starring Mj Otto, Matt Johnson, Nick Kroll, Steve Dildarian.