HBO presents the third season of The Life & Times of Tim
, the animated series conceived, written, produced and voiced by Steve Dildarian. An average guy who can’t seem to catch a break, Tim is (at least on the surface) an even-keeled, 20-something New Yorker who just wants a job, and whose live-in girlfriend Amy just wants him to be normal and gainfully employed, like her friends’ boyfriends. But in Tim’s world, the simplest day-to-day decisions always seem to get in his way. Part of the problem is that Tim has a habit of befriending bizarre and unreliable characters, each of whom are capable of getting Tim into (and sometimes out of) serious trouble. Cases in point: Stu, Tim’s best friend, would rat him out in a heartbeat for a chance with Amy, while The Boss, despite no longer being Tim’s boss, returns this season just as offensive as in seasons past. Tim can’t help but take the wrong advice from the wrong people, whom he encounters over the course of ten half-hour episodes, each consisting of two stories.
Tim (creator Steve Dildarian), the 25-year-old Manhattan slacker at the center of this HBO animated series, doesn't start off his third season in a particularly auspicious manner--he doesn't end it that way either. After losing his job with Omnicorp, he takes a position as a New Jersey locker-room attendant, and lies to his girlfriend, Amy (M.J. Otto), out of shame. Then, when he gets the chance to interview for a better job, his propensity for leaving tiny tips catches up with him, so out of desperation he returns to his old gig as a golf caddy (guest actors Stephen Root and Anton Yelchin voice his country-club colleagues). Through a twist of fate, rather than any special effort on his part, Tim eventually returns to the corporate world, where he reconnects with the Boss (Peter Giles). Throughout these 10 episodes, he also starts a race riot, ruins a bar mitzvah, attempts to kidnap a dog, and contributes to a coworker's death (as with Beavis and Butt-Head
, each episode features two 15-minute stories), but it isn't all bad: he still has his buddies, Stu (Nick Kroll) and Rodney (Matt Johnson), and he also helps a Mexican building manager to find a more lucrative line of work--as a prostitute. Other guest voices include Alan Tudyk as a neighborhood hooker, Penny Marshall as a PR rep, and Billy Dee Williams as Billy Dee Williams. With a hesitant voice that recalls Ray Romano and Larry David, Dildarian makes Tim surprisingly likable for a defensive character who complains all the time, possibly because he isn't without a conscience or a heart--as tiny as they may be. Though HBO didn't renew the show for a fourth season, Dildarian made sure that it went out with an amusing bang. --Kathleen C. Fennessy