Tom Goes to the Mayor - The Complete Series
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Tom Peters, star of the uniquely titled animated series Tom Goes to The Mayor, is a would-be entrepreneur and civic do-gooder in the eccentric small town of Jefferton. Tom's crackpot ideas are invariably endorsed by The Mayor, allowing the series to explore all the comedic possibilities of government machinations, provincial thinking and tragically misguided civic pride. The series is written and produced by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who also provide voices for the two main characters. Guest voices also include Bob Odenkirk, who also serves as executive producer, as well as Dave Foley, Gary Busey, Judd Hirsch, Janeane Garofalo and Garry Shandling.]]>
Clearly, Tom Goes to the Mayor is an acquired taste, even for diehard Adult Swim/alternative animation fans, but for those whose sense of humor veers towards the surreal, the show is very funny, even hilarious at times. And it doesn't hurt that the guest cast includes such solid comic talent as Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Fred Willard, Paul Reubens, and Jeff Garlin, as well as actors like Jeff Goldblum, Edward Herrmann, and even Dustin Diamond of Saved By The Bell infamy. All 30 episodes of the show's first and second (and by all accounts, final, as the creators have begun another series) seasons are included in this three-disc set; extras include very amusing commentary by Heidecker and Wareheim on every episode, tongue-in-cheek featurettes on how the show is put together, the celebrity guests, and executive producer Bob (Mr. Show) Odenkirk's contributions to the show, deleted scenes, original promo spots, and best of all, the three original web cartoons that inspired the series. -- Paul Gaita
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It's definitely not a show for everyone, but what TV show is for everyone? If you like surreal humor, and awkward situations that involve a bumbling Mayor, and an incredibly naieve idiot, you'll like this.
The setting is precise: a small city, "Jefferton", located at the interchange of two Interstates, according to the paper placemat at the local "Gulliver's" seen briefly in the opening credits. Its charms are listed in the theme song: Community Spirit! Shopping! Food! What "community spirit" exists in Jefferton, however, is simply there to nourish the tepid commerce comprising the "shopping" and "food". The central character, Tom, is a gutted victim of postmodern social collapse: unemployed, of course; maxed out on his cards; behind in every payment he is responsible for; trapped in the second marriage of a morbidly obese ogress with fat, snarling diabetic brats; his brain infected with self-help & business-press aphorisms that make his utterances sound like hackneyed PowerPoint presentations half the time. The forces he confronts are personified in the twisted lunatic Mayor whom he must petition in each episode.
Tom is compelled by his circumstances to try and lever every lame & insipid entrepreneurial idea he can think of into some sort of cash flow. These attempts fail utterly in every instance, each time surreally illustrating another absurd aspect of postindustrial life in the US.Read more ›
A year that will live on as one that produced some of the most polarized, non-sequiter Television shows to date. A year, that took the phrase "Mayor's Office!" from a unuttered declaration to a one of the most beloved (and hated) phrases known to Adult Swim viewerrs everywhere.
Tom Goes To The Mayor has got to be one of the most intriguing TV shows I've seen in a long long while, if not because it's so different! It's mix of (occasionally) delightfully tasteless, many times alkward, but always funny humor places the phrase "You either love it, or you hate it) to a new tier. The plot of the whole series is pretty much the same throughout. Tom goes to the mayor, pitches and idea, and all hell breaks loose. But, while this may sound like a theme that would get stale by the third episode, TGTTM manages to keep it fresh with their humerously wacky, wonderfully demented, and just plain "What the hell?" elements.
Many people, for those reasons, hate this show. In a world where Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the farthest many people are willing to go for polarized humor, Tom Goes To The Mayor often takes it just a little too far, boarderlining on Monty Python-esque humor. (In one episode, a Monkey jumps out of an Eclair.) For many, seeing a monkey leap out of a giant eclair is just too much for their conformist brains to handle. Even for us that enjoy the series, it does sometimes make our (mine anyway) brains itch. But it's all in good fun! This DVD collection is the ultimate for any Tom fans out there (mainly because it's the whole TGTTM world in a three disc set). For people who don't like the Tom Goes to the Mayor series, then for god's sake, don't get it! Go find an old theme park to rebuild, just to burn to the ground, or solve the issue of child safety by employing bear traps, but if you hate the series, then don't get these DVDs. More for us fans! ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The show as I remember it was one of my favorites, but now seeing the recent reviews I was not the only one with defective sets. Read morePublished 17 days ago by TheWarden
I love this show, probably more than T&EASGJ however, they are two totally different shows. TGTTM has a bit more of a narrative form that gives the world so much character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite older adult swim series. I remember watching this when it first aired on Cartoon Network back in 2002 or 2003. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel
Two of the disks work but skip and the second disk stops playing completely half way throughPublished 4 months ago by Madlib
Received DVDs but didn't really work out of the box. Just skipped all the time and at least one of the DVDs wouldn't even play. Disappointing.Published 4 months ago by Alejandro