TV Preview: The Funniest Show on Television

Why isn’t HBO’s comedy series “The Life and Times of Tim” the most popular show on television? It’s fresh, edgy, and balls-to-the-wall hilarious from top to bottom, all of which, unfortunately, answers my own question.

The show follows the everyday life of Tim (Steve Dildarian, who also created the show), a generally reasonable everyman who routinely finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. “Life and Times” is a testament to the overlooked absurdity of the modern world; it is painfully awkward and brutally honest. The show is unapologetically confrontational; it attacks everything from Girl Scouts to priests to doctors, and all in ways you would never expect.

Which is all to say that it’s too smart for its own damn good. It’s usually angst-provoking and depressing, qualities which people don’t typically look for in a comedy. We like to laugh at the discomfort and pain of people who are similar to us but emphatically not us. “Life and Times” subverts that model entirely. It cuts straight to the bone, and is probably destined for failure as a result.

Catch it while you can! “The Life and Times of Tim” airs on Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on HBO. Make no mistake: it is the future of comedy.

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