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Our reviews of Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 2 (published February 18th, 2009), Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 3 (published August 21st, 2009), and Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season Cinco (published May 17th, 2011) are also available.
"I'm Pig Man."
You know those noises your mouth makes when you're chewing, drinking from a straw, or licking a popsicle? If you take those noises and crank them up to 11, in 5.1 surround sound, and pair them with the strangest folks you've seen riding the bus, then you're pretty close to mastering one of the foundational comedic elements in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (TEASGJ!). Toss in a slew of guest stars, '90s television parodies, and absurd commercial products, and you've got a good idea what the fourth season of this Adult Swim hit is all about.
Facts of the Case
Here's a rundown of the 10 episodes included in the fourth season of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!:
• "Road Trip"
• "Brothers Cinco"
My appreciation for Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! was gradual. I was only half interested in their Xeroxed cartoon Tom Goes to the Mayor, and I found TEASGJ! to be frustrating out of the gate. Then something clicked. Returning to the show in its third season, I found a new appreciation for their surreal brand of humor. That's how this show seems to work: if you're in on it, you appreciate Tim and Eric for their close-to-brilliant approach to absurdity; if you're on the outside, then it's tantamount to watching someone fend off a swarm of bees from 100 yards away.
Speaking from the fan's perspective, Season Four is surprisingly consistent in both quality and lunacy. There seems to be a greater emphasis on Cinco, as each episode features a string of useless products centered around either bowel movements (like "D-Pants"—guess what the D stands for) or making you look like a moron (try the Fred Willard-on-speed-dial "Mancierge"). Every product is a winner in my book. Tim and Eric also dive into the Cinco Brother's history with the episode "Brothers Cinco." It's a docudrama about Terry Cinco drowning his wife in a pool and then trying to get away with a corporate takeover.
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have always been proficient in capturing not only the look of the things they parody but the tone as well. With "Brothers Cinco" and their Internet boom parody "Origins," they nail the overwrought drama of biopics. The episode "Snow" is modeled after mid-'90s sitcoms like Perfect Strangers or Step By Step, complete with cheesed-up opening credits and a laugh track.
The show, and this season, is far more than just simply a string of parodies and fake commercials; there is a seedy, unsettling undercurrent to every scene. The show has a David Lynch dark side, as skits devolve into awkward stares or deformed post-production. In "Snow," the show ends with a room full of old men dancing to techno music. Slowly, the music fades, and all we're left with is moaning and panting as the men dance in silence. Even more bizarre is "Tommy," the episode featuring a sketch directed by and starring Tommy Wiseau. As the infamous director (the "Ed Wood of Our Time") crawls around the set saying "I'm Pig Man, I'm Pig Man" you can't help but wonder if he's in the on the joke…or if he is the joke.
Just when Season Four begins to feel prohibitively obtuse, at least for folks not familiar with the duo's public access indulgences, Tim and Eric manage to pull back. Whether it's a simple skit revolving around a million dollar tennis bet (when neither player really has a grip on the game) or Frank Stallone singing to his daughter, "We're turning your bedroom back into the computer room," every episode offers at least a little bit of accessible humor.
Keeping up with their previous releases, Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 4 features accurate video and sound (it's as good as they intend it to be), and a boatload of special features. There are extended and deleted scenes, bloopers, and featurettes exploring various stunts and skits from the season. There's also concert footage of Tim and Eric singing "Brownie Mountain" as their '70s rock band Puss Whip Bang Gang and footage from the duo's "Awesomecon" out in California. Lastly, you can sing all of the season's musical numbers karaoke-style, including "Bub Bubs," "Computer Room," and "Live With Dad."
Season Four finds Tim and Eric at the top of their game. While some episodes standout, there's not a bad one in the bunch. If you're looking for some of the best slurping noises ever featured on television, a parade of off-beat cameos of actors you may recognize but can't name, and the sense that you may be enjoying something that is simultaneously high and low-brow, then this is a DVD you won't want to miss.
If you never liked Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, then you're probably better off skipping this release and sticking with the swarm of bees.
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