The Life & Times of Tim is an HBO comedy animated television series, created by Steve Dildarian, about a man in his mid-20s named Tim living in New York City with his girlfriend Amy (Mary Jane Otto), who constantly finds himself in increasingly awkward situations. It is the first HBO animated original since Todd McFarlane's Spawn, which ended in 1999. It was originally developed for Fox in 2007, but moved to HBO, where it ran for three seasons.
Be as Unhelpful as Possible: In "Unjustly Neglected Drama", an actor is interrogated in an attempt to have Tim's alibi corroborated. While his reply actually applies as an answer, the fact that he is only repeating lines from a play in an increasingly hammy manner annoys both Tim and the detective.
Chipper (Will Forte): He's not my frieeeend. He's not anything to meeeee.
Bolivian Army Ending/No Ending: Several episodes just abruptly end without any resolution, often when Tim is in the worst situation of the episode yet.
Cursed with Awesome: In "Personality Disorder", Tim claims to his boss and Marie to have Asperger's. Boss and Marie seem to consider the resulting Lack of Empathy a superpower and proceed to use him to insult others vicariously. Even when Tim's psychiatrist tells the boss that Tim was lying, Boss instead decides that Tim is a just a sociopath. Equally useful.
Tim: I'm not usually on this side of the "being mad" equation. What do I do? Hands on hips? Angry scowl? Oh, let me get my pose down. I'm gonna go with arms crossed, and uh, refusal to make eye contact.
Digging Yourself Deeper: For every time Tim is forced into a stupid situation, there's another time where he just does not realize when to shut up.
Disproportionate Retribution: in "Theo Strikes Back", Tim asks the wrong guy in the IT department to look at his malfunctioning laptop. Theo, said IT guy, photoshops Tim's head into several photographs of the boss and his wife in risque poses and forwards them to the whole company.
Double Standard: In "Legend of the Month", the male firefighters are sick and tired of female firefighters getting disproportionate glory just for actually doing their jobs while also being women.
Double Standard: Rape—Male on Male: Rodney's story about Tim's escapade at the former's bachelor party in "Rodney's Bachelor Party" turns out to be that Tim was raped behind a dumpster by a bum. Everyone in-universe treats the rape pretty seriously (although ineptly), with the exception of Marie in HR, who has the nerve to crack bum-rape jokes.
Driven to Suicide: The main character of Season of Death in "Unjustly Neglected Drama".
Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe. Marie has a...less than compassionate sense of humor, joking about in-universe examples of rape and crippling alcoholism. Tim tends to call her on it in a uselessly meek manner.
Exact Words: Tim would like to point out that he did go to a "black-tie function" in "Senior Prom".
Extreme Doormat: Tim is, among other things, coerced into taking the blame for the crap Boss's dog took on the office carpet. Not the blame for bringing a dog into the office. The blame for taking a crap on the carpet.
Eye Scream: Tim accidentally throws a dart into Frank's girlfriend's eye in "Insurmountable High Score".
In "Monday Night Confession", Stu may have set a warehouse on fire, the Priest's girlfriend Tina sold all of the Priest's bibles to buy cocaine, and the Priest got a Happy Ending Massage and ran out without paying. The only one in the group who gets any flak is Tim, who masturbated to his sister and her female family members in a church bathroom after a baptism.
In "Tim and the Elephant", an elephant trainer claims that Tim putting his hand in an elephant's mouth to feed him is like raping him.
Hates Being Touched: Tim. Unfortunately for him, a lot of characters don't seem to realize that.
Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Debbie, the eponymous "Angry Unpaid Hooker" is actually not particularly angry and compliments Tim on his clothes and housekeeping.
Homoerotic Subtext: Pretty much a given in most of the episodes, all of it centered around Tim.
Hypocritical Humor: In "Personality Order", Marie calls Tim to the boss's office over him wearing a penis costume (it's actually a hot dog) for Halloween despite wearing a very slutty nurse costume herself.
Kick Them While They Are Down: In "The Sausage Salesman", Tim and Amy cooperatively lie to her father, Dick, to spite him over all the flak he gives Tim for being unemployed. The lies lead to Dick quitting his job, nullifying his pension and leaving him with no alternatives. Tim points out that it was Amy's lie that was the tipping point in the situation, and she dejectedly admits that she "fucked up".
Limited Animation: It improves in this regard slightly from the second season on, but there are almost never any transitional frames between poses and characters often stand still at length only moving their mouths.
Line-of-Sight Name: "Unjustly Neglected Drama" has a police detective accuse Tim of this when the latter claims a man named Chipper can corroborate Tim's alibi for a murder (the detective was eating Doritos at the time).
Manipulative Editing: Marie's video in "Tim, Stu and Marie". Although it really doesn't make things much worse.
Mistaken for Cheating: In "The Model from Newark", Tim has to run all kinds of weird errands for the WNBA player he's working for as a personal assistant. Naturally, Amy and Stu think he's cheating.
Mistaken for Gay: Rodney's wife mistakes Tim for Rodney's gay boyfriend in "Rodney Has a Wife".
Morton's Fork: In "Tim and the Elephant", Tim is forced to choose between stabbing an elephant to make it stop loving him or to pay its trainer $90,000 to keep it. The elephant gets angry and runs off before he can choose.
My Girl Is a Slut: In "Rodney Has a Wife", Rodney catches his wife cheating on him with a famous hockey player and is unsure of whether to be mad or giddy about it. Later on, he gets properly angry about it but is ecstatic when it turns out that she's pregnant with the hockey player's baby.
Never Live It Down: In-universe. Tim has some trouble getting a new job because of the whole titty-fucking thing from the season 2 finale.
While pumping himself up in "London Calling", Tim accidentally puts down the restroom attendant at a high-end restaurant and forgets to tip him for the cologne, mint, and condoms Tim is forced to take. When Tim goes to the bathroom a second time and the attendant complains about the lack of a tip, Tim points out that the position of restroom attendant is incredibly inessential. The aftermath, of course, ruins Tim's good standing with the CEO of Omnicorp's main branch.
Comes up again in "Tim's Hair Looks Amazing", where a nearby Chinese restaurant and Tim's usual barbershop despise him for his paltry tips and habit of vocally asserting that minor jobs like cab driver and shampoo girl are not real careers.
No Name Given and No Last Name Given: Everyone who isn't referred to by just their first name (Such as Tim, Amy, Stu, Rodney, Marie, etc) is known only by their title (Boss, Priest, Amy's sister, etc).
Tim is asked to finger the bum who (fake) raped him out of a Police Lineup in "Rodney's Bachelor Party". The officer gets one of the bums to get naked and pretend to rape Tim to see if it'll jog his memory.
In "Unjustly Neglected Drama", a cop guarding a crime scene says he won't say what happened, and then tells Tim and Stu exactly what happened. Right after that, Tim becomes a suspect for the murder for a total non-reason and the police refuse to believe his alibi (being at a play) over the actual murderer's ("I was at the laundromat. There are the quarters I didn't use").
Police Lineup: In "Rodney's Bachelor Party" with bums that supposedly raped Tim.
In "The Girl Scout Incident", Tim advises his Boy Scouts to tell their parents that they got $1050 each by selling an absurd amount of pinecones—not by selling fake Louis Vuitton handbags on Canal Street.
Tim: Wow. I feel great, this feels like it's gonna be a happy ending.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked Tim is disappointed that the amnesia gas plotline wasn't seriously pursued in Season of Death in "Unjustly Neglected Drama".
A Threesome is Manly: Marie seems to think that Tim and Stu are proposing a threesome when Tim shows up at Stu and Marie's date in "Tim, Stu and Marie".
Marie: I'm talking about the three of us having wild sex in my studio apartment with my cats and my fake plants. Tim: That was the...strangest sentence I've ever heard. Stu: The answer is yes.
Title Drop: Episode titles are occasionally dropped.
TV Telephone Etiquette: In "Tim's Hair Looks Amazing", Tim bungles a call from a prospective employer by hanging up when he thinks the conversation is over. After a pause, the caller continues speaking, not realizing that he's hung up.
The Unfair Sex: After a lascivious drunken night out involving Stu, Amy gives Tim a free pass, for which anything wrong Tim does, she will not get mad. Tim then attempts to use it hitting on her sister. Amy gets mad (she was expecting Tim would stay out late or something).
Unreliable Narrator: Tim tends to make himself sound less painfully awkward when he recounts events.
Yank the Dog's Chain: "London Calling". Tim manages to make a good impression on the head of the entire Omnicorp company and is all set to go to a leadership course in London...and the bathroom guy ruins everything.
You ALL Look Familiar: Extra characters are often reused. For example, Stan, one of Tim's coworkers, appears as Amy's sister's husband, despite later being revealed to have a different wife and a daughter.
You Look Familiar: Chris Parnell voices both an assistant at Tim's office, a private high school principal, and a lawyer.
In "Theo Strikes Back", Tim's boss seems to think the photos mentioned under "Disproportionate Retribution" are real and plans to confront his wife over them. Tim tries to smooth over the situation with her before her husband can get to her. The boss's wife, offended over boss's behavior, resolves to actually have sex with Tim.